The cinnamon and caramel pecan breakfast rolls go back to the early
years of the event, when sisters Glenda Appel Allison and Gail Appel
Clark volunteered, with their mother's recipe in hand, to make all
of the rolls to be served at the 7 a.m. opening. That year, 300
rolls lined the kitchen counters through the night to rise so they
could be placed into the ovens for baking very early in the morning.
Spin forward in time some two dozen years to the 30th Harvest of
Talents for World Hunger, and that same wonderful fragrance will
greet those arriving for breakfast and shopping for hundreds of
handmade items on Harvest Day.
Marcia Bidwell (with hand on mixer), Elizabeth Brackney
and Alexander Bergin
Steve Elkins, for many years the man in charge of Harvest
roll-making, is retiring from that responsibility, and Melanie and
Joe Schaler, together with a crew of roll-making volunteers, some
seasoned and others brand-new, are busy producing this year's bounty
of breakfast rolls at the Harvest of Talents.
Each of the Wednesday nights in September, a group of roll-makers
-- some junior high school age, others well into retirement and
those in between -- have donned aprons and were found measuring
flour, sugar, eggs, butter and other baking ingredients, including
lots of cinnamon, to make this year's breakfast fare. Rolls have
been lovingly rolled and cut and arranged into baking pans to be
frozen in preparation for the Harvest of Talents morning and the
final baking and finishing process.
Between 1,700 and 2,000 caramel pecan and cinnamon rolls will
greet the early morning diners and shoppers.
But even before that, rolls will be served to workers assembled
at 6 a.m. to make final preparations for Harvest Day. Together the
workers will share a devotion offered by Rick Jett, chairman of
International Disaster Emergency Service, the organization receiving
each year's Harvest proceeds. Those standing in line outside
awaiting admittance will share in this devotion via the church's
public address system.
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All of this accomplished, the doors of the Fellowship Center will
swing open at 7 to greet early morning guests.
The public is encouraged to attend the 30th annual Harvest of
Talents for World Hunger. Hundreds of handmade items, many one of a
kind, will be offered for sale. Luncheon will include homemade
vegetable soup, sandwiches and pies. In Harvest Fare, the area
outside the Fellowship Center, a variety of snacks will be
available, including deep-fried potatoes, hot dogs and walking
tacos. Lincolnberry Café will offer its traditional scones, brisket
sandwiches, flavored coffees, hot spiced cider and hot chocolate, as
well as a variety of snack mixes. Entertainment will be provided at
midmorning by Lincoln vocalist Lesleigh Bennett and the True Blue
quartet from Elkhart.
A 2 p.m. auction will be the highlight of the day's events.
Proceeds of the 30th annual event will be presented to Jett, of
the International Disaster Emergency Service, during a service of
celebration at 10 a.m. Oct. 27 in the Hargrove Chapel at Lincoln
For more information, contact the office of Lincoln Christian
Church, 204 N. McLean, phone 217-732-7618.
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