Hughes House luncheon Friday

Debby Blake (left), Jeanne Johnson and Serena Crane are prepared for the Hughes House Historical Society’s 30th annual St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon, Friday, March 15, at the Eagles Lodge, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds from the luncheon support the Hughes House.

You say potato, they say lunch.

The 30th annual St. Patrick’s Day potato luncheon, to benefit the Hughes House Historical Society, is Friday, March 15, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge.

Proceeds from the luncheon go to the Hughes House trust, which supports maintenance and needs of the museum according to event organizer Priscilla Derry.

Lunch includes a stuffed potato, salad, dessert and a beverage.

Tickets are available at the Hughes House on Main Avenue for $5 or they can be purchased for $6, at the Eagles Lodge, during the event.

For those interested in volunteering, there is still time to help with the event.

In years past the event has fed more than 600 people and raised over $2,000 for the museum. However, that was due to having enough volunteers to deliver lunches. Delivery will not be available this year because of a lack of volunteers Ms. Derry said.

“There was about fifty of us working on [the luncheon] when we would do delivery,” Ms. Derry said. “We’re probably down to about twenty people working on it.”

Not being able to provide the delivery service has a significant impact on the fundraising effort.

“Last year we raised a little over $200 because we didn’t have enough people,” she said. “We’re hoping to have some more this year.”

The dine-in and take-out portion of the event serves approximately 150 people Ms. Derry said. Carry-out boxes will be available.

Organizers are prepared to serve 200 lunches this year and hope to raise at least $400.

Ms. Derry who has supported the event for over 20 years said she got involved to preserve the community’s history.

“I would just like to see the history of St. Maries preserved,” Ms. Derry said, “and that is the way to do it—through the museum.”

Additional fundraisers for the museum this year include a quilt raffle. Tickets are expected to be on-sale May 1 to Sept. 2, Labor Day. The Benewah Valley Piecemakers provided the quilt which is made from Paul Bunyan t-shirts.

Money raised from the quilt raffle will support the purchase of a kiosk to house the Foursquare Gospel Church bell.

For more information or to purchase luncheon tickets call Priscilla Derry, 208-245-2837.

The March 6, edition reported the Hughes House Potato Luncheon to begin at 10 a.m. The luncheon begins at 11 a.m.

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