MANNING - It's that time of year again. There's a nip in the air. Thanksgiving is approaching, and the Clarendon County Pilot Club is busy in the kitchen preparing more than 200 dozen homemade biscuits.
That's right, 200 dozen homemade, flaky, mouthwatering biscuits. Buy a jar of homemade jelly, jam or preserves, slather it on a warm biscuit, and it's a match made in heaven.
As the folks in Clarendon County know, if you aren't at the doors of Manning Presbyterian Church, 233 N. Brooks St., when they open at 4 p.m. on Nov. 21, you may go home disappointed. Those biscuits literally fly out the doors.
"I guess you could say we've made a lot of biscuits over the years," said club member Margaret Robertson, who has been busy aiding in the biscuit preparations. "We've been working this week getting them ready."
Over the course of more than 20 years, the club has made almost 48,000 biscuits. That's a lot of measuring, rolling out, cutting, baking and packaging. One club member keeps the other members on task. Carolyn Brewer, who is known as the "biscuit-maker" leader, is a taskmaster when it comes to the business of biscuits.
Rest assured that biscuits, while they might be the most popular, aren't the only homemade delicacies that will be offered for sale that day.
Take a few minutes, drop by the church and pick up your side dishes to make preparations for that big Thanksgiving Day meal a lot easier and less time consuming. You may even have time to enjoy the meal this year. In past years, the side dishes have included sweet potato casserole, broccoli casserole, macaroni and cheese and lots more. They didn't forget to add sweets to their bounty. Attendees will have their pick of cakes and pies, including the Southern staples - pecan pies and pound cakes. In addition, attendees can choose from a variety of breads, cookies, soups, candy, pickles, jellies and jams and ambrosia.
If the aromas wafting through the room aren't good enough, the prices on the goodies are easy on the purse strings.
"Our baked goods are priced so that everyone in the community will be able to enjoy some delicious goodies over Thanksgiving," said club member Sandra Brewer. "It's the season of giving."
Money raised from the bazaar will be used for scholarships in the medical field in memory of the club's founder, Dotty Mcfaddin. Money will also be used to help fund the club's Brainminder Buddies Puppet Program and other youth programs.
The Clarendon County Pilot Club's Annual Potpourri Bazaar will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at The Presbyterian Church, 233 N. Brooks St. in Manning. The church is located between the Harvin Clarendon County Library and Weldon Auditorium.