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NATIONAL FLORIDA DAY

National Florida Day on January 25 recognizes the 27th state to join the United States.

The Sunshine State is home to the oldest established city in the country.  With over 400 years of history, St. Augustine’s streets and colonial architecture have stories to tell. Founded by Spanish explorers in 1565, visit the city and walk in the same footsteps as 16th-century bishops, ponder the escapades of pirates and the whereabouts of lost gold and learn about the lives of European settlers.

East and West Florida became the 14th and 15th British Colonies after the end of the French and Indian War in 1763. However, in 1783, after the end of the American Revolutionary War, The Treaty of Paris returned Florida to Spain.

The present-day borders of Florida were absorbed through two transactions: The Louisianna Purchase in 1803 brought East Florida with it (but not without dispute from the French) and through a U.S. intervention in an uprising in West Florida in 1812 causing West Florida to join the Mississippi Territory.

With an average high temperature of 79.5°F, it should be no surprise that Floridian John Gorrie brought refrigeration and air conditioning to the world in 1851.

Add to that, more than half the year with partly cloudy to sunny days, the invention of sunblock would be a necessity, too. Hungary born pharmacist, Benjamin Green, invented a sunscreen in 1944 which later became a tanning lotion known as Coppertone.

Coppertone
Have fun in the sun without burning up your beach time.


Launching astronauts into space, Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center in Brevard Country, is a fun and unique visit. While Disney, Universal, and others have rides, themes, and shows. This place makes both history and the future a tangible experience. We just happened to be there on a day they launched a new satellite!

Nasa Kennedy space center cape Canaveral

Cape Canaveral and the home of the Kennedy Space Center in Brevard County has come a long way from its first launch in 1950. From Appollo missions to Hubble Telescopes and Mars Rovers, Cape Canaveral continues missions well into the future. Missions include commercial ventures including SpaceX launches.

Florida offers more than enough to do and see.  From man-made worlds and relaxing beaches to long, colorful and intricate history, the Sunshine State’s open spaces and sunny faces require more than one visit.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Join National Day Calendar as we dig into Florida’s sunny beaches and rich history. Seek buried treasures and explore all Florida’s fascinating culture! Look to the past or look to the future and use #NationalFloridaDay to share on social media.

In 2017, National Day Calendar began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union starting the week of Independence Day and ending with Hawaii. We highlight a small part of each states’ history, foods and the people who make up the state. There’s so much more to explore!

Florida is also home of the oldest noncontinuous settlement in America. The City of five flags know as Pensacola is actually older than St Augustine. The original settlement was wiped out by a hurricane. So St Augustine claims the oldest continuous city.

In Florida or not most of us are experiencing cold weather so why not indulge yourself and pay tribute to Irish Coffee Day.

Pensacola has a long Naval Tradition and is The Cradle of Naval Aviation. Every year both resident and visiting pilots, take training at one of our local bases. While NAS Pensacola is home to The Famous Blue Angels Squadron that Flew over The White House recently, we made national news for a tragic event just a short time ago.

We had an active shooter who infiltrated and murdered students at the flight school here. While we deeply morn those lost in this tragedy, we are grateful to the brave who helped our sheriff’s officers put an early end to this shooter. Before more could be harmed these warriors risked life and injury to subdue the shooter. Since this event the bases have gone to restricted access to keep others and the community safe.

For more information about us ask a local. Here are some of my picks, and I haven’t even come close to listing them all.

Hot, Hot, Hot!

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

T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park – St. Joseph Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center – Mayo Manatee Springs State Park – Chiefland Colt Creek State Park – Lakeland Highlands Hammock State Park – Sebring Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park – Okeechobee Don Pedro Island State Park – Cape Haze Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park – Naples Hugh Taylor Birch State Park – Ft. Lauderdale Big Cypress National Preserve – Ochopee Canaveral National Seashore – Titusville & New Smyrna Beach Everglades National Park – Miami, Naples & Homestead MUSEUMS Salvador Dali Museum – St. Petersburg Museum of Florida History – Tallahassee John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art – Sarasota Castillo de San Marcos – St. Augustine Bok Tower Gardens – Lake Wales Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse – Ponce Inlet Villa Vizcaya – Miami

James Weldon Johnson - Author - (June 17, 1871 - June 16, 1938)
James Weldon Johnson – Author – (June 17, 1871 – June 16, 1938)


A civil rights activist and composer, James Weldon Johnson became United States consul to Puerto Cabello in Venezuela under President Theodore Roosevelt. He is also noted for composing the song Lift Every Voice and Sing.

A. Philip Randolph - Political Leader - (April 15, 1889 - May 16, 1979)
A. Philip Randolph – Political Leader – (April 15, 1889 – May 16, 1979)


Augusta Savage - Sculptor - (February 29, 1892 - March 27, 1962)
Augusta Savage – Sculptor – (February 29, 1892 – March 27, 1962)


Lillian Smith - Author - (December 12, 1897 - September 28, 1966)
Lillian Smith – Author – (December 12, 1897 – September 28, 1966)


Jacqueline Cochran - Aviator - (May 11, 1906 - August 9, 1980)
Jacqueline Cochran – Aviator – (May 11, 1906 – August 9, 1980)


George Smoot -Astrophysicist - (February 20, 1945)
George Smoot -Astrophysicist – (February 20, 1945)


Joseph Kittinger - Aviator - ( July 27, 1928 - )
Joseph Kittinger – Aviator – ( July 27, 1928 – )


Janet Reno - Attorney General - (July 21, 1938 - November 7, 2016)
Janet Reno – Attorney General – (July 21, 1938 – November 7, 2016)


Tom Petty - Musician - (October 20, 1950 - October 2, 2017)
Tom Petty – Musician – (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017)


Betty Mae Tiger Jumper - Seminole Chief - (April 27, 1923 - January 14, 2011)
Betty Mae Tiger Jumper – Seminole Chief – (April 27, 1923 – January 14, 2011)

Sidney Poitier - Actor - (February 20, 1927 -)
Sidney Poitier – Actor – (February 20, 1927 -)


NATIONAL IRISH COFFEE DAY

National Irish Coffee Day kicks off January 25th each year with a mug of strong coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar, and topped with a layer of cream. 

On a cold, wet day in 1942 weary travelers to the small Shannon Airport in southwest Ireland found their way to a restaurant and chef Joe Sheridan. To warm his guests, he served them hot coffee, spiked with whiskey and topped with whipped cream. The passengers asked if the beverage was Brazilian coffee. Sheridan responded that it was Irish coffee.

A travel writer, Stanton Delaplane, brought Irish coffee to the United States after having it at Shannon Airport.

Postcards From Delaplane Paperback – September 10, 2010

by Stanton Delaplane (Author)
Postcards From Delaplane Paperback – September 10, 2010

by Stanton Delaplane (Author)


Delaplane brought the idea to the Buena Vista Cafe on November 10, 1952. After much trial and error, sampling, and a trip back to Ireland for a taste of the original, Delaplane, along with Buena Vista owners Jack Koeppler and George Freeberg, were able to replicate the delicious coffee and the method for floating the cream on top of the coffee.

If you are looking for a great vacation be sure to check out our beautiful State of Florida. Lean more on the anniversary date of joining there USA.

How to Make an Authentic Irish Coffee
How to Make an Authentic Irish Coffee

Starting with a warm glass, fill 2/3rds full of freshly brewed coffee. Stir in a heaping teaspoon of sugar.  Add 1 ounce of Irish whiskey.

Adding the cream, so it floats is the tricky part. According to the Buena Vista account, and at the suggestion of San Francisco’s mayor, a dairyman, cream that is 48 hours old, is best. However, others recommend whipping cream (not whipped cream) that has been lightly whipped or foamed.

When the coffee has stopped swirling from stirring in the sugar, pour the foamy cream over the back of a spoon.

Libbey 8-1/2-Ounce Irish Coffee Mug, 4-Piece Set

by Libbey
I love these. They are great for Irish coffee and a great many desserts or specialty drinks.
Libbey 8-1/2-Ounce Irish Coffee Mug, 4-Piece Set

by Libbey

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalIrishCoffeeDay

Warm up with an Irish coffee. Use #NationalIrishCoffeeDay to post on social media.

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Outlander Returns February 16, 2020.  Are you ready yet?

Jan 23 NATIONAL PIE DAY

National Pie Day on January 23rd celebrates one of the Nations’ favorite desserts. No matter how you slice it, pie in just about any form makes a crowd happy. Fruit pies, berry pies, cream pies – they’re mouth water servings of homemade goodness. 

National Pie Day was created simply to celebrate the pie.  It is a day for all to bake or cook their favorite pies.  Even more importantly, it is a day set aside for all to enjoy eating pies!

Farberware 5172565 Baker's Advantage Ceramic Pie Dish, 10-Inch, Teal

by Farberware
Farberware 5172565 Baker’s Advantage Ceramic Pie Dish, 10-Inch, Teal

by Farberware


The first pies appeared around 9500 BC in the Egyptian Neolithic period or New Stone Age.

Fun Tidbit – Pie throwing:
Cream filled or topped pies are favorite props for humor.  Throwing a pie in a person’s face has been a staple of film comedy since Ben Turpin received one in Mr. Flip in 1909.

OXO SteeL Pie Server

by OXO
OXO SteeL Pie Server

by OXO


HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPieDay

Go out for pie. Try Razzleberry or Village Inn’s Tripleberry. Classic Custard is one of my favorites too.

Use #NationalPieDay to post on social media.

Libbey Acaciawood Flat Round Wood Server Cake Stand with Glass Dome

by Libbey
Libbey Acaciawood Flat Round Wood Server Cake Stand with Glass Dome

by Libbey


NATIONAL PIE DAY HISTORY

No matter what you choose for pie, enjoy National Handwriting Day also observed today.

The American Pie Council created National Pie Day in 1986 to commemorate Crisco’s 75th anniversary of “serving foods to families everywhere.”

2020 list of businesses offering free and discounted pie on January 23.
Please contact us with any offers not listed!

  • Grand Traverse Pie Co.will offer a free slice of apple crumb or cherry crumb pie with any purchase.
  • Village Inn – Slice of fruit pie or classic pie with any dine-in purchase. No coupon necessary. See website for details.
  • Baker’s Square –  Free slice of pie with any menu item purchase.  See website for details.
  • Berry Manor Inn (Maine) – January 24 – 26 – Pies on Parade
  • Eckerts – (Illinois, Kentucky) – Buy one pie at regular price in their Country Store, you will receive a second pie of equal or lesser value FREE. In their Restaurant on January 23, receive a FREE slice of pie with any entrée purchased.
  • Elegant Farmer – Enjoy an 8″ Apple and Fruit Pies on sale for just $10.99 January 23-26, 2020, in our market with sampling on Saturday.
  • Norma’s Cafe – FREE slice of Mile High Pie while supplies last
  • The Pie Shoppe (Western Pennsylvania) – Visit their website to see pie sale deals and participate in The Pie Shoppe Fundraising Program.
  • Sauder Village – Doughbox Bakery is offering a deal of $1.00 off pies and free samples throughout the day, while supplies last.
  • O’Charleys – Free pie Wednesdays here a slice of pie is free when you dine in.

Don’t forget this is National Handwriting Day.

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Shop Amazon Gold Box – New Deals. Everyday

NATIONAL HANDWRITING DAY

On January 23rd we celebrate! National Handwriting Day was started to re-introduce one’s self to a pen or pencil and a piece of paper.  According to the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association, it is a chance for all to re-explore the purity and power of handwriting.

A handwritten letter, card, or note will still mean more than an email. What do I mean by that? When you get a handwritten note you get a tangible expression of someone’s thoughts and time. While the argument can be made that an email also takes time to write, you very seldom see a packet of old letters preserved in a trunk or attic that date back 20, 50, or even 100 years or more.

One day our handwritten works will become as precious as the hieroglyphs from ancient Egypt. Okay, the hieroglyphs will still be even more rare but you get my point.

Things like calligraphy will influence your handwriting. I like most my age were taught cursive or script. I get the most compliments on my handwriting when I started adding calligraphy elements to it. My handwriting and indeed my signature remains one of a kind, without being a doctor…lol.

DRYDEN Fountain Pen with Ink [12 Black & 12 Blue Cartridges] - Intense Black - Smooth Elegant Writing - Best Fountain Pens Collection - Gift Pen Ready

by Dryden Designs
DRYDEN Fountain Pen with Ink [12 Black & 12 Blue Cartridges] – Intense Black – Smooth Elegant Writing – Best Fountain Pens Collection – Gift Pen Ready

by Dryden Designs


HOW TO OBSERVE

Work on your handwriting and use #NationalHandwritingDay to post on social media.

Calligraphy Starter Kit - Beginner Calligraphy Lettering Set - Beginning Modern Calligraphy DIY Kit - Oblique Pen Hand Lettering with Nib

by Wildflower Art Studio
Calligraphy Starter Kit – Beginner Calligraphy Lettering Set – Beginning Modern Calligraphy DIY Kit – Oblique Pen Hand Lettering with Nib

by Wildflower Art Studio


HISTORY

National Handwriting Day was established by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association in 1977.  Their motive is to promote the consumption of pens, pencils and writing paper.  January 23rd was chosen as this is the birthday of John Hancock.  John Hancock was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence.

Don’t forget National Pie Day is also today.

Pretty Simple Lettering: Modern Calligraphy & Hand Lettering for Beginners: A Step by Step Guide to Beautiful Hand Lettering & Brush Pen Calligraphy Design Spiral-bound – July 13, 2019

by Whitney Farnsworth 
Pretty Simple Lettering: Modern Calligraphy & Hand Lettering for Beginners: A Step by Step Guide to Beautiful Hand Lettering & Brush Pen Calligraphy Design Spiral-bound – July 13, 2019

by Whitney Farnsworth 


LIBRARY SHELFIE DAY

On January 22nd if you need a break from the Impeachment Trial, Library Shelfie Day, offers a unique opportunity for book lovers.

Some collectors of books tend to arrange their collections so their spines can be admired pleasantly. Others have a system of organization that results in an alternative art form. However our books are organized on the shelf, they are meant to be photographed and shared on social media.

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Library Shelfies offer book stores, libraries, schools, and individuals an opportunity to express their reading preferences through a single photograph. Whether they frame their favorite authors, titles, genres or cover art, readers share a bit of their library in creative ways. With or without dust jackets, signed and unsigned, dogeared and in mint condition, bibliophiles love books of all kinds.

HOW TO OBSERVE #LibraryShelfieDay

Whether you have a small library with a few select favorites or are a true bibliophile, arrange your collection on a shelf and take a picture. Some suggestions include:

  • Arrange by color
  • Order books by height, thickness, width
  • Arrange book titles so they send a message
  • Stack books artistically
  • Place books in the order in which they were read
  • Rely on the good ol’ alphabetical order by author
  • Display a biography only shelfie

Once you’ve taken your library shelfie, visit a local library and check out theirs. You might find they’ve developed clever ways to entice you to new books and old ones, too. Don’t forget to use #LibraryShelfieDay to share on social media.

LIBRARY SHELFIE DAY HISTORY

The New York Public Library founded Library Shelfie Day as a way to observe various national holidays by displaying shelfies representing books from each day.

You can combine this with Blonde Brownie Day also recognized today. A good cup of coffee or tea, a blonde brownie, and a great book. Curl up in your favorite spot. There is no better way to enjoy a cold winters day. (It’s 30° in Florida. Trust me this is cold for us.)

NATIONAL BLONDE BROWNIE DAY

National Blonde Brownie Day on January 22nd recognizes a treat often referred to as blondies. 

Blonde brownies are similar to the traditional brownies known almost everyone.  In place of cocoa, brown sugar is used, giving it a sweet-tooth-satisfying molasses flavor!

Most people like to add white chocolate or chocolate chips to their blonde brownies or other things like nuts, toffee or butterscotch. Blonde brownies are usually prepared unfrosted as the brown sugar flavor tends to be sweet enough.  These blondies are sometimes served in sundaes, often topped with caramel sauce.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBlondeBrownieDay

Limited Edition Brownie Brittle Caramel Apple with Caramel Chips

by Sheila G's
Limited Edition Brownie Brittle Caramel Apple with Caramel Chips

by Sheila G’s


While enjoying a blonde brownie would count toward celebrating the day, that may be much too simple. Blonde brownies also make a delicious addition to a layered trifle dessert. Add a scoop of ice cream to a freshly baked blonde brownie and top with your favorite syrup. If you prefer the lighter side, serve a blonde brownie with a serving of fresh fruit. Pineapple, cherries or apricots seem appropriate.  

Serve your blondies with tea, coffee or hot cocoa. And of course, you can’t enjoy them alone. You must extend an invitation to a friend or two. They’ll happily help you finish off a few blondies while catching up on the new year. You can make them for church, school or work occasions, too. 

Use #BlondeBrownieDay to post on social media.

Enjoy combining a blonde brownie with your favorite book in honor of #NationalLibraryShelfieDay and #CelebrationofLifeDay

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NATIONAL BLONDE BROWNIE DAY HISTORY

There is no found documentation of the beginning of National Blonde Brownie Day.  It is known, however, that this light-colored treat was actually invented in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. Recipes for blonde brownies can be found in recipe books dating back into the 1940s and maybe even earlier.

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CELEBRATION OF LIFE DAY

Celebration of Life Day on January 22nd honors the children and grandchildren who bring joy to our lives. The day is a reminder that each child and each life is to be held as a precious gift with the highest respect and dignity. 

Children grow up so quickly. They’re constantly learning new things and changing daily. Each day they delight us with their simple wisdom and observations. By spending time with children and demonstrating the care and love they deserve, we celebrate their life.

Crayola Inspiration Art Case Coloring Set, Gift for Kids Age 5+

by Crayola
Crayola Inspiration Art Case Coloring Set, Gift for Kids Age 5+

by Crayola


Dr. Seuss's Beginner Book Collection (Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, Fox in Socks) Hardcover – Box set, September 22, 2009

by Dr. Seuss  
Dr. Seuss’s Beginner Book Collection (Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, Fox in Socks) Hardcover – Box set, September 22, 2009

by Dr. Seuss  

HOW TO OBSERVE #CelebrationOfLifeDay

Celebrate the children in your life. Share the day with a child, grandchild, niece or nephew. We’ve provided several suggestions.

  • Read a book with a child.
  • Get down on the floor and put a puzzle together.
  • Build something with your child.
  • Invite all the cousins to play board games.
  • Bake cookies and decorate them. Even the smallest child will learn something.
  • Make popcorn and watch a movie.
  • Tell the story of how Grandma and Grandpa met.
  • Get out the art supplies and create.
  • Visit a museum.
  • Show a teen how to change a tire.
  • Give a driving lesson.
  • Paint your fingernails together.
  • Everybody give the dog a bath.
  • Go swimming.
  • Make balloon animals.
  • Sing Karaoke
Spend time

Use #CelebrationOfLifeDay to post on social media.

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