Traditions endure

Thu, 11/04/2021 - 2:00pm

To the Editor,
Numerous conversations I’ve had this summer seem to consistently mention “changes” to the island – from unfamiliar faces on the ferry, to crowded beaches, to lack of parking in the Interstate lot mid week, etc. But in the midst of all these “changes” comes the comfort of the consistently-held Roll Call Dinner – put on by the Harbor Baptist Church and supported by a community of cooks and bakers across the
island every fall.
My great-great grandfather, Horace Roberts, began this tradition in what is believed to be 1900, and it has prevailed through two world wars, a depression, hurricanes and now a pandemic. While we all miss the physical gathering of friends and visitors these past two years, there is a level of comfort in this Roll Call Dinner being continued, if only in a “drive thru” mode. I want to extend my thanks to all who have not let this October tradition fall by the wayside, and to all who contribute to the underlying fundraising concept year after year. I’d like to think Dr. Roberts is smiling down as turkeys and pies and community remain unchanged in a changing world.
George Dodge
Pilot Hill