Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving! This has to be my favorite holiday: It’s all about the eating. No gifts to buy, no eggs to dye, just food, food, and more food! And then three days to recover. Seriously, how could anyone not love this??
Since everyone will be sacked out recovering from all that eating, I thought I would take the opportunity to congratulate the CCHS Girls’ Cross Country team. They came in second at EMASS two weekends ago, which gave them the opportunity to compete at the MIAA Eastern State Championships last weekend, where they placed 12th. This is the only team at the high school still competing this late in the season, with the exception of football, so they really deserve kudos for their achievement.
The meet took place out at Northfield Mountain, and it’s a fairly hilly course, making it somewhat challenging. Of course, considering that I don’t run at all, I find ANY course challenging, but these girls made it look – well, almost easy. All seven varsity runners did an excellent job, and even better: Only three of them are graduating, meaning next year’s team should still be strong.
The thing about Thanksgiving is that it’s more than just giving thanks and eating: It’s also the kickoff to the holiday season. And if you’re hanging around town this weekend, you’ll be happy to know that the Concord Museum has opened their 17th Annual Family Trees exhibit. If you have never been, you are really missing out, because the trees are all fanciful and fun, each one decorated by volunteers to represent a different book of children’s literature.
Some of this year’s books being celebrated include A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, and The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Plus a whole lot more. You never know what you’ll see on the trees, and every year is completely different, so even if you’ve been before, it’s always like the first time.
The exhibit is organized by the Museum’s Guild of Volunteers, with the proceeds benefiting the Museum’s education initiatives. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $6 for children ages 4 to 18, and includes admission to the Museum’s other galleries and exhibits. Family Trees runs through Jan. 1, but you don’t want to put it off too long, or you’ll forget and miss it again.
Of course, the other thing about the holiday season is all the gifts you need to buy, whether for yourself or others. Or maybe that’s just me. I do like to shop here in town, when possible, and support our independent retailers. But I’m also happy to hear that Barrett & Company Real Estate is sponsoring a Holiday Shopping Event on Monday, Nov. 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. over at Monument Hall in Monument Square.
What’s nice about this is not just that they’ve brought together a slew of varied and eclectic retailers – selling items as diverse as jewelry, polar fleece, and sweets – but that a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit four charities that Barrett supports. Those would be NEADS, Dogs for Deaf and Disabled, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Operation Soldier and the MSPCC.
So if you HAVE to buy gifts, at least you can be doing good at the same time. Kudos to Barrett for making this all possible.
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