Yesterday, the 2 Bags and a Pack tour found itself in Burnsville, N.C., the guest of Gina and Tony at their comfy home about 45 minutes out of Asheville. It was a beautiful, sunny day with Thanksgiving celebrated by 14 “stragglers” who had no place else to go for turkey dinner.
Gina and Tony have decided to live off the land as much as possible, and, therefore, are raising chickens and plan to add dairy goats in the near future. The Rhode Island Red chickens are for eggs, not meat, and are led by Frank Sinatra, their lording rooster.
This was truly an eclectic band of diners, young and old (me), musicians, carpenters, business owners, salespeople, journalist (again me). Most everyone brought food, resulting in a smorgasbord of choices. There was a 20-pound smoked turkey, a smoked pork brisket, 10 pounds of mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, gravy, stuffing, several other casseroles, and more desserts than we could possibly consume (although we tried).
Despite the ravenous appetites of those in attendance, there was still a mountain of leftovers.
Of course, the pre-dinner activity was hectic, although the bloody marys and other libations kept the mood merry. Post-dinner, the guitars came out and Michael and Lena serenaded those brave souls undeterred by the lowering evening temperatures.
Here’s a selection of photos, in sequence: