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PHOTOS: Windmill preps for Thanksgiving

  • A homemade, donated blueberry pie is sliced and boxed ahead of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the Windmill Family Restaurant in Concord on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Eight-year-old Ava and Aiden Terrio, 10, try to lift a pot full of butternut squash approaching 100 pounds ahead of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the Windmill Family Restaurant in Concord on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Andrew Pollack, 13, helps peel potatoes ahead of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the Windmill Family Restaurant in Concord on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Kosmas Smirnioudis and Aiden Terrio, 10, cut butternut squash down to size ahead of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the Windmill Family Restaurant in Concord on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Aiden Terrio, 10, cuts butternut squash down to size ahead of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the Windmill Family Restaurant in Concord on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Butternut squash is prepped ahead of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the Windmill Family Restaurant in Concord on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Food is prepped ahead of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the Windmill Family Restaurant in Concord on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Kosmas Smirnioudis moves a rack of donated pies the day before the traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the Windmill Family Restaurant in Concord on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff



Monitor staff
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Volunteers were busy making final preparations at the Windmill Family Restaurant in Concord on Wednesday ahead of their annual Thanksgiving dinner event. The tradition was started in 1990 when Louie Smirnioudis paired with the Friendly Kitchen to offer meals to the homeless. On Thursday, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. to-go meals will be available to anyone who comes in at no charge, with an option to make a donation. Sit-down meals will be first come, first served starting at noon. Last year, the restaurant served 1,150.