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Thanksgiving 1830s-style at Old Sturbridge Village.
Thanksgiving 1830s-style at Old Sturbridge Village.


Life of pie

Here’s a little Old Sturbridge Village Thanksgiving trivia: “Pies were baked weeks ahead of time and stored in unheated attics and bedrooms where they would freeze and keep for months. Pies not consumed at Thanksgiving would sometimes last until April” (not in our house). Thanksgiving 1830s-style at Old Sturbridge Village also features Algonkian Indian Traditions, a Thanksgiving sermon, music, and a shooting match. Nov. 22 from 9:30 a.m.-
4 p.m. (through Nov. 25). $24, $22 seniors, $8 ages 3-17 (free return visit within 10 days). Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. 800-733-1830.


All decked out You are cordially invited to tour the Breakers, the Elms, and Marble House as part of Festive Christmas Celebrations at the Newport Mansions. See how that 1 percent lived while you drool over the wreaths, hundreds of yards of garland, thousands of flowers, and the 15-foot poinsettia tree in the Elms ballroom. Tours start at 9 a.m. (Breakers), 10 a.m. (Elms and Marble House). Daily through Jan. 1 (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas). Passport for three houses is $28, $9 ages 6-17 (individual house tickets available; check website for prices for self-guided evening tours). Newport, Rhode Island. 401-847-1000.

Seismic moments “Up front, straight to the point, and without limitations” is how Earthquake (Nathan Stroman) has described his comedic style. The US Air Force veteran enlisted the day after he graduated from high school: “Shoot, my mother argued with me, hollered at me, and I wasn’t getting a check, so how hard could basic training be?” $25. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000.


Reeds and eyes Marsh reeds covered in newspaper and drawings made from fluorescent tape at Caroline Bagenal’s “Word and Line” help you to think differently about landscape and architecture. For “Seeing & Being Seen,” Joyce McDaniel frames digital images of eye portraits and mounts small digital images of well-known paintings on mirrors. Both are at Boston Sculptors Gallery. Wed-Sun noon-6 p.m. through Dec. 16. Free. Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave., Boston. 617-482-7781.

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Lab and lottery Pick your comedic poison from Wednesday’s two ImprovBoston shows. This week’s 8 p.m. Comedy Lab is a Thanksgiving Holiday Variety Show. The 10 p.m. Comedy Lottery means you show up at 9:45 p.m. to put your name in a hat (extra entries for each paying guest you bring, up to five). 8 and 10 p.m. $12, $10 students ($10 at 10 p.m.). ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge. 617-576-1253.


Zoo-ology After your nap, football, and leftovers, kick it up a notch at ZooLights, where you can walk along tree-lined paths of twinkling lights filled with fairy tale friends, dancing stuffed animals, and Santa’s Castle (the bearded guy is available for photos through Dec. 23). Nov. 22 from 5-9 p.m. (through Dec. 31; closed Dec. 25). $7. Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham. 617-989-2000.