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Posted on Tue, Nov 20, 2012 : 8:32 a.m.

Holiday fun without the gorging: A guide to Thanksgiving and other holiday events in the area

By Ann Dwyer

Oh Thanksgiving, that wonderful time of year when a holiday that celebrates the all-American values of overeating, over-drinking and regret. We get to gather with the family to watch the Lions lose and drown our sorrows in gravy. It's a truly magical time of year. Keep the magic rolling with this guide of holiday events in the Ann Arbor area.



• Here's a guide to what's happening tonight at some of the areas' bars and clubs.

Gobble! Gobble! Gobble! Thanksgiving 2012 at the Ann Arbor District Library. Make a special Thanksgiving decoration for your holiday.


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Ann Arbor Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

• Need somewhere to get a meal? Here's a roundup. It also includes ways you can help others.


Santa’s Mailbox will be installed at Schakolad Chocolate Factory until December 17.

• Work off that pumpkin pie during the Thanksgiving hours at the Mack Indoor Pool.

Watch Warner Bros. Cartoons the day at the Michigan Theater.

• In case your holiday gathering isn't enough of a joke, spend your Thanksgiving Weekend with Heywood Banks at Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase

Matt Watroba returns to The Ark for his traditional post-Thanksgiving concert


• Time to start decorating: The Annual Holiday Greens Market in Downtown Chelsea

Annual Handspinners' Holiday Fair at Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Depot Town tree-lighting celebration

Celebrate at the Winter Festival in Dexter

Test your knowledge with Turkey Trivia and make a holiday decoration at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Gingerbread Houses for Teens at the Dexter District Library

Thanksgiving Feast Storytime Event at Barnes and Noble


It's time again for Sing-Along "White Christmas" at the Michigan Theater

Kerrytown Market & Shops will hold their Annual Tree Lighting Festival

Gemini's Thanksgiving concerts at The Ark benefit Mott Children’s Hospital


• Here's this collection of recipes that combines the best coping mechanisms of all: Booze and dessert.

• But maybe you're excited about Thanksgiving. Probably not excited as the girl who sings about it.

• Of course, Arlo Guthrie has really cornered the market on Thanksgiving songs.

• You'll definitely need something funny to post on your Facebook page. Maybe this.

• Maybe you should start a new holiday tradition of bringing weird holiday-themed foods to dinner. Here's a review of White Chocolate Peppermint Pringles and other holiday Pringle flavors.



Tue, Nov 20, 2012 : 6:46 p.m.

@rongranger, are you by any chance a Doors fan? just wonderin'

music to my ear

Tue, Nov 20, 2012 : 6:24 p.m.

lions lose ,now what kind of an winning attitude is that miss Ann, we must every year pray we will win. I believe it was last year, or the year before, we did, we are on a new diet this year, ba hum bug I will not cheat I will not cheat I will not cheat (please turn your heads, yum, yum ,yum )

music to my ear

Thu, Nov 22, 2012 : 8:36 p.m.

to what the lions or my bigness its ok I am not real big and I dont get offended nobody fault but my own. hey Ann lions are leading lets hope they keep it up happt turkey day,

Ann Dwyer

Wed, Nov 21, 2012 : 6:26 a.m.

I was going to try to answer this, but I wasn't sure what to answer. Anyway, Gooooo Liiioooonnnnssss!!

Dog Guy

Tue, Nov 20, 2012 : 3:54 p.m.

Sing-alongs are fun, but why not also list various places and times to gather on Thanksgiving Day for that old tradition of thanking God?

Ron Granger

Tue, Nov 20, 2012 : 6:33 p.m.

You cannot petition the lord with prayer.