Hundreds enjoy friendship, food at Dover pre-Thanksgiving gathering
By JOHN QUINN
Union Leader Correspondent | November 27. 2013 7:44PM
Residents of the Dover Children's Home took time to enjoy a meal together during the annual Thanksgiving celebration dinner at Blue Latitudes Wednesday. Area residents – both young and old – stopped by to enjoy a pre-holiday tradition for those in need. (JOHN QUINN PHOTO)
Organizers Mike Steinberg and Jeff Roemer, who serve as presidents of Relyco and Blue Latitudes, respectively, believe even more people came to the pre-Thanksgiving event at the restaurant located 431 Central Ave. this year despite the fact wind-driven rain swept through the area.
Residents from nursing homes, housing authorities and children's homes throughout the tri-city area came to enjoy a traditional meal of soup, turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green beans, rolls and two types of pie — pumpkin and pecan.
Flo and John Forgione, who both live in Dover, said they look forward to coming to this event every year ever since they first came when it began five years ago.
It was the first time Maria Patterson, who lives in Dover but grew up in South Carolina, came to the meal, but she was so impressed by the food, especially the pecan pie, that she plans to make this a tradition.
A variety of area residents wanted to help by performing music of all kinds during dinner.
Later, pianist Lizzie MacEchern, 16, of Northwood, said she was glad to perform during the event, even if it was a little nerve-wracking.