NATIONAL GRAPE POPSICLE DAY
Since summer is just around the corner, May 27th calls for warm weather, sunshine, and National Grape Popsicle Day.
In San Francisco, California, in 1905, 11-yr-old Frank Epperson was outside on his porch, mixing water with a white powdered flavoring to make soda. Upon going inside, he left it there on the porch with the stirring stick still in it. That night the temperature reached a record low and the following morning, Frank discovered the drink had frozen to the stick.
Years later, in 1922, Epperson introduced his treat at a fireman’s ball where it was a huge success. Then in 1923, he made and sold his frozen treat-on-a-stick at an amusement park in Alameda, California. Epperson applied for a patent in 1924 for his frozen confectionery, which he called “Epsicle” ice pop. He then renamed it “Popsicle“.
Popsicles are one of summertime’s favorite treats for kids of all ages. National Grape Popsicle Day honors one of the most popular flavors!
HOW TO OBSERVE #GrapePopsicleDay
Make some homemade grape popsicles or pick up your favorite frozen grape treat. We even have a grape…great One Ingredient Grape Popsicle Recipe from our National Day Calendar Ambassadors, the Erratic Divas. One way to enjoy your popsicle without the mess is by adding it to a clear soda. Pour the soda into a glass and then just add your popsicle to your soda. Not only does it keep your drink cool, but it also adds a bright color to your beverage. As the popsicle begins to melt, break it up like a slushy. What other ways do you enjoy your popsicles?
NATIONAL GRAPE POPSICLE DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this summer holiday celebration. While we celebrate, check out these other sweet and chilly holidays:
Still looking for more? Find 7 Summertime Treats to Celebrate Every Day!
NATIONAL SENIOR HEALTH & FITNESS DAY
Put on your sneakers for National Senior Health & Fitness Day. On the last Wednesday in May each year, approximately 100,000 senior adults will participate in activities across the United States for this national observance.
Many organizations offer special events especially for seniors:
- Health Clubs
- Area Agencies on Aging
- Houses of Worship
- Malls/Shopping Centers
- Park & Recreation Departments
- Retirement Committee’s
- Senior Centers
- State/Local/Aging Departments
Seniors benefit in numerous ways from physical activity. Exercises can be done at home, a community pool, or a local center. And seniors aren’t limited to just one type of exercise either. There are many to choose from. And many activities can be modified to fit any limitations. Yoga, walking, and swimming are all low impact routines that offer a range of benefits late in life and for all abilities. Some of the benefits include:
- reduce fall risk and increase the ability to live independently
- maintain strength, healthy joints, and muscles
- helps reduce or control blood pressure
- reduces the risk of colon cancer and diabetes
- eases symptoms of anxiety
- offers community and companionship when done in groups
- reduces and prevents arthritis joint swelling and pain
HOW TO OBSERVE #SeniorHealthFitnessDay
Find an event near you. You can even explore options online and start a fitness routine at home. Pick one that fits your needs. Do you currently have a fitness routine that keeps you going strong? Share it using #SeniorHealthFitnessDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL SENIOR HEALTH & FITNESS DAY HISTORY
The Mature Market Resource Center, a national information clearinghouse for the older adult market, organizes National Senior Health & Fitness Day as a public-private partnership.
NATIONAL CELLOPHANE TAPE DAY
It could be a sticky situation on May 27th as we recognize National Cellophane Tape Day. It is hard to imagine where we would be without this invention. How would we wrap our Christmas and birthday gifts?
This everyday household and office item is also known as invisible tape or Scotch Tape. Richard Gurley Drew (June 22, 1899 – December 14, 1980) invented the invisible tape in 1930. He created the tape from cellulose and originally called it cellulose tape. His career started at the 3M company in 1920 in St. Paul, Minnesota where he developed a masking tape for the automotive industry in 1925.
Originally designed to seal Cellophane packages sold in groceries and bakeries, the new adhesive missed its mark. By the time all its drawbacks were resolved, DuPont introduced heat-sealed cellophane.
Regardless, with a resounding endorsement from customers, 3M found a market in both the home and the office. Many of us keep several rolls of it, too. Check the closet with the wrapping paper for a roll or two. There will be another in the junk drawer. Count another on the desk, perhaps. In offices and schools, there are even more rolls of tape to be found.
HOW TO OBSERVE #CellophaneTapeDay
How many rolls of this invisible tape do you have laying around? Wrap a package or tape a picture to the fridge. Repair a torn page from a book. Share your favorite uses for cellophane tape by using #CellophaneTapeDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL CELLOPHANE TAPE DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this sticky holiday. In the meantime, explore these other innovative holidays:
Recipe of the Day
COFFEE STEAK MARINADE
Prep: 5 minutes + marinade time of 1-2 hours
Cook: 6-12 minutes
Total Prep: 17 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
3/4 cup strong coffee
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons avocado oil
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 clove minced garlic
Mix ingredients together and marinate steaks for 1-2 hours. Grill as desired.
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