Thanksgiving Traditions and Christmas Controversies
Saturday, Dec. 5, and Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009
9:30 AM – 4:15 PM
Did early Bostonians celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas? Would Paul Revere put up holiday decorations, or exchange gifts with his many children? How did people in colonial Boston mark the darkest season of the year? Come to the Paul Revere House, home of Boston’s favorite patriot, to find out. We invite you to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, smells, even tastes of the holidays in colonial Boston!
Costumed interpreters in the Revere House, c. 1680, and neighboring Pierce-Hichborn House, c. 1711, will acquaint visitors with colonial thanksgiving traditions and controversies surrounding the observance of Christmas. Both houses will feature period appropriate displays of tropical fruits, prized by the colonists for their bright colors as much as their sweet flavors. Discover why Boston banned any observance of Christmas at times during the 1600’s. Learn how by the Reveres’ era, even Puritans sometimes treated themselves to delectable thanksgiving feasts scheduled suspiciously close to December 25, and visited Anglican churches to enjoy the greenery and festive music.
With the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus in town at the TD Garden, there will be the annual elephant feeding on Thursday, October 15 on Hanover Street, by the Prado (Paul Revere Mall) at 11:00 am.
RINGLINGS LARGEST LADIES LUNCH WITH BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS IN BOSTONS NORTH END
Ringling Bros. Teams up with the Massachusetts Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® to Promote October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month with an Elephant Brunch!
WHAT:Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey elephants will walk down the street to the North End from the TD Garden for a festive lunch. The traditional fare (Approx. 40 loaves of bread, 30 bunches of bananas, 30 lbs of apples, 20 heads of lettuce, 3 bushels of carrots, 6 watermelons, if available) will be provided by Mikes Pastry and F&B Produce.
Immediately following the elephant feeding, Kelly Ann, the painting pachyderm, will create a masterpiece in front of the crowd, which will later be donated to the Massachusetts Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Kelly Anns trainer, Aaron Morris and Hischam Ballsam will be available for interviews.
Post-painting, invited breast cancer survivors and their families will board Penelope, the pink DUCK from Boston Duck Tours for a private tour of the city along with several performers from Over the Top. Later, these families will swing by the TD Garden for the Thursday evening performance of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Over the Top!
TAKE AN EVENING STROLL WITH THE ELEPHANTS
Tuesday, October 13th, around 7:00 pm
See the Pachyderm Pilgrimage and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Performers – AT NIGHT –as they Cross from Cambridge to the TD Garden
6 elephants on foot, 10 horses, and 2 ponies join Ringling Bros.
and Barnum & Bailey trainers and handlers as they walk through the
streets of Cambridge and Boston to the TD Garden.
Closest location to the North End/Waterfront:
The elephants will go down Martha Road and take a left on Nashua Street to the Garden ramp.
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is at the TD Garden October 14-18.
There has been a "feeding day with the elephants" on Hanover Street in the past. Anyone know if that is happening again this year? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.