Fall a time of celebration

Porcelain serving platter by MAOM potter Clinton Berry

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Missouri Artists On Main, 315 – 321 S. Main St. Charles, MO  63301 (636) 724-1260  http://www.maomgallery.com

The Pilgrim settlers of New England were not the first to set aside a day for expressing their gratitude to God for the harvest. The Greeks and the Romans paid tribute to their agricultural goddesses, the Anglo-Saxons celebrated Lammas and Harvest Home , and the Jewish traditions have their eight-day Sukkot, or Feast of Tabernacles. The first American Thanksgiving was entirely religious, and took place on December 4, 1619, when a group of 38 English settlers arrived at Berkeley Plantation on the James River. Their charter decreed that their day of arrival be celebrated yearly as a day of thanksgiving to God.

But most Americans think of the first “official” Thanksgiving as being the one that took place at Plymouth Colony in October 1621, a year after the Pilgrims first landed on the New England coast. They were joined in their three-day feast by Massasoit, the chief of the Wampanoag Indians, and about 90 of his fellow tribesmen.

Many states declared Thanksgiving holidays, but it wasn’t until 1863 that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November as a national day to give thanks. Each year thereafter, for 75 years, the president proclaimed the same day to be celebrated. In 1939, however, President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved it one week earlier to allow more time for Christmas shopping.

Finally, Congress ruled that the fourth Thursday of November would be the legal federal holiday of Thanksgiving after 1941.

Thanksgiving. (2015). In H. Henderson (Ed.), Holidays, Festivals & Celebrations of the world dictionary: Detailing more than 3,300 observances from all 50 states and more than 100 nations. Detroit, MI: Omnigraphics, Inc..

Fall is a time of feasting, of celebrating and giving thanks with family and friends.  MAOM is the perfect place to find a one of a kind serving piece to grace your holiday table.

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Selection of work by MAOM potter Angel Brame.

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Perhaps a large serving platter by Clinton Berry.

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A wonderful jar by MAOM potter John Preus.

Missouri Artist on Main offers a wonderful selection of functional ware . The gallery is open seven days a week and in preparation for the upcoming holidays we will have extended hours starting after Thanksgiving.

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