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Ham and Bean Dinner

Buzz Ritchie and admirer

Picture a crisp fall day, plenty of sunshine, the aroma of ham and beans cooking over an open fire and the soft strum of guitar and dulcimer music in the background.

Of course a full plate of those ham and beans with cornbread and a hot cup of coffee.

A great picture. Frame it. Call it the 2001 Catlin Historical Society Ham and Bean Dinner held October 7 on the grounds of the Catlin Heritage Museum.

Dinner line

"Once again we had a wonderful day," said society president and dinner chairman Sara Cast. "The weather was great!"

An estimated 200 people went through the serving line to partake of the bottomless bowls of ham and beans and chili plus hot dogs, barbecue, chili dogs, applesauce, cornbread and tasty squares of homemade cake.

Buzz Ritchie cooked the beans and chili over the open wood fire, an all-night process. "He has gained quite a reputation for this event," Cast said.

Dinner under canvas

The Vermilion County Conservation District provided the tent this year. District employees worked in the rain on Friday morning prior to the event to get it set up.

Music was provied by Robert Elgin on dulcimer and Chip Voorhees on guitar. "It was very nice," Cast said.

Music for all ages

Kathleen Harby did the calling to line up the many volunteers and donations of desserts and cornbread for the event.

John Hampton helped to organize the serving area.

Members serving food were Virginia Wallen, Jeff Monyok, Alma Moody, John and Sara Cast, Steve and Linda Berry, Judy Walker, Evelyn Darr, Bruce and Patty Boyd, Ron and Sue Colwell and Lela Mae DeNeal.

Volunteers man the kitchen

Boy Scouts helping to clear tables and carry trays included Jake Cord, George Monyok, Josh Swallow and Justin Puzey.

The Catlin Heritage Museum was open during the dinner and guides were Esther Elmore, Catherine Miller, Virginia Wallen, Nadine Clark, Nellie Mae Davison, Jim and Dorothy Jones, Don and JoAnn Fleming.

"Everything went very smoothly," Cast said.

On view

 Fall garden
Dressed for fall

 War Memorial
Memorial construction

Catlin Historical Society
210 North Paris
Catlin, Illinois 61817