The ladies from my church go out to lunch on the second Tuesday of each month – the monthly Ladies Luncheon. They go to a different place every month, sometimes local in Albion and sometimes they travel out-of-town. Yesterday was the second time I joined them for the luncheon – I guess that, along with my decision to sign up to make two pies for an upcoming fundraising dinner at the church, makes me a Church Lady (no Dana Carvey jokes are necessary, thank you very much).
I went to the first one last month because I thought it might be a nice way to get to know some of the other women who attend the same church I do. I know a few people, but am working on getting to know others. We went to The Village Inn on the Ridge last month and there were about 20 of us. It was very nice – I enjoyed the lunch and conversations with the women who sat around me. This month we went to Oakfield, NY, a town about a 30 minute drive south from here, to a fairly new restaurant called The Caryville Inn. It was a slightly smaller group, this time, with about 15 attending.
The Caryville Inn is a very nice little place on Main Street in Oakfield. I don’t believe I’ve ever been to Oakfield, which I mistakenly called Oakland to one of the other ladies when we were walking into the restaurant and I mentioned that I didn’t think I’ve ever been to the town – she corrected me by saying “Oakfield. Oakland is, of course, in…” and we both said “California” in unison and I laughed and said, “now, Oakland I’ve been to, but not Oakfield”. We had a little chuckle over the slip up. Anyway, as usual, I digress…….Oakfield is a quaint little town with a beautiful gazebo at the intersection of the main route coming in to town and Main St. The Caryville Inn is a small restaurant with an attractive brick facing that really sticks out visually on the street. Inside, there is a bar area and several tables behind a 1/2 wall. The waitress was very friendly and entertaining – she made our experience there enjoyable. The menu is full of sandwiches, burgers, salads, and they had a couple of homemade soup of the day options and a few specials. Everything sounded good – I chose a burger with homemade chips and a cup of steak and potato soup. Every plate that came to our table looked delicious and everyone was pleased with their choices. As for me, the burger was very good – the flavor of charcoal flame broiling was very tasty, but the soup was amazing — the highlight of the meal…..that is, until some of us decided to have dessert! The choices were cheese cake, coconut cream pie, and lemon cream tort – all three choices were selected at the table – I had the lemon cream tort, which was heavenly!
So, lunch was a hit and the restaurant was a very nice choice that I will definitely go to again. The conversations and company was very enjoyable, as well. I think I’m finally starting to put names with faces and feel like I know some of the ladies.
By the end of each get together, we decide on where we will go on the next month’s Ladies Luncheon. Next month is going to be a real treat — I can not wait!!! We’re going to the Glen Iris Inn in Letchworth State Park – about an hour and a half drive away. Letchworth is known as the Grand Canyon of the East and is absolutely gorgeous – it has been many, many years since I’ve been there – what a treat it will be to go on an adventure there after all these years! Here is a link to the Letchworth State Park website, if you’re interested in learning more about it. I have heard that the Glen Iris Inn is an incredible place – I have never been and am so very excited about getting to go. As soon as I got home from yesterday’s luncheon, I visited the Glen Iris Inn website and got even MORE excited (I already know what dessert I’ll be ordering, for sure)! I will drive myself so that I can get there early and do some exploring and see what else I can do after lunch – make a day of it! The foliage won’t be out in full, yet, but I’m thinking it may be starting to turn – regardless of the fall colors, it will be an amazing day of scenic viewing…….and nice lunch conversations with the ladies.
So, there you have it…….an outing, a restaurant review, anticipation of a grand adventure, and my initiation as a Church Lady……..OK, now we can bring Dana Carvey into the story: