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ThanksLiving 2013: A Celebration of Life and Gratitude




Kitchen provided by KTD



Kate's Lazy Meadow LagunitasWolaver's Organic Ales

Splice Photography


Vegan Treats

Wine by Frey Wine

Vegan Treats

Esotech Beverages

Treeline Treenut Cheese






Donated Coat by Vaute Couture

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Michelle Leon


Amy Hughes
Amy Trakinski
Cassie Karopkin & Andre & Patty
Caitlin Oheany
Cameron Werme
Celeste Onorati
Claire Pearson
Dana Hills & Tiara Tracy
Danielle Legg
David Karopkin and Lisa Drapkin
David, Sheri, and Arielle Silver
Dawn Ellsworth
Dawn Ladd
Derek Goodwin
Ella Nemcova
Emily Monus & Melissa Cacioppo
Erica VanWagner
Gabriella Desantis
Gretchen Primack
Heather Dinneen and Rick Bette
Hillary Jackson
Jaime Roth
Jean Rhode
Jennifer Adams
Jim Porcaro
Jocelyn Portney and Corey Brown 
Jody Rasch, Ann Parkin,
and Miranda Rasch
John and Laurie Hirst
Karen Allen
Keith Kearsley
Loren Brown
Lynn Otimer
Marty Krutolow
Melanie Carpenter
Michael Raiman
Mike Hrinewski
Nancy Pearson
Nancy Andreassi
Orlando Rassi
Rochelle Corey
Timberly Stephens
Tomoko Terakoshi
Tony and Miriam Chisholm
Trista Norton
Tracy Willcox 

With the sun tickling the golden and orange Catskill Mountains, over 300 people enjoyed the fine, all-vegan food of our 8th annual ThanksLiving banquet — where our rescued turkeys were the guests of honor (and not the main course!) 

Good Egg Recipient - Chef David Silver

Good Egg Recipient Chef David Silver, who may have trouble getting through airport security with it!

After an hour of mingling and passed appetizers, the dinner started with Chef David Silver‘s mouthwatering Butternut Squash Chowder with Roasted Corn.  Next came the main entree (adapted from blogger Nathan Kozuskanich‘s recipe): Cider Glazed Tofu with Sourdough Spinach Stuffing, Chickpea Polenta, and Cranberry Chutney, which was accompanied by a Roasted Beet Salad with Orange-Coriander Vinaigrette, and Creamed Kale!


Joshua Katcher of The Discerning Brute MC’d the event, and Blues Hall of Fame legend Papa John Mole, along with Sam MorrisonMike Purcell, and Tony DiCicco, filled the tent with amazing jazz.  Folks perused the silent auction and strolled the grounds to visit our friendly farm animals.  And of course the rescued turkeys were fed a gourmet meal of stuffed squash and pumpkin pie before the humans got to eat!


Vegan Treats’ desserts

Conceived as a reaction to lackluster potlucks in fluorescent-lit community centers, ThanksLiving has always been about showing that you can create a compassionate, super-delicious vegan meal, serve it elegantly, and use that as a tool to show people how the lifestyle is not one of deprivation but of opening up a whole world.

The event is held more than a month before the traditional Thanksgiving holiday to take full advantage of the gorgeous leaves and warmer weather, and to give attendees ideas to take back to family and friends for their own meatless celebration.

This year the tickets sold out in just 3 days, but the attendees were not  necessarily lifelong vegans.  Some had just heard about the event, or were “dragged along” by friends or family. However, after meeting the rescued residents and hearing about our message of compassion towards all animals, few, if any, left unaffected.  The delectable meal prepared by our dear friend and chef David Silver and the insane desserts from Vegan Treats certainly made an impact.  Davidwas also a recipient of our annual Good Egg Award, along with tireless auction coordinator Loren Brown and long-time volunteer extraordinaire Jean Rhode.

TL2013-seephotos“46 million Turkeys will be slaughtered in the US alone for Thanksgiving,” said WFAS director Jenny Brown. “With entities as varied as the United Nations, Bill Clinton and Alicia Silverstone all advocating a vegetable-based diet, the time is right to continue moving veganism into the main stream–for the animals, our health and the planet.”

About $38,000 was raised from ticket sales and during the event.  These essential funds help the sanctuary get through the long Catskills winter, when hay and other costs skyrocket.

Please patronize our super-groovy product and service donors:

KTD Monastery


Agrigento Designs

Alternative Baking Company

Angie’s Popcorn – Naturally Simple Popcorn

Arbonne – Beauty Products

Bad Ass Vegan – Power Cookies

Beanfields – Bean Chips

Bearsville Theater – Event Tickets

BenBella Books – Publishers of The China Study and The Happy Herbivore

Better Botanicals – Skin and Hair Products

Beyond Skin – Vegan Shoes

Biobags – Compostable Bags

Bob’s Red Mill

Boice’s Farm, Saugerties, NY

Bonifide Designs – Handmade Glass Beads

Brad’s Raw Foods – Veggie Chips and Raw Foods

Brave Gentleman – Vegan Shoes & Attire

Bread Alone - Hand-Crafted Organic Breads

Breville – Juicers and Coffee Makers

 Butterfield Pottery

Calico Dragon Bags – Vegan Bags

California Olive Ranch

Catskill Rose Lodging & Dining

Catskill Seasons Inn

Chicago Vegan Foods -Vegan Marshmallows

Cinnamon Snail - Vegan, Organic Food Truck

Citra Solv – Earth-friendly Cleaning Products

Comedy Central - Variety Box of DVDs

Cookie Devi – Yummy Vegan Cookies 

Cow Jones Industrials – Vegan Boutique

Crazy Sexy Life – Kris Carr’s Books and Juicer

Crystalyn Kae – Sustainable Bags & Luggage

Da Capo Lifelong Press – “Meatanomics”

Derek Goodwin – Crazy but Talented Photographer

Dr. Bronners – Fair Trade Soaps

Dream Water – Sleep & Relaxation Shots

Earth Balance

Ecco Bella – Cosmetics & Body Care

Echo of the Dreamer – Exquisite Jewelry 

Esotec Beverages – Thirst Comes First

FakeMeats.com – Online Source of Vegetarian and Vegan Meats & Treats

Frey Wine – Organic Wines

The Gentle Chef – Cookbook and Web Resource

Goddess Verde – Artisan Soap, Skin Care and Soy Candles

Gunas – Vegan Bags & Accessories

Happy Baby – Vegan Baby Gift Set

Hanover Farm Stand, Mount Tremper, NY

Heart of Woodstock – English Retreads Computer Bag

Honey & Cocoa – Natural Homemade Skincare

Jai Mala Rose – Hand-Crafted Rose-Clay Bead Mala  

Juice Beauty – Organic Beauty Products

Karma Road – Vegetarian Deli, Bakery, Juice and Smoothie Bar

Kate’s Lazy Meadow Inn – Mt Tremper, NY and Joshua Tree, UT

Kayt Hester – Visual Artist

Kim Alderman – Primitive Modern Ceramics

Lagusta’s Luscious – Fine Handmade Chocolates

LAIKA Magazine  – Quarterly Vegan Lifestyle Magazine 

Lazy Dog Cookies – Vegan Dog Treats

Louisville Vegan Jerky – Spicy Snacks

LUSH – Handmade Cosmetics 

Marcus Pierno – Custom Companion Animal Potraits

Michelle Leon – Vegan Belts, Handbags & Jewelry

Migliorelli Farm

Minabea – Unisex Jewlery/Cuffs

Miriam Chisholm – Assemblage Artist

Modern Mythology - Spiritual Gift Shop

Moo Shoes – Vegan Shoes

Mother Earth’s Storehouse

Native Forest – Coconut Milk

Neuara – Vegan Shoes

New World Home Cooking Co. –  Global, Local, Sustainable Cuisine by Chef Ric Orlando

No Whey Chocolates – Scrumptious Vegan Chocolates

Nuts.com – Bulk nuts

NY Naturals – Kale Chips

One Lucky Duck – Cookbooks & Snacks

Pacific Foods

Pamela Wilson – Nature Photographer

Parma – Vegan Parmesan Super-Food

Parmela – Grated Parmesan Cheese Replacer

Paula Menetrey – Painter

Plant Fusion – Plant Protein Supplement 

Posh Pelts – Faux Fur Blankets and Throws

Primal Strips – Vegan Meatless Jerky

Raw Revolution – Organic Live Food Bar

Red Robin Song Guest House - A Berkshire B & B

Red Wheel Weiser Publisher – “Meatanomics” and “Voices of the Food Revolution”

River Rock Health Spa – Woodstock’s Top-Rated

Seventh Generation – Natural Cleaning and Personal Products

Shiny Mama Beauty –  Cosmetics

SoyBoy – Organic Tofu, Tempeh, and Soy Products

Spider Ink Studio – Etchings

Splice Photography – Vegan Weddings and More

Stace Glassworks – Necklace and Wine Charms & Stopper

A StreamSide Cottage – Vacation Rental Cottage

 Sun and Earth – Natural Cleaning Products

Sunflower Natural Foods Market – All Natural & Organic Grocer

Sunfood Super Food - Raw Organic non-GMO Super Foods

Surf Sweets – Organic and Natural Sour Worms

Tribeca Oven

Tofu Express – Tofu Presses

Urban Dawgs – Vegan Dog Training Supplies

Vaute Couture – Fashion for the Big-Hearted

Vegan Appetite – Virtual Vegan Kitchen and Blog

The “V” Word – Recipe Goddess

Vegan Cuts – Snack Box

Vegan Essentials – Gift Certificates

Vegan Guide To NYC – Guide Books

The Vegg – Vegan Egg Yolk

Vitamix – Hi-Speed Blenders

Wildwood Foods

Winesellars, Ltd

Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild

Woodstock Foods

YAWP! - Organic Bars

Zaum Store/Gear – Vegan Bags