Community dinners to mark Thanksgiving will be held in Putnam, Crown Point and Ticonderoga. Putnam Central School will host a dinner for the community Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 11 a.m. Crown Point’s dinner will be served at the United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall on Creek Road on Wednesday, Nov. 23. There will be a continuous serving from 4 to 7 p.m. The third annual “Miracle on Montcalm Street—Adirondack Dinner Table” will be shared Thanksgiving day noon to 3 p.m. at the Ticonderoga fire house. All the dinners are free and open to the public.
Crown Point churches and businesses are again joining together to serve a community Thanksgiving dinner.
The meal will be served at the United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall on Creek Road on Wednesday, Nov. 23. There will be a continuous serving from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be no cost for the community dinner that will include turkey, stuffing, potatoes, vegetable, rolls and homemade apple and pumpkin pies.
“We are doing it to ensure that those Crown Point residents who are alone or those who might not have the means to celebrate Thanksgiving will have a traditional meal,” said the Rev. David Hirtle of First Congregational Church of Crown Point. “The meal is designed to rekindle friendship and promote fellowship in our community.
“With the economy struggling, many of us realize that there are blessings that we can share to ensure that we, as a community, look to each other’s needs,” he said.
The meal is a collaborative effort of the faith communities of Sacred Heart, Crown Point United Methodist and the First Congregational churches, Frenchman’s and Maple Ridge Restaurant.
Crown Point Telephone, Crown Point Citgo, Hap’s, the Crown Point Post Office, Champlain National Bank, Gunnison’s Orchard, Torri’s Hair Dresser, the Knapp Club and others are also assisting.
Where possible, the meal will be served with locally grown and prepared items. Gunnison’s has donated the apples for the pies. The management and staff of Frenchman’s Restaurant are making these apple pies. Pumpkin and cream pies will be made at Maple Ridge Restaurant. Crown Point Post Office employees are donating 50 pounds of locally-grown potatoes. The Knapp Club will peel and prepare the potatoes. Members of the United Methodist Church are making stuffing. People from Crown Point Telephone and Technology, Maple Ridge Restaurant and the Congregational Church are making homemade rolls. Crown Point Citgo and Hap’s are supplying juice and milk for the children. The five turkeys have again been donated by Sacred Heart Church and cooked in the United Methodist and Congregational ovens. Condiments are provided by Torri’s Hair Dressers. Funds for extras have come from Champlain Bank as well as several anonymous sources.
Volunteers are needed to carve turkey, mash potatoes, cut pies, set up, serve and help clean up. Interested people can contact Hirtle at 597-3398 or Yvonne DuShane at 597-3212.
“We are limited in the delivery of meals this year,” Hirtle said. “If you are a Crown Point resident and unable to physically join us for dinner and would like a meal, we are asking that you call 597--3398 and send someone to pick-up your meal at the Methodist Church.”
The Knapp Senior Center is also serving a traditional meal from its kitchen on that day for senior citizens of the community beginning at 5 p.m.
“This is a total community effort that will ensure fellowship and a traditional hot meal for those who might not have one, otherwise, here in Crown Point,” Hirtle said.
TICONDEROGA — Everyone will have access to Thanksgiving dinner this year.
The third annual “Miracle on Montcalm Street — Adirondack Dinner Table” will be shared Thanksgiving day noon to 3 p.m. at the Ticonderoga fire house.
“We are not serving anyone,” organizer Tricia Stonitsch said. “We are sharing our Thanksgiving with others.”
The entire event is designed to have a family feeling, she said.
“Family, friends, company, food, laughter, tears, Thanksgiving!,” Stonitsch said. “Time shared with another. That’s what its all about.”
The entire community is invited to attend.
“Over the past two years we have so enjoyed bringing that homey feeling to the Ticonderoga fire house,” Stonitsch said. “From the moment you walk into the foyer, which looks like a country kitchen, to being escorted to the dining room of individual tables — adopted by families, set with their own tableware, beautifully decorated — the feeling is ‘Welcome friend, we’ve been waiting for you.’”
Each guest is received and brought to a table. Many of the menu items are prepared by families in their homes and brought to the firehouse Thanksgiving morning. Volunteers then make turkey, gravy, smashed potatoes and sweets.
“Oiled with laughter and love these wonderful hearts on two feet, an army of them, put together a menu you’d expect at a fine restaurant,” Stonitsch said.
The dinner will again feature “Aunt Mary’s Heavenly sweets” — smashed roasted sweet potatoes layered with granny smith apples with onions, sautéed in butter and topped with a butter caramel/nut sauce.
“Last year we ran out of those so we’ll have to up the ante this year,” Stonitsch noted.
Volunteers are needed to help with the annual dinner.
“Some folks help the night before, which includes setting up, giving out the items to be cooked or working in the kitchen prepping items that will be put together in the morning,” Stonitsch said. “Others come for all or part of Thanksgiving Day. Some come at 3 (p.m.) just to help cleanup. Thank God!
“What part will you play this year?” she asked. “From making homemade cards, baking pies and desserts, manning the beverage corner, welcoming others, to decorating, cooking, cleaning up, or just listening to another’s story…..the gift is really time. That’s how we spell love. Will you help us love our neighbors with the gift of time, energy, finances?”
People interested in volunteering, attending the dinner or having a dinner delivered to their home can contact Stonitsch at 585-6369 or Janet at 543-6971.