Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official feast day in the early seventeenth century, and has gradually become a celebration of Irish culture in general.
The day is generally characterised by the attendance of church services,
wearing of green attire,public parades and processions, and the lifting of Lenten restrictions on eating, and drinking.
Upon hearing pianist Jason Myers for the first time, it becomes obvious that he has a deep affinity and respect for the music he is playing. Drawing primarily from a wide repertoire of standards from the 1930′s and 1940′s, he has the ability of capturing the spirit of that time while simultaneously adding his own distinct voice. His style has been influenced by “Fats” Waller, Nat “King” Cole, and Dave McKenna and he has been admired by such artists as Liza Minnelli and Steve Allen.
Dinner Menu: Roasted Beet Soup, Kalamata Olive Crusted Lamb Chops with Wild Mushroom Pilaf and Haricot Vert with Shallots. Dessert: Chocolate Rasberry Cheesecake.
An evening to honor and remember loved ones through music, verse and song raised $9,500. Symbolic lights representing those commemorated will be on display the entire month of December. There were musical performances by Joyful Voices the Aldersly Garden Retirement Community Singers with accompanist, Barbara Bacon; Singer’s Marin Just Voices, Jan Pedersen-Schiff Director; Ian Scarfe, piano and Petr Masek, violin, Graduate Students from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Til’Dawn, Austin Willacy Director, Wildflowers Group from the Mayflower Chorus, and harpist, Paula Zand. In addition to the Tree of Light display at Aldersly there is a Tree of Light displaying tribute names at the Northgate Branch of WestAmerica Bank at One Mitchell Blvd., San Rafael.
Halloween or Hallowe’en (a contraction of its original title “All Hallows’ Even”), also known as All Hallows’ Eve,[is a yearly holiday observed around the world on October 31, the eve before the Western Christian feast of All Hallows. According to some scholars, All Hallows’ Eve initially incorporated traditions from pagan harvest festivals and festivals honoring the dead, particularly the Celtic Samhain; other scholars maintain that the feast originated entirely independently of Samhain.
Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (also known as “guising”), attending costume parties, carving jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films, as well as the religious observances of praying, fasting and attending vigils or church services.[
Father’s Day was inaugurated in the early twentieth century to complement Mother’s Day. Credit for what we now recognize as the official Father’s Day goes to Sonora Smart Dodd who first celebrated the holiday in Spokane, Washington on June 9, 1910 to honor her father a Civil War veteran who raised six children as a single parent. Though several attempts were made the holiday was not accorded national recognition until 1966 when then President Lyndon B. Johnson issued a proclamation designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.