Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating!

I hope your Thanksgiving Day is filled with great food and good company. There are a lot of components that go into creating the perfect Thanksgiving Day feast. For those of you who are hosting, take a second to pat yourself on the back.

Today, there is a lot to look forward to help you and your family and friends celebrate. First, you can tune into NBC to watch the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade airs from 9am to 12pm. If you are lucky enough to watch the parade in person (it’s not that far away from Happy-Thanksgiving-Day-Pic-26Harrisburg!), it kicks off from 77nd Street and Central Park West. To view the map click here.

Locally, today’s the day Harrisburg is featuring its 3rd annual Twitter Thanksgiving stream of quotes. Throughout the day, check in on the ttdHBG twitter feed for quotes about thanks giving, food, feasting, good cheer, and gratitude. You can see that here.

In elementary school, we all learned about the first Thanksgiving. It lasted three days. I’m thankful I don’t have to plan a meal for 15+ people for three days straight. Aren’t you?

Staying in

On this festive Thursday, I’m featuring a drink recipe that features ingredients you may very well have on hand.

I tweaked the original recipe. You can find that here.


Here’s what I did:

• First, pour an entire gallon of apple cider into a large pot on your stove and crank it up to medium heat.

• Thinly slice an apple and an orange and throw it into the cider. I used a Macintosh apple but it broke apart very quickly. A firmer apple like a Red Delicious or a Granny Smith (for a bit of tart) would work well, but you can use whatever type you have on hand.

• I forgot to add cinnamon, but feel free to add it to your taste.

• Next, I peeled one fresh piece of ginger and chopped it up. My chopping skills aren’t the best, so it doesn’t have to be perfect.

The recipe tells you to bring the mixture to a boil for about 5 minutes then transfer to a punch bowl and add rum. I left mine simmer on the stove for a couple of hours of the social gathering. Since I didn’t have rum, I let guests add whatever amount and combination of Southern Comfort and orange liqueur into their mugs. This was a great way to serve it for those who didn’t want the alcohol. They just poured a cup as is.

We just used what we had on hand; so feel free to use whatever you have on hand too!

The cider was a huge hit; I just wish I had taken a picture of my creation!

Heading out

Where do you spend your Thanksgiving lunch or dinner? According to a recent survey, more than 14 million Americans will dine out at a restaurant for Thanksgiving this yearAre you going to be one of the 14 million people dining out today?

If you are dining out, here are some City of Harrisburg restaurants that are open for the big feast:

Raspberries at the Hilton Harrisburg raspberries

Raspberries is located at 1 North 2nd Street, Harrisburg PA 17101

Raspberries is offering Thanksgiving brunch and serving traditional roast turkey and maple glazed ham. Unique entrees include seafood casserole; lobster macaroni and cheese, oyster stuffing, as well as traditional sides like home-style mashed potatoes, and cinnamon honey acorn squash. To view their entire menu, click here.

Raspberries Thanksgiving Brunch Pricing & Hours:
• Adults – $35
• Seniors (65+) – $30
• Children Under 12 – $17
• Children Under 4 – No Charge
• Seatings are from 11:00am – 3:00pm
• Please call 717-233-6784 for reservations

Sturges SpeakeasyThe Sturges Speakeasy

Sturges is located at 400 Forster Street, Harrisburg PA 17102

Sturges will be open at 7pm on Thanksgiving night. Their menu can be found here. They will be serving from a limited menu Thanksgiving night. If the Chorizo Macaroni and Cheese is an option, I suggest you try it. And don’t forget about their beer on tap.

garden-300x225The Vietnamese Garden

The Vietnamese Garden is located at 304 Reily Street, Harrisburg PA 17012

The Vietnamese Garden will  be open from 9:30am-7pm. They will offer a Thanksgiving meal from their original menu. Their menu can be found here.

However you choose to spend your Thanksgiving, I hope you have a great day with your friends and family. Now, sit back, relax and enjoy the rest of your holiday. And, if you’re going out on Black Friday be sure to go to bed early!


To volunteer today, see a list of places >>>> Thanksgiving Volunteers Needed

The Midtown Cinema has shows today>>> Show times

Don’t forget—this Saturday is Small Business Saturday. Look over this list of places to shop in the city>>>> City Shopping


Check out some of what’s happening this weekend in the City of Harrisburg:

Saturday, November 30th:

Sunday, December 1st:

Click event titles for more details.

Cider photo credit.
Vietnamese Garden photo credit

Marcia Cavanagh

Marcia Cavanagh

Marcia Cavanagh is a graduate of Mansfield University. She studied Public Relations and Business Administration. After applying to jobs for over a year she took an internship at today’s the day Harrisburg and decided not to leave. She currently lives in Swatara Township.
Marcia Cavanagh
Marcia Cavanagh