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November 26, 1998|By Karin Remesch

Colonial Thanksgiving

Discover how the end of the harvest was celebrated in Colonial times during "Giving Thanks: Hearth and Home in Early Maryland" this weekend at Historic St. Mary's City, an outdoor living history museum. The museum-wide exploration of 17th-century food and cooking includes demonstrations of hearth cooking, pickling meats and vegetables, preserving fruits, dairying and drying. Visitors are encouraged to help by churning butter, shucking beans, grinding corn and more.

The program is presented from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. Historic St. Mary's City is on Route 5 in Southern Maryland. Participation in the program is included in the museum admission -- $7.50, $6 seniors and students, $3.50 ages 6-12. Call 800-SMC-1634. Longwood Gardens near Kennett Square, Pa., celebrates the holidays in its unique garden style today through Jan. 3. 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 are on US 1. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, including Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission is $12 ($8 Tuesday), $6 ages 16-20, $2 ages 6-15, and free under 6. For a complete schedule, call 800-737-5500.

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