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Free Thanksgiving dinner for all in Glenwood, Carbondale

John Colson
jcolson@postindependent.com
John Colson/jcolson@postindependent.com
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The Fraternal Order of Eagles #215 (known as the Eagles Club) in Glenwood Springs, and the Pour House Restaurant and Bar in Carbondale both are busily preparing to offer free Thanksgiving dinners to all and sundry on Thanksgiving Day.

At the Eagles Club, 312 Seventh St., the work on the 31st annual dinner event began on Sunday, said Dawn Otto, who is a member of the Eagles Auxiliary and is in charge of the kitchen for this year’s event.

“We’ll have food for 400,” Otto said, noting that the on-site meals will be served starting at 11 a.m. and continuing through 8 p.m.

Calls will be taken for delivery orders starting at 9 a.m., according to another of the organizers of the event, Eagles Club member Jose Pardo.

Pardo also pointed out that Brook Loving of Rifle, through his business, Summit Sun, donated the 30 turkeys that will be prepared for the holiday meal. In years past, the Eagles Club received turkeys from the LIFT-UP and Feed My Sheep charity organizations, which historically had gotten them donated by the City Market grocery chain and other sources.

Connie Cline, another Auxiliary member, is in charge of the “front of the house,” Otto explained, adding that it will be Cline’s duty to “make sure our family for the day is happy, because that’s how we view our guests, as family.”

Otto said the club is expecting more guests this year, after hearing from LIFT-UP, Feed My Sheep and other groups that “they’ve been seeing more and more people that need their services, so it stands to reason we can expect more, too.”

Last year, the club cooked enough for 300, and it all was consumed.

She said the organizing effort actually began a month ago when she and her fiance, Monte Hayes, along with Pardo, Cline and another auxiliary member, Anita Moulton, began the early work of lining up supplies and volunteers.

Sing for your supper

On Thursday, she said, there will be live music on the new stage, with new lighting and sound equipment, but it will be a rather impromptu, open-mike affair.

“If you’ve got a guitar, come on down and sing for your supper,” Otto joked.

The meals will be served up free to the diners, as it has been for 33 years. It was in 1980 that longtime Eagle Danny Gonzales got the tradition going with a single turkey and all the trimmings, served up to friends, club members and anyone else who came by.

Another tradition, deliveries to house-bound individuals or anyone else who can’t make it to the club, is continuing this year, Otto said.

“Anybody that calls in, we can deliver to them all day,” she declared, and callers can ask for as many complete meals as are needed. The phone number for deliveries is 970-945-5506.

In Carbondale

The Pour House also has been serving up free Thanksgiving dinners to locals for many years, and will be doing so again on Thursday from noon until there is no more to be served, which typically happens at about 6-7 p.m.

A waitress said attendees are more than welcome to eat for free, but that cash donations, or donations of desserts or other prepared foods, will be accepted to help defray the costs of the event or simply to help feed the throng.

The Pour House is located at 351 Main St.


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