Feast of Tabernacles 2015 . . .
Sunday Evening, September 27 - Monday, October 5
Meals at SOOJ consist of a combination of "Fellowship Meals" (meals or snacks shared with everyone else) and individual meals (meals you prepare for your family and yourself). The SOOJ staff has chosen this plan in order to keep things simple and keep costs down. The following is a list of the options available:
On the Opening Night SOOJ will be providing a light "snack" meal. This is just finger foods and drinks and is not intended to be a full meal, so you might want to grab dinner beforehand.
The original SOOJ fellowship meal is the Hamburger/Ice Cream Social. The original SOOJ co-organizer - Mitchell Smith - envisioned that as a picnic of sorts where he took the opportunity to serve everyone by cooking over a charcoal grill all the hamburgers and hotdogs the people brought. As SOOJ grew, this was soon no longer feasible, and since 2012 SOOJ has been supplying everything including all the lean grass-fed hamburger meat, hot dogs, buns, and fixin’s so you don’t have to bring anything other than yourself and . . . a small donation. Yes, that’s the fine print. We figure you’d rather us pick up the meat and things so you don’t have to make a trip to the store or keep things refrigerated. So we’ll be providing everything – meat, buns, fixin’s, drinks, and even the ice cream afterwards – all for a suggested donation of $5.00 per person or $15.00 per family. And if you don’t have the cash – come anyway . . . we’re not checking to see who does or doesn’t stuff money in the donation box! For those who have special menu needs (vegetarian, rabbinic kosher, no sodium salt, gourmet mustard, favorite soda, etc.) you’re welcome to bring your own and throw it on the grill.
Senior Citizen's Luncheon - Each year, SOOJ hosts a light lunch for our seniors 60 years old and above. Along with a nice meal, you will be enlightened and entertained by one of the festival speakers who has prepared a program just for you. The luncheon is FREE, but you must pick up a ticket for it WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT THE FESTIVAL. Seating is limited, so be sure to pick up your ticket as soon as you arrive. Check the Activity Schedule for the date and time.
Dining Hall - The cafeteria at the Windermere dining hall serves incredible meals. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is available on most days. Be sure to check with Windermere for the dining hall schedule. All meals must be purchased in advance from the Windermere sales office. Though Windermere takes care to ensure the meals are Biblically clean, they do serve other foods in a different part of the serving line for the benefit of their staff. See note below concerning Sabbath considerations. Click Here for Hours of Operation. Click Here for Dining Hall Info.
Snack Shop - Windermere has a small Snack Shop available that serves a great hamburger and french fries platter as well as other fast foods and deserts. The snack shop is only open for lunch. The Snack Shop takes cash only - meal tickets are not needed. See note below concerning Sabbath considerations.
Lodge Kitchens - Each lodge has a fully stocked (cooking pans and utensils, dishes, wash clothes and towels) kitchen and dining area available for every 8 to 10 rooms. These are available 24 hours a day (except that we use 1 kitchen/dining room at Lake View Lodge for a breakout session at various times - see Activity Schedule). Feel free to use the one for your lodge room whenever you wish, but be sure to coordinate with the others in your room block, and of course - be respectful and courteous to the others sharing the kitchen. Before leaving the festival, be sure to remove all food and clean all the dishes so SOOJ does not have to pay a clean up fee!
Nearby Restaurants - Windermere is only about 10 minutes from Camdenton where you will find a number of fast food and family restaurants. If you want to go another 10 minutes, you'll be in the town of Osage Beach, the hub of activity and dining for the Lake of the Ozarks area.
Sabbath Considerations - the Windermere sales staff works their dining room hours around SOOJ's schedule. We have suggested they not open the Dining Hall and Snack Shop on the annual and weekly sabbaths during the festival, but we leave that to their discretion.