Car hop returns to Frazee Sunday
The ’50s-style car hop is back for one night only – Sunday, June 23 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 210 East Maple Avenue in Frazee.
Dashing darlings on rollerskates will deliver a grilled meal to a car or hungry stomachs can take a seat at the table.
The all-American menu offers a hamburger or a Ketter hot dog, along with fries and a soda all for $5. Root beer floats will also be available for $2.50.
The proceeds go toward sending young congregation members to the National Youth Gathering (NYG), which is being held this year in Texas.
Education and Youth Director Ann Glander explained the NYG event offers youth from ages 14-20 the opportunity to learn about Jesus, faith and their Lutheran identity.
“There are fabulous speakers, concerts, servant events and more,” Glander shared. “It’s a great opportunity for the kids. And the young adults 19 and older have the opportunity to go as youth leaders.”
Twenty members of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church congregation will be making the trek via bus.
“Some churches prefer to fly, but we see the ride there to be part of the experience,” Glander said. “It offers us all a chance to bond as a group.”
With the big event three weeks away, the group has already started bonding with a decision to forgo a water park visit to help victims of the Oklahoma City, Okla. tornados.
“We figured there would be a stop about halfway, and everyone agreed on a water park,” Glander said. “Well, after the tornados hit, the kids unanimously agreed to skip the park and do service work instead.”
While the car hop fundraiser has helped pay for the 20 kids heading south soon, the church is always raising more funds for the next event.
“These National Youth Gatherings are three years apart, and the cost is rather high to pay for all the registration, bussing and hotels,” Glander said, adding the community support for events, such as the car hop, are greatly appreciated.
The idea for a car hop came to Glander as she perused a few fundraising ideas.
“It looked like fun,” she said. “So we gave it a try and everyone had a great time, from the kids to the people who came to eat. It was just good old fashion fun.”
While the original idea was to have ‘50s music rolling from the outside speakers and people to be served in their cars, Glander noted many were eager to get out and visit so tables were brought outside.
“Seeing people in the community sit and visit over some good food was nice,” Glander said. “It was such a success we decided to do it again.”
This will be the church’s third car hop as they had two last year, one in the summer and again in the fall. And much like the initial events, generosity has helped make it successful.
Glander noted Roger Boe from the BackYard Station is kind enough to donate a few deep fat fryers so they can cook up fries, and the owner of Mrs. B’s restaurant in Perham generously donated several items, like ketchup and mustard packets, to help satisfy the guest’s topping tastes.
Area car clubs have also been known to kindly bring over their vintage rides, which add to the overall ambiance of the community event.