Giving Thanks at Historic St. Mary's City
For a look at how our Colonial ancestors celebrated the end of the harvest season, attend "Giving Thanks: Hearth and Home in Early Maryland" tomorrow and Saturday at Historic St. Mary's City, an outdoor living history museum at the site where Maryland's first settlement and capital were founded in 1634.
The museum-wide exploration of 17th-century food-ways includes demonstrations of hearth cooking, pickling meats and vegetables, preserving fruits, dairying, smoking and drying. Visitors are encouraged to help by churning butter, shucking beans, grinding corn and more.
Even the museum's square-rigged sailing ship, the Maryland Dove, plays its part in the two-day event. Galley cooking for "ship's fare" will be demonstrated, including a display of imported foods.
Historic St. Mary's City is on Route 5 in Southern Maryland, less than a two-hour drive from most locations in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. Admission is $6.50 adults, $6 seniors and students ages 13-18, $3.25 children 6-12. Call 800-SMC-1634. Longwood Gardens near Kennett Square, Pa., bursts into bloom for the holidays with "A Gardener's Christmas," today through Jan. 4. Thousands of brilliant poinsettias, towering trees, fragrant flowers and exotic plants fill four acres of gardens inside the crystal palace conservatory.
Daily concerts, fountain shows and evening light displays add to the holiday magic.
The gardens, off U.S. 1 three miles northeast of Kennett Square, Pa., are open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. -- the conservatory opens at 10 a.m., including Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Days. Admission is $12 for adults ($8 Tuesdays), $6 ages 16-20, $2 ages 6-15, and free under 6. Call 800-737-5500.