November 21, 2019

Turkey, Pie, and Karaoke – A Week of Thanksgiving Events with Creative Collective

by Felicia Cheney

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Thanksgiving means a lot of things to a lot of people: delicious food, spending time with friends and family, lots of football, lots of pie, a chance to pretend you’re out of town when really you’re staying home to play with your cat…

Whatever it is to you, the North Shore is filled to bursting with fun things to do this weekend and during Thanksgiving week. Here is Creative Collective’s Guide to things to do, food to eat, and ways to give back this Thanksgiving holiday. 

Thanksgiving Week 

November 10-24 – PoBoys and Pies – Thanksgiving Pie Pre-Orders

PoBoys and Pies have teamed up with OctoCog to support their efforts for Chef Cycle. Founder Dan Donato will be amongst 300 chefs in a 300-mile bike ride set to take place in Oregon next year in order to raise funds for No Kid Hungry, a national, non-profit organization that is working on ending child hunger in the U.S. 

They’re donating $3 from every one of PoBoys and Pies pre-ordered Thanksgiving pies to OctoCog’s chef cycle efforts. They will also be donating $5 from every piece of merchandise they sell. The last day to order pies is Sunday, 11/24 – Use this link to place your order!

Multiple Times/Locations – Special Events with Alice’s Table

Alice’s Table is hosting three Thanksgiving events this week, making sure you have all your decorations ready to go for the big day. Pumpkin, Petals, and Pours is on on Friday, Nov 22 from 6:30-9:30 pm at Cider Hill Farm, followed by Floral Centerpieces for Your Thanksgiving Feast at Lafayette Associates in Salem on Sunday, Nov 24 from 11 am – 1 pm, and then a Thanksgiving Centerpieces workshop at Beauport Hotel on Nov 26 from 6:30-8:30 pm. Follow Alice’s Table to sign up now. 

November 23 @ 9:00 pm – Opus Emo Night Salem “Thanks For Nothing”

Emo Night in Salem is a chance for Emo Kids to get together the week before Thanksgiving and Black Friday and listen to emo/pop punk/scene covers by: The White Belts (Boston Emo Night) and Delaney at Opus in Salem. It’s good to get together because, as the event suggests, “The weather will probably be horrible, your family is probably a nightmare, let’s get together and give Thanks for Nothing.” 

November 27 @ 3:00 pm – Bent Water Brewing Company’s Friendsgiving

The taproom at Bent Water Brewing Company in Lynn, MA will be open Thanksgiving Eve for their Friendsgiving event, because everyone knows, friends are the family you choose. Come on down to Lynn’s developing Waterfront district for drinks, community, and new friends. 

November 27 – Live Music and Seafood with Finz and Sea Level Oyster Bar Thanksgiving Eve 

Both Sea Level Oyster Bar and Finz Seafood and Grill invite guests to spend Thanksgiving Eve at Pickering Wharf with live music. At Finz, Chin Friction will take the stage and at Sea Level, Dandrew will be entertaining diners. Get there early to save yourself a spot for great eats and good times in Salem.

November 27 @ 8:00 pm– Lifebridge’s Bailouts Thanksgiving Eve Bash at Brodies Seaport

Dave Bailin & the Bailouts kick off the holiday season at Brodies Seaport with a rockin’ party on Thanksgiving Eve. Since the event is a food drive for Lifebridge Salem, the event organizers ask that you bring at least two non-perishable food items as your admission “fee.” Check the event page for other items which would be helpful to include. 

Thanksgiving Day – November 28 

8:00 am Green Tea Yoga Gives Thanks – Thanksgiving Yoga Benefit

This multi-level practice at Salem’s Green Tea Yoga will guide you through meditation for world peace, a short call and response kirtan, and a slow-flow vinyasa class ending with restorative poses to aid digestion, with a savasana during which beautiful singing bowls will be played. Your donation (suggested $35) will benefit nAGLY (Offering North Shore youth safe space – North Shore Alliance of Gay & Lesbian Youth) or The Salem Pantry. (Eradicating hunger & providing nutritious foods to our community.)

10:30 am – Thanksgiving Day Grand Buffets and Seatings at the Beauport Hotel, Hawthorne Hotel, and the Salem Waterfront Hotel and Suites

The Beauport Hotel in Gloucester has two options this Thanksgiving with the Ballroom Buffet and the Prix Fixe Dining Menu. The Ballroom Buffet costs $64 adults and $25 kids aged 12 or younger, and the Prix Fixe is $67. Call the hotel at 978-491-5090 to make your reservation while seating is available. 

The Hawthorne Hotel in downtown Salem is accepting reservations for its annual Thanksgiving Day Grand Buffet with seatings from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm. Adults are $54 (gratuity is 18%) and children (12yrs and younger) are $4.50/per year of age. Click here to view the menu. Call the hotel at 978-825-4311 to make a reservation while there is availability.  

The Salem Waterfront Hotel and Suites is having its Thanksgiving Day Grand Buffet with close to 30 offerings, featuring: Roasted Turkey and Prime Rib Carving Stations, Indulgent Seafood Offerings, Chef’s Specialty Dishes, and Decadent Desserts to tempt and treat you. The cost is $55 for adults and $22.50 for children 12 and younger. Call the hotel at (978) 619-1110 to make a reservation.

2:00 pm – Thanksgiving at the Lobster Shanty

For the last twelve years, The Lobster Shanty in downtown Salem has been hosting Thanksgiving. As is tradition, they’ll be opening the bar at 9 AM for pastry, coffee and Bloody Mary’s & Mimosas too. Thanksgiving dinner will be served up from 2 PM until around 6 PM. The restaurant strongly suggests that you make a reservation, and you can call the restaurant at (978) 745-5449 or just stop by any time that they are open to do so. 

Dinner will be served family-style, and it is all you can eat prix fixe $35. The menu will feature smoked turkey, butternut squash soup, lobster & corn chowder, side dishes, and of course, pie. 

8:00 pm  – Thanksgiving Karaoke at Koto 

After you’ve eaten all the food and all the pie, the only thing left is to do all the Karaoke. Koto will also be opening the bar at 7:00 pm with limited options for food (sushi, crab rangoon, spring rolls, fried rice, and miso soup). Come to Koto for drinks, snacks, and tunes this Thanksgiving! 

Black Friday – November 29 

10:00 am – The Bridge at 211’s Addams Family Thanksgiving

Cure your Thanksgiving hangover and spend Black Friday with the Addams Family for a special holiday-themed marathon in Salem featuring the best episodes from the 1964 series followed by a double feature of Barry Sonnenfeld’s The Addams Family and Addams Family Values.

During the event, you’ll also be able to get your picture taken with local Addams Family cosplayers and browse spooky wares from onsite vendors to help with your holiday shopping. 

8:00 pm – MAGMA’s Pie Day Mandala Dance

On Black Friday, MAGMA is hosting its 3rd Annual Pie Day Dance in Gloucester, MA! Every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving, the Mandala Tribe gathers in Gloucester to offer up a Pie-like creation of Movement, Live Music, Good friends, Ceremony, and a Mandala to create as a group. And yes there will be Pie! Admission is $15-20 at the door (sliding scale). 

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