How to Have a Community Thanksgiving on the Crystal Coast
***Event information for this post was updated on October 30, 2017.***
Thanksgiving is a time to get together with others in the spirit of thankfulness and gratitude. This holiday, why not think outside of your immediate family and extend your celebration with the community? It's a wonderful way to spend Thanksgiving in the presence of others, and of course, there's an all-out mouthwatering feast to be had. If you're on the Crystal Coast this time of year, the Beaufort Historic Site's Community Thanksgiving Feast is an annual tradition and local favorite which brings the community together and celebrates the holiday in true Southern style.
Here's exactly what you need to know and how to go about partaking in this community Thanksgiving on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. Why not celebrate with us this year? It's easy to do. Here's how!
1. Get your tickets for the Community Thanksgiving Feast.First things first. You need tickets. Tickets are $20 in advance. Fair warning: this event's sells out quickly and is limited to 300 people. Don't wait too long or you may miss out.
The Community Thanksgiving happens before Thanksgiving Day, so you won't be opting out of your own family celebration. This year's event is slated for Sunday, November 19, 2017 from 11:30a.m. to 1p.m. on the grounds of the Beaufort Historic Site at 130 Turner Street. Dinner is served up in the Victorian-style Josiah Bell House, so the ambience is sure to please.
2. Come hungry, very hungry.
Yes, you're going to want to save your appetite for this meal. The Thanksgiving Feast serves up all the traditional favorites along with a taste of coastal Southern flair.
The best part about the Community Thanksgiving is the local support and donations from the Crystal Coast community itself. The wonderful area restaurants generously take time out of their hectic schedules to participate in this holiday event. This year’s participating restaurants include many of the local favorites including Aqua Restaurant, Beaufort Grocery Co., Blue Moon Bistro, The Cedars Inn and Restaurant, Clawson’s 1905 Restaurant, The Coffee Shop, The Dock House Restaurant, Donna’s Deli at the Pig, Finz Grill, Front Street Grill at Stillwater, The General Store, Old Salt Restaurant, Ribeye’s Steakhouse, Roland’s Barbecue, Royal James Café and the Spouter Inn.
So what's on the menu for this year's Community Thanksgiving Feast? We're so glad you're asked! (Don't read this if you're hungry.) This year's Thanksgiving menu offers you roast turkey with gravy and dressing, ham, seafood gumbo, chili, clam chowder, succotash, collards, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn bread, cranberry sauce, assorted pies, ice cream, iced tea and coffee. These meals may be packed to take home or eaten on the grounds of the Historic Site under a tent – heated, if necessary. And don't worry, the event is held rain or shine.
The National Charity League, a mother/daughter organization, welcomes guests during the event and bakes homemade pies to benefit the Beaufort Historic Association’s ongoing preservation and educational programs. You can't go wrong with delicious dessert for a worthy cause. You'll definitely want to bring a pie or two home to compliment your own Thanksgiving celebration.
3. Celebrate the true spirit of Thanksgiving.
The Community Thanksgiving Feast is a unique old-fashioned gathering of the community, while sharing an amazing meal. What could be better than that? It's the perfect occasion to celebrate Thanksgiving a few days early and meet your neighbors, make a few new friends, and get to know the local community on a more intimate level. Camaraderie, thankfulness and gratitude abound!
4. Shop the Jumble Sale on Saturday, November 18.
5. Do it all over again next year.As mentioned early, the Beaufort Historic Site's Community Thanksgiving Feast is an annual tradition on the Crystal Coast. Once you try it, you'll want to come back again and again. You can mark off the Sunday before Thanksgiving on your calendar and make it your new Thanksgiving tradition at the beach. Tell your family, tell your friends! Hope to see you there.
Did you read our previous post on the Top 10 Reasons To Be Thankful for Emerald Isle? You should! Happy Thanksgiving!
Have you been to the Beaufort Historic Site's Community Thanksgiving Feast? Are you going this year?