Woodstock’s Thanksgiving dinner serves the public and the servers

As Family of Woodstock seeks volunteers for its 36th annual Thanksgiving Feast at the Mescal Hornbeck Community Center in Woodstock, event director Chester Pertchik notes the egalitarian nature of the feast. “We have people of every political and religious belief, race, sexual orientation, financial bracket. There are people who come in from New Jersey, Manhattan, Long Island. Someone once flew in from the Middle East. The purpose is so all these people can sit down and break bread together — it’s incredibly unifying and healing when there’s no other agenda besides eating together.”

Volunteer Susan Goldman agrees, “One of . . .

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