Thanksgiving is less than a week away, and in anticipation of Turkey Day, Long Island is hosting a variety of events marking the annual national feast. Here are five.
Thanksgiving Pet Parade
Calling all dogs and (strollered) cats! This weekend marks the inaugural Thanksgiving Pet Parade in the heart of the North Fork. Pet parents are encouraged to bring their animal companions in holiday-related costumes, such as turkeys, sweet potatoes and pilgrims. Judges will issues prizes for best costume, most creative, best human-pet combo costume and other categories. Proceeds benefit North Fork Animal Welfare League. Signup at noon before the parade. Harbor Pet, 25 Front St., Greenport. Harbor-Pet.com $10. 12:30 p.m. Nov. 22.
Did you know that the turkey was a contender with the bald eagle to be named the national bird? Learn about the turkey, a native bird of America, and find out the difference between a turkey and a chicken! Long Island Science Center, 11 West Main St., Riverhead. lisciencecenter.org $5. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 22.
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2014 Annual Thanksgiving Native American Feast
This celebration held the weekend before Thanksgiving for more than 25 years includes Native American foods, spear throwing, face painting, fire making, pottery making, wigwam and much more, including the museum’s famous popcorn soup! Films about Native American culture will be shown throughout. Activities are appropriate for all ages. Activities are held both indoors and outdoors. Garvies Point Museum, 50 Barry Dr., Glen Cove. garviespointmuseum.com $5 ages 5 and above. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 22, 23.
1863 Thanksgiving Holiday Celebration
Visitors to Old Bethpage Village, the re-created mid-19th Century village, will be able to enjoy the sights and aromas of an old-fashioned Thanksgiving including decorated pumpkin pies baked in a beehive oven, and turkey roasted over an open fire. In addition, each afternoon, Traditional Fiddle music will be played and children’s stories will be read. Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., in Old Bethpage. nassaucountyny.gov/parks $10 adults, $7 kids are 5 to 12, seniors and volunteer firefighters. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 22, 23.
Who Took Tom The Turkey?
Everyone is a suspect in the case of the kidnapping most foul. An annual holiday musical sure to delight to children of all ages. BayWay Arts Center, 265 East Main St., East Islip. broadhollow.org $12. 12 p.m. Nov. 23.