Holiday food and fellowship abound



Dinner will be served Thursday at First United Methodist Church, 212 E. Wabash Ave. As in years past, organizers will begin the day with a community worship service from noon to 12:30 p.m. at the church. Home deliveries will begin at 10:30 a.m. and transportation services will begin at 11:30 a.m. Seating will begin at 11:45 a.m. for the worship service with dinner being served from
12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

Organizers anticipate serving 900 meals again this year.

The menu includes a traditional meal of turkey, noodles, mashed potatoes, seasoned green beans, homemade dressing, applesauce, cranberry sauce, rolls, butter and assortment of desserts and beverages.

The free meal was established for no particular group or individuals, but instead to provide a time for community members to come together and share in the day.

“We invite Wabash men who are unable to travel home for the holidays; parents who have children visiting from a distance and are unable to accommodate the visiting families; brothers and sisters who are together after periods of separation and would enjoy time to catch-up without the hassle of food preparation and clean-up; and those who would otherwise be spending the holidays alone or those who are without the means of preparing a traditional Thanksgiving meal,” said Mark and Sheila Zachary.

To volunteer your time, to donate items or to make a
financial donation, call the Zacharys at 765-376-4365 or 765-376-9624 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. Those who wish to contribute financial support of the annual meal can mail donations to the Community Thanksgiving Dinner, P.O. Box 23, Crawfordsville, IN 47933. Make all checks payable to “Community Thanksgiving Dinner.”



For the 17th year, members of the Waynetown Christian Church are inviting people to a traditional Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday.

The goal is simple, to make certain that everyone has the opportunity to be with others and enjoy a good meal on the holiday.

“We just want families and individuals to have a place to go on Thanksgiving so they aren’t alone,” said church member Linda Ballard. “We want people to come be with us and enjoy a good traditional Thanksgiving meal.”

Volunteers are preparing turkey, mashed potatoes, noodles, dressing, green beans, corn casserole and rolls. There also will be homemade pies for dessert.

The church expects to serve free meals to 350 to 400 people this year.

Volunteers from the church and community help with the meal by providing food, cooking and serving.

Deliveries are available for those who cannot make it to the church at 101 W. Walnut St. Those wanting a meal delivered should call the church at 765-234-2554 before 10 a.m. Thursday. The church asks those calling leave their name, phone number and address if there is no answer.



Hundreds of people are expected to gather for Thanksgiving Day’s Sugar Creek Trail Pie Run.

The 19th annual holiday tradition features a 5K run, two-mile fun run and walk and a kids’ fun run. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Sugar Creek Trailhead on Rock River Ridge Road and the events kick off at 9 a.m.

Pies are awarded at random and cash prizes will be given.

The cost to register is $30. Register online at or in-person at 922 E. South Blvd.


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