Friday, November 23, 2012
A few facts, figures and tidbits before heading out with the other crazed shoppers.
1. BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING FORECAST: Friday: Partly sunny. Milder. Highs in mid/upper 50s. Saturday: Mainly cloudy with a few rain showers — it may end as a few wet snow showers in the Worcester hills. Highs in the upper 40s early then temps crash into the upper 30s by night. Sunday: Cold and windy. Clouds and sun. Maybe a flurry well NW? Upper 30s to near 40 for highs. 2. BLACK FRIDAY HISTORY: The term “Black Friday” was coined in the 1960s to mark the kickoff to the Christmas shopping season. “Black” refers to stores moving from the “red” to the “black,” back when accounting records were kept by hand, and red ink indicated a loss, and black a profit. Ever since the start of the modern Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924, the Friday …
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Most retail stores and supermarkets will close for the holiday.
Here's a handy list of what's open (and closed) during the holiday:
Food ideas for people whose Turkey Day involves no turkeys.
In one day, we'll be doing the Thanksgiving scramble: Running to the inlaws' house, hitting the store for some last minute cranberry sauce, or checking on the bird in the oven every five minutes. What some consider the best meal of the year, fit for kings and gluttons, is centered around meat. Not all of us, for varying reasons, choose to eat meat, though. What is one supposed to prepare for those who don't eat turkey on Turkey Day? The answer is easy, and the options are many. Whether you're cooking for a vegetarian guest, or are a vegetarian yourself, Patch helps you out this week with five tasty recipes for a vegan/vegetarian Thanksgiving. 1. Tofurky: Funny sounding name, seriously tasty substitute. What you need: 1 Tofurky Roast (can…
Monday, November 19, 2012
Taking the T for the Thanksgiving holiday? Make sure you check the schedule below.
Information provided by the MBTA. Check the MBTA website for details on different schedules and lines. Wednesday, Nov. 21 Thanksgiving - Thursday, Nov. 22 Friday, Nov. 23 Wednesday, Nov. 21 Thanksgiving - Thursday, Nov. 22 Friday, Nov. 23 Wednesday, Nov. 21 Thanksgiving - Thursday, Nov. 22 Friday, Nov. 23 Wednesday, Nov. 21 Thanksgiving - Thursday, Nov. 22 Friday, Nov. 23 Wednesday, Nov. 21 Thanksgiving - Thursday, Nov. 22 Friday, Nov. 23 Check with each RIDE contractor for details on Thanksgiving service:
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Celebrate this week's holiday by reading some of these Thanksgiving-themed books.
Although it's not as famous as Halloween or Christmas, the Thanksgiving holiday does have it's fair share of literature dedicated to it. Whether you're young and still reading picture books, or an adult, we have a little something for everyone in our Patch Reads book list. So grab your turkey and enjoy some books as side dishes! Younger readers: 'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving—In a switch on the classic Clement Moore poem, some boys and girls have an eventful Thanksgiving eve. If You Lived In Colonial Times—This book outlines what the lives were like for the Pilgrims and Colonists from 1565 to 1776. The First Thanksgiving—Geared toward beginner readers, this book tells the story of the first Thanksgiving with lots of illustrations…
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Whose Foods, an anti-gentrification group, is calling for a boycott of the JP Whole Foods Market until the grocer signs a Community Benefits Agreement.
Persons opposed to Whole Foods' new store in JP are asking for a boycott of the store until the grocer signs a Community Benefits Agreement. The grocer has repeatedly stated that it will use its usual community giving programs instead of crafting a specific agreement for JP. Those programs include "5 Percent Days" like the one this month that benefited JP's Community Servings. Before opening the new store in Hyde Square, the company had given $40,000 to various JP causes, according to the store's marketing coordinator. The call for the boycott is tied to Thanksgiving, the lead-up to which is traditionally a time of high sales volume at grocery stores. The Whose Foods? anti-gentrification group wants the store to enter a formal agreement to…
Is your family vegetarian, like that of JP mom Deb Nam-Krane?
Deb Nam-Krane: My husband was pretty pleased when Tofurkey came out, but I could always take or leave it. I've been a vegetarian for more than 20 years. The first few teenage years featured a lot of lasagna for holiday celebrations, Thanksgiving included. My husband was pretty pleased when Tofurkey came out, but I could always take or leave it (and since two of my children and I developed a wheat allergy, I leave it). But that's okay — even as a meat eater, Thanksgiving was always about the stuffing, potatoes and gravy. Of all of the big deal American holidays, Thanksgiving is my favorite. What's not to love? Unlike Chanukah or Christmas, there's no pressure to buy gifts (although I wouldn't put anything past a savvy marketer); unlike …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Test your guests with a bit of Thanksgiving-related trivia.
How much do you really know about this day of turkey, football and family? Care to test your knowledge with our Thanksgiving Quiz? Better yet, are you looking for something to keep your family occupied for a few precious minutes? Print out the PDFs associated with this article and pass them out to your guests. We're just here to offer a bit of holiday entertainment, so you don't have to do all the work. One PDF is the quiz itself and the other is the answer key with links to additional information. Good luck on the quiz and let us know in the comments if you have a Thanksgiving trivia tidbit to share.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Local mom remembers a Thanksgiving from long ago and far away — plus the recipe for her favorite Thanksgiving stuffing.
Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday of the year. I love the focus of the holiday -- gratitude, family, and food. I also love that Thanksgiving is a celebration unique to the United States and one all of us celebrate, regardless of religion or race. “Happy Thanksgiving” is a phrase that will not insult, offend or leave people out. In the early 1990s I spent a little over a year living on a kibbutz in Israel. In the fall of 1992 as Thanksgiving approached, I had a job as a prep cook in the industrial kitchen. I helped prepare food for the communal meals served in the kibbutz’s large dining room every day. At the time, the kibbutz had a year-round population of over 1,000 people. Many visitors also called the kibbutz home—some …
Monday, November 14, 2011
Tell us about your most memorable Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and at Patch our thoughts have turned to turkey, football, family and friends. What is your favorite Thanksgiving memory? Is it the time your favorite team won its turkey day game against the big rival? Or is it based around who you spent the holiday with? Share your favorite Thanksgiving memory below.