January, 2014 Bizarre and Unique Holidays
- National Bath Safety Month
- National Blood Donor Month
- National Braille Literacy Month
- National Hobby Month
- Hot Tea Month
- National Oatmeal Month
- National Soup Month
Saint Patrick, who lived during the fifth century, is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. Born in Roman Britain, he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave at the age of 16. He later escaped, but returned to Ireland and was credited with bringing Christianity to its people. In the centuries following Patrick's death (believed to have been on March 17, 461), the mythology surrounding his life became ever more ingrained in the Irish culture: Perhaps the most well known legend is that he explained the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) using the three leaves of a native Irish clover, the shamrock.
Since around the ninth or 10th century, people in Ireland have been observing the Roman Catholic feast day of St. Patrick on March 17. Interestingly, however, the first parade held to honor St. Patrick's Day took place not in Ireland but in the United States. On March 17, 1762, Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City. Along with their music, the parade helped the soldiers reconnect with their Irish roots, as well as with fellow Irishmen serving in the English army.
Over the next 35 years, Irish patriotism among American immigrants flourished, prompting the rise of so-called "Irish Aid" societies like the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick and the Hibernian Society. Each group would hold annual parades featuring bagpipes (which actually first became popular in the Scottish and British armies) and drums.
In 1848, several New York Irish Aid societies decided to unite their parades to form one official New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade. Today, that parade is the world 's oldest civilian parade and the largest in the United States, with over 150,000 participants. Each year, nearly 3 million people line the 1.5-mile parade route to watch the procession, which takes more than five hours. Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and Savannah also celebrate the day with parades involving between 10,000 and 20,000 participants each.
Up until the mid-19th century, most Irish immigrants in America were members of the Protestant middle class. When the Great Potato Famine hit Ireland in 1845, close to 1 million poor and uneducated Irish Catholics began pouring into America to escape starvation. Despised for their alien religious beliefs and unfamiliar accents by the American Protestant majority, the immigrants had trouble finding even menial jobs. When Irish Americans in the country's cities took to the streets on St. Patrick's Day to celebrate their heritage, newspapers portrayed them in cartoons as drunk, violent monkeys.
The American Irish soon began to realize, however, that their large and growing numbers endowed them with a political power that had yet to be exploited. They started to organize, and their voting block, known as the "green machine," became an important swing vote for political hopefuls. Suddenly, annual St. Patrick's Day parades became a show of strength for Irish Americans, as well as a must-attend event for a slew of political candidates. In 1948, President Harry S. Truman attended New York City 's St. Patrick's Day parade, a proud moment for the many Irish Americans whose ancestors had to fight stereotypes and racial prejudice to find acceptance in the New World.
As Irish immigrants spread out over the United States, other cities developed their own traditions. One of these is Chicago’s annual dyeing of the Chicago River green. The practice started in 1962, when city pollution-control workers used dyes to trace illegal sewage discharges and realized that the green dye might provide a unique way to celebrate the holiday. That year, they released 100 pounds of green vegetable dye into the river--enough to keep it green for a week! Today, in order to minimize environmental damage, only 40 pounds of dye are used, and the river turns green for only several hours.
Although Chicago historians claim their city's idea for a river of green was original, some natives of Savannah, Georgia (whose St. Patrick's Day parade, the oldest in the nation, dates back to 1813) believe the idea originated in their town. They point out that, in 1961, a hotel restaurant manager named Tom Woolley convinced city officials to dye Savannah's river green. The experiment didn't exactly work as planned, and the water only took on a slight greenish hue. Savannah never attempted to dye its river again, but Woolley maintains (though others refute the claim) that he personally suggested the idea to Chicago's Mayor Richard J. Daley.
Today, people of all backgrounds celebrate St. Patrick's Day, especially throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. Although North America is home to the largest productions, St. Patrick's Day is celebrated in many other locations far from Ireland, including Japan, Singapore and Russia.
In modern-day Ireland, St. Patrick's Day was traditionally been a religious occasion. In fact, up until the 1970s, Irish laws mandated that pubs be closed on March 17. Beginning in 1995, however, the Irish government began a national campaign to use interest in St. Patrick's Day to drive tourism and showcase Ireland and Irish culture to the rest of the world. Today, approximately 1 million people annually take part in Ireland 's St. Patrick's Festival in Dublin, a multi-day celebration featuring parades, concerts, outdoor theater productions and fireworks shows.
National Frozen Food Month ~
National Umbrella Month ~
Spiritual Wellness Month ~
National Women’s History Month…and much more.
March 1 -7 is National Cheerleader Week……National Ghostwriter Week …. National Procrastination Week
March 8 – 15 is National Professional Pet Sitters Week….Celebrate Your Name Week…National Chocolate Lover’s Week
March 16 – 23 is National Sleep Awareness Week…..National Toad Hollow Week…Act Happy Week
March 24 – 31 is World Folk Tales & Fables Week….National Bubble Blowers Week
Did you know you can celebrate the following days as special events?
March 1st is — National Pig Day
March 5 is — St. Piran’s Day
March 9 is — “Barbie Doll” Day
March 11 is — Johnny Appleseed Day
March 14 is — Potato Chip Day
March 15 is — True Confessions Day
March 20 is — Corn Dog Day
March 21 is — Spring Fairy Fun Day
March 23 is — National Puppy Day
March 30 is — National Pencil Day
A few other things you probably didn’t know happened in March include:
The president signed an order that made “The Star Spangled Banner” the national anthem on March 3rd 1931.
Ghandi was arrested for peaceful disobedience protest on March 19th, 1922.
On March 20, 1964 a huge earthquake (8.8 magnitude) rocked Alaska.
U.S. Inauguration of the newly elected president took place in March until 1937 when the day was changed to January.
A wonderful day of activities is planned for visitors to the Harbor! The "Loony Lunge" will kick-off the celebration with a splash at noon. Included in the festivities are workshops for... cookie decorating, wreath decorating, ornament making, fabric chains, and holiday cards. Other activities include... story reading - face painting - magician - caroling - silent auction - horse pulled hayrides - yummy treats - a visit from Santa - a "Magical" Christmas Parade and tree lighting... plus another "magical" surprise! Many Elves (Santa's helpers) will be on hand to make sure everyone has a very special day! LINK HERE for complete itinerary of events, program details and sign-up for workshops! The entire Harbor Community has come together for this event - to celebrate the "magic" of Christmas.More details can be found at www.sunapeeharbor.com
|SUNDAY NIGHT 9/8|
In celebration of the 100th birthday of White Shutters
A grand fireworks display will be showcased on sunday night at dusk.
Dewey beach will serve as a wonderful viewing location.
Enjoy the weekend!!!
Sunapee Recreation Dept.
We have a web site explaining what the Charrette is all about and how people can participate.
The site also includes a discussion board and quick survey.
We need the community's input!
Click on Charrette Schedule
|A Sugar River Business Support Group of Micro-Credit NH Event|
Saturday, July 14th
Newport Common Main Street, Newport, NH
This is a networking event with family appeal. There will be vendors available with product to sample, purchase, promote and peruse- something for everyone! Food, drink and entertainment will be on site and demonstrations will be set up throughout the duration of the expo. This is the do not miss networking event of the year!
Visit MicroCreditNH.org for more information, or call Jesse Baker at 603-667-3841.
Thank you for supporting local small business!
Starting on June 2nd and for 4 consecutive Saturdays from 9-12 noon
The Newport Recreation Department, under direction of Newport Grad Jacob Stout will be conducting a Ultimate Frisbee Pilot League. These days are free of charge to see what kind of interest is in the Newport Community for Ultimate Frisbee. You will be required to sign up at the Newport Rec ahead of time, but there will be no charge. This is a great chance to get out and play. There are no age or gender requirements, but generally it is from 9th grade through and including adults. Get hooked on Frisbee!
Also the Newport Disc golf course is open for playing. 18 holes starting at the high school. Please get out and play. Discs can be bought at Napa Auto Parts right here in Newport. Course Designer James Beaulieu is also looking to start up a Disc Golf club.
If you would like more information on this free, healthy, family sport, give us a shout. If you would like to learn more about the club, and possible dates of club get togethers send James an email at JBeaulieu@newport.k12.nh.us
Frisbee is alive and well in Newport!
|Leek & Barley Casserole|
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1 C Barley
1 Medium Yellow Onion
4 C Vegetarian Stock
2 C Water
4 C Leeks Coarsely Chopped
1 tbsp Toasted Sesame Oil
Fresh Ground Black Pepper
Heat pan add 1 tbsp oil and barley, brown. Transfer browned barley into a 4-6 quart casserole dish. Combine stock and water, add only 3 cups of liquid to the casserole dish. Cover and bake at 350 for 1 hour or until almost all the liquid is gone. Add remaining stock/water, leeks, onion, pepper and sesame oil and continue baking (covered) for 45 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed.
Sunapee Recreation Golf Tournament
Monday,June 18th @ Newport Golf Club, Unity, Rd
Sponsored by One Mile West
Golfers and Sponsors are needed!!!
All proceeds will benefit Dewey and Georges Mills beaches.
Sunapee Recreation is offering 4 sessions of Tennis Lessons.
For registration and information for the above activities contact:
Sunapee Recreation Dept.