Thanksgiving kicks off 20th season of Dinners at Cranmer Chapel in Winter Park |

Thanksgiving kicks off 20th season of Dinners at Cranmer Chapel in Winter Park

Historic Cranmer Chapel in downtown Winter Park.

WINTER PARK — This Thanksgiving kicks off the 20th season of Dinners at the Cranmer Chapel in Winter Park. St. John’s Episcopal Church will serve the Traditional Turkey Feast at 5 p.m. and continue until 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend the dinners, which are free.

This season’s “Friday Night Dinners” will begin on Dec. 7 and continue on alternating Fridays until March 29.

As of last year, over 25,000 meals have been served since the Dinners’ inception. It takes a great number of people to make this happen, including Winter Park Resort, Grand County Jewish Community, 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 and Winter Park Christian Church. Each of these organizations host and serve the meals and provide the side dishes and desserts. Grand County Jewish Community and Winter Park Resort each serve and provide the entire meal. The churches also donate monetarily to help pay for the main course and supplies; St. John Episcopal Church provides and cooks the main course. Meals are also delivered to those unable to get to the chapel. Some of these meals consist of baked chicken, ham with mashed potatoes, rigatoni with salad, meatloaf with potatoes, roast pork dinner, etc.

The dates for this season are Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving), Dec. 7 and 21; Jan. 4 and 18; Feb. 1 and 15; March 1, 15 and 29. Serving begins at 5 p.m. and finishes at 7 p.m. These Fridays are opposite payday dates of Winter Park Resort, the area’s largest employer. Diners are extremely grateful for the meals, particularly at this time of year when full-time work is often not available.

If you would like a meal delivered or would like more information, contact Jim Magill, 970-726-5423, or Gary Piper, 970-726-5928. 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. Come and join the camaraderie either by helping or enjoying a great meal.

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