NEW CASTLE — The 152nd Annual GAR Bean Dinner will take place on the customary third Sunday in August, Aug. 18, 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. Mohawk Valley 4-H club will lead flag rising at 11:15 a.m. Serving is from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a full menu including ham, chicken, and BBQ pork sandwiches, homemade potato salad, pasta salad, pies, cakes and such specialties as soup beans cooked over an open fire in iron kettles and cornbread. There will also be roasted corn on the cob and hand-dipped ice cream served by the Mohawk Valley 4-H club.
At noon there will be music by Brad Fuller, guitarist/singer with songs you know and love. At 1 p.m., local historian Chris Hart will be portraying a civil war character. At 1:30 p.m., the Walhonding Rube Band will favor attendees with their style of music and the announcement of The New Bean Queen or King. Also, at the east end of the pavilion, David Snyder from the Walhonding Valley Museum will have some local history. Local officials and candidates will be on the grounds to visit and listen to concerns. Throughout the day there will be presentations.
The Grand Army of the Republic Bean Dinner is held annually 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 over a hundred years ago, the commemoration was transferred to its present location.
The park is open for picnics and family reunions. Any contributions will be greatly appreciated and are used for park upkeep and improvements only.
Come, eat, visit, remember – and enjoy the park!