Community Thanksgiving meal offers festive flare and home-style menu


  Organizers of the community Thanksgiving meal are anticipating another good turn out for their annual buffet meal and with 62 people already signed up to attend, they may just have their expectations fulfilled.

The community dinner, which will be held at the Bolin multipurpose room on Thanksgiving Day between 12:30 and 2 p.m., offers the traditional menu dishes including, turkey, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, gravy and homemade fresh rolls. The meal also includes relish trays and dessert favorites - and it’s all free.
“It’s fun,” organizer Barb Rittal said. “You go home Thursday and you’re absolutely exhausted, but it is fun.”
Last year 96 people attended the meal. Going on their fourth year, Rittal noted each year the event becomes even more popular than the previous year.
Rittal, along with husband Jerroll, and Chip and Ginny Mintz first began organizing the dinners, with much of the menu items donated by the two couples. Frank Cramer and Judi Holmes also began helping and this year Gordon Gomez has offered to help with cooking. Noting Gomez’s professional catering abilities, Rittal said she’s excited to have the extra help.
Some donations have been received to help with menu items, including three turkeys from the Prairie County Chamber of Commerce, potatoes and onions from Newell and Rene Clarke, as well as a cash donation. 
After dinner activities include drawings for featured centerpieces along with delivering meals to those who are housebound. Sign up sheets are available at the Prairie Community Hospital, clinic and community center. Those who would like deliveries made or who would like to attend the dinner can call Rittal at 635-5863.  

Published Nov. 18, 2009

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