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Two decades of berry delights

POULSBO — With Father’s Day around the corner, the Little Norway Grandmother’s Club has an early treat for Dad or anyone else looking to satisfy their sweet tooth.

And while club president Darlene Munroe wasn’t sure what the exact recipe for the group’s Strawberry Fest success was, it might have something to do with the shortcake.

“I’m not quite sure how it took off but I do know we’ve been doing it for about 20 years now,” said Munroe, noting that the prosperity of the strawberry festival in Indianola might have sparked the idea.

Even so, the Poulsbo club has made its own strides throughout the years, she said.

“Every year, Mr. (Marion) Sluys has given us 400 biscuits and everything else has come from local merchants as well,” she explained. “The community has really been great to us.”

In addition to having heaping portions of tummy-tempting strawberry shortcake at the Sons of Norway for $5, the event will feature homemade pies and cinnamon rolls as well.

“All our pies will be sold as whole pies and not by the slice as in years past,” Munroe commented.

Proceeds from the event, which is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will benefit the local community in the form of scholarships and other gifts to groups including North Kitsap Fishline.

“We give a little to a lot of organizations and some of our members still make lap robes and baby hats as well,” Munroe noted.

While the group stays as active as it can during the year, Strawberry Fest has become its signature event and is responsible for most of the fund raising it does throughout the year, Munroe said.

But even that could be in jeopardy.

“We’re not as young as we once were and some of us are having a harder time getting around than we used to,” she pointed out. Most of the club’s members range in age from 80 to 92 and each year is often touted as “possibly the last one.”

Despite its history of giving, the Little Norway Grandmother’s Club’s biggest challenge is in maintaining its numbers, Munroe lamented.

“We’re hanging on, but we need some new members to keep us going,” she said. “A lot of groups are facing the same thing we are.”

The club meets on the third Tuesday of every month from September to June. No meetings are held during the summer.

“We do that because a lot of people like to travel, but we normally have a picnic in August,” Munroe explained.

For more information about Strawberry Fest or the Grandmother’s Club, call Munroe at (360) 779-4064.

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