April Showers Bring May Flowers, and well probably even more showers as we live in Florida…but one thing we are always excited to celebrate in May is Mother’s Day. Whether you are celebrating or being celebrated, do you know how this day of Breakfast in Bed came to be?
We can thank a woman by the name Anna Jarvis, who in 1908 brought Mother’s Day to America, and in 1914 it was recognized as a National Holiday. Ironically, once it caught on and became very popular, Anna spent the rest of her life condemning the holiday’s commercialization even trying to remove it from the calendar. Wonder if she got one vacuum too many!
Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.”
Once a major tradition in the United Kingdom and parts of Europe, their celebration fell on the fourth Sunday in Lent and was originally seen as a time when the faithful would return to their “mother church”—the main church in the vicinity of their home—for a special service.
Over time the Mothering Sunday tradition shifted into a more secular holiday, and children would present their mothers with flowers and other tokens of appreciation. This custom also eventually faded in popularity before merging with the American Mother’s Day in the 1930s and 1940s.
While versions of Mother’s Day are celebrated worldwide, traditions vary depending on the country. In Thailand, for example, Mother’s Day is always celebrated in August on the birthday of the current queen, Sirikit. Another alternate observance of Mother’s Day can be found in Ethiopia, where families gather each fall to sing songs, a multi-day celebration honoring motherhood.
Happy Mother’s Day!
We think we have seen the last of our “chilly” Florida weather and summer will soon be here! But first, this week kicks off a ton of Spring festivities!
5th Annual Jackie Robinson Friday Night Done Right Celebration Hosted by One Voice for Volusia
Friday, come celebrate Jackie Robinson’s 100th Birthday and our amazing community youth with the Daytona Tortugas Professional Baseball team. Area youth will be honored on the field and during a dinner for their perseverance and life achievements in the face of hardships. Youth to sing the National Anthem and host the color guard. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org $5 Tickets now on sale 386-947-8301! http://onevoiceforvolusia.org/friday-night-done-right-super-hero-night-tortugas/
Ormond Beach Celtic Festival 2019
This Saturday and Sunday, don’t miss the 9th Annual Ormond Beach Celtic Festival! Five stages of live music, traditional Celtic food & vendors, Celtic clans, Highland Games, and endless kids activities. Serving up draft Guinness and new this year – MEAD! Don’t miss the sheep herding, Irish dancing, rugby demonstrations, axe throwing and DOG PARADE. Visit the Ormond Mainstreet website at www.ormondbeachcelticfestival.com for schedules and details or call 386-492-29381. $10 Adults / $5 Active Military / Kids are FREE. This is a Pet Friendly / Family Friendly event.
This Saturday, don’t miss a celebration of the insanely fascinating and beautiful Indian River Lagoon! Join for a day of fun, food, and festivities experienced through Art and Marine Discovery at Lagoonacy.
The annual spring fundraising event is hosted by Marine Discovery Center and Artists’ Workshop, Inc. and includes an array of activities such as kayaking, face painting, arts & crafts, conservation carnival, prize drawings, live mermaids, and our exciting Cardboard Boat Race at Lagoonacy!
Also featured at the event is a great selection of local vendors, food trucks, beer, and much more.
Admission is $5 – kids 10 and under get in free!!! All proceeds fund MDC’s programs and their mission to protect and restore the Indian River Lagoon 🙂 More info: Lagoonacy.org
Can’t wait for the Easter Bunny? A good recap for family-friendly Easter activities is here.
Here are the events taking please near our Melbourne location:
Kids in The Kitchen-Junior League of South Brevard
Kids in the Kitchen, hosted by the Junior League of South Brevard, is grounded in the belief that children and families empowered with the knowledge of how to feed and exercise their bodies will be less likely to become obese and subsequently suffer the many associated health risks.
This year the Junior League of South Brevard is excited to bring Kids in the Kitchen to the Wickham Park Community Center on Saturday, April 13th from 10 am to 1 pm.
This event is geared towards children aged 4-11 and their families and it completely FREE for all to attend!
This year KITK will feature over 35 interactive tables in an expo-style setting featuring healthy foods and cooking demonstrations, healthy wellness activities, and educational information on health and safety. All of the vendors are local to our Space Coast community and are excited to bring information about health and wellness to the youth and families in Melbourne!
**Pre-registration is highly encouraged! To pre-register, visit www.jlsb.net/kitk
Space Coast Classic 15K & 2 Mile
2019 is the 33rd annual running of the Space Coast Classic. The race benefits The Children’s Hunger Project and Quest Elementary. New, fast course for Brevard County’s original 15K road race as it moves to April 14, 2019, in Viera! Choose 9.3 miles or 2 miles of fun racing! More information can be found here!
Menopause The Musical
King Center for the Performing Arts
On April 18, COME JOIN THE SISTERHOOD! Four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for 17 years! It’s the Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change!
After an exciting ten days of Bike Week 2019, it is time to say goodbye to our biker friends and enjoy our wonderful Volusia County this weekend as a local!
2019 EdgeFest Chili Cook Off
The City of Edgewater invites you to join them in Edgewater on Saturday, March 23 from noon until 4 p.m. at Hawks Park (1108 South Ridgewood Avenue) for our annual EdgeFest Chili Cook Off contest. You can taste all the amateur and professional chili for just $5 and kids under 10 taste for free. It is tasters’ choice so your votes will pick the winners. Proceeds from the EdgeFest Chili Cook Off will go towards the Local School Scholarship Fund which helps Edgewater students make their college dreams come true. They will have music, games and lots of fun so come hungry and ready for a good time! More information is here.
The 30th Annual Spring Daytona Run
The 30th Spring Daytona Turkey Run presented by White Diamond welcomes thousands of beautiful classic and custom cars, a massive swap meet, arts and crafts on Artisan Alley, music, great food and drink, and DOGS! The family event kicks off at 8 a.m. on Friday, March 22nd at the Daytona International Speedway, and runs through Sunday, March 24th. Get all your plans right here!
5th Annual Yoga Flash Mob & Pool Party at Hard Rock Daytona
The 5th Annual Yoga Flash Mob is Saturday, March 30th at 10 am at Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach will support of Halifax Humane Society, Inc.! The yoga class will take place on the northeast deck overlooking the Atlantic Ocean! The class will be a beginner’s Vinyasa/Buti Yoga Flow led by Ormond Beach yoga instructor, Lacey Lynch! Great for ANY age or LEVEL! $15 each… Registration begins at 8:30 am – spots will be first come first serve!
More information is here
Spring is in the air! As we officially say goodbye to Winter, to celebrate, there are some fun events in Melbourne this weekend!
Yoga Outside the Lines: The Art of Flowing
Are you a yogi who loves to draw! On Saturday March 23rd, here is a fun event for you! Yoga and Drawing allow you to slip into this zone of simultaneous concentration and relaxation. They are both active meditation and a contemplation practices. When explored in tandem, yoga and drawing will take you to new realms. This event is called flow—a mental state where you’re fully immersed in the present moment. More information on this fun day here.
Jr. Brick Builders (Ages 12 & Under)
Grab your kids and show off your brick building skills at the monthly Jr. Brick Builders club! Every month we have a new building competition and prizes for the winners! This event on March 23rd is perfect for ages 12 and under and all materials provided. The theme for March is Cars & Trucks and will be held at the Brevard County’s Franklin T DeGroodt Memorial Library. More information on the Jr. Brick Builders and more fun events at the Library are here.
Downtown Melbourne 5K Run and Walk
Attention Wizards, Sorcerers & Friends! On Saturday, March 23rd, it’s time to bust out your running shoes, your finest house colors, and maybe brush up your best spells for the Downtown Melbourne’s Harry Potter-themed 5K Run/Walk!! The magic happens when a community comes together to support each other! This is the 37th Anniversary of the Downtown Melbourne 5K Run and Walk. A Space Coast Runners’ Runner of the Year Event is a run for the children and the last race in the 2019 Run for the Kids Race Series. Proceeds benefit – The Haven – a shelter for abused, abandoned and neglected children. For more information and to sign up here!
Christmas traditions are a fun part of family gatherings. It’s a time for celebration in one form or another. Some people celebrate low key, with small gatherings and some go all out with tons of decorations. If you know Heidi Webb, co-founder of Work Webb, you know she loves, loves, LOVES Christmas, has many traditions for this season and they are all close to her heart. In the spirit of Christmas and to poke fun of Heidi, here is a list of 12 things you may not know about Heidi and Christmas. Enjoy!
- In 2014 Heidi left her Christmas tree up until September.
- Her fondest childhood memory is when she got the Crayola box with 400 colors.
- Her brother and her would find the presents, unwrap them, then wrap them back up as teenagers. Rule Breaker!!!
- She has a permanent anchor system on her wall to hold her Christmas tree.
- She has to have the biggest Christmas tree she can find for your home – hence the need for #4.
- Her best friends have given her ornaments every year as long as she can remember and it’s one of her favorite gifts to get.
- Her Christmas tree has no theme, but each ornament has sentimental value.
- For several years before the harness system, her big ass tree fell every year. Every. @#$%. Year.
- Heidi holds an annual soup kitchen competition at her home on or near Christmas Eve. It’s in its thirteenth year, and a golden ladle is awarded to the cook of the winning soup. There is a plaque and everything – it’s a big deal in her group.
- She is obsessed with blow up Christmas yard decorations, and it’s a struggle to keep her from only purchasing one new blow up a year. She loves Christmas penguins in her yard.
- She collects snowman, reindeer, and penguin Christmas decorations. Her Santa collection was started by her childhood best friend back in 1993, and the collection is up to over 200 but who is counting.
- Heidi’s middle daughter asked for a Santa car one year for Christmas. Since Heidi couldn’t find one – she made one and still gives her daughter a Santa car each Christmas. Her collection is up to 17.
What about Christmas do you enjoy? Do you have any traditions? Leave us a comment and share your traditions or memories you cherish.