18th annual Early Thanksgiving Dinner set for Nov. 17

Photo courtesy St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, along with Loaves and Fishes and Centerpoint Church, will provide the annual community Thanksgiving dinner on Friday, Nov. 17, from 11 a.m to 1 p.m.

By Anthony Aldwell | St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church

The 18th annual community Early Thanksgiving Dinner is returning to Pagosa Springs as a sit-down meal next week at the Ross Aragon Community Center. 

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, in collaboration with Loaves and Fishes and Centerpoint Church, will prepare, cook and serve this free Thanksgiving meal next Friday, Nov. 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until the food runs out). 

Last year’s successful community meal provided more than 400 dinners to the Pagosa community, but only as a takeaway meal. While takeaway is still a limited option this year, St. Patrick’s rector, the Rev. Wren Blessing, suggested “a sit-down dinner is in keeping with the true spirit of Thanksgiving by having members of the community gather together to share a traditional meal.” 

Members of St. Patrick’s will prepare the meal in Centerpoint Church’s well-equipped kitchen and transport it to the Ross Aragon Community Center’s warming kitchen on Friday, Nov. 17, in time to welcome guests when the doors open at 11 a.m. 

The traditional menu will offer roasted turkey and gravy, dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, pie and beverages. 

As an added treat, noted local musician Jack Ellis will lend his talent to the occasion as he entertains guests during the meal. 

All community members are welcome to participate in this free Early Thanksgiving Dinner next Friday to enjoy the traditional meal amidst our Pagosa neighbors as we give thanks to the blessings we have received during the past year.