MINEOLA, November 18 -- Thanksgiving is just around the corner and so are some special, fun celebrations in Nassau County that will take visitors back in time to see how holiday was celebrated by Native Americans and 19th Century Long Islanders.
The “Island of Possibilities,” conveniently located just 17 miles from Times Square, offers these Turkey Day related festivities:
Native American Feast
The Garvies Point Museum in Glen Cove will have its 26th annual Native American Feast on Nov, 21 and 22. The event includes such demonstrations/hands-on activities as pottery-making, primitive fire-building and on-site cooking – try the popcorn soup and other authentic Native American foods. There also are displays of artifacts and tool technology, face painting with natural pigments, and use of the atlatl, a speat thrower, will be demonstrated. Movies celebrating Native American life will be shown.
Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009,10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Fee: Regular museum admission, $3 for adults; $2 for children 5-12; Children under 5 free.
Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
50 Barry Drive
An "1863 Thanksgiving"
Old Bethpage Village Restoration celebrates an “1863 Thanksgiving” over two successive weekends, Nov. 21 - 22 and Nov. 28 - 29. Visitors to the recreated 19th-century village will delight to the sights and smells of an old-fashioned Thanksgiving. Wood-burning stoves, beehive stoves, beehive ovens and hearths will be used to prepare foods and baked goods made from 19th-century recipes. Culinary exhibits include the “spitting” and roasting of turkey in a tin reflector oven beside the Williams House hearth and preparation of pies at the Powell House. A display 19th-century methods of food preservation employed for late fall crops also will be open. Historical music will be played while at the Noon Inn and children’s stories will be read several times each day.
Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Museum admission: $10, adults; $7, children 5 - 12 (under 5 are free); and $7, seniors, volunteer firefighters.
Halloween’s over. So is Thanksgiving. Now, about all those pumpkins. Bring them to the Cradle of Aviation Museum’s 2nd Annual Pumpkin Drop. Drop your pumpkin off the 2nd floor balcony and watch it splat!
Nov. 27, 2009, 12 - 3 p.m.
Free with museum admission
Adults $9, Children (2-12) $8; seniors, volunteer fireman and non-ambulatory visitors $8
Cradle of Aviation Museum
Charles Lindbergh Blvd.
Nassau County, The Island of Possibilities, is home to world-class shopping, restaurants and museums, as well as top-notch hotels, Gold Coast mansions, quaint villages and spectacular surfing, fishing and boating. There are many hiking trails, public gardens, bike paths and plenty of free and near-free events and attractions all year long. Nassau County has something for everyone and whether you come for the day or stay overnight, you will find Nassau County wonderfully accessible and affordable. For more information visit www.visitnassaucounty.com