The Snowmass Community Thanksgiving Potluck, now in its 25th year, has been a community staple since it started at the Snowmass Chapel. We asked long-time residents and event attendees Allison Campbell, Westin conference service and catering manager, and Rhonda Coxon, Town of Snowmass Village clerk, what the event means to the community and what to expect on Sunday.
Q: What role did John Bemis play in keeping this event going all of these years?
The event was historically held at the Snowmass Chapel, but the dinner outgrew their capacity. John didn’t want to turn people away, so he worked out a deal to get the Snowmass Conference Center involved about five years ago. The potluck was very important to John as he loved the renewing of friendships. He believed that in order for the town to work well together, people needed to take some time and have a great meal together.
John took charge of the event when it outgrew the Chapel, convened a lot of community players, got more people to contribute, and made the event bigger and better.
Q: What does the event mean to the community?
I think it means a bunch of different things to everyone who attends, but it gives a sense of community and symbolizes the start of a new season for everyone. It is a small-town potluck that is lucky enough to have 450 people who want to come, which says a lot.
It is the one event that the entire community participates in each year—even more so than the Community Picnic.
Q: What should people expect to see at the gathering?
Friends, families, growth, and lots of great food, hope, excitement and renewal. This year, we’ll all see the ribbon-cutting of the new Westin Snowmass and Wildwood.
Community-members young and old. Every group within the town is represented.
Q: Any words of advice for first-timers or members of the community who may have missed the event for the past few years?
Please come! Everyone is welcome. It is a lot of fun and you could meet your new best friend. People who have missed it—it is definitely worth revisiting. I promise you will see an old friend.
Be sure to meet people and ask them about their special story of Snowmass Village. Everyone here has a great story.
You heard it from them! This is an event that you don’t want to miss. Be sure to join us November 23rd at the Westin Snowmass Conference Center. Doors open at 5:00, and dinner starts at 5:30. The Snowmass Rotary Club, Snowmass Chapel, Westin Conference Center, and Town of Snowmass Village will supply the turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, and stuffing. Break out your favorite recipe and bring a salad, side, or dessert for 8 to share. Back by popular demand, if your name starts with:
- A-H: Bring dessert
- I-P: Bring a salad
- Q-Z: Bring a side dish
You can enter your dish in a contest for the best in each category, which will be awarded $100 from our local Alpine Bank.
Non-perishable food items will be collected at the event for Lift-Up, so this is your chance to help area families this holiday season.
We hope to see you there.