Meet the men behind the women’s turkey dinner

Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 14, 2015

From washing dishes to taking out the trash to helping wait tables, the men at the Church of the Holy Trinity do whatever is needed for the annual turkey dinner, which is scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday in McInnis Parish Hall, 900 South St.

Even though the event is a fundraiser sponsored by the Episcopal Church Women, the men have historically helped out, church member Dick Ferguson said.

In addition to their cleaning and serving roles, the men will also carve the turkeys and work in the takeout lines.

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None described their involvement with the turkey dinner as a chore, but more of a day spent with friends.

“It’s all fun and togetherness,” church member Lee Davis Thames said, and added the enjoyment of the day was not just limited to the camaraderie of the men.

“Part of the fun is seeing all your friends from the community,” he said.

In recounting the enjoyable times the men have shared together, they also said there were moments that had them holding their breath.

“It used to be almost every year the pilot would go out. We have got so much stuff going,” church member Jim Peay said, but thanks to some electrical assistance, the situation is now under control.

Along with the turkey dinner, the church will also hold a bake sale.

There are some items that go fast, Thames said, but the Rev. Beth Palmer has already given instructions that there would be no pre-sales.

“We have a rule that no one can buy a cake until 11 a.m.,” Thames said.

The bake sale will have frozen casseroles and soups for sale along with the many desserts, turkey dinner chairman Logan Peay said.

The cost of the dinner is $10 and will include turkey, green beans, dressing, cranberry salad, a roll and a choice of pecan pie, pumpkin pie or chocolate cake.

Tickets are available at Petersons, 1400 Washington St., Lorelei Books, 1103 Washington St. and at the church office.

For more information, call 601-636-0542.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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