The Lakes Region is a great place to spend one’s vacation, but it also is a welcoming community to those who live here year-round.
During the holidays, it is not unusual to see the festive spirit extending to those who are in need, or who find themselves alone. In addition to many low-cost meals that are available from area dining establishments, community churches and organizations put on free meals for those who otherwise would be alone or unable to enjoy the holidays.
With Thanksgiving being known for turkey dinners, Hart’s Turkey Farm Restaurant, at 233 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith, will be at its busiest, but still will make the time to cater the annual Mae Hart Dinner, a free community feast that takes place Thanksgiving Day at the Meredith Community Center, beginning at noon.
It was in the late 1970s that Glenn Hart created the event to honor his grandmother, Mae Hart, who had always been concerned about those who were alone or in need of a place to go for the holiday. The annual dinner has become a tradition that regularly attracts 80-100 people.
In Wolfeboro, the All Saints Church will be serving the 20th annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 28, from noon to 5 p.m. Those who are alone or in need are welcomed to a full-course Thanksgiving dinner. For more information, contact hosts Jim and Sue Benson at 603-569-8151. Donations are accepted.
Leading up to Christmas, on Sunday, Dec. 8, the Meredith Rotary Club will hold a Christmas dinner at Inter-Lakes Elementary School, beginning at noon. For reservations and more information, call 603-279-6121 by Thursday, Dec. 5.
This will be the seventh year that Arianna’s Cafe, at 421 North Main Street, Franklin, will put on a free Christmas dinner. Taking place the Sunday before Christmas (this year on Dec. 22), the dinner is open to everyone. Prior to the meal, the cafe receives donations of food by its customers and the community, and volunteers help to prepare and serve the food.
With these and other free meals being offered at this time of the year, the Lakes Region communities are trying to make sure that no one feels hungry and alone during the holidays.