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Sunday, February 25, 2024

A guide to celebrating Thanksgiving break in Gainesville

With less than a week off from classes, it may be hard for some students, especially those from outside of Florida, to go home for Fall break. For those staying in town over Thanksgiving, here are some ideas to celebrate Turkey Day!

“Planes, Trains and Automobiles”: The Hippodrome State Theatre will host an ’80s-themed movie night Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The theater will screen the Thanksgiving classic “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” which follows a man’s shenanigan-filled journey to meet his family in Chicago for Thanksgiving. The comedy, starring Steve Martin and John Candy, promises laughs and heartfelt moments. Attendees are encouraged to dress in their best ’80s attire, and drinks will be available. Tickets to the screening are $12.

Painting with a Twist: First Magnitude Brewing Company will host artist Jenna Horner as she brings the holiday spirit to Gainesville. Horner and Painting with a Twist will offer a class Wednesday at 6 p.m. where guests will create nondenominational holiday trees. The event is open to those 18 years or older. Tickets must be purchased online by 2 p.m. Wednesday, and they are $35. Beer is available to purchase for guests 21 and over.

Thanksgiving buffet: Francesca’s Trattoria restaurant will be open next Thursday for those who want to skip the hassle of cooking a Thanksgiving meal. The buffet will open at 11 a.m. and run throughout the day until 5 p.m. For $32.95, attendees can treat themselves to a buffet of roasted turkey, glazed ham, three-cheese macaroni, sweet potato souffle and dessert among other menu items. Those interested in dining in are encouraged to RSVP by calling 352-378-7152.

Record Store Day: If you like records and Black Friday shopping, Hear Again Records has the deal for you. Visit the store downtown Nov. 25 starting at 11 a.m. as it celebrates Record Store Day. Hear Again Records will offer vinyls from such bands as The Beach Boys, James Bay, Disclosure, The Kinks and Iron Maiden that were ordered exclusively for Friday’s event.

Guests are encouraged to arrive early as quantities are limited and demand is high. A list of records for sale can be found on Hear Again Records’ Facebook page.

Cane Boil and Fiddle Fest: Enjoy live string-band music next Saturday at the Morningside Nature Center. The Cane Boil and Fiddle Fest is an annual event that celebrates the spirit of Thanksgiving through banjo and fiddle tunes. Guests can enjoy music while participating in activities such as making sugar cane syrup, eating hot biscuits and riding horse-drawn wagons.

A youth fiddle contest will also take place for guests to enjoy. The festival will offer attendees a look into life in the country during the late 19th century. For more information and tickets, visit the event’s Facebook page or call 352-334-3326.

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