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Out & About: Community Meals, Turkey Trots on Thanksgiving Day

  • A community Thanksgiving dinner is held every year at Vermont Law School in South Royalton. Courtesy photograph courtesy photograph

Published: 11/17/2018 11:58:27 PM
Modified: 11/21/2018 12:49:44 PM

South Royalton — The free Thanksgiving meal hosted at Vermont Law School brings together people of all ages each year.

“There’s definitely some seniors who come who live alone,” said Deenee Fioravanti, one of the meals organizer. “There’s a lot of students … if they’re not home for the holidays.”

Last year, about 100 people attended the meal, which runs from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Chase Center at VLS. Additionally, volunteers delivered about 200 meals to residents of South Royalton and surrounding communities.

“We have a lot of great volunteers,” Fioravanti said, adding that many return year after year to help out. “It’s a really great sense of community.”

For more information about the dinner, call 603-359-7484.

Thanksgiving Dinners

Thanksgiving Dinner in Lebanon


Sacred Heart Church, 2 Hough St.

Open to all. Volunteers are welcome to help with preparation, serving and delivery. Call for details. Free. 800-460-2958.

Thanksgiving Dinner in White River Junction

Noon-3 p.m.

VFW, 97 S. Main St.

Open to all. No reservations. Free, donations accepted. Takeout available. 802-295-9745.

Fun Runs

Brownsville Turkey Trot

7:30-10:30 a.m.

A canine-friendly 5K run/walk on Thanksgiving Day. If it snows, bring snowshoes. All participants receive a free slice of pie. $10-$12. The Climb Fitness Center, 223 Hotel Road, Brownsville. 802-484-3511.

Turkey Trot in Norwich

9 a.m.

Gazebo on the Norwich Green, 22 Church St.

A 4.4-mile or 2-mile run or walk around Norwich. No registration required. Monetary, food and clothing donations accepted for the Upper Valley Haven. Dogs on leashes welcome. or 802-310-0422.

Zack’s Place Turkey Trot in Woodstock

10 a.m.-noon.

Woodstock Elementary School, 15 South St.

This 5K run and walk, held on Thanksgiving Day, was first established in 2007, when almost 200 people participated. In 2017, over 1,700 people participated and raised $78,000. All proceeds from the race support operational costs at Zack’s Place, a community enrichment center for people with special needs. The run meanders through the historic village of Woodstock, then on toward Billings Farm, around Mountain Avenue and back around the town green, ending at the starting line. An awards ceremony with refreshments and live music follows the race. $30. Visit to register. 802-457-5868.

Turkey Trot Run/Walk or Ski/Snowshoe in Strafford

Nov. 23, 11 a.m.

Strafford Nordic Center, 53 Rockbottom Road.

The terrain of this post-Thanksgiving 5K race depends on the conditions. Registrants will be notified as to appropriate gear. Ski rentals are available. A kids’ fun run may also take place. Sign up at $20, kids under 10 free, 802-765-0016.

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