by Lisa Tome
Tim Zeller was nervous.
Zeller, 15, a member of the St. Mary Anne's Episcopal Church Youth Group, was hoping he wouldn't have to cook pancakes.
"I don't want to be the cook. I don't know how to cook," said Zeller.
For years, to mark Shrove Tuesday, the St. Mary Anne's youth have hosted a pancake supper. The community is invited and asked to give donations which support church outreach programs.
Frank Donley, 16, coordinated the event this year. "It's a lot of work. It's a lesson in planning and preparation. We have the guidelines - last year we served 150 (people). The year before, it was 200. This year we're preparing for 200," said Donley.
He said the group of 10 volunteers and a few parents were choosing specific jobs. "A lot of people like collecting the money. Some like greeting people and waiting on tables," said Donley.
"I don't want to be a waiter," said Nate Sirkis, 16. "I'm not sure I'm the best person to manage who gets what food."
The kitchen was stocked with 50 pounds of pancake mix, enough to prepare 1,120 pancakes. There was also gluten free mix, new for the meal. In addition to the pancakes, the menu included fruit cocktail and sausage.
Parent Glenn Sadler is a chef. He was also on kitchen duty. "I'm making sure nobody loses a finger," said Sadler. Interim rector Kathryn Costas also helped supervise during the event.