Since I took a more active role here at Patch, I have had the opportunity to meet some really nice people, but none better than the folks at our Plymouth VFW Post 6695, which is also home to the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 528.
I had a conversation with Gary (Bear) Kubik, who is the VFW Lounge Manager and Post Advocate, about some of the upcoming events they were having. I was interested in posting them at Patch. He kindly informed me that the Ladies Auxiliary was hosting a Soup & Salad Dinner on the 22nd, for $5.00. This sounded like a good event to share with Patch readers, so I asked more questions.
At some point I think he invited me to attend, but on second thought, I may have invited myself. He happened to mention two words that kind of sealed the deal for me. He uttered the words “bake sale” and for me, that was all it took. Soup and salad are good, but baked goods are great!
Not only was I going to put out the word at Patch, but I made plans to attend. I had never been to one of these events at the VFW, and having the amount of respect that I have for the men and women who have served our country, I thought it was high time that I met these folks. Did I mention that they had homemade baked goods?
So I basically expected 4 or 5 different kinds of soups, and a few salads, which for 5 bucks, is a pretty good deal. Being the kind of guy that I am, I did not have a bite to eat all day. I intended to try each of the homemade soups available, and in my humble opinion, it's always best to approach these things with an empty stomach.
I was not prepared for what we saw when we walked into that room. It was crock pot heaven! My knees actually went a bit weak. Rochelle grabbed my arm, and told me to take some deep breaths.
We were not talking 4 or 5 soups here, we were staring smack dab at 15 or 20 different kinds of soup, with close to 10 different salads. There were two tables filled with baked goodies as well, for a buck a pop.
I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. I was brought back to reality with Rochelle whispering in my ear to pace myself, and quit drooling. On one wall was soup, on another salads, a look to the right was all the baked goods, and if I wanted an ice cold beer, there were two of America's finest manning the bar. Yep, that was my first impression of the Plymouth VFW.
I am going to put my food critic hat on for a minute, and say this. It doesn't matter where you went for dinner on Saturday night, you did not get better food than I did, and I don't care what you paid. There was no restaurant in this county that had 20 of the best homemade soups & salads that the women of the Ladies Auxiliary can cook for you. Did I mention that this was all for $5.00?
All that I can say, is that the next time I make an announcement about a dinner at the Plymouth VFW, you would be wise to take my advice, and go enjoy a great meal. And if you don't? More for me.
You will get a great meal at the Plymouth VFW, but that is not all. You will get a chance to meet some of the nicest people around. Rochelle and I walked in as strangers, and we walked out as friends with some very fine people. We were made to feel welcome the minute we walked in the door. Most folks had a story to share, or a joke to tell, and all had a smile for us.
We would like to thank Bear, Judy (who organized this event), and the rest of the gang, for making us feel so welcome.
So in closing, I would just say that if you ever want to have a great meal with some of our nation's heroes, attend an event at the Plymouth VFW Post 6695. You'll walk away with a full belly, and a few more friends than you had before you arrived...
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