What to do with the Kids: November 18th – 20th

Spend some family time reviewing the latest Marshfield Recreation Department brochure. The Fall Community Brochure is now available. There are many new programs and trips for the community, activities for ages 1 to 95. Mail or drop off your completed registration form to the recreation office. For more information, call Marshfield Recreation Director Ned Bangs at 781-834-5543.  A trip planned is “Christmas in Newport” on December 4th.  For more information, visit www.marshfield.net/recreation

Plymouth residents: check out the great recreation department programs in town.  Visit www.plymouthrec.com for more information.

This Weekend:
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, November 18 to 20th: Check out America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration this weekend. This annual event is held on the weekend before Thanksgiving Day. On Saturday at 11am, the Parade begins at Holmes Field on Court St. in North Plymouth and continues along Main Street to Water Street on the Plymouth Waterfront. From 11am-4pm sample chowders, soups, desserts & more at the New England Food Festival & visit the heated Crafter’s Pavilions & Kids Activity Tent, which will be there 11am-4pm on Sunday as well. Enjoy the Concerts on Friday & Saturday night at Plymouth’s Memorial Hall. On Sunday, enjoy an early Thanksgiving meal with Plimoth Plantation’s turkey dinners at 12 & 2pm at Waterfront Park. For more info or tickets for the concerts call 508.746.1818 or visit www.usathanksgiving.com

The Duxbury Art Association invites you to start your holiday shopping at their 39th Annual Craft Showcase held at the Duxbury High School Saturday November 19th from 10am to 5pm and Sunday November 20th from 11am to 4pm. ou’ll find unique and useful quality handmade gifts and meet the local artisans who create them. Call friends and plan a trip to this highly-anticipated South Shore event that celebrates 80 of New England’s most gifted artisans. Enjoy a gourmet food court, live music, and take a chance on our crafter’s raffle. General admission is $5.00 for adults. Children under 12 are FREE.

Directions to Duxbury High School
Take Exit 11 (Duxbury-Pembroke/Route 14) off Route 3. Turn right off ramp on to Route 14 East toward Duxbury Village. Bear right at fork after Police Station and follow straight through lights, crossing 3A. Route 14 becomes St. George Street. Follow St. George Street for about 1 mile through Millbrook Center. Duxbury High School is located at 130 St. George St. on the left hand side. Free Parking.

Friday November 18th, 2011:

Check out the “Colony Place Tree Lighting” at 6pm. Enjoy the lighting of our spectacular, brand new 26 foot holiday tree located next to Olive Garden. Ring in the season with live holiday music performed by professional Victorian carolers dressed in traditional costume. Events include a Storytime with Mrs. Claus, a “Scrooge” skit, the Jukebox Dancers Rockin’ Holiday Show and the Center Stage Academy Dance Medley. Rain date is November 25th.  For more information, call 508-747-3533 or visit www.colonyplace.com

Check out Family Friday Nights at the Children’s Museum in Boston.  From 5 to 9pm admission is only $1 a person.  For more information, visit www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org

Check out the fun events and activities at the Museum of Science in Boston.  Find out more at www.mos.org

Saturday November 19th, 2011:

Check out the fun events and activities at the Museum of Science in Boston.  The museum is open from 9am to 5pm.  Find out more at www.mos.org

Check out the New England Aquarium.  For more information, call 617-973-5206 or visit www.neaq.org

Sunday November 20th, 2011:

Check out the Holiday Boutique today at the Plymouth Center for the Arts from 10am to 5pm.  The event features paintings, pottery, fine jewelry, fine fabric quilted items, hand-painted holiday eggs, hand-painted slates, prints, pressed botanical art, dried arrangements & more!  For more information call 508-746-7222 or visit www.plymouthguild.org

Santa arrives at Colony Place today at 12noon with a custom carriage pulled by a team of amazing Clydesdales! Kids and adults will enjoy a free hay ride in Santa’s horse-drawn Sleigh, plus entertainment and face painting while you’re in line. The event runs from 12noon to 3pm. The Raindate is Nov. 25th. For more information, call 508-747-3533 or visit www.colonyplace.com


Did you pile the mashed potatoes too high? Eat one too many slices of pumpkin pie? Did the gravy boat overflow onto your plate? Come out for a briskly paced hike to burn off some of those turkey dinner calories! The hike will take place on Friday, November 25th from 9:00am to 10:30am.  Please bring water and be prepared to cover 2 – 3 miles of moderate difficulty trails. Meet at Headquarters at 194 Cranberry Road, South Carver. Program is free and open to the public. For adults and older children who can walk at a moderate to fast pace. Rain or snow cancels. For more information, call (508) 866-2580 x163. For park information & directions, visit http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/southeast/mssf.htm. This free program is sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation.

Tickets now on sale for Polar Express train ride by Rotary Club of Plymouth: The South Shore Polar Express is back on track for 2011! The improved train ride will depart the Kingston MBTA station on Saturday, December 10th, with readings of the popular Christmas story, a visit from Santa and fun for kids of all ages. After a year’s hiatus, the South Shore Polar Express returns with new features and activities to make this holiday experience even more memorable. This community fundraiser is organized by the Rotary Club of Plymouth and Plymouth Housing Authority. Tickets are now on sale for this one-hour train ride on double-decker passenger cars from Kingston to Halifax and back on the MBTA’s Old Colony Line. Selling for $20 each, they can be purchased at NorthEast Community Bank, 8 North Park Ave., Plymouth. Tickets can also be purchased at Independence Mall on Fridays, Oct. 21 and 28, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Oct. 22 and 29, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sundays, Oct. 23 and 30, 12 to 5 p.m. Members of the Rotary Club will sell the tickets at a booth near center court for cash and money order only. Proceeds benefit local charities sponsored by the Rotary Club or Plymouth and the Plymouth Housing Authority. Kids are encouraged to wear their jammies over their clothes for the train ride. Elves will read the “Polar Express” story and present gift bags to each child. Santa Claus will also be present on the train to greet children and adults. For more information about tickets, contact Rotary Vice President Donna Ouellette of NorthEast Community Bank at 508-746-7400. The Rotary Club of Plymouth is dedicated to enhancing of the quality of life in Plymouth and Kingston. Club membership is comprised of dedicated individuals from diverse professional and business backgrounds, gathering in a spirit of friendship, recognizing that commitment to fellowship fosters greater service and that serving others gives greater meaning to membership. The local group is a member of Rotary International, the world’s first service club organization with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto “Service Above Self.” The Rotary Club of Plymouth meets every Monday at 12:15 p.m. at the John Carver Inn on Summer Street in Plymouth. For more information about membership or the club, contact President Bob Hollis at 508-209-0400 or visit the website at www.plymouthrotary.com

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