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Thanksgiving dinners to be held in area

By Staff | Nov 19, 2010

Thanksgiving dinner is a celebration of a bountiful harvest. The first Pilgrims to Plymouth Rock faced severe challenges: harsh weather conditions, drought, extreme cold and trying to learn which crops worked in the new land.

Pumpkins, corn, potatoes were some of the first successful crops. These same crops have been adapted to grace our modern tables. Pumpkin pie, corn bread and potatoes in all kinds of recipes will be consumed this year.

The Shepherd of the Flock Bible Study group will host a free Thanksgiving dinner for all Shepherd University students and faculty still in the area for the holiday. The menu includes turkey, gravy, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, stuffing, rolls and plenty of desserts.

This free Thanksgiving feast will be held at the War Memorial Building on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, from 5 until 6 p.m. All students and faculty are welcome but reservations are requested to plan a proper head count. Please respond to cj@cjsmusicmasters.net or call 304-839-6396.

Also, anyone who would like to volunteer to help serve these meals should plan to come at 3:30 p.m. and call to reserve a spot.

All volunteers will enjoy a meal too.

Southwood Farm Forge Company in Kearneysville, has quality pasture-raised turkeys ready for the holiday. Harvest date is Nov. 22.

Customers can come out to the farm to pick them up between 5 and 9 p.m. that day. Customers can reserve a turkey with a $25 deposit. Price is $4.50 per pound.

Reservations can be made 304-876-7080 or at swoodfarmforge@outdrs.net

Jefferson County serves alot of people struggling in this tough economy. Many have started a coalition to build a homeless shelter. The Shepherdstown Ministerial Association will host a Thanksgiving service and all donations will be given to the homeless shelter.

The service will begin at 4 p.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church at the corner of King and High Streets. All are welcome.

Visitors will enjoy music by Sounds of Shenandoah, the Parish Pipers of Shepherdstown Lutheran Parish and the Shepherdstown Elementary chorus. They will perform a variety of Thanksgiving songs and hymns.

The Rev. Robert L. Shefer of the Jefferson County Homeless Coalition will do a presentation. Boxes or cans will be gratefully accepted for the Food Pantry or donations can be made to the Homeless Coalition.