Our Story

Our Story

Once upon a time in the land of the free before revolutions, colored wars, or depressions; before giant Snoopys, black Fridays or even Cowboys and Lions…there was this one day.  A day where two far off sides sat together at a table, shared a meal and gave thanks.

This year in downtown Ventura we’ll acknowledge for a 5th time Thanksgiving Day not by simply remembering but by doing. On Thursday, November 22th a city in common will spend a few hours over a few hundred pounds of potatoes to be together.  An act perhaps best expressed in the thoughtful words of John F. Kennedy;

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

Through a partnership of faith, charity, city and citizen the “One City” meal takes place.  A Thanksgiving for the people of Ventura. Whether you need a meal or not, are looking for some company or just need an excuse to recuse yourself from the in-laws…the One City Meal is for you. A moment of convergence and pause around the table, over a meal.  Remembering in our own way where we are and where we’ve come from.  A time to meet someone new and perhaps be surprised.  To set aside creed, color and net worth for the cause of humanity.

In this age of pixelated relationships and neighborless communities we’re pushing back.  Fighting for the cause of relationship. Believing that our cities are not finished but works in progress sculpted by the citizen, inspired by good.

Former Mayor Bill Fulton expressed this thought after he took part in this event with a friend two years ago;

“Neither of us did what we expected to do when we showed up. Yet by sharing the “One Meal” with the “One City,” we both were able to give and share far more than we anticipated.”

Makes me wonder if the founders of this day ended up with a tradition that exceeded their expectations as well.