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6 Thursday, November 27, 1997 PahrumD Valley Gazette Ill Ill l Happy Holidays--even to the town board This is a truly great time of year. The holidays are upon us. A big meal, looking forward to shopping, friends, parties. Most of us are enjoying a big Turkey dinner. Some local politicians are eating crow. But even I can be a little forgiving at this time of year. The boys and girls I blasted W Y last weekshould know that I really do respect them. Tbey'reing what they  is right. I strongly disagree with them but what the heck.. . We can set aside I ............................... those differences for awhile.. [ PVGazette writer Dave Downmg wrote I T t -- -- q.ui.tea"reflective"pieceaboutThanks- [  lt s true. "l00rkey was givmg. You'll find it on the editorial |  #hD m -- ....... page. I saw an advance copy of that [ ,,,,. oo,v JUllUlleU article and decided to do some of my I  tfu,l ,-It t/, ,]ff''vt',,, own research into the First Thanksgiv- | j__,r t  t,t_ __l ing. It was quite a brunch. : "lhan/00sgiwng. Turns out, the First Thanksgiving was a three-day affair. It was quite a brunch. Interestingly, although they later started .... a "forefathers day," they never really celebrated Thanksgiving again. Not on a regular holiday-type schedule anyway. Abraham Lincoln declared the national holiday on October 3,1863. In his proclamation he wrote: "But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strength. ened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, 'hat all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue f our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self- ufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too woud to pray to the  that made us." Wow, That codd have  written yesterday and none of us would rove known. Here's a great piece of trivia I discovered during my research. The |ctual menu of the First Thanksgiving: FISH: cod, bas, herring, shad, bluefish and lots of eel. SEAFOOD: clams, lobsters, mussels and very small quantities of .ysters. BIRDS: wild turkey (it was written that there were a lot of these), oose, duck, crane, swan, partridge and other miscellaneous water- wl. i I lll Illlllll Ill Illll OTHER MEAT: venison (deer). These were brought by the Indians. GRAIN: small quantity of wheat flour, Indian corn and corn meal; barley (for beer making). VEGETABLES: small quantity of peas (the harvest of peas failed miserably their first year), squashes (including pumpkin), beans. NUTS: walnuts, chestnuts, acorns, hickory nuts, ground nuts (many of these were brought by the Indians. HERBS and SEASONINGS: on- ions, leeks, strawberry leaves, cur- rants, sorrel, yarrow, liverwort, wa- tercress and flax. DRINKS: beer (the primary drinking beverage for everyone), pos- sibly grape wine, spring-head water. OTHER: maple syrup, honey, small quantities of butter, Holland cheese and (it's believed) eggs. That's a pretty good menu by any ..... standards. What a difference a year makes. Here are some things that were not on the menu, despite popular beliefs: Ham. (The Pilgrims had no pigs with them). Sweet Potatoes. (These had not yet been introduced to New En- gland). Corn on the Cob. (Indian corn was only good for making cornmeal, not eating on the cob). Popcorn. (Contrary to popular folklore, popcorn was probably not introduced at the First Thanksgiving. Indian corn could be half- popped, but this did not taste good.) Cranberry sauce. (Cranberries were available, but sugar was not). Pumpkin pie. (They probably made a pumpkin pudding of sorts, sweetened by honey or syrup, which would be like the filling of a pumpkin pie, but there would be no crust or whipped topping). A menu fit for a king. Afar what they went through, they deserved it. The next month-and-a-haif is full of partying, eating, drinking. Please; drive carefully during this holiday season. If you drink too much, give the Nye County Sheriff's a call and they'll be more than happy to drive you home. Happy Holidays from the Kingdom. II ii I III iiiii I I ii i I I IIIIIIIIIII I IIIIII II III I III Target by Joe R/chards from the Kingdom of Nye Vhether you hate him or love him, he won't let you ignore himl