NEW CASTLE — The 145th Annual GAR Bean Dinner will take place Sunday at McElwee Park in New Castle.
The day begins with church services at 10 a.m. hosted by The New Castle Ministries. Everyone is welcome. Flag raising at 11:15 a.m. is followed by a full menu meal including sandwiches, potato salad, coleslaw, homemade pies, cakes and such specialties as soup beans (cooked over an open fire in iron kettles) and corn bread.
Homemade ice cream will be available by Phil Inguire.
Entertainment by Chestnut Ride Bluegrass Gospel commences at 11:30 a.m. followed by historian Chris Hart portraying Sam Gardner, a canal toll collector in Roscoe during the Civil War-life in the village at 12:45, then a performance by the Walhonding Rube Band at 1:15 p.m. and the crowning of the new Been Queen or King. In addition, David Snyder from Walhonding Valley Museum will bring the audience some local history. Local officials and candidates will be on the grounds to visit and listen to concerns.
The Grand Army of the Republic Bean Dinner is held annually in commemoration of the Charles C. Nichols Post, formed in 1867. Historically, the Bean Dinner was held on the Nichols Farm west of New Castle. On bequethal of McElwee Park to the community many years ago, the commemoration was transferred to its present location.
The park is open for picnics and family reunions. Any contributions will be greatly appreciated and are used for park improvements only.
Published on August 16, 2012