Vets and volunteers serve up 32nd annual Thanksgiving Dinner

Virginia Graziani

Redwood Times

Once again, local veterans groups and a host of hardworking volunteers provided a Thanksgiving feast to over 100 people at the Veterans Hall in Garberville last Thursday.

Brian Ormond acted as master of ceremonies, officially greeting the guests as they gathered in the hall festooned with lights, trimmed with natural autumn leaves and pumpkins, and fragrant with the smell of good cooking.

Chef Tom Frazier led a crew of volunteers in preparing a traditional dinner, including 25 turkeys, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, biscuits, vegetables, salad, and cranberry sauce, not to mention several kinds of pie for dessert.

Bobby Weiner was Frazier’s right-hand man, and among the crew of volunteers were Amie McClelland, Eli deVita, Walter Milatz, and a young couple from West Virginia, Lisa Robinson and Justin Simpson, who said they were in Southern Humboldt on a "working vacation."

Fifteen of the turkeys were donated by PG&E. Linda and Jim Brodersen of the Garberville Dairy donated all the dairy goods.

Many, many more volunteers participated and many other donations were generously given to make the event, the 32nd annual veteran-sponsored Thanksgiving dinner, a success. A full list of volunteers and donors will appear in a future issue, when all the dishes are washed and put away, and everyone has a chance to rest after the big day.

Ormond summed up the feeling as he asked the guests and workers to pause for 30 seconds of silence: "It’s all about love."

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1. The Garberville Vets Hall was festively decorated with lights, pumpkins, and autumn leaves as folks gathered for the 32nd Annual Thanksgiving Dinner sponsored by Garberville Veterans of Foreign Wars and Veterans for Peace. Brian Ormond welcomed the guests and called for a moment of silent thanksgiving before the feast began. The hardworking kitchen crew, led by chef Tom Frazier, cooked 25 turkeys with all the trimmings.

3. A guitarist identified as "Arlo Guthrie" provided music for the guests during dinner.

3. Yum!

4. This family waits politely and patiently to line up for dinner at a table decorated with local pumpkins and real autumn leaves.