Sunday, November 17, 2013

Cape & Islands - Happy Thanksgiving 2013

The first "Thanksgiving" in 1621 was a traditional three day English harvest celebration to which the Pilgrims invited Massasoit, Chief of the the Wamapanoag. It wasn't until the nineteenth century that this event became identified with the American Thanksgiving holiday. Visit Plimoth Plantation to learn about the "First Thanksgiving".
Need help with your own Thanksgiving celebration? Check out Ocean Spray's Kitchen Plan-it for "tasty tips for a delicious holiday". Visit Miss Scarlet's Blue Ribbon Farm for a local turkey. Don't feel like cooking, make dinner reservations at a Cape Cod restaurant or better yet, impose on a relative to make the dinner! Then relax and eat!

There's lots to do besides eat... 12th Annual Gravy Bowl, a flag football game featuring District Attorneys & MA State Police versus Defense Attorneys & Sandwich Police Department is November 26 at the Sandwich Pop Warner Field to benefit Children's Cove. West Parish is hosting a 5 Churches Thanksgiving Eve Ecumenical Service with Ecumenical Choir. The 102nd Annual Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument is Wednesday, November 27 at 5:00 PM.

Need some exercise before dinner? Those visiting, or living in, Nantucket may want to get up early and take the 12th Annual Cold Turkey Plunge. The 9th Annual Chatham Turkey Trot steps off at 7:00AM. The 13th Annual Cape Cod 5 We Gather Together 5K to benefit food pantries on Upper Cape Cod follows at 8:00AM from Henry T Wing School in Sandwich; see details at

The fun doesn't stop after Thursday; there is plenty to do on Cape Cod all weekend long! Work off any extra consumed calories while contributing to a good cause by running the 14th Annual Andrea Holden Thanksgiving Race on Saturday. Artisans' Guild of Cape Cod is hosting a Thanksgiving Weekend "Fine Art & Craft Show". Doors open at 10:00 AM Friday & Saturday at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center to an array of handmade crafts and fine art by professional Cape Cod artists. Heritage Museums & Gardens' Annual Celebration of Lights, Gardens Aglow, opens Thanksgiving weekend. The Christmas Creches, In the Company of Angels Exhibit at Sandwich Glass Museum opening on Nov 19 continues through Dec 30. Check our calendar for more events. Or just take a walk!

Happy Thanksgiving! from all of us at

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