Daily Archives: May 8, 2011
John Case is off on his Blues Tour and is camping out in the Alleghenies among other things… so I’ll be doing the 7:30 – 9:00 AM show all week. If you are local, tune in 89.7 FM. If you are anywhere else in the USA you can tune in on the internet at http://www.897wshc.org and hear everything live.
You can call in, too, at 304.876.5369.
We drove down to Frederick to meet Bud and his fiancee, Rachel, who came up from DC, for Mother’s Day lunch at the Cafe Nola.
I hadn’t eaten here before, but Elly has been here several times as her AIGA meeting takes place around the corner twice a month. The Nola has plenty of vegetarian and light selections (I had a great French toast) and their coffee was particularly good.
After brunch we walked over to Frederick’s Community Bridge Mural, the great trompe l’oile painted bridge that looks amazingly like three dimensional stones, statues, gates and crests. Bud and Rachel were surprised when they got up close and found everything was relly flat and just painted on.
I didn’t remember seeing CATF last year, but this year, when the NY Times ran it’s annual listing of major theater sites across the country, there was the Contemporary American Theater Festival, the only listing under West Virginia in Summer Stages.
Looks like our local festival, now entering its 21st year, is being recognized in the major listings. Congratulations to Ed Herendeen and staff.
Some historians will tell you that Mother’s day is traceable back to pre-Judeo/Christian goddess worship. One of the earliest historical records of a society celebrating a Mother deity can be found among the ancient Egyptians, who held an annual festival to honor the goddess Isis, who was commonly regarded as the Mother of the pharaohs.
The first official Mother’s Day was then held on May 10, 1908 in Grafton West Virginia, after a campaign by Anna M. Jarvis. It would take a few more years of political action and Jarvis working full time to have federal legislation pass, but in 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed the official National Observance of Mothers Day for the Second Sunday in May.
- International Mother’s Day (interflora.co.uk)
- Anna Jarvis, The Woman Who Launched Mother’s Day (morduin5150.wordpress.com)
- All About Mothers Day (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Mother’s Day Began as A Plea for Peace: May All Mothers Deployed and All Mothers on the Homefront Be Blessed Always (themoderatevoice.com)