It has existed in Newton and Brookline longer than anyone involved; the 116-year Thanksgiving Day matchup between the rival communities is as much as a staple as pumpkin pie at the end of a Turkey Day meal.
As they have for more than a quarter century, members of the Brookline and Newton Rotary Clubs met for a friendly luncheon Tuesday to shake hands, share stories and hand off the annual Rotary Club trophy.
The trophy, which was presented to Brookline, is given each year to the winners of the previous year's Thanksgiving game.
The event, which was held at Brae Burn Country Club, featured keynote speaker David Ginsberg, a 1987 graduate of Brookline High and jiujitsu master.
Representing the Tigers side of the room were Superintendent David Fleishman, Newton North Principal Jennifer Price, Athletic Director Tom Giusti and football Head Coach Peter Capodilupo along with football captains Isaiah Penn, Kevin Barisano and Ben Clark.
Brookline's selectmen Chairman Betsy DeWitt, Superintendent William Lupini, Athletic Director Peter Rittenburg and football Head Coach Kevin Mahoney were opposite the Newtonites, applauding their football captains Phil Callistro, Jack Livingston, Jonah Morgenstern-Gaines and Aldan Fouhy, who accepted the trophy for the 2009 victory.
Check out our video of Tuesday's luncheon (on the right side of the page.)