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LI students celebrate Thanksgiving early at Old Bethpage

The fourth-grade class from Trinity Lutheran School in Hicksville visited Old Bethpage Village Restoration on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, to participate in preparing a Thanksgiving feast in the style of the 1800s. They also learned about the value of organic and antibiotic-free turkeys and they witnessed a judge pardon 2 turkeys. (Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

A group of local fourth graders celebrated Thanksgiving the old-fashioned way Tuesday at Old Bethpage Village Restoration.

Historical re-enactors taught students from the Trinity Lutheran School in Hicksville how meals were prepared in the 1800s — long before microwaves — showing students how to churn butter, mash potatoes and make biscuits.

“It was really fun to see how they worked with their hands and didn’t waste anything,” said Sianna John, 9, of Westbury.

Trinity Lutheran teacher Karen Sanders said the trip was an exciting experience for her class.

“It’s a combination of being able to see how things were in the 1800s and participating in that lifestyle, and then also being able to leave here and share important information with their families about the value of organic, antibiotic-free turkeys for their own nutrition and health going forward,” Sanders said.

The students were treated to a pre-Thanksgiving lunch of turkey, vegetables and apple cider, which was hosted by Nassau County and Stop & Shop. They also witnessed the pardon of two turkeys at the event.

Jerome Reisman, a justice for the Village of North Hills and Great Neck, spared two Old Bethpage turkeys, Harold and Arlene, from the dinner table.

“By the power invested in me by the State of New York and with the fourth graders from the Trinity Lutheran School as eyewitnesses, I not only pardon Arlene and Harold, but guarantee Arlene and Harold a long, happy and healthy life,” Reisman said while standing next to the two lucky birds.

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