Our Little Town
Burgoo 2009 - pt 2
Burgoo 2008 - pt 2
Past Burgoos - pt 2
Maxine Crawford, Janet Stucker, Rosalie Schone, Barbara Fowler and other volunteers peel onions on Thursday, in preparation for the cooks starting the soup cooking on Thursday night.
Kay and Dick Lippert, Howard and ? Mason and Stuart Daws work at peeling onions.
Pastor Tim Rhodes reaches for another onion as he helps with the preparing of vegetables for the soup.
Don Nickel of Colorado Springs, CO, and Maxine Crawford visit while they peel onions.
Kay and Dick Lippert and Howard Mason peel onions.
Rosalie Schone and Barbara Fowler, of Brook Park, OH, peel onions.
June Nobis and ? peel onions for the 2008 Burgoo.
Evelyn Smith, June Nobis and Glen Smith peel onions.
A tank full of fresh onions, peeled and quartered.
Lorenz Kleinschmidt and Althea and Dave Carls work with carrots and celery.
A tub of carrots, ready to be sliced for the soup.
Lorenz Kleinschmidt, Ray Schnitker and Dave Carls operate the vegetable chopper.
Celery, cleaned and trimmed.
Volunteers, including Sara Schone, June Houston, and Brenda Beets, work at cleaning and trimming stalks of celery.
Dean Stock holds one of this year's new tools - a potato chopper designed by Donald Kinsey.
A hedge-wood "piston" pushes whole potatoes through the PVC-pipe chamber.
Inside the chopper's champber are two wires forming cross-hair "cutters" to quarter the potatoes.
In one smooth move, Dean pushes the potatoes through the barrel and sends them into the tub of chopped potatoes below the cutting board.
Some volunteers used the new choppers, and others quartered the potatoes the old-fashioned way.
The new choppers performed well, but Donald reports that the"gusto" behind some of the pistons broke the wires in the pipe. He's planning improvements on next year"s models.
Over forty people came out and helped with the vegetable preparation, despite the cool, rainy weather from the remnants of hurricane Gustav.
Volunteers gather under the shelter in the Village park to clean and chop veggies.
Mike Beck stocks the ice tank with soft drinks and bottled water.
Marc Carls and Dean Stock prepare to use the potato peeling machine.
Not quite ready for serving, this soup will thicken and intensify in flavor before the "burgoomeisters" let it be dished up for kettle service.
Bill Leischner and Tony Thomas make wisecracks while the webmaster snaps their picture.
A view down inside the potato peeling machine. The machine works by tumbling potatoes on a undulating disk with a rough, sandpaper-like coating, while fresh water rinses away the bits of peel.
Charlie Stock leans over the tank to take a closer look at the door where some just-peeled potatoes will soon shoot out into the tank.
Volunteers pour fresh potatoes into the top of the peeling machines.
Tom Anderson heaves a bucket of peeled potatoes out of the tank to carry them to a table of volunteers who are chopping them into quarters.
Several volunteers quarter potatoes on a makeshift cutting board over a tank.
Steve and Sharon Daniel enjoy a bowl of burgoo.
A view of the bowl of soup enjoyed by the webmaster, who always adds crackers and pickles to the piping hot stew.
Marty ?, Jay Wessler and John Barrett work at kettle service on Saturday morning.
It's a unique soup. The prices went up this year (the costs the Village paid for the ingredients drove the increase), but the net proceeds all go to good causes.
Myron Strubbe and John Barrett dip into a kettle of hot soup.
Myron Strubbe, John Barrett and Brian Beard fill a gallon for kettle service.
Keith Kircher, Chris Privia's son and Chris Privia meticulously clean a stirring mechanism, probably one of the least glamorous jobs at the Burgoo.
Young volunteers are the heart of the Village's future burgoos.
Steaming kettle of hot burgoo -- cooked in iron kettles over wood-burning fires.
Smoke and steam rise from the soup line, mid-morning on Saturday.
Jim French and Gary Beard will cheerfully welcome your visit at Haney's General Store, and they'd even more cheerfully welcome your money.
Doors with character (from an Arenzville house), an old sled and some tools are among the things for sale at Haney's.
A Burgoo poster from years past is on display inside Haney's.
A unique, hand-made map of the U.S. (note that distinctive Illinois plate!), for sale at Haney's.
The best piece of apple pie the webmaster has ever eaten! Please, whoever baked this, make one again in 2009.
Early lunch under the shelter in the park.
Lorenz Kleinschmidt, proud great-grandpa, and his charming great-granddaughter.
Bill Lada, wearing the 2008 T-shirt sold to help support the costs of the website.
Wendy Peck and Molly Daniel, gradeschool pals, meet up at the Burgoo.
Jim & ? Shannon, from California, and Bob and Sue Nikolai, from St. Louis, return to Jim & Sue's hometown for a class reunion and to catch up with friends and former neighbors.
Newspaper on display at the "Arenzville Museum" in the Community Room of the First National Bank.
Item from the display on bank history.
Springfield newspaper page featuring one of Arenzville's best-loved icons, Willie Peck.
Afternoon sun warms the Village Park as the crowd gathers for evening entertainment.
Neighbors visit while entertainment continues on the stage across the street.
The line starts to form for the evening meal. Come back next year - we'll be expecting you.
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