On the beat

DCP readers and their turkey traditions

By Jim Bucher
This is a companion piece to last week’s On The Beat column, regarding how businesses sometimes get a little slaphappy by putting up the Yuletide decorations up and offering holiday sales before Labor Day.

OK I’m, funnin’ a bit, but we may see that soon enough.

This column is all about the sometimes-forgotten and overlooked Thanksgiving Day.

But our fine Dayton City Paper readers say they’ll have no part of that nonsense.

So, here are some of their personal Turkey Traditions:

Melissa writes, “We sleep in, [have] dinner at the relatives’ then we all go through the sales ads to see where we are shopping the next day or [maybe that’s] just wishful thinking!”

Tracey says, “Make a lot of food, eat, take a nap, repeat.”

I’ll second that, Tracie. And speaking of seconds, pass the green bean casserole.

Peter adds, “Always the Miamisburg Turkey Trot.”

Peter does not clarify whether he watches of participates.

Victor chimes in with, “We start the day with a very brisk Turkey Trout. (I think he means TROT, but if fish is your pleasure then whatever floats your boat.) And then [it’s] off to the convention center to entertain for the Dayton Feast of Giving. And then back home with the family for dinner, football and a nap. Soooo Thankful.”

There seems to be a lot of sleeping here.

Dave writes, “Coming to your house this year for dinner, better be good.”

I’ll get an extra Swanson Turkey microwave meal for you, Dave!

Dan Evans, owner of Bahama Mama’s, on Smithville is starting his own tradition, “We are doing a complete dinner with all the fixings for anyone who doesn’t have family or friends locally. We are also compiling a list for people who know of people who are homebound, invalid or elderly that may not have a holiday meal. And we are going to deliver a complete meal to them. [It’s] our way of giving back to the community.”

Dan my friend, that is awesome!

Cynthia says, “We start cooking early. Girls in the kitchen, guys outside working on the Christmas Vacation, Griswald exterior illumination. Enjoy dinner, followed by watching our favorite movie, ‘Planes, Trains & Automobiles.’ It just may be my favorite family tradition!”

Wanda is thankful on Thanksgiving, “We go to Church, I cook, have about 10 family and friends for dinner, (with an occasional stray or two) I clean up and they take home most of the leftovers.”

Shelly cranks the tunes: “I listen to Woody Guthries ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ while I cook the big meal!”

Shelly, Alice would be proud!

Pat writes, “We host an orphans’ dinner at our place. Essentially, all of our friends that don’t have family near get to eat with us. We range from 5 to 25 in headcount each year. This year will probably be a little lower than average. Regardless, we really have a great time.”

That is a wonderful turkey tradition.

Mary Agnes goes over the river and through the snow. “We go to Aunt Butch’s house and enjoy family and friends with wonderful dinner then play thanksgiving BINGO … play cards and watch TV … and get the Christmas tree out!”

Now that’s the way to do it my friend, get ready for Christmas AFTER Thanksgiving.

Linda says, “When our kids were younger, we’d go to my husband’s parents house where the home would be filled with people, young and old. Thanksgiving Day is about my favorite holiday – it is all about being with family, loved ones and friends (and of course yummy food)”

From Cindy: “Thanksgiving is always spent with family. For the past 6 years my mother, son and I travel to my one sister’s homes in Southeast Ohio. But this will likely be our last year for all of us.”

Charles breaks out the DVD on Thanksgiving to watch the classic ‘Turkey Drop’ episode of WKRP In Cincinnati. A classic old sit-com. “My favorite, Buch!”

Of course we had a couple of wags out there, commenting on me in a turkey costume last week.

FLY 92.9’s Dan Edwards says, “Two things: one, I can’t believe it’s almost Thanksgiving and two, I can’t believe they got you in that outfit JB!”

Donna writes, “Do I see feathers growing on your face?”

And finally from Lisa, “You are my favorite turkey.”

I’ll take that as a compliment Lisa!

Now before I go until next week, what sound does a turkey’s cell phone make?


Ok, with jokes like that, there may not be a next week.

Cheers and happy Thanksgiving,


A regionally known and loved local television icon for over 25 years, “Buch’s” followers describe him as trust-worthy, fun, the guy next door, a friend and role model. You can promote your business with Buch and grab your customer’s attention! Reach DCP freelance writer Jim Bucher at JimBucher@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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Jim Bucher
For over 25 years, Jim Bucher has been a regionally known and loved local television icon. “Buch’s” followers describe him as trustworthy, fun, the guy next door, a friend and role model. You can promote your business with Buch and grab your customer’s attention! Reach DCP freelance writer Jim Bucher at JimBucher@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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