Plenty cooking for voters in Clarendon
By SANDI SWITZER
Correspondent | March 05,2013
CLARENDON – A home cooked meal on Town Meeting Day has become an annual tradition for residents on their way to the polls.
Clarendon seniors are hosting a potluck supper today at the Clarendon Community Center with local residents cooking up some favorite dishes for voters, and even those too young to cast ballots.
The yearly gathering harkens back to traditional town meetings with citizens sitting down and eating together while debating issues of the day.
“It gives everybody the chance to visit one another and then they can go and vote,” organizer Nancy Buffum said.
Featured on this year’s menu are comfort foods like macaroni and cheese, beef stew, goulash, lasagna, scalloped potatoes, macaroni salad, meatballs and a variety of desserts.
“We’ve got some pretty good cooks in town and they bring whatever I ask them to bring,” Buffum said.
Although it’s billed as a potluck dinner, Buffum said visitors do not have to bring a dish. “Just come and bring yourselves,” she said.
Proceeds from the meal go toward community center maintenance and necessary purchases.
“We’ve always used the money to keep the building going or to buy dishes, coffee pots, silverware, whatever is needed,” Buffum said.
Seniors serve between 50 and 100 people at the annual meal. “Sometimes it’s more, depending on the weather,” she said. “It’s been going on a good many years.”
Buffum noted the dinner at the Clarendon Grange Community Center begins at 4:30 p.m. and continues until everyone is served. The cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children 12 and under.
Voting on town and school budgets, special articles and elective offices takes place at the Clarendon Town Hall on Middle Road from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.