Bloodies and Bagels returns to Aiken for Thanksgiving with new organization

November 20 — After a year off, one of Aiken’s most popular Thanksgiving events will be back.

Bloodies and Bagels will be held on Thanksgiving Day from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the grounds of the Aiken County Historical Museum at 433 Newberry St. SW

The event will be free to the public, and there will be free Bloody Marys, Panera bagels, coffee and cider.

While Bloodies and Bagels has been owned by the Aiken Land Conservancy since its inception in 2010, this year’s edition is hosted by Mental Health America of Aiken County.

Eleanor Togneri, board member for Mental Health America, said the group was delighted to have hosted the event.

“I think if we need a wellness event, it’s now,” Togneri said. “It’s an outdoor (event). I think it’s a good time for people to feel safe, getting together to see their neighbors and friends (and) being outside. a party day.”

Togneri said that each adult will receive two free drink tickets at the entrance.

The event will take place rain or shine; it will be moved inside the museum in the event of a thunderstorm in the region.

The Aiken County MHA has existed locally since 1967 to serve as a community resource for positive mental health in the county. The organization will have a table at Bloodies and Bagels to promote its programs, as well as to receive donations.

Some of these programs include Nurture Home, which helps homeless women with mental illness, and Don’t Duck, which teaches basic mental health skills and aims to eliminate health-related stigma. mental from an early age.

“We are thrilled because we are highlighting, I think, for the first time in an important way with the public what this band does and how hard they work and how far they go,” Togneri said.

Togneri said she sees the event as particularly important this year, as some of the other local Thanksgiving traditions have been canceled, like One Table, or changed, like Blessing of the Hounds, which is closed to the public.

“These are important things for a lot of people,” Togneri said. “There are people here in Aiken who have no place to go; they have no family here. There are a lot of transplants from other places. So they are looking for these events to go and gather. with people (and) we’re happy to bring it to them. “

The board member said those who come should dress warmly and comfortably and everyone is welcome.

“There is a big buzz,” Togneri said. “There is something in the air about this short period of time, something very exciting, fun and heartwarming.”

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