An annual tradition in Argyle since 1882 has brought in one of its biggest turnouts to date.
The Argyle Fall Supper, which took place inside the Argyle Curling Club on Sept. 22, served a total of 823 people either by dine-in or pre-ordered take-out at the event. It is an impressive feat considering that the community only has a population of approximately one-tenth that number.
“We always joke there’s only 75 people in town,” Sandy Jamault, the lead organizer of the supper told The Stonewall Argus and Teulon Times. “It goes to one of our slogans, which is ‘Small Community, Big Hearts.’”
One of the major reasons for the supper’s success, according to Jamault, is the support from both current and former residents as well as those from surrounding areas. Another reason is the food, some of which has been prepared the same way for over a century.
“A lot of the recipes are still the original recipes … For instance, our pickle recipe is the same recipe that was used 137 years ago. How we prepare the potatoes is in the same fashion,” Jamault said. “Actually, the ladies who used to run it, when they handed over the handbook to the (current committee), it was sworn that we had to follow those recipes to a tee. Just out of respect for the tradition that has been thriving all these years.”
Including Jamault, there are five members of the Fall Supper committee as well as between 90 and 150 volunteers with various duties ranging from cooking food to setting up tables and chairs. She said she is proud to be at the helm of a true community event.
“Everyone wears multiple hats in this town, but in my opinion, the Fall Supper is the best (community) group because at the end of the day, all proceeds go towards each one of these groups. It’s all of the groups coming together to execute this excellent event, this cherished memory and in turn, all of the profits go back into the community,” Jamault said.