On Sunday, March 7, Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church delivered a record setting Spaghetti Dinner in spite of what seemed an insurmountable dilemma.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Arkansas Department of Health restricted this traditional event to only seating 25 individuals indoors. Because of this hurdle, there was much talk of canceling the event for the first time in its history.
Yet the Ladies Altar Society, which has sponsored this event for more than a century, was determined to keep this legacy alive and received the unflinching support of their pastor, Father Stephen Hart.
Adjustments were made to not only serve those 25 indoors, but the ladies engineered a comprehensive drive-through plan to serve the pasta lovers and loyal attendees.
“We far exceeded our goal, and we owe so much thanks to the nearly 100 volunteers who made everything from scratch using original Italian recipes,” said Altar Society president, Gina Borgognoni. “Even though cars and trucks were lined up for four blocks, our efficiency was made possible by the expert traffic preparations of the Chicot County Sheriff’s Department which was personally managed by Sheriff Ron Nichols.” She further expressed, “Lake Village is an amazing community, and we are so grateful for all the local support, and for all those who traveled here from surrounding communities throughout the Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana region.”
This long-standing tradition continues, and will resume once again on the first Sunday of March next year.