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JULY 22, 2019 | NATIONAL PENUCHE FUDGE DAY | NATIONAL HAMMOCK DAY | NATIONAL RAT CATCHER’S DAY

NATIONAL PENUCHE FUDGE DAY

National Penuche Fudge Day on July 22nd recognizes the creamy candy with an Italian name. If you like maple flavor, this nut-filled fudge is for you!

Penuche (pə-​ˈnō-​chə) is pronounced pe-new-chee. The Italian form of the word is panucci.  The fudge-like candy includes the following ingredients: brown sugar, butter, vanilla, and milk.  Lighter in color than traditional fudge, penuche tastes like maple thanks to the brown sugar. If you are looking to celebrate, many shops in New England sell this fudge. There they will add pecans and other nuts, especially if making a candy form of penuche. Southerners call it brown sugar fudge candy.   

Of course, the day provides an opportunity to test recipes, too. Add walnuts or pecans for a nutty texture to any recipe. However, if you prefer the creamier version, nuts are always purely optional. Cook the sugar mixture in a heavy saucepan. Making good candy or fudge is no time to go cheap. No matter what recipe you use, keep stirring and watch the temperature. Always use a candy thermometer. Fudge is finicky and will seize up on you.  

Whether you taste a homemade bite, store-bought or your first bite, be sure to savor it.  Don’t forget to share!

HOW TO OBSERVE

Make your own batch with this Penuche Fudge Recipe.  Will it be with nuts or without?  Post on social media using #NationalPenucheFudgeDay.

HISTORY

We have been unable to identify the origins of National Penuche Fudge Day.

NATIONAL HAMMOCK DAY

On July 22nd, relax in the shade and enjoy National Hammock Day. These portable, comfortable slings create excellent napping spaces no matter where you are!

A hammock, used for swinging, sleeping or resting, is a sling made of fabric, rope or netting. When suspended between two points, a hammock forms a sling used for swinging, sleeping or resting. They are made from fabric, rope or netting. Usually, a hammock suspends between two points such as trees or posts. 

Though the hammock dates back thousands of years to Central America where it protected people from creatures and dirt, the netted bed didn’t find Europe until explorers brought it back in the 17th century. Not long after, the hammock found its way onto naval ships, providing comfort and maximizing space.

After swaying across the oceans, the hammock eventually became a more leisurely item. Made from a variety of fabrics, it suspended between trees in backyards and at lake cabins. Easily packed into a backpack, hammocks became essential elements of survival. Hikers, campers and mountain climbers added the light and compact sleep sling to their kits.

If the leisure of hammocks seems ho-hum to you, don’t go. Extreme hammocking puts the adventure into your rest and relaxation. Thrill-seekers sleep in hammocks hundreds of feet above a canyon floor.

Whether you use a hammock to take a nap or as a convenient tool in your camping kit, July 22nd second recognizes one innovative way to catch some sleep. 

HOW TO OBSERVE

Hang up your hammock and take a nap. Use your own or borrow a hammock to celebrate.  Post on social media using #NationalHammockDay.

HISTORY

We were unable to identify the origin of National Hammock Day.

NATIONAL RAT CATCHER’S DAY

National Rat Catcher’s Day on July 22nd commemorates the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. It’s also a day to thank all present-day exterminators.

According to the folktale, residents of the German town of Hamelin hired a strangely dressed man to rid their village of rats. The Pied Piper of Hamelin did so by playing his flute. Upon finishing the task, the townsfolk refused to pay — so the Pied Piper returned. Once again, the Pied Piper played his flute while the children followed him. And with the Pied Piper, the children vanished, never to return.  

While a harrowing tale of revenge doesn’t seem like something to celebrate, someone found a way. Depending on where you live, the day includes festivals and re-enactments. Due to differing dates in stories and poems, Hamelin, Germany celebrates the day on June 26th.  The event consists of a pied piper leading children through the city streets. There’s even Richard the Rat who gets to tell his version of the story.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Appreciate all rat catchers and make this their day!  Read the story about the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Post on social media using #NationalRatCatchersDay.

HISTORY
We were unable to find the creator of National Rat Catcher’s Day.  The day is also known as Ratcatcher’s Day, Rat-catcher’s Day or Rat-Catcher’s Day and is sometimes celebrated on June 26. The confusion stems from the Brothers Grimm as they cite June 26, 1284, as the date the Pied Piper led the children out of the town. At the same time, the poem by Robert Browning uses the date July 22, 1376.

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