Sylva Anderson was one of many people who came out for the Gilman Lutheran Church Fall Festival. Photo by Paul J. Seeling
Sylva Anderson was one of many people who came out for the Gilman Lutheran Church Fall Festival. Photo by Paul J. Seeling

TOWN OF GILMAN, WI – In spite of the surprise morning snowfall on Sunday, October 14, the Lutheran Church in Gilman Township held an inspiring and successful Fall Festival. This annual event features a Sunday morning worship service and hearty dinner. The church was nearly full for the worship service and definitely full for the Fall Festival dinner fundraiser with Pie and Silent auction that followed worship and brought home the “dough.”

The Summer Time Quartet an A Capella Quartet from the Twin cities was the singing inspiration for the Fall Festival worship service. And they provided lovely dinner music for the Fall Festival meal. This group sounds great in a sanctuary and in a church basement dining hall.

Gilman Lutheran Church parishioner Andrew Feiler who has been doing this meal for the last ten years or so worked with a great crew and prepared a fantastic delicious BBQ chicken dinner with all the fixings. The fixings included steamed baked potatoes, glazed baby carrots, homemade coleslaw and Harvest fruit salad, Spring Valley Bakery dinner rolls, refrigerator pickles, cold white or chocolate milk, lemonade, water and coffee. And for yummy desserts, there was an amazing assortment of slices of homemade pies, cakes and bars.

Andrew reported that they cooked up 225 pounds of chicken, 80 pounds of potatoes and 20 pound of baby carrots that were so tasty with a brown sugar glaze. There were some leftovers that were sold for take-home, but not a lot.

The Confirmation Class kids helped with serving and busing dishes; they were a big help and recognized as, “a great bunch of kids, who helped make the 2018 Gilman Lutheran Church Fall Festival a success again this year. They are a good reflection on their parents!”

Every room in the basement including the main dining room and all of the Sunday School classrooms were filled with Fall Festival diners enjoying the meal and music of the Summer Time Quartet.

As the meal concluded it was time for the wildly successful homemade pie auction to be followed by a Silent Auction.

There were 30 some delicious pies and bars that had been lovingly made by parishioners for this auction with all of the proceeds going to support the Gilman Lutheran Church Sunday School.

The master pie auctioneer was Jerimiah Johnson who was supported by a number of young Sunday School student spotters who helped track the bidders that were split between two main rooms.

The bidding was intense generally starting at $5.00 and going up as Johnson skillfully coaxed another two dollars here and five dollars there from the competing bidders for a chance to take home a delicious apple, cherry, or chocolate silk pie, or cream cheese bars. I believe the highest successful bid was $42 for what must be a very wonderful apple pie!

The Silent Auction closed; the happy bidders paid and collected their new treasures. All of the “dough” was collected for the Sunday School.

Kudos to all who worked and came out to the successful 2018 Gilman Lutheran Church Fall Festival!