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Warren Wilson College Presbyterian Church Thanksgiving Traditions Marks 78th Year

The Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church will observe its annual Thanksgiving service and harvest celebration Nov. 20 at 10:45 a.m.

Now in its 78th year, the annual tradition features a harvest display comprising bounty drawn from the Warren Wilson College garden and forest, and live animals from the College Farm. The service is open to the public and everyone is welcome.

“The harvest display is an impressive visual spectacle,” observed the Rev. Steve Runholt, pastor of the Warren Wilson congregation. “I’ve never seen anything like it in any other church. Children just love it, especially the animals and the old-time farm implements.”

The display, mounted by Warren Wilson student work crews, and has become one of the college’s most important annual traditions.

“Last year students from the farm and garden crews, the forestry and landscaping crews, our own chapel crew and even the fiber arts crew all pitched in to install the display, which featured piglets and two turkeys,” Runholt said. “I can’t wait to see what they do this year.”

The Warren Wilson College Chorale will provide pre-service music starting at 10:45. A freewill offering of canned goods and paper products in support of Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry will be received before the service. For more information call 828-771-2095 or 2096.

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