Free turkey and trimmin’s for all
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
For local “orphans” and others with nowhere to go for a Thanksgiving feast, two area establishments will serve up turkey and all the trimmings to all comers in Glenwood Springs and Carbondale.
The Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 215 will once again open its banquet hall, at 312 Seventh St. in Glenwood Springs, for the 30th annual Thanksgiving Day Feast.
In Carbondale, The Pour House restaurant, at 351 Main St., also is serving up its traditional feast for the community, free of charge.
The doors at the Eagles Club will open at 11 a.m., according to the feast’s chairman, James Kansas, and food will be served until 7 p.m.
“We’re going to have women and children taking orders at the tables and serving the meals,” he said. An array of up to 150 volunteers are lined up for the day’s festivities, from around the Western Slope and beyond.
“A lot of them are people that are going to be in town a short time, or newcomers, or families who know that times are tough and want their kids to know how well they have it,” Kansas said.
The turkeys will be stripped and deboned for ease of service and consumption, he said. All the fixings will be cooked from scratch, including pies baked at the Eagles Club and some baked at home and brought in by volunteers.
“People are really reaching out for this,” Kansas said with a degree of awe in his voice. “It’s really cool. And everything has been donated from the community, as well as by the members.”
He said in addition to the meals served at the club, the membership will be delivering Thanksgiving dinners to roughly 150 local households.
Orders are still being taken for delivery, he said, and will be accepted until 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day by calling the club’s main number, 945-8333, or Kansas’ cell number, 309-8821.
At the Pour House, the door also will open at 11 a.m., and food will be served “until we run out,” said bar manager Sandy Graetz.
“We’ve got plenty of food, she emphasized. The pub has served about 100 people in years past, but Graetz she and general manager Skip Bell decided to stock for 150 this year.
“We look forward to anyone who wants to come down and be part of our Pour House family,” Graetz said. “We’ll welcome them.”
While the feast is free to all, those who share in the meal are also invited to make a donation to help two local families in distress.
The meal at the Pour House also will be traditional fare, including turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce and, of course, pie for dessert.
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