Backus planning to host second ‘harvest dinner’

Press Release

The Backus Community Center in International Falls will host a fall harvest fundraising dinner on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
The second-annual dinner, featuring a menu of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, carrots, rutabagas, pickled beets, and dinner rolls, will be held on the Backus stage, with take-out meals picked up from the kitchen window.
Meals cost $10/person, with five and under being free.
All proceeds will benefit the Backus food programs, including the Community Café.
Tickets are available at the door or in advance at the Backus office.
“Dinners are typically good fundraising opportunities,” said Backus business manager Hoa Sobczynski.
“Everyone has to eat, and what better way than to join friends and family at Backus for a fresh, hot meal with the majority of produce coming from our local farmers.
“Proceeds from this meal will benefit our other food programs,” Sobczynski added.
“[The] Community Café costs about $26,000 a year to provide for the community so these funds will help Backus to continue feeding people.”
The Community Café has served more than 25,000 meals since its inception in 2012.
Fall harvest festivals or dinners are annual celebrations that occur around the time of the main harvest of any given region.
Ample food and freedom from the necessity to work in the fields are two central features in their origin.
In Britain, thanks has been given for successful harvests since pagan times.
Harvest festivals traditionally are held on the Sunday near or of the “Harvest Moon,” the full moon which occurs closest to the autumn equinox.
The celebrations on this day usually include singing hymns, praying, and decorating churches with baskets of fruit and food.
In British and English-Caribbean churches, chapels, and schools, as well as some Canadian churches, people bring in produce from the garden or farm.
The food often is distributed among the poor and senior citizens of the local community, or used to raise funds for the church or charity.
As noted, harvest dinner tickets are available in advance at the Backus office for those who want to avoid buying at the door and for take-out meals.
Its office hours are Monday to Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information, call 1-218-285-7225.