Sunday, November 9, 2008

Clam and Shrimp Feast at Remen Lodge

On Saturday, November the 8th the Improved Order of Redmen, Tribe 149 in Fruitland held it's annual Clam and Shrimp Feast for members. Pictured at right Neil Abbott opens another bag of clams and prepares them for the steamer. Thanks to Neil, Johnny Bennett, Richard Timmons, Tony Johnson and many more

workers, the clams and shrimp kept on coming with little delay. The buffet table had plenty of Hush puppies, Mac Cheese, Potato salad and other sides as well. The full house of members wanted for little on this day and a good time was had by all. On the right you can see the folks in one end of the hall and there are very few open seats. More tables were set up behind where I was standing and they filled quickly as well. In the Center photo Dick Mitchell takes a break from the clams and enjoys the camaraderie of other members while at the same time Bob (pop-pop) Coffin and his wife (mom-mom) Jo Anne go about enjoying the bounty.
The Improved Order of Redmen is one of the oldest Fraternal organizations in the United States. Mush like the more well known Moose Lodge and The Eagles they strive to give back to the community in various ways. The Redmen in Fruitland has been the host to Women Supporting Women Poker Run this past July, and the Antique Truck Show held in October. The Antique Truck Club, The Redmen, and the Order of Pocahontas (ladies of the Redmen) will team up next month to provide Christmas gift and meals for needy families on the Lower Shore. Last year over 80 families benefited from this Christmas program and at least the same amount is the goal for this year. The Redmen have many other activities for it's members too. There is a pool league, a shuffleboard league, and a dart league. Friday night dinners and a live band for entertainment, Sunday dinners and daily lunch specials are all on the agenda year round.

More about the Redmen can be found by clicking on the title of this post to be taken to the National Site. Want to be a member? Stop by the lodge in Fruitland and ask for an application or see any member.

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