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MARCH 11, 2018 | DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME | NATIONAL PROMPOSAL DAY | NATIONAL WORSHIP OF TOOLS DAY | NATIONAL JOHNNY APPLESEED DAY | NATIONAL OATMEAL NUT WAFFLES DAY

Daylight Saving Time - Second Sunday in March
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DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME

Daylight Saving Time is currently put to use on the second Sunday in March in the USA.  The practice is designed to give people an extra hour of sunlight in the evening hours.  This is done by setting the clock ahead one hour at a predetermined date each year.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Be sure to turn your clocks forward and use #DaylightSavingTime or #SpringForward to post on social media.

HISTORY

George Vernon Hudson from New Zealand proposed the modern version of daylight saving in 1895.  Germany and Austria-Hungary were the first countries to use it starting on 30 April 1916.

The energy crisis on the 1970s accelerated the growth of Daylight Saving Time.  It has been argued that more natural light in the evening hours uses less electricity due to less artificial lighting requirements.  Many retail shops and tourist attractions also enjoy more business.

NATIONAL PROMPOSAL DAY

The day for high school students across North America to craft their unique invitation to the event of the year has arrived. National Promposal Day is March 11th, and it has been officially established with the idea of getting the ultimate question asked. “Will you go to prom with me?”

Prom takes a lot of planning. That includes finding the right tux, the right dress, shoes and accessories. Does mom teach you how to dance or do you take a dance class? Do you borrow dad’s car or rent a limo? Those are just a few of the details. But that’s getting ahead of the plan.  First, ask the question on March 11th, National Promposal Day.

HOW TO OBSERVE 

Get creative about asking someone to prom and capture the special moment on video. Join Men’s Wearhouse, social media star Brent Rivera and other Promposal artists as their stories unfold on social media: #NationalPromposalDay #MyUltimatePromposal @menswearhouse on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter
and @Brent Rivera on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/Vine/Youtube

HISTORY

National Promposal Day was submitted by Men’s Wearhouse and was approved by the Registrar at National Day Calendar in 2016. For more information please visit menswearhouse.com

National Worship of Tools Day - March 11
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NATIONAL WORSHIP OF TOOLS DAY     

March 11th is National Worship of Tools Day.  This is a day to go out into the garage, the tool shed, the storage closet or wherever it is you keep your tools.  You can clean them, reorganize them, make something new with them or maybe go to the store and buy a new one.

It is hard to imagine the world without tools as they are a part of our daily lives.  From the hammer,  the screwdriver and the wrench to the most sophisticated tools, they are necessary.  Upon their use, they sometimes get rusty and need to be shined, they get dirty and need to be cleaned, they get dull and need to be sharpened.  

HOW TO OBSERVE

Spend some extra time shining up your tools or fixing them if they needed it.  Taking care of your tools helps them to last longer, which in turn is a benefit for you. Use #WorshipOfToolsDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Worship of Tools Day.

National Johnny Appleseed Day - March 11
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NATIONAL JOHNNY APPLESEED DAY

On March 11th we remember a man who made apple (and pear) trees bloom across the nation.  National Johnny Appleseed Day celebrates a kindly legend who lived by sage teachings and labored to bring the shade of fruit trees across much of the United States.

In Fort Wayne, Indiana in Johnny Appleseed Park there is a grave marking the spot where the legendary sower of apple seeds rests.

He was born John Chapman on September 26, 1774, in Leominster, Massachusetts to Nathaniel and Elizabeth Simons Chapman. Not much is known about his early life other than his mother died when he was two. His father packed up Johnny and his sister (an infant brother had died the previous year) and moved to Springfield, Massachusetts. His father served as a Minuteman and fought at Bunker Hill.

Then in 1797, Chapman shows up in northwestern Pennsylvania propagating his apple seeds and working his way steadily into the frontier of West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and eventually as far west as Illinois and Iowa and as far north as Michigan and Wisconsin.

In his wake, he left orchards and the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg, a Swedish spiritual leader whose books he would buy with whatever payment he might receive for his endeavors. In turn, Johnny would give the books away as he traveled and planted.

Mostly, though, he planted his seeds and seedlings for free along with his wisdom, his broad-brimmed pasteboard hat keeping the sun from his eyes as he went. Often shoeless, he traveled mostly by foot and sometimes by horseback or canoe. His appearance was nearly as noteworthy as his accomplishments, but so was his kindness. There was always a place at the table if Johnny Appleseed were to come visiting.

There are many stories told that the man would travel many miles to nurse an ailing orchard when word would reach him of its poor condition. Bringing the trees back to health would be his chief endeavor while dispersing wisdom, care and kindness as he did.

Across the Midwest, landmarks pepper the countryside honoring the man that brought fruit to the frontier. Warren County, Pennsylvania lays claim to Johnny Appleseed’s first tree nursery.

Mansfield, Ohio honors the man with a monument in South Park.  The last known Chapman tree still lives! In rural Ashland County, Ohio, the tree struggles to survive but half of it still manages to bloom in the spring. 

In his hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts there is an entire park named after the man who nurtured the land and made apple trees bloom across a young nation.

Johnny Appleseed Day is celebrated on either March 11 or September 26. The September date is Appleseed’s acknowledged birth date. The March date is sometimes preferred due to the planting season. While there is some vagueness concerning Appleseed’s death and burial, it is known he became ill in early March and passed soon after.

National Johnny Appleseed Day is celebrated in many elementary schools across the country.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Enjoy an apple and use #JohnnyAppleseedDay to post on social media.

HISTORY 

Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Johnny Appleseed Day.

National Oatmeal Nut Waffles Day - March 11
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NATIONAL OATMEAL NUT WAFFLES DAY

National Oatmeal Nut Waffles Day is observed each year on March 11th. This is a day to celebrate a healthier version of the classic waffle. Whole grain oats and chopped nuts mixed into a waffle recipe is a delicious, healthy way to start your morning.

A waffle is a batter-based or dough-based cake cooked in a waffle iron patterned to give a distinctive size, shape and surface impression. There are many variations based on the type of iron and recipe used.

Waffles have been around for centuries, and there are many varieties of them around the world.  The Oatmeal Nut Waffle is another flavorful addition to the family for us all to try!

HOW TO OBSERVE

Enjoy this recipe for Banana Oatmeal Nut Waffles.

Use #OatmealNutWafflesDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Oatmeal Nut Waffles Day.

On Deck for March 12, 2018

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