11/04/16 2:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Good food and a great meeting place for Islanders of all ages at the ham dinner the night before Election Day.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Good food and a great meeting place for Islanders of all ages at the ham dinner the night before Election Day.

If part of your Election Day eve tradition is attending St. Mary’s Episcopal Church’s ham dinner, you may have wondered why and when this Island tradition was born.

The “when” is a difficult research project. A check of back issues of the Reporter don’t list it, but speculation is that it likely started some time about half a century ago. While there had been a number of write-ups in the Reporter about partisan pre-election dinners and other events, St. Mary’s appears to be the first non-partisan group to enter the fray, offering a pre-election night ham dinner. (more…)