Food for the soul

  • Georgianna Andrews of Wilton helps out by scooping sauce onto a plate of spaghetti.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Maxine Joselow)
  • Georgianna Andrews of Wilton slices a loaf of garlic bread fresh out of the oven.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Maxine Joselow)
  • Amy Demmons of Bedford slices garlic bread while her father, Mike Broderick, of Wilton stirs a pot of spaghetti.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Maxine Joselow)
  • Sue Jean of Wilton scoops sauce onto a plate of spaghetti while Georgianna Andrews of Wilton looks on.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Maxine Joselow)
  • Craig Hutchinson of Jaffrey and Carol Karnis of Milford dig into plates piled with spaghetti and garlic bread.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Maxine Joselow)
  • Sue Jean of Wilton carries a tray of ice cream to serve to customers.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Maxine Joselow)
  • Katie Demmons, 19, of Bedford hands a takeout box filled with spaghetti, salad, and garlic bread to John Hutchinson of Wilton, treasurer of the Second Congregational Church.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Maxine Joselow)
  • Mikayla Broderick, 10, of Wilton, the youngest volunteer at the spaghetti supper, carries a tray of ice cream out of the kitchen.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Maxine Joselow)

At the spaghetti supper at the Second Congregational Church in Wilton on Wednesday, food was a family affair.

Residents of Wilton and neighboring towns came together to feast on spaghetti and meatballs, garlic breadsticks, salad and ice cream. The event drew several families, including church members and non-members.

Al and Carol Karnis of Milford, both church members, said they came for the quality of the food. “The meal is very good,” Carol said as she and her husband dug into steaming plates of spaghetti. “We prefer to go here than eat at home.”

Todd and Laura Clough and their daughter, Madison Clough, 5, of Wilton, said they have enjoyed coming to spaghetti suppers since before they were church members. “We don’t have to cook and clean, and it’s affordable,” Todd said, noting the $7 admission for adults and $3 admission for children. “We like to see people we see every week in church,” Laura said as she cut up spaghetti for Madison.

Behind the scenes in the kitchen, another family was hard at work.

Members of all ages of the Broderick and Demmons clans helped put on the event. The youngest was Mikayla Broderick, 10, of Wilton, who oversaw the cash register and served ice cream. The oldest was her grandfather, Mike Broderick, also of Wilton, who cooked the spaghetti and baked the garlic bread.

In addition, Mikayla’s grandmother, Cindy Broderick of Wilton, her aunt, Amy Demmons of Bedford and her cousin, Katie Demmons, 19, of Bedford, helped prepare and serve the food.

“I roped them in. We just all work together,” Cindy Broderick said. This marks the 15th year that Cindy and her husband Mike have been volunteering at spaghetti suppers. The younger family members got involved just in the past few years.

“I like helping out because I get to be with my grandma and cousin,” Mikayla Broderick said.

“We have it down to a science,” Amy Demmons said. “It’s always fun. They all do their part.”

This was the last spaghetti supper of the summer. Spaghetti suppers will resume at the Second Congregational Church in September and occur every third Wednesday of the month.

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