WESTFIELD - St. Peter's Episcopal Church will recognize the annual Shrove Tuesday observance with its annual pancake supper on Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. This year the church has added a "pancake race" at 5:30 p.m., in Moore Park.
What is Shrove Tuesday? It is an ancient tradition marking the start of the Lenten season of self-denial. It's an excuse to eat lots of fats without constraints. The traditional "Fat Tuesday" meal includes sausage, pancakes and applesauce.
Dating back to 1445, it is believed a townswoman was running late for the Shriving, or confession, Service. Hearing the church bells and in fear of being late, she left home still holding her frying pan and wearing an apron. A race had begun.
St. Peter's course will be run while tossing pancakes at designated stops. Winners will ring the church bell and receive a prize. Communities around the world compete with the traditional apron, cap and frying pan.
Plan to attend either function, and a fry pan with race attire for event is encouraged. Everyone is welcomed. Meals will be charged as $3 for kids under 10 and $6 for everyone else.
For more information, call 326-2064 or visit www.stpeterswestfieldny.org.