Friday, 11 May 2012 00:00This Sunday is Mother’s Day. It’s fallen on the second Sunday of May ever since Congress designated it so back in 1914. Since that time, it’s been a day in which mothers everywhere are rightfully feted with a myriad of cards, flowers and breakfasts in bed that come in varying states of edibility. And while this official designation is a relatively modern-day phenomenon, cultures over the centuries have honored those Mother Nature chose to endure hormonal and biological abuse for nine months.
The Romans celebrated an event called Magna Mater that fell between March 15 and March 22. Games were held and the citizenry marched through the streets hoisting elegant displays of arts and crafts. (As to how much of it was pieces of uncooked macaroni pasted to construction paper is still up for debate). Fast forward to the late 1800s, and Julia Ward Howe, (author of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”), established a Mother’s Day Proclamation of 1870, a cry for peace in the aftermath of the Civil War and the idea of brother fighting against brother. (Definitely something that could be utilized against siblings squabbling during long car trips). In post-World War I France, the government awarded medals on December 19, La Fete de Méres, Moms with four or five children nabbed bronze, those with six or seven landed silver and gold medals were nabbed by mothers with eight or more offspring. (Given the grief children give their mothers, medals should be awarded to moms on a daily basis.)
On a commercial level, the National Retail Foundations estimates that Mother’s Day is a $16 billion industry, florists see their highest sales in May, U.S. restaurants claim it’s the busiest day of the year and Hallmark found that 96 percent of American consumers shop on Mother’s Day. Suffice it to say, this outpouring of recognition for those tasked with oftentimes wiping noses, being emotional cheerleaders and saviors on the eve of when school projects are due is well-deserved and can never truly measure up to these and many other sacrifices they make. Like noses and opinions, every one has a mom and if you’re lucky enough to still have one in your life, be sure to thank her on Sunday.
- Dave Gil de Rubio
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:00
The Floral Park Recreation Summer 2014 programs have now reached their half way point. While youngsters still have four more weeks of camps and activities, the night time volleyball and basketball programs are now gearing up for their final push to the playoff and championship rounds. Of the 55 adult teams competing, only Madness and Chaos (B league basketball) and Poppy’s (Women’s competitive volleyball) have managed to move through the season without a blemish on their records. Playoffs for volleyball are on Aug. 6 and Aug. 7, while basketball quarterfinals begin Thursday, July 31. Family, friends and spectators are always welcome. Good luck to all teams and players during their quest to become Floral Park’s Champions of the Summer of 2014.
As in past years, the Floral Park Recreation Department sprinkled in some expert instruction along with the recreational format of the various camps. Many thanks go out to Lisa O’Grady (OLV volleyball coach) for presenting an excellent volleyball clinic for our beginning junior players. Once again, Nassau Community College football Coach Ed Mack and his players have volunteered their time to give a few pointers for all youngsters grades 4 and above on Wednesday, June 30. The junior football clinic kicks off at 8:30 a.m., while senior campers (grades 7 and above) will receive instruction beginning at 10 a.m. Some features will include pass and catch techniques and NFL style agility drills. All Floral Park youth entering grades 4 and above are invited to attend. At that same time, Chris Schneider, outstanding and championship basketball coach at both St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart, will be on hand to present a comprehensive basketball clinic for both our junior and senior future female basketball stars.
Saturday, 26 July 2014 00:00
The 36th annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow-Wow will be held at the Queens County Farm Museum from Friday, July 25 through Sunday, July 27. It is the longest-running American Indian Pow-Wow and will feature three days of inter-tribal Native American Dance Competitions.
More than 40 Indian nations will be represented. Chanting, drumming and brilliantly-colored, finely-detailed regalia will provide stimulating entertainment for people of all ages. All dance competitions and performances will be narrated for your appreciation of the rich tradition and culture that is being shared. American Indian art and craft vendors will offer a unique array of times for shoppers.