Our Thanksgiving -- 11/26/04

I ran -- and survived -- the annual BankNewport Pie Run 5 miler. (That's a picture of this year's t-shirt.) Jill and I have been running this race since 1995. (Jill won 2nd place Female 14 and under in '95 and came in first place in that age group in '96.) The weather was the mildest that I can recall for this race, upper 50's with light rain.

It was a family team effort this year. Jill and I were joined by Tom and Paul (brothers-in-law) and Melissa (my niece). Melissa was the fastest in our group and, yes, I was the slowest. It was fun having a family group running. I'm hoping that next year two or three more might join us.

(Note to newer readers: Nancy is one of ten children, so even though it is rare for all of them to be able to travel to Rhode Island, it is not difficult for the number in attendance at any family activity to be quite large.) This is the third year in a row that we have rented the parish hall at Nancy's church. The hall has two ovens and we usually figure on two turkeys in the 20 to 22 pound range. I had trouble finding one in that size range, so I opted for bigger -- 31 pounds. Fortunately the other turkey was only around 18 pounds.
Some socializing before the meal. A niece's daughter putting baskets of rolls on the tables.
A busy kitchen... Most of the high school and college kids sat together.
Thanksgiving dinner Thanksgiving dinner
The dessert table. A view of Main Street in Wakefield on
a mild but rainy Thanksgiving Day.

That was our Thanksgiving in Rhode Island.

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