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Nick Panno, new innkeeper at the Bernerhof in Bartlett, has brought his Thanksgiving tradition with him to the popular bed-and-breakfast/restaurant. (COURTESY PHOTO)

CONWAY — In the spirit of giving thanks (and giving back) several Mount Washington Valley restaurants, along with some area churches and other groups, will be offering free turkey dinners with all the trimmings on Nov. 28, Thanksgiving Day.

They include:

• 302 West Smokehouse at 636 Main St. in Fryeburg, Maine, which will offer its seventh annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner.

According to owner Bob Wentworth, “We will be serving a full Thanksgiving dinner from noon-3 p.m. on Nov. 28. There is no charge for the meal, no questions asked. Beverages are also free; alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.

“Everyone is welcome to come, sit, get waited on, enjoy a great meal and celebrate with us,” Wentworth contionued.

“We welcome all guests to join us for our free Thanksgiving dinner, whether they are in need or not,” he said.

At 302 West, there will be donation buckets available to make a donation to the Sunshine Backpack Program, “for those who may choose to dine with us but are able to make a monetary contribution,” he said.

Those with questions about dining or volunteering to help at 302 West can call (207) 935 3021.

• St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish will host a free Thanksgiving Day dinner in the parish hall of St. Catherine of Sienna, located at 32 Paris St. in Norway. Area residents are invited to gather for the dinner, which will begin at noon. To help approximate crowd size, contact the parish office at (207) 743-2606 if you plan to attend.

• Nick Panno, owner and innkeeper of The Bernerhof Inn in Bartlett, announced the inn is opening its doors this Thanksgiving to invite in anyone in need who seeks companionship, cheer and a warm meal.

Earlier in Panno’s hospitality career, he worked at a restaurant that always welcomed those in need on Thanksgiving, offering a free holiday meal to all.

Panno stated, “Whether an individual is alone, homeless, visiting a loved one at the hospital or nursing home ... no matter what the reason, everyone is welcome.”

Thanksgiving dinner at the Bernerhof, including roast turkey and all the fixings, will be offered from noon until

2:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome.

For more information, contact Panno at (603) 383-4200.

The inn is located on Route 302 in Bartlett.

• Ralph W. Shirley American Legion Post 46 on Tasker Hill Road in Conway will serve a free Thanksgiving feast on Thursday from 1-4 p.m. (Deliveries available noon-1 p.m. Call 603-447-3927 before Tuesday, Nov. 26, to schedule.) This is a full Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings, free and open to the public. Also available: desserts, coffee and a cash bar. Sponsored by: American Legion Post 46, Squadron 46, Women’s Auxiliary and White Mountain Moose.

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