148th GAR Bean Dinner approaching

| August 13, 2015

NEW CASTLE – The 148th annual GAR Bean Dinner will take place on the customary third Sunday in August (Aug. 16) at McElwee Park in New Castle.

The day begins with church services at 10 a.m. hosted by The New Castle Ministries. Everyone is welcome. A local Boy Scout troop will lead the flag raising at 11:15 a.m. and that will be followed by a full menu meal including: Sandwiches, potato salad, coleslaw, homemade pies, cakes and such specialties as soup beans (cooked over an open fire in iron kettles) and cornbread.

For your entertainment music will be provided by Rorey and Ray Wesney at 11:45 a.m. Local historian Chris Hart will be portraying a Civil War character at 12:15 p.m. followed by a performance by the Walhonding Rube Band at 1 p.m. and the crowning of the new Bean Queen and King. In addition, David Snyder from the Walhonding Valley Museum will bring attendees some local history. Local officials and candidates will be on the grounds to visit and listen to concerns.

The Grand Army of the Republic Bean Dinner is held annual in commemoration of the Charles C. Nichols Post, formed in 1867. Historically, the bean dinner was held on the Nichols Farm west of New Castle. On bequeathal of McElwee Park to the community many years ago, the commemoration was transferred to its present location.

The park is open for picnics and family reunions. Any contributions will be greatly appreciation and are used for park upkeep and improvements only.

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