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Letter: Thanksgiving dinner at the Cranmer Memorial Chapel in Winter Park

Thanksgiving dinner at the Cranmer Memorial Chapel in Winter Park

To the Editor:

This Thanksgiving we begin our 18th season of Dinners at the Cranmer Memorial Chapel in Winter Park. St. John’s Episcopal Church will serve the Traditional Turkey Feast at 4:45 p.m. and continue until 7 p.m. The Winter Park Resort will be preparing the turkeys, dressing and gravy, which are provided by St. John’s.

The “Friday Night Dinners” or “Cranmer Chapel Dinners” will begin on Dec. 11 and continue on alternating Fridays until April 1, 2016. We look forward to sharing food and fellowship with all who come to enjoy the meals together. As of last year, we have served over 23,000 meals since the Dinners’ inception!

A great number of people from many organizations contribute to the dinners, including: Church of Eternal Hills, Fraser Valley Lions Club, Lady of the Snow Roman Catholic Church, Lord of the Valley Lutheran Church, Advocates, Mountain Family Center, the Grand County Jewish Community, Winter Park Christian Church, and Winter Park Resort. The organizations host and serve the meals and provide the side dishes and desserts. Winter Park Resort (Dec. 11) and Grand County Jewish Community (Dec. 25) serve and provide the entire meal. The churches also donate monetary gifts to help pay for the main course and supplies while St. John Episcopal Church provides and cooks the main course. Meals are also delivered to those unable to get to the dinners. These wonderful meals include baked chicken with wild rice; baked ham with mashed potatoes; rigatoni and salad; meatloaf and potatoes; roast pork dinner; beef stew, pizza, etc.

The dates for this season are: Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving), Dec. 11 & 25; Jan. 8 & 22; Feb. 5 & 19; March 4 & 18; and April 1. We start serving at 4:45 p.m. and finish at 7 p.m. These Fridays are opposite payday dates of Winter Park Resort, our area’s largest employer. Our diners are extremely grateful for the meals, particularly at this time of year when full time work is often not available.

Our sincere THANKS to each of you who participate. We all agree that we receive more than we give in providing meals. If you would like a meal delivered or would like more information call Jim Magill (970-726-5423) or Gary Piper. If you would like to donate to this program please send a check to St. John’s Episcopal Church, PO BOX 947, Granby Co. 80446 and memo it: Cranmer Dinners. The door is open to ALL so come and join the camaraderie and enjoy a great meal!

Jim Magill

Gary Piper


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