Saturday, August 16, 2014

Still Life With Robin: The Days of August - Part II

Photo by Janneke Vreugdenhil via Wikimedia Commons
by Peggy Robin

On the first Saturday in August I devoted my column to a complaint about August, and its dismaying lack of an emblematic holiday. I went over the first two weeks of August day by day, suggesting events and commemorative occasions that could easily be elevated to the status of a big-deal celebration. Now I present the last two weeks of August with similar intent. There are some doozies here. I particularly like Wayzgoose Day, on the 24th.

August 16: Hawaii Statehood Day

August 17: Davy Crockett Day – on this day in 1786 the American folk hero was “born on a mountaintop in Tennessee” … and if you can believe the songwriters at Disney Studios, “killed him a b’ar when he was only three.”

August 18: Bad Poetry Day

August 19: National Aviation Day

August 20: St. Stephen’s Day (National Holiday of Hungary)

August 21: Winnie-the-Pooh’s Birthday

August 22: Tooth Fairy Day

August 23: Vulcanalia – The Vulcan Fire Festival

August 24: Wayzgoose Day – Nope, I’m not going to explain this – you’re going to have to look it up.

August 25: National Park Service Day

August 26: National Dog Day

August 27: Banana Lovers Day

August 28: Dream Day – The Martin Luther King, Jr. “I have a dream” speech

August 29: Happy Housewives’ Day

August 30: Slinky Day

August 31: National Eat Outside Day

So, in closing, let me bid you an appropriately Hawaiian “Aloha!” (for today’s holiday, Hawaii Statehood Day).


Still Life With Robin is published on the Cleveland Park Listserv and All Life Is Local on Saturdays

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