Catskill Animal Sanctuary hosts Gobble & Groove Barn Bash

Abby Hammond with Emmett at the Catskill Animal Sanctuary

Are you a vegan or vegetarian who feels a little left out of the fun this time of year? Is your favorite part of Thanksgiving the presidential pardon for a couple of turkeys? The Catskill Animal Sanctuary is planning some festivities this weekend that will help get you into the holiday mood. The event is called Gobble & Groove, and in years past it was a daytime fall festival geared toward little kids. But this Saturday, it will morph into an evening party featuring dinner, drinks, dancing and more, to be held next door at the Fortune Valley Manor.

Attendees are asked to arrive and park at the Manor by 4 p.m. At 4:30, the annual feeding of the turkeys gets underway, with a serenade by guitarist Maggie Rothwell. Then comes feeding pumpkins to the pigs at 5 p.m. The action moves indoors to the barn at Fortune Valley Manor at 5:30, and Sanctuary founder/director Kathy Stevens will deliver “an inspiring call to action” at 8 p.m.

Your ticket includes a full meal, dessert, all non-alcoholic beverages and two drink tickets for beer or wine (additional beer and wine may be purchased). The menu includes a Build Your Own Chili Bowl featuring smoky three-bean chili with all the fixins, hearty cornbread, a seasonal salad and apple cobbler with ice cream and caramel sauce. The Brooklyn-based band Astrograss will get people dancing with an eclectic, rootsy blend of bluegrass, old-time and folk music. New to Gobble & Groove this year are games, including giant Jenga and Connect 4, cornhole, tabletop bowling and shuffleboard, and a photobooth. The event is recommended for kids ages 12 and older.


Tickets cost $50 per person, $45 for members, $360 for a table for eight. All proceeds benefit the Catskill Animal Sanctuary. To order, visit

Catskill Animal Sanctuary’s Gobble & Groove Barn Bash, Saturday, Nov. 2, 4-9 p.m., $50/$45, Fortune Valley Manor, 248 Old Stage Rd., Saugerties, (845) 336-8447,