Coupeville Thanksgiving feast expecting up to 175 guests

Many volunteers will be on hand for the 20th annual Coupeville Community Thanksgiving tomorrow.

The annual event is 12-2:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Day at the Coupeville Recreation Hall.

Coupeville Town Council member Lisa Bernhardt is the ringleader for the event, “inheriting” the responsibility three years ago from a group of older women who’d organized the event for nearly two decades.

Everyone is invited to the feast, which includes traditional turkey and ham, all cooked and provided by volunteers.

Guests are asked to bring a favorite potluck dish to share, their own dishes and utensils and a beverage, Bernhardt said.

It takes approximately 12 volunteers to put on the event that serves anywhere from 150-175 people.

There are eight volunteers who cook the turkeys and ham at home and then bring it down to the Rec Hall, located at 901 Alexander St.

“Some folks cook their turkeys and drop them off and go on their way while others bring them in and then stay and join in the festivities,” Bernhardt said. “Some people have been coming for years. They have their specific table they always sit at.”

“Coupeville is so tiny — around 2,000 residents or so — it’s usually a lot of the same people donating each year,” Bernhardt said. “Just yesterday I had a man call and say he had a 24-pound smoked turkey he wanted to donate.”

Volunteers help carve the turkeys and hams, serve, and then, when guests are done eating, volunteers wash their dishes for them.

People are sent home after a good meal, fellowship and, many go home with leftovers.

The only fundraising for the event comes in the form of a collection jar near the entrance, but a donation isn’t required. Any funds donated are saved for the following Thanksgiving and used to buy supplies.

And all of the donated turkeys and hams, as with many things in Coupeville, are donated as tradition.

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