GLENS FALLS -- For anyone in need of a meal or the company of others on Thanksgiving, there is more than one place to find it.

There is the Hometown Thanksgiving Dinner, an annual event in Glens Falls. Similar dinners will be conducted in Argyle and Fort Ann.

The Hometown dinner is in its 27th year. It will take place at the Christ Church United Methodist on the corner of Bay and Washington streets. The event is free.

Meals will be served at noon and 3 p.m., although food will still be available if someone arrives shortly after the final seating.

"If someone showed up at 3:15 (p.m.), we would still provide them with dinner. Nobody goes home hungry," said the event organizer, Kevin Tompkins.

Each year, hundreds of volunteers help run an event in which around 1,400 meals are cooked up.

The event organizers expect to prepare a similar total, although the number of meals will hinge on the demand and weather.

Tompkins said there will be 400 to 500 volunteers. They include people who will cook, serve food and deliver it to homes throughout the Glens Falls region.

Not only do volunteers deliver food, but they transport people who need a ride to the event.

The event services all of Warren County. It also covers Washington County, although the pressure to serve this area has eased because of groups that organize dinners in Argyle and Fort Ann.

Hometown dinner volunteers will also serve other areas. They have gone as far as Galway in Saratoga County and Indian Lake in Hamilton County to transport people to the event, Tompkins said.

"The whole purpose of the dinner is to provide a place where people can have a family-type setting dinner and be with other people during the holidays," Tompkins said.

The food is a traditional Thanksgiving meal: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and vegetables, along with an array of desserts and beverages.

The food is donated or purchased. This year, the amount of food includes 74 turkeys, 300 pounds of potatoes, and 100 pounds of squash, Tompkins said.

Tompkins said he expects 500 to 600 people to arrive for a meal. As of last week, around 400 deliveries were planned, although the total will be higher.

There are enough volunteers for the event, although desserts and financial contributions are needed.

The money is used to pay for the cost of the event, Tompkins said.

Desserts that are donated should be brought to the church Wednesday. Money can be donated by sending checks to Hometown Thanksgiving Dinner, P.O. Box 2445, Glens Falls, NY 12801.

If people need a meal, they should call 636-9679. Deliveries can also be arranged if people call on the day of the event.


Meanwhile, in Argyle, the nonprofit group called FEAST (Friends Ensuring a Super Thanksgiving) is conducting its 18th annual Thanksgiving dinner.

The event is at the Argyle firehouse. Seating is at 12:30 and 2 p.m. More than 300 meals will be served, said co-organizer Todd Kilmer.

There is no cost to eat. Meals will also be delivered.

Anybody is welcome to the event, although the group focuses on serving Washington County residents.

Kilmer said volunteers are needed. Last year's event had nearly 50 volunteers.

The event organizers ask that people make reservations if they plan to attend or need a delivery. They should call 638-8507.

To volunteer, call638-8683. If you wish to donate food, call 638-8667.

Fort Ann

In Fort Ann, the volunteer fire department is hosting its second-annual Thanksgiving dinner. The event starts at 1 p.m. and goes until everybody has been fed. It takes place at the firehouse.

Last year's event fed 86 people. A similar total is expected this year, said Skip Bearor, the event organizer.

The event is free and open to anyone. Deliveries are also available.

To donate, volunteer or for reservations to attend or request delivery, call 232-1758.

A Thanksgiving dinner will also take place Thursday at the YMCA Camp Chingachgook on Pilot Knob Road on Lake George.

Seating is at 1 and 3:30 p.m. The cost is $22 per adult, while children 17 or under pay their age.

Guests can arrive early or stay late to hike at the trail. While beverages will be served, people can bring their own beer or wine.

(4) comments


Of coarse leave it to the wonderful YMCA to charge a large fee to people , 22.00 dollars are you kidding?


What kind of message are we sending to our young people? No alchohol should be allowed at a childrens camp. It's no wonder that alcohol rules our society now. If people can not have a meal without alcohol in a place like this then we have truly reached a sad state in history. If you must have alcohol with your Thanksgiving meal do it at home or at a restaurant that has a liquor liscense! Wake up people! Lets raise our children right!


I had the same first reaction as Papa6.... alcohol? While I'm certainly not a prohibitionist by any means a childrens camp is the last place I would expect to encourage "byob".At 22 bucks per person I don't imagine there will be a huge turnout anyway.


Fort Ann provided their meals free of charge to their community. $22 seems a little steep. For $22 I could go to any number of restaurants for a gourmet meal.

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