Thanksgiving is the traditional holiday of togetherness, and while it's a good day to spend with family, it doesn't mean family is necessarily the only ones to spend it with. Here are two great choices for Summit Countians to come out and enjoy the holiday with their community.
The faith community of Breckenridge has come together with local restaurants to offer a free Thanksgiving dinner open to one and all. For more than 10 years, the churches within Breckenridge have helped to organize the community dinner, which provides traditional Thanksgiving food at no cost.
"We're getting lots of volunteer help, which is wonderful," said Sally Peel, coordinator of the community dinner, on the nearly 80 volunteers helping at the event. "It's really neat, especially on a day that they could be home with their own families. ... I think that's a great example of how people want to help within the community."
This year the event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at Mi Casa, which has ample seating area, and also TV screens, so diners can watch football while they eat. The food served will be traditional Thanksgiving fare - turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans and more. Dessert will most likely be the most varied course, with donations coming in not only from restaurants but community members as well.
"It's been great," said Jen Cawley, director of operations at Mi Casa and Hearthstone, about working with the churches and other community dinner volunteers. "We're just happy that we have the space available."
On the other side of the county, the Rotary Club of Summit County is putting on its annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner. From noon to 3 p.m. at the Silverthorne Pavilion, community members and families are welcome to join the Rotary Club in enjoying a meal prepared and donated by the Keystone Conference Center.
The town of Silverthorne has donated the pavilion for space, the Rotary Club pays for the turkeys and the Keystone Conference Center cooks and donates the rest of the food. Volunteers at the event are nearly all Rotarians, who spend their Thanksgiving Day making sure that the community dinner goes smoothly.
"A lot of them [volunteer]," said event coordinator Wendy Myers. "It says something for the club, and the members."
In past years, attendance has run from 300 up to 402 people. Myers estimates this year's number may be around 380. Regardless, anyone and everyone is welcome to this free event.