Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”
― Charles William Eliot


There are plenty of reasons to celebrate the Beatles and their music. Not there’s Global Beatles Day on June 25. This date was chosen because the first global transmission ever included the Beatles singing ‘All You Need is Love’ occurred. Faith Cohen, the person who conceived GBD, said “I was aware that there was a Beatles Day held in Liverpool on July 10th. The Liverpool organizers of Beatles Day chose July 10th because this was the day the Beatles returned to Liverpool from America and the premiere of ‘A Hard Day’s Night.'” She launched her idea in February of 2009, with the idea for a holiday that “would not pigeonhole the Beatles’ contributions or their impact on the world. It is not limited to their amazing and transcendent music.” Cohen says she’s asking participants to bring the Beatles into some aspect of their life on that day.


Happy Leon Day. In the United States, Leon Day is the halfway mark to Christmas (“Leon” is “Noel” spelled backwards) and is celebrated on June 25th, i.e. the turning point when Christmas begins to come closer on the calendar. For many crafters, Leon Day is a time to begin thinking about creating gifts and decorations for the Christmas holiday. You only have 182.5 more days to shop for Christmas gifts. The holiday is not so odd when you consider some people also celebrate their half birthdays. It’s a great thing to do when you don’t like your birthday month.


Log Cabin Day, celebrated either June 25th or the last sunday of June by various groups, brings you back to a quieter, simpler, more rugged era. A couple hundred years ago, life was far more rugged. Americans moving West (west at the time may have been Ohio, or Tennessee) found an untouched wilderness, filled with pristine forests. They built their homes out of logs. These log cabins were solid, long lasting, and served them well. Life was rustic and simple. Heat was provided by an open fireplace, where they also cooked their meals. Need air conditioning in the summer? Just open the window (there wasn’t any glass or screening). There was no electricity (no television, stereos or boom boxes blasting, or computers). And, plumbing? Just look back towards the woods to the outhouse. The path to it is well worn. Today celebrates what was then the “Modern” home in America, and all of the lifestyle that accompanied it. It’s a day to appreciate the history and significance of log cabins. The Log Cabin Society, founded by Virginia Handy, and the Bad Axe Historical Society, in Michigan created the annual Log Cabin Day on June 25, 1986. Their objectives included promoting the preservation of Log Cabins, and awareness and education of life during the era in America when log cabins were common. Log cabins were first constructed in the U.S. in 1638. Swedish settlers in New Sweden used log structures in New Sweden (what is now Wilmington, Delaware). German and Ukrainian immigrants then used this technique as well. The Scots and Scots-Irish had no tradition of building with logs, but they quickly adopted the method. English settlers didn’t widely use log cabins. Few log cabins dating from the 18th century still stand, but they were not intended as permanent dwellings. When a larger, more formal house was constructed, log cabins were often converted into outbuildings for chicken coops, animal shelters, or other utilitarian purposes. Log cabins played an important role in the development of this entire country and honoring that memory presents a way to keep that pioneer spirit alive in ourselves – and teach it to our children.


It’s National Catfish Day. It’s a day to enjoy some tasty catfish. You should have no doubt what to do today. On June 25, 1987, President Ronald Reagan began a presidential proclamation with the words “More and more Americans are discovering a uniquely American food delicacy — farm-raised catfish.” Catfish is a versatile and delicious type of fish that is usually associated with Cajun-style cooking. In fact, about 95% of the nation’s catfish comes from Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, and Louisiana. In traditional recipes, each catfish fillet is coated with a blend of spices and then fried or blackened in a cast-iron skillet. Catfish is one of the most sustainable species of fish. Most of the catfish we eat is farm-raised, which is very eco-friendly.


On June 25, 1788 Virginia became the 10th state to ratify the United States Constitution.


The United States Congress passed the Mann Act on this day in 1910, which prohibited interstate transport of females for “immoral purposes”; the ambiguous language would be used to selectively prosecute people for years to come.


The Diary of a Young Girl (better known as The Diary of Anne Frank) was published on June 25, 1947.


The rainbow flag representing gay pride was flown for the first time in the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade thirty five years ago today.


On this day in 1981, Microsoft was restructured to become an incorporated business in its home state of Washington.


One year ago today the final beam of 4 World Trade Center was lifted into place in a ceremony.


Some of the writers born June 25th include:

Georges Courteline (1858), Géza Gyóni (1884), George Abbott (1887), Frigyes Karinthy (1887), George Orwell (1903), P. H. Newby (1918), Dorothy Gilman (1923), Nicholas Mosley (1923), Ingeborg Bachmann (1926), Peyo (1928), Eric Carle (1929), James Meredith (1933), Jack W. Hayford (1934), Charles Sheffield (1935), Bert Hölldobler (1936), A.J. Quinnell (1940), Michel Trenblay (1942), Robert Charlebois (1944), Carly Simon (1945), Marcello Toninelli (1950), Daryush Shokof (1954), Anthony Bourdain (1956), Ricky Gervais (1961), Yann Martel (1963), and Ariel Gore (1970).

welcome to michaels

We have a book for anyone who has ever wanted to entertain at home. We are reducing the price of Welcome to Michael’s: Great Food, Great People, Great Party! starting today for one week only. This hardcover book by celebrity chef Michael McCarty has a forward by Liz Smith. We have one New copy available. Amazon gives the following description:

Michael McCarty has played a major role in defining a uniquely modern American attitude to cooking, dining, and entertaining since 1979, when he opened his first acclaimed Michael”s restaurant in Santa Monica, California. McCarty”s approach, now enjoyed on both coasts with the opening of Michael’s New York in 1989, has always been refreshingly simple: start with the best ingredients, cook them in simple ways that highlight their natural qualities, pair them with great wines, and serve them in a relaxed yet stylish setting. The result, in Michael’s own words, should be a “great party,” which this book makes possible for any home cook. Adding to the lively spirit of Welcome to Michael’s are the voices of dozens of luminaries from the worlds of entertainment, the arts, the media, business, politics, and cooking who share their own insightful, sometimes irreverent opinions about the Michael’s experience. The result is a book to be savored on many levels: as a guide to cooking for yourself, your family, and your friends and to entertaining with style; as a primer on the rewarding relationship between food and wine; and as an experience that comes as close as words and pictures possibly can to enjoying a meal at one of Michael’s restaurants, surrounded by the luminous personalities who dine there.


Much of the information in this blog is taken directly from Wikipedia, Amazon, and other sources such as holidayinsights.com, which are directly linked to within the text. Images have been taken from various sources found via Facebook, Goodsearch.com and Google.
Village Book Shop and the blogger claim no credit for the information above.


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