There are lots of people who cannot be with family for Thanksgiving. Digging into the roots of the holiday, of giving thanks for family, friends, neighbors and community, the first Community Thanksgiving potluck will be held at the Machias Valley Grange on Thanksgiving day, from 2 – 5 p.m.

Becky Lee is at the forefront of the event. Lee and her husband Garret do not travel home for Thanksgiving to be with family, but for the last few years have hosted a Thanksgiving dinner at their home in Machias for friends and neighbors in a similar position. Last year, about 20 people showed up.

“There are a lot of people that for whatever reason can't spend the holiday with family,” said Lee. “So why not come together?”


Paired with the local food conversations that have been steeping the community, the Grange event will feature local foods and act to reconnect with the buildings roots. Other community groups behind the event include Meghan Duff and UMM, Machias Marketplace and the Beehive Design Collective.

All are invited to attend, to bring a prepared dish to share, a handful of firewood, a jug of water, some saran wrap or just your family or your self. Those attending are encouraged to bring their own plates and silverware if possible. The event is family-friendly and chem-free. Local food producers will be donating foods, and leftovers will go to the Machias Food Pantry. Bring what you can, even if it's a smiling face. Food items do not need to be traditional Thanksgiving fare, but can be anything that you'd like to share.

Set up will begin at 10 a.m. for those interested in lending a hand. Musicians are also encouraged to bring instruments.  

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