Lenten fish fries draw big crowds

Meatless Fridays turn into annual tradition

COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) - The paczki and Mardi Gras beads of Fat Tuesday are out of sight. The ashes are fading from the foreheads of faithful Christians.
The next sure sign of the sacred Christian season of Lent is upon us; the traditional Friday Fish Fry.

For centuries, Christians have gone meatless on Fridays as a sign of denial during this season of penitence. In communities across the country, the Friday fish dinner has developed into an event bringing families and friends together.

One of Oakland County’s longest continually running Friday fish fries takes place at the Multi-Lakes Conservation Association in Commerce Township.

For over 60 years, Association members have been frying up fish on Fridays, the event becoming so popular that the dinners are now held weekly, year round.

“Every Friday we see families, 3 and 4 generations, gathered at our tables eating together,” says Russ Devriendt, MLCA President. “What a great way to get together with family and friends and share an economical meal.”

The All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry at Multi-Lakes is held every Friday evening from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Association’s large hall.
Fried and baked fish, as well as broasted chicken is served along with French fries, baked potatoes, a salad bar and all the trimmings.

Tickets are: $8 for adults (50-cent discount for seniors), $5.50 for children 5 – 12.

The Multi-Lakes Conservation Association is located at 3860 Newton Road, in Commerce Township.

For more information, you can call 248 363-7126.

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