Celebrate The End Of Summer With Oktoberfest!

Sep 20th

As summer comes to an end, it has decided to treat us to another beautiful weekend.  This time of year is bittersweet, isn’t it?  The long, warm days of summer are waning, the daylight hours shorter and cooler as we head into fall.  The leaves are beginning to change to their vibrant autumn wardrobe, spider webs are wreathed in morning dew diamonds, and the air – even while still warm – has a crisp cool promise of the days to come.  Thoughts are turning to winter and the upcoming holidays, even while we look behind us regretfully at the missed opportunities to do the activities we wait all year to do . There is still time to do some of them, so take this chance while you have it!

 

National Punch Day – There is absolutely NO factual information about this celebration.  As a matter of fact, I’m not even sure why I am including it, but heck, it’s a registered holiday so I guess we’ll talk about it!  Let’s think about what sorts of punches this one could be talking about . . . there’s the sort of punch that goes in a punch bowl . . . the kind of punch you can give someone with your fists, and there’s a tool.  Are there any other kinds?  I’m going to go out on a little bit of a limb here and guess that this is intended to celebrate the punch that goes into a bowl, since this is also National Rum Punch Day.  Better than a punch in the face, right?

      
Oktoberfest – Did it ever strike anyone funny that Okoberfest starts in September?  It always did me, but now we can all know!  The date for Oktoberfest vary, depending on the year.  This year it starts today and runs through October 5th.  So, what is Oktoberfest?  Well, we all pretty much know that it’s a time to enjoy great beer and way too much food, but beyond that, what does it all mean?  Well, it’s a two week festival that is held in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.  It’s a HUGE deal in Germany especially, but there are Oktoberfest celebrations held all over the world, so if you don’t happen to be heading to Germany for the real deal, you can still celebrate close to home.  Now we know that it’s a festival and where it’s held, but we really don’t know what it’s all about . . . that’s where quick search came in handy . . . The very first Oktoberfest was on October 12, 1810, and was held to commemorate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig (King Ludwig 1) to Princess Therese of Sachsen-Hildburghausen.  The wedding took place on October 12, and a great horse race, in celebration of the marriage, was held a few days later on October 17th.  The marriage was celebrated annually and it came to be known as Oktoberfest.  Early on, the Oktoberfest celebrations were held in October, but the festival was eventually moved to September because the weather was better earlier in the fall.  Though it has been celebrated annually since 1810, there have been a few cancellations over the years, sometimes because of wars, and once because of major cholera outbreak in 1854 in the region.  Today though, it is a time to eat, drink and be merry.  Each year when Oktoberfest is opened, the mayor of Munich taps a keg of beer.  There is even a special brew made that is aptly called “Oktoberfest Beer”.   It’s more than just celebrating beer though – there is always lots of food, music, dancing, rides and carnival booths, all celebrating the rich heritage of the German people.

This Day In History

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Food Celebration of the Day

National Rum Punch – Mmmmm . . . rum punch . . . nice!  I had to give it a try, so I found a quick recipe and threw one together.  Refreshing, delicious, simple and something to enjoy on a beautiful late summer weekend.  You don’t really NEED a recipe, just some juice, some rum, some ice and a thirst for something cold and sweet.  I mixed up fresh lime juice, orange juice, some simple syrup, a splash of bitters, poured it over ice and sipped.  Here’s our little late night treat from last night.  Let me know what you put together in your glass tonight!

What a wonderful day!  Short, sweet and packed full of fun.  I think maybe hubby and I may hit the road and see where his  new little car takes us . . . tomorrow can be a project day, but today we may what sunshine filled adventures are out there to enjoy.  God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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