September 24th National Hunting and Fishing Day

Hunting originally was required to live. It turned into a sport somewhere along the line. The difference being, as a requirement it was done in order to have something to eat. After a while it became a sport because food became more readily available. The same basically goes for fishing. While I do not oppose hunting or fishing b y any means, I do ask that a hunter take no more than what they need. Conservation is what today is all about, and being a good steward of the Earth. If you like to hunt, or fish, take a camera to do your hunting with after getting your quota… it’s just as good a sport and it helps preserve those animals who populate the earth. Today always falls on the 4th Saturday of September, a 1971 Congressional Resolution # 117.

How to celebrate – Be a responsible hunter and fisher. Take only what you need. Replace your weapon with a camera. (You might want to take a weapon along in case you run into an animal that takes exception to what you are doing!)

September 21st Miniature Golf Day

The first known miniature golf course apparently was built in Pinehurst, North Carolina in 1918 by Steamship magnate James Barber, although St. Augustine claims have the oldest still existing golf course in the United States. Who knows and really, who cares!?! The idea is to have fun, get a little exercise and see just how well you can handle all the trick shots required to play the game. There are even National Miniature Golf contests just like the PGA tours. (Well, maybe not just like) So whoever was the first and whoever is the oldest is all great, just get out and have some fun before the weather covers them up with snow!

How to celebrate – Go play Miniature Golf. Make your own miniature golf course in your back yard. (We did and boy does it require a lot of upkeep) Take the family out to have some fun today.

August 23rd Ride The Wind Day

In years past riding the wind meant sailing in a ship. Today it means a whole lot more. We travel by Airplane, Motorcycle and even Hot Air Balloon but we also use kites, parachute, hang glide, and use the wind in other ways never thought of in the past. It may even be possible we get our electric from wind soon. (If they ever get it figure out right) So riding the wind while old is new again. Wind can also be a bad thing, tornadoes, hurricanes and just plain old wind storms. But if we are able to harness even that wind, who knows…

How to celebrate – Enjoy the wind. Build your own windmill. Become a wind expert.

May 5th Roller Derby Day

May 5th Roller Derby Day

This is actually a fairly interesting day, or at least how it got started, which no one seems to know why May 5th was selected but I guess it’s as good a day as any. Roller Derby, or a form of, was created in 1884 when an Endurance Race was started to promote the use of Roller Skates. The races would last for days and in order to win those participating sometimes pushed or shoved others out of their way. The Endurance Race ended in 1885 when Joseph Cohen and William Donovan (The winner) died just after the race. It turned into a Walkathon in 1929 promoted by Leo Seltzer. But that got boring pretty quickly and the pushing and shoving got started again. It soon became Roller Derby as we know it today and first appeared on television (CBS) on November 29th, 1948.

How to celebrate – Learn more about Roller Derby, its kind of interesting. Buy some roller skates.  Join a Roller Derby team.

June 18th Go Fishing Day

There was a time when going fishing meant getting supper for the night. Not so much anymore, it’s become a sporting event more than proving a meal for the family. Most fishermen I know throw the fish back in the water after catching it, hoping the next time they go fishing they will catch a bigger fish and have a harder challenge. There is something about the calm and quiet of fishing. It becomes a time when we can think and reflect on life and get in touch with nature. In fact I know a lot of people who go fishing that hope they don’t even catch a fish!

How to celebrate – Go fishing. Learn what fish it is you are trying to catch. Enjoy being in nature.

April 10th Golfer's Day

Like to play golf? I like the game but am not very good at it. In fact, I think I am one of few who has been asked to leave the green because I took too long to play a hole (is 100 strokes really over the limit per hole???) Anyway, no one seems to know exactly how this holiday came to be but it probably has something to do with the Professional Golf Association (PGA) being established on April 10th,1916. Even though golf has been around in Scotland since at least the 1700s (and probably even earlier), the 18 hole course was not officially laid out until 1857, and the regulation 4.25 inch hole did not officially become standard until 1891.

How to celebrate – Go play a round of golf. Join a golf club. Hang out at a club house and look cool.