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George Washington Club Annual Banquet 2018
February 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFree
It is Holly’s oldest tradition — the George Washington Club’s Annual Banquet.
Rosencrans K. Devine began the tradition Feb. 22, 1893 at the Hurst Hotel (now the Holly Hotel), bringing together a group of prominent Holly citizens for the purpose of honoring George Washington. On the menu: ham, scalloped potatoes, carrot salad, green beans and rolls. For dessert it was George Washington’s favorite — cherry pie.
For decades, the pies were made by Holly resident Carl MacArthur. Since then, MacArthur’s granddaughter, Julie Parks has carried on the tradition.
“This is yet another example of what makes Holly such a wonderful community in which to live,” said Holly Village President Pete Clemens said. “The luncheon is a tradition that the citizens of Holly have continued to carry on for over a century, and is a true testament to their strong and tenacious spirit.”
Since its inception, the club has only failed to meet on two of the years because of food rationing during World War II. Holly’s George Washington Club is the oldest in the nation.