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    KAREN SULLIVAN - kmsulliv@charlotteobserver.com
    What does it mean to be front yard people? For Stephen Crotts, right, it means making your home an occasional hangout for friends and neighbors.
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    KAREN SULLIVAN - kmsulliv@charlotteobserver.com
    Crotts says his faith is the reason he wants to be part of a community and have his daughter Lena be a part of one, too. People, and especially neighbors, should be connected to one another.
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    KAREN SULLIVAN - kmsulliv@charlotteobserver.com
    For Thanksgiving, he and his wife, Erica, put a big table in front of their bungalow in Old Town Rock Hill, S.C., for a potluck dinner. Lisa Dalton, shown here, helped him get ready for the celebration. She’s from an event staging company called Lucky Duck Vintage.
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    KAREN SULLIVAN - kmsulliv@charlotteobserver.com
    Lou Sutton from Lucky Duck Vintage got started early hanging chandeliers at each end of a large wodden table.
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    KAREN SULLIVAN - kmsulliv@charlotteobserver.com
    Oysters roasted as setup for the celebration began.
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    KAREN SULLIVAN - kmsulliv@charlotteobserver.com
    A pig smoldered in a Caja China, a wood-framed box that holds charcoal on top.
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    KAREN SULLIVAN - kmsulliv@charlotteobserver.com
    Beverages chilled in a cooler.
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    KAREN SULLIVAN - kmsulliv@charlotteobserver.com
    Stacks of plates waited for the crowd.
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    KAREN SULLIVAN - kmsulliv@charlotteobserver.com
    Plenty of jars were set out for the children and adults.
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    KAREN SULLIVAN - kmsulliv@charlotteobserver.com
    The roasted goose with rosemary was a curiosity for Gideon Nash, 5, so he took a whiff.
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    KAREN SULLIVAN - kmsulliv@charlotteobserver.com
    Before sunset the pig was flipped.
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    KAREN SULLIVAN - kmsulliv@charlotteobserver.com
    Joe Raines, a neighbor, left, arrived in time to sample the oysters.
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    KAREN SULLIVAN - kmsulliv@charlotteobserver.com
    Jamie Raines, a neighbor, was one of the first to greet Lena Crotts.
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    KAREN SULLIVAN - kmsulliv@charlotteobserver.com
    Wren Nash, 3, could tell it was going to be a big night.
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    KAREN SULLIVAN - kmsulliv@charlotteobserver.com
    Five-year-old Gideon Nash was surprised to see how big a loaf of bread could be.
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    KAREN SULLIVAN - kmsulliv@charlotteobserver.com
    Friends and neighbors arrived and covered a long, wooden table with family recipes.
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    KAREN SULLIVAN - kmsulliv@charlotteobserver.com
    Breads, pies and casseroles were on the menu.
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    KAREN SULLIVAN - kmsulliv@charlotteobserver.com
    Crotts said a few words before the prayer.
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    KAREN SULLIVAN - kkmsulliv@charlotteobserver.com
    The line at the buffet table stretched from the front yard along the side of the house, the same way that Thanksgiving was celebrated in its earliest days.
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