Friday, Nov. 16
Tellabration!™ "Ol' Bess Speaks at a Gathering" 7:00-8:30PM
Church of the Pilgrimage, 8 Town Square
Storyteller Sheila Arnold is Ol' Bess, a tavern slave from 18th century Williamsburg, Virginia. Ol’ Bess transports listeners to a slave gathering, where tales and songs from the period are shared as well as personal stories about her life as a slave. This engaging, interactive performance is both a fascinating look at colonial America, and a stirring glimpse into the strength of one human spirit. Equally, thought provoking and wonderfully entertaining, the performance concludes with a Question & Answer session. Refreshment served. Seating is first come, first served. A free, family-friendly event but a Freewill Offering appreciated.
Friday, November 16 – Sunday, November 18
America's Hometown Thanksgiving Historic Parade and Celebration www.usathanksgiving.com
Saturday, November 17
Plymouth 400’s Illuminate 2018 at 4:30pm
Location: National Pilgrim Memorial Meetinghouse 19 Town Square (formerly First Parish Meetinghouse). The indoor portion will run approx. 45 minutes. Immediately following will be a Procession of Lights down Leyden Street, the original “First Street’ of Plymouth. Events culminate at Plymouth Waterfront. A program of gratitude and giving presented by talented regional youth. Free https://plymouth400inc.org/events/illuminate-thanksgiving-2018
Sunday, November 18
Walking and Talking Turkey 11:00 am to 12:30pm Tidmarsh Farm 60 Beaver Dam Road
Did Benjamin Franklin really want it to be our national bird? What is a snood? Join us on a walk at a former cranberry farm and learn all about the stars of many a Thanksgiving table—turkeys! Dress for the weather and wear footwear appropriate for light hiking on potentially muddy trails. Suitable for children 10 - 18. Registration required. Register on the web link or call 508-927-1200 to register by phone. Members: Adult $5.00, Child $5.00 Nonmembers: Adult $7.00, Child $7.00
Harvest Market sponsored by Plymouth Farmers Market 11am-4pm
Monday, Nov. 19
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service "Generosity of Spirit" - First Parish Church, 19 Town Square 7:00 p.m. 508 747-1606
In the midst of the joys and struggles that touch our lives, we are called, as religious people to an open hearted and generous attitude, toward each other and ourselves. Join us for this great opportunity to share a service of gratitude with our multi-religious neighbors and friends.
SPECIAL THANKSGIVING DAY (November 22) ONLY ACTIVITIES
10:00 am. – “Pilgrim Progress”, reenactment of the Pilgrims’ Sabbath procession to worship. Costumed participants representing survivors of the winter of 1621, assemble to the beat of a drum, proceed down North Street, along Water Street past Plymouth Rock, up Leyden Street to Burial Hill where a short Pilgrim worship service is observed on the site of the original fort/meetinghouse. Psalms sung are from The Book of Psalms by Henry Ainsworth, used by the Pilgrims in Holland and in Plymouth. Passages read by “Elder Brewster” are from Governor Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantation or other sources. After the service, the march continues through town on Main Street, ending at the Mayflower Society House via North Street.
12:00 Noon – 49th National Day of (American Indian) Mourning Ceremonies
Massasoit Statue, Cole’s Hill, Water Street www.uaine.org
Since 1970, Native Americans and supporters have gathered at noon on Cole’s Hill to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on the US thanksgiving holiday. Many Native Americans do not celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims and other European settlers. Thanksgiving Day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands, and the relentless assault on Native culture. Participants in National Day of Mourning honor Native ancestors and the struggles of Native peoples to survive today. It is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection as well as a protest of the racism and oppression that Native Americans continue to experience.
OPEN THANKSGIVING WEEK INCLUDING THANKSGIVING DAY
- National Monument to the Forefathers www.seeplymouth.com/things-to-do/national-monument-forefathers
- Parting Ways Historical Landmark and Cemetery, off Route 80. Take time to view and reflect. www.partingways.org/cms/
- Pilgrim Hall Museum. Open daily, 9:30am-4:30pm, February 1 - December 30
Wampanoag World: Patuxet to Plymouth
Who were the original residents of Plymouth? Wampanoag World: Patuxet to Plymouth captures the vitality and persistence of the Wampanoag people of Patuxet through 10,000 years of lived experience to the founding of Plymouth Colony in 1620. www.pilgrimhall.org
- Plimoth Candy Company – Open 10-5 www.plimothcandy.com
- Plimoth Grist Mill – Open 9-5 through Sunday, November 25 www.plimoth.org
- Plimoth Plantation - Open 9-5 through Sunday, November 25 www.plimoth.org
- Waterfront exhibit at State Pier “Should I Stay or Should I Go?"
- Plymouth 911 Memorial – Spooner St. www.SeePlymouth.com/things-to-do/911-memorial
- Tribute to victims of 911 including 10-foot I-beam and granite pillars engraved with the names of all the people who lost their lives that fateful day.
- Plymouth Center for the Arts www.plymouthguild.org
- Plymouth Night Tours, Plymouth, www.plymouthghosttours.com 7pm Meet at corner of North & Main Streets 508-927-2146
- Plymouth Rock at Pilgrim Memorial State Park www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-south/pilgrim-memorial-state-park.html
OPEN DURING THANKSGIVING WEEK BUT NOT THANKSGIVING DAY
- Art Complex Museum, Duxbury www.artcomplex.org (Wednesday – Sunday)
- Dead of Night Ghost Tours 7:00pm from Plymouth Rock; Check in by the Silver Hearse on Water Street. www.deadofnightghosttours.com
- Edaville Family Theme Park, Carver, Nov 16-Jan. 1, 2019, various hours-check website (closed Thanksgiving & Christmas) www.edaville.com
- Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton www.fullercraft.org
- Jenney Museum, www.jenneymuseum.org 9:00am -5:00pm, closed Sundays
- Hull Lifesaving Museum, Hull www.hulllifesavingmuseum.org
- Mayflower Society House, Plymouth www.themayflowersociety.org/visit/mayflower-society-house23rd & 24th 11:00am-4:00pm (last tour at 3:00pm) 508 746-2590
- Richard Sparrow House Museum & Pottery, Plymouth www.sparrowhouse.com
- South Shore Art Center, Cohasset www.ssac.org
- Spirit of Plymouth - Walk through time in the footsteps of the Pilgrims. Nov. 19, 20, 27, 28, 29, 30. Meet in Town Square at 7PM. Call for reservations 508-517-8355 or reserve online. www.spiritofplymouth.com
2018 PLYMOUTH AREA MEMBER RESTAURANTS AND DINING
OPEN ON THANKSGIVING DAY (Reservations STRONGLY suggested)
- Cabby Shack - 508 746-5354 Thanksgiving with the Cabby Shack www.cabbyshack.com
- East Bay Grille. 508 746-9751 www.eastbaygrille.com offering a special menu and always accept walk-in parties.
- Hearth n’ Kettle at the John Carver Inn & Spa - 508 746-7100 - www.johncarverinn.com
- Breakfast 7am-10am and Thanksgiving Dinner (by reservation only) 11:30am-7pm
- Mirbeau Inn & Spa – Thanksgiving Dinner 12 noon-5pm; reservations required call
- Plimoth Plantation 508 746-1622, ext. 8353
- Rye Tavern – 3 seatings; 12 noon, 3pm, 6pm 508 591-7515 www.ryetavern.com
- Sam Diego’s – 508 747-0049 (opens at 5pm) www.samdiegos.com
- Tavern on the Wharf – Reservations-11am-7pm 508 927-4961 www.tavernonthewharf.com
- Thanksgiving Day buffet plus, “Turkey to Go” packages. Adults $29.99 & Kids $14.99.