ROCKLAND — The tradition of a Pancake Luncheon at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rockland continues. It has existed for more than 50 years (“some say longer,” said the Church).
The tradition will continue on Tuesday, Feb. 25, with serving time from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Episcopal Church Women of the parish will prepare and serve pancakes with maple syrup, sausage, sherbet and cookies, coffee and tea.
The luncheon is open to all and all proceeds from the admission charge of $7 for adults and $4 for children will support community ministries of St. Peter’s. No reservations are needed — just come for lunch.
The women of St. Peter’s and a man or two, will cook and serve pancakes. Gluten free pancakes will also be available on request. The St. Peter’s folks organize the food, cook it all, decorate the parish hall with a Mardi Gras theme, and serve each guest.
“People in the area put the Pancake Luncheon on their calendar to remember not to miss this fun and delicious event,” said St. Peters, in a news release.
February 25, known as Shrove Tuesday in the Anglican Church in England, is the day before Ash Wednesday. It marks the beginning of the Christian season of fasting and prayer called Lent ending with Easter.
Shrove Tuesday is a term commonly known in English-speaking countries associated with the United Kingdom and its Anglican traditions, according to the Church. The popular celebratory aspect of the day developed long before the Protestant Reformation, and was associated with releasing high spirits before the somber season of Lent. It is analogous to the continuing Carnival tradition associated with Mardi Gras.
In the United Kingdom and many other countries, the day is often known simply as Pancake Day or Fat Tuesday. Making and eating such foods was considered a last feast with ingredients such as butter, sugar, fat and eggs, whose consumption was traditionally restricted during Lent. “Pancake Races” are still held in English towns with people racing one another down a track while carrying a pancake in a cast iron frying pan.
“No need to race, but come on over to St. Peter’s for a fun and delicious lunch!” said St. Peters.
It’s the red shingled church between the Rockland Public Library and the playground.