Stillwater Thanksgiving dinner brings 100 family members together

November 22, 2018 05:45 PM

STILLWATER - It's not unusual for people to host big family gatherings on Thanksgiving -- maybe 20 or 30 people coming over for a feast. If you think that's a lot to pull off, one celebration in Stillwater may shock you. It's a tradition that celebrates the importance of family that's still alive and well -- even in this cold, digital age.

The industrial grade space at the Stillwater Area Community Center is just the right size for the McClements' annual Thanksgiving feast.


About 100 people will be consuming 10 turkeys. All of them are about 20 pounds.

Ed McClements and his seven siblings - and their children - and their children's children-  come together every year to carve up those birds, butter their beans and corn - and mash up about 65 pounds of potatoes.

Brothers, sisters, cousins -- old and young, make a point every year to return to Stillwater for one special day where they give thanks for one another. Some of the grandparents there remember when they were the grandchildren.

It's a tradition that's been in the family as long as anyone can remember. It's possibly as old as the matriarch of the family – 109-year-old Dorothy McClements.

Unfortunately, grandma wasn't able to make it to the party due to the extreme cold. It's the first time she's ever had to miss one.

Now, younger generations are starting to relieve their parents of some of the planning and organization duties -- and showing the same kind of appreciation for time spent together.

Family members say they are confident this annual tradition will keep going on for years to come.


Jerry Gretzinger

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