Thanksgiving meal

Whether it's with family, friends or warm strangers, Thanksgiving is more than just eating a lot of good food and counting down the hours until Black Friday begins.

Moreso than any other holiday on the calendar, Thanksgiving is a time for gathering with the ones you love, simply to revel in the act of being.

Of course, the food is essential, too.

We've put together a short list of some of the feasts open to the public this month, which you can find below.

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Grape Leaf Cafe's 3rd Annual Friendsgiving at Ross Street United Methodist Church

When: Friday, November 8, 5 to 8 p.m.

Address: 312 E. Ross St., Lancaster

Details: Turkey and drinks are provided, though attendees are encouraged to bring a side dish to share.

Contact: (717) 875-1320

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Thanksgiving meal at Stevens Hill Community Church

When: Sunday, November 10, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Address: 3131 Turnpike Road, Elizabethtown.

Details: The meal follows a service at Stevens Hill Community Church.

Contact: (717) 367-7299

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Golden Agers Thanksgiving feast at Calvary Baptist Church

When: Friday, November 15, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Address: 530 Milton Road, Lancaster

Details: The meal cost is $5 per person and the deadline to sign up is Sunday, November 10.

Contact: (717) 299-6027

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Cotillion Club of Lancaster's Bountiful Harvest Ball at General Sutter Inn

When: Sunday, November 16, 6 to 10:30 p.m.

Address: 14 E. Main St., Lititz

Details: $44 per person and the registration deadline is Saturday, November 9. Music will be provided by Dance Avanti.

Contact: (717) 626-2115

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Vegan Friendsgiving Dinner at Tivoni Bakery Kitchen & Bakery

When: Saturday, November 16, 5 to 8 p.m.

Address: 805 Rohrerstown Road, Lancaster

Details: Cost of meal is $25, and Tivoni suggests calling to RSVP for a seat. The restaurant is BYOB.

Contact: (717) 947-7452

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E-Town Grace Thanksgiving Meal at E-Town Grace

(11/17) 6 p.m.

When: Sunday, November 17, 6 to 9 p.m.

Address: 305 Anchor Road, Elizabethtown

Details: Attendees are encouraged to bring a side to share, as well as a boxed or canned food donation.

Contact: (717) 367-1281

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Gathering at the Table Feast at Branch & Vine

When: Sunday, November 17, 5 to 7 p.m.

Address: 520 North Street, Lancaster

Details: Turkey and drinks will be provided and guests are asked to bring a side dish or dessert.

Contact: (717) 799-8365

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Holiday Vegan Pop-Up Feast at Lancaster Farm Sanctuary

When: Saturday, November 23, 4 p.m.

Address: 550 Milton Grove Road South, Elizabethtown.

Details: Dinner begins at 5 p.m., though a "meet and greet" with farm animals begins the event at 4 p.m. Tickets are $75 and the event is BYOB.

Contact: Lancasterfarmsanctuary.org

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Thanksgiving High Tea at La Petite Patisserie Bakery & Cafe

When: Saturday, November 23, 2 to 4 p.m.

Address: 136 N. Prince St., Lancaster

Details: Cost of admission is $48.

Contact: (717) 424-1631

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Thanksgiving feast at First Church of God

When: Wednesday, November 27, 6 p.m.

Address: 144 S. Market St., Elizabethtown

Details: Free, but donations are accepted

Contact: (717) 367-7060

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Thanksgiving feast at Bright Side Baptist Church

When: Thursday, November 28, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Address: 515 Hershey Ave., Lancaster

Details: Free, but reservations are requested by November 22. Home-delivered meals for sick or homebound residents are also offered.

Contact: (717) 509-1342

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Family and Friends Community Dinner at Central Manor Church of God

When: Thursday, November 28, 12 to 2:30 p.m.

Address: 387 Penn St., Washington Boro

Details: Free and open to the public. Takeout begins at 11:30 a.m.

Contact: (717) 285-4513

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Thanksgiving feast at Chiques Church of the Brethren

When: Thursday, November 28, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Address: 4045 Sunnyside Road, Manheim

Details: Reservations required by November 21. Donations for the local food pantry will be accepted.

Contact: (717) 665-1342

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Cocalico Area Churches' community dinner at Ephrata Business Center

When: Thursday November 28, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Address: 400 W. Main St., Ephrata

Details: Transportation and home-delivered meals for local residents can be arranged.

Contact: (717) 336-2512

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Thanksgiving feast at Colemanville United Methodist Church

When: Thursday, November 28, noon

Address: 210 Colemanville Church Road, Conestoga

Details: Reservations required by November 18.

Contact: (717) 872-7951

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Thanksgiving feast at Columbia United Methodist Church

When: Thursday, November 28, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Address: 510 Walnut St., Columbia

Details: Transportation for local resident may be possible.

Contact: (717) 684-2356

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Thanksgiving feast at Ebenezer Baptist Church

When: Thursday, November 28, 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Address: 701 N. Lime St., Lancaster

Details: Transportation and home-delivered meals may be possible.

Contact: (717) 392-4292 x423

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Thanksgiving feast at Zion Lutheran Church

When: Thursday, November 28, 12 to 1 p.m.

Address: 2 S. Hazel St., Manheim

Details: Home-delivered meals may be possible.

Contact: (717) 665-5880

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Thanksgiving feast at Lampeter United Methodist Church

When: Thursday, November 28, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Address: 1101 Village Road, Lampeter

Details: Reservations required by November 25. Home-delivered meals may be possible.

Contact: (717) 464-4563

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Thanksgiving feast at Water Street Mission

When: Thursday, November 28, 12 to 6 p.m.

Address: 210 S. Prince St., Lancaster

Details: Open to the community

Contact: (717) 393-7709

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Thanksgiving feast at Brick Gables

When: Thursday, November 28, 10:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Address: 800 E. Newport Road, Lititz

Details: Adults, $29.31; Children age 4 to 10, $18.82; Children 4 and under, free.

Contact: (717) 627-0080

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Thanksgiving feast at St. Stephen Reformed Church

When: Thursday, November 28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Address: 249 E. Main St., New Holland

Details: Home-delivered meals may be arranged.

Contact: (717) 354-7871

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Lititz/Warwick community feast at Hosanna, a Fellowship of Christians

When: Thursday, November 28, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Address: 29 Green Acre Road, Lititz

Details: Transportation and home-delivered meals may be arranged.

Contact: (717) 626-2560

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Thanksgiving feast at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd

When: Thursday, November 28, 12:30 p.m.

Address: 750 Greenfield Road, Lancaster

Contact: (717) 393-3958

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Thanksgiving Feast at Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church

When: Thursday, November 28, noon

Address: 673 Martic Heights Dr., Pequea

Details: Reservations required by November 21.

Contact: (717) 284-4331

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Thanksgiving feast at St. Mark's United Methodist Church

When: Thursday, November 28, noon

Address: 27 E. Main St., Mount Joy

Details: Home-delivered meals may be arranged.

Contact: (717) 653-5493

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Thanksgiving feast at St. Phillip the Apostle Roman Catholic Church

When: Thursday, November 28, 12 to 2 p.m.

Address: 2111 Millersville Pike, Lancaster

Details: Home-delivered meals may be arranged.

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Thanksgiving buffet at Spring House Brewing Co.

When: Thursday, November 28, 12:30 to 5 p.m. (Seating times at 1 and 4 p.m.)

Address: 209 Hazel St., Lancaster

Details: Adults, $29.95; Children age 3 to 12, $19.95; Children 3 and under, free.

Contact: (717) 984-2530

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Thanksgiving Grande Feast at Meadia Heights Golf Club

When: Thursday, November 28, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Address: 402 Golf Road, Lancaster.

Details: Traditional Thanksgiving fair is provided, buffet-style. Adults, $25; Children 12 and under, $12; Children 4 and under, free.

Contact: (717) 393-9761

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Put People First PA's Day After Thanksgiving Feast at Community Mennonite Church

When: Friday, November 29, 12:15 to 3:30 p.m.

Address: 328 W. Orange St., Lancaster

Details: Traditional Thanksgiving fair will be provided following a 21 minute documentary about the National Union of the Homeless.

Contact: +1 (717) 298-0562

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