Mathers family hosts holiday dinner

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What: Free Christmas dinner

When: 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, on Christmas Day

Where: Mathers Lounge & Café

All guests will be treated to turkey and ham, as well as stuffing and other sides. People are welcome to bring any covered dish they want.

It’s been about five or six years since Mathers Lounge & Café hosted a free Christmas dinner.

Tom Mathers, who co-owns the business with his brother, Mike, said the two decided to stop what had become a family tradition because of waning community interest and a desire to be at home with their families for the holiday.

But things are different this year, Mathers said.

“We just looked at the state of the economy and decided we needed to do this again,” he said. “We see so many people come into the bar, and they’ve got nowhere to go for Christmas. Christmas is not a time to sit at home alone on your couch. People need to be together for Christmas.”

In an effort to help, Mathers Lounge will offer anyone who wants to eat a healthy plate of turkey, ham, stuffing and “all the trimmings” from 2 to 4 p.m. Christmas Day, Mathers said.

“People don’t need to be poor or don’t need to be anything, really,” he said. “If people from Meeker want to get a bus together and come, that’s fine, too.”

Mathers said his staff will have the day off, and almost all of the food will be cooked and served by his family. Craig businessman Red Cortner also will cook and bring three turkeys for the event.

Residents are welcome to bring any covered dish they want, Mathers added.

The Mathers clan has had plenty of practice preparing Christmas meals in the past, he added, so residents shouldn’t be worried. Before the two brothers bought the business from their dad, Mathers Lounge hosted an annual free Christmas dinner for about 35 years.

“My dad started doing this years ago,” Mathers said. “He was real in favor of doing something like this.”

For this year, he said one of the only details left unanswered is how he can transport the seniors who live in Sunset Meadows over to Mathers Lounge for dinner.

Mathers encouraged anyone who has the time and is licensed to drive a small bus to call Ute Murray, Moffat County Housing Authority director, at 824-3660.

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