Hadley church to offer spring supper

  • Asparagus ready to be put into bunches at Alligator Brook Farm in Hadley May 8. The green, also known as “Hadley grass,” will be the centerpiece of the First Congregational Church of Hadley’s spring supper. Gazette File Photo/Carol Lollis

Staff Writer
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

HADLEY — For each of the past 87 years, the First Congregational Church of Hadley has welcomed the community to a spring supper, usually featuring the town’s best-known seasonal crop, “Hadley grass,” also known as asparagus.

On Saturday, this tradition will continue, with a ham, potato salad and asparagus dinner, featuring numerous other local and Hadley products, including Esselon coffee, biscuits for strawberry shortcake made at Barstow’s Dairy Store and Bakery, and ice cream made by Flayvors of Cook Farm.

“We love opening the church to the community,” says Mary Thayer, a deacon at the church that was built in 1808 as the Town Meeting house for Hadley.

Thayer notes that while this annual dinner dates to 1931, some type of supper has been held annually at the 102 Middle St. church, next to Town Hall, since 1885.

The Rev. Christina Williams, the pastor at the church, said the tradition is to open doors of what is the oldest Congregational church building in the region as a way to celebrate the season’s first harvest.

“The table is a sacred gathering place for the community to come and relax and share conversation and laughter,” Williams said.

Seatings, by reservation only, take place at 5 and 6:30 p.m., with takeout meals available.

Tickets are $13 for adults and $6 for children ages 6-12. Under 6 are free. For reservations call 362-6654 or 584-4117.

Thayer said proceeds go toward church programs and building maintenance.

For more information, visit www.firstchurchhadley.org.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.