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St. Thomas' Men's Club
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
February 27, 2001

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The Men's Club sponsors this annual affair to raise funds for the upkeep of our building and grounds.  We view this as an opportunity to invite our friends in the community to join us in fun and good food.  Approximately three hundred people annually attend this event on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday.

Here's a good description of Shrove Tuesday and the tradition of pancakes from the "Universitetsforlaget" web site:

Shorve Tuesday: Also known as Pancake Day. In the old days the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday was the day when the priest "shrove" his parishioners -- meaning that he heard their confessions, so that they could enter the fasting season, Lent, with a clear conscience.

People were not allowed to eat milk, eggs or fat during Lent, and to use up all these things they made pancakes.  Traditionally the pancake is turned in the pan by tossing it in the air. In many places this is done by women while running in a pancake race! An ancient ceremony at Westminster School, called the Pancake Greeze, involves the cook tossing a large pancake over a high bar before the boys scramble for it.

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St. Thomas'
Men's Club
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
St. Thomas' Parish Hall, Reidsville, N.C.

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