UMW serves up an American tradition

Kathryn Swan | J-C correspondent
United Methodist Women serving home-made apple pie and cobblers following the Fourth of July Freedoms Celebration Parade last week were, from right, Jo Johnson, Sherry Williams, Linda Boone, Connie Fallleaf, Susan Faatz, Debbie Reed, Kathy Swan, Frances Altaffer and Methodist wannabe Elizabeth Hembree. Not pictured are Linda Jackson, Chris Morgan, Clara Smith, Shirley Roberts and Christy Moody.

Ron Reed

As far back as I can remember, Pawhuska’s July Fourth Freedom Celebration Parade has been celebrated with kids, dogs, bikes, strollers, an abundance of enthusiasm and creativity! Widely known for their culinary skills, the Pawhuska United Methodist Women added a little extra hometown hospitality to the celebration by dishing out generous servings of apple pie to parade attendees.

Their efforts were complimented by Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce board members who carried on another American Fourth of July tradition with grilled hotdogs. Much to the surprise and delight of parade attendees, both the hotdogs and apple pies were “free!”

For the past eight years, members of the Pawhuska community have volunteered to make and serve apple pie and hotdogs at the Janet Theis Holcombe gazebo following the Freedom Celebration Parade.

Several groups of out-of-town visitors were so impressed with the UMW booth that they asked to have their picture taken with the ladies as a special memento of their time in Pawhuska.