Rick and Steve are back with a “Conversation Corner” this week and with less than three weeks or so until Labor Day, they talk “summer”. Where did it go? Summer traditions and what do kids do during the summertime in 2015. Times sure are different, now.
Summer Day Topics
- The summer
- Summer memories
Summer Fast Facts:
- On August 2nd, 1858, the first mailboxes were put up in the United States, in Boston, Massachusetts and New York, New York.
- On the fourth Friday in June, people from all over the world gather in Fink, TX for a reunion of the Finks!
- In 1827 the first swimming school opened in the United States in Boston, Massachusetts. John Quincy Adams and John James Audubon were students of this school!
- In North Africa, the longest day of the year, Midsummer’s Eve, June 24th, is celebrated.
- The ‘dog days’ of summer, which are the hot, sticky days, get their name from the rising of the Sirius, the Dog Star. The Sirius rises around the hottest time of the year.
- On July 4th the North American Butterfly Association holds butterfly counts. In 2001, 300,000 butterflies were counted in 48 states, Canada and Mexico.
- The first Father’s Day was observed in 1910, on June 19. It wasn’t until 1972 that President Richard Nixon signed legislation making it an official holiday on the third Sunday in June.
- On August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous “I Have A Dream” speech in Washington, D.C
Popular Summer Games of Yesterday and Today
- Bocce Ball
- Ring Toss
- Water Balloons
- Lawn Bowling