Holiday party planned

CROWN POINT The Crown Point community is planning a Thanksgiving celebration. Churches, businesses and others are joining to serve a traditional Thanksgiving feast Wednesday, Nov. 26, at Frenchmans Restaurant on Main Street. The dinner is free and will be served continuously 4-7 p.m. Were joining together to ensure that those who are alone or those who might not have the means to celebrate Thanksgiving will have a traditional meal, said David Hirtle, pastor of the First Congregational Church in Crown Point. With the economy struggling, many of us came to realize that there are blessings that we can share to ensure that we, as a community, look to each others needs, he said. The dinner will feature turkey, stuffing, potatoes, squash, rolls and homemade apple and pumpkin pies. The meal is a collaborative between Frenchmans and Maple Ridge Restaurant and the faith communities of Sacred Heart, Crown Point United Methodist and the First Congregational Churches, Hirtle said. We are grateful to Crown Point Telephone, Crown Point Discount, Crown Point Citgo as well as many involved members of the Crown Point area who are also joining us to make this a true community time of fellowship. The dinner will include locally-grown food. Gunnisons Orchard has donated the apples for the pies. The pies are being made by the management and staff of Maple Ridge restaurant. Pumpkin pies will be made by First Congregational Church. Locally-grown potatoes are being donated by the women at the Crown Point Post Office. The 60 pounds of potatoes will be peeled and readied by members and friends of the United Methodist Church and Crown Point Congregational Church. Squash will be provided by Charles Harrington. Homemade rolls are being made by the employees of Crown Point Telephone and Technology and Maple Ridge. Crown Point Citgo is supplying juice and milk for children. The six turkeys will be donated by Sacred Heart Church and cooked in the two restaurants ovens. Condiments will be provided by Crown Point Discount Store. The management and staff of Frenchmans, joined by volunteers from local churches, will host the dinner. That same day the Knapp Senior Center in Crown Point is also serving a Thanksgiving dinner for senior citizens 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.

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