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For the week of November 22 through 28, 2000

Express Photos by Willy Cook

Gratitude and giblets

Thanksgiving day dining options

Express Staff Writer

Ah, Turkey Day—a time of stuffing oneself silly, crawling to the boob tube to watch football, and maybe watching some silly parade in a town far, far away. Pertinent stuff.

Ken Ferris begins the carving process for a Thanksgiving dinner, while Hayley Andrews looks on in anticipation

Be that cynic vision as it may, Thanksgiving still has the ability to make us yearn for hearth and home, take a walk in fallen leaves, of Granny’s apple pie, and the smell of an overstuffed bird slowly baking and being basted in the oven.

But if you’re needing something akin to atmosphere, there are various options that might appeal. There are, for instance, several local restaurants open on Thanksgiving.

It’s a fine way to find a meal if you’re visiting and lack a kitchen of one’s own, or if you simply need to give your dishpan hands a break at cleanup time.

Apples in Warm Spring is the place for end-of-opening-day-of-ski-season fare. Galena Lodge has two seatings for their yearly turkey feast, at 4 and 6:30 p.m.

Hana Sushi will be open for the non-fowl inclined.

Guess who’s coming to dinner?

Traditional Thanksgiving dinners will be served at Elkhorn’s River Rock Steak House, the Sun Valley Lodge Dining Room, Coyote Grill, Warm Springs Ranch, and in the Sun Valley Inn’s Limelight Room.

But, by far, the most appropriate experience is the St. Charles Parish Hall in Hailey, where a free sit-down dinner will be served for anyone without family or even for families in want of a more enveloping day.

The Wood River Jaycees has been serving up this dinner for the past three years. They cook enough food for 200, figuring on 100 for dinner and at least 75 baskets of food delivered or picked up, said Jaycee Konni Chapman.

The Rotary Club of the Wood River Valley donates turkeys and baskets every year, and area schools and the state Department of Health and Welfare office have been contacted for names of needy families who’ll receive baskets. Many folks simply come and pick them up in person on Wednesday evening.

Around 50 volunteers help over the two days of basket filling, deliveries, as well as with cooking, cleaning and serving on Thanksgiving at the St. Charles Parish Hall in Hailey.

The doors will be open at 1 p.m., and dinner will be served at 3 p.m.

The traditional American Thanksgiving began in the 1600s by the Pilgrims, who had been aided in finding and planting native foods by local Native Americans. The harvest festival--which Thanksgiving was called prior to 1863 when President Lincoln declared it an official national holiday--is a celebration of the fall harvest and happens in various and diverse ways the world over, always with parades, dancing, and a great feast.

In whatever way is chosen to celebrate, remember: eat, drink and be merry, share and be grateful.

Oh yeah--gluttony is still one of the seven deadly sins.


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