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A Portage Thanksgiving

2013-11-27T00:00:00Z A Portage ThanksgivingRobin Wilkening Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
November 27, 2013 12:00 am  • 

T’was the day before Thanksgiving and all through the house not a creature was stirring not even a mouse. The reason it’s so quiet is because they are probably out doing one of two things.

The first would be pushing a grocery cart at the local supermarket for last minute things that were forgotten on the first trip earlier in the week or one would actually be there to purchase all the goodies for the great family feast that is a mere 20 hours away.

When Randy and I first moved to Portage, 23 years ago this weekend, I got the great idea to have both our families over for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I fought the throngs of people at the grocery store the night before Thanksgiving and I swore I would never do that again.

Since my folks have retired to sunny Arizona, I’m thankful my mother-in-law is cooking our meal. A short drive to Hebron is a small price to pay to have the peace of mind of not forgetting the gravy or something else that’s essential in the traditional meal.

The second thing many of the non-meal planners will be doing is making merry at their favorite party place. Statistics show the night before Thanksgiving has become the biggest partying night of the year, it even surpasses the reveling of New Years Eve.

Most bars and night spots have come to know that this evening has become the busiest night of their holiday season. If you plan on making merry tonight, please remember to select a designated driver and stick with it so there won’t be an empty seat at your dinner table tomorrow.

Don’t forget about the Portage Township YMCA’s 13th Annual Turkey Trot Thursday morning. The trot includes a 1K fun run for kids at 7:15 a.m. and a 5K non-competitive run/walk starting at 7:30. Both start and end at the Portage Y, 3100 Willowcreek Road. Walk-in registrations start at 6:30. Long sleeve shirts will be given to pre-registered participants but walk-ins can purchase one for $10. Don’t miss this fun event; it’s a great way to work up a good appetite for the big meal of the day and help out the YMCA’s Annual Campaign at the same time.

Later on there will be a free Community Thanksgiving Dinner, provided by local churches and organizations. They have worked together to create a community of family Thanksgiving for anyone to attend whether you live here or are just visiting. Dinner will be from 2pm to 6pm at Willowcreek Middle School. Come by and share the Thanksgiving holiday with neighbors and friends.

Portage Parks Department is hosting their Yule Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Woodland Park, Oakwood Hall. Come on out and check out all the great things local artisans have crafted to make your holidays brighter.

Lastly, I ask you to remember our troops, who are away from their loved ones this holiday season. Our service men and women are out there keeping us safe so we can enjoy these times with our families. God bless them all.

Whether your traveling over the hills and through the woods or you’re staying right here in Portage, have a blessed Thanksgiving everyone.

This column solely represents the writer's opinion.

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