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September 2, 2014


ThanksLiving 2014: Woodstock, NY

by Anne Paddock

Everyone knows that Thanksgiving is all about showing thanks for what we have been given but what about celebrating a day where we give thanks for the living?

If you happen to be in the northeast (NY, NJ, CT, MA, VT, or NH) and are looking to see the Fall foliage leaves, enjoy a delicious meal, and spend an afternoon with family, friends, and 300 very sociable animals, consider driving to Woodstock, New York on Sunday, October 12, 2014 when the 9th annual ThanksLiving will take place at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.

Hailed as the largest all-vegan seated meal ever served in a goat pasture, ThanksLiving is the most important fundraiser of the year for the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary – a special place that provides shelter to cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, sheep, goats, and rabbits who have been rescued from cases of abuse, neglect and abandonment.1400398_10151965990030569_1960194036_o

Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary was established in 2004 by Jenny Brown and Doug Abel. Driven by the simple philosophy that kindness and respect to animals is a duty, the big-hearted people who run Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary teach us that all the creatures who share this earth are here with us and not for us. Like our loyal dogs and sensitive cats, farm animals have feelings and deserve to be treated with compassion and to live free from fear and suffering. At the heart of the Sanctuary’s mission is the hands-on work of rescuing, rehabilitating, and caring for farmed animal refugees, as well as educating the public about the horrific treatment of animals who are raised for food.

ThanksLiving is a celebration in which the rescued turkeys are the guests of honor and ambassadors for the estimated 46 million turkeys who become Thanksgiving dinner annually. The meal itself is designed to show attendees a vegan meal can be scrumptious, delicious, and satisfying to those who are willing to consider a plant-based diet. You don’t have to be a vegan to attend (and many attendees are neither vegan nor vegetarian but are open to the experience). Held in mid-October to take full advantage of the Fall foliage leaves and the mild Autumn weather, ThanksLiving begins at 12:30 pm on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at the Sanctuary (35 Van Wagner off Hwy 212, about 7 miles west of Woodstock).1404548_10151965989670569_1596146614_o

Live music, a silent auction, and close encounters with over 300 rescued animals will fill the afternoon hours. In addition, a vegan banquet will be served. Last year more than 300 people attended and the menu included:ThanksLiving Menu 2013

Rachel Klein of the Philadelphia-based Miss Rachel’s Pantry is the guest chef this year.1402262_10151962652540569_790031648_o

Last year the tickets sold out in three days. Tickets go on sale today ($150 per person) and can be purchased at To read more about the event and Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, go to the website listed above.

1 Comment
  1. Sherry
    Sep 2 2014

    Thank you for posting and supporting this wonderful sanctuary, Anne.

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