What to Do in Boston This (Thanksgiving) Weekend

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Written by Landry Harlan

By Landry Harlan
BU News Service

My contributions to the Thanksgiving meal preparation rarely go beyond helping push the turkey into the oven and taste-testing the pies. I am, however, the primary contributor to its consumption. I suppose I better start working out now for the sure to be double-digit weight gains coming in the next few days. That’s right, days. I don’t let the leftovers go to waste! Anyways, enough about me. There’s plenty to do in Boston this holiday weekend. Here’s a few suggestions:

Plimouth Plantation on Thanksgiving Day

This Thanksgiving, visit the site of the first Thanksgiving by making a day trip to where the Pilgrims first landed and settled back in 1620. Plymouth MA, just south of Boston, is where you can see the Pilgrim Monument and go on board a reproduction of the Mayflower ship that brought the Pilgrims to the New World. Best of all, you can explore Plimouth Plantation, an amazingly authentic re-creation of the Pilgrim’s first settlement where actors play the role of each of the 17th century settlers and Wampanoag Nation members who helped them survive.

Where: Plimoth Plantation

When: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Cost: $31, which is a pretty good price for going back in time

Frog Pond Ice Skating

The Frog Pond is the absolute BEST place to skate outdoors in Boston, and it is now open to the public with skate rentals available. This is a no judgement zone. Looking at you kids who make fun of me when I fall on my butt.

Where: Frog Pond, Boston Common

When: Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Cost: Admission $5 (but free admission through 4 p.m.!), $10 skate rental

MIT Museum Host 19th Annual Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction Event

Since it’s the 19th (XIX) year for FAT, the theme for all participants is Symmetry! Each link in the contraption must include some kind of symmetrical or mirrored movement. Kinetic artists Arthur Ganson and Jeff Lieberman will mastermind the choreography of this Rube Goldberg machine, assisted by teams and participants who range from families and school groups to artists and engineers. Over 20 teams from all over the country will participate in this one-of-a-kind engineering feat. Throughout the afternoon, teams will put the finishing touches on their contraptions while side activities engage families of all ages. At 3:30 p.m., the magic moment when all the machines are linked together, the chain reaction will be set off with a special surprise ending executed by Ganson and Leiberman.

Where: Rockwell Cage Gymnasium

When: Friday from 1 – 4 p.m.

Cost: $5 student admission

Huntington Theatre Company: ‘Bedroom Farce’

Chaos erupts when four couples in various stages of love and heartache come together for one night in Olivier Award-winning playwright Alan Ayckbourn’s rollicking “Bedroom Farce”. Trevor and Susannah are all set to celebrate their friends’ housewarming party when they have a terrible fight, setting off a chain reaction (lots of those this weekend) of romantic entanglements and misunderstandings. This hilarious romp from Huntington Theatre Company deals with the very real topics of fidelity, deceit and forgiveness in the most entertaining of ways. 

Where: Boston University Theatre

When: Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Cost: $20 tickets are available to all performances for full-time students aged 25 and under.

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