FUMC Pancake Day is Feb. 26

Feb 18, 2013
Photo by: Donated photos PANCAKE DAY IS COMING — Pictured, from left, are members of the First UMC Pancake Day team, Mary Lee Sease, Amy Hopkins, Eunice Ledford and Linda Manes. Below, Charlie Way is pictured serving Clarence Burrell in old classrooms in basement of church before the fire of 1994 (1979 photo).

The 56th annual Pancake Day will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at First United Methodist Church in Waynesville. The community is invited to “refuel” with the hearty pancake meal.

The menu includes unlimited buttermilk and buckwheat pancakes, along with prize-winning sausage, bacon and freshly brewed coffee.  The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children under 12.

Since its inception in 1957, the Pancake Day has grown into a church-wide project and an opportunity for the community to enjoy fellowship and a good meal.

When the educational wing of the church was planned in 1955-56, a pledge campaign was launched in order to raise funds to pay for its construction. Mrs. Rufus Siler, affectionately called Miss Anna, had visited her daughter in Texans in 1956.  During her visit, a new shopping center opened in the city and as part of promoting the new center, pancakes were being served all day, sponsored by “Aunt Jemima.”   When Siler returned home and presented the idea to the Woman’s Society, they embraced the idea and the first annual Pancake Day was held in the spring of 1957. It was decided that the women would involve some men of the church by having them cook and serve the pancakes, while the women mixed the batter, cooked bacon and sausage, made coffee and other kitchen tasks.

At first the pancakes were cooked on one electric grill and several gas grills.  Bacon and sausage were fried in pans on a wood burning kitchen stove, in a small kitchen.  The fire in the stove had to be started about 3 a.m.  The church also had a very small dining room at that time.

With the completion of the new educational building, all facilities were expanded.  A new, larger kitchen was available as well as a new and larger fellowship hall

The first Pancake Day grossed about $500.  It has continued to grow each year and it is estimated that in 2012 approximately 3,000 people were served and more than 475 volunteers were involved.

The goal this year is to raise more than $20,000. After the original pledge for the educational building was paid off, money raised has been used for kindergarten scholarships, foreign and local missions and other local needs.

For information, call Steve Brown at 452-8317.