Archive for the 'Holidays' Category

Daylight Savings 2011: news

Although many associate daylight saving time with the last week of October, this year we will fall back in the first week of November. In most of the United States, November 6 is the day to set your clocks back one hour, which will give you an extra hour of sleep (or of partying on […]

125th birthday of Statue of Liberty

Concerts marking the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty will be held both on Liberty Island and at Church at the Gateway this weekend. Yesterday marked the 125th anniversary of the beacon of hope and symbol of freedom in New York Harbor. Soloists Ernestine Dillard and Dave Boyer, the Voices of Our Nation Choir […]

Red Ribbon Week 2011

Red Ribbon Week kicks off today for about 41,000 Marion County school children, who will honor the week in spirit since there are no red ribbons to hand out for the second straight year. “Unfortunately, we no longer provide the icon for the event — the red ribbon” – district spokesman Kevin Christian said. “However, […]

Yom Kippur and day of forgiveness

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, observed this year from sundown on Friday night, October 7th until nightfall on October 8th, and is the Most Awesome Day in the Jewish calendar. Concluding the “Ten Days of Repentance” – also known as the “Days of Awe,” Yom Kippur is a day where few Jews venture further […]

Labor Day 2011

Holiday to honor American workers got started at the local level in the 1880′s. When the Labor Day holiday began is well documented. Who first suggested the holiday isn’t as clear-cut. The Labor Day holiday was first proposed in 1882, according to the U. S. Department of Labor’s website. Some historians say Peter McGuire, the […]

Independence Day 2011

The 4th of July, American Independence Day, celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, which declared US Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. But technically speaking, July 4th doesn’t qualify to be the US Independence day. Historically, the legal liberation of 13 original colonies took place on July 2, […]

Gifts for Father’s Day

Parents have enough on their plate to have to worry about finding a super gift for the super dad in their life. Thankfully, an easy way to celebrate is to order Dad some flowers. Hop flowers, that is. At least, that’s the reasoning behind why the Samuel Adams gift basket is available at But […]

Ascension Day 2011

Thursday is Ascension Day. Many churches will also mark it on Sunday, but unlike Easter, it will draw little attention. Two thoughts immediately come to mind when I think about the doctrine of the ascension – one comic, and one imaginative. A friend of mine in seminary had just finished writing his Presbyterian ordination exams. […]

Facts about Memorial Day 2011

The kinship Peter Puhalla shares with the late uncle he never knew runs deeper than family – a connection born of blood certainly but in a very real sense nurtured there, too. In blood and in sacrifice. Frank A. Puhalla was a 23-year-old Army private, a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division serving in World […]

Memorial Day 2011

Never mind what the calendar indicates, for Americans, summer begins with the Memorial Day weekend. And from all indications, Americans are ready to break out after almost two years of recession and clipped wings. AAA forecasts almost 35 million will travel at least 50 miles from home over the holiday weekend. And that’s a slight […]