Thanksgiving is time of reflection, celebration, and of course, our favorite part, the dinner. But as wonderful as many Thanksgiving dinners have been, there have also been some disasters. Here are some photos that highlight some of the blunders of the holiday, and be sure to read more "oopsies" below from some of our readers.
Dear Edmonson Voice,
About 10 years ago, my father-in-law decided he'd deep-fry the Thanksgiving turkey in his brand new fryer. He'd read the directions over and over and had everything set up out in his driveway. He paid close attention to his marinade that he injected and thought he was really doing something. He cooked the turkey just right and everything seemed to be fine until we all realized he fried the turkey with the wrapper STILL ON IT. We scraped most of the melted plastic off the turkey, but the taste of burnt plastic is something you don't ever forget.
Dear Edmonson Voice,
I have a large family and Thanksgiving is a big deal for us. Each year before we eat, my grandpa calls on somebody to bless the food. It's common for somebody to say a few words about how thankful we all should be before the prayer. One year, my aunt was counting all our blessings and she got real emotional. Everybody was real still cause it was a real serious moment. At least until my 6 year old nephew let the biggest fart you ever heard in your life. His mom was so embarrassed, and all the kids were trying their best to not laugh, but they couldn't help it. He still denies it to this day, but I swear my brother was snickering as he said the blessing.
Dear Edmonson Voice,
One year my 12 year old son really got into tricks and magic. He had a couple magic trick kits and watched different magicians and illusionists on tv all the time. We were at my mom's house setting the table and making last minute adjustments. All the sudden we heard a huge crash and realized that my son had tried to pull the tablecloth out from under all the food. The turkey, mashed potatoes, and dressing all hit the floor. We picked carpet fuzz out of the food for 30 minutes, but needless to say, the magic tricks ended that day.
Dear Edmonson Voice,
My sister is notorious for bringing her sick kids to whatever is going on. Three or four years ago, her whole family showed up to my grandparent's house for dinner and her 4 year old son had a stomach virus. She had already told everybody about 3 times how he was running a fever and had thrown up the night before. Everybody had gathered at the table and was settling down before my grandad said grace. Just as everything got quiet, my nephew started heaving and puked all in his plate. Puke splashed over into the corn bowl, which caused my cousin to throw up. He was able to turn his head, but puke was going everywhere. We had to throw the corn out, take everything off the table and remove the vomit-soaked tablecloth. By the time everybody got settled back down, no one wanted to eat a bite of anything. That year will ever be known as "Thanksgagging."
Dear Edmonson Voice,
We've always gone to my mammaw's house for Thanksgiving. She's 88 and not been able to fix the whole dinner for several years, so different family members fix different dishes and we all pitch in. Last year, everybody was there getting everything together except my sister, who is always late to everything. She fixed the turkey and everybody was waiting on her. She finally pulled up in the driveway and opened up the hatch on her car. Just as her husband got the turkey out of the back, he got his feet tangled up as the dog ran up. He fell and dropped the turkey all over the car port and the dog had half the turkey drug off before we even knew what was going on. We ended up eating ham sandwiches and frozen pizza to go along with all the side dishes. My sister isn't allowed to ever cook turkey again.
Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Dear Edmonson Voice,
FREE THANKSGIVING DINNER!!!! The catch? There is none. After years of working with the young people in our school system, I found many who didn’t have fond memories of this holiday. To me, Thanksgiving is about spending time with people who I love or want to be with, eating way too much delicious food and just simply being thankful for all I have. So I decided to give people, who for whatever reason a place to experience some of what I love about this holiday. This is a free dinner with no strings or requirements, Of course it is open to anyone who can’t afford a dinner, but more than that, we want to invite anyone who wants to come. Your reason for coming and eating up to you. There will be a donation box at the door for those who want to donate, but it is in no way required. This is a ministry of ours and we do this with Jesus at our side, but in no way will you be preached at. We simply do this to offer fellowship with people who want to experience a great dinner with great people.
We will not go door to door asking for support from local business, although we hope to get some. So many are hit up for donations daily already. I would like to see some our community give because they are thankful not because they were cornered. This is thanksgiving and it should be in our hearts to be thankful. If someone wants to donate monies that would be greatly appreciated. We will be happy to have volunteers to help serve and prepare.
What: Free Thanksgiving Dinner with all the fixings!!!!
When: November 27, 2014 12-4 pm
Where: Brownsville Community Center
Who: Everyone is invited
Cost: Free donations accepted but in no way expected
ECHS Class of '74 40 Year Reunion
Can you believe it's been 40 years?! We'll be celebrating our 40th Class Reunion on Saturday, November 29th at the 5/6 Center in Brownsville. (Formerly our old High School.)
Sign in will be at 6pm, cost is $12.00 per person.
Please send money and number of people attending by November 17th to:
145 Goldenrod Court
Sheperdsville, KY 40165
We'll have sandwiches, drinks, and snacks. We're also planning on giving away prizes. If you have any memories of '74 or of any past reunions, please share!
We're looking forward to a great time,
The Planning Committee:
Revona Decker VanHaverbeke, Dennis Parker, Shelia Ray Durbin, Debbie Davis Smith, and Regina Deweese Prewitt.
Raffle to Benefit Toddler With Cancer
FREE Wild Game Cooking Class
Edmonson County Extension Office -From Field to Table: Wild game cooking class
Julia Branstetter, County Extension Agent for FCS will present a program on wild game cooking.
You, or your spouse, planned all year and successfully tagged a deer for a freezer full of venison. Here comes the hard part though. Do you know how to prepare a delicious meal or appetizer with it?
This class will offer tips and tricks to help make preparing venison easier. Participants will watch a demonstration, sample a delicious recipe and go home with recipes to try and a herb roast rub for their own delicious meal.
The class will be held at the extension office on Friday November 21st at 5pm. The class is free. Please call the office at 597-3628 to pre-register by November 18th.
Brownsville Homemakers Bake Sale
On November 22nd from 8am-noon, the Brownsville Homemakers will be having a Bake Sale in front of the Bank of Edmonson Co. All proceeds will benefit our commitment to help our county. Some of our homemade goodies like pumpkin pies, fried pies, pecan pies, caramel apples, etc will be available. Please come out and help us help others. Thanks, and see you there!
Pumpkin Contest Winner
Creekside Garden and Nursery owners Jeromy and Christie Doyle presented Jarrod Hawkins with his $50 cash prize today as the winner of The Edmonson Voice 2014 Pumpkin Carving Contest. Jarrod's wife, Beth, entered his pumpkin into the contest. Hawkins didn't use a template, but drew the design himself on the pumpkin, then carefully carved out the detailed "Headless Horseman."
Creekside sold hundreds of pumpkins this season and will soon look to begin selling live Christmas trees and other holiday related products. They're located at 3530 Chalybeate Road near the Edmonson/Warren county line.
The Disabled American Veterans and Auxiliary will host a lunch at the Brownsville Community Center on Tuesday, November 11, from 11:00 until ?? Everyone is welcome. The menu will include a choice of turkey or ham, dressing, potato casserole, green beans, slaw, roll, drink & desert for $7.00 per person. To go orders available by calling 270-889-3066.
To show honor to our veterans and their service, any veteran and their spouse may eat for free. The Veterans Hall of Honor will be open for public view during this event
The ECHS Softball Calendar Girl Pageant will be held this Saturday, Nov 8 at 2pm at the ECHS Auditorium. Girls and boosters need to arrive by 12 pm to have plenty of time to prepare. Boosters need to be there on Friday, November 7, at 6 pm for set up.
Contact Laura Sanders for more info
The Edmonson County Homemakers will host a Christmas Bazaar on November the 8th at the Brownsville Community Center, 8am - 1pm. We will have over 25 booths with items that are home made, wreaths, Avon, Pampered Chef, several jewelry booths, Origami Owl, baked Items, CDs and many more novelty items. Food will be available.
Singers include Dave Alexander, Jeremy Taylor, Black Gold, Brian Alexander and Alyssa Lindsey. Santa Claus will be there from 10am - 1pm. Come out and visit, buy Christmas gifts, help local crafters and your county home makers.
Invitation from The Community Church at Cedar Springs:
In honor of the Civil Servants of Edmonson County, The community Church at Cedar Springs will be hosting a Civil Service day on Sunday, November 9, at 10:30 am. We'd love to have as many of your personnel in uniform that can attend that day for your organization to be recognized and so that the community can better understand your role and services that you so unselfishly provide to protect the citizens of Edmonson County. We'll be honoring volunteer, career, active and retired personnel as a way to say "thank you" for the job that you do and the service that you provide. We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible this Sunday, November 9, at 10:30 am and may the Lord bless your organization and your efforts to serve Edmonson County.
8825 Brownsville Rd
Brownsville, KY 42210
Pastor: Charles McCutchen
The Mammoth Cave Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation recently donated $500.00 to the Edmonson County "Archery in The Schools" Program. The program is coordinated by chapter member and Edmonson County Sheriff's Deputy Wally Ritter along with Warren County Sheriff's Deputy Chris Shelton.
It is a great after-school program and the chapter is proud to support the efforts of the program managers and the young men and women who participate.
Proceeds from fundraisers such as habitat seed sales and contributions from local businesses allow the Mammoth Cave chapter to make donations to worthwhile programs such as this one. The chapter sends thanks to the communities for their continued support and encouragement.
Coach Wally Ritter said the archery team practices every Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 4pm-5:30pm. The program is open to 7th - 12th grades and participates in NASP Competitions.
Submitted by David Alexander
US Park Ranger Dave Alexander with Mammoth Cave Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation presents Coaches Wally Ritter and Chris Shelton $500 donation to the Edmonson County Archery Team.
Otter Gap Revival Ends
In an attempt to bring positive news to our readers, we want to report happenings and events with all our local churches. Churches make up a large portion of our communities and we'd like to ask you, our readers, to keep us informed of not only what events your churches have upcoming, but the result of those events, as it matters to many Edmonson County residents.
The revival held at Otter Gap Missionary Baptist Church came to an end last night with the church reporting 9 professions and 12 new members to join the church. The church was at capacity nearly every service with much member support along with many visitors. The church has Sunday School each Sunday at 10am, Prayer Meeting each Weds at 7pm, and services on the 2nd Saturday night and Following Sunday, as well as the 4th Sunday, ruled by the Saturday. Pastor is Bro. Steve Gipson.
Edmonson County Cub Scout Pack 597 and Edmonson County Boy Scout Troop 597 have teamed up with Cee Bee Grocery Store to collect canned goods as part of the "Scouting for Food" project. On November 22, 2014, a collection box will be placed at Cee Bee Grocery Store in Brownsville where you can donate canned foods. All canned goods that are donated will be given to Food From the Heart, which is a local food bank here in Brownsville. Come out and donate canned goods for those in Edmonson County.