Celebrate Shrove Tuesday in Shoreham on Feb. 13

SHOREHAM — To celebrate Shrove Tuesday, Shoreham Congregational Church will be holding a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. At the dinner they will serve pancakes or French toast with maple syrup, sausages, latkes with applesauce or sour cream, and beverages.
What is Shrove Tuesday? It is the day before Lent, which starts on Ash Wednesday. The name shrove comes from the old Middle English word “shriven,” which meant to go to confession to repent for wrong things done. Lent always starts on a Wednesday, so people went to confession the day before. This became known as Shriven Tuesday and then Shrove Tuesday.
Another name for this day is Pancake Day. The epicurean name comes from the old English custom of using up all the fattening ingredients in the house before Lent so that people were ready to fast. The fattening ingredients that most people had in their houses in those days were eggs and milk. A very simple recipe to use up these ingredients was to combine them with some flour and make pancakes.
Any and all are welcome to the dinner. The Shoreham Congregational Church is at 28 School Road in Shoreham.

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