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Datebook: November 24 – Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving in North America originated from a mix of European and Native traditions. Typically in Europe, festivals were held before and after the harvest cycles to give thanks for a good harvest, and to rejoice together after much hard work with the rest of the community. At the time, Native Americans also celebrated the end of a harvest season. When Europeans first arrived to the Americas, they brought with them their own harvest festival traditions from Europe. The initial thanksgiving observance at Virginia in 1619 was prompted by the colonists’ leaders on the anniversary of the settlement. The modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition traces its origins to a 1621 celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts. There is also evidence for an earlier celebration on the continent by Spanish explorers in Texas at San Elizario in 1598, as well as thanksgiving feasts in the Virginia Colony. The initial thanksgiving observance at Virginia in 1619 was prompted by the colonists’ leaders on the anniversary of the settlement.The 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest. While initially, the Plymouth colony did not have enough food to feed half of the 102 colonists, the Wampanoag Native Americans helped the Pilgrims by providing seeds and teaching them to fish.

It’s Thanksgiving Day, November 24

Pine cones, sweet gum balls, and other natural items are useful for creating unique seasonal decorations. Join the folks at the Nature Station in LBL tomorrow from 2 to 4 to make decorations that will bring nature’s beauty into your home.

December 9 is the deadline for dropping off food items for the Needline Christmas Food Drive for seniors and low-income families in Murray. About 600 baskets with food for 2 meals for one to three people will be distributed December 15 and 17th. Each basket costs about $40, and donations are accepted as well. Need Line is at 638 South 4th.

The Grand Rivers Festival of Lights is happening through January 1st. See over 500,000 lights in Patti’s Settlement and downtown Grand Rivers. Lights are visible at dark every night.

LBL’s Photo Competition Deadline is next Thursday, December 1. Use the online entry form at to see requirements and upload your photos. The entry fee is $20.

See for details. Enjoy a peaceful day!

Datebook: November 23 – First Edition of Life Magazine 75 Years Ago

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Life magazine has taken several different forms since its creation in 1883, but the first thing that comes to mind may be the photojournalism. Life was a general-interest light entertainment magazine until it was purchased by Time founder Henry Luce in 1936 – with the first issue published on November 23. The Luce Life was the first all-photographic American news magazine, and it dominated the market for more than 40 years. The magazine sold more than 13.5 million copies a week at one point and was so popular that President Harry S. Truman, Sir Winston Churchill and General Douglas MacArthur all serialized their memoirs in its pages. Perhaps one of the best-known pictures printed in the magazine was Alfred Eisenstaedt’s photograph of a nurse in a sailor’s arms, snapped on August 27, 1945, as they celebrated VJ Day in New York City. Life was wildly successful for two generations before its prestige was diminished by economics and changing tastes. Since 1972, Life has twice ceased publication and resumed in a different form, before ceasing once again with the issue dated April 20, 2007. The brand name continues on the Internet and in occasional special issues.

It’s Wednesday, November 23

Marion Baptist Church Family Life Center in Marion, Kentucky offers a free Thanksgiving meal tomorrow. It’s from 11 to 1 at the Center at 131 East Depot Street.

Kentucky State Parks are featuring Thanksgiving Day Buffets tomorrow from noon to 8 p.m. Buffets cost $17.95 for adults, $7.95 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and under. Entrees include turkey and dressing, baked ham, carved roast beef and fried chicken. See for more.

Badgett Playhouse in Grand Rivers has a special show tomorrow night. Enjoy “A Tuna Christmas” starting at 7 p.m. 2 actors portray 20 eccentric characters in the third smallest town in Texas. Call 888-362-4223.

Our series, “Company for the Holidays” starts tomorrow. See all the specials through January 1, 2012 at Thanks!