The John Street United Methodist Church, 98 John St., invites the public to sit down to a summer salad luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 20.

The church first hosted the luncheon in 1987 at the former Camden Methodist Church, and some of the same church members continue to prepare and serve the meal. Now in its 30th year, the tradition continues offering guests a chance to relax out of the sun (or rain!) while visiting with other diners and sampling the buffet selections.

Since the first luncheon held in 1987 at the Monument Square Camden Methodist Church (now the Steeples Condominiums) many of the food items have become traditional for the occasion, and repeat visitors frequently look for their favorites, including blueberry salad and lemon bisque along with home-roasted turkey. Diners may help themselves to the salads on the buffet table including: rice, potato, lemon, fruit and jellied salads, plus a variety of others fresh from the garden, all rounded out by rolls, cool and hot beverages: lemonade, iced tea, water, coffee and tea. Dessert will be a special homemade summer treat.

Although the date of the event is selected to coincide with the annual Camden Garden Club House and Garden Tour, the church welcomes the general public as well as the tourers. The cost is $12 for adults, $6 for children under age 12.