Hi Guys, I’m back. Holy Carp, I have not been that sick in a long time. I’m listening to Tom Petty sing ‘You Don’t Know How It Feels” and today I say that’s a good thing. But anyway…Tom also says ’let’s get to the point…
It’s almost summer. The Summer Solstice is officially in two days, so what are you doin’ to celebrate. Me, I haven’t decided yet, but heading out to the ‘end of the world’ (Point Udall) to look for the ’Southern Cross’ is high on my list.
This got me to thinking about Summer Holidays in some of the places that I have lived. Here in the VI we celebrate Emancipation Day and Alexander Hamilton Day (AH Day might not actually be in the summer, but what the heck it’s always summer here). When I lived in Idaho we celebrated Pioneer Day and had a big Atomic Days (don’t ask) Rodeo up in Arco. In Colorado (my favorite) we had the Heeny Tick Festival in Heeny, Co up on Green Mountain Reservoir. Breckenrigde had it’s “No Man’s Land Days’ to celebrate the time when it was left off the map and not included in the US (Probably more rural myth than truth, but a great celebration none the less). And my all time favorite the ‘Get Yer Ass up the Pass’ Fairplay to Leadville Pack Burro Rack. Back in Chicago, there was the Bud Billikin Parade and Picnic in August. (Go ahead google this one)
Just goes to prove, you don’t have to dig very deep and you’ll find just about every place on the globe has their own special reason to party. So what is it where you live? Come on fess up to your particular obscure holiday and don’t forget the Summer Solstice.