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"Friends, Romans, Countrymen..."
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 • Posted April 18, 2012

People of Mason, be prepared to be astounded! William Shakespeare, playwright and poet, is a staple of all high school and college English students. But though he’s been dead for over 300 years, recent findings have revealed that not all of his writing was suitable for publishing. In fact, many drafts of plays and sonnets were written and discarded before the famous works reached their final edition.

Some of these earlier attempts have been made public for the first time, thanks to the wonders of the Internet, and they bear an uncanny relevance to St. Joseph Catholic Church’s Springfest. For example, from “Romeo & Juliet,” “’Tis better to have loved and lost, then to never have eaten a chicken dinner at all.” Our title quote, from “Julius Caesar,” continues, “Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me $10, the price of St. Joseph’s chicken dinner, and I will receive half a barbequed chicken, potato salad, pinto beans, pickles, onions, bread, a home-baked dessert and iced tea.” Further, from McBeth, “All’s fair in love, war, and a good chicken dinner.”

On Sunday, April 29th, from 11 AM until 1 PM (or sold out), St. Joseph’s parishioners will be serving their famous chicken dinner at the church’s fellowship hall. Eat in or take out, the $10 donation buys you one of the best meals in Mason (and no dishes to wash afterwards!). A bake sale of delicious desserts will be going on during the dinner - even Marie Antoinette said, “Let them eat cake.”

Advance tickets can be purchased at Reigning Cats & Dogs, 120 Moody St. (next to the Odeon Theater) or at the door. Come to St. Joseph’s Springfest, and no one will say, as Shakespeare did, “Methinks Cassius hath a long and hungry look.”

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