Some Of Our Favorite Traditions Around Thanksgiving

 Discussing Some Of The Camp Office’s Favorite Traditions for Thanksgiving

As we prepare for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday we wanted to share some of our favorite Thanksgiving traditions with you. First is the annual listening to Arlo Gurthie’s 18 minute and 16 second song “Alice’s Restaurant”. This rambling, strangely endearing song story briefly mentions Thanksgiving dinner at the 2:51 mark, and since its release in 1967, has been played annually by classic rock radio stations on the third Thursday of each November (including the one that I used to work at). If you aren’t familiar with “Alice’s Restaurant” give it a listen. It’s silly and quirky and reminds us of the sort of songs we sometimes sing together at Camp. If you have a long car ride to your meal on Thursday consider making this a part of your family’s Thanksgiving tradition. 

Alice’s Restaurant by Arlo Guthrie 

The Last Waltz by The Band

For those looking for something even longer to occupy their time during the holiday break, we strongly recommend a movie called The Last Waltz. Most people are familiar with the song “The Weight”, with it’s chorus “Take a load off Fanny, take a load for free…”, but not everyone knows the band that wrote and sang it originally. They were called The Band, and on Thanksgiving Day 1976 they played their final concert. They served a holiday dinner to all of their fans, invited some of their best friends (including Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Muddy Waters, and Emmylou Harris) and filmed what became one of the all time greatest concert movies. If you like classic rock and haven’t seen The Last Waltz (directed by a very young Martin Scorcese) this could become a new favorite tradition to include each Thanksgiving. 

15th Annual Camps Kenwood and Evergreen Alumni Reunion

One of our favorite Thanksgiving traditions takes place the day after the holiday. For the 15th year in a row Camp alumni in the Boston area will gather on Friday, November 28th for an afternoon with their camp friends. The reunion takes place at Everwood Day Camp in Sharon, MA from 11am – 1pm. There will be food and fun and indoor sports and even art projects for kids of all ages. Everything will be peanut and tree nut free, and we’ll also have gluten free options. If you are camp alum and are in the area for the holiday please stop by. It’s a great way to reconnect with your camp friends!  

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The Gobbler – the greatest sandwich of the year 

For those not at the Boston area alumni gathering you can still take part in a longstanding K&E tradition: the making (and eating) of the Gobbler! Ever since the Sebells first posted their recipe on Facebook many years ago Camp families have made a tradition of reaching out the day after Thanksgiving to ask “exactly how do you guys make that incredible sandwich?” Here’s it is, and we hope you enjoy this once-a-year taste sensation!

3 Slices Challah

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey

Cranberry sauce

Stuffing

Lettuce (to keep it healthy)

Really good pickles

Gravy

Cut one slice of challah over breakfast and leave out to get a little stale. About an hour before lunch spread gravy on the slice like you would Nutella. Refrigerate.

At lunchtime, cut two more slices and toast just enough that the challah will retain its consistency when in sandwich form. Add cranberry sauce to bread layer #1, thinly sliced pickles, then lettuce and turkey. Add the stale piece of challah with the gravy side up. Add stuffing, followed by a thin layer of turkey. Add one more thin layer of cranberry before applying the final layer of bread.

If you do make your own Gobbler this year please send us a photo. We’d love to see what you come up with!

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From the entire Camp Leadership Team we want to wish you a healthy and happy Thanksgiving. We are extremely grateful that we have a such fun, loving, creative, passionate extended camp family, and we can’t wait to celebrate Kenwood and Evergreen’s 85th year with you!

Camps Kenwood and Evergreen is a 7-week brother-sister summer camp in Wilmot, NH. Each summer we play sports, work on fantastic art project, and make friendships that last a lifetime.

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