Family fun events should help the turkey go down

November 21, 2012 by  

Thanksgiving Day itself is usually a family occasion, but he remainder of the long holiday weekend can sometimes be a conundrum for those looking for alternatives to football, ‘black Friday’ door-busting, and leftover turkey sandwiches over a game of Parcheesi. In Riverhead, however, family togetherness and recreation will surely be promoted by any of the following:

The Country Parlor Holiday Home Show will run for the 21st year over November 23 – 25 at Hallockville Museum Farm. The show features the work of folk artists and crafters offering a range of handmade wares. More information is available at the event’s Facebook site. While in the area, a tour of the Hallockville farm’s 19 historic buildings, some dating back to the 18th century, is another option.

Kids, and some adults, will love a sea-lion kiss at the Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center. This memorable opportunity is offered twice per day, at 1:00 pm and 2:45 p.m. On Sunday, November 25, the even more adventurous can take the Seal Cruise, sponsored by the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation. Excursions are $26 per ticket to visit the harbor seals in Hempstead Bay, while a naturalist accompanies the tour.

If a swankier time out is called for, the Steve Watson Trio will play jazz at Bistro 72 Lounge in the Hotel Indigo East End, beginning at 9:00 pm. There is no cover charge, but reservations are recommended.

Brochure printers are likely to go into overdrive explaining all the ways in which families can enjoy the Thanksgiving weekend, so it may be worth making plans immediately.