Happy Thanksgiving Day 2011!

Peggy Dow as Miss Kelly, Charles Drake as Dr. Sanderson and James Stewart as Elwood P. Dowd in "Harvey" (1950)



Elwood P. Dowd (James Stewart): -Years ago, my mother used to say to me, she'd say "In this world, Elwood, you can be oh so so smart, or oh so pleasant." Well, for years I was smart... I recommend pleasant. You may quote me. 


James Stewart as Elwood P. Dowd in "Harvey" (1950) directed by Henry Koster

Call Harvey Ort old-fashioned and he probably won’t argue much. After all, this Jimmy Stewart sound-alike knows a thing or two about tradition. His great-grandfather was a farmer. His grandfather was a farmer. His father was a farmer. His son is a farmer. And so is he.
The Orts run a pumpkin-picking patch until Halloween, shuttling up to 25 patrons at a time on hay rides to the pumpkin fields.

Ann Shirley wearing a Thanksgiving bonnet

"Here is Hollywood's contribution to Thanksgiving Day wear. Edward Stevenson designed this hat for charming Anne Shirley. This attractive sports chapeau features the original motif of the Pilgrim folks hats. It is of bright beige felt, with a high sugar-loaf crown and turned-up brim. A colorful feather, reminiscent of the turkey's gorgeous bright wingspread, trims the center front. The band is of narrow brown grosgrain ribbon fastening with a square buckle of metal."

Jeanne Crain grinds her ax while a scared turkey watches

At Thanksgiving, Mrs. Ort commands a kitchen crew that produces a feast for the entire family of 45. “We have turkey and all the fixings, plenty of fresh vegetables, and every kind of pie – sweet potato, pumpkin, apple, cherry, blueberry... you name it,” she said.

“I often wonder what my great-great-grand-father would think if he could see all the technology we have today,” he said. “You get a sense of the land when you’ve farmed one place as long we have. It’s almost like you’re a part of it.”

“I’ve been here a long time and I love it. I sure couldn’t live in a city. Who needs the city?” -“Pumpkin Pickers Parade to Family Farm” (Author: Tim Ensign)