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Ben Franklin Had a What?
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 • Posted April 11, 2012

Everybody knows Benjamin Franklin - ambassador, statesman, printer, inventor, and source of pithy sayings, collected in Poor Richard’s Almanac. What many people didn’t know, however, is that Benjamin Franklin had a younger brother, Woodrow “Horsefeathers” Franklin. Now Woodrow idolized his older brother and wanted to be just like him. The only problem is, Woodrow, in 21st century terms, would have been diagnosed as “challenged,” but in colonial days was just referred to as a few drumsticks short of a Thanksgiving dinner.

Woodrow tried to emulate Ben Franklin. He flew a kite in a storm, ran for dogcatcher, and mangled his hand in his brother’s printing press. He may have even been the one who cracked the Liberty Bell, but this was never confirmed. Woodrow also coined a collection of pithy sayings, but they didn’t have the cachet of Ben’s quotes. However, a few of these “Wood-isms,” as they are known now, are appropriate to describe St. Joseph’s Catholic Church’s upcoming Springfest. For example: “A chicken saved is a chicken earned.” or “Early to the chicken dinner, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, wise and full.” And even more to the point, “What are those St. Joseph’s people serving for lunch?”

Well, Woodrow, I’m glad you asked! And the citizens of Mason (and their friends and relations) will also be glad Woodrow asked, because on Sunday, April 29th, 11 AM until 1 PM (or sold out) St. Joseph’s Catholic Church will be serving half a chicken, pinto beans, potato salad, pickles, onions, bread, tea and a home-baked dessert, for a very reasonable $10 donation per plate. Or, as Woodrow says, “$10 saved is best spent on chicken.” Tickets may be pre-purchased at Reigning Cats & Dogs, 120 Moody St. (west side of the square next to the Odeon Theater) or at the door. A bake sale will also be held at the church during Springfest. Eat-in or take-out, the St. Joseph’s serves the best meal in town at their annual chicken dinner - take it from Woodrow!

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