Date: Tue, 21 Nov 1995 03:02:29 -0500
From: Bob Rankin 
Subject: TOURBUS - Nov. 21st 1995 - Virtual Thanksgiving

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Welcome back aboard!  Since it's the week of Thanksgiving here in the
U.S. we're going to visit some T-Day related sites.

We'll take a short pilgrimage to Plymouth Massachusetts, where you'll
be stuffing your hotlist full of interesting links to life in the early
1600's and recipes that still taste good almost 400 years later.  We'll
talk turkey with some tips on cooking and carving the traditional
holiday fare, and then wrap things up with some fun & games.

But before we start our little turkey trot, let me remind you about the


  Yes, you could be the lucky winner of this coveted TOURBUS replica,
 just like the ones that rest on the desk of your hosts!  Read through
        to the end of this posting for details on how to enter.

Our first stop is the "Official Tourguide and Historical reference for
Plymouth Massachusets, on the web at:

You can find pictures of the Mayflower, Plymouth Rock, and even take a
virtual tour of Plimoth Plantation.  This is a well-done site with nice
quality images that don't take forever to load.  Some of the other links
on this page include:

The true story of "The First Thanksgiving" at:

This is an interesting piece with lots of detail on the original
Thanksgiving feast, the participants, and the invited guests - all
compiled by the staff at Plimoth Plantation, the living museum in
Plymouth.  Here's a snippet to whet your appetite:

  "Thanksgiving and the Pilgrims seem to go together, just like Christmas
  and Santa Claus--but the truth is, the Pilgrims never held an autumnal
  Thanksgiving feast.  Before you cancel the turkey, take a look at the
  origin of that particular myth. In some ways, the truth is even more

There's even information on "Where to Get Help Re-creating a Seventeenth
Century Style Harvest Feast."  If you pull it off, I'm available!  :-)

New England-Style Recipes at:

Just a click away you'll find these five mouth-watering recipes.

  - Chestnut Stuffing for Turkey
  - Roast Turkey with Chestnut dressing
  - Furmenty (an Indian wheat pudding)
  - Pumpkin Apple Soup
  - Mary's Harvest Muffins

Yum!  I knew I should have brought along my drool bib.

Our next stop is the Thanksgiving page at ZIA, on the web at:

This site has a nice collection of crafts, recipes, turkey preparation
tips, and some other fun things.  Stop in and

  - Find out how to make Corn Husk Dolls

  - Check out a recipe for Pumpkin-Nut Bread

  - Read "Tips For Your Turkey"

  - Try John's Thanksgiving Word Puzzle at

And Finally, The Teel Family Thanksgiving Page at:
----------------------------------------------  (which includes the link below)

This is a wonderful web site, put together by a family in Alaska.  It's
so warm and homey you get the feeling you're peeking through their back
window into the kitchen.  Especially if you have kids, don't miss

  - The Paper Chain activity

  - Some pictures to color (personally approved by my 7 & 9 year old girls)

  - Links to several seasonal essays

  - Thanksgiving Activities for Children

  - And DO NOT MISS Susan Teel's Hilarious "Computer Envy" Story!

Waxing Maudlin With Your Indulgence

I've been thinking about the quote "To whom much has been given, much is
expected."  I'm blessed with a wonderful family, food, shelter and of
course a 28.8K modem which links me to all of you!  For this and more, I
am thankful - the challenge is to reciprocate in kind.

Patrick has something good cooked up for Thursday - stay tuned!   -Bob

    For gifts you will not find anywhere else on the Internet, such as
       the world famous Delft Blue China, please visit Giftworld at

Now, more about that "WIN A PLASTIC FRICTION-POWERED TOURBUS!" contest...

All you have to do to enter is convince 3 friends or co-workers to hop on
the Bus, then send me ( e-mail with Subject: CONTEST and
you're in!  (Message body will be ignored, so don't get chatty!)

I'll pick a winner at random from the entries on November 28th.  After
verifying that your 3 *NEW TOURBUS SUBSCRIBERS* are "on the Bus", your prize
will be mailed to you.

  SUBSCRIBE  : Send SUBSCRIBE TOURBUS Firstname Lastname
  Web Site   :
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