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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Third Week of January

January forges ahead into its third week loaded with new celebrations. Featured on this page are advanced notices of foodie fun celebrations and music spotlights of each day. Don't miss a day's visit for many more happenin's will be appearing intermittently throughout the week. Travels back in time stop off with a visit to the polar bear, birthday reflections for the father of the modern detective story, revisits to the 50 states of the United States of America, laughter with comedians of the 60s and 70s and one of the greatest toys ever invented. Who knows what additional celebrations will find a place on this week's calendar of events! Stay tuned!

[As each day arrives, links will be provided to the holidays with access to information, origins, and recipes of the day.]

January 17 is...
Looks good enough to take a sip...or two...maybe three!
Yo-ho-ho & a cup of hot buttered rum! It's wintertime with warm drinks definitely on the menu. Double Your Pleasure celebration has already taken place on January 11 with Milk Day and Hot Toddy Day. In the United States, the term “hot toddy” and “hot buttered rum” can be used interchangeably, although variations of each will occur regionally.
http://awakenings2012.blogspot.com/2015/01/i-write-songs.htmlHe Makes the Whole World Sing
Barry Manilow: singer, song-writer who made the whole world sing with his 70s hits "I Write the Songs," "Mandy" and "Copacabana (At the Copa)
January 18 is...
The Epitome of Commitment
Celebrated the third Monday in January

MLK & Polar Bear...What's the connection?

Satchmo Records Jeepers Creepers

Louis Armstrong: trumpeter, bandleader, singer, soloist, film star and comedian considered one of the most influential artists in jazz history

January 18 is also...
 Winnie the Pooh Day

 In celebration of...
Alan Alexander Milne (18 January 1882 – 31 January 1956): English author, best known for his books about the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh and for various children's poems
 January 19 is ...

National Popcorn Day (A Celebration of Popcorn) is celebrated at the end of January, although its exact date is a matter of debate. Various sources report it as January 19; others claim it takes place on whatever day the Super Bowl falls.
http://awakenings2012.blogspot.com/2016/01/in-perfect-harmony.htmlIn Perfect Harmony 
The Platters : one of the leading R&B vocal groups of the 50s, the first black group to be accepted as a major chart act and, for a short time, the most successful vocal group in the world

Time for a Triple Celebration...

Up for grabs on this day is a triple celebration. Participate in one, two, maybe all three at some point in time during the day. The challenge may be how to celebrate all three at one time.
The Baritone with Muscles/The Voice of RCA 
Vaughn Monroe: a desire to become an opera singer eventually landed this singer almost ten number one hits during the 40s as well as a host of nicknames

January 21 is ...

There are many different varieties of clam chowder including New England, Manhattan, Rhode Island, Down East, and Outer Banks. New England clam chowder is made with milk or cream, and the use of tomatoes is frowned upon, so much so that, in 1939, the state of Maine made it illegal to put tomatoes in clam chowder!
Pieces of Patsy
Patsy Cline: one of country music's greatest vocalists whose music remains popular today with fans spanning the entire globe
King of the Blues
Riley B. King: one of the most influential blues musicians of all time known for a unique style that mixes blues, jazz, swing, mainstream pop and jump

January 22 is...

No! No! No! Blonde Brownie Girl Scouts do not have their own special day! This is the unique spin on the old-fashioned chocolate brownie: Golden "blonde" brownies with pure brown sugar, butter and vanilla creating a caramelesque, butterscotchy flavor.
One of the '30 Under 30'
Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, aka Adele: a throwback, soulful sound made this recording artist an international success
January 23 is...
where celebrating is as easy as 1-2-3 (1/23)!

What can possibly be better for celebrating National Pie Day than indulging in a slice - or two - of warm, delicious apple pie? Top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and yum! yum! After all, apple pie is one of the American Classics!
Santana: a band whose music uniquely blends Latin-infused rock, jazz, blues, salsa and African rhythms