Windsor Public Library offers Thanksgiving fun

By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Thu., Nov. 21, 2013
Jada, 7, gets excited about filling up her bag with treats the pilgrims may have eaten. She was one of a group of children who came to learn about the first Thanksgiving at the library on Nov. 20. Photos by Jennifer Coe.
Jada, 7, gets excited about filling up her bag with treats the pilgrims may have eaten. She was one of a group of children who came to learn about the first Thanksgiving at the library on Nov. 20. Photos by Jennifer Coe.

Windsor Public Library beat everyone to the drumstick by holding its Thanksgiving-themed event on Nov. 20.

“A Native American Thanksgiving,” an evening hosted by Kidspace, was held to teach children about the first Thanksgiving in 1621. Children were invited to learn from the library’s own “pilgrim,” also known as staff-member Bonnie Waterhouse.

Waterhouse explained many aspects of life in 1621, some of which surprised the children in attendance, like: why did the native Americans instruct the pilgrims to plant corn, beans and squash together, and why did they stick a dead fish in the ground along with it? Why did the pilgrims not use a traditional plate or fork? And, as asked by one of the children, “Did they have ice cream?”

“We call it Thanksgiving, but back then it was a harvest festival,” Waterhouse explained and led them to speculate by saying, “You’ll never guess how many Native Americans attended...”

Children were then asked to participate in some period-specific games that the immigrants may have done for fun, like tug-o-war, marbles and a form of ring toss. The children relished each game, proving that simple games still hold an unswerving appeal.

“This is the first time we have held this event,” said Waterhouse. “I love native American history, so I thought, why not?” She dug into researching the topic for the children and the evening’s plate of activities was soon full.

Children were also invited to make crafts, including bows and arrows and a modern cornucopia. This horn-of-plenty included candy corns and pumpkin seeds.

Kidspace will be hosting its “Let’s Celebrate” event on Dec. 11. Children can learn how three different cultures celebrate this time of year. Call 860-285-1994 to register.

And, if you were wondering, according to Waterhouse, 90 native Americans attended the first Thanksgiving, and it lasted three days!


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