Tuesday, November 20, 2001
Steamboat Springs If you can't muster the energy to cook a traditional Thanksgiving dinner or simply don't know how, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy such a dinner in Routt County.
The most celebrated choice is the Community Thanksgiving Dinner, from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Steamboat Community Center.
The event is sponsored by the Routt County United Way and LIFT-UP and is supported by numerous businesses and residents in the county.
"We have plenty of volunteers and plenty of food," United Way Executive Director Millie Beall said. "Yesterday (Monday) the phone was ringing off the hook."
Members of the community volunteer to prepare food for the dinner and then bring it to the community center. Plus, each year businesses and individuals donate numerous turkeys.
The dinner is not simply for the needy but for the community at large.
Beall said it's a good place for new people in town to meet people in the community.
"It's been so wonderful. Actually, it's been overwhelming," Beall said about the outpouring of generosity she has seen this year.
"People were actually disappointed when I said we had no more (volunteer) slots."
Last year there were leftovers, so Beall is urging everyone who doesn't have plans to stop by for some food.
For people in South Routt who want to go to a community dinner and don't want to drive to Steamboat, Oak Creek locals Ken and Talitha Allen are preparing a dinner at the Oak Creek Community Center from 1 to 3 p.m.
So far, the Allens and Talitha's sister are preparing all the food.
"It's pretty much coming together," Talitha Allen said Tuesday while cooking pumpkin pies for the meal.
The Allens decided a couple of weeks ago they wanted to organize the community dinner when they found out their three grown children couldn't come for the holiday.
"We just wanted to reach out into the community for people who are lonely," Allen said.
The Allens are still looking for volunteers and food donations and encourage people to call 736-8138 to help.
A number of restaurants also will offer traditional dinners on Thursday.
"We get a good amount of the local crowd," Chart House assistant general manager Dave Willoughby said.
He said a lot of people from out of town also show up for Thanksgiving dinners there.
As of Tuesday, the restaurant had 150 reservations and are expecting to serve 250 dinners.
Some of the other restaurants offering Thanksgiving dinners include The Cabin in the Steamboat Grand Hotel, Sevens at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort, The Swiss Haven, Boomerang's and Harwig's.