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Nov 17

Virginia Living Museum Ushers in the Holidays with Annual Turkey Pardoning

Posted on November 17, 2016 at 8:15 AM by Communications Department

For the seventh year, the Virginia Living Museum is celebrating the long and healthy life of its wild turkeys during the annual Turkey Pardoning, Wednesday, November 23 at 11 AM.
In the tradition of the annual Presidential Turkey Pardoning, Newport News Vice Mayor Tina Vick is leading the ceremony being held on the museum’s outdoor trail beside the Turkey/Deer Habitat. The museum has one male, the tom, and three female hens currently on exhibit.

“We are most grateful for the community support of our many injured, non-releasable animals that help connect people to the natural world,” said VLM Executive Director Page Hayhurst. “The museum’s wild turkeys are active and engaging animal ambassadors and this is a perfect time of year to learn more about them!"

The official pardoning will usher in the holiday season at the museum with activities from 10 AM to 1 PM, including a display of turkey items from museum collections, turkey-related crafts and activities, plus cider for those in attendance. Activities are included in museum admission.

This month, the museum is collecting non-perishable food items to “Fill the Canoe” for the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank. Bring a food item donation and receive a voucher for a free drink with purchase at the Wild Side Café.

The museum is located at 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, I64, exit 258A. Call 757-595-1900 or visit