Archive | May, 2013

Buy a Musical Instrument Day

May 22 is Buy a Musical Instrument Day!

If you are currently a musician, today is the day to treat yourself to a brand new instrument. If you don’t know how to play an instrument, it’s never too late to learn! Figure out what type of instrument you’d want to play, and start taking lessons; no one is too young or too old to begin playing music.

If you don’t want to spend the money on a fancy new instrument, consider purchasing a recorder, maracas, or a harmonica to get in the spirit.

Sources: Holiday Insights, Yahoo

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2014 Calendars Now Shipping!

We have hundreds of 2014 calendar options already on our site for pre-sale, but did you know we have several ALREADY SHIPPING? That’s right! You can get your 2014 Yoga Cats Wall Calendar, or your Extreme Cakes 2014 Mini Wall Calendar, as well as 200 more  in the mail RIGHT NOW! We have more calendars coming into our warehouse every week, so check out the full selection of 2014s in stock!

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Jane Addams Dies at 74

Born Laura Jane Addams on September 6, 1860 in Illinois, Jane Addams became one of the most important of the social reformers, Pacifists, and Feminists, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Jane Addams was a co-founder of one of the first settlements in America, the Hull House in Chicago, Illinois. The Hull House provided aid to immigrants and the poor who were residing in Chicago, and offered services like childcare, education, arts and culture, and food.

In 1931, Jane Addams was the co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize with Nicholas Murray Butler, and was the first American woman to have won. Addams was also the first female president of the National Conference of Social Work, the president of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and the founder of the National Federation of Settlements. Jane Addams, peace activist and social reformer, died on May 21, 1935 at the age of 74.

Sources: Wikipedia, Biography

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Blue Jeans Patented

One of the most popular articles of clothing in America, blue jeans, were patented on May 20, 1873 by Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis.

Levi Strauss, a 24-year-old German immigrant in San Francisco, began making overalls out of a type of cotton fabric from France called “serge de Nimes” and selling them to miners.  This cloth would later come to be known as denim and nicknamed “blue jeans”.

Levi Strauss & Company began using a pocket-stitch design to make the pants and employed the help of Nevada tailor Jacob Davis to help invent the method of sewing rivets into the pants for added durability.  The two received U.S. Patent 139,121 on May 20, 1973 which is considered the birthday of blue jeans.

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World Baking Day

World Baking Day occurs on the third Sunday of May each year.  In 2013, World Baking Day is celebrated on Sunday, May 19.

This food holiday began in 2012 as a way for bakers all over the world to share their love for baking and favorite recipes with like-minded people. World Baking Day encourages professional and amateur bakers alike to step outside of their baking comfort zone and try something new. In other words, World Baking Day urges you to push your baking skills to the limit!

16 countries across the globe are actively participating in World Baking Day, including: USA, UK, Australia, Spain, Portugal, Slovakia, Greece, Czech Republic, Hungary, Finland, Sweden, Turkey, Poland, South Africa, Germany, and Belgium.

Join the international conversation on Twitter by following @WorldBakingDay and using hashtag #bakebrave.

Sources: World Baking Day, Food Network UK

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Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day is always celebrated on the third Saturday in May. In 2013, Armed Forces Day falls on May 18.

Armed Forces Day was established in 1949 as a way to unify all sectors of the United States Armed Forces. It is a holiday for American citizens to come together and show appreciation for all members of our military and pay tribute to soldiers in the Army, Air Force, Marines, and Navy.

If you know or happen to come across a member of our military – remember to thank them for their service and support today.

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When is Memorial Day in 2013

May 27, 2013

Learn more about Memorial Day.

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First Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is a high stakes horse racing event that takes place every year on the first Saturday in May at the Churchill Downs track in Louisville, Kentucky. The racing field is made up of a number of 3-year-old Thoroughbred horses that compete over a distance of 1.25 miles (or 2 km).

The first ever Kentucky Derby was held on May 17, 1875 with a field of 15 Thoroughbreds and an audience of 10,000 people. In its inaugural year, the Kentucky Derby track was 1.5 miles long, but was reduced to the current length in 1876. Aristides was the winning horse that first year, ridden by jockey Oliver Lewis.

The Kentucky Derby has been run every single year since its introduction in 1875, and has come to be known as “The Most Exciting 2 Minutes in Sports” or “The Run for the Roses”, as the winning horse is adorned with a blanket of roses.  Today, the Kentucky Derby draws a crowd of around 150,000 spectators each year.

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Jim Henson Dies at 53

Famed American puppeteer, director, writer, and producer Jim Henson died of pneumonia on May 16, 1990 at the age of 53.

Born on September 24, 1936, James  Maury “Jim” Henson began practicing his skills as a puppeteer in college. Soon after, he found a job as a producer on the popular children’s show Sesame Street. He is best known as the creator of The Muppet Show, a television program that began in 1976 and ran through 1981. The original show has since inspired many spin-off Muppet movies and television shows, most recently The Muppets which was released in theaters in 2011.

Although Jim Henson is best known as the creator of The Muppets, a ragtag group of puppet characters, he was also an Oscar nominated director, Emmy Award winning producer, and founder of the Jim Henson Company and the Jim Henson Foundation which promotes puppetry in the United States.

Sources: Wikipedia, Biography

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Straw Hat Day

May 15 is Straw Hat Day!

Although there is some discrepancy as to the actual date of Straw Hat Day and some think it should fall on the second Saturday in May, most believe that it should be celebrated on May 15 each year.  Regardless of the date, Straw Hat Day is considered a sign of the beginning of summertime, as it was the day when men would replace their winter hats with their summer hats, which were made of straw.

One popular version of a straw hat for men is the Panama hat, which was worn by Clark Gable in the 1939 film Gone with the Wind.  Celebrate Straw Hat Day by sporting a straw hat of your own – Panama or otherwise!

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