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VALENTINE’S DAY

Valentine’s Day began as St. Valentine’s Day, a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus.  February 14th first became associated with romantic love during the High Middle Ages as the tradition of courtly love was then flourishing. During 18th century England, this day evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery and sending Valentine cards. 

Ancient History

Mixed opinions prevail regarding who or what was celebrated in mid-February. Some point to martyred saints by the name of Valentine or Valentinus. The most popular story tells of the saint who defied a decree by Emperor Claudius II who outlawed marriage for young men because he believed single men made better soldiers. St. Valentine, preferring young lovers to be wed than have them sneaking around (or believing in the power of love), would marry them in secret. However, it may have been another Valentine who performed the marriages. Either way, at least two of them were beheaded for their actions.

Another possible origin for Valentine’s Day takes us back to a pagan festival called Lupercalia. As a way to discourage participation in the fertility festival, the Christian church placed St. Valentine’s Day in the middle of February.

Modern Celebrations

Since the Renaissance, we’ve been exchanging Valentine’s cards. These handmade missives of romance grew into a more commercial venture by the Victorian era. Today, school children exchange Valentine greetings, too. They prepare for the day by making unique boxes to receive their many hearts, cupids, and pun-filled rhymes. 

Here are some great ideas for couples.  Use them to make Valentine’s or any special date.

Chocolates and candy have also become a part of the celebration. While couples tend to be the focus of the day, singles celebrate being single, too. Friends take each other out or reject the overall notion of Valentine’s Day. Dinner and a movie, candlelight, and flowers also fit the bill for couples. It’s one of the busiest days of the year for florists. 

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VALENTINE’S DAY

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You can surprise your special someone with flowers, chocolate or a card. Bring a smile to their face with an original poem or homemade meal.

Get Recipes that will impress without spending days in the kitchen. Many can be done at the last minute if needed.

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Get something special for your Valentine and use #ValentinesDay to post on social media.

Today is also National Donor Day, and

International Book Giving Day

VALENTINE’S DAY HISTORY

Credit is traditionally given to Pope Gelasius for declaring February 14th as Saint Valentine’s Day around the year 496 to separate the church from the Roman celebration of Lupercalia, an ancient pagan fertility festival which occurred on February 15th.  

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NATIONAL MICHIGAN DAY

On January 18, National Michigan Day recognizes the Great Lake State.

Surrounded by four of the five Great Lakes, Michigan has more shoreline than any of the contiguous 48 states. Of the 50 states, only Alaska has more.

First explored by the French, the area became a U.S territory in 1783.  Flush with iron and copper, Michigan would become a center of industrial activity.

Lake Michigan separates the upper and lower peninsulas of the 26th state granted statehood, making Michigan unlike any other in design.  To move from one peninsula to the other, ferries used to carry travelers back and forth.  But in 1957, the Mackinac Bridge connected the two sides making the journey more convenient and safer.  At 26,372 feet long, it is the third longest suspension bridge in the world.

Industry and Music

Industry dominated the early 20th century in Michigan. From logging, shipping, rail and automotive, the population grew with an influx of workers during war and peacetime. Influenced by skilled trades, engineering, and manufacturing, employment exploded.

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, assembly workers were in high demand all across the country. The Willow Run plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan built B-24 Bombers. As the epicenter of the automobile industry, Michigan was ripe for the increased production.

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One of the Willow Run factory workers became a Rosie the Riveter spokesperson wearing the iconic bandana and flexing her muscle to sell war bonds. Rose Will Monroe’s efforts, as well as thousands of other women in Michigan and across the country, changed the course a war and the image of women for generations.

Known for its Motown sound and legendary music makers, Michigan and Detroit launched some of the most memorable names in jazz and gospel music.  From Smokey Robinson and Diana Ross to the Jackson 5 and Stevie Wonder, the birth of Motown was the launching of an era.

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Join National Day Calendar as we recognize Michigan’s industrious spirit and natural beauty. Uncover hidden treasures and explore all Michigan’s history, lakes, and peninsulas!

Use #NationalMichiganDay to share on social media.

For a complete list of Michigan State and National Parks & Historic Sites visit www.michigandnr.com and www.nps.gov. Check out a few of the featured sites around the state below.

Isle Royale – Houghton

Motor Cities – Detroit

Pictured Rocks – Grand Marais

Agate Falls Scenic Site – Trout Creek

Bond Falls Scenic Site – Paulding

Colonial Michilimackinac Historic State Park – Mackinaw City

Hoffmaster State Park – Muskegon

Ionia State Recreation Area – Ionia

Ludington State Park – Ludington

Tahquamenon Falls State Park – Paradise

MUSEUMS

Grand Rapids Public Museum – Grand Rapids

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum – Paradise

Hitsville U.S.A. – Detroit

Yankee Air Museum – Belleville

Automotive Hall of Fame – Dearborn

Michigan Science Center – Detroit

R.E. Olds Transportation Museum

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts – Kalamazoo

Air Zoo – Kalamazoo

The Henry Ford – Dearborn

Michigan Iron Industry Museum – Negaunee

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History – Detroit

Notable Auto Industry

While the horseless carriage was invented in Germany and France, Michigan laid claim to production, design, and innovation earning Detroit the Motor City nickname Motown.

Attracted to the machine industry and availability of shipping to large metropolitan areas of Chicago and New York by rail and water, Michigan made an ideal place to set up shop. Businessmen like Henry Ford and Ransom Olds didn’t have far to go; they were born in the great state of Michigan. Others made their way to the Great Lake State from as near as New York and as far as Europe. Those with names we recognize today. Businessman, machinists, inventors, and designers. Horace and Elgin Dodge, Henry M. Leland, Louis Chevrolet, William C. Durant, David Dunbar Buick.

Notable Motown
Pontiac – Ottawa Chief – (1720 – April 20, 1769)
Edna Ferber – Author – ( August 15, 1885 – April 16, 1968)
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Edna Ferber: Five Complete Novels Hardcover – June 1, 1981

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Charles Lindbergh – Aviator – (February 4, 1902 – August 26, 1974)
The Spirit of St. Louis Paperback – December 9, 2003

by Charles A. Lindbergh  (Author), Reeve Lindbergh 
The Spirit of St. Louis Paperback – December 9, 2003

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Alfred Hershey – Geneticist – (December 4, 1908 – May 22, 1997)
Norman Shumway – Surgeon – (February 9, 1923 – February 10, 2006)
Della Reese – Singer/Actress – (July 6, 1931 – November 19, 2017)
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Francis Ford Coppola – Director – (April 7, 1939 -)
Francis Ford Coppola: 5-Film Collection (Apocalypse Now/Apocalypse Now Redux/One From the Heart/Tetro/The Conversation) [Blu-ray]

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Robert G Heft – Educator – (January 19, 1941 – December 12, 2009)
John Hughes – Director – (February 18, 1950 – August 6, 2009)
John Hughes Yearbook Collection (The Breakfast Club / Sixteen Candles / Weird Science)

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Molly Ringwald (Actor), Anthony Michael Hall (Actor), & 1 mor
John Hughes Yearbook Collection (The Breakfast Club / Sixteen Candles / Weird Science)

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Alexa Canady – Physician – (November 7, 1950 -)
Earvin Johnson – Basketball Player – (August 14, 1959 – )

Columbus Day, October 14

“Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492”. We learned this line in early school days. There has been quite the debate about if he discovered America. Some say as he only reached the island of Bahamas it doesn’t count. Others argue that he was not the first here. What ever the case may be for a lot of us its a three day weekend!

Columbus Day 2019 is an annual federal American holiday that occurs on the second Monday in October each year. Columbus Day 2019 is a day that commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas and his discovery of America on October 12, 1492.

Information and history by https://www.calendar-365.com/holidays/columbus-day.html

Happy Columbus Day

History of Columbus Day

People, throughout the world, have celebrated Columbus’s voyage since the colonial period. Historically, the Italian-born explorer set sail in August, 1492. He intended to chart a western sea route to China, India and the renowned gold and Spice Islands of Asia; instead, he landed in the Bahamas, becoming the first European to explore the Americas since the Vikings set up colonies in Greenland and Newfoundland during the 10th century. Columbus Day became an official state holiday in Colorado in 1906, and later became a federal holiday in the United States by proclamation of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1937.

Christopher Columbus discovery of America

The date on which Columbus arrived in the Americas is also celebrated as the Day of the Race (Día de la Raza) in Latin America and some Latino communities in the United States. Columbus Day 2019 celebrations are known to be controversial because the settlement of Europeans in the Americas led to the deaths of a very large proportion of the Native American people.

It has been argued that this was a direct result of Columbus’ actions. It is clear that the arrival of the European settlers led to the demise of a large proportion of the history and culture of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. It has also been argued that Columbus should not be honoured for discovering North America, as he only went as far as some islands in the Caribbean and never got as far as mainland America.

What ever else it gives many a three day weekend. If you’re not sleeping in or relaxing at home perhaps you hitting the retail savings offered on this weekend. While federal holidays are observed by lots of businesses, retail is not one of them.

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There will be great sales on mattresses, clothing, and tv’s. So if you’re looking to save try one of these sales. From Amazon to Macy’s, Best Buy, JCPenney, Walmart, and lots of others. You can even get a good jump start on your holiday shopping before Black Friday.

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Traditions of Columbus Day

Traditionally, celebrations of Columbus Day 2019 include lessons about Christopher Columbus and his voyage at schools. Throughout the United States, Columbus Day 2019 has evolved into a celebration of Italian-American heritage. Communities host parades and street fairs with colourful costumes, music and Italian food. In many cities and towns that honour indigenous peoples on this holiday hold activities such as traditional dance and lessons about Native American culture.

Your Labor Day

Labor Day 2019

On September 2, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor celebrates and honors the greatest worker in the world – the American worker. Labor Day 2019 is the 125th anniversary of Labor Day being celebrated as a national holiday.

Enjoying Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Celebrate Labor Day

Labor Day is a day of rest or the last chance for many people to go on trips before the summer ends. For students, it is the last chance to organize parties before school starts again. In some neighborhoods, people organize fireworks displays, barbecues and public arts or sports events. The American football season starts on or around Labor Day and many teams play their first game of the season during Labor Day weekend.

Try our Greek Turkey burgers, No-Fail Fresca Sangria, for your celebration. Try some of our other great recipes here.

So if enjoying a last mini vacation, football game, parade, or barbeque, remember all the hard work the American worker has put into the lives we currently enjoy. Take a moment to remember all those teachers, doctors, road crews, miners, steel and auto industry, manufacturing, blue-collar, white-collar and everything in between that have given to the American economy and our way of life. Be extra nice to those who don’t get the holidays some of us do. Medical, nurses and health care, all first responders, a lot of retail workers and any others who drill have to work today.

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No Fail Fresca Sangria

This simple recipe is not only a super hit, it’s so easy to make.

Tip: Freeze your grapes and use instead of ice. Your drinks will be cold without being watered down.


6 cans Fresca original
2 bottles wine (red like a merlot or white like pinot grigio)
Fresh fruit 2 peaches, strawberries and grapes.  (See tip above)

In punch bowl or pitcher add Fresca and wine, add cut up fruit. Serve with a big ladle, to get some fruit.  Top your glass with some more frozen grapes to keep it cold.3 gallon drink, beverage dispenserClassic Beverage Drink Dispenser Hammerd Durable Glass on galvanized Stand 3 Gallon with Spigot


Frozen grapes for wine not watered downOriginal recipe from Eddieross.com

Hot! Hot! Hot!


The dog days of summer must be here. It’s so hot here we try to stay indoors as much as possible. We live in northwest Florida and it’s been hitting temps here of 110 degrees. So here are some cool, refreshing meal ideas.

With the 4th of July over I just have to mention something. It was missed at the event in DC. The Blue Angel’s are from right here in Pensacola, Florida. We take great pride in our World famous Blue Angels. Their home base is NAS Pensacola.

While it may be warm here we have some of the highest rated beaches. When planning your next vacation or getaway, this is a fantastic place to have some fun. Steeped in history, with our eye on the future, our beaches compete with shopping, shows, art, food, music and fun.

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Happy 4th of July

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