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By Jacqueline Sexton
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Lantern Walk
Last Sunday, the Plum Hill School hosted a Lantern Walk through North Tabor Farm, in Chilmark. The walk followed a puppet show and reading in the barn. To top it off, the crowd was warmed by a bonfire and refreshed with cider and doughnuts. Photo by Lynn Christoffers

Posted November 21, 2007

Do any of the skinny turkeys that populate the roads from time to time have any idea that they and their more privileged brethren are the stars of tomorrow's feast? They've ruled the roost, so to speak, for generations and have outlasted nouvelle cuisine, brown rice, veggie platters and sprouts with just a little lemon juice.

Veggies or turkey, there is always someone in most families who, with a nod to nostalgia, will whip up a homemade tower of cranberry relish or green bean casserole or mashed sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows.

My Houston relatives tell me that most supermarkets there will cook a turkey dinner for six or eight complete with stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, and cranberry, with a choice of desserts for $40 or $50, depending on the number to be served. Why haven't our supermarkets thought of this, especially the $40 part?

Most restaurants are closed but the Lambert's Cove Inn will be serving Thanksgiving dinner. Two weeks ago, reservations were sold out except for one table for four.

So we wish a jolly festive board to everyone.

Margaret and Rob Hannemann of High Mark and Boston celebrated the two-month birthday of their grandson, Theodore Lincoln Simmons on Nov. 13, and are off to Noe Valley in San Francisco to visit Teddy and his parents, Alethea Hannemann and Mark Simmons, along with an array of aunts and uncles and Teddy's cousin Huckleberry for a gala Thanksgiving reunion. Teddy will be visiting in Chilmark next summer.

We have the deer hunters for background activity these days. A few days ago, a beautiful doe erupted from the woods beyond our field and ran around distractedly for a few moments before heading for an apple tree where she stopped and had a feast of several overripe apples. Then she dashed off through some other woods. She seemed to be limping but unaware of it. I wish her well.

Movie night at the library is next Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 7 pm in the meeting room. The film is the just released "Ocean's 13" about Las Vegas caper starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Al Pacino and Andy Garcia. Admission is free and so is the popcorn. Everyone is welcome. The evening is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.