Archive | May, 2013

National Tourism Day

May 7 is National Tourism Day!

National Tourism Day falls in the middle of National Travel and Tourism Week, and is a holiday that cities and destinations use to promote tourism within their region. The best part about National Tourism Day is that many places offer deals and discounts to get you to come in and visit!

Tourism benefits both the destination as well as the traveler(s), and helps to stimulate the economy. Celebrate National Tourism Day by learning how to be a better tourism ambassador to your city by checking out all the local hot spots and community offerings. Or, use today to book a trip to a place you have always wanted to go. Safe travels!

Sources: Holiday Insights, Holidays Central

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Melanoma Monday

The American Academy of Dermatology has designated the first Monday in May as Melanoma Monday. In 2013, Melanoma Monday is on May 6.

Melanoma Monday is part of a national effort to raise skin cancer awareness among Americans. People are encouraged to get an examination of their skin to screen for cancer, as early detection has been instrumental in saving lives. Wear orange on Melanoma Monday to help spread skin cancer awareness.

The scary, but true reality is that 1 in 5 Americans will be diagnosed with a form of skin cancer at some point in their life. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in America, and melanoma (the deadliest form) is most often found in 25 to 29 year olds.

Despite these frightening statistics, there are steps you can take to protect yourself against skin cancer. If you have to be outside between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm (the time of day when the sun is strongest), seek out shade when available and wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your face and the top of your head. Wear a broad-spectrum, waterproof sunblock that contains an SPF of 30 or more, and be sure to reapply every two hours.

Sources: AAD, Altius Directory

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National Hoagie Day

May 5 is National Hoagie Day!

The hoagie originated in the Philadelphia area, although there is some speculation surrounding its precise origin. One popular explanation is that the Italians that were working in the “HogIsland” WWI shipyard in Philadelphia started putting meats, cheeses, and lettuce on slices of bread. At first, this concoction was called the “Hog Island Sandwich,” then was shortened to “Hoggies” and then finally, the “Hoagie.”

Hoagies are so popular because of their versatility; there’s no end to the variety of meats, cheeses, vegetables, and condiments you can arrange to make any kind of hoagie you want. Celebrate National Hoagie Day by putting together the craziest hoagie you can imagine – be adventurous!

Sources: Holiday Insights, Wikipedia

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When is Mother’s Day 2013?

May 12, 2013

Learn more about Mother’s Day.

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Audrey Hepburn’s Birthday

Beloved actress and style-icon Audrey Hepburn was born Audrey Kathleen Ruston on May 4, 1929 in Brussels, Belgium. Her childhood was split between Belgium, England, and the Netherlands, some of which spanned the Nazi occupation of Europe during World War II. Hepburn studied ballet in Amsterdam, and then moved to London where she took on small stage roles. Her big break came in 1951 when she starred in the NYC Broadway play Gigi, which introduced her to the American audience and American casting agents as well.

Audrey Hepburn’s big screen debut was opposite Gregory Peck in the 1953 film Roman Holiday. Her performance was well received and she won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal as Princess Ann.

Audrey Hepburn is best known for playing Holly Golightly in the classic film Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), but she also earned acclaim for her roles in Sabrina (1954), Funny Face (1957), The Nun’s Story (1959), My Fair Lady (1964), and Wait Until Dark (1967). Hepburn is among a short list of actors and actresses to have won an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, and a Tony Award.

During her later years, Audrey spent less time acting and devoted more time to the UNICEF organization, becoming a goodwill ambassador in the 1980s. She devoted the rest of her life to promoting awareness for children in need. Sadly, legendary leading a woman and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn lost her battle with colon cancer on January 20, 1993. The Audrey Hepburn Memorial Fund (now, the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund) was established posthumously in 1994 to continue the legacy of her humanitarian work.

Sources: Biography, Wikipedia

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International Tuba Day

International Tuba Day is celebrated each year on the first Friday in May. In 2013, International Tuba Day falls on May 3.

International Tuba Day was founded in 1979 by Joel Day, a tuba player in a marching band at Lower Merion High School near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He noticed a lack of appreciation for tuba players from other musicians who looked down upon them, and thus International Tuba Day was born.

Did you know that a tuba can weigh up to 50 pounds? German musicians Wilhelm Friedrich Wieprecht and Johann Gottfried Moritz patented the tuba in 1835. Since then, modern tuba players have had to deal with the hassle of handling the large and heavy tuba, and the stigma attached to being a tuba player. However, the reality is musical organizations would be incomplete without the “oomph” that a tuba provides.

Happy International Tuba Day!

Sources: Tuba Day, Holiday Insights, Wikipedia

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National Truffles Day

May 2 is National Truffles Day!

Truffles are chocolate based confections that are filled with a creamy ganache and topped with cocoa powder, hard shell chocolate, icing, chopped nuts, or drizzled chocolate. There are three main types of truffles which vary in their preparation slightly: American, European, and Swiss.

French Patissiere Louis Dufour invented the chocolate truffle in Chambery, France in 1895. The chocolate covered ganache balls looked a lot like black mushroom truffles that grew deep in the forest, so the confections were named after them.

A few years later, Antoine Dufour opened the Prestat Chocolate Shop in London, which is credited for the popularization of chocolate truffles in the UK and beyond.

Celebrate National Truffles Day by – what else? – eating truffles!

Sources: Punch Bowl, Wikipedia

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Mother Goose Day

May 1 is Mother Goose Day!

Mother Goose is a make-believe author of scores of fairy tales and nursery rhymes, and is a fabled figure that has been around for centuries. In actuality, Mother Goose has been several different authors transposed across different periods of time, and most stories attributed to Mother Goose have been passed down orally and in “folklore fashion.”

Mother Goose Day was founded in 1987 by Gloria T. Delamar in the midst of the release of her book Mother Goose: From Nursery to Literature. This holiday offers a day to fully appreciate the nursery rhymes we were told as children and share them with a new generation.

Celebrate Mother Goose Day by reading your favorite Mother Goose nursery rhymes, putting on a play of a popular fairy tale, or doing Mother Goose related arts and crafts.

Sources: Holiday Insights, Library Support

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