Friday, August 2, 2013

Holidays for August 2nd 2013

Dinosaurs Day

Are you terrified of a tyrannosaurus? Do you find the diplodocus somewhat duplicitous? Or are you enraptured by the sight of a raptor? August 2nd is the holiday for you. Dinosaur enthusiasts dig up bones and dig through drawings of prehistoric creatures on this historical holiday. Carnivores, herbivores, omnivores - all out of doors! Be on the alert for purple dinosaurs (and dinosaurs of every hue) on August 2nd. It's Dinosaurs Day. Oh, and by the way. Last time we checked, dinosaurs were extinct. Still, dinosaur lovers may enjoy viewing movies about these massive prehistoric animals. Here are a few dinosaur films from which to choose on Dinosaurs Day: Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend, Dinosaur, The Flintstones, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Jurassic Park, King Kong, The Land Before Time, Land of the Lost, The Land That Time Forgot and We're Back - A Dinosaur's Story.  

Gymnastics Day

How's your handspring these days? Can you do a cartwheel? August 2nd is Gymnastics Day. In 2003, an official proclamation by Alabama State Governor Bob Riley declared August 2nd to be National Gymnastics Day in the United States. Part of the purpose of National Gymnastics Day has been to raise awareness (and funding) for the Children's Miracle Network, benefiting hospitalized children and youngsters facing various diseases, illnesses and other challenges. At the same time, Gymnastics Day is a fitness occasion, when gyms may offer free demonstrations and discount classes. Have you ever wanted to learn to do flips on the uneven bars, vault over the pommel horse, dance down the balance beam or hold a perfect iron cross on the suspended rings? August 2nd is your chance - Gymnastics Day.  

Ice Cream Sandwich Day

Yummy! Creamy ice cream, tucked inside two crunchy chocolate wafers - can anything beat a delicious ice cream sandwich on a hot summer day? August 2nd is Ice Cream Sandwich Day. Can you hear the jingle-jangle of the ice cream vendor's truck, making its way along the beach, through the public park or into your neighborhood? Since the early 1900s, ice cream sandwiches have tempted and delighted frozen dairy treat lovers. Ice cream sandwiches may contain chocolate, mint, strawberry or the perennial classic vanilla ice cream. Whatever flavor they may contain, ice cream sandwiches are the order of the day on August 2nd.  

Braham Pie Day

Braham is the homemade pie capital of Minnesota. Every year on the first Friday in August the people of Braham celebrate Pie Day. This celebration includes craft sales, music, food stands, games, and entertainment, and various types of pie. Braham was declared the Pie Capital of Minnesota by former Governor Rudy Perpich in 1990. Braham became famous for its pie in the 1930s and 1940's when Minnesotans would take the "shortcut to Duluth through Braham." While taking this "shortcut," people would stop in Braham and visit the Park Cafe, the cafe that made Braham pie famous. Pie Day began in July 1990, after Independence Day, as an ice-cream social for fundraising and other charitable activities. The date was changed to the first Friday in August when the Isanti County Historical Society took charge of the event in 1992.  

Harriet Quimby Day

On August 1, 1911, Quimby took her pilot's test and became the first U.S. woman to earn an Aero Club of America aviator's certificate. Matilde Moisant soon followed and became the nation's second certified female pilot. In her purple satin flying costume Harriet Quimby cut quite a figure in early aviation. While other women aviators wore combinations of men's clothing adapted for safety and comfort in the pilot's seat, Harriet designed her own suit with an attached hood rather than a helmet. Photographs of Harriet Quimby reveal a beautiful, slender woman with dark eyes and a sense of style. Descriptions of her in news articles also noted she was intelligent, inquisitive, creative, and daring enough to fly an aeroplane during a time when driving an automobile was still uncommonly exciting. Since 1991 her lovely face has graced a 50 cent U.S. Airmail stamp as her Bleriot monoplane flies in the background.  

Twins Festival: Twinsburg, Ohio

Twins Days is a festival for biological twins (and other multiples, e.g. triplets, quads) which has taken place every summer since 1976 in Twinsburg, Ohio, when the festival was founded by Revco's Charles R. DeHaven. It is the largest annual gathering of twins in the world. The event has twin based contests, "talent" shows which is opened every year with the Star Spangled Banner sung by John and Jerry Starlet and signed in ASL by Jamie Maassen and Jodie Qualkinbush, and a parade along Ravenna Road (former SR-14) and routinely draws thousands of participants from all over the United States. It takes place on the first full weekend in August.