The 25th Community Christmas Dinner in Manchester has come and gone
What began with the idea of "lets invite everyone who needs a place to go on Christmas," hatched by Garrett Mead of the Bagel Works, and myself, morphed into quite a special event. During those 25 years, Garrett got married and moved on, but "The Dinner" remained. We learned from our mistakes over the years, for instance, you CAN have too much food, and you CAN have too many cooks in the kitchen; conversely, we preserved the pieces that worked. And there were many of those. In the recent years, there were appetizer tables, complete with cooked shrimp and cocktail sauce, beautiful and colorful crudite, artisan cheeses and crackers for the early birds. Followed by a sumptuous meal, traditional in nature and finished with pie and coffee or tea.
My core team and I have made the difficult decision to step down from the positions of cooking and serving on Christmas Day. I announce this in this way, because I would like to avail myself to persons or an organization who would be interested in carrying on the tradition.
There are countless people to thank over so many years. However, there are those that I will point to specifically, because without their help, I could not have succeeded. First to my husband, who ran the kitchen like the true professional that he is, Irma and Ron Nagle and their boys, Cynthia and Doug Kilburn, Colleen and Scott York, Ron Mancini and Jackie Baker, Hedy Kalinsky, Yoshi, Jen Lalli and Sam Mosheim, Susan Schiffman and her magnificent colleagues, Steve Fish, Barb Moore, Wendy at Wildflowers, Bruce and Penny Charbonneau , The Manchester Lions Club, The VT News Guide, the Manchester Journal, and the list goes on and on.
In closing, thank you for the opportunity to serve for 25 years. Yes, I gave my time, but I received so much more in return.
If there are any folks out there that would like to talk to me about carrying on this tradition, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-362-5447.