The day before Ash Wednesday means ridding our pantry of sugar, milk, and eggs. What do those 3 ingredients make? PANCAKES!! Our Pancake station will be from 6 – 9pm. Enjoy sweet or savory pancake toppings of your choice. Have one, or have 10! We will also have a brass ensemble to entertain you…think Mardi Gras style!

Shrove Tuesday was once known as a “half-holiday” in Britain. It started at 11:00am with the ringing of a church bell. On Pancake Day, “pancake races” are held in villages and towns across the United Kingdom (and here at Merlins Rest! Weather permitting). The tradition is said to have originated in 1445 when a housewife from Olney, Buckinghamshire, was so busy making pancakes that she forgot the time until she heard the church bells ringing for the service. She raced out of the house to church while still carrying her frying pan and pancake, tossing it to prevent it from burning. The pancake race remains a relatively common festive tradition in the UK, especially England, even today. Participants with frying pans race through the streets tossing pancakes into the air and catching them in the pan while running.