This blog is posted by "Elijah's Table," a joint project of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration (1 Hood Road, Derry, NH) and Etz Hayim Synagogue (1-1/2 Hood Road, Derry, NH), both located on Hood Road in Derry, NH. Twice a month we provide free, family-friendly dinners, which are served in a relaxed atmosphere. There are other organizations in the Derry, New Hampshire area that also offer free and delicious meals to the public. Please see the calendar on the right-hand side of this blog for a list of upcoming meals. And don't forget the offerings of the Sonshine Soup Kitchen (described on the left-hand side of this blog) and The Derry Salvation Army!
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Sunday, January 18, 2015
I never know what to expect when it's cold and rainy: will the weather cause people to stay indoors, or brave the cold for the warmth of company and a home-cooked meal? I shouldn't worry because as one of our wise volunteers said tonight, "If even one person comes, it's wonderful." We had more than one guest; we had a small crowd of people and these people have become our friends.
|Volunteers came out in full force.|
|A whole family of volunteers.|
|Raspberry triangle cookies.|
A wonderful volunteer (in red jacket) drove
these intrepid guests home.
Posted by Biker #1 at 6:17 PM
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
It was a great holiday dinner at Etz Hayim Synagogue, with Rabbi Levy and Amy Dattner-Levy singing Christmas carols, accompanied by a lively crowd. Folks told us they had a great time and we did too. Dinner was also terrific: eggplant parm, scalloped potatoes, pumpkin and banana bread, chocolate cake and apple pie, and THE MOST ADORABLE gingerbread cookies lovingly made by two of our teens, Kayla and Eliana. Please join us soon!
|We lit the Chanukah menorah.|
|There was plenty of good food from which to choose.|
|There's Barry, a key volunteer, and our Rabbi (in cap), being helped to some delicious eggplant by volunteer Lenny.|
|The man in the picture got to take home a whole apple pie,|
so he is VERY happy.
|She got a terrific new hair cut.|
|And here are some new friends.|
|We sang Christmas carols before saying goodbye for the night. |
Click below for a snippet of "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer"
Posted by Biker #1 at 5:51 PM
Thursday, November 6, 2014
And, in the meantime, if you are looking for a real Thanksgiving dinner ON Thanksigiving, please join us at the Church of the Transfiguration. The Community Meals Network will be serving dinner there from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Please call (603) 432-2120 to ensure a seat.
See you soon!
Posted by Biker #1 at 10:30 AM
Monday, October 20, 2014
Although a bit chilly, it was a lovely New Hampshire weekend with trees in their full Fall bloom: red, orange, yellow and, still, green. To celebrate the season, we had the MOST DELICIOUS huge red apples,* freshly picked by one of the volunteers. I've never tasted an apple so good. And so, keeping with the Autumn-color theme, I will tell you about the gentleman in the red flannel. He is a Korean war veteran and he had this to say to me: "People say that Americans don't care, but you folks show that they do." What a kind thing to say! As for the woman in red, isn't she wonderful? A lovely red blouse, a red thermos, and a red apple. See you on Thanksgiving Day at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration.
[*BTW: we didn't JUST have apples. We also had eggplant parm; pasta with broccoli; salad; green beans; home-made pumpkin bread; and for dessert: chocolate mouse cake and apple pie.]
Posted by Biker #1 at 6:49 AM
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Tonight's dinner was a "back to old school" meal, as it included some of America's favorite comfort foods: mac and cheese, chocolate pudding with whipped cream, and pumpkin pie. It's the sort of food you might have eaten and loved in grade school. It's September, after all. Some of our guests are actually in school and experiencing the thrill of returning to old friends after a long summer; crisp autumn air; and new books. Some of us just have those great memories...and some of those memories include the warmth of mac and cheese and the sweetness of real chocolate pudding. It was a wonderful night (and included door prizes, i.e., a gift card to Friendly's Ice Cream and tickets to a Boy Scout dinner). Please join us in October for more good things.
|"Yes, I remember chocolate pudding!"|
|Mother and daughter.|
|He chose the pumpkin pie.|
|As did his wife.|
|Etz Hayim folk.|
|"Thumbs up" for a great dinner|
(and this picture was taken BEFORE they won the tickets to the Boy Scout pasta dinner!)
|Friendly guy and sweet daughter.|
Posted by Biker #1 at 5:53 PM
Sunday, August 17, 2014
I just got home from a lively Elijah's Table dinner. Over 50 guests, tons of delicious food, and all of it gone by the end of the evening. We had quiche, corn on the cob, potato salad, green salad, green beans, banana bread, chocolate cake, and ice cream. We had bags of Turkish Taffy for door prizes, and a special "Happy Birthday" song for our good friend, Frank. Oh, and one of the nicest things: when we learned that a new guest also had a birthday, and asked if he wanted a special dessert, he responded, "Being here is dessert enough for me." Wow, what a compliment! Please join us in September.
|Can you find Frank in this picture?|
|"Yay, corn on the cob!"|
|Happy customers on line.|
|One of our photographers.|
|Me: Would you like some dessert?|
Customer: "Being here is dessert enough for me."
|Recipient of Turkish Taffy door prize.|
|Recipient of lucky sand dollar door prize.|
|Girls bring Frank a happy birthday Klondike bar.|
|Yours truly with three cute girls and their "Thank You!" sign.|
Yes, thank you everyone for helping us create a wonderful summer dinner.
Posted by Biker #1 at 5:46 PM