Montague restaurant serves Christmas generosity with all the trimmings

Steve Sharratt
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Nearly 200 diners enjoyed free meal at Sir Isaac's restaurant

MONTAGUE — They came and were feted — almost 200 in total.

That’s how many chowed down on turkey and all the trimmings here Wednesday during the free Christmas dinner hosted by Sir Isaac’s restaurant.

Owner Anne Dewar has been dishing out the goods for the past five years and even posts a sandwich board in front of her facility welcoming guests.

“The majority of reservations were between 2 and 4 p.m. but folks were lined up outside when we opened at 11 a.m.,’’ she said in a Christmas Day interview. “We’ll likely cook 200 pounds of turkey.”

In the kitchen she had plenty of help from family members joining in on the generosity.

“We put our feet up and celebrated ourselves on Christmas Eve day,’’ said cousin Aileen Brown from Amherst, N.S. “Today it’s get to work.”

A steady stream of customers filled the restaurant while Rev. Martin Dawson, his wife Nancy and Jayne Ings provided the seasonal tunes on accordion, omnichord and guitar.

“We came today because I didn’t want to cook a turkey,’’ said Donna Keiver with husband Wade and five children. “It’s my only day off and I didn’t want to be cooking all day.”

Friends and family turned out for the event to either enjoy the meal or volunteer to help or sing. But there was no shortage of customers wandering in alone and eating alone.

“We don’t ask personal circumstances, we just welcome them and try and cheer up their day,’’ said Dewar. “And we don’t have a donation box . . . we don’t want anyone to feel pressure.”

Geographic location: Amherst

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  • Mary Antonellis
    December 27, 2013 - 23:10

    God Bless you Anne, you are a caring person that knows the true meaning of Christmas Paying it forward something we all should remember. Mary Antonellis Arizona USA

  • Mary Antonellis
    December 27, 2013 - 22:47

    Ann is an amazing, loving caring person. I would hope the people who attended this wonderful dinner would patronize her establishment during the year.. Its all about Paying it forward. God Bless you Ann....Arizona resident.

  • Too lazy to cook.
    December 27, 2013 - 20:54

    What a great story,Hats off to Anne she is a amazing lady,I was thinking maybe the numbers could of been down by who have attended, it's seems some will travel across our great island if they can get that free meal,bring the whole family because parents were to lady to cook and it's free,charge a fee than the numbers would of dropped drastically.

  • countryview dove
    December 27, 2013 - 10:27

    Kudos to Anne for giving back to her community. I for one would have been so fortunate and grateful for this in a time of struggle 25 years ago. I do know of Anne's mom who had a large family . Hattie her late mom would be so honoured of the big heart Anne has like her mom and always gave to those in need. Good job Sir Issac's Restaurant. The public should learn and take note from this giving to help one another in our communities.

  • Ellie
    December 27, 2013 - 09:14

    This sounds like a perfect story for Jim Day. I agree with to laugh and to cry. Anne is an amazing lady and does this from her heart. Harry and Hattie Hughes raised her and all the kids in that big family to reach out to people all the time. Yup, this is a Jim Day story to be, for sure. He is the one with the passion to tell this story properly.God bless you, Anne.

  • Benet Davetian
    December 27, 2013 - 09:09

    Congratulations to you people. This is the meaning of true civility and caring and your family have demonstrated you are leaders. I did not hear of it or I would have attended also. Wonderful!!!! Civility costs nothing and buys everything said Lady Montague. Interesting that your town bears the same name.

  • To Laugh and Cry
    December 27, 2013 - 07:23

    I wish that somebody would do a complete story on this amazing event - a beautifully blemished and frustratingly compassionate documentary on what this means to Anne, her family and the community. It would help us all understand each other little better, and maybe help us figure out what ought to be next.