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Another Great Turkey Trot 5K to Benefit Local Charity

I had so much fun cheering my friends when they ran in the Blue Talon Bistro 5K Turkey Trot a couple of years ago that I decided to check it out again this year. They’ve almost doubled the number of participants in two years! I’m not surprised, because it’s great exercise and entertainment for the whole family on Thanksgiving morning. Registration money benefits the Williamsburg Area Meals on Wheels program, a very worthwhile organization.

Record Number of Runners at Blue Talon 5K Turkey Trot

About 1,700 runners and walkers showed up at 8:30 a.m. Thanksgiving morning to participate in the annual Blue Talon 5K Turkey Trot. My choir buddies Randy Tanner and Nancy Byrd honored me by wearing Williamsburg Native tee shirts—I’m glad they did, or I might never have found them in the crowd. Participants wore imaginative head gear befitting the location and the holiday—check out my video for a peek at state Senator Tommy Norment’s fashion statement. And “Miss Julia” looked very elegant, indeed. Proceeds from the event benefit Williamsburg Meals on Wheels, a very worthy charity and reminder to us all that many go hungry in our area on Thanksgiving and every day. A big THANK YOU to Blue Talon Bistro and all of the generous sponsors and volunteers who made this fun event such a success.

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Thanksgiving in Williamsburg 2013

If you’d like to dine out on Thanksgiving Day, here’s a list of restaurants that are open and likely to please. Several of these options are on Williamsburg Native’s Top 10 Dining lists, but we haven’t tried Thanksgiving dinner at all of them, so please consider these “informed opinions.”

  • Colonial Williamsburg – with elegant hotels and historic taverns to choose from, it’s wise to call their reservation line to be sure of what you’re getting:  800-838-3767.  A quick check of their web site showed several options for Thanksgiving, but not necessarily in the spaces you might expect, due to the number of guests they’ll be serving. Prices are in the $50-60 range for adults.
  • Merchants Square – several restaurants have Thanksgiving Day service, but the one I most recently enjoyed was Blue Talon Bistro – those folks make a day of it, starting with sponsorship of the famous 5K Turkey Trot.
  • Le Yaca French Restaurant is always delightful and I’m sure that their Thanksgiving menu will meet their regular high standards.
  • Opus 9 in New Town has posted their Thanksgiving menu. Given their chic decor and elegant service, I’m pleasantly surprised by the price point and the extended hours they’re advertising.
  • A little off the beaten path, but sure to have delicious food, is the Williamsburg Hellenic Center on Mooretown Road. Since many of our local restaurants are owned and managed by the Greek-American community, the Hellenic Center definitely puts on a good feast. As of this post date, the Thanksgiving menu is on their home page.
  • The James Landing Grille is Kingsmill Resort’s newest restaurant and has posted their Thanksgiving menu. The view from the landing will surely put the song “Over the River and through the Woods” in your head!

Wherever you end up eating your feast, may it be a blessed gathering with friends and family.

Family Activities After the Thanksgiving Feast

Having the whole family in town for Thanksgiving? You’ll need to plan some activities for the non-football fans. There’s always shopping on Black Friday, but if that’s not your thing, try these ideas:

  • For theme park fun lovers, Busch Garden’s Christmas Town is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (Nov. 25-27, 3:00-10:00 p.m.)
  • Visit Colonial Williamsburg
  • Catch a performance of Coyote Run‘s Celtic Solstice Celebration at the Kimball Theater on Merchants Square. This popular local band is back in town for their annual Thanksgiving weekend concert. Read last year’s review. Call 1-800-447-8679 for tickets: $20/$17/$14.
  • Get a copy of The Art-Full Tree by local authors Jan Gilliam and Christina Westenberger. It’s available at Colonial Williamsburg and Barnes and Noble locally, as well as online. The book shows you how to make Christmas ornaments inspired by objects in the museum’s collections from household materials and supplies readily available at craft stores.
  • Visit the Williamburg Antiques Mall for a trip down memorabilia lane with your older relatives. You can also score some vintage Christmas gifts. Be sure to laugh lovingly at the people circling for parking spots at the Premium Outlets on your way to the other side of the railroad tracks. (Closed Thanksgiving Day)
  • Get some exercise at Freedom Park, at the intersection of Longhill and Centerville Roads. There’s a brand new interpretive center where you can learn about Hotwater Plantation in the 1650s and one of the earliest free black settlements. With more than 20 miles of wooded trails, you’ll be hungry for turkey leftovers in no time.
  • Head to Jamestown Settlement for their new exhibit The 17th Century: Gateway to the Modern World. You’ll learn how explorers helped transition from the old world of Mediterranean and European centers of commerce to the globally connected world in the 1600s—with lots of gorgeous paintings and artifacts for illustration.
  • Check out the paintings of Amy Hautman     and ceramics by Lynn Trott at This Century Art Gallery.
Happy Thanksgiving!