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Legion Post Members Open Doors To Diners
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Italian food was on the menu as the members of the Escalon American Legion Post and local residents shared in the monthly dinner night, Aug. 21 at the Second Street Post rooms. Marg Jackson/The Times

Getting back to hosting once-a-month dinners, the Escalon American Legion Gustafson-Thompson Post put on its latest event on Saturday, Aug. 21.

Officials said they had to put the dinners on hiatus during the height of the COVID pandemic and were finally able to start them up again this summer. They had one in July, the recent ‘Italian Night’ event this past weekend, and are planning two more this year.

They are looking at putting on a Taco Night supper in September and then a Chili Cook-Off event to wrap up the gatherings in October. With the busy holiday season starting in November, they don’t put them on for a few months, playing it by ear when to bring them back after the start of the new year.

July was a successful event, said Post members, with a Fish Fry Night and the Aug. 21 event saw Italian staples such as spaghetti and lasagna served up, along with side dishes, beverages and dessert.

The once a month dinners are put on by the Post as a “charitable event,” members said, just sharing a meal and community camaraderie. They typically plan for anywhere from 50 to 60 diners and were just a bit over the 50 mark for the Aug. 21 dinner.