The Community Resource Council (CRC) and McSeagull’s Restaurant will host a free Thanksgiving meal at the restaurant Nov. 22. Organizers said the event is a way to help bring people together and support the community.
“Boothbay has such a great community,” said McSeagull’s General Manager Eric Cornell. “We really want to give back to the members of the community who make this town run. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a nice Thanksgiving meal, and we wanted to make sure people had a place to go.”
Cornell said the dinner will have family-style tables where people can sit with others in the community, and the dinner will be a traditional Thanksgiving meal with turkey and “all the sides you can imagine.” He said the food and soft drinks will be free, but there will be a cash bar to purchase alcohol.
“... This provides an opportunity for all people to get a hot turkey dinner and eat it among friends or take home for the next day,” said CRC Director of Operations Holly Stover. “There are many people in our community who do not have friends or family members to share dinner with and this event remedies that ... ”
Organizers welcome donations, including a drive to give food to those who cannot make it. There will be a drop box at the restaurant starting Nov. 17 for non-perishable food items for CRC’s community fridge. Cash donations for CRC’s programs will also be accepted at the event. According to Stover, this time of year, the organization focuses on providing heat and food to support people across the peninsula.
For those who can make it, Stover and Cornell encouraged all community members to join.
“It’s going to be good food and a fun time!” Cornell said. “Whether you’re craving a Thanksgiving meal around the holidays or are looking to stop in for a drink and donate, our goal is to help bring the community together, while also providing people who may not have means or family to celebrate with this year!”
The event will be from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at McSeagull’s Restaurant, 14 Wharf St. in Boothbay Harbor.