The holidays are special time at the Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge, and that goes double for Thanksgiving. This year 172 lucky guests were here to join us for one of our favorite holidays of the year!
There is a long-standing tradition of hosting our extended BPKFL family for a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner complete with all the traditional, homemade goodies you remember: turkey and gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, corn casserole and a sweet potato casserole that will make your heart sing. And don’t forget the cranberry sauce and homemade, piping hot, made from scratch bread!!! Yum!
Of course, Thanksgiving dinner would not be complete without the homemade pies. Joan and and her team of volunteers outdid themselves this year with a beautiful array of apple, key lime, pumpkin, and minced meat pies, all topped with whipped cream. Delicious!
In addition to all the amazing food, and wonderful volunteers, the night was made even better by beautiful weather with a slight touch of fall chill in the air. There is nothing like eating Thanksgiving dinner outside under the stars with the salt breeze complementing the smell of your turkey. If you have never celebrated the holidays in the Florida Keys there is truly nothing like it.
Special thanks to all our hard working volunteers who take time out of their vacations to serve others. They are:
Cash Box: Bob Sentineal, Vinnie Ferrera
Invocation: Joan Cottrell
Table Decorations: Joni Millen, Gail Barbosa
Dan Millen, Tom Cousins, Bill Barbosa, Tom Woolsey, Mike Kingman
Food Runner: Dave Grossman
Meat Server: George Leppa
Lorie Kingman, Gail Barbosa, Carol Pringle, Sue Creswell, Bill Barbosa
Tea & Water: Jill &Brian Smith
Trays: Jean & Ragnar Midtskogen Doug & Carolyn, Labine
Pies: Joan Cottrell, Mary Sentineal, Lois Woolsey
Pie Carrier: Tom Cousin
Table Clean-Up: The Sentineal Family
Thank you for making our Thanksgiving special every year!