Andrea Berman’s Beach City Buzz

Howdy friends, and welcome to the Thanksgiving BUZZ, where we are cooking, cleaning, tasting, basting, and otherwise working ourselves into a total dither getting ready for the holiday.  Whether you’re having company, or you ARE the company,  we’ve got some Thanksgiving trivia on tap to share with your table-mates:  There is absolutely no credible evidence that stuffing was served at the first Thanksgiving – and even if it was, it was likely called “farce” (from the Latin word farcire).  So feel free to ask Uncle Henry to please pass the farce; There are a few places in the U.S. named after the day’s guest of honor including Turkey Creek, (in both Louisiana and Arizona) and Turkey, Texas and North Carolina; Minnesota is the largest producer of turkeys in the U.S., and Frazee, MN is known as “The Turkey Capital of the World. (I thought that distinction belonged to Washington, DC).  The average American will be consuming 4500 calories this Thanksgiving.  The University of Illinois gives us this astounding Thanksgiving factoid:  “Without turkeys, Big Bird would be naked. Big Bird, of Sesame Street fame, is actually dressed in turkey feathers. Although he is not a turkey, his costume is made of nearly 4,000 white turkey feathers, which have been dyed bright yellow.”  Who knew?  After turkey, the most popular foods served on T-Day are:  Pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, and stuffing; If you’ve got a turkey issue and an iPhone, there’s an app for that – besides the ever-popular 1-800-Butterball Hotline, for $4.99 you can now purchase the Butterball App; The night before Thanksgiving is the single biggest time for bar sales in the United States, (bigger than New Year’s Eve, the Super Bowl, and St. Patrick’s Day). The reason is that as people travel to be home for the holiday, they tend to get together with old friends and go to bars. Because of the overwhelming popularity of white meat vs. dark meat, turkeys are now bred with very large breasts (sorry, not going there, this is a family column)…Let’s turkey trot on over to the BUZZ - you’ll gobble it up:  If you’ve got kids, check out the schedule of fun times at the Revere Public Library for children from 3 months and older.  There’s Baby Time, Mother Goose Musical Rhymes, Library Reading and Play Group, Sign Language, Giggle, Rattle and Roll, Music with Sue Ellen, and Mommy and Me Time.  On November 28 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. it’s Literacy Night with Delvina’s “Dream On” Story Hour, Science and Math Activities, and Make and Take Crafts.  For more info, call Lona Frongillo at 781-286-8380 ext. 2 or visit www.reverepubliclibrary.org…Ran-dumb thoughts: Black Friday – A day when all across America, people will be trampling each other for sales, exactly one day after we were being thankful for what we already have; On Thanksgiving Day, a lot of organizations and businesses give away turkeys.  I don’t understand what the big deal is.  I’ve been giving people the bird for years…A reminder that on Thanksgiving Day there will be a free dinner for those who are alone or in need.  Meals will be served from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 230 Beach Street.  Sponsored by the Department of Veterans Services, Revere Kiwanis Club, the Good Diner, and the First Congregational Church.  For more info, please contact  781-286-8119…We received a BUZZbit from Barbara Assa of the Jack Satter House, 420 Revere Beach Boulevard: Residents will be having their Holiday Craft Fair on Sunday, December 2nd from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  At 4:00 p.m., there will be a special holiday show by the Agnes Strecker Dancers.  This is a good opportunity to avoid the crowds at the mall and shop for the holidays, so please stop by…There’s no better way to get into the spirit of the season than with the Annual Robert A. Marra Memorial Sounds of Christmas Concert.  It’s Sunday, December 2 at 4:00 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Church.  The North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing everyone’s favorite tunes, and admission is FREE.  No tickets are required, but all patrons are requested to make a generous donation of non-perishable food to benefit the Revere Food Pantry.  Can’t wait for this one – it’s my favorite holiday event…Finally, if you’re heading out to the Revere/Winthrop Thanksgiving Day Football Game, it takes place at Harry Dello Russo Stadium starting at 10:00 a.m. GO REVERE, BEAT WINTHROP!!…As my friend Mary from Beachmont says, time to go callupin’!…That’s it for the BUZZ, BUZZers. To all of our Beach City friends and their families, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving filled with good food, good fun, and good memories.  Do whatever makes your heart sing, and remember -  Pass the green bean casserole, pass the crackers and cheese, pass the squash and cranberry sauce, and pass the spinach and peas; Pass the potatoes, pass the gravy, the stuffing and a little dark meat, pass along our thanks to our faithful BUZZers, and with all that said, Let’s EAT!! …This week’s SMILEMAKERS: Stacy Ceren, Francesca Rao, RoseMarie Hudson, Juan Santos, Rosa Galeno,  Robert Cassidy, Albert Chau, Lorraine De Paula, Danielle Dion, Samantha Harris, Lisa Holland, Lenore DiLiegro, Karen Carbone, Maria Silva, George Shaheen, Ernie Sarro, Paula Clafin, Bella Heggerty, Sonya Abreau, Wilma Stevens, Angela Curtis, Joanne Pelosi, Luis Morales, Ann Houston, and Deb Penta…Heeere’s the CHUCKLE:  My friend Murray decided to do some early Christmas shopping at the mall with his small grandson.  The little boy got lost at the shopping center, but the little guy knew just what to do. The boy approached a uniformed security guard and said, “Please help me!  I’ve lost my granddad!” The guard asked: “Ok. What’s he like?” The little guy thought about it for a second and then replied, “Rum and Coke and ladies with short skirts!”…Got comments? News? Announcements? Jokes? Suggestions?  Want to congratulate someone on their anniversary, birthday, baby, divorce?  Is your group running a fundraiser, meeting or holiday event?   November 23 is Black Friday, and the Beach City BUZZ has declared itself a “Black Friday-Free Zone”! If you wouldn’t be caught dead anywhere near a store today, do something fun and send us your BUZZ Bits!  We’ll be waiting, with a plate full of leftovers!  Email AndreaRevere@aol.com or snailmail the BUZZ at PO Box 101, Revere, MA 02151, and read it in the REVERE ADVOCATE!