Preparing For Thanksgiving in Marshall, Illinois

Can you smell the turkey roasting already? Most of us love the Thanksgiving feast and can’t wait for all the great events, side dishes, and desserts. But it’s much more than just a food coma waiting to happen, and it is much more than football games and feasts.

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all the things we have to be grateful for in our lives and the lives of our family and friends. We are lucky to live in Marshall, a unique and wonderful place where there is always something going on. We should give thanks to the people who live and work here.

This year, more and more families and friends are able to gather together safely. The last few years have been tough, and we have not all been able to be close to one another as we have in years past. Many have had to go through the holiday seasons in isolation or with limited access to the people they love. We should be thankful that things have improved enough to share our tables and our food, and most importantly, our time with one another. This year, the more, the merrier.


Churches Gathering Together for a Thanksgiving Service

Our local churches are joining forces this year to create a special community-wide service. Everyone is welcome to participate with the congregation members from churches all over the Marshall for this lovely service to give thanks for all we are grateful for in Marshall.  The worship service will be led by a group of people from different local churches, and Pastor Harryman will deliver the sermon of the New Rivers Church. A collection will be taken up to offer assistance to the backpack program that helps feed local children in Marshall.

The service will be held on November 21 at 7 pm at the Trinity United Methodist Church, and ALL are welcome.


Thanksgiving starts the season of buying.

Yes, we all know that the day after Thanksgiving is what we refer to as Black Friday, this day marks events, when retail stores begin to see their books heading into the black. Time to make some much-needed revenue especially considering what many of our local shops have gone through in recent months.

You can start ahead of time by getting some unique gifts created by local artists and artisans on November 20 at the Holiday Premiere at the Gaslight Art Colony at 516 Archer Ave, Marshall, Ill. If you are looking for a true one-of-a-kind gift, this is the event for you.

Nationally, the Saturday after Thanksgiving is considered shop local day, and Shop Small Saturday is set for November 27 in downtown Marshall. Make that a day to head downtown for deals and discounts at your local shops, and remember them as you shop this holiday season.

Let’s commit to spending some of our holiday shopping funds right here in Marshall.


A Little Help is Needed for One of Our Own

When you are done shopping at Shop Small Saturday, why not get a great meal and help a fellow citizen in need?


Michelle Keefer was hospitalized with Covid in July and is still having medical issues that require additional funds. She is not able to work yet, so all the funds raised will go to help her get back on track.


On Saturday, November 27 at 5 pm, head on over to VFW Post 5975 for an excellent tummy-warming Chili dinner. Your donation will be greatly appreciated.


Don’t want to cook for Thanksgiving?


If you are not in the mood to cook the big Thanksgiving feast and do all that clean-up, check with our local restaurants to see what events they are offering in the way of a wonderful sit-down meal. Buy local and eat local whenever possible. Our local restaurants need your support as well.


If you want to eat at home but don’t have the time or the energy to do all the cooking yourself, The Lake at Lincoln Trail Restaurant is ready to do the work for you.

You can order a fully cooked Thanksgiving dinner including brined and roasted turkey, sage cornbread stuffing, green bean and mushroom casserole, Bourbon glazed rainbow carrots, fresh rolls, and even a choice of cinnamon rolls or blackberry cobbler.  You can feed two people for $70, 3 to 4 for $125, 6 to 8, for $240, or the family feast for up to 12 people for $400

Give them a call at 217 826 8831 to place your order or stop in soon. They are offering their great Sunday brunch again too.

No matter whether you cook or not, enjoy a happy and healthy Thanksgiving, and remember to be thankful for the wonderful community you live in!