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Friends find a way to safely celebrate Thanksgiving


In the adjoining backyards of three Old Town apartment units, neighbors and friends gathered to safely celebrate Thanksgiving together.

Serving tables had something for everyone — the vegetarians, the vegans, Halal and the serious meat eaters.

Bottles of sanitizer were set out alongside a pot-luck menagerie of holiday classics and the personal specialties many would not be bringing to traditional family gatherings this year, such as Olivia Busceme’s fried artichoke hearts — a recipe she learned from her grandmother.

Jacqueline Hays said the group learned it was easy to stay apart outside after gathering in the space last summer to watch a friend’s Facebook Live wedding.


“This is our germ group,” Reyann Gonzales said, “and whenever we get together it’s outside and distanced.”

Knowing that they share the same COVID safety measures in daily life made the small get-together of just over a dozen even more comfortable.

“And you don’t get near food without a mask and sanitizing,” Hays said.

Busceme and James Allen King asked if they could join in after their large family get-togethers had been scaled back this year.

Another friend asked to bring along a fellow college student who couldn’t go home to be with family.

“It’s halfway between being a ‘Friendsgiving’ and ‘Orphaned Thanksgiving,’” Hays said as the group assembled and the second of their feast’s fried turkeys bubbled nearby.

The gathering is just one of the ways the holiday season is adapting amid the ongoing pandemic and case numbers that continue to rise.

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