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Calgary community celebrates Thanksgiving with socially-distanced long table meal

Last Updated Oct 9, 2020 at 3:31 pm MST

A Thanksgiving turkey dinner is shown in Toronto on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

CALGARY – It’s a dilemma many are facing this long weekend—how do you have a big Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends while keeping in mind COVID-19 prevention measures?

A community in Calgary’s deep south thinks it’s come up with a solution: a Thanksgiving long table turkey brunch.

“Someone takes out the table and starts eating outside and the next neighbour comes joins, and so on,” explained Legacy Community Association president Alexandra Velosa, who adds the event doubles as a fundraiser.

With social distancing measures in place, neighbours won’t be able to all sit at the same table, so the community association will be setting up tables along a pathway in Legacy.

“There are six people (allowed) at a table and their tables will be set up 12 feet apart from each other.”

One hundred people will be attending the event.

Bonfires have been set up along the path to keep those at the turkey brunch fundraiser warm.

Tickets for the event have already been sold and proceeds will go back to the association to fund future community initiatives.