On the east coast we had a relatively late Indian summer and its finally starting to feel like Fall. In our house that means switching the screen doors for the storm ones, making sure the generator still works and laying in some new wine (just in case we get snowed in).
According to the calendar, the next holiday is Columbus Day—commemorating the anniversary of Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas on October 12th, 1492. According to Wikipedia, it became a federal holiday in 1937. In 1892, President Benjamin Harrison called upon the people of the United States to celebrate Columbus Day on the 400th anniversary of the event when teachers, preachers, poets and politicians used Columbus Day rituals to teach ideals of patriotism (for those out there counting, this year will mark the 521st anniversary…boy, does time fly!).
Since 1970, the Columbus Day has been fixed to the second Monday in October and is generally observed by banks, the bond market, the US Postal Service and other federal agencies, most state government offices, many businesses, and most school districts.
So let's raise a glass of wine, on this 521st anniversary (opened via the battery-powered Rabbit Electric Wine Preserver and the Rabbit Aerating Pourer and toast to Columbus' successful journey!