Ticonderoga Thanksgiving dinner to be served

TICONDEROGA - A community Thanksgiving dinner will again be served in Ticonderoga.

The second annual Adirondack Dinner Table Thanksgiving Feast will be served Nov. 25 at the Ti fire house.

"Last year we served 200 meals to our surrounding communities with over 70 volunteers of all ages," said Trish Stonitsch, an event organizer. "Each table was beautifully decorated by individuals to look like home with their finest linens, dishes, and flatware."

This year there will actually be two dinners - the traditional Thanksgiving dinner will be served noon to 2 p.m. and a "leftover supper" will be served at 5 p.m.

Between the two meals there will be a big screen television to watch football, board games and social activities, Stonitsch said.

It's a wonderful event, Stonitsch said.

"Belonging to someone makes the difference in individual lives," she said. "Here we bring belonging back and make new friends while keeping the old. It's a great opportunity. People are welcome to come eat or to volunteer."

Interested people can call Stonitsch at 585-6369. Information is also available on the Adirondack Dinner Table Facebook page.

People who need Thanksgiving dinner, but who can't make it to the Ti fire house, can call Stonitsch for delivery by Nov. 22.

The community is a big undertaking, Stonitsch said, but worthwhile.

"The kitchen opened at 6 a.m. with Ken (Stonitsch) and his boys from the Youth Advocate Program and junior firefighters from Ti Fire," she said of the 2009 dinner. "By 8 a.m we had the early bird crew to assist in mashing potatoes and making the heavenly sweets green beans and squash.

"Turkeys arrived with more helpers to pan up the freshly roasted meat as did the gravy master Shane (Dillon), who made gallons of fresh gravy," she continued. "Like a well-oiled machine people joined in prepping and doing the unending loads of dishes. Slicing and serving desserts for the delivered meals, making relish trays and setting up the buffet line went smoothly with so many willing hands.

"Guests were greeted by mini-pilgrims, escorted to their tables and assisted along the buffet line," Stonitsch said. "Apple cider/cranberry punch or eggnog added to the seasonal flavors. Dessert, conversation and delicious hot coffee or cocoa and desserts made for a relaxing experience for all involved. Many left with smiles and leftovers.

"Delivered meals went as far as Westport and as near as to employees at Rite aide, MLH and Ti PD," she said.

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