Thursday, July 25, 2013

Holidays for July 25th 2013

Culinarians Day

Culinarians Day is a special day for anyone who cooks. That means just about everyone of us get to celebrate this day. You don't have to be a chef, or a graduate of a culinary institute to celebrate this delicious day. You simply have to  cook, and to enjoy the results. There's national concern over growing obesity in America. Recognizing this fact, one would think that this is a huge holiday. However, we found this to be one of the least known holidays in the country..... up to now. Not anymore! We have documented it so all can enjoy Culinarians Day this year, and in future years. Now get into your kitchen and celebrate Culinarians Day. Cook up a storm. BTW: What time should I arrive to eat!?

National Carousel (Merry-Go-Round) Day

National Carousel Day (aka National Merry-Go-Round Day) on July 25 should really be an Iowa holiday. Carousels date back to at least 17th-century Europe. Mechanically powered carousels came into their own in the United States, often as a feature of trolley parks designed to encourage ridership on new streetcar lines. Iowans were responsible for three of the major advances in carousel technology. The first was spearheaded by William Schneider, a Davenport businessman and promoter who obtained a patent in 1871 for what is considered the modern carousel. In 1923 Willis Peck of Des Moines patented “a rotary playground apparatus,” and in 1927 John Ahrens of Grinnell patented the Miracle Whirl, a merry-go-round that could be operated by one person. Of the estimated 4,000 carousels in the United States in the early 1900s, fewer than 200 remain. Iowa is home to four. Those in Story City (North Park, built 1913 by the Herschell-Spillman Co.) and Mt. Pleasant (Midwest Old Threshers, built 1894) are originals with hand-carved animals. Those in Arnolds Park (date unknown) and Des Moines (Heritage Carousel, built 1998, above) are replicas.

National Chili Dog Day

It’s been less than a week since National Hot Dog Day, but it’s already time to celebrate National Chili Dog Day! National Chili Dog Day is always observed on the last Thursday of July, which is also National Hot Dog Month. Chili dogs are hot dogs that are usually topped with chili con carne (sans the beans), and other optional ingredients like cheese, onions, or mustard. When the National Sausage and Hot Dog Council ran a pole in 2005, they discovered that chili was the third most popular hot dog condiment, receiving 17% of the votes tallied. The chili dog’s popularity has spawned many variations, like the Coney Dog (actually from MIchigan) with added onions and mustard, and the Texas Hot Dog (actually from Pennsylvania!), which is topped with hot sauce. Chili dogs are particularly popular in the western U.S., with several restaurant chains featuring them on their menus. Arizona is home to the Sonoran dog, a chili dog that’s also topped with bacon and salsa. Mmmm…hopefully I’ll get to have one when I’m out there next month! I can probably count the number of chili dogs I’ve eaten in my lifetime on one hand. It’s not that I don’t like them — they’re delicious! It’s just that they seem to require about three times the work of a regular hot dog, and four times the calories! In fact, it’s not often that I eat chili at all, mostly because I never think about making it. But memories of the delicious chili Chris made on National Chili Day have been making me crave the comfort food again. And our giant crockpot told me it’s been feeling neglected lately, so maybe it’s time for us to get in the kitchen and start cutting some onions. Unfortunately, although some homemade chili would have been superb on our chili dogs, we’ll have to save our cooking exploits for another night. Chris had a company softball game this evening, so we didn’t have the opportunity to enjoy our chili dogs until he returned home quite late. And though we’d considered going out to Hard Times Cafe to take advantage of the free chili dogs they were giving out in celebration of National Chili Dog Day, instead I called Chris and asked him to pick up chili dogs from Checkers on his way home. I actually spent a year in my early twenties living within walking distance of the same Checkers he stopped at this evening, and I’m almost positive I’d never had one of their chili dogs! By the time Chris arrived home with the food it had cooled off a little, but it was still pretty good. Very, very messy, but good. There’s one thing I have to say about chili dogs though: a little bit goes a long way! Chris barely finished his and I could only finish half of mine. I guess I’ll have to practice some more before I seek out that Sonoran dog. Maybe tomorrow I can draw everyone’s attention away from my stuffed, bloated belly by wearing some bright red lipstick. After all, it will be National Lipstick Day!

National Hot Fudge Sundae Day

Today is National Hot Fudge Sundae Day! A sundae is the perfect treat to enjoy on a summer night. The cold ice cream paired with a warm, chocolate topping is one of the most delicious combinations known to man. Add some nuts, whipped cream, and cherries on top and you’ve got yourself a world-famous dessert! The Guinness Book of World Records has documented several record-setting sundaes. For example, the most expensive sundae can be ordered at Serendipity 3 in New York City for the hefty sum of $1000. In 2009, the Kids Club in Brunswick, Georgia created the world’s longest sundae. It measured over 130 feet long! To celebrate National Hot Fudge Sundae Day, you don’t have to go to such great lengths. Just treat yourself to a scrumptious hot fudge sundae with all of your favorite toppings!

Thread the Needle Day

Threading the needle has multiple meanings, from the practical meaning of taking thread and guiding it through the eye of a sewing needle, to a metaphorical one, referring to walking a fine line in an awkward social situation. Maybe you're stuck between an argument of two friends or family members, at the dinner table, or worse, on Facebook. Practice your diplomatic skills by carefully navigating yourself out of the middle of an argument or disagreement that does not directly involve you. * The phrase "between Scylla and Charybdis," from Homer's "The Odyssey," refers to Homer's challenge of sailing between to perils, Scylla and Charybdis, akin to the modern phrase, "between and rock and a hard place." * In billiards, "threading the needle" refers to precise shooting so an object ball is carefully shot through a narrow pathway according to Billiards forum. * The phrase is also used in football and basketball and it's also a yoga pose.

Buffalo Bill Days July 24-28, 2013

This events roots derive from the commemorative trail rides by the Buffalo Bill Saddle Club to Buffalo Bill's grave on the top of Lookout Mountain which began sometime in the 1940s. Since everything Western was so popular in the 1960s the manager of the local Chamber of Commerce felt the trail rides could be expanded upon for an activity to promote Golden. So the large contingent of riders rode up the mountain one summer day and when they rode back down, they rode through town the first Buffalo Bill Days parade. Thereafter, the Chamber of Commerce expanded on the trail ride, making it into a community-wide event. Events were added such as an arts and crafts fair, food vendors, a street dance, parade, and a golf tournament. Over the years, the local volunteer Fire Department jumped in by cooking a pancake breakfast to start the days events and various organization s hosted spaghetti dinners for the community. In 1985, the Chamber felt they could no longer commit the resources to run the event and asked the Golden Lions Club to take it over. The Lions Club did, in fact, run the event in 1986 and 1987, having given up its own 4th of July community celebration in order to concentrate all of its efforts on Buffalo Bill Days. However in 1988, the Lions Club turned the event back over to the Chamber so they could go back and continue their 4th of July activities. After the 1988 event, the City stepped in and appointed the first all-volunteer Board of Directors whose sole function was to sustain Buffalo Bill Days as the citys sole community-wide event.  To this day, it continues as an autonomous, all volunteer organization. It is these volunteers responsibility to raise the funds necessary to cover the costs of staging the event as the event is not funded by any other organization or business. Its directors function not only to coordinate running the event with other participating organizations and arranging for all the equipment, sanitation, advertising, and sponsorships, but also each director is responsible for a specific part of the event, i.e. entertainment, arts and crafts, food vendors, childrens rides and games, and the parade. Since its inception as an autonomous organization, the volunteers have been able to expand the scope of the event and have been quite successful in drawing attendees from throughout the Denver area who enjoy bringing their families to a wholesome, small-town community event.