Aiken’s One Table has been set for the thousands expected to sit down together today as a community for an annual Thanksgiving dinner.
Volunteers have been planning for several weeks and, in the hours leading up to the dinner, worked tirelessly cleaning more than 150 donated birds and readying desserts and salads for the local and out-of-town families who are expect to flood into The Alley for turkey, stuffing, rolls and pumpkin pie.
For the past eight years, the weather has been ideal for and outdoor lunch.
This year, forecasters are calling for clear skies with a high near 67 degrees. Expect overnight lows to drop into the upper 30s.
Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in The Alley, behind City Hall on Newberry Street.
The event is free.
What began in 2005 as a small gathering of around 400 quickly blossomed.
This year, organizers expect 3,000 visitors.
Because of the overwhelming desire the community has expressed to “give back,” One Table is sponsoring an optional canned food drive.
Those donations can be dropped off at the event.
Homemade desserts for the dinner can be dropped off at Newberry Hall today between 9 a.m. and noon.