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Thanksgiving in New Jersey

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My mother wasn’t much of a cook, so when Thanksgiving came around, we all looked forward to going to Grandma’s house for dinner. Mom would make a couple of her box-top recipe dishes she was famous for, the green bean casserole and her sweet potatoes with marshmallows and Karo Syrup. Every branch of the family would bring a few dishes, so by the time it was all assembled, we had about 10 times more than we needed. Mom’s dishes fit right in with this huge strange family feast. Today, I’d give anything to have Mom and her box-top recipes back for just one more Thanksgiving at Grandma’s.

Here are some events you might want to check out after you get back from your own Grandma’s house on this 48th weekend of the year. In North Jersey, there’s Cinematic Titanic in Newark on Saturday and Nunsense in Chester all weekend. In Central Jersey, the Nutcrackers in Manasquan, the Messiahs in Princeton, and a Santa’s Coming Out in Trenton. In South Jersey, The Pier Shops are open on Thanksgiving Day and the Little Prince opens on Friday at Cape May Stage.

In every region of the state, Christmas Tree Farms will be open for their first big weekend of the season starting on Friday morning. Be sure and check them out in our tree farm guide for Jersey.

Thanksgiving Weekend in North Jersey:

Christmas In The Ballantine House
NEWARK – Enliven the holiday spirit and step back in time to 1891 for a traditional Victorian Christmas at the Newark Museum’s annual exhibition, Christmas in the Ballantine House: Feasting with Family and Friends, on view from Friday, November 26 through January 2, 2011. Daily tours of the Ballantine House will run throughout December at 2 pm.

Cinematic Titanic
NEWARK – Cinematic Titanic will be performed on Saturday, November 27 at 6:30 & 9:30 at the Victoria Theater of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. Remember television’s Mystery Science Theatre 3,000 (MST3K) with Crow, Dr. Forrester, and Tom Servo? Now, the creator and original cast of MST3K bring their masterful movie riffing LIVE to NJPAC, featuring the same team that first brought the cult classic to life: MST3K creators Joel Hodgson and more.

Gustav Stickley Exhibition
NEWARK – Gustav Stickley and the American Arts & Crafts Movement, the first nationally touring exhibition to offer a comprehensive examination of the work of Gustav Stickley, considered by many to be the patriarch of the movement, will have its premiere at the Newark Museum, September 15. Organized by the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA), the exhibition examines Stickley’s contributions to the American Arts and Crafts movement during the most productive time of his life.

Nunsense the Musical
CHESTER – A hilarious musical you won’t want to miss!  Nunsense begins when the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide that the best way to raise money is to put on a variety show, so they take over the school auditorium.

Thanksgiving Weekend in Central Jersey:

Focus On Fiber Art Holiday Reception
FRENCHTOWN – Focus On Fiber Art, a new gallery dedicated to promoting fiber and textile art and artists is ending the year with a holiday reception To Everything There Is A Season, on Saturday, November 27th between 4 and 8 pm. Owner and resident artist, Elena Stokes, a quilt artist as well as a fiber artist, opened the gallery in May of this year. The reception will celebrate the successful first year of the gallery as well as give thanks to all the loyal customers.

Santa is Coming Out
TRENTON – A Passage Theatre favorite, Jeffery Solomon (MotherSon) returns to Trenton’s Mill Hill Playhouse with his hilarious, clever, and endearing new one-man comedy Santa Claus is Coming Out, directed by Joe Brancato. This special event will be on stage for two performances only on Saturday, November 27 at 8 pm and Sunday, November 28 at 3 pm. Developed at Penguin Rep Theatre, Santa Claus is Coming Out, is a theatrical mock-u-mentary.

Festival of Trees
CLINTON – Begin a new family tradition by joining us for this year’s Festival of Trees with hot cider, music, lights, and ornaments galore! This event showcases a collection of beautifully decorated Christmas trees and wreaths and is a wonderful kick-off to the holiday season.  Trees and wreaths decorated by local individuals, organizations, and businesses will be on display and up for auction.

Celebrating Our Diversity
EAST BRUNSWICK – The East Brunswick Museum Corporation presents its 2010 Holiday Display – “Celebrating Our Diversity”.   Local organizations have been invited to participate in decorating a tree or Museum case.   The exhibit will open with a public reception on Sunday, November 28, 2010, from 1-4 pm and will remain on display through January 10, 2011.

Handel’s Messiah
PRINCETON – Nassau Presbyterian Church invites the public to hear some of the most beloved words and music from Part One of Handel’s masterpiece, Messiah, sung by a choir and soloist from Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church and Nassau Presbyterian Church, accompanied by a community orchestra of members and friends of both churches. The soloist will include Beverly Owens, soprano; Carlensha Bethea Grady, soprano; Carol Fagundus, mezzo-soprano; Nerissa Thompson, mezzo, and more.

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Cape Cod Thanksgiving: Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving & Takeout

Our Thanksgiving Feature is on Cape Cod Star, your site for lifestyle features on Cape Cod

Our Cape Cod Thanksgiving story has moved and it is updated all the time, while this one is three years old. For those of you looking for a last-minute restaurant for dinner, we can only advise you to call every restaurant on the list to see if they can find an early or late table or get you on a waiting list. If that doesn’t work, you might want to check out your local supermarket to see if they have take-out dinners available for Thursday.

Thanksgiving is one of the most anticipated family events of the year and sometimes the most stressful. To make your holiday celebrations a little easier, these Cape Cod restaurants are open to serve you and your family delicious holiday dinners without all the work.

Our guide covers the full range of offerings, from the simple to the extravagant, from P-town to Sandwich. We organize our listings by region like this: Outer Cape – Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham; Lower Cape – Orleans, Chatham, Brewster, Harwich; Mid Cape – Dennis, Yarmouth, Barnstable; Upper Cape: Mashpee, Sandwich Falmouth, Bourne.

We’ll be updating this story with reservation information, photos, and a few recommendations from our in-house chef that cooked Thanksgiving for hundreds of happy families for over 30 years. If you know of an outstanding place for Thanksgiving (besides Grandma’s house), please let us know. Just leave a comment below or drop us a line.

Cape Cod Thanksgiving: Outer Cape

The Pointe Restaurant in Provincetown

The Pointe is celebrating Thanksgiving with a four-course dinner that includes soup, salad, entree and dessert for $54.95 per person. You’ll get your choice of Turkey, Grilled Salmon or Seared Tofu for your entree. They will be serving from 1:00 to 7:00 pm. The dinner comes with all the fixings like Chestnut & Date Stuffing, and Green Beans Almondine. There might not be tables available, but you can find out on their site. See More.

Red Inn in Provincetown:

The Red Inn in Provincetown has been welcoming guest to the Cape since 1915. For Thanksgiving, they are offering a fabulous 4-course prix fixe dinner for $90.00 per person. The dinner features soup, salad, entree, and dessert. Highlights include Lobster Corn Chowder, Pan Roasted Local Cod, Savory Vegetable Bread Pudding, Roasted Turkey with French Bread Stuffing and Ginger-Cranberry Relish, Savory Vegetable Bread Pudding, Smoked Long Island Duck, Lamb Chops, Local Codd, and Pepper Crusted Filet. See More.

The Whitman House Restaurant & Bass Tavern in Truro

The Whitman House is not serving Thanksgiving Dinner this year. They will be back in 2018. See More.

P. B. Boulangerie in Wellfleet

P. B. is offering a slightly different menu for Thanksgiving. The Wellfleet restaurant-bistro has a Prix Fixe Thanksgiving Dinner with three courses for $75.00. The menu features items like a Fall Artisanal Salad, a Homemade Pate, Foie Gras and Black Truffle Ravioli, Escargots De Bourgogne, Wasabi Pea Encrusted Yellowfin Tuna, Wellfleet Coconut Curry Clams, Monsieur Marin 12 oz Black Angus Ribeye with Steak Frites and of course a Turkey Dinner with Sweet Potato Gratin, Apricot and Sausage Stuffing and Braised Greens. For the dessert course, they are serving an apple pie with homemade Madagascar Vanilla Ice Cream. The dinner is also available for takeout. You can order a dinner for 7-9 people for $240.00 that includes a whole roasted organic turkey, four side dishes, fresh baked bread and dessert. See more.

Cape Cod Thanksgiving: Lower Cape

Chillingsworth in Brewster:

Chillingsworth is offering a wide range of items for Thanksgiving. You’ll find a traditional turkey dinner, tenderloin, fish, lobster and vegetarian dinners with complimentary pates, charcuterie, and cheeses. There are two seatings for the dinner; one at 2:00 pm and another at 6:00 pm. There is a children’s menu available also. Regular pricing is in effect for this dinner. See more.

L’Alouette in Harwich Port

L’Alouette is the spot to find Thanksgiving dinner with a French flair on Cape Cod. The restaurant is fully booked for this year. See more.

Bramble Inn Now the Spinnaker in Brewster:

The Bramble Inn has been sold. It is now the Spinnaker. The restaurant is closed until the day after Thanksgiving.

Cape Cod Thanksgiving: Mid Cape

Old Yarmouth Inn in Yarmouth Port

The Old Yarmouth Inn offers a wide range of delightful choices for Thanksgiving from a traditional turkey feast to Filet Mignon with Bacon. Prices range from $39.00 to $49.00 per person. Unfortunately, the restaurant is fully booked for the holiday and is not accepting any more reservations. You can get on their waiting list if you would like. See more.

Yarmouth House in Yarmouth

Yarmouth House has been serving the families of Cape Cod since 1978 and for Thanksgiving, they are offering five different holiday dinners that come complete with soup or salad, smashed potatoes, butternut squash, creamed peas with onions and dessert. You can choose from a Roast Tom Turkey with Apple Sage Dressing, a Baked Virginia Ham, Roast Leg of Lamb, a Holiday Sampler Dinner with turkey, ham, and lamb or a Haddock Picatta. All the dinners are priced at $23.00 to $29.00 each. See more.

Hearth & Kettle in Yarmouth & Hyannis:

Hearth and Kettle restaurants are known for their All-American holiday dinners. For Thanksgiving, they are offering one of the best bargains on the Cape. Their Roast Turkey Dinner that comes in at $25.99, includes turkey, cranberry sage dressing, cranberry sauce, corn chowder or salad, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, peas with onions, bread, and dessert. You can also choose Prime Rib, Ham or Broiled Scrod for a slightly higher price, up to $29.99. See more.

Villaggio Ristorante in Cotuit:

Villaggio serves holiday dinners throughout the year and for Thanksgiving, they are offering three seatings: one at noon, another at 2:00, and a final seating at 4:00 pm. For Thanksgiving, you can choose from turkey, prime rib or their regular menu. Owner and Chef Jay Bartolomei’s regular menu features items like Asparagus Wraps, Crispy Pork Belly Bites, a classic Rustic Bruschetta, Roasted Beet Salad, Chicken Francese, Saltimbocca, Pancetta Scallops, Lobster Ravioli, Rib Eyes, and Filet Mignons. Reservations are taken by phone only. Call 508-548-5000. See More.

Cape Cod Thanksgiving: Upper Cape

Sea Crest in Falmouth:

The Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth has the most extravagant buffet on Cape Cod for Thanksgiving. The hotel lays out a huge buffet for the holiday that features hot and cold stations, carving stations and a dessert station. Highlights from the buffet include Cider Glazed Turkey and Virginia Ham that is carved to order, Cornbread Dressing, Petite Sirloins, Salmon, Butternut Squash, Shrimp Cocktail, Fall Greens, Salads, Cheeses, Clam Chowder, Pecan Pie and Cranberry Apple Cobbler with Cinnamon Chantilly. The price is $49.00 per person and $23.00 each for children 12 years of age and under. See more.

Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth

The Coonamessett has been welcoming guests on the Cape since 1926. For Thanksgiving, they offer a wide selection of traditional dishes from Turkey to Prime Rib to Pan Roasted Cod or a Roasted Vegetable Lasagna. They also offer a prix fixe Turkey Dinner for $44.00 that comes with Turkey, Giblet Gravy, Herb Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Butternut Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Soup, Salad and Dessert. See More.

Dan’l Webster Inn in Sandwich:

The Dan’l Webster has been hosting celebrations on Cape Cod for centuries. For Thanksgiving, they are offering a traditional Turkey Dinner with all the fixings for $41.95. The holiday feast includes soup, salad, bread, turkey with all the fixings, Mashed Potatoes, Maple Glazed Butternut Squash, Peas & Mushrooms, and desserts like Maple Pecan Pie and Warm Apple Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream. Salmon can be ordered instead of turkey and a filet is available for $12.00 more. See More.

Cape Cod Thanksgiving: Pick Up & Take Out Thanksgiving Dinners

Nauset Farms in Orleans

Nauset Farms is a bakery, a butcher, a market, a deli, a wine shop, and more. For Thanksgiving, you can have them bake your turkey or pick up a fully prepared dinner with all the trimmings. You can get a deconstructed turkey for $20.00, a Plainville Fresh Turkey for $3.69 per pound, Farm Cranberry Sauce for $7.99 per pint, or try some Eastham Turnip Mash at market price. They also offer dinner packages for 4-8 people for $129.99 or one for 10-14 for $199.99. See More.

Hearth & Kettle @ the Cape Codder Resort in Hyannis

H & K is offering dinners from $23.99 to $29.99 each. Call the restaurant for information on takeout. See our description above or see more here.

Whole Foods in Hyannis

Whole Foods is one of our favorite foodie spots on the Cape and for Thanksgiving, they are offering a holiday turkey dinner for four people for the low price of $69.99. The meal includes a 10-pound Roasted Turkey, Herb Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Organic Turkey Gravy, Green Beans with Crispy Garlic and Parsley, and Organic Cranberry-Orange Relish. There are other items available like a 6 pound roasted turkey for $39.99, side dishes like herb stuffing, creamy mashed potatoes, lentil-mushroom stuffing, cheesy rutabaga-potato vegan mash, roasted mustard-glazed whole cauliflower, maple roasted Brussels Sprouts, butterflake dinner rolls, organic vegan cranberry-orange suace, appetizers, and desserts. See More.

Thanksgiving Tips from a Retired Chef

My partner, Val Gerischer worked as a chef in restaurants in Pennsylvania and New Jersey for over thirty years. Most of those years, he was in the kitchen on Thanksgiving day and offers these quick tips for dining out on Thanksgiving Day.

  • Reserve your table for early in the day so that you get the freshest turkey and avoid the crowds that tend to pack in around mid to late afternoon.
  • If you are a real fan of turkey and dressing and hate crowds, just reserve your table for the day after Thanksgiving. You’ll pay a lot less for the same dinner, avoid the noise and fuss of a busy restaurant.
  • Save a little of your holiday dinner so that you can have one of those yummy day-after-Thanksgiving sandwiches with turkey, cranberry sauce, and mayonnaise.
  • Finally, if you are cooking Thanksgiving dinner at home, please don’t get too creative or too fussy with your menu. This is one of those holidays that people want classic American turkey, dressing and cranberry sauce like Grandma used to make. Stick with the basics on this day and go foodie-gourmand crazy next week.

Free Thanksgiving Dinners on Cape Cod

Here’s a list of places that you can go tomorrow for a free Thanksgiving dinner on Cape Cod. Be sure and call the organizer before you go. You want to be sure that they are still serving and that they can accommodate you.

We will be adding some more organizations to this list later today and tonight.

Cataumet Methodist Church, Bourne

The Cataumet Methodist Church is hosting their 8th annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 24, 2016. The dinner starts at 12:00 noon and ends at 2:00 p.m. The dinner is open to all members of the community at no charge. There are take-out meals available also. For more information, call Tom Spence at (508) 759-4856 or see their website.

Yarmouth Moose Lodge, Yarmouth

The lodge is hosting a Community Thanksgiving on Thursday from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm with all the fixings. Everyone is welcome to share a great meal put on by their dedicated member volunteers and share the holiday tradition with at the lodge. This event is open to all members of the community that do not have the opportunity to host or share Thanksgiving dinner with someone else. Call (508) 394-2341 or see their website.

Orleans-Eastham Elks Lodge

The Orleans-Eastham Elks Lodge is hosting a free Thanksgiving Dinner for the entire community on Thursday. The hours of the event are from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm. Reservations are suggested by not necessary. The lodge is located in North Eastham. Call 508-240-5826 for more information or see their website.

Hyannis Salvation Army

The Salvation Army in Hyannis is serving Thanksgiving Dinner for anyone and everyone that shows up tomorrow.

The hours of the event are from 11:30 am to 12:15 am. Those times are the center’s regular hours for serving lunch. The center is located at 100 North Street in Hyannis. Call 508-775-0364 for more information or see their website.

John Wesley United Methodist Church, Falmouth

The Free Falmouth Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner is open to everyone. It opens at 12:00 noon and runs till 4:00 pm on Thursday, November 24, 2016. There is no cost for the dinner, but everyone is asked to bring a donation of can goods for the Falmouth Service Center. Monetary donations can be made to the Falmouth Service Center at PO Box 208, Falmouth, MA 02540. The church is located at 270 Gifford Street. Some meals can be delivered for shuts-ins with prior arrangement. For delivery call Sue at Falmouth Human Services at 508-548-0533, extension 10 by Tuesday, November 21, 2016. Calls on Wednesday should go to Debbie at 774-836-2100. Get more information on the church here and the Falmouth Service Center here.

Buzzards Bay Eagles Club

The Buzzards Bay Eagles have been serving Thanksgiving dinners to the community now for nine years. The dinner is run by local volunteers and it takes of lot of them to pull off this event. A few years ago they carved 24 turkeys for 214 dinners. The dinner is free. Reservations for more than two people are recommended and donations are accepted by contributions are NOT mandatory.

The hours of the dinner are 1:00 to 4:00 pm. The Eagles hall is located at 39 Cohasset Avenue. Read more about the organization on their website.

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