Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts

Every year those in the state of Massachusetts get a holiday in the name of Patriots’ Day. What is this holiday, well for one, it is the day the Boston Marathon is run, and is also known as Marathon Monday. It is also a day that the Red Sox always play a home game. It is a state holiday where much is closed, and many are on the streets celebrating. Patriots’ Day as officially made a holiday on April 19, 1894, however in 1969 it was officially moved to the third Monday of April. It was in 1959 that the Red Sox began to always have a home game on Patriots’ Day, and was moved to a 11a.m. start time in 1968, to ensure those at the game would get out in time to cheer on the runners. It is a day of celebration, of history, and patriotism.

In 2013 two men would try to ruin the patriotism of Massachusetts by setting off bombs disrupting one of the greatest marathons. It would take law enforcement only 4 days to create a timeline, and make one arrest (the other bomber was killed in a shootout). Here is a timeline you can find on CNN.com regarding exactly how everything progressed. The thing these men did not know, Patriots’ Day is called that for a reason, as the people of Massachusetts very much love their city, and are fiercely protective of it. In fact, if you watch the movie “Patriots Day” starring Mark Wahlberg, you get an accurate portrayal of just how much people love that state.

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Four years after the bombing, the Marathon is still going strong. And in fact, it was during this years race that the current mayor of Boston announced that a permanent memorial would be made and in place in time for the 2018 race.

If you ever have a chance to visit Boston for the marathon I would encourage you to do so. It really is a fascinating, moving day, full of amazing people, and fun times!!

 

A Guide to Your Ultimate St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patty’s Day!!! Around the U.S. we hold many celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day, the day when everyone turns a little Irish. The first parade occurred in New York in 1762, and since we have continued to grow. In Chicago, they turn the river green every year. Boston always holds a large parade in South Boston “Southie”, and Dropkick Murphy’s performs every year at House of Blues. In New York they still have the tradition of their parade, but here is a complete list of things to do, so that you can find what suits you best!

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For those of us on the West Coast, we have plenty of opportunities to celebrate too. In San Francisco, you can enjoy the annual parade, next year, as it took place on March 11th this year, but the Holiday Block Party is happening on the 17th, so still festivities to enjoy!! In Los Angeles, they have a Parade, and pub crawls, like everywhere, they also have a number of races you can check out for those of you wanting something a little healthier.

If you are really into the celebrating you could hit up parties (or races) on the East and West Coasts, and still get back in time to work on Monday! Now that would be some incredible dedication!!! Whatever you decide, please have fun, and be safe, and if you are going to hit the town, please call Lyft, or Uber, or ca cab, for paid rides, AAA for a free ride, or maybe even try a parent, or friend. It is only ignorant if you don’t ask.

First Human Kidney Transplant

The first human kidney transplant is performed by Dr. Joseph E. Murray at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts in 1954.

Not concerned about whether they were making history or not, Murray was quoted as saying “We didn’t think we made history. We didn’t even think of history.  We thought we were going to save a patient.”

On October 26, 1954, Richard Herrick was admitted to Brigham with chronic nephritis, and it soon became evident that he was going to die. Richard’s twin brother and best friend, Ronald, agreed to give one of his healthy kidneys to his brother. Extensive testing was carried out, including a successful skin graft from Ronald to Richard and fingerprinting of the brothers at a local police station. Richard thrived after surgery, and married his recovery nurse.  They had two children together. Read the details of this essential bit of medical history.

Boston Tea Party

Today is the day, in 1773, that started the ball rolling for our Independence from England.  If the Boston Tea Party had not happened we would all be driving on the other side of the road and tea would be more popular than coffee.

In case you need your memory jogged, a group of Massachusetts colonists disguised as Mohawk Indians boarded three British tea ships and dumped 342 chests of tea into the Boston Harbor to protest British Parliament’s Tea Act of 1773. This bill was designed to save the faltering East India Company by greatly lowering its tea tax and granting it a virtual monopoly on the American tea trade.  Read more here.

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Another option is to watch this great rendition of an important moment in history from the “Schoohouse Rock” series of the 1970’s!!

Time To Break Out The Apple Cider

What is the difference between apple cider and apple juice? The answer, apple cider is a raw, unfiltered, unsweetened, non-alcoholic drink, while apple juice is filtered, thus having a longer shelf life.  Because of the limited shelf-life, untreated cider has become a seasonal beverage produced mostly in the fall and winter months (when apple harvesting is at the peak).

Contrary to popular belief, apples are not native to North America.  That “Johnny Appleseed” story you learned in grade school is really true.

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The first apple orchard in North America was planted in 1625 in Boston, MA.  John “Johnny Appleseed” Chapman, traveled ahead of settlers crossing American and began planting small orchards.  Here is a short bio on him if you are interested in more information.

This post would not be complete without a little recipe so  you can make your own delicious cider.

For those of us a little older, we can make it an “adult beverage” by adding a shot of Tuaca to your mix.

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