Serving up the free turkey dinner

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Sir Isaac's restaurant in Montague once again serving free Christmas dinner

Anne Dewar of Sir Isaac’s restaurant in Montague cooks up another turkey for the free Christmas dinner she offers Dec. 25.

MONTAGUE — ‘Tis the season to be jolly and a town restaurant here is making sure no one goes without turkey and trimmings on Christmas Day.

Instead of putting her feet up and relaxing, proprietor Anne Dewar is spending her Christmas Day cooking the full meal deal for others.

And the fifth annual sit-down meal in her Main Street restaurant is absolutely free.

“We had over 170 people last year and served up 200 pounds of turkey,’’ says Dewar, who operates Sir Isaac’s restaurant on the south side of town. “I’m just trying to make sure no one feels lonely.”

Dewar, born Anne Hughes, will never forget a Christmas years ago when her only gift was a few crayons and she had to share a colouring book with a brother.

“I went away and sooked about it for most of the day,” she recalled. “My mother said I should be thankful to have a healthy family and a good meal to eat.”

Dewar never forgot those words of admonishment and said her free Christmas dinner is a way to help others who might not have all the seasonal trimmings.

“Anyone and everyone who might be alone or not have the family network to celebrate is welcome to join with us.”

Dewar spends the entire day cooking and serving between 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The first year, 50 people turned up and the list just grows.

“We just hope not everyone arrives at the same time.”

Now entering her fifth year, Dewar is delighted that numerous volunteers turn out to donate and help, and even bring small gifts for the diners.

“People drop off food and come in to help prepare and serve and we even have those who sing Christmas carols to help brighten the day.”

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  • pat mcgowan
    December 25, 2013 - 12:08

    Thank-you Ann for making Christmas day a happy one for so many people.Your generosity is an example we all should follow.Everyone should support this business all year round!!

  • Walter & Glenda Wilkins
    December 25, 2013 - 07:40

    Merry Christmas Anne, to you and all your little Helpers. It ain't easy, but it's the right thing to do; God bless.

  • Jean Ings Robertson
    December 24, 2013 - 15:49

    I live in Nova Scotia. My sister, her daughter and my Dad had Christmas with you last year. This went a long way to lessen the sadness of Christmas without Mom and the fact that our family home had to be sold. My Dad had a wonderful time enjoying your tasty dinner and listening to the Christmas music. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generosity.

  • Baz
    December 24, 2013 - 15:45

    You surely have our Blessings Ann. Let us all show our support for this wonderful lady by supporting her and her restaurant business in 2014. God bless

  • candrayo
    December 24, 2013 - 11:48

    Merry Christmas to you Anne and BLESS YOU for showing Islanders what giving is all about!!!! Lesson needed! Light and Love to you on Christmas!

  • Carmen (Young) McGrattan
    December 24, 2013 - 10:30

    Bless you and your helpers Anne... Merry Christmas and the very best to you all in 2014.

  • Carmen (Young) McGrattan
    December 24, 2013 - 10:29

    Bless you and your helpers Anne... Merry Christmas and the very best to you all in 2014.

    • lois jewell
      December 25, 2013 - 19:40

      What a wonderful, kind thing to do. I admire you and your helpers. God bless you all.