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Alan Hitchener, of Post Mills, Vt., helps prepare beans for the Annual Bean Hole and Chicken BBQ at the Post Mills Congregational Church on August 8, 2014. On his shoulder is his parrot Cody. The bird is with Hitchener often, accompanying him to church services where Hitchener is a Deacon. The beans are cooked for twenty four hours in a pit. The dinner is Aug. 9, 2014, at 5 p.m.
 (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)

Alan Hitchener, of Post Mills, Vt., helps prepare beans for the Annual Bean Hole and Chicken BBQ at the Post Mills Congregational Church on August 8, 2014. On his shoulder is his parrot Cody. The bird is with Hitchener often, accompanying him to church services where Hitchener is a Deacon. The beans are cooked for twenty four hours in a pit. The dinner is Aug. 9, 2014, at 5 p.m. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Purchase photo reprints »

Alan Hitchener, of Post Mills, Vt., helps prepare beans for the Annual Bean Hole and Chicken BBQ at the Post Mills Congregational Church on August 8, 2014. On his shoulder is his parrot Cody. The bird is with Hitchener often, accompanying him to church services where Hitchener is a Deacon. The beans are cooked for twenty four hours in a pit. The dinner is Aug. 9, 2014, at 5 p.m. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)