The modern, domesticated North American turkey descends from the wild turkey, or meleagris gallopavo. The male can be distinguished by a more prominent beard and an explosive, authoritarian gobble. But that's never stopped anyone from eating one. The big birds were praised, humiliated, roasted and enjoyed long before Spanish conquistadors stumbled upon the Aztecs, spears blazing. Turkeys are now a staple of holiday gatherings, Renaissance festivals and comparisons to flabby necks. Line Creek Ice Arena (5940 Northwest Waukomis Drive) has hit upon another use for a turkey — one that seems inspired by the bird's symbolism at the bowling alley. Enter the second-annual Turkey Bowl and Skate from 2 to 4 this afternoon. The Northland indoor ice arena will provide frozen turkeys for patrons to roll and slide into bowling pins set up on the ice. Experts claim the dreaded 7-10 split can be avoided by spinning a semi-thawed turkey carcass counterclockwise, its wings and legs properly extended. The arena will be lined with manufactured snow, completing the picturesque winter façade. Cost is $3 a person; skate rental is free. Call 816-513-0760 for more information.
Sat., Nov. 17, 2-4 p.m., 2007