The annual Joseph’s Storehouse appreciation dinner was held Thursday night at Grandview United Methodist Church. More than 50 guests attended, including volunteers, contributors, area church representatives, friends and customers. Some came from as far as Clearwater.
The meal of chicken and noodles, green beans, salads and desserts was prepared by church members as a donation to Joseph’s.
This year marked the 27th anniversary of the beginning of Joseph’s Storehouse in Burden and the 17th year of the new store built and paid for by volunteers and donations.
Board president Donna Jackson thanked the guests for coming, and outgoing board member Pastor Chuck Steel gave the blessing before the buffet dinner was served.
Following the meal, Jackson gave a short resume of what Joseph’s does for the area.
“Our programs include the food pantry, Christmas Angel Program, help to people with our Good Neighbor fund, school supplies to Dexter and Central, and an attractive and well-stocked clothing department all due to the efforts of Patrice Williamson, manager and her staff, Shannon, Stacy and Dustin, and the volunteers who help out,” Jackson said.
She then recognized the outgoing board members, Steel, Geranne and Ken Mills and Louise Stevenson.
Newly elected board members are Phil Adamson and Bryan Jackson, of Burden; Jessie Bradley and Bonnie Drake, of Dexter; Jack McNickle and James Wallingford, of Cambridge. Ken Mills gave the closing prayer.
The group moved into the church sanctuary to hear the guest speaker, Jim Hoy, from Emporia. Hoy illustrated some of the many legends and folktales from around Kansas and the communities that keep these stories alive. An authority on the folklife of ranching, Hoy is a retired professor of English and former director of the Center for Great Plains Studies at Emporia State University. His family also has a guest ranch at Cedar Point.
“I want to thank Donna and Joseph’s Storehouse for inviting me to speak to you tonight,” Hoy said. “I enjoyed the dinner, meeting new people and the opportunity to visit with you all.”
Hoy began his talk by giving a short account of Kansas when the Civil War ended and the frontier opened. Soldiers moved west and the railroads were built. “One Kansas myth promoted the theory that if you plow the ground, the rain will follow the plow,” Hoy said. “This encouraged the settlers.
Hoy gave the audience the definition of legend — “A legend is a story that probably happened sometime but as time passes, it is changed.”
He also gave an example of a folk tale. “Ducks were flying over a field of popcorn and the weather was so hot it caused the popcorn kernels to pop. The ducks think it is snow, they freeze and drop to the ground.”
Following his talk, Hoy asked for questions and then continued to visit with members of the audience who included area residents who came especially for his address.
Joseph’s Storehouse is on Main St. in Burden and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Donations of usable clothing, furniture, appliances, and miscellaneous are accepted during open hours at the back door off the alley.