If the temperatures are warming and a hint of spring is in the air, it must be time for the Pilot Mountain Ruritan Club Chicken and Oyster Stew and Hot Dog Supper.
The club will welcome residents from its own and surrounding communities to take part in the popular meal, to be held on Saturday from 5-8 p.m. at the Whitaker Chapel United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
Patrons will have a choice of oyster stew, chicken stew or hot dogs, along with a drink and dessert. Plenty of seating will be available for dining in or those who wish may get their orders for take-out.
Tickets for the meal are can be purchased for $8 each or 10 tickets for $50 and will be available at the door.
“We’ve sold a lot of books of tickets this time and we’re expecting a really good night,” noted club Treasurer Wanda Fulk. “We had a large crowd at our last one. We’ve already gotten good support from area residents, businesses and other Ruritan clubs. We appreciate all the support we see.”
The meal is one of two similar “stew” fundraisers held by the club each year, with another event planned for the first Saturday in November. Club members estimate the club has hosted the meals for over two decades.
“This is a lot of work,” Fulk said, “but we all enjoy it. We start getting ready early in the week, with a lot of members and volunteers working together.”
According to Fulk, the evenings serve a dual purpose by allowing the community a chance to come together for good food and fellowship while raising funds that can be used to meet needs in the community. Proceeds also help to fund a Surry Community College scholarship through The Pilot Center.
“We help with sickness or making sure people have heat,” Fulk explained. “We try to help with whatever need we see in our community.”
“But it’s also important because of the fellowship it provides,” she continued. “People love the chance to come together. They look forward to it and everybody enjoys themselves.”
Organized in the mid-1970s, the stated purpose of the Pilot Mountain Ruritan Club is “to enhance the quality of living for the total community.”