For immediate release:
Nov. 12, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS - State Rep. Vernon G. Smith (D-Gary) said the 2014 Harvest Feast will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22 at the New Shiloh Baptist Church, 1727 W. 15th Ave. in Gary.
The annual event is a gathering of citizens from the Gary community. They come together to share a traditional Thanksgiving meal and listen to gospel music performances.
“It is hard to believe, but this will be the 23rd year we have celebrated the Harvest Feast,” reflected Rep. Smith. “The event is now a tradition for some area families, not only for those who share the meal, but also for the volunteers who generously give of their time to make the dinner a great success. The Harvest Feast features a delicious, old-fashioned Thanksgiving meal as well as inspirational, gospel music by extremely talented individuals and groups. It is a very enjoyable evening. I invite senior citizens, groups and all Gary citizens to join us for the special gathering on Nov. 22.”
The Harvest Feast will begin at 6 p.m. with a church service. A full, traditional Thanksgiving meal follows featuring turkey, dressing, beef roast, macaroni and cheese, green beans, greens, mashed potatoes, and dessert. Various musical groups will perform. The event is free and open to the public.
Rep. Smith said he would appreciate and welcome volunteers to help with the meal. He said he could use help with the set-up, preparation of the food, serving the food, and the cleanup. For more information, please call him at 887-2046.
Rep. Smith organizes and hosts the event every year as a memorial to his mother, the Rev. Julia E. Smith, former pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, and his aunt, Magnolia Allen.