Christi's, volunteers offer holiday feast

NEIGHBORS

November 19, 1993|By KATHY SUTPHIN

Apple and pumpkin pies, baked golden-brown by pastry "chef" Nancy Orndorff, will provide a flavorful finale to the 1994 Mount Airy Community Thanksgiving Dinner Thursday at Christi's Restaurant.

Mrs. Orndorff's desserts will be among the special touches being enthusiastically provided for the free holiday feast by area volunteers. The dinner, which will be held from noon to 3 p.m., is being co-sponsored by the Mount Airy Kiwanis Club and Christi's Restaurant.

"The turkeys will be slowly roasted over hickory chips" by one volunteer, and oyster dressing is being provided by another, said Christi's Restaurant owner Bob Arnone. The food for the dinner is being donated by a local businessman who wishes to remain anonymous, he added.

Mrs. Orndorff, the assistant manager at Christi's Restaurant, is very modest about her pie-baking talent, according to Mr. Arnone. He noted that photographs of Mrs. Orndorff's pastry creations will be featured in an issue of Country Living magazine.

Surprised by the interest in her pies, Mrs. Orndorff explained she just uses her mom's recipes. "But I decorate with dough cut-outs," she said.

Other traditional trimmings to be offered at the dinner include mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, sauerkraut and cranberry sauce.

Mr. Arnone, his wife, Michelle, and their three children will join members of the Mount Airy Kiwanis Club and other volunteers in working at the community dinner.

"I feel good about being able to do something for the community," said Mr. Arnone. "Everyone is welcome -- I don't want any leftovers."

"This dinner is our gift to the community," said Wilma Colburn, president of the Mount Airy Kiwanis Club. "There's no need for anyone to be lonely on Thanksgiving. Come alone, [or] come with your children and enjoy our Kiwanis family."

Anyone who would like to help is encouraged to donate a home-baked item for the Thanksgiving bake table, said Mr. Arnone.

Proceeds from the bake sale and any donations -- which are optional -- will go to Mount Airy NET.

Transportation for the elderly to and from the dinner will be provided by the Mount Airy Kiwanis Club. Carryout dinners will also be delivered to shut-ins.

Information: Mrs. Colburn, (301) 829-1277.

Christi's Restaurant is at 101 Ridgeside Court (behind McDonald's) in the Ridgeville Business Center.

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South Carroll High School's Key Club will hold a spaghetti dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday in the cafeteria.

The fund-raiser will feature piles of pasta, rich tomato sauce with meatballs, garden salad and warmed Italian bread, served at a cost of $6 per person. (Reduced rates for children.) Reservations are not needed -- tickets will be sold at the door.

A dinner-theater ticket, available for $8 per person, provides admission to the Key Club dinner and Saturday's 7:30 p.m. performance by the South Carroll Stagelighters of "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night."

South Carroll High is at 1320 W. Old Liberty Road in Winfield.

Information: (410) 795-8500.

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Winfield's Community Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual Sunday Breakfast with Santa Sunday.

Platters of pancakes, eggs, hominy, pudding, sausage, sausage gravy, homemade biscuits, juice, coffee, tea and milk will be served from 7 a.m. to noon at the firehouse at 1320 W. Old Liberty Road in Winfield.

Parents are reminded to bring their cameras if they want photographs of the children with Santa. He will be available to chat during the breakfast, but the fire company does not take pictures.

The breakfast will cost $4.50 for adults, $2.50 for children under 12.

Information: (301) 875-4107.

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American Legion Gold Star Post 191 will hold a special Bingo Night on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. to benefit the Mount Airy Flood Relief program for Alexandria, Mo.

Organizers hope to reach an attendance of 150 or more to provide a special package of prizes. Advance seat reservations can be made for a $1 fee.

Information: (301) 829-2311 or (410) 795-6444.

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Thanksgiving came early for 37 local families this holiday season when volunteers from the Mount Airy Area Jaycees recently delivered sacks of groceries to their homes.

Chairwoman Debbie Ruprecht reports that the 1993 Jaycee Thanksgiving Basket project was completed Nov. 13. "Each family got approximately three boxes of groceries," she said.

Families were screened for eligibility and food preferences by Jaycee volunteers.

"The names came from Social Services and the reduced and free lunch lists [at area schools]," said Mrs. Ruprecht.

Each delivery included a bounty of food items such as turkeys, milk, pies, juices, coffee, tea, peanut butter, jelly and "all the staples," said Mrs. Ruprecht.

Mount Airy Middle School again helped the Jaycees with their annual Thanksgiving Basket project by collecting hundreds of cans of food, which were divided among the 37 "baskets" last Friday evening.

Several extra boxes of canned goods were donated to Mount Airy NET's food pantry at Calvary United Methodist Church.

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