Free Thanksgiving Dinner in Hermon
For the third year in a row, the Masonâ€™s at Lynde Lodge #174 in Hermon, have opened their doors for Thanksgiving from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.â€œItâ€™s a thing we do for the community to let the community know that thereâ€™s not just a building here in town, but weâ€™re here to help with the public and the community itself,â€ said the senior warden, Audie Gould.This free dinner is served up for everyone to enjoy together, which despite all of the yummy food, may be the best part.â€œItâ€™s seeing the people come in through the door, whether they can afford it, or canâ€™t afford it, itâ€™s that itâ€™s free. Free to the public and itâ€™s neighbors being able to sit and enjoy a meal together,â€ said Gould.It means so much to the folks here, especially around the holidays.â€œI think itâ€™s extremely important, because it brings the family together and it helps show unity and also the giving nature, as Thanksgiving should be,â€ said Guy Chapman of Bangor.â€œI think people appreciate it and enjoy themselves. I did. I have,â€ said Nancy Chapman of Bangor.It took about a month to prepare and hours to prep, but to give folks a chance to sit and reflect on what theyâ€™re thankful for , is what itâ€™s all about.â€œIâ€™m thankful for very many things. My family, my friends, and the community and I love the Masons,â€ said Joyce Wheeler, a former 43-year Hermon resident.Last year, the lodge served around 80 dinners. They hope to feed even more this year.