Showing posts with label thanksgiving. Show all posts
Showing posts with label thanksgiving. Show all posts

Saturday, November 20, 2010

2010 Pardoned Turkey Will Live At Mount Vernon

WASHINGTON – The turkey President Barack Obama will pardon this year for Thanksgiving is going to George Washington's house, not Mickey Mouse's, after his life is spared.

(2009 Turkey Pardon)

A Disneyland spokesman said Friday that after five years of taking turkeys, the park will no longer become home to the bird that the president pardons in an annual White House ceremony. Instead, after Obama pardons the turkey Wednesday, the fortunate fowl will live out the rest of its life at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate in Virginia.

"We're moving on to do new things and surprise our guests with new things," said Disneyland spokesman John McClintock.

Presidents have been pardoning a turkey at Thanksgiving for years, but where the bird goes after its White House cameo has changed. For 15 years, until 2004, the birds went to a historic farm in Herndon, Va.: Frying Pan Farm Park.

Disneyland took over in 2005 when the California park was celebrating its 50th anniversary. The pardoned turkey and an alternate — Marshmallow and Yam — got a police escort to the airport and flew first class to California.

Marshmallow became the grand marshal of Disneyland's Thanksgiving parade, and the sign above his float read "The Happiest Turkey on Earth." The turkeys then retired to a coop at the park's Big Thunder Ranch, where three of the other pardoned birds — "Courage" and "Carolina" from 2009 and 2008's "Pecan" — still live. Florida's Disney World got the birds from 2007, when they arrived on a United Airlines flight that was renamed "Turkey One."

The 21-week-old turkey being pardoned this year will arrive in Washington from California next week and stay at the W Hotel, just a block from the White House. Once at Mount Vernon, he'll be driven to his pen in a horse-drawn carriage and be greeted with a trumpet fanfare.

Emily Coleman Dibella, a spokeswoman for Mount Vernon, says it's appropriate that the turkey will go to Washington's home. In 1789, Washington became the first president to issue a Thanksgiving proclamation, and the Washingtons also raised and ate turkeys at Mount Vernon. Wild turkeys still roam the estate.

The pardoned Tom will not, however, be put on permanent display at Mount Vernon, which prides itself on historical accuracy. The large white turkey the president will pardon is not like the smaller brown birds the Washingtons would have had. After Mount Vernon's holiday festivities end Jan. 6, the turkey and his alternate will be cared for behind the scenes.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Shoot

The Stockton Volunteer Fire Company will be holding their annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Shoot on Thursday, November 25 start at 7:00 AM. There will be many prizes and a lot of fun.

Come early for shooter sign up.

This event is held at the turkey shoot grounds approximately 1/2 mile north of the Stockton Firehouse.

Pre-registration is available by calling (410)-957-1541, ask for David, or by faxing (410)957-1074.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

PETA's Ad and Thanksgiving

The Norfold-base animal rights group, PETA, (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has had their Thanksgiving tv add banned. The commercial scheduled to run during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has been banned by four affiliates that will broadcast the parade on Thanksgiving day.

Stations in Raleigh, N.C., Columbia, S.C., Gavannah, Ga., and Little Rock, Ark., have banned the commercial depicting a young girl saying grace at Thanksgiving, giving thanks for the "turkey farms that pack turkeys into dark, tiny sheds for their whole lives".

While the ad is said to encourage veganism it was decided to ban the commercial because it was not appropriate for the spirit of the parade.

Now, for those of you that enjoy a nice juicy turkey and the stuffing please be seated to the table tomorrow and enjoy your meal. I sure will.

The picture above was taken in my backyard just a few weeks ago. Yep, those are turkeys. So I could have a real one anytime I want to. But that's alot of trouble and there is something to be said about going to the store and picking through the frozen 20 pounders.

For Thanksgiving PETA offers the Tofurkey. Ever taste one? Well, for me it's the nearest thing to eating a cardboard box.

Enjoy your turkey meal and all its trimmings. And if you dare invite a PETA member over to watch the parade.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Well here we are again folks on the eve of another Thanksgiving Day!

Some of you will finish packing today to begin your journey towards

your dinner destination. Others, like me, will be busy preparing what has been asked of you to bring to big family meal that just includes a short ride.

Family, extended family, and friends is what Thanksgiving is all about. Some family members you haven't seen in ages and some you may have seen last week. That doesn't matter. It's the wonderful fact that you are all there in one space for the day as family.

Thanksgiving, as I see it, is a day that its name claims. A day of thanks giving. No matter what menu you plan and no matter how elegant the meal it is only as good as the thankfulness and love you put into it.

At just about every dinner table across America on Thursday a new place setting will be added or one, sadly, taken away. For those that have been added we rejoice to have them with us. And for those that are no longer here we swallow the lump in our throats and choke back the tears because we miss them.

It is a comfort for me and my family to know that even though my mom and dad are no longer here they started this tradition in our family many years ago and stuck by it. They won't be there again this year to sit beside us and chat and enjoy the meal but they will be there in sprirt.

How do I know? I know my dad. He loved to eat and see people enjoy food.

So, if you are missing someone this Thanksgiving, regardless of where they are, the spirit of your loved one is beside you. You just have to believe.

Be thankful for what you have and feel blessed. Please don't forget to say a prayer for those that may not have a home to go to or family to share it with. And please, as always, send special prayers to our great men and women in the military.

Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving.