The 83rd Annual Steamboat Dinner, hosted by the Sturgeon Bay Masonic Lodge, is March 10, 4-7 pm. The turkey and roast beef dinner will be served at the Masonic Center in Sturgeon Bay, 31 S. Third Ave. Shuttle buses will deliver people to the front door from the Market Square parking lot. This will be the fifth year that drive-up takeout will be available where the community can get their dinner from a curbside tent.
The dinner originated 83 years ago when a large number of the Masonic Brethren sailed on the Great Lakes. Their families wanted to have a special send-off meal together in March before they left for the upcoming season on the steamboats. Eventually the dinner was opened to the public.
Today the dinner provides money for the lodge’s community outreach programs which, among other things, provides money for local projects and support for the lodge’s continuing commitment to the Door County Boys and Girls Club. This year the lodge’s donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Door County will doubled thanks to the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation’s matching grant Acts of Kindness Program. The Lodge will also donate to the Y summer food program, Sunshine House – Sunflower Cottage and the Sturgeon Bay High School’s new greenhouse.
Tickets are $16 for adults and free for children ages 14 and younger. Veterans and active duty/reserve personnel receive a $1 discount. For more information, visit steamboatdinner.com or call 920.737.3166.