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COMMUNITY NOTES: ‘Party In The Park’ This Friday With St. John’s; Annual Farmington River Clean-Up On Saturday; 70+ Years Of Bean Hole Bean Suppers: Tradition Continues At Pleasant Valley Church

St. John’s Throws A Party In The Park – And You’re Invited

The members of St. John’s are throwing a Party In The Park this Friday evening and they’re inviting everyone in the community to join them. The party, which is being held at Berkshire Hall at Brodie Park this coming Friday evening, September 30, kicks off at 6 p.m. and includes live music and food, as well as two Auctions for double the fun!

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  • The first auction is a Silent Auction where bidders can outbid each other by writing a higher bid than is already written on a card.  Some of the terrific items included in the Silent Auction are a $50 gas card, two bottles of wine and Waterford wine stoppers, a floral wall tapestry and much more.  The Silent auction ends at 8 p.m., a little before the beginning of the Live Auction.
  • The Live Auction begins at 8:30 p.m. and the items included are just amazing: a week at a condo in Florida, a week at a timeshare in Mexico, a week’s stay at a vintage home at a beach in Massachusetts, “shore to shore” dining at West Hill Pond.  And these are only a few of the items.

Need another good reason to party with St. John’s?: The proceeds from the Party in the Park Fundraiser will benefit both St. John’s community programs as well as the Neighbor to Neighbor Fund, a recently-established fund which provides help to those in need in our community. It doesn’t get any better. Hope to see you all at this Friday’s Party in the Park!

Tickets for the Party In The Park are $25 per person, with tickets available at the door.  To check out the complete list of items in both auctions, how to bid, etc. download the Auction catalog posted on St. John’s website.  If you have questions, please call the office at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 860-379-3062.

Annual Farmington River Clean-Up Saturday: Join A Group, Form A Group

The following is from the Events section of the Farmington River Watershed Association website:

FRWA’s 24th Annual Farmington River Clean-up is set for Saturday, October 1st, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Clean-up is a great community event designed to get people and groups of all ages involved in cleaning up litter along the banks of the Farmington River and its tributaries. Several meeting sites will be actively cleaning the banks of the River in Avon, Barkhamsted, Burlington, Farmington, Granby, and Simsbury. After the Clean-up, volunteers are invited to FRWA’s headquarters for a family picnic where refreshments, sandwiches and pizza will be served. In addition, FRWA will pick the winner of the Guild Guitar Raffle.

For more information on how you can help with the Farmington River Clean-up and to register for a specific site, please call FRWA at (860)-658-4442, extension 0.

70+ Years Of Bean Hole Bean Suppers At Pleasant Valley Church

Sometime in the 1930s, according to an old Hartford Courant story, the men at the Pleasant Valley Methodist Church decided they would cook some bean hole beans for a church supper and they’ve never looked back. More than 70 years later, the men are still cooking the beans underground in a pit in a corner of the church’s parking lot, just as they did all those years ago. The bean hole suppers have proved so popular that the church now holds them three times a year, one in spring and two in the fall, with three seatings at each supper, one at 5 p.m., one at 6 p.m. and the last at 7 p.m.

This past Saturday the first of the two fall suppers was held and the NewHartfordPlus crew was lucky enough to get two seats at the 7 p.m. seating – both the 5 p.m. and the 6 p.m. having sold out – and the meal they had was the best in recent memory. The beans were just delicious and they could have been a meal all by themselves but there was also deli ham, fresh dinner rolls, homemade potato salad and cole slaw to round out the supper. And for dessert, a homemade apple crisp was the perfect ending to this fall feast. The supper was served family style, with the conversation flowing pleasantly among those seated by chance at the same long table. The evening was one of great food and community, served up by the members of the Pleasant Valley Methodist Church. This is one tradition that surely will continue well into the future.

The second fall Bean Hole Bean Supper will be held on Saturday, October 29. Be sure to reserve your seat early by calling 860-379-9398. For more information, please visit the Bean Hole Suppers section of the Pleasant Valley Church’s website.

To learn more about the history of traditional bean hole beans and how to cook them, see Common Ground’s Bean Hole Beans article.

A large group of young people provided impeccable service at the supper. Photo: Maria Moore

The men of the church serving up beans that had been cooked underground in a bean hole. Photo: Maria Moore

The bean hole pit in the corner of the church parking lot where the pots of beans are cooked underground. Photo: Maria Moore

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