Montague restaurant serves up free Christmas generosity with all the trimmings

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Nearly 200 diners enjoyed free meal at Sir Isaac's restaurant

MONTAGUE — They came and were feted — almost 200 in total.

Wade and Donna Keiver of Primrose enjoyed a free Christmas dinner with their children at Sir Isaac’s in Montague.

That’s how many chowed down on turkey and all the trimmings here Wednesday during the free Christmas dinner hosted by Sir Isaac’s restaurant.

Owner Anne Dewar has been dishing out the goods for the past five years and even posts a sandwich board in front of her facility welcoming guests.

“The majority of reservations were between 2 and 4 p.m. but folks were lined up outside when we opened at 11 a.m.,’’ she said in a Christmas Day interview. “We’ll likely cook 200 pounds of turkey.”

In the kitchen she had plenty of help from family members joining in on the generosity.

“We put our feet up and celebrated ourselves on Christmas Eve day,’’ said cousin Aileen Brown from Amherst, N.S. “Today it’s get to work.”

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A steady stream of customers filled the restaurant while Rev. Martin Dawson, his wife Nancy and Jayne Ings provided the seasonal tunes on accordion, omnichord and guitar.

“We came today because I didn’t want to cook a turkey,’’ said Donna Keiver with husband Wade and five children. “It’s my only day off and I didn’t want to be cooking all day.”

Friends and family turned out for the event to either enjoy the meal or volunteer to help or sing. But there was no shortage of customers wandering in alone and eating alone.

“We don’t ask personal circumstances, we just welcome them and try and cheer up their day,’’ said Dewar. “And we don’t have a donation box . . . we don’t want anyone to feel pressure.”

Geographic location: Amherst

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