The Third Congregational Church Ladies Aid Society once again served up the best strawberry shortcake in all of Middletown this year, at their annual Strawberry Festival.
They made 1300 biscuits from scratch, covered them with 720 quarts of local strawberries (from Pell Farms in Somers), and topped it all off with 125 quarts of cream, whipped. They were served quickly and graciously by volunteers.
Some of those volunteers have been doing it for many years. June Godburn reminisced about working in the Ladies Aid events 60 years ago. She said that starting in 6th grade, they would come down to the church from the Westfield School, at the site of the current fire station, and help serve meals. In those days, the annual event was a full ham supper; Lorraine Andrews (pictured) told me it was "just too much food", and they started just serving the traditional dessert.
It remains as popular and delicious as ever.