Fall Activity Ideas

There are many fun activities to do in the fall. Try some of these ideas with your children:

  • Start a leaf collection
  • Make a wreath with preserved fall leaves
  • Press leaves
  • Visit an apple orchard
  • Learn about Johnny Appleseed
  • Visit a fire station (October is Fire Prevention Month)
  • Visit a farm
  • Go to a pumpkin patch
  • Roast marshmallows or make s’mores around a campfire
  • Learn about how animals that hibernate begin getting ready for winter
  • Start a nature study
  • Go camping
  • Bake together (Try an apple or pumpkin pie since both are associated with autumn.)

Source: Beverly Hernandez for Fall Wordsearch, Vocabulary, Crossword, and More (thoughtco.com)

There Could be a Shortage of This Essential Food Ahead of Thanksgiving

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommendations telling Americans how to celebrate holidays safely, even though they are still about three months away. This is one reason why gatherings may look different this year because of safety and preventing the virus from spreading, just like in 2020. Another has to do with the cuisine, especially for Thanksgiving. The meal may be missing a centerpiece.

The most popular size of turkey for Thanksgiving feasts is 14 pounds because it feeds about 14 people. The smaller family celebrations of last year (when the CDC recommendation for family gatherings was 10 people or less) required smaller turkeys. This, combined with factory shutdowns due to COVID-19, the tight labor market, rising corn and grain prices, and the fact that farms haven’t been able to develop 14-pound turkeys fast enough, means there is now a turkey shortage, the New York Post reports.

“It’s a very precise schedule to get the turkey to the size of 14 pounds or less,” Daniel Romanoff, the president of meat distributor Nebraskaland, told the news outlet. “And the plants weren’t able to keep up with that size.”

Now grocery stores are seeing their 14-pound turkey supply slow to as much as 50%, while some, like Morton Williams in New York City, won’t get any turkey in stock below 16 pounds. The news is forcing all of them to scramble to find solutions.

These could look like 20-pound turkeys broken up into parts, allowing customers to choose which ones they want. But it also will mean there will be more frozen birds available compared to fresh ones. These require more planning to cook—defrosting takes about six days, and so will require planning. In fact, this is exactly when you should buy your Thanksgiving turkey.

Photo©Shutterstock. Article by Amanda McDonald for eatthis,notthat.com

Source: There Could be a Shortage of This Essential Food Ahead of Thanksgiving, Experts Say (msn.com)

Labor Day in America

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Labor Day began as a way to celebrate the American working class and their contributions to society.

On Tuesday, September 5, 1882, the first Labor Day parade was held in New York City. It was followed by picnics all around the city and fireworks at night. In 1884, the holiday was again observed, this time on the first Monday in September. That is when it is still celebrated today.

By 1885, the idea had begun to spread through labor unions. It was celebrated in many industrial centers throughout the country. Soon, all states started celebrating Labor Day. In 1894, Congress voted to establish Labor Day as a federal holiday.

There is some discrepancy surrounding who the actual founder of Labor Day is. Many sources give credit to Peter McGuire, a carpenter and co-founder of the American Federation of Labor. Other sources say it was Matthew Macguire, a machinist and secretary for the Central Labor Union in New York.

Regardless of who its founder was, American workers still enjoy celebrating Labor Day each September. Most Americans consider it the unofficial end of summer, and the holiday finds beaches and other popular resort areas packed with people enjoying one last three-day weekend.

Source: Labor Day Wordsearch, Crossword Puzzle, and More (thoughtco.com)