PHS holding chicken pot pie dinner

During the late 1800s and into the 1900s, Chicken Pot Pie Dinners were a popular fund-raising event in Plymouth.

The Congregational Church ladies and members of the Hub Club, held dinners to raise money for their organizations. Improvements to the church, donations to the poor, as well as funds to build a new public library, pot pie dinners brought the community together for a good cause. Dinners were held at Turner Hall, local church halls, and even at the 1890s grand opening of the Laack Block building, on the corner of Mill and Stafford streets.

As a 25th Anniversary fund-raising event, the Historical Society will hold a Chicken Pot Pie Dinner Sunday, April 19, serving 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, located at Main and Stafford streets. There is ample parking in the church parking lot – use the school entrance. Enjoy a Chicken Pot Pie dinner including a salad, and for dessert, a piece of home-made layered cake or torte.

Tickets are $8 in advance or $9 at the door – tickets for children under 10 years of age are $5. Take-outs will be available.

Tickets are available at the Plymouth Historical Museum, St. John Lutheran Church office and at the Plymouth Chamber. You can also call (920) 892-6228.

After dinner raffle tickets will be available for a beautiful quilt, “Phebe’s Handquilted Trip Around the World.” The drawing will be held Oct. 15 at the society’s anniversary dinner. The quilt top was found in a steamer trunk in the attic of Phebe Benninghaus, a longtime resident of Plymouth. Phebe passed away at the age of 90 in 2012. This quilt is from the collection of items she had belonging to her mother and grandmother.

The quilt pattern is called “Trip Around the World” made with hexagons. It was beautifully hand pieced from fabrics that have been dated from 1890 to the early 1900s. It is a very well organized “scrap quilt” of fabrics that were scraps of shirts, dresses, aprons, pillow ticking and more.

In addition to the Chicken Pot Pie Dinner be sure to mark your calendar for these upcoming events:

Sunday, May 17 – Annual Cemetery Walk at Union Cemetery, free to the public.

Saturday, June 6 - Landmarking event at Plymouth Library, free to the public.

Saturday, July 11 - Mill Street Days cheese sandwich sale and book sale at the museum.

Thursday, Aug. 13 - Plymouth Historical Society sells brats and cake at the Plymouth City Park concession stand.

Saturday, Aug. 22 - Civil War Concert Band and Pie Social at the Plymouth Art Center. Get your tickets early.

Sept. 12, 2015 - Annual Ladies Tea at First Congregational UCC. Get your tickets early.

Thursday, Oct. 15 - Celebration Dinner at Amore. Come and celebrate. Get your tickets early.


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