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Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men;
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and leave out the gratitude.
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Stuff Your Turkey Day With Fun Thanksgiving Party Games
By Wendy Legendre
Ah Thanksgiving... the smell of your turkey roasting in the oven will have your guests drooling before they even step in your door, so why not engage them in some fun Thanksgiving party games to keep their stomachs in check till the bird is ready.
When choosing Thanksgiving party games, keep in mind that you'll want to pick games that everyone can get involved in. After all, Thanksgiving is a family event and no one should be excluded from the fun. Of course, you might want to assign one of your family members to oversee the pre-dinner games, so you can keep one foot in the kitchen and two eyes on the bird.
There are an unlimited number of Thanksgiving party games available online and offline. Here are just a few to get your Thanksgiving party planning off to a great start.
Turkey Bingo - This traditional game is easy for any age to play. If you have a lot of younger children attending, you may want to choose a picture style bingo rather than words, letters or numbers. Bonus: If yours is the type of family that fights for the drumsticks, make that the prize for the bingo winner. If not, how about the first serving of dessert?
Who's Thankful for What? - Give each guest a piece of paper and ask them to write down something they are thankful for. Tell them not to show anyone what they have written. Collect the papers and have one person read the notes aloud, while the rest of the family guesses who wrote each thankful note. Play for a prize or bragging rights.
Family Trivia - Have someone in the family compile a list of little know facts about family members and conduct a special family trivia competition by making up questions based on that list. If that sounds like too much work, try a traditional Thanksgiving trivia or football trivia. Anyone of them or a mixture is perfect for Thanksgiving Day.
Right Left Thanksgiving Game - Have your family sit in a circle and randomly pass out a few prizes. Read a story with several references to right and left in it while family members pass the prizes around the circle. Each time they hear the word right, they need to pass the prize to the right of them, and each time they hear the word left, they must pass it left. When the story is over, those holding the prizes get to keep them. If you'd like to give your family a little scare, send dishwashing opportunity coupons around the circle instead of prizes. Now that's a fair and exciting way to choose your post dinner clean-up crew.
Thanksgiving Pictionary - If you have a chalkboard or whiteboard available that's big enough for the whole family to see, pictionary always goes over well. Create cards with one Thanksgiving related item per card, and have family members take turns drawing whatever item they pick out of a bowl while the rest of the family guesses what it is they are drawing. Play for fun, one family member at a time, or divide into teams and have a full out competition. If you have a huge family and can't find enough Thanksgiving related words to go around, opt to add items you can be thankful for.
Now, let's EAT!!!
Wendy Legendre has hosted hundreds of community events, showers, parties, and camps over the last 25 years and shares her best and newest party ideas at http://www.diva-girl-parties-and-stuff.com Add more fun to your holiday parties with a variety of Thanksgiving Party Games and Christmas Party Games.
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From October, 2012
BARRINGTON HISTORY MUSEUM
HOSTS FIRST HISTORICAL MARKER DEDICATION
Written by Bonnie Duresa
|David Haeger School & |
Cemetery Historical Marker
It was a proud day for the Barrington History Museum on October 6, 2012, who hosted the dedication of two Illinois State Historical Markers. This was a first ever for the Barrington Area. Both markers represent sites of early settler history in McHenry County of Barrington Hills. One was at David Haeger School and Cemetery on Meadow Hill Road and the other was at the Ira C. Goodrich Homestead on Plum Tree Road. Each large historical marker has a text detailing its history.
Historical markers identify, honor and commemorate the important places, people, and events that have contributed to the State of Illinois’ rich heritage. These markers are our windows to the past and a vital education tool, informing the public about the most significant aspects of Illinois' past.
| Otio Drake War of |
1812 soldier Burial Honors
|David C. Bailey, Past Department Commander, |
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
and Chicago Lyric Opera singer Rose Guccione
| Michael Harkins, President Barrington History Museum|
The dedication ceremony began at the David Haeger School and Cemetery. Full military burial honors were given by War of 1812 soldier re-enactors and the Barrington VFW Post for Otis Drake, a veteran of the War of 1812 and David F. Huntley, a Union Civil War soldier killed at Vicksburg, Mississippi on May 22, 1863. Both of these forgotten soldiers had not received this honor previously at their interment.
| David Haeger|
The Haeger one-room school served the pioneering community from the early 1800s. It was named for the David Haeger family from Germany, who settled in this part of McHenry County in the 1850s. After the Barrington area one-room schools closed and consolidated in the1940s, it was converted into a residence. This area was the boyhood home of David Henry Haeger, the eldest son of the Haeger children, who founded the world renowned decorative pottery business in 1871, still in operation today. The small adjoining Haeger Cemetery, closed to burials, was dedicated by deed in 1854; some interments took place prior to this with the oldest headstone dating back to 1842 Four members of the Haeger family are at rest here, in addition to the Ira C. Goodrich family.
The second historical marker unveiling was at the Ira C. Goodrich Homestead or Plum Tree Farm, as named in 1950. Colors were presented at both sites by the River Forest Boy Scout Troop #65 with speakers from the Barrington History Museum, Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, and the Barrington Area Conservation Trust. A special selection of patriotic songs was sung by Chicago Lyric Opera singer Rose Guccione, adding a touch of elegance to the affair.
The original homesteader Ira C. Goodrich came to McHenry County with his father Peter and his bride, Dolly Jane West in 1843. They came to Illinois from New York, leaving behind their famous relative, B. F. Goodrich, the rubber tire creator. Ira was an early pioneer to McHenry County, who formed the local school system, served as its director and was road master, in addition to farming his land.
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| Ira C. and Dolly Jane Goodrich, Original Homesteaders|| The Goodrich Home Today|
The Goodrich Homestead - Plum Tree Farm includes a portion of the road, on which was once an Indian Trail, providing early settlers entry into McHenry County.
Plum Tree Farm represents the evolution of land and buildings originally homesteaded in 1843 as a traditional farm, to its adaptation as a gentleman farm in 1926. It was Chicago Tribune director and philanthropist, Alfred Cowles, along with his sons and his farm manager, who came to Barrington Hills to farm and raise horses as their leisure venture, while enjoying the farm as their countryside retreat. The family still maintained a primary residence on Lake Shore Drive on Chicago’s lakefront.
Other notable owners were Victor and Carlotta Dreiske, who purchased the farm in 1941. They moved from Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, but still maintained their interest and connections with the city. Victor served as president of the Chicago Rotary Club and Chicago’s Mayor Kelly appointed him Director for Chicago Civil Defense. There was a need at that time for a defense plan, because the Soviet Union activated a nuclear testing program. During 1949 Victor developed a fall-out evacuation plan for use if a nuclear war occurred. Victor organized a plan for Chicago and for the surrounding area consisting of a precautionary drill called “Duck & Cover.” This exercise in self-protection was developed for the public and children in grade schools as well.
| Alfred Cowles|| |
Another affluent family from Chicago was Kenneth and Rosella (Dolly) Dean (related to the Dean Dairy Company) purchasing Plum Tree Farm in 1951. They continued the challenge of maintaining a 150-acre gentleman farm, relying on hired help to care for their dairy cattle and breeder pigs. Dolly was known for the special care she gave her baby pigs. In the winter she would run out in her mink coat to feed them. If the winter weather were extremely cold she would bring them into the house. The couple didn’t have children together, so Dolly’s little piglets were her prized possessions.
It was during the Dean ownership that Plum Tree Farm was officially used and written on the farm’s signs, a fitting name for a farm that faced a roadway lined with plum trees. In 1959, the 150 acres was sold and divided into 5-acre estate sized lots, leaving the Goodrich Homestead- Plum Tree Farm house and barn complex on a separate parcel of land, as it remains today.
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By Sean Carter
What comes to your mind when you think of Thanksgiving? The big fat golden-brown turkey? Grandma's pumpkin pie? Or the oh-so-nice cranberries and corn-on-the-cob? Well well, all these ARE a major part of the Thanksgiving holiday. But there's even more to this wonderful occasion of Thanksgiving! The holiday of Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate the beauty and bounty around us, our marvelous friends and family, the gift of their love and many more such good things that we are thankful for ! Celebrated every year on the last Thursday in November, the spirit of Thanksgiving Day sets the tone for a grand and joyous season. Now share some interesting trivia associated with the Thanksgiving holiday. Like most trivia, the Thanksgiving trivia are just as much a fun read. Check these out:
• The first Thanksgiving celebration is believed to be held by the Plymouth Pilgrims in the Fall of 1621.
• The credit for making Thanksgiving a national holiday is given to one lady magazine editor called Sarah Josepha Hale.
• The name of the ship in which the Puritans came is known as Mayflower. And the drink they had with them was beer.
• A turkey below sixteen weeks of age is called a fryer.
• Benjamin Franklin fought hard to make the wild turkey the national bird of America instead of the bald eagle, which he found to be a coward.
• A nest of turkey eggs is known as a clutch.
• When a tom turkey (male turkey) gobbles, it can be heard from as far as a mile.
• Now this one's quite a thoughtful trivia-if turkeys gobble everywhere in the world, you won't hear a turkey gobble in Turkey. The Turkish say that turkeys glu glu.
• Firkee is the Native American name for turkeys.
• It's often said that turkeys make a 'turk turk turk' noise when they are frightened. So they are called 'turkeys'.
• Turkeys have outstanding visual precision, a great hearing and taste. But are famously poor on smell.
• Another groovy Thanksgiving trivia as also a good piece of GK is that there's a dance form dedicated to the name of the turkey. It's called the Turkey Trot. This is one dance which consists of short, agile and perky steps.
• A full-grown turkey has about 3500 feathers approximately.
• The US President George Washington proclaimed the first "National Day of Thanksgiving".
• The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted for three days and consisted of both games and grub.
• Governor William Bradford is the man, a leader of the Pilgrims, who invited the neighboring Wampanoag to their feast of the first Thanksgiving.
• This Thanksgiving trivia may just get you lucky. The wishbone of the turkey is the one part which is believed to be a good luck charm on Thanksgiving.
Sean Carter writes on holidays, Thanksgiving Day and world events . He also writes on family, relationships, Christmas, religion, love and friendship. He is a writer with special interest in ecard industry and writes for 123greetings.com
He is an active blogger at Thanksgiving Blog
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Christened Claudia Alta Taylor when she was born in a country mansion near Karnack, Texas, she received her nickname "Lady Bird" as a small child; and as Lady Bird she was known and loved throughout America. Perhaps that name was prophetic, as there has seldom been a First Lady so attuned to nature and the importance of conserving the environment.
Her mother, Minnie Pattillo Taylor, died when Lady Bird was five, so she was reared by her father, her aunt, and family servants. From her father, Thomas Jefferson Taylor, who had prospered, she learned much about the business world. An excellent student, she also learned to love classical literature. At the University of Texas she earned a bachelor's degree in arts and in journalism.
The biographies of the First Ladies on WhiteHouse.gov are from “The First Ladies of the United States of America,” by Allida Black. Copyright 2009 by the White House Historical Association.
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"A Great Society" for the American people and their fellow men elsewhere was the vision of Lyndon B. Johnson. In his first years of office he obtained passage of one of the most extensive legislative programs in the Nation's history. Maintaining collective security, he carried on the rapidly growing struggle to restrain Communist encroachment in Viet Nam.
Johnson was born on August 27, 1908, in central Texas, not far from Johnson City, which his family had helped settle. He felt the pinch of rural poverty as he grew up, working his way through Southwest Texas State Teachers College (now known as Texas State University-San Marcos); he learned compassion for the poverty of others when he taught students of Mexican descent.
In 1937 he campaigned successfully for the House of Representatives on a New Deal platform, effectively aided by his wife, the former Claudia "Lady Bird" Taylor, whom he had married in 1934.
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