Stars and Stripes, Migratory Birds, Miniature Golf, Archery, Underground, Sun Awareness, Dancing like Chickens, and Buttermilk Biscuits

May 14, 2022 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my flag-waving friends. Today is Saturday, May 14, 2022. Today is the 134th day of the year, and 231 days remain.

“The Stars and Stripes Forever” Day 

“The Stars and Stripes Forever” Day is celebrated annually on May 14th. You needn’t be a marching band music aficionado to ascertain that this holiday celebrates “the Stars and Stripes Forever” – a patriotic American march widely considered to be the “signature song” of composer John Philip Sousa. “The Stars and Stripes Forever” Day commemorates the inaugural performance of this song on this date in 1897. The occasion was the unveiling of a statue of George Washington in Philadelphia, PA. President William McKinley was present for the performance.
According to his biography “Marching Along”, Mr. Sousa composed “The Stars and Stripes Forever” at sea on Christmas Day in 1896 as he was returning to the United States from a vacation in Europe. By an act of Congress in 1987, “The Stars and Stripes Forever” is the official National March of the United States.
The most obvious way to celebrate “The Stars and Stripes Forever” Day is to simply listen to “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” A Google search should render myriad renditions of this patriotic song. Additionally, you could listen to other patriotic selections by John Philip Sousa.

International Migratory Bird Day 

International Migratory Bird Day is celebrated annually on the second Saturday in May. You don’t need to be an ornithologist to ascertain that this holiday highlights the importance of international efforts to conserve birds through agreements, laws, treaties, and collaborations. This holiday also marks the Centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty – a landmark agreement between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to protect our shared migratory birds.
Because birds do not migrate on the same day, International Migratory Bird Day is celebrated on different dates across the Northern Hemisphere. Events take place year-round, though most occur around the “traditional” date on the second Saturday in May. In the southern hemisphere, it is celebrated in October.
International Migratory Bird Day is the only international education program that highlights and celebrates the migration of nearly 350 species of migratory birds between nesting habitats in North America and non-breeding grounds in Latin America, Mexico, and the Caribbean, and each year it explores a different aspect of migratory birds and their conservation.
A good way to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day is to simply spend a relaxing hour or so outside today and see how many different species of birds you spot.

National Miniature Golf Day 

National Miniature Golf Day is celebrated annually on the second Saturday in May. You needn’t be a minuscule linkster to ascertain that this holiday celebrates miniature golf – a favorite pastime of Americans young and old alike.
Miniature golf has been around since the mid-1800s. During this era, it was thought to be unladylike for a woman to swing a golf club above her shoulder level. So, in 1867, the Ladies’ Putting Club of St. Andrews designed a scaled-down version of golf that allowed women to join in the fun without creating a scandal. This was the first Miniature Golf course.
In the early 20th century, Miniature Golf courses began springing up in America, but these were usually in Hotels and Private Resorts, so they were still unavailable to the masses. The first Miniature Golf course that was open to the public was “Thistle Dhu”, constructed in 1916 by James Barbar in North Carolina. By the mid 1930′s, Miniature Golf had become a popular pastime all across America. It is still popular today. My research did not reveal when or why “obstacles” became part of the game.
If you opt to celebrate National Miniature Golf Day, simply go to your local miniature golf course and play a round of miniature golf today.

National Archery Day 

National Archery Day is celebrated annually on the second Saturday in May. To get right to the point, Archery Day, obviously, celebrates archery – both as a weapon and a sport.
Archery is one of the oldest sports still in existence and has been around since before 2800 BC. And, bows and arrows have been used for hunting and in warfare for centuries.
Archery was introduced to the modern Olympic games in 1900 but only appeared again in 1904, 1908, and 1920. Then once again after a long absence, archery returned as an Olympic event in 1972.
In recent years, archery has grown in popularity. The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) began in Kentucky in 2002. The program has since spread to 47 states and 10 countries, with over 2.1 million kids participating each year. The second Saturday in May is generally the time the NASP tournament is held. This is the largest archery tournament in the world. Each year kids from all over the United States look forward to traveling to Louisville, Kentucky, for this culminating event to end their school archery year. The event draws over 11,500 students each year.
One way to celebrate National Archery Day would be to channel your inner William Tell, and take some target practice with a bow and arrow. Unlike Mr. Tell, however, I recommend that you use an inanimate target – not one of your own progenies. If on the off chance you don’t have access to archery equipment, many larger cities have archery clubs where you can rent the equipment you need.

Underground America Day 

Underground America Day is celebrated annually on May 14th. Contrary to what you might be thinking, this holiday does not refer to those radical fringe groups from both sides of the political spectrum who try to live their lives “underground”; — without the scrutiny of “big brother”. Instead, it takes a much more literal approach. Underground America Day, a time to honor the 6,000 or so North Americans who make their homes not only on the Earth but in it. This holiday was created in 1974 by architect Malcolm Wells. He is quoted as saying; ”I woke up one day to the fact that the Earth’s surface was made for living plants, not industrial plants.”
One of the top advantages of living underground is energy conservation.  Completely covered homes or Earth-sheltered homes are covered on all sides with earth while earth-bermed homes leave one side exposed. Both provide natural insulation and allow for more stable temperatures within the home and less exposure to the elements.
Of course, there are also some disadvantages as well.  If you enjoy lots of sunlight and throwing open the windows on a summer day to create a natural breeze, you should probably opt for more conventional type dwellings.
Listed below are some suggestions of ways to celebrate Underground America Day, – in the unlikely event that you might be so inclined.

1) Eat root vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, and parsnips.
2) Learn about moles, gophers, and other subterranean species.
3) Dig for buried treasure in your backyard.
4) Look down into a well.
5) Have a party in your basement.

Sun Awareness Day 

Sun Awareness Day is celebrated annually on the second Saturday in May.  You don’t need to be a direct descendent of Helios to deduce that this holiday serves to remind us of the dangers of overexposure to the sun.
Now that Spring is here and the temperatures are on the rise, most of us are spending more time outside in the sun. Sun Awareness Day urges us to stock up on sunscreen and use it liberally while outside. Many people don’t even think about sunscreen until they start feeling the effects of the sun – but by then, it’s too late. And, it is doubly important that your children use sunscreen when playing outside.
The obvious way to celebrate Sun Awareness Day is to slather on the sun screen (I require like SPF-1,000) and spend some time soaking up some rays – just don’t overdo it. Learn more about the risks of over-exposure to the sun.

Dance Like a Chicken Day 

Dance Like a Chicken Day (aka Chicken Dance Day) is celebrated annually on May 14th. You don’t need to be Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers to deduce that this holiday celebrates the “Chicken Dance” song. Although you probably don’t want to admit it, you all have probably danced to the Chicken Dance at least once in your life. This goofy dance is a popular favorite at kid’s birthday parties, bat mitzvahs, weddings, and other social gatherings. You may not even be aware that you have danced to this song because it has many names – Chicken Dance Song, Duck Dance, Der Ententanz, and Dance Little Bird to name a few.
Werner Thomas, a Swiss accordion player, wrote the basic melody for the Chicken Dance song in the late 1950s. In 1963, he began performing it at his restaurant. The people who bravely stood up and danced along often used sporadic movements that reminded Thomas of ducks and chickens. By the time the Chicken Dance arrived in America in the 1970s, it had transformed into a set of movements with repeated “beak”, “wing”, and “tail” movements.
Today, the Chicken Dance has earned a fond place in the playlist of cheesy party dance songs. Other favorites typically include the Hokey Pokey, the Electric Slide, and the Macarena.
I offer this link to help you celebrate Dance Like a Chicken Day. Not only does it provide the music for you to dance to, it also demonstrates the dance for you as well – so no excuses, start flappin’.

National Buttermilk Biscuit Day 

National Buttermilk Biscuit Day is celebrated annually on May 14th. As you might suspect, this holiday celebrates buttermilk biscuits – a typically American quick-bread option.
What do you think about if you hear the word ‘biscuit’? If you are British, chances are you think of what we here in America call a ‘cookie’. However, here in America, the word has an entirely different meaning. They are a form of quick-bread (it doesn’t need yeast to rise) about the size of dinner rolls.
Biscuits, particularly buttermilk biscuits, are a staple of American cuisine. They are often served as bread with a meal (chicken and biscuits); for breakfast as a substitute for toast; or with country gravy as an entree.
I have two favorite ways to enjoy Buttermilk Biscuits. The first is fresh from the oven, slathered with butter and honey. The second is with my sausage gravy. You can celebrate National Buttermilk Biscuit Day with either or both of the recipes I linked in the sentences above, or with your own recipes.

Linked below are some other holidays celebrated on this date that are worthy of mention. 

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