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National Take a Hike Day on November 17th encourages us to get out there and hit the trails. With over 60,000 miles of trails in the National Trail System across the 50 states, there is no lack of opportunity to take a hike.  

Some of those trails are hundreds of years old. For example, the oldest continuously used trail in the United States is Crawford Path in New Hampshire. The beginnings of the mountain path were cleared to the summit of Mt. Washington in 1819. Other trails allow us to follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark or explore even more ancient history like Effigy Mounds National Monument.

Besides experiencing majestic views and the great outdoors, we also exercise our bodies. Hiking not only gets our hearts pumping and our muscles moving, but being outdoors is good for our minds. Many of us spend too much time indoors behind a desk. Hiking can burn between 400-550 calories per hour. What better way to get a head start on all those ‘other’ holiday temptations and observe Take a Hike Day?

Events around the country celebrate Take a Hike Day. Local, state, and National Parks support hiking events encouraging us to enjoy a hike. Be sure to wear good shoes, take a snack and bring a buddy, but get out there and enjoy the fresh air, scenery and get a little exercise to boot!

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalTakeAHikeDay

Invite a friend and take a nice hike. Check out the resources below to find trails near you. When you go, use #NationalTakeAHikeDay to post on social media.

National Parks Posters


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On November 17th, homes will fill with warm, comforting aromas reminding us to slow down and enjoy National Homemade Bread Day.

Yeast bread calls for us to slow down. We need to spend time with each other as we work the dough and let it rest and rise before baking. Quick breads allow a special treat to share and enjoy with coffee or tea.  Other homemade breads, such as donuts, pretzels, muffins, and biscuits, add variety to our everyday meals. And making them with friends and family brings joy and an opportunity to exchange recipes.

Those who make homemade bread commit to using good ingredients and investing in the time. They make it not only because they love the flavor, but because they know the people they love to do also. Homemade bread enriches the flavors of our meals and the flavors of our conversations, too.

Bread is full of symbolism around the world, across cultures and religions. In our lives, bread is valuable. We consider our livelihood to be our daily bread. We are making it, breaking it, consuming it as part of our faith. Bread can be exciting if it’s sliced or boring if it’s white. There’s a bonus bread, too. However, it seems a bit messy if it’s buttered on both sides. Then again, when we roll in the dough, it’s messy, too. Bake it, and it becomes heavy bread, but it means the same thing.

HOW TO OBSERVE #HomemadeBreadDay

Take out your recipe box and get to baking.  Or find a few new recipes like the ones below. It’s the best thing since sliced bread! When you make bread, don’t forget to use some for homemade croutons, too. We have 7 great ways to use croutons besides on a salad.

French Bread

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The National Homemade Bread Committee from Ann Arbor, Michigan, founded National Homemade Bread Day to encourage families to enjoy making homemade bread.  The day has been celebrated since the early 1980s.NATIONAL BAKLAVA DAY – November 17



Each year on November 17th, National Baklava Day fills the kitchen with a sweet and flaky pastry that’s loved by many. Baklava is a sweet dessert that gives layers of texture and flavor between sheets of filo pastry filled with chopped nuts and drizzled with syrup or honey. 

Believed to have originated by the Turkic people in Central Asian nations, Baklava is a dessert in many countries and prepared in several ways. The word “Baklava” first appeared in English in 1650.

If you’ve never tried baklava, there are several varieties. Walnuts, pecans, pistachios, or almonds can be used. The filling can be composed of raisins, dates, prunes and even figs. Most baklava recipes call for cinnamon, cardamom, or cloves – sometimes all three spices. 

Preparing this dessert may be somewhat time-consuming. However, it is a treat worth the work and the wait.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBaklavaDay

Try your hand at this complex dessert. It will be a satisfying achievement for any home cook. We’ve even provided a couple of recipes for you to try. However, if you prefer, frequent your local bakery. They’ll be happy to show you their specials. When you do, give them a shout out. And be sure to share with a friend or two while using #NationalBaklavaDay on social media.

Baklava recipe
Cardamom Fig Baklava

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November 17 History


The Sixth United States Congress Convenes in Washington D.C. for the first time. Even though many rooms remain incomplete, substantial progress allowed both the House of Representatives and the Senate to begin their sessions in the Nation’s Capital.


The U.S. Patent Office issues H.N Wadsworth patent No. 18,653 for a new and improved Tooth-Brush.


After more than 10 years of construction, the Suez Canal opens, creating a shipping lane between the Mediterranean and the Red seas.


The U.S. Patent Office issues patent No. 388,850 to George Eastman for his box camera. The inventor also registered the trademark name, Kodak on the same day.


The Western Pennsylvania Hockey League began play at Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park Casino. 

Recipe of the Day

Easy Biscuits








2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup cold milk


Heat oven to 450° F. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into a large mixing bowl. Cut in shortening until the mixture becomes coarse crumbs.

While stirring with a fork, add milk. Stir until soft dough forms and pulls away from the bowl.

Dust dough with flour and place it on a lightly floured surface. Work in the flour until the dough no longer sticks.

Roll out the dough until it’s 1/2 inch thick. Using either a floured biscuit cutter or a cookie cutter, cut out biscuits. Repeat rolling and cutting until all dough is used. Biscuits can also be cut into squares with a sharp knife.

Bake biscuits on ungreased baking sheets for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

Serves: 10


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November 17 Birthdays

Grace Abbott – 1878

Abbott dedicated her career to child labor policies and relief programs for immigrants. She headed the Children’s Bureau under President Warren G. Harding and while she saw a constitutional amendment against child labor, the states did not ratify it.

Soichiro Honda – 1906

In 1948, the Japanese engineer founded the Honda Motor Co., Ltd. with Takeo Fujisawa. Their first product is the D-type motorcycle.

Winson Hudson – 1916

An early Civil Rights activist, Anger Winson Gates established the Leake County chapter of the NAACP in Mississippi. For 25 years, she attempted to register to vote. But persistent voter suppression prevented Gates from registering until 1962.

William H. Hastie – 1904

The American attorney and civil rights advocate became the first African American named to the federal magistrate when in 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Hastie to judge of the Federal District Court in the Virgin Islands.

Danny DeVito – 1944

The award-winning actor, producer, and comedian gained his first critical attention in the role of Louie De Palma in the comedy series Taxi. Other credits include Big Fish, Get Shorty, Batman Returns, and Matilda.

About National Day Calendar

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There’s a celebration for everyone. While National Road Trip Day satisfies the itch to wander, many pet days let us share our love of animals. National 3-D Day and National Astronaut Day honor the advancement of technology, too. Every food day you can imagine (National Avocado Day, for example), will keep you celebrating, also!

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