Consider what Scott Macaulay was up against. Macaulay is also expecting nearly 70 people for Thanksgiving dinner, an annual extravaganza Student all alone in Boston for Thanksgiving he organizes, pays for, cooks, and serves, almost all of it by himself, a tradition he started when his own family was divided by divorce. This is the 28th year that Macaulay, 52, is hosting Thanksgiving at a Baptist Church in Melrose for people who have no other place to go.
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They might be widows, or new arrivals to this country, or poor. There was the young woman from Thanksgjving Hampshire who came by herself because her father was hospitalized in Boston. The husband and wife who had lost their jobs. The blind girl who came one time with her father.
But mine is not about food. Mine is about having a place to go that feels like home.
He means this literally. Every year, Macaulay fashions a living room-dining room tableau inside the First Baptist Church fellowship hall. He hauls in a fake fireplace and fake wood stove, and arranges wing chairs and rocking chairs around them on an Oriental rug.
As soon as one Thanksgiving dinner is over, he starts saving for the next, despite his own financial struggles. This is a bad time for fix-it people, he explained.Date Rich Women
But he was determined. That was inthe year he was 24 and his parents split up, acrimoniously.
The First Baptist Church in Melrose let him use the fellowship hall, and about a dozen people showed up. Alo was a success: You get a turkey and all the directions are on the bag. The squash and potatoes, you just peel and boil.
Macaulay is a curious blend of saintly and crotchety. He volunteers at five different churches, and lives a pared-down life: Ironically, it could use a good vacuuming.Woman Looking Hot Sex Paron Arkansas
The shop is a multipurpose dropoff point: He collects eyeglasses for people in Africa, clothing for battered women, canned goods for food pantries. I probably butchered it. But it means less talk and more action.
He requires people to make reservations by the Monday before the holiday, though a lot of people show up without them. He had to wear a hair net under his turkey hat.
The food needs to be served in chafing dishes. On the other hand, Macaulay knows the dinner is appreciated. He recalls that the woman who arrived by ambulance began to cry when it was time to go back to the nursing home.Just Want To Try It Out
Over nearly three decades, he has attended the feast every year but one. His reason for being there is simple: Macaulay once got a call from a funeral director who was helping a family prepare for a funeral.
Macaulay recalled the man was quiet, and that he nodded off in front of the fake alkne. Linda Matchan can be reached at linda.
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Scott Macaulay shopped for Thanksgiving groceries ahead of the dinner he has cooked for 28 years in Melrose. Jessica Rinaldi for The Boston Globe.