Don’t spend your November dreaming about the hustle and bustle of December.
There are plenty of reasons to get Out and About” before the holiday season hits.
Studio 5 Contributor, Veronica Johnson, has a list of November activities you won’t want to miss.
Gingerbread Festival – (to benefit the Utah Food Bank)
Stop by the Garden Park Clubhouse in Daybreak on December 1st to vote for your favorite deliciously designed and completely edible candy cottage! Entrance to the Festival is $1 or 1 non-perishable food item. There will be hot chocolate, cookies and gingerbread kits for on-the-spot building. Santa will be on hand and all proceeds from the event will be donated to the Utah Food Bank.
Looking for a good reason to create your own gingerbread house? There is a $1000 prize for the winning entry! Each gingerbread home must be designed and decorated to look like one of 200 different home plans from event sponsor Ivory homes. The sponsor will present cash prizes to the winners and match it with a donation to the charity of the winners’ choice.
You can throw your gingerbread hat in the ring, or you can just drop by to view the creativity. Not only will you be wow-ed by the winners but you’ll be helping to feed the hungry. After the contest, a silent auction will be held.
Information available here: www.gingerbreadfestival.com
Eat Like a Pilgrim Thanksgiving Re-Enactment & “Fear Factor”-like food sampling.
Thanksgiving Point’s Show Barn will be transformed with the sights, sounds and foods of the 17th century. Prominent pilgrim figures will be donned in breeches and petticoats to take you back in time where you will experience traditional games, activities and period music. The New York Times recognized this as a top re-enactment and it is a rare opportunity to step back in time to the early America of the pilgrims. On the menu will be: Turkey, cheatle bread with butter, apple cider, corn pudding, stewed pumpkins and a dessert of mixed berry cobbler. You’ll get 3 square feet of napkin and you’ll need it!
Also, “Fear Factor” food sampling will occur again this year! Guests can sample eels, oysters, duck, parched corn and hard tack.
Christmas Tree Jubilee Hosted by the Weber School district foundation
Christmas Tree Jubilee is a joyous celebration for the holiday season of giving to support the children with special needs in the Weber School District. The event is Nov 21 & 23 9am-9pm and is free to the public. Beautifully decorated trees are on display and there are craft items for sale as well as live entertainment. Friday night is Family Fun night with Santa Claus and free candy canes. http://foundation.weber.k12.ut.us/clear/index.php/christmas-tree-jubilee.html
Meet the Turkeys!
Wild Wednesdays The Ogden Nature Center is a peaceful nature preserve and education center. Bring the kids for an up close and personal visit with some of the animals who live there. Just in time for Thanksgiving you can stop by and meet some real turkeys. Are you a natural gobbler? Test your gobbling skills against these three resident turkeys (appropriately named Tom, Tommy, and Thomas). The more you learn about these unique birds the faster you’ll discover there is more to the turkey than meets the palate. http://www.ogdennaturecenter.org/
Feast with the Beasts at Hogle Zoo
Visit the Zoo while the turkey is in the oven and watch as the keepers give food-based enrichment to various animals- everything from turkey shaped piñatas to pumpkins for the animals to stomp, roll, drop and chomp. Don’t miss the elephants when they receive their giant pumpkin at 10:30am! Zoo Keepers will be on hand to share information and answer questions about the animals.