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Celebrate Thanksgiving early this year

November 18, 2011

Want to get into the Thanksgiving spirit before next Thursday? Allaire Village has the perfect solution.

The Historic Village at Allaire will host a 19th Century Thanksgiving celebration, when authentically clad villagers will experience the “new” holiday on Sunday, Nov. 20, from noon to 3 p.m.

The restored iron works company town will be decorated for the occasion. A service will be held in the Allaire Village Chapel at 1 p.m., with a service based on the year’s harvest.

Visitors will also be invited to the Manager’s House, where interpreters will demonstrate how a Thanksgiving feast was prepared in the early 19th Century.

While the scent of roasting turkey wafts through the village, there will be hands-on demonstrations of cider pressing, and opportunities to join in some 19th century games. Artisans will be in their shops to demonstrate and explain the arts of blacksmithing, carpentry and tinsmithing.

The General Store and Bakery will also be open for holiday shopping, and will be decorated for the festivities.

For more information, call the village office at 732-919-3500, or visit its website. 

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