Even though there was a change of venue this year, the Boyle Street Thanksgiving dinner was once again a success.
It had to be moved a few blocks to the Boyle Street Plaza, after a water main break forced the closure of Boyle Street Community Services where it’s normally held.
Bill Buckham volunteered his time on Sunday, and he tells Global News everyone was in high spirits.
“The people here are really, really polite,” said Buckham. “When they say ‘thank you’ and ‘Happy Thanksgiving’, they really mean it. And it’s a payment you can’t buy.”
Steve Vereschagin, a NAIT Culinary Student, says it was quite the feast.
“We prepared 65 turkeys, 100 litres of gravy, 100 litres of dressing, 100 pounds of carrots and 100 pounds of turnips.”
That wasn’t all there was either, pumpkin pie was served to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.
Ashley Strand, a Boyle Street staff member, says that everything went smoothly even with the change of venue.
“The community really likes it,” said Strand. “It seemed to have good traffic flow and nobody was outside lined up.”
That was probably a good thing too, with temperatures hovering around 0 degrees Celsius all day.
Strand says she wasn’t expecting that many people to show up, but hundreds ended up taking part in the dinner.
PCL, the main contractor for Rogers Place and who broke the water main, picked up all the costs of moving the dinner. With files from Global News (km)