PLYMOUTH – American Legion Post 20 will be holding a motorcycle ride Saturday followed by a brisket dinner for Armed Forces Day, inviting the public to join them in raising money for a new kitchen for the post.
The Legion riders will depart from the post at 11 a.m. for a 90 mile ride and return at 2:30 p.m. for dinner, raffles and entertainment by post member Dave Quick, who will play music from the 60s, 70s and 80s. The public is invited to join in. The ride is $25 or $15 for a passenger and the dinner is $15.
Keith Golnik, commander of the post at 245 Main St., said the post’s riders program typically holds two rides a year, one in the spring and one in the fall.
“The fall ride raises money for the food pantry,” Golnik said. “The spring ride is usually donated to a local charity; usually a veterans’ charity. This year, though, the riders chose to donate back to the post for our kitchen plans.”
American Legion Post 20 currently doesn’t have a kitchen.
“Before our post was hit by a truck, we only had a small kitchen the size of a closet,” Golnik said. “This kitchen is phase two of our building plans. But the governor shutting business down for two months and limiting our ability to operate put everything on the back track. We have to rebuild our emergency fund to tackle the kitchen.”
Golnik said while the previous kitchen was more like a home kitchen, his goal is to get the post a commercial kitchen and thus qualify for a class three food license. This will allow the post to hold functions with dinners easier.
“Currently, whenever we want to do an event that offers food to the public we have to get a $50 one-time license,” he said. “We hope that with our new kitchen up and running it will be easier to host events in the future.”
In other post news, the Post 20 canteen is now open at noon every day.
The post will also be holding a chicken barbecue May 22 at the post. People can take-out or dine-in from 4 to 6 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the post prior to May 19. The meal will include “Phil’s famous 1/2 chicken,” coleslaw, beans and a roll. Quick will also return for live entertainment at 3 p.m. Tickets for this event are $12.
In addition, bike nights will be held every Thursday at 6 p.m. beginning May 27. Bike nights are sponsored by BADD Motorcycle and Plymouth Graphics.
“Come enjoy the company of fellow motorcycle riders,” Golnik said. “There will be drink specials and hot dogs as well as music.”
For more information on American Legion Post 20, call 860-584-9119 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.