Welcome Home Service

September 8

The pineapple has been a symbol of hospitality since the days of early American colonies. The legend began with the sea captains of New England, who sailed among the Caribbean and returned to the colonies bearing their cargo of fruits, spices and rum. According to the legend, the captain would spear a pineapple on the fence post outside his home to let his friends know of his safe return from sea. The pineapple was an invitation for them to visit, share his food and drink, and listen to tales of his voyage.

At our welcome home service, you are invited to decorate a large pineapple in Westminster Hall with stories of your summer highlights.

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