NORWICH Ė As a tradition that began in the basement of St. Bartholomewís more than 60 years ago, the spaghetti supper is now a heavily anticipated event for the church and diners throughout the area. Hundreds more are expected to dine at the East Main Street Msg. Festa Parish Center tonight as the church hosts the second night of its annual pasta feast.
St. Bartís and St. Paulís are hosting the two-night event, gathering more than 100 volunteers to help prepare, cook, clean and serve at this yearís conventional Italian dinner. Teams of volunteers spent days of preparing food for the expected 1,000 guests. Nearly 1,700 meatballs, 60 gallons of sauce, 200 pounds of pasta and 16 cases of tomatoes were needed in the arrangement. According to Nan Magistro, member of St. Bartís spaghetti supper committee, both St. Bartís and St. Paulís greatly benefit from this fundraiser and parishioners are working hard to show that long traditions have strong community ties.