Happy Thanksgiving! Hope everyone is excited for it! There are so many things to look forward to at Thanksgiving- having your family gathered together, good friends, great food, smiles and laughter, and of course having some time just to relax. Don’t forget to prepare ahead of time for Thanksgiving dinner so you can avoid those last minute trips to the grocery store! What are you most thankful for this year? I am thankful for the love and support of my many friends and family, my health, and the new experiences. We are fortunate and grateful for being a part of the Wellesley community for the past fourteen years, and we appreciate all the support we have found within the community and beyond! Remember to be grateful for healthy teeth, and as always we are extremely thankful and grateful for all our amazing patients!
We have compiled a list of things to do around and some favorite recipes, enjoy your Thanksgiving Holiday guide!
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Homestyle Turkey Recipe
How to Brine a Turkey
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Family Gratitude - 5K Dedham Turkey Trot: Thursday, November 28, 2013, 8:00 AM, Endicott Estates 656 East Street Dedham, Ma
Dedham-based, Non-Profit Ripples of Hope Presents 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Day Family Gratitude 5K Turkey Trot to Benefit the Dedham Food Pantry and Dedham Youth Commission’s College Bound Program. Family-Friendly Race Offers Area Residents Opportunity to Give Back and Start or Continue a New Family Thanksgiving Day Tradition
Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Fifth Annual Festival of Trees: Friday, November 29, 2013, 9:00 AM, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02482 in the Hunnewell Carriage House
Admission: $8 adults (children under 11 free)
Featuring: over 70 beautifully decorated Christmas trees- all raffled off!
Christmas Pajama Story time
Holiday Wreath Workshop
Tropical Terrarium Workshop
Kids’ Holiday Craft Workshops
Gardeners’ Gift Boutique: December 5th 4-8pm, in the Education Center
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The Nutcracker presented by Boston Ballet: Friday, November 29, 2013, 7:30 PM , Boston Opera House: 539 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111
Boston Ballet's production of Mikko Nissinen's The Nutcracker received rave reviews during its premiere in 2012. This sparkling production, with sets and costumes by Robert Perdziola, "brings a softness and light to the venerable holiday classic" (The Boston Globe).
Remember the magic! The timeless story of Clara, who bravely saves her Nutcracker Prince and is swept away on a magical journey through the Nutcracker Prince's kingdom in the clouds, is an engaging tale for the whole family and a holiday tradition for many years to come.
Get your tickets early - many performances sold out last season - don't miss your chance to see the production that brought audiences to their feet!
Irving Berlin's White Christmas: Saturday, November 30, 2013, 2:00 PM, Weston Town Hall, One Town House Road, Weston, MA
The Weston Friendly Society is celebrating the holiday season with Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS! Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS tells the story of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and finding their perfect mates in the bargain. Full of dancing, romance, laughter, and some of the greatest songs ever written, including "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep," "Happy Holiday," "Sisters," "Blue Skies," and the unforgettable title song, Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS promises to be a merry and bright experience for the entire family!
For tickets call 617-795-2195 or visit www.westonfriendly.org
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Thanksgiving Dining in Boston
Thanksgiving Day feasts abound in Boston where you’ll find all the trimmings in addition to gourmet delights such as Harvest Pumpkin Bisque with Roasted Pecans, Pan Roasted Duck with Cranberry Molasses Sauce, Ricotta Gnocchi with Pumpkin Sauce and Sage, Apple Cranberry Tart with Pumpkin Gelato and Cinnamon Spiced Popcorn, Hot Mulled Apple Cider and more!
November 23-December 31 ?5:00-9:00pm? A beloved holiday family tradition returns to Stone Zoo when ZooLights opens on Thanksgiving. This winter wonderland attracts thousands of visitors each year who get into the holiday spirit by strolling along tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights. Upon entering the Zoo, guests will visit Yukon Creek, which not only features dazzling holiday lights but is also home to bald eagles, porcupine, lynx, a gray fox and a pair of reindeer. Children will want to make sure they visit with Santa, who awaits their arrival in Santa’s Castle.
Stone Zoo, Stoneham
Thanksgiving with the Grafton Group
Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at Russell House Tavern, PARK, Grafton Street Pub & Grill or Temple Bar.
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NORTH OF BOSTON & GREATER MERRIMACK VALLEY
20th Annual Methuen Festival of Trees
November 23-December 7
Visitors are invited to attend the Festival and view the 200+ trees donated by individuals, businesses, organizations, and school groups from Methuen and several Merrimack Valley communities. The proceeds from the Festival of Trees provide funding to preserve our heritage and the monuments that make Methuen so unique.
Valley Office Park, Methuen
Thanksgiving Grand Buffet
November 28 ?Spend Thanksgiving at the beautiful seaside Emerson Inn by the Sea in Rockport. From noon-5pm, enjoy a delicious 3-course meal with your family for only $45 per person, $22.50 per child (ages 3-10). Tax and gratuity not included.
Emerson Inn by the Sea, Rockport
10th Annual Wild Turkey 5 Mile Run
November 28? Work up your appetite on Thanksgiving morning at the largest road race on the North Shore! All proceeds go to Boys & Girls Club and Salem Park & Recreation Youth programs.
Lowell City of Lights Parade and Holiday Arts Stroll
November 30, 11 am – 8 pm? Celebrate the coming holiday season in Lowell with festivities including family activities, music and a hot chocolate competition as well as a holiday parade featuring local and regional floats and marching bands. 978-970-4257
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SOUTH OF BOSTON
Thanksgiving at Plimoth Plantation
November 28? – Celebrate the quintessential Thanksgiving experience at Plimoth Plantation. Be among the thousands who make the annual pilgrimage to the museum to share in the holiday spirit. Visitors will explore the Plantation’s multiple sites, which include the Wampanoag Homesite, the 1627 English Village, the Crafts Center and Mayflower II.
Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth
Thanksgiving Day in America’s Hometown
Thursday, November 28
North Street, Water Street Leyden Street, Town Square, Main Street, Plymouth Visit Pilgrim Hall Museum and Plimoth Plantation, Mayflower II and Plymouth Rock, National Monument to the Forefathers, Jabez Howland House & more!? 10am – “The Pilgrim Progress” Procession? A reenactment of the Pilgrims’ march to their original church site followed by a short worship service. This annual Thanksgiving Procession begins at the Mayflower Society House at the foot of North Street. Costumed participants, representing the 51 Pilgrim survivors of the first, harsh winter of 1620/1621 assemble to the beat of a drum, march down North Street, past Plymouth Rock, up Leyden Street and to the top of Burial Hill, the site of the first fort where Pilgrims met for worship. Psalms sung are taken from “The Book of Psalms” by Henry Ainsworth, which was actually used by the Pilgrims in Holland and in Plymouth. Passages read by Elder Brewster are selected from Gov. William Bradford’s “Of Plymouth Plantation.” After the brief service, the participants descend the hill and travel north along Main Street through the downtown back to the Mayflower Society House.? 12 Noon – National Day of (American Indian) Mourning Ceremonies ?Participants honor Native ancestors and their struggles. Held at the Massasoit Statue on Cole’s Hill (Water Street).
Thanksgiving Day Dinner Train
November 28 – 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Looking to try something new this Thanksgiving? Start a tradition this year on the Cape Cod Central Railroad! Enjoy a leisurely five-course gourmet meal, beautiful scenery, and all the elegance of a bygone era — without any of the work! Reservations are required.
Cape Cod Central Railroad
252 Main Street, Hyannis
Harvest Dinner with the Pilgrims
November 2, 9, 16, 23, 24, 27, 29, 30 at 5:30 p.m. ?Your Pilgrim hosts, residents of 1627 Plimoth, will spice up your dinner conversation with tales of England, old and new. Discover the table manners and recipes that traveled across the Atlantic with the Pilgrims, and find out about what happened at the famous harvest celebration of 1621. For reservations call 800-262-9356 ext. 8353, 8364, or 8365. Call early as these popular dinners sell out quickly.
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CAPE COD & THE ISLANDS
17th Annual Vineyard Artisans Festival
The largest Holiday Art Show on the Vineyard with over 85 Island Artisans. Balsam wreaths and ceramic ornaments to start off the holiday season and gifts galore from the Islands finest artists and craftsmen. Fine jewelry, glass, ceramics, fine art, clothing, book arts and much more.
Agricultural Hall, West Tisbury
103rd Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument
Watch as one of the most recognizable landmarks on Cape Cod is illuminated with 5000 lights. The lights go on at 6:00pm followed by entertainment and refreshments.
Festival of Wreaths
November 27, 29-30, December 1 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Take a chance and bid on one of the many stunning wreaths made by Nantucket artists, designers, and merchants for this annual silent auction. Free admission.
Peter Foulger Gallery, 15 Broad Street, Nantucket
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Thanksgiving 1830?s-style at Old Sturbridge Village
November 28-December 2
This Thanksgiving, costumed historians at Old Sturbridge Village demonstrate hearthside cooking in early New England – roasting turkeys in a tin kitchen and also before the fire suspended on skewers and string to evenly rotate the meat. Old Sturbridge Village re-creates various activities from an early New England Thanksgiving Day, including cooking at the hearth, demonstrations of 19th-century table manners, a Thanksgiving sermon, and after-dinner entertainment. The Thanksgiving Day menu includes turnip sauce, stuffing, pies and Marlboro Pudding. Proper 19th century table manners required eating from one’s knife. After dinner, the men will demonstrate a target shoot, the 1830s entertainment equivalent of today’s Thanksgiving Day football games.? Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge
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Relax by the fire or lend a hand as dinner is prepared for you 18th century style. Stir the chowder as it bubbles in the cast iron cauldron. Watch your prime rib turning as the only known Roasting Jack still operating in America rotates slowly over a crackling fire of cherry logs.
Salem Cross Inn, West Brookfield
Publick House Thanksgiving Day Feast
November 28, 11:00 a.m. Menu available online
On the Common, Route 131, Sturbridge
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Parade of the Big Balloons
A Springfield tradition for the whole family. This wonderful parade features giant helium balloons led by the 75ft “Cat in the hat” along with marching bands, a visit from Santa, and plenty of fun for all ages.
After-Thanksgiving Weekend Sale featuring Midnight Madness
November 29-December 1
Lee Premium Outlets will open at midnight the day after Thanksgiving for the Annual Thanksgiving Sale featuring Midnight Madness! Visit our website for weekend hours and to download weekend offers and specials.
Lee Premium Outlets, Lee
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