St. George Historical Society to discuss food, eating
St. George — What we eat, when we eat, and how we eat varies from one family to another. It seems that only some families have well planned meals at regular times when parents and children sit down at the table. In other homes individuals eat randomly, each foraging through the refrigerator and cupboards for edibles as their separate schedules permit.
In just a couple of generations what is available and popular for food has changed. For example, bananas, one esteemed an exotic luxury by some Maine families, are often available at a lower price per pound than Maine grown potatoes. Old codgers like to recall when chicken was so expensive it appeared only as a holiday treat or as a special Sunday dinner. Then the least expensive fare was fish or clams. At least one old man hopes to find out at the meeting if homemade apple turnovers and fried doughnuts have vanished from the culinary environment, just as the wild rabbits that used to abound in forests and fields have disappeared.
Food will be the topic of discussion at the St. George Historical Society meeting at the St. George Grange Hall on Wednesday (note the change) Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. For the potluck supper at 6:30 p.m., attendees are asked to bring old favorite family foods and/or foods popular years ago that are no longer commonly eaten. Everyone is invited at no charge, but a collection will be taken to pay for the use of the hall.
For more information, call James Skoglund 372-8893.