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Thanksgiving With the Turkeys, a recap

We started the day at 8am with ice-filled water buckets. It was a cold morning, made even colder by the wind. A few of the weekday employees were there as well, so many of the chores were already done even though we got there an hour earlier than normal.

It is amazing to me just how much work goes into an event like this, an event that is actually their most low-key event. All the tables needing to be set up, done by PCRM the night before, but still needing to be covered. The extension cords and utensils, the food to be chopped for the turkey’s feast, and a million other details that are almost impossible to keep track of. I just offer my help, and do what is needed.

There was even an extra guest, always invited, and ones we always hope just stay, as they are safe on sanctuary grounds, but not very many other places. Gunshots are a constant most of the year.

In the end, what sticks out in my mind is that 300 people showed up with vegan dishes, on a day that was really perfect for staying inside with hot cocoa and a good book. I’m admittedly not a big fan of any of the events, as necessary and important as they are, but of the events the thanksgiving one is my favorite. Most of the people who come to the Thanksgiving With the Turkeys are people who get it. It is an entirely different feeling than the Open House and Farm Tour, both of which pull a lot more people, but the majority of whom are not on the same page at all.

It is also clear that the birds know that this is their day. As we got the tables ready for them, the chickens were hovering around, hopping right up onto the tables to get a preview. This seemed to delight the people watching the preparations.

The turkeys were gobbling in excitement – they definitely knew that they were the guests of honor.

As people ate their fill and wandered through the rest of the sanctuary, a few of us dispersed to various parts of the sanctuary as well. People need to be told, nicely, not to approach the sheep. They just don’t relate the entire herd walking away from them as a sign to pay attention to, and so without supervision there is a constant slow-chase around the goat and sheep yard.

Lola was, somewhat unexpectedly, the sheep ambassador of the day. She was unconcerned by the people, focused almost entirely on munching on the grass. Lots of pictures were taken of her, and the interesting thing to me was that many people didn’t realize that she had only three legs. Only when they’d see her walk/hop would they notice. “What’s wrong with her leg?” they’d ask.

She’s actually doing great. As well as could possibly have been hoped for, likely even better.

The goats are pretty much always dependable in eating up all the attention (and hay) that can be thrown at them. At least certain goats enjoy it. There are others who are either quite frightened by people or who just aren’t interested.

And then there are the two troublemakers, who still are rambunctious enough that they need to be kept in their stall, as no one knows what damage they’d do otherwise!

We finished the day with breaking down the tables and cleaning up all the food. There was plenty of work left for the Sunday crew, but we ran out of light at 5:30, and that made it officially pumpkin pie and conversation time.

It was an expectedly long day, and a rewarding one.


5 responses to “Thanksgiving With the Turkeys, a recap

  1. SoCal Muchacha November 26, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    Oh Deb, thank you SO MUCH for “taking me” with you on this fantastic day. I’ve told folks at work about the “Thanksgiving with the Turkeys” event and would really like to a little blog about YOUR blog posting on it if you wouldn’t mind. I’m a little brain-fried right now, but couldn’t seem to find an email addy to ask you if it’s okay to not only blog about your blog entries on the event, but perhaps use one of the pics–probably one with the kiddos gobbling up their food. Please let me know, although if I don’t hear from you (it IS the holiday after all :)), I may just do it anyway and pull it down if it’s not cool with you. Not usually how I operate, but I’d just like to put a different “turkey day” perspective out there, ya know?

    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! šŸ™‚

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  3. Deb December 1, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    SoCal, glad you enjoyed it! And I’m glad you blogged about it too. šŸ™‚

  4. Kristen July 27, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    When it’s slow at work I like to peruse old blogs – I love looking at all your photos! It was great to finally meet you this weekend. It’s so nice to be around other vegans. I can’t wait for my first Thanksgiving with the Turkey’s – I love the turkeys! Who is the lady who made the cake? I’m horrible with names. Does she have her own blog/cookbook? I would love to get that recipe from her!

  5. Deb July 28, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Robin is the lady of the cakes and cookies! She made the chocolate chip cookies, not sure if you had a chance to have one of those too. I don’t know her last name, or if she has her own blog, but if you ask Terry she can probably get you in touch with her!

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