August Holiday Lineup
Friday, July 31st, 2015
August 2: Sisters Day
The first Sunday in August is reserved for those special women in our lives who we call sister. Enjoy the day spending time and creating new memories with your female siblings!
August 3: Watermelon Day
Watermelon is an everyday occurrence in many homes during the summer, but on August 3 everyone should grab some watermelon and enjoy it outside to celebrate a favorite summer treat.
There are lots of great watermelon-based recipes online you could try on this day as well. Here’s one of our favorites:
Watermelon Lime Frosty (makes 2)
3 cups watermelon, cubed and frozen
1 ripe banana, peeled and frozen
2 tablespoons agave nectar or maple syrup
Zest from 2 limes
Juice from 2 limes (about 4 tablespoons)
1/2 cup water
Blend all ingredients until smooth, adding more water as needed to keep the mixture moving. You may want to add more watermelon than called for to thicken this up, or to make the drink a brighter pink color.
August 9: Book Lovers Day
From the habitual reader who’s read every Harry Potter, Twilight, Divergent, and Hunger Games series to the Sunday morning newspaper peruser, on Sunday, August 9, dust off your favorite classic or discover something new on your favorite e-book platform – and get to reading!
Don’t have time to find a cozy reading nook and hunker down? Turn your morning commute into quality reading time by listening to an audio book!
August 10: S’mores Day
You don’t need a bonfire to make these tasty treats. Did you know you can make s’mores in the oven? Just take a baking sheet, line with foil, assemble s’mores without the top graham cracker and bake until marshmallows are soft and chocolate starts to melt (you have to watch these closely – it doesn’t take long). Then just take them out of the oven, top with the other graham cracker and enjoy!
August 13: Left Handers Day
The struggle is real – lefties unite! According to Scientific American, 15% of people are left-handed. That means relatively few people know the trials of a left-handed person in a world catered largely toward the right-handed. From scissors, to desks, to golf clubs, and even spiral notebooks and 3-ring binders, the left-handed community has their share of daily hurdles.
On the plus side, it is said that geniuses are more likely to be left-handed (20% of the MENSA members report being left-handed, and 4 out of the 5 original designers of the Mac computer were left-handed). Some famous lefties include: Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and Leonardo da Vinci.
Minnesota State Fair: August 27 – September 7
It’s almost a Minnesota citizen prerequisite to attend the State Fair every year, and so it seems like a holiday for those of us who call this state home. If this year will be your first, get ready for lots of fun activities, great entertainment, and the food — there’s nothing like it! This year’s new foods include such items as deep-fried ribs, Italian dessert nachos, stuffed Italian meatloaf on a stick, and walleye-stuffed mushrooms, just to name a few of the sumptuous assortment.
For more information about the MN State Fair visit: www.mnstatefair.org
Frankenstein Day: August 30
Happy birthday to Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, author of Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, born this day in 1797. Spend August 30 reading Shelley’s famous Gothic novel or watching any of the popular movie adaptations or spin-offs made popular in the 1930s by director James Whale and actor Boris Karloff. While many of us picture Karloff’s epic portrayal of the monster when we think of Frankenstein, the earliest film adaptations actually date back to 1910 and have continued to as recent as I, Frankenstein (2014). Mary Shelley has clearly created a fictional character that will live on in Western culture in aeternum. It’s alive!