Originally created 11/27/03

Let us help you with Thanksgiving

It's Thanksgiving morning. Your game plan is in action, the ball is rolling, and barring any unexpected surprises, dinner should be on the table in a few hours.

To help you in the event something unexpected does happen, The Augusta Chronicle has compiled this survival guide full of information, tips and even a little entertainment to get you through the day.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Toll-free telephone services offer a variety of specialist answers to cooking and food-safety questions during holiday preparation times. Here are some of them:

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Meat and Poultry Hotline: (888) 674-6854. Food-safety specialists answer calls about meat and poultry preparation and cooking questions, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Recorded information is available 24 hours a day at the same number. Also available in Spanish.
  • Butterball Turkey Talk-Line: (800) 288-8372. Home economists and nutritionists answer holiday cooks' questions, in both English and Spanish from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Foster Farms Turkey Helpline: (800) 255-7227. Turkey-cooking questions are answered and information given by live operators 24 hours a day.
  • Perdue consumer help line: (800) 473-7383. Consumer-relations representatives answer cooking, storage and other questions about poultry products from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Shady Brook Farms Turkey Line: (888) 723-4468. An automated service offering information on buying and cooking turkeys.
  • Ocean Spray consumer help line (800) 662-3263. Consumer department staff field questions on cranberries, offer recipes, cooking tips, nutritional information, menu-planning worksheets, product information from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Reynolds Turkey Tips Line (800) 745-4000. A year-round, 24-hour automated hot lined.

  • Cook's Illustrated magazine -- www.turkeyhelp.com.
  • National Turkey Federation -- www.eatturkey.com
  • McCormick Seasonings -- www.mccormick.com
  • USDA Meat and Poultry -- www.fsis.usda.gov
  • Butterball turkey -- www.butterball.com
  • Foster Farms -- www.fosterfarms.com
  • Perdue poultry -- www.perdue.com
  • Shady Brook Farms -- www.shadybrookfarms .com
  • Empire Kosher Foods -- www.empirekosher.co m
  • Ocean Spray Cranberries -- www.oceanspray.com
  • Reynolds Wrap -- www.reynoldskitchens .com

  • www.starchefs.com
  • www.southernfood.about.com
  • www.potatohelp.com
  • www.landolakes.com
  • www.bhg.com


    You can flip back and forth between two parades today:

    The CBS Thanksgiving Day Parade airs live from New York City beginning at 9 a.m. on WRDW-TV (Channel 12).

    The 77th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade starts its way through New York City at 9 a.m. and airs on WAGT-TV (Channel 26).


    Three football games are scheduled for today:

  • The Green Bay Packers take on the Detroit Lions in Detroit at 12:30 p.m. on WFXG-TV (Channel 54)
  • The Miami Dolphins head over to Irving, Texas, to play the Dallas Cowboys at 4 p.m. on WRDW-TV (Channel 12)
  • On the college front, it's Mississippi at Mississippi State at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
  • If football isn't your cup of tea, check out these other sporting events:

  • More than 3,000 canines compete to be top dog in The National Dog Show from the Philadelphia Kennel Club at noon on WAGT-TV (Channel 26).
  • In college basketball, George Mason is at Maryland at 12:30 p.m. on Fox Sports.
  • ESPN has a mini-marathon of poker programming that begins at 1 p.m. and culminates with the final round of the 2003 World Series of Poker at 6:30 p.m.
  • For even more poker action, check out Showdown Poker, which runs from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. before coming back at 8 p.m. for the Showdown at the Sands Atlanta City Poker Tournament followed by the finals at 9 p.m. on Fox Sports.

    To keep the kitchen clear while the chef is at work, plop the little tykes in front of the television for some of these specials:

  • Cartoon Network is airing Thanksgiving-theme cartoons all day starting at 8 a.m., with the occasional break for an An American Tail break.
  • Everyone's favorite candy maker is back for more mayhem when TBS airs Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at 8 a.m. TBS continues the fun throughout the day with popular movies such as The Goonies, Turner and Hootch and Home Alone.

    Before you drift off into a food-induced coma, check out Bond, James Bond, on Spike TV. The channel is running a James Bond marathon that begins at 9 a.m. with George Lazenby's only entry into the genre, On Her Majesty's Secret Service. The movies, including favorites From Russia With Love, The Man With the Golden Gun, and The World is Not Enough, continue throughout the day.


  • A sure sign it's the holidays? The holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street airs at 2 p.m. on WAGT-TV (Channel 26) and perennial favorite A Christmas Story airs at 8 p.m. on TBS.

    You've got the turkey, the dressing and the cranberry sauce. But wait! What about the mini marshmallows for the sweet potato pie? Never fear. Plenty of area grocery stores will be open for those with last-minute shopping needs.

  • Bi-Lo: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Food Lion: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Kroger: 24 hours
  • Winn-Dixie: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wal-Mart Supercenters: 24 hours
  • Turkey shmurky . . . what you really want to know is when the stores open Friday for those post-Thanksgiving, pre-Christmas sales!

  • The Augusta Mall opens at 7 a.m.
  • The Aiken Mall opens at 8 a.m.
  • Wal-Mart Supercenters are open 24 hours a day
  • Regular Wal-Marts open at 6 a.m.
  • Target opens at 6 a.m.
  • Kmart opens at 7 a.m.

    Nearly everyone knows the first two lines of the famous poem A Boy's Thanksgiving Day, even if they don't recognize name of the poem.

    "Over the river, and through the wood,

    to Grandfather's house we go;"

    The poem was written by Lydia Maria Child, a writer, abolitionist and social reformer who, with her husband, fought against slavery before, during and after the Civil War. A Boy's Thanksgiving Day was included in the 1844 anthology Flowers for Children, Vol. 2.

    For more information about the poet, log on to womenshistory.about.com/ library/bio/blbio--child--lydia-- maria.htm.

    Here is the complete version of A Boy's Thanksgiving Day:

    "Over the river, and through the wood,

    to Grandfather's house we go;

    the horse knows the way to carry the sleigh

    through the white and drifted snow."

    "Over the river, and through the wood,

    to Grandfather's house away!

    We would not stop for doll or top,

    for 'tis Thanksgiving Day."

    "Over the river, and through the wood-

    oh, how the wind does blow!

    It stings the toes and bites the nose,

    as over the ground we go."

    "Over the river, and through the wood

    and straight through the barnyard gate.

    We seem to go extremely slow-

    it is so hard to wait!"

    "Over the river, and through the wood-

    when Grandmother sees us come,

    She will say, 'o, dear, the children are here,

    bring a pie for every one.' "

    "Over the river, and through the wood-

    now Grandmothers cap I spy!

    Hurrah for the fun! Is the pudding done?

    Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!"

    For the 12-verse version of this poem, log on to womenshistory.about.com/libr ary/etext/poem1/blp--child-- thanksgiving--long.htm.


    If you dread setting the table for dinner and look at your pile of plates and silverware with a jaundiced eye, we're here to help.

    Reggie Simuel,the banquet manager at Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta, says logic keeps everything in perspective.

    "Start out and work your way in with the silverware placement," he said.

    Another tip: "Beverages always go on the righthand side of the plate."

    Which means that, by default, that potentially roving bread plate goes on the left.

    Online and wire reports were used to compile this article.


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