Thanksgiving workshop mixes American and British traditions

| 15 Feb 2012 | 09:55

    Goshen — Combine a holiday British tradition, an American symbol of Thanksgiving, and a Standardbred’s favorite snack, and you wind up with a festive Thanksgiving corn cracker. Learn how to make one at a special Thanksgiving family craft workshop to be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, 240 Main St., Goshen. The workshop is geared for children ages 3 to 11. British families enjoy Christmas crackers during their holiday meal. At the meal's start, each guest grabs one end of his own cracker and one end of his neighbor's. On the count of three, everyone yanks, and out pour the party favors contained within. Americans hang colorful dried corn for decoration, and horses of all nations munch on dried corn all year long. Each corn cracker contains candy treats, a surprise, and a message. Participants will receive instructions to make more crackers at home. Then museum staff will lead participants on a "horsey" museum scavenger hunt game, and everyone can catch a ride on the museum's 3-D Harness Racing Simulator. For more information or reservations call 294-6330 or e-mail at