Bayard community continues tradition, hosting potluck Christmas dinner
BAYARD – A tradition that began 15 years ago continues as the community of Bayard gathers for a potluck Christmas dinner. It’s scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas Day in the Bayard Fire Hall.
Sharon Orosz, who helps organize the dinners, said the tradition goes back to 2003 when she and her husband Russ owned the R and S Train Stop restaurant.
Every year, they hosted a dinner on both Thanksgiving and Christmas and invited community members to bring side dishes, salads, desserts and drinks to share.
“We closed the restaurant in 2015,” Orosz said. “Since then the Cornerstone Church has hosted our Thanksgiving community dinner and the fire hall lets us have the Christmas dinner there. We get a lot of support from the town.”
The tradition of community holiday meals started when Orosz and her husband moved to Bayard in 2002 to be closer to family. They previously were in the restaurant business in Saguache, Colorado.
“We noticed there were a lot of people who didn’t have much food,” she said. “A group of us decided to bring in food and open the doors to everyone.”
Once they moved to Bayard, the couple kept the tradition alive and it’s turned into a community-wide event. Over the years, donations of hams, turkeys and other food have been received from area churches, grocers, and the City of Bayard.
“People from the Cornerstone Church help out a lot with both dinners,” Orosz said. “Community members also show up and volunteer to help with whatever we need done.”
Flyers are posted throughout Bayard and Bridgeport with numbers to call if people need more information, want to help our or have a meal delivered. Orosz can be reached at 308-279-2926 and Cindy is at 308-631-2978.
“We just want to be sure that everyone eats,” Orosz said. “This last Thanksgiving, we delivered 20 meals and will offer delivery for this Christmas.”
Then entire community is invited to stop by for some good food during Bayard’s Community Potluck Dinner. Bring a side dish to share if you’d like, but as Sharon said, “If you’re not able, please come anyway and enjoy a meal and fellowship on this Christmas Day.”
Orosz explained why the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners have been so well-supported for the past 15 years.
“Some people have told me they don’t like charity,” she said. “This isn’t charity. This is community and this is what communities are all about.”