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Summer Supper Pie Room Dedicated in Memory of a Special Volunteer

Celebrating 52 seasons of Summer Suppers, Niantic Community Church will dedicate its pie room in the memory of volunteer Judy Layden who passed away earlier this year. Layden worked tirelessly every summer, to coordinate the dessert offerings of the event which is a summer tradition for family and friends from near and far. This year, Summer Suppers are offered July 10, 24 and August 7.

Niantic, CT, June 23, 2018 --( The Summer Supper pie room at Niantic Community Church is home to trays full on home baked delicacies that follow a succulent and savory roast beef and turkey dinner with all the trimmings. This year that pie room will be dedicated in memory of church member Judy Layden who passed away earlier this year, just shy of her 80th birthday. Judy labored over countless trays of homemade pies and desserts every summer for 37 years, following in the footsteps of her mother, Erma Brailey.

When Summer Suppers began back in 1966, Erma was the leading lady in the Pie Room and it was and still is, an honor to be invited to serve there. Friends and family gather to be a part of that summer tradition, one that meant a lot to Judy and her family so many years later.

“It was something that her mom got a lot of joy out of,” said Judy’s sister in law, Mary Brailey. “There was lots of camaraderie among her friends and later, among Judy’s friends.”

She had a special way about her that was very genuine and caring. Judy knew how to bring out the best in everyone and she did that in something as simple as the Summer Suppers. So it was no surprise to anyone at the church, to hear that as this year’s Summer Supper season rolls around, the pie room will be named after her. A plaque designating “The Judy Layden Memorial Pie Room” will be posted outside the room located in the lower level of the church building.

And in the spirit of great traditions, Kris Lambert, a close friend of Judy’s has been asked to accept the role of Pie Room chair. The task involves coordinating help for each of the three Summer Suppers, and arranging for a plethora of volunteers to bring in home baked desserts to satisfy many a sweet tooth. Through a circuitous route, and a number of many chance encounters, Judy and Kris became fast friends with many common interests, not the least of which was Niantic Community Church. About assuming this important role, Kris realizes she has big shoes to fill.

“I was touched that church officers thought I could step up,” said Kris. “I think the pie room plays a huge role in the Summer Suppers. People come in looking for a certain thing. Lemon Meringue is always big. People come for good food too, but especially those great home baked desserts and they know they’ll find them here.”

The Summer Supper tradition is in its 52nd year, with a menu of roast beef and roast turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cole slaw, green beans, rolls, cranberry sauce and of course homemade desserts. Tickets are sold at the door, $12 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Suppers will take place on Tuesday, July 10, 24 and August 7. All dinners have two seatings, at 5:30 & 6:30 p.m. and offer indoor, air conditioned seating as well as outdoor seating, and take out is always available.

Niantic Community Church is located at 170 Pennsylvania Ave., Niantic. (860) 739-6208. Visit
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