By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News
MAYBERRY TWP. — Where more appropriate to hold a community-effort turkey supper than Mayberry?
That’s Mayberry Township and the annual supper is in its 92nd year.
St. John’s Lutheran (Vought) Church will serve turkey, with all the trimmings, Saturday. The family-style dinner will be served starting at 3 p.m. Takeouts will be available.
Church members, their families and friends plan to roast 30 turkeys, totaling 528 pounds, according to supper chairman Laura Gassert, of Rush Township. Harriet Roshon, also of Rush Township, is co-chairman. Some turkeys will be roasted in homes and others will be roasted in the church social hall.
They plan to start early that day — at 6:30 a.m. — peeling potatoes in the kitchen of the social hall at the church on High Road, off Route 54 between Danville and Elysburg.
They expect donations for the supper, including celery, coffee, flour, homemade cakes and cupcakes, home-baked breads, onions, apples, black walnuts and milk. The women of the church will buy potatoes to make into mashed potatoes, filling, cabbage, corn and the turkeys.
The supper usually draws around 300 people, which includes 100 takeout orders. “We don’t make a big profit,” member Nancy Campbell said. The money goes to the church’s general fund.
People who had lived in the area often return home to attend the supper along with family members and friends of church members, said Campbell, who lives nearby.
Gassert, Roshon, Pat Burlone and Campbell were scouring the dining hall and kitchen of the social hall recently in preparation for the dinner. The cleaning extended even to Burlone scrubbing the kitchen closet.
Burlone and her husband, Nick Burlone, will make the pickled cabbage and the Waldorf salad with some help.
“It’s a whole community affair,” said Burlone, who lives in Riverside and is originally from Mayberry Township.
Her grandfather, the late William Fahringer, started the dinner at his home. “He lived down over the hill” from the social hall, she said.
The church’s ladies aid society then began sponsoring the dinner at the church.
They had held the supper on a Wednesday in November after Election Day but moved it to the third Saturday in October in 1989.
The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 12 and free to 5 and younger.