Cornwill – Newlyn Thu, 24 Nov 2022 14:39:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Cornwill – Newlyn 32 32 Thanksgiving dinner volunteers help out because it’s ‘necessary’ for the community – Jamestown Sun Wed, 23 Nov 2022 13:00:00 +0000

JAMESTOWN – According to Amy Neustel, Co-Chair of the Event Planning Committee, volunteers continue to help make the annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner possible because it is a good event for the community.

After Fritz Buegel, the event’s founder, passed away, Neustel said she and Sue Corwin, co-chair of the planning committee, told her family they would keep the event going.

“We need it for our community,” she said. “We didn’t want to give it up. We felt it was something our community needed.

For Neustel’s husband Dale, also known as “Skip,” the annual event has become part of his Thanksgiving tradition. He said he used to go to a relative’s house or host other relatives at his house, but the event has been an annual tradition since his marriage.

“I know this is very important to my wife, Amy, and I wanted to help support her as well,” he said.

He said he helps wherever needed.

“We help a lot of people who need this meal,” he said. “It just gives a lot of satisfaction to see people enjoying meals.”

Amy Neustel said her husband took a few years off to care for their daughter. But once their daughter was old enough, she also helped out with the event, doing things like making decorations that were handed out to attendees, playing music, helping with take-out meals, picking up dishes dirty and put the tables back.

She said that her husband helps her with all the necessary tasks. He helps prepare take-out meals, delivers meals, and in the past has picked people up when the event was held in-house. Now one of his main roles is to make mashed potatoes.

“He went on to get a potato-making degree,” she said.

Corwin said the annual event is great for the community.

“We’re able to provide a meal for people who probably wouldn’t normally have one,” she said. “Comradery is just nice to do. I just like doing it and helping out.

She said volunteers expect to serve at least 750 meals at the 31st Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 24, at Concordia Lutheran Church. Meals will be served through its drive-thru system or by delivery.

The Thanksgiving meal of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, cranberries, and dessert is free, and anyone can get one. Orders through the drive-thru pickup process and deliveries will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday or until food runs out.

This year again, meals will not be served at home. In 2021, meals were served drive-thru and deliveries only because of the coronavirus pandemic. In 2020, the event was canceled due to the pandemic.

Over the past few years, approximately 100 volunteers have helped out with the event. Neustel said that number had been cut in half last year and that a shortage of volunteers had prevented the event from returning in-house to Concordia Lutheran Church.

The annual event is supported by the community with donations to make it possible.

“We’re just very lucky with our community to support this and understand there’s a need in Jamestown for this,” Neustel said.

She said Cash Wise is donating some of the turkeys for the event. Other businesses and community members donate cash to help purchase other items needed for the meal.

She said the pumpkin bars will be made by a company at a reduced price. “It’s very nice of them to also help us out so that we don’t have to bake them and wrap them all up and stuff,” she said. “We get a blessing there.”

Most meals are cooked from scratch. She said 26 turkeys that all weigh more than 22 pounds and at least eight large cans of corn will be cooked this year.

She said the gallons of gravy are made with the drippings from the turkey. Last year, there wasn’t enough stuffing or cranberries, so organizers plan to have more on hand.

Neustel said the only item that isn’t made from scratch is mashed potatoes.

” It is too hard. It’s more of an instant thing,” she said.

What: Thanksgiving Community Dinner

When: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday 24 Nov.

Where: meals will be picked up at Concordia Lutheran Church, 502 First Ave. N, or delivered; no church meals

Cost: free

For delivery notes/to volunteer: call 252-2819

Wild Lights returns to the Detroit Zoo Wed, 16 Nov 2022 22:18:46 +0000

Lions, Tigers and Lights! Oh my! The Detroit Zoo is ready to light up for its 10th year of Wild Lights, which opens this weekend.

The annual winter attraction features 5 million LED lights, illuminating over 250 sculptures spread throughout the zoo. From elephants and giraffes to polar bears and penguins, life-size LED sculptures are a one-of-a-kind experience.

Compared to previous years, this year’s light show features new walking paths and immersive experiences for families of all ages.

The Zoo’s 4D Theater will be open for guests to immerse themselves in a 12-minute screening of “The Polar Express.”

The 2004 animated classic starring the voices of Tom Hanks and Josh Hutcherson tells the story of a boy who dares to question the existence of Santa Claus. The spirit of Christmas comes alive throughout the film as a magical train picks up dozens of children and takes them to the North Pole.