Thanksgiving

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As COVID-19 surges across Kentucky, new statewide restrictions prohibiting indoor dining for bars and restaurants go into effect Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. and last through Dec. 13.

One local business impacted by the new restrictions is Teresa's Restaurant, a Bowling Green eatery known for home cooking.

The restrictions during the pandemic have caused financial strain for the popular restaurant and the newest rule that prohibits indoor dining is the last straw, at least until Dec. 13. 

Owner Heather McGuffey said the restaurant has no outdoor dining and a previous attempt at take-out meals during an earlier restriction on indoor dining didn't work out.  So she decided to close Teresa’s when the latest rules go into effect.

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As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, Kentucky will restrict visits to long-term care facilities because of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases. Of Kentucky’s 120 counties, 103 are now in the “Red Zone” of critical spread, with more than 25 cases per 100,000 people.

Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Eric Friedlander said long-term care facilities will impose new restrictions, including limits on communal dining, group activities, and holiday visits.

“If somebody leaves the facility and comes back in, we are going to ask them to quarantine,” Friedlander said. “And we’re asking you, please, think about sacrificing getting together for the holidays, so we’re not sacrificing our parents and our grandparents.”


Kentucky Announces Thanksgiving COVID-19 Guidance

Nov 11, 2020
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State officials are asking Kentuckians to avoid in-person gatherings this Thanksgiving as both the state and nation monitor spiraling infection rates of COVID-19.

Gov. Andy Beshear announced 2,120 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the fifth highest daily total since the pandemic began. He also announced 14 new deaths, bringing the total number of Kentuckians who’ve lost their life due to complications with COVID-19 to 1,590 people.

The word “sacrifice” crossed Beshear’s lips not once, not twice but at least three times as he implored Kentuckians do what is necessary this year to ensure their loved ones sit across the table from them at Thanksgiving in years to come.

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Two Bowling Green restaurants are opening their doors on Thursday to offer free Thanksgiving meals. 

The message from Teresa’s Restaurant and Lisa’s 5th Street Diner is that “giving” is the heart of Thanksgiving. The two Bowling Green eateries are expecting to serve a combined total of close to 1,000 free meals on Thursday.

Heather McGuffey, owner of Teresa’s Restaurant on Gordon Avenue, said the restaurant served 400 free Thanksgiving meals last year, and they’re thinking bigger this year.

McGuffey said her family and the restaurant crew are preparing enough food for 500 people, and the guest list is "everyone who walks through the door." 


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Expect higher than normal volumes of traffic this Thansgiving weekend. 

AAA is projecting more than 54 milloin Americans will travel fifty miles or more away from home this Wednesday through Sunday.  Spokeswoman Linda Lambert says with all those people sharing the roadway, there's no substitute for being prepared.

"Three-hundred-sixty-thousand motorists will be rescued between Wednesday and Sunday of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  This happens every time there's a big travel season, we see the top three reasons people call AAA for lockouts, flat tires, and dead batteries."


Most Americans don't want their family members to pass along their political opinions while passing the turkey and dressing this Thanksgiving.

According to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, 58 percent of people celebrating the holiday are dreading having to talk politics around the dinner table. Just 31 percent said they were eager to discuss the latest news with their family and friends, while 11 percent are unsure.

The Splendid Table's Turkey Confidential 2014 (Thanksgiving Day at 10am C.T./11am E.T.)  Help is on the way for cooks, kitchen helpers and dinner guests on this, the biggest cooking day of the year. Lynne Rossetto Kasper, award-winning host of public radio's national food show The Splendid Table, will be available to answer listener questions throughout the live, two-hour program. More from the show's website.

A Shaker Tradition (Thanksgiving Day at noon C.T./1 p.m. E.T.) Kevin Willis hosts this program of instrumental and vocal arrangements of Shaker hymns and dance tunes. Included are vocal performances by the South Union Shaker Quartet, and instrumental arrangements by musicians William Coulter and Barry Phillips. In addition to the music, the program features comments by Tommy Hines, director of the Shaker Museum at South Union, Kentucky, and an interview with musician Barry Philips.

Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Expected to Increase Over Last Year

Nov 20, 2012

Motorists this Thanksgiving Week are likely to see very congested interstate highways around Kentucky. Holiday travel is anticipated to increase slightly for the five day period. Triple-A spokesman Christopher Oakford says that’s been the trend in recent years.