“Perfect” weather for a ham and bean dinner

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Start of the evening dinner crowd.

Start of the evening dinner crowd.

A bit of winter weather didn’t deter people from attending the annual Ham and Bean Dinner at Avondale United Methodist Church from noon-7 p.m. on Saturday, February, 28, 2015.

Waiting for diners at the soup and corn bread table.

Waiting for diners at the soup and corn bread table.

The weather forecast kept on varying throughout the week — was it going to snow on Saturday? was it going to snow before or after the dinner? was it going to be a dusting or several inches?

Deserts on the desert table before the dinner started.

Deserts on the desert table before the dinner started.

When all was said and done, light flurries started in the late morning, and a continued throughout the day. The threat of more and heavier snow later apparently encouraged a large early crowd. Attendance was heavy from noon-2 p.m., but by the time my family took its bussing and setting tables from 3-5 p.m., the attendance was very light. We almost wondered whether anyone further was going to come.

Setup in the kitchen before the dinner started

Setup in the kitchen before the dinner started

But someone was always coming, and as it neared the 5 o’clock hour, and the snow stayed its light fall, people started coming out again. When we ended our shift as servers, and took our place as diners, the dining room started looking busy again.

Steve Boman and busboy Cooper Boman.

Steve Boman and busboy Cooper Boman.

During that final shift the youngest busboy — Cooper Boman — could be seen getting an early start on learning the value of serving others. He helped his mother Jill Boman as they cleared and reset tables.

Cooper Boman hard at work.

Cooper Boman hard at work.

The meal was good, as always, the fellowship fantastic, and the desert table deliciously decadent.

The dinner rush.

The dinner rush.

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