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Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017 6:35 pm

 For the 68th year, enjoy a Homestead tradition at the Boy Scout Troup #69 Annual Spaghetti Dinner 

   One of South Dade's best tradition's returns on Saturday Oct. 14th when Boy Scout Troop #69 hosts the 68th Annual Spaghetti Dinner.

   Silver Palm United Methodist Church at 15855 S.W. 248th Street is the place to be from 4:30 to 7:30 that day. The Church will be hosting the event due to severe damage caused by Hurricane Irma to the Troop's property in the Redland's where it is traditionally held at long tables surrounded by trees as far as you can see.

   This community tradition is much more than some of the best spaghetti young scouts and their parents can produce; it is a time for families to gather and enjoy each other's company.  What makes it such a tradition?

   Imagine over 1,000 people chowing down on this great home cooked meal. Don't worry, there is plenty of room for everyone and they will not run out of food.

   Imagine a group of tables (almost) the size of the new Homestead city hall. And imagine them covered in more pies, cakes, and fruity treats made from South Dade produce. Now imagine you get to pick whatever you want!

   Now imagine groups of people that have gathered to see their friends, only to realize that many of them have come just to have an opportunity to see people that they only see once a year at this dinner. And that just adds to the special feeling that the evening sends everyone home with.

   In 1949, the troop's very first Scoutmaster, Norman Benson, started what has become a signature event in the Redland. Benson served our boys as their leader from 1946 - 1963. This tradition was a hit from the start. Local business leader George Cooper was the next generation of Scoutmaster that kept the event going forward.

   For you healthy eaters, don't think they'll shut you off after your first shirt stain. The dinner is all-you-can-eat of spaghetti, garlic bread and salad with iced tea, lemonade and coffee.

   Did we mention the desserts that would make your grandma proud?

   In a hurry...have a kids game to get to? No worries. You can get your dinner to go. City folks would probably pay half a month's rent for this country treat. So don't tell them it's only $8 for Mom and Dad and $5. for kids. Imagine, a family of four can have a memorable meal with hundreds of friends and family for $26. Wonder if Olive Garden will close early that night....

   Boy Scout Troop #69 needs money for many events during the year. The Scouts go camping, canoeing and on many adventures. This dinner is their one time a year chance to make enough to allow all of this to happen and to purchase the equipment and supplies for the activities and to maintain their property and facilities.

   Sponsored by Silver Palm Methodist Church the Scouts have been recognized by the Homestead Historical Museum for their many community projects and activities. In addition, this year's spaghetti dinner is being held in honor of long time scouter, scout leader, mentor, and friend to all, Bill Broughton, who passed away this last winter after dedicating over 25 years to Troop #69, Cub Scout Pack #69, Venturing Crew #69, and all of the South Florida Scouting community.

   For more information about the dinner, you can call Jeanie Canavan at 786-255-8943 or Mylinda Drury 305-878-7226. For information about Troop #69, you can call Scoutmaster Rick Mixon at 305-213-6434.

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