At Boonsboro dinner, fried turkey is bird of choice

November 27, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

BOONSBORO -- It was a deep-fried Thanksgiving for most of the people eating at the free Boonsboro community dinner.

Deep-fried turkey went 2-to-1 compared to traditionally prepared turkey for the 75 to 100 people expected to eat at Boonsboro Bible Church or receive delivery from the fourth annual event.

"I've got lots and lots of food," said Crista Noyes, who coordinated the meal with her husband, Chris.

They had three turkeys, 50 pounds of potatoes and 20 pounds of sweet potatoes to accompany ham, sauerkraut, stuffing and string beans.

"We've got a bird that's being deep-fried right now," Chris Noyes said. "They're making fresh potatoes every 15 or 20 minutes."


This year, the couple saw a lot of different people stopping in throughout the afternoon.

Among them were first-time visitors Sylvia Costello and Jean Flowers, both of Hagerstown. They brought along three special-needs adults with whom Costello works.

Costello said it was important "for these people to be part of the community" as she looked over the trio eating dessert.

Flowers encountered "a lot of cheerful hearts here today that are helpful."

"It's been awesome," she said.

Ernie Best of Hagerstown described the food as outstanding. He and his wife, Mary, ate before embarking on their annual volunteer duties, which often involve cleanup and dishes.

"A lot of people are really having a tough time with groceries and everything," Ernie Best said. "We are all family here at this church."

He hoped to share his faith with the visitors who stopped by for a hot meal. The Bests dined with Vonda Weller of Greencastle, Pa., who jokingly asked for one of each kind of dessert.

The Noyeses paused briefly a few times to survey the meal's consumption.

"When we first got together, we said this is something we wanted to give back to the community. ... This is something we feel led to do," Crista Noyes said.

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