Thought by many to be the one adult holiday of the year because it does not involve games, presents and party hats, Thanksgiving Day means a big dinner party to most Americans.
For those who cannot be with family and friends for a traditional sit-down turkey dinner, some options are available in the central Kenai Peninsula.
As in past years, everyone is invited to a free feast at the Salvation Army Community Center Building on the corner of 2nd Avenue and North Forest Drive in Kenai.
Turkey, dressing and all the fixings will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“It is our hope and prayer that no one will spend this Thanksgiving Day alone,” said Jeannie Fanning, who runs the Kenai Salvation Army church with husband Craig Fanning.
“We’re preparing for 150 to 200 people,” said Craig Fanning on Tuesday, adding that 15 to 20 turkeys will be served along with stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, corn and pie.
“Credit Union 1 donated 30 pies this year,” Fanning said. “There’s cherry, apple, berry and of course, pumpkin.”
He also said members of the Soldotna Rotary Club and some volunteers from the Kenai club will be cooking the dinner, with coordination from Geri Litzenberger, whose family has done all the cooking in years past.
Pupils from Cook Inlet Academy are again volunteering to peel potatoes and set the tables.
Fanning said it is still not too late to make donations to the feast, and said Salvation Army bell ringers will begin their annual collection campaign on Friday for Christmas. For more information, call 283-4035 or 283-3879.
The American Legion Post in Kenai also will serve a Thanksgiving Day dinner to its veteran members and their guests. The Legion feast starts at 1 p.m.
In Ninilchik, Post 18 will host a Thanksgiving potluck beginning at 3 p.m. Turkey and ham will be provided and members and guests are asked to bring a side dish to share. For more information, call the post at (907) 567-3918.
The AmVets post in the Red Diamond Center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars post on Birch Street in Soldotna will be open, but is not planning a special dinner.
Although the Nikiski, Soldotna and Sterling senior citizens centers will be closed for the holiday, the Kenai Senior Citizens Center will be open and is planning a Thanksgiving Day potluck dinner at noon.
The center is providing turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy and pumpkin pie and seniors wishing to join in are asked to sign up on the bulletin board at the Kenai senior center or just bring a side dish to share.
The dinner starts at noon, but people can start arriving at 11:30 a.m. if they like, said Senior Services Director Rachael Craig. For more information, call 283-4156.
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