Mayne said he sees parallels between the resiliency shown by Schoharie County residents who endured last year’s disaster and the Pilgrims credited with staging the first Thanksgiving after setting up Plymouth Colony in what is now Massachusetts nearly 400 years ago.
“Putting things in perspective, there are always tough times and there are always good times, and when you look at Schoharie and what it’s been through, and the fact that people are getting together again a year after a disaster, reminds me an awful lot of the first Thanksgiving,” he said. “For the Pilgrims, the first year was just a year of wicked hardship. Almost every family lost some one. But they got together and gave thanks.”
The Schoharie community dinner will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Days Inn and Suites in Schoharie, 160 Holiday Way. It is the location of the former Holiday Inn.
Takeout meals and home deliveries can also be arranged by contacting the Schoharie County Office for the Aging at 519-295-2001.
“We do the takeouts and home deliveries starting at about 11 a.m.,” Neary said.
One of the chefs at the Days Inn will be involved in preparing the donated turkeys for the event in Schoharie.
Benninger said approximately 150 people are expected for Schoharie’s sitdown dinner — which comes complete with all the trimmings.
Dozens more are expected to participate in the Blenheim community Thanksgiving dinner Saturday.