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Planning ahead: George Taylor House group looks to spring activities

The George Taylor House committee is setting goals for 2021 as it continues to progress with all the pandemic challenges.

The first action, at its January reorganization meeting, was to address the administrative needs of the organization. Under the bylaws, the group set up the executive board and the members at large. The administrators are president, Jason Kern; vice president, Rob Martin; secretary, Sheila Martin; and treasurer, Doug Taylor. Members at large include Angela Steltz, Dorothy Everly and Christine Rocca.

The group had declined an offer by the borough to hold its traditional activities for Twelfth Night, a colonial celebration based off the superstitious belief that having your Christmas ornaments up after the 12th day after Christmas was bad luck. The COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and closures dimmed the festive feel.

However, the group held its own colonial evening dinner Jan. 9. The dinner menu included turkey with stuffing and a host of healthy items. But the real treat was the desserts. The Marlborough apple lemon pie had diners saving room for the final course.

If interested in making the Marlborough apple lemon pie, you will need 1 cup of applesauce, 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of grated lemon peel, 1/2 cup of light brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of light brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar, 4 slightly beaten eggs, 2 tablespoons of melted butter, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 9-inch lightly baked pie shell and sweetened whipped cream.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Combine all the ingredients (except the pie crust and whipped cream) and blend well. Pour the mixture into the pie crust. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350 and bake 15 minutes longer, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Top with whipped cream when serving.

After dining, the conversation continued with drinks.

The feast kept the heart warm and planted ideas for warmer days.

Sheila Martin has taken on the duty of events coordinator. The George Taylor House Facebook page is already filling up with events for the spring.

PRESS PHOTOS BY PAUL CMIL Jason Kern, president of the George Taylor House committee, serves fellow committee members and guests during a colonial dinner, held Jan. 9 at the Lehigh and Poplar streets, Catasauqua, historical site.
Attendees enjoy their meal, served on what would have been the group's traditional Twelfth Night, an event canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.