San Marco Knights serve up Italian dinners on Columbus Day

on Columbus Day San Marco Knights serve up

Roger LaLonde/StaffEd Eastwood stirs the sauce for the San Marco Knights of Columbus spaghetti dinner on Tuesday at its Columbus Day celebration in the San Marco parish center on Tuesday.

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Roger LaLonde/StaffEd Eastwood stirs the sauce for the San Marco Knights of Columbus spaghetti dinner on Tuesday at its Columbus Day celebration in the San Marco parish center on Tuesday.

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More than 350 people turned out for the Columbus Day celebration, put on by the San Marco Knights of Columbus, serving its well-known Italian dinner on Tuesday in the parish center.

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Roger LaLonde/Staff (4) More than 350 people turned out for the Columbus Day celebration, put on by the San Marco Knights of Columbus, serving its well-known Italian dinner on Tuesday in the parish center.

Roger LaLonde/StaffLee Cataldi puts sauce on spaghetti as Carmen Bingham waits to deliver a dinner at the San Marco Knights of Columbus Italian dinner at its Columbus Day celebration in the parish center on Tuesday.

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Roger LaLonde/StaffLee Cataldi puts sauce on spaghetti as Carmen Bingham waits to deliver a dinner at the San Marco Knights of Columbus Italian dinner at its Columbus Day celebration in the parish center on Tuesday.

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Enjoying their dinner at the Columbus Day celebration, put on by the San Marco Knights of Columbus in the parish center on Tuesday, are Joe and Claire Melanson and Henry and Andrea Cormier.

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Roger LaLonde/Staff (4) Enjoying their dinner at the Columbus Day celebration, put on by the San Marco Knights of Columbus in the parish center on Tuesday, are Joe and Claire Melanson and Henry and Andrea Cormier.

Roger LaLonde/StaffJerry Gibbons was in charge of making salad at the San Marco Knights of Columbus spaghetti dinner at its Columbus Day celebration in the parish center on Tuesday.

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Roger LaLonde/StaffJerry Gibbons was in charge of making salad at the San Marco Knights of Columbus spaghetti dinner at its Columbus Day celebration in the parish center on Tuesday.

Members of the San Marco Knights of Columbus and Columbiettes are all smiles as they prepare plates for the Columbus Day celebration at the church parish center on Tuesday. More than 350 spaghetti dinners were served. From left are Lee Cataldi, Ted Konuszy, Bill Lewis, Walter E. Bass, Pat Lapato, Judy Farnsworth and Carmen Bingham.

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Members of the San Marco Knights of Columbus and Columbiettes are all smiles as they prepare plates for the Columbus Day celebration at the church parish center on Tuesday. More than 350 spaghetti dinners were served. From left are Lee Cataldi, Ted Konuszy, Bill Lewis, Walter E. Bass, Pat Lapato, Judy Farnsworth and Carmen Bingham.

Roger LaLonde/StaffMaryAnn Sarazen, right, orders a takeout from Caren Eastwood and Bernie Perry at the San Marco Knights of Columbus Italian dinner at its Columbus Day celebration in the parish center on Tuesday.

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Roger LaLonde/StaffMaryAnn Sarazen, right, orders a takeout from Caren Eastwood and Bernie Perry at the San Marco Knights of Columbus Italian dinner at its Columbus Day celebration in the parish center on Tuesday.

Roger LaLonde/StaffArlene Coff is about to give dinner tickets to BJ and Carl Henning and Pete and Mary Lee Fleming at the San Marco Knights of Columbus Italian dinner at its Columbus Day celebration in the parish center on Tuesday.

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Roger LaLonde/StaffArlene Coff is about to give dinner tickets to BJ and Carl Henning and Pete and Mary Lee Fleming at the San Marco Knights of Columbus Italian dinner at its Columbus Day celebration in the parish center on Tuesday.

Roger LaLonde/StaffJim Fox prepares spaghetti for the San Marco Knights of Columbus spaghetti dinner at its Columbus Day celebration in the parish center on Tuesday

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Roger LaLonde/StaffJim Fox prepares spaghetti for the San Marco Knights of Columbus spaghetti dinner at its Columbus Day celebration in the parish center on Tuesday

Roger LaLonde/StaffGordon Sabo puts his drink tickets in the jar as Dennis Pidherney and Joe Swaja get ready to serve him at the San Marco Knights of Columbus Italian dinner at its Columbus Day celebration in the parish center on Tuesday.

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Roger LaLonde/StaffGordon Sabo puts his drink tickets in the jar as Dennis Pidherney and Joe Swaja get ready to serve him at the San Marco Knights of Columbus Italian dinner at its Columbus Day celebration in the parish center on Tuesday.

Eve Connolly adds ice cream to the box for delivery by Gene Cislo at the San Marco Knights of Columbus Italian dinner at its Columbus Day celebration in the parish center on Tuesday.

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Eve Connolly adds ice cream to the box for delivery by Gene Cislo at the San Marco Knights of Columbus Italian dinner at its Columbus Day celebration in the parish center on Tuesday.

Roger LaLonde/StaffIt's the calm before the spaghetti. More than 350 people turned out for the San Marco Knights of Columbus Italian dinner at its Columbus Day celebration in the parish center on Tuesday.

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Roger LaLonde/StaffIt's the calm before the spaghetti. More than 350 people turned out for the San Marco Knights of Columbus Italian dinner at its Columbus Day celebration in the parish center on Tuesday.

LEFT: Lee Cataldi adds a sausage to a dinner plate about to be served by Judy Farnsworth at the San Marco Knights of Columbus spaghetti dinner at its Columbus Day celebration in the parish center on Tuesday. 
  
  
 BELOW: Eve Connolly adds ice cream to the box for delivery by Gene Cislo at the San Marco Knights of Columbus Italian dinner at its Columbus Day celebration in the parish center on Tuesday.

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LEFT: Lee Cataldi adds a sausage to a dinner plate about to be served by Judy Farnsworth at the San Marco Knights of Columbus spaghetti dinner at its Columbus Day celebration in the parish center on Tuesday. BELOW: Eve Connolly adds ice cream to the box for delivery by Gene Cislo at the San Marco Knights of Columbus Italian dinner at its Columbus Day celebration in the parish center on Tuesday.

Members of the Knights of Columbus called it the "preseason dinner," a warm up for when season begins.

Originally the first spaghetti dinner, with Knights organizers Al Schulick, Herman Giglio, Chris Karlik and Bud LaMendola, was done to help a church woman's group in 1978, The next dinner and subsequent fish dinner nights have been Knights of Columbus fundraisers.

Prep work for the dinners begins the day before. In season more than 600 take part in spaghetti and fish dinners during Lent.

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