While stuffing the bird or stuffing yourself try stuffing a few fun facts into the Thanksgiving conversation.
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The National Wild Turkey Federation points out that today’s farm-raised turkeys are very different from the wild turkeys at early Thanksgiving affairs.
Wild turkeys, now almost 7 million strong, were almost extinct in the early 1900s. Maybe it is because they can run up to 25 mph. Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest-known human, averaged 23.35 mph during his world-record, 100 meters. They also rarely weigh more than 24 pounds while domestic turkeys, like the domestic American, regularly grow to more than 40 pounds. Wild turkeys, which have as many as 6,000 feathers, can fly as fast as 55 mph and most domestic turkeys are too heavy to fly, even with inflight bonus points. Wild turkeys may also be fun to talk to, they can make at least 28 different vocalizations, with gobbles heard up to one mile away.
After talking turkey and feasting, think about dancing some of the massive meal off at Synapse Wines, 304 Main St. in Placerville, on Friday, Nov. 23 when Jonny Mojo will be playing from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. After listening and dancing you can make some for a nice glass of wine. For more information call 530-626-9463.
There will be more good music to get things going at Powell’s Steamer Company and Pub, 425 Main St. in Placerville. On Saturday, Nov. 24 enjoy Frankie Soul and No Control at 9 p.m. and on Sunday, Nov. 25 Out of the Blue is playing at 1 p.m.
Find good food and wine at the Purple Place Bar and Grill, 363 Green Valley Road in El Dorado Hills, on Tuesday, Nov. 27. Stop by for Uncorked at 6 for an evening of wines from Madroña, Bogle, Gold Hill Winery, Jodar, Renwood, Boeger and Mount Aukum paired with hors d’oeuvres by chef Eric. Cost is $25 per person and includes a Purple Place souvenir wine glass. For reservations call 916-933-2313.