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Posted by on Nov 27, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Thanksgiving Becomes an Official Holiday

 

ThanksgivingThe first Thanksgiving, although it was not yet recognized as Thanksgiving, was held in November of 1621. Just a little over a year after the Pilgrims sailed from Plymouth, England on the small ship called the Mayflower carrying 102 passengers.

It was after the colonies first successful corn harvest; thanks to their Native American friends such a Squanto who taught the Pilgrims how to farm; that Governor William Bradford organized a celebration feast inviting their Native American friends. The festival lasted for three days. Although it is not known what was on the banquet’s menu, it was recorded in the Pilgrim chronicler Edward Winslow’s journal that Governor Bradford sent four men on a “fowling” mission and that the Native American guest brought five deer.

Several years later the Pilgrims would celebrate their second Thanksgiving in 1623 to celebrate the end of a long and brutal drought that threatened the year’s harvest.

It would later become common practice in other New England settlements to celebrate thanksgiving on an annual or occasional basis.

The Continental Congress also designated one or more days of thanksgiving a year during the American Revolution.

The official first Thanksgiving proclamation came in 1789 and was issued by President George Washington. In it he called upon Americans to express their thanksgiving for their countries independence and the successful ratification of the US Constitution. President John Adams and President James Madison would also designate days of thanksgiving.

In 1817, New York became the first state to officially observe Thanksgiving as an annual holiday. Other states would follow the same; however, each would celebrate it on a different day. America’s Southern states though were largely unfamiliar with the tradition.

In 1827, Sarah Josepha Hale (a noted magazine editor and writer) launched a campaign to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday. For 36 years she worked to get the holiday recognized and then finally in 1863 during the height of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln would heed to her request. He made a proclamation to all Americans to ask God to “commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife” and to “heal the wounds of the nation.” He selected the last Thursday in November as the day of Thanksgiving.

In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill officially making Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday in November.

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66th Annual Junior Orange Bowl Parade

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

66th Junior Orange Bowl Parade

Junior Orange Bowl ParadeNovember 30th
Time: 6 PM

Free Admission

Location: Downtown Coral Gables

The Junior Orange Bowl International Youth Festival celebrates for the 66th year youth as well as the community. Hundreds of children and young adults participate in this wonderful parade. It takes place in Downtown Coral Gables. Enjoy your time watching the lively arrangement of marching bands, artistic colorful floats, community groups and creative parade units.

For more information click on “Jr. Orange Bowl Parade”.

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Nights of Lights

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Nights of Lights at Pinecrest Gardens

 

nights of lights

November 26th – January 3rd
Time: 6 – 9 PM

General Admission: $5
Free for Children 2 and under

Once again Pinecrest Gardens will be arrayed with beautiful light décor for their “Nights of Lights” festival presented by “Live Like Bella” foundation for Childhood Cancer. The garden will be filled with over 60 different lighting installations of all colors, shapes, styles, and sizes.

On select evenings, entertainment will be provided for the children including, storytelling, pony rides, puppetry, music and more.

Celebrate the season in Miami’s tropical winter wonderland setting.

For more information click on “Nights of Lights”.

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Miami Fine Wine and Spirits Festival

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

November 22nd – 23rd

Miami Fine Wine & Spirits FestivalPeacock Park, Coconut Grove

General Admission: $25
VIP: $59
2-Day VIP: $69

The 5th Edition of the Miami Fine Wine and Spirits Festival will be featuring 7 different shows in this 2 day event.

There will be a VIP Pavilion offering beer, wine and spirits, food, music, private restroom, valet, and a private area to enjoy the time.

Fine Wine and Spirits will also have 4 separate pavilions for Rum, Tequila, Other Spirits and Fine Wine and Beer.

Also featuring this year is Fine Chocolate Pavilion, Culinary Pavilion, Live Music Stage, Demonstration Stage, and Pairing and Tasting Seminars.

For more information click on Miami’s Finest.

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40th Annual Harvest Festival

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Miami Harvest Festival 2014

Fall FestivalThe 40th Annual Harvest Festival held at the Miami Dade County Fair and Exposition will be held on November 22nd and 23rd.

The event includes handmade creations, arts and crafts, creative gifts and home accessories, jewelry, quilts, candles, handcrafted furniture, plants, pet items, plus more. There will also be delicious foods, live entertainment, a Santa’s work shop, model train village, free kids’ zone, free petting zoo, antique cars and more.

For additional information click Miami Harvest Festival.

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