November 24, 2019 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
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Historical Tidbit: Thanksgiving
At Plymouth Plantation costumed interpreters reenact the first Thanksgiving, when 90 Indians dined with the 50 surviving Pilgrims. The Indians provided five deer for the feast: the Pilgrims cooked up codfish, sea bass, and wild fowl.

               When families sit down to Thanksgiving dinner each year, they owe at least a little thanks to Sarah Josepha Hale. Fervent in her belief that a day should be set aside to express gratitude for the year’s blessings, she almost singlehandedly created the holiday in the mid-19 th  century.
               As the editor of  Godey’s Lady’s Book,  Hale controlled the country’s most widely distributed periodical, and from 1846 on she used it to battle for her cause. Every November she published “traditional” recipes for Thanksgiving dishes, accompanying them with editorials demanding official recognition. Each summer she also wrote letters to the governors of every state. Finally, in 1863 Abraham Lincoln gave in and issued the proclamation that made the holiday an annual event.
               Participants in the first Thanksgiving in 1621 would scarcely have recognized Hale’s notions of traditional fare. Swans were as likely to have graced their tables as wild turkeys. Pilgrims thought potatoes inedible, apples and sweet potatoes were unknown in New England; and since there was no sugar, cranberries were not made into a jellied sauce.
               But then, Americans have always tended to celebrate Thanksgiving in their own way. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid imported oysters and Roquefort cheese to Utah for their Thanksgiving feast. In Norwich, Connecticut, young men used to celebrate by lighting bonfires on hilltops. Until World War II, New Yorkers were awakened by the horn blasts of “fantasticals,” companies of working-class masqueraders who paraded under names such as the “Gilhooley Musketeers.” Then they’d retire to the parks to picnic, and later to gala balls, where they danced until dawn.

(Article and photo courtesy of Reader’s Digest “Discovering America’s Past.” Courtesy of Sue Basile)
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Turkey Trot
Rain Date
Sunday, Nov. 30th, 1p if not held on Nov 23rd
Registration 9a -- costumes encouraged
5k (3.1 miles) or 1.0 mile Fun Run, Walk or Wobble to benefit the West Bridgewater Food Pantry. Start/Finish at 29 Howard St (The First Church)

Entry Fee: $20 adults (15 & older) for 5k, $10 for Fun Run Children 14 and younger: no fee

All participants please bring food items for the food pantry. Suggested items: (baked beans, canned vegetables, coffee, boxed cereal, stuffing mix, cranberry juice, etc...)
Prizes for best costume, adult & child, all participants will be eligible for raffle!

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Historical Tidbit Question:
What did Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid have for their Thanksgiving feast?

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“Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.” ~ Amy Collette

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” – Thornton Wilder

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” ― Melody Beattie

When we appreciate the people and things we have, we bring joy into our lives. Along with these modern day thinkers,
Buddha, the Prophet Mohammed and Jesus Christ all advocated giving thanks. That's wisdom, folks!
I am thankful for the opportunity to share these stories with you, dear reader. I appreciate that you have welcomed us into your home. Have a wonderful week. ~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose, Greg Venezia & Beyonnie Whitaker.
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