The Duluth flooding in June spoiled a huge cache of rhubarb that was awaiting last minute harvest so volunteer bakers could bake their fresh pies for the 2012 Rhubarb Festival. But when the call went out to the gardeners of Duluth for clean, freshly picked stalks, the Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery, who sponsor CHUM (Churches United in Ministry), were among the many who rose to the occasion. And the cummulative result was stacks of rhubarb pies that lined the walls of the indoor snack area where visitors on Saturday enjoyed coffee and a-la-mode with their slices.
After-drizzles from the torrential rains were not able to dampen the spirits of the many visitors who came to enjoy the treasures that made up the Rhubarb Festival. The silent auction offered, among other items, a picnic ensemble, the necessities for an Italian dinner, a dried flower arrangement, and art work, which were donated by Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery. Sisters joined the many who turned out to defy the weather to enjoy music and song, crafts, games, and contests. In the indoor snack area, more “rhuby” morsels joined the many varieties of pie for sale.
|Rhubarb BlessingBecause we gather rhubarbMore people can be fedMore people go to sleep withA roof over their heads.Our rhubarb stands for justiceNot just for you and IWe chop and bake so all might haveA fair share of the pie.This rhubarb brings us closerTo true communityFor when we work togetherWe set each other free.We share this common effortWe share his common callThe gifts that we’ve been givenAre for the good of all.(Printed with permission from CHUM)|