Thanksgiving with the Lions |

Thanksgiving with the Lions

A long-standing New Castle tradition is the annual New Castle Community Thanksgiving Dinner. It was sponsored by the New Castle Ladies Club for 25 years, and is now sponsored by the New Castle Lions Club, who have been sponsoring it for the last six years. This year it will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at the New Castle Community Center in beautiful downtown New Castle. Please bring table service and a side dish. The Lions will provide turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, dressing and beverages.

The New Castle Lions currently have 24 members, who will be assisted by the Silt Lions, in producing the feast. Hats off to the New Castle Lions for providing this community event.

Lion Trish Farnum is chairing the delivery portion of the New Castle Community Thanksgiving Dinner. It was her original idea, in which homebound New Castle-ites may reserve delivered Thanksgiving dinners if they contact 876-0320 by Nov. 15.

The evening will also include live local entertainment, provided by retired New Castle teacher Jack Jabbour. Join in the fun, community spirit and great food at this very popular event.

“The New Castle Lions Club would like everyone to know they are invited to this community dinner,” said Judy Shaffer, New Castle Lions Club go-getter. “Please come and celebrate the harvest season of Thanksgiving with your neighbors. Gobble, gobble, gobble!”

Chili is a personal thing. Everyone has their own special recipe and everyone thinks theirs is better than the next guy’s. Well, here’s your chance to step up to the plate and participate in New Castle’s very own food challenge.

In conjunction with the tenth annual New Castle Holiday Marketplace, the Holiday Festival Chili Cook-Off will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, in Burning Mountain Park. Bring in your big pot of tastiness and let the public decide who can declare themselves the 2008 Chili King.

For more details, please e-mail Maybe this year, you’ll bring home the bragging rights.

The Holiday Marketplace will be held from 5-9 p.m. at the New Castle Community Center, and will continue from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 6 at the community center. Check out the handmade delights to fill all your Christmas stockings.

Here’s wishing well-known New Castle-ite Kim Breslin a speedy recovery from surgery, which involved both feet. She’s on complete bedrest. Anyone who knows Kim must envision Frank having to chain her to the bed to keep her from jumping up at least 25 times a day.

Kay Vasilakis’ column, “New Castle News,” appears every other Thursday. To contact her with news tips and local inspirations, please call 384-9118 or e-mail

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