DEAR SUN SPOTS: What restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving?—Alice, Bowdoin

ANSWER: I hate to give you this disappointing news but I was not able to find any restaurants in the area open for Thanksgiving that serve the traditional turkey meal. Some eateries are filling take-out orders for their customers, but the deadline for ordering at these establishments has gone by.

I called Hannaford in Topsham because that is the store closest to you in Bowdoin. A helpful gentleman in the deli department said you can order and pick up a turkey dinner prepped and ready to cook in your oven. This meal feeds up to six people and includes a 4- to 7-pound turkey, with cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, squash, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, and an apple pie for $60. Full instructions for cooking are included. There is a version of this meal with a larger turkey and more robust side dishes with more rolls and two apple pies that feeds 10 to 12 people for $80.

Topsham Hannaford is also offering ham and lasagna dinners. To order, call the store ASAP at 207-720-5124. I could not get an answer for those readers who shop at the Lewiston location, but the number there is 784-0721.

Shaw’s in Lewiston has a fully cooked turkey dinner that only needs reheating. A dinner for two people includes a turkey breast, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy for $39.99. A turkey dinner for 10 to 12 people includes all the items in the larger Hannaford meal, but with your choice of apple or pumpkin pie, for $69.99. There is also a ham dinner with different sides that serves 6 to 8 people for the same price.

Order at or call 207-784-6900.


Readers, if you know of other places to get turkey dinners, please let me know right away.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Ladies Guild of Our Lady of Ransom Church in Mechanic Falls has scheduled its Annual Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church hall at 117 Elm St.

The fair is to include craft vendors, a bake sale, and many raffle baskets. A yummy luncheon of hot dogs, soup and chili will be available. Thank you, Sun Spots, for all you do for the community.—Winnie, Mechanic Falls

ANSWER: Thanks to all the volunteers who make these holiday craft fairs and other fundraising events possible with all their hard work and dedication. You all deserve to be recognized and appreciated.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Oxford Historical Society is looking for donations for slightly used wedding dresses and/or prom dresses to recycle them into smaller dresses to be created for a Mother/Daughter/Grandmother/Granddaughter’s Tea Party in the planning stages for next year.

The society can be contacted at [email protected] It will happily arrange a pickup or meetup for the dresses. Thank you for participating in this event.—Patricia, Oxford

ANSWER: I do not know who came up with this idea, but it is genius. Please keep us posted, and if there is anything else readers or I can do to help with for this event, let us know.

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