Thanksgiving in Tennessee is a time for gathering with family and loved ones, expressing gratitude and, of course, eating. As part of TurkeyQuest -- a MapQuest guide to Thanksgiving events, featuring everything from parades to holiday sales to activities for families -- here are two of the best ways to experience Thanksgiving in Tennessee and one opportunity to give back to others.
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The Boulevard Bolt
Runners of all abilities and ages can participate in the traditional Thanksgiving-morning Boulevard Bolt. This five-mile, Nashville fun run starts at one end of Belle Meade Boulevard and ends at Percy Warner Park. A joint venture by the Immanuel Baptist Church, St. George's Episcopal Church and Temple Congregation Ohabai Sholom, the race raises funds that are distributed to a variety of homeless charities in the Nashville area. Tickets cost $30 per runner in advance and increase to $60 on the day of the race.
Singleton Turkey Shoot
Families in Bartlett can get in touch with their inner pilgrims and pretend to hunt some turkeys at the Singleton Turkey Shoot. Sponsored by the Bartlett Tennessee Parks and Recreation Department, this family-friendly turkey shoot teaches gun safety with BB guns and paper targets. Participants can compete in a shooting contest to win a frozen turkey. Competitors are grouped by age from 8 to 80. The event is held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Admission is free, but BBs are five for a dollar.
Volunteer: The Tent Of Hope
Tennessee is known as the Volunteer State, and Thanksgiving is no exception to that principle. In Knoxville -- the home of the Tennessee Vols -- volunteers gather early on Thanksgiving morning under the Tent of Hope to help make a memorable holiday meal for the less fortunate. Volunteers work together to cook a Thanksgiving meal, decorate the tent and set the table for 500 diners. Then, volunteers sit down with Knoxville’s homeless for a family-style dinner. Volunteers give more than just a hot meal; they offer warm conversation to those who are often neglected by society. The event is run by Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries, or KARM, which accepts help from volunteers old and young.
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Volunteers donate their time with Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries. The volunteer organization runs a yearly Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless and needy.
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