Celebrations & Festivals
21 February 2010 Published in Celebrations & Festivals
A Long Tradition in Utica St. Patrick's Day and winter hibernation ends with music and marching in the streets, and dancing, and clowns passing out treats to children and various other friends. Everyone's Irish and wearing green, eating and drinking, having a fling as the year shifts from winter to spring. A happier crowd is seldom…
22 February 2010 Published in Celebrations & Festivals
The Maple Moon or Moon of the Worm March is a month of transition between winter and spring, often with an unpredictable season almost all its own. The temperatures in Upstate New York can range from an unusually warm 80 F down to sub zero Fahrenheit. This pulsating tension between the cold winter and warmer weather…
21 February 2010 Published in Celebrations & Festivals
A Sure Sign of Spring in New York State Maple Syrup production is largely restricted to the northeastern United States and eastern Canada. This is the natural range of sugar and black maple, the two most commonly tapped species. Silver and red maple sap is higher in water content and provides a poorer quality end product.…
16 February 2010 Published in Celebrations & Festivals
A Seasonal Celebration of Regional Agriculture Garlic: A Pungent Herb Considered variously as an herb, spice, or vegetable, the garlic bulb has a distinctive odor and taste that is an important addition to a variety of cuisines. A nearly essential ingredient in many pasta and tomato sauce dishes, it goes well in chile and many soups.…
25 March 2010 Published in Celebrations & Festivals
History of Pulaski Monument in Utica, New York Casimir Pulaski was one of several young and idealistic foreign soldiers instrumental in training and organizing colonial forces during the American Revolution. Others in this group of foreign military leaders included Marquis de Lafayette, Baron von Steuben, and fellow Pole, Thaddeus Kosciusko. These European officers played a crucial…
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23 June 2010 Published in Celebrations & Festivals
Utica Celebrates Its Own World Cup An upstate city of just under 60,000, Utica, New York celebrated held its own "World Cup" on June 13-14, 2010. During the season of World Cup fever taking place in South Africa, and closely watched around the world, soccer fans in Utica had the opportunity to see live "international" soccer.…
05 April 2010 Published in Celebrations & Festivals
It's curious how holidays tend to change and sometimes gradually merge over time. This is perhaps especially true of the spring observances of Arbor Day, Earth Day, and May Day. Arbor Day: April 20 Celebration of a special day to plant trees is recognized in most states as Arbor Day. The first formal observance was in…
20 April 2010 Published in Celebrations & Festivals
Originally published on www.celebrations360.com UNHCR and World Refugee Day There are 42 million refugees world wide, reported the UNHCR in June 2009.  Sixteen million are outside their country of origin, and another 26 million are internally displaced people.  This affects warring or politically repressed nations, but also their neighbors, and countries worldwide where refugees have sought…
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The Mohawk Valley Almanac provides a wide variety of information on fairs and festivals, wildlife, and the natural world in this historic region of central New York State. Many annual regional fairs and festivals celebrate the seasons, agriculture, historical and religious holidays, the arts, sports, and ethnic heritage of the diverse population. The natural world of birds and other wildlife, weather, astronomy, and gardening in a climate with cold and snowy winters are also featured.

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