Canadian mashed potatoes feed Vermont Thanksgiving
Aboutthree hundred people attended last Thursday’s free Thanksgiving Dinner which was held at the Elks Lodge in Derby, Vermont. A further 270 meals were either delivered to people in their homes or picked up to be brought home.
One hundred and eighty-five pounds of Canadian mashed potatoes was on the menu. Prepared by the crew of George Weller in Stanstead East, they were cleared by US Customs, and helped the guests of the event eat to their heart’s content.
“As far as the number of meals, it was the largest event in our nine year history,” said Ken Gordon, the Executive Director of the Area Agency on Aging for
Northeastern Vermont, the organization that puts on the event along with the Newport Elks Lodge and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Derby Line. “The event was initially for seniors but now it is a truly community Thanksgiving dinner for people of all ages, those who have no family to be with on Thanksgiving and older
adults who are separated from their families, both Americans and Canadians,” added Mr. Gordon.
Asked how George Weller’s Canadian potatoes were received by the diners, Mr. Gordon replied: “They were extraordinary. We went to the Wellers last Tuesday to help peel them. We had a group of Americans and Canadians there peeling while we smelt a delicious scalloped potato casserole warming up on the wood stove. It was a remarkable example of people living together along the border.”
Live music was also provided at the free Thanksgiving Dinner at the Elks Lodge, in Derby, last Thursday.