Wednesday, 19 February 2014 13:36

Scandia Hall Board hopeful annual Shrove Tuesday event will accomplish a lot of things

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It’s known as Pancake Day or Pancake Tuesday, but no matter what you call it, Shrove Tuesday will be March 4 this year.

Shrove Tuesday holds special meaning for Christians, as it’s the day preceding Ash Wednesday the first day of Lent.
It also holds a special place in the hearts of the residents of Scandia who have been hosting a pancake supper for approximately 50 years. This year is no different as the Scandia Pancake Supper and Pie Auction goes March 4 starting at 5:30 p.m. 
The pie auction was added a few years ago, but this year the Scandia Hall Board, who is putting on the March 4 event are adding some significant additions. The pie auction will include a competition between Scandia resident Mary Chomistek, who is well known for her pies and Q105.7 radio personality Steve Bohan.
“We just wanted to do something different,” explains Dawn Van Hal. “We just want to bring communities and people together.”
For the auction, Bohan “challenged” Chomistek to see who would get a higher bid.
“I phoned him to see if he’d be interested in taking a pie to the face,” explains Van Hal adding Bohan wanted to make a pie and send it to Scandia as he will be unable to attend. Van Hal says Chomistek generally gets the highest bids for the pies and is well known in the area for her lemon meringues. A few times, the bids for Chomistek’s pies have gone into the hundreds of dollars.
There will be some interesting challenges and wrinkles planned so it should be entertaining.
With Bohan unable to attend, the next part of the fundraiser involves throwing whipped cream pies into the faces of two sporting souls who turned out to be Alcoma School principal Dana Kohlman and teacher Kit Irwin. Alcoma School in Rainier is about 10 kilometres away from Scandia.
“With the teachers, they were like right on it, and said ‘yes’ right away. They were super good,” explains Van Hal. “We’re really excited to have the teachers involved ... it’s supposed to be really fun.”
People will be able to bid for the honour of throwing the cream pies into the willing participants’ faces. They will also have the opportunity to bid on a couple of pies from the school.
As an added bonus, students from Alcoma’s junior high home economics class will have their own in-house competition. The two best bakers there will have the privilege of having their pies auctioned off at the event.
In total, there will be a dozen pies up for auction, including the two being thrown at the two educators. Guest auctioneer Ross Annett will be doing the pie auction honours.
Van Hal says she likes the new ideas and to try some new things and hopefully attract more people to the supper.
While it is a fundraiser for the hall, Van Hal says she’s really interested and more concerned whether it reaches out to people to come visit Scandia and enjoy their neighbour’s company.
“For me, it’s not all about the money, (we) just want to bring everybody together,” explains Van Hal who understands earning some money for the hall or wherever they decide to target the funds is also important.
The Scandia Pancake Supper and Pie Auction goes March 4 with the pancake supper starting at 5:30 p.m. The auction will start at 7 p.m.
Tickets for a family will be $20, adults is $7; 6-12 years are $5 and children five and under are free.

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