2017-10-26 / Local News

Free dinner well attended by county seniors


SOME 143 seniors enjoyed turkey and all the trimmings at the 24th annual senior harvest meal put on by the Leelanau Community Church. SOME 143 seniors enjoyed turkey and all the trimmings at the 24th annual senior harvest meal put on by the Leelanau Community Church. Eight turkeys averaging about 20 pounds with all the trimmings were gobbled up at the 24th annual senior harvest dinner Saturday at Suttons Bay School.

Some 143 seniors turned out for the event, which was sponsored and organized by the Leelanau Community Church in Lake Leelanau.

“I don’t know if it was a record,” the Rev. Lucy Schaub said. “If it wasn’t, it was really close.”

The event was open to “anyone old enough to receive mail” from the American Association of Retired Persons, according to organizers. The dinner competed with a fundraiser held in Maple City that attracted more than 700 people on the same night.

“We had a lot of new people this year,” Schaub said.

The first harvest dinner was held at the Lake Leelanau fire hall, but quickly outgrew that space. Organizers moved the venue down the road to VFW Post 7731 — and after outgrowing those confines was moved to Suttons Bay High School.

The Leland Mercantile orders the big birds for the feast, covering half the cost, and church members work together serving up the remainder of the menu that included potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, corn casserole, dinner rolls, cottage cheese, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.

“Every bit of the turkey was gone once our church members ate. That was a first,” Schaub said.

Jamie Moreland of Maple City provided musical entertainment.

The meal is traditionally held the third Saturday in October.

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