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Knights of Columbus Lenten fish fries underway in Carlinville

A large crowd filled the Carlinville Moose for the second Lenten fish fry, hosted by the Knights of Columbus, Feb. 23. Fish fries will continue at the Moose each Friday in March, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Photo contributed.


Enquirer Democrat Reporter

Yearly fish fries, hosted by the Knights of Columbus, have officially begun in Carlinville.

The Knights cook every Friday during the Lenten season, which began Feb. 14 and ends Mar. 29.

On Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, the Knights will be serving River Fish/Buffalo or White Fish/Alaskan Pollock or shrimp, baked potato, fries and its special slaw for a total of $10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Carlinville Moose. The Ladies Knights of Columbus Auxiliary will also be selling $2 cakes and $3 pies for dessert.

Meals are both dine-in and carry-out.

The fish fries were formerly held at The American Legion, but the Knights of Columbus felt it was best to change the venue because Tim Snodgrass had opened his new Legion Home Smokehouse resturant there.

“We met with Tim [Snodgrass] and a member of the the Legion last December,” said Knights of Columbus member Don Reid. “While they were willing to try to host our fish fries and the new restaurant we did not believe that would work for us. We have no plans with the Legion at this time.”

Since the middle to late 1980s, The Knights of Columbus has supported a variety of charities through their fish fries, including MCDD, St. Jude, and Shriners Hospital. In addition, they benefit local Vacation Bible School programs, PSR (K-8 classes), Bible studies, a $1000 scholarship and other church activities. The Knights have donated over $3000 to support these charities.

So far, the community support has been “great.” The Knights served just under 600 meals at its first fish fry, which is about the average amount. Last week, they served almost 700.

“We have so many friends that come every week – sometimes for lunch and dinner,” Reid said. The Moose Club has been very easy to work with too. I want to thank those members, especially Tom Bennett. We are fortunate to live in a community that cooperates this well. I would also like to acknowledge all of the hard-working members of the Knights of Columbus and Ladies Auxiliary who donate their time and effort to make these fish fries happen.”