Christmas merchandise crowds the aisles at all the shops while festive yuletide decorations line the streets. It’s Christmas, or is it? Every year it gets earlier. Had I wanted to buy ornaments or even a plastic Christmas tree I could have done so before Halloween. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of Christmas but when it starts two months early that’s just overkill. So, in honor of the autumn season and that seemingly forgotten holiday called Thanksgiving here are some suggestions as to how to get out and enjoy the pre- Christmas season.
Go for a Run
Thanksgiving tends to be the ultimate couch potato holiday, eat too much then settle in for some quality television viewing. Well if that’s not your idea of a good time or if you are just looking to burn some excess calories in advance of the feast head to Medford for the 6th Annual Southern Oregon Turkey Trot! There is an 8 mile run, a 2 mile walk or a 100 yard turkey dash. For more information see http://soturkeytrot.com/TurkeyTrot
Enjoy the Fall Colors
Nothing says fall like the bold bright colors of fall foliage. Although we are past the peak of fall colors there are still some beautiful hues to be seen. For details and locations of where to see the best colors see http://oregonfallfoliage.wordpress.com/
Drink and be Merry
This weekend wineries all over the state are holding special Thanksgiving weekend open houses. Many of our Rogue Valley wineries are opening their doors with special events and tastings. For a full list of all participating vineyards see http://oregonwinepress.com/article?articleName=thanksgiving-taste-southern-2011 A few of my personal favorites include:
Del Rio Vineyards & Winery – 52 N. River Road, Gold Hill 541-855-2062
Nov. 25–27 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) The festivities begin on Friday with the Black Friday Case Sale and continue on Saturday and Sunday with complimentary wine tasting, holiday spiced wine and appetizers. For more information see www.delriovineyards.com
Troon Vineyard – 1475 Kubli Road,Grants Pass
Nov. 25–27 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) In the spirit of giving, bring two cans of non-perishable food for the Applegate Valley Food Pantry and your tasting fee will be waived. While you are at Troon enjoy wine and food pairings from Chef Tim Keller and live music by Rachael Sandeen from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information see www.troonvineyard.com
If you’re looking for something both kids and adults will enjoy check out what has become something of a Thanksgiving weekend tradition, The 34th Annual Rogue Valley Railroad Show. This event takes place November 26-27th at the Medford Armory. Here you will see model railroad displays and exhibits with the proceeds going to the Medford Railroad Park. For more information see http://rvmrc.net/show%20archives.html
Ginger Bread at the Theater
Although this last one has a hint of Christmas to it I thought is still deserved mention. This weekend is the finale of the Ginger Bread Jubilee at the Craterian Theater in Medford. This event raises funds for the Theater while we get to enjoy viewing some amazing ginger bread creations. The community tour portion of the event happens Friday, November 25th and Saturday November 26th from 10am-4pm. Admission is $3. http://www.craterian.org/gingerbread-jubilee/
And let’s not forget the fall seasons main attraction. Nothing says Thanksgiving like friends, family and pumpkin pie. So, before you start decking the halls give Autumn it’s last hurrah and enjoy a festive Thanksgiving weekend.