Thanksgiving in Cedar? Turkey Day Traditions without the Travel

Published: November 22, 2011 | Read Time: 2 minutes

No plans this Thanksgiving? No worries – we’ve saved a seat for you at the Thunderbird table.

In true holiday spirit, SUU’s Multicultural Club is hosting an all-day Thanksgiving event for all students who are staying in town and would still like to gather in thanks with fellow students from across the country and around the world.

Festivities will begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday, with fun for all in anticipation of the big feast. Activities will include football on the big screen, foosball, air hockey and board games.

Sports fans can join together for the NFL’s traditional Thanksgiving Day football. The Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions will kick off at12:30 p.m.

A traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner will follow at 2 p.m. If they would like to share a bit of their own traditions, participants are encouraged to bring a cultural dish of their choosing. However, offerings are certainly not necessary to join in the feat; rather, just a thankful heart and a healthy appetite.

During dinner, members of all faiths will be invited to express their thoughts of gratitude and share their cultural holiday traditions with the group.

In addition to eating and mingling, attendees will be able to express their gratitude by serving others in need by tying quilts for donation to the local Women’s Shelter. Quilting frames will be set up throughout the afternoon for students so inclined to give back.

In keeping with tradition, national football games will be aired throughout the day, with the Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys game at 4:15 and the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens 8:20 that evening.

The event, co-sponsored by the Newman Club, a Catholic student religious club, is open to the public and will take place at the Newman Center at 86 East Center Street in Cedar City.

Miguel Ovies, president of the Newman Club, is excited about the event, which is the first of its kind for his organization and SUU’s Multicultural Club. “Everyone is invited. We have members who are hundreds of miles away from home and don’t know what Thanksgiving is,” Ovies said. “We have a large membership of international students who don’t have a family to go home to. We want them to know there’s a place they can go here in Cedar to celebrate.”

For more information about the event or to RSVP, please contact Miguel Ovies at 435-531-2044.

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