Fall harvest.

Community potluck planned

Sooke Community Garden site for Thanksgiving lunch

What is the purpose of Thanksgiving? For Phoebe Dunbar, it’s about pressing the pause button in life, being with a community, and appreciating what one has.

“It’s taking time out from busy weekends and busy schedules.”

Dunbar, along with the available members of the Food CHI Society, will be hosting an ad hoc community potluck Thanksgiving dinner on Monday October 14. It starts at noon and runs until about 3:00 p.m, and will be open to friends, members and supporters, which pretty well includes everyone in Sooke.

“What we wanted to do,” said Dunbar, “so many people in Sooke are interested in the garden, we wanted to have a little bit of an open house … as well as a potluck lunch to celebrate Thanksgiving and harvest.”

A few fires will be available for roasting. The cob oven will be used for pizzas for those who bring a pizza shell and toppings.

CHI’s contribution will be the salmon, which had been set aside for the recently-cancelled harvest dinner.

“That will be cooked over a green alder fire, on site in a fire pit,” promised Dunbar.

Games are planned, and entertainment might be on site.

The event will be held rain-or-shine.

Dunbar asks those who come to bring their own chairs, and to donate two dollars.