Thanksgiving ushers in the festive season around the area

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Another annual holiday tradition — one that has been popular with Long Islanders for over 25 years now — takes place at Garvies Point Museum and Preserve. The season’s festivities take the form of a Native American version of a holiday feast that celebrates the culture of those early inhabitants of our region.
This weekend’s hands-on program gives visitors a first-hand look at the life of these early Americans, through such activities as tool and pottery-making, fire-making, spear-throwing and the use of the atlatl (a spear-throwing tool). Primitive fire building and on-site cooking (including Garvies’ famous popcorn soup) are among the favorite activities throughout the weekend.
Visitors can sample some authentic native foods and learn about the process of creating “dugout” canoes. In addition, there are displays of artifacts from the museum collection and an authentic reproduction of a wigwam, always a favorite with kids and parents.
While there, be sure to check out the museum’s permanent exhibits, which showcase the area’s Native American culture and archaeology, as well as the geology of Long Island and New York State.
Explore the Native American experience, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23-24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $3, $2 ages 5-12. Garvies Point Museum and the adjoining 62-acre preserve are at 50 Barry Dr., in Glen Cove by Hempstead Harbor. (516) 571-8010.

Get ready for Scrooge
‘Tis the season for merriment and fun and that means it’s time for that beloved classic — “A Christmas Carol.” Catch the holiday spirit with this classic story of a man whose cold heart is warmed after a Christmas Eve encounter with the supernatural, when the popular New York City-based Theatreworks USA brings its family staging of the timeless story to the Landmark on Main Street
Ebenezer Scrooge greets every Christmas with his usual attitude of “bah, humbug!” To him, the holiday is simply a waste of a work day, and he resents having to pay his loyal employee, Bob Cratchit, for having the day off. As for the poor in the streets, Scrooge feels they should all disappear, and “decrease the surplus population!”
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