This excites the children, revealing a white winter wonderland. If it does not remain cold enough, the snow melts in a few days, only to return a few days later.
In November, there might be time to finish up their caulking of windows or putting up storm windows. It is also a time to make sure the car (and snow blower) have a winter tune-up. Check on having a snow shovel handy, and get out the winter jackets, hats, gloves, and boots stored in a closet or attic since spring.
It is too early for winter outdoor sports, but for many, deer season is an important annual tradition. A big cheer is given to local sports writer John Patarresi of the Utica Observer-Dispatch for keeping the public up to date on the changing regulations and excitement of deer hunting (and other seasonal hunting, fishing, boating, and camping activities throughout the year).
For sports fans, November is a great month for high school and college football, basketball season begins, and of course, hockey season. The Utica Comets have started a great second season this year, being in first place in the Northern Division of the AHL in mid-October. This is an exciting improvement over the slump that began their first season last year.
November 1 All Saints Day
November 3 All Souls Day
November 4 Will Rogers Day (Oklahoma)
November 4 Election Day
November 11 Veterans’ Day - Formerly Armistice Day
November 12 Elizabeth Cady Stanton Day
November 14 National Adoption Day
November 19 World Toilet Day - World Health Organization (WHO)
November 19 Discovery Day - Puerto Rico
November 27 Thanksgiving Day
November 29 Acadian Day (Louisiana)
November 30 First Sunday in Advent
November 4 is a day to make your voice heard by voting on Election Day. This year there is a three way Governor’s race between Democrat Andrew Cuomo, Republican Rob Astorino, and Green Howie Hawkins. There are also races for the House of Representatives and many local officials. It is unfortunate that House Representative Hanna is running unopposed. However, it is still an important responsibility to get out and vote and make your wishes known by excercising this right.
In 1918, nearly a century ago, the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month brought an end to World War I. This was long known as Armistice Day, evolving into our current Veterans’ Day. This date is known as Remembrance Day in Canada and the United Kingdom. In the 1970s, it was changed from the 11th of the month to the second Monday of November. There was such opposition to this move by veterans’ organizations that this was changed back to the actual date in the late 1970s.
Perhaps because of the frequent cold rains and often snowy weather during November, Veterans’ Day parades are not as well attended as those held on Memorial Day or the Fourth of July. Though sparsely attended most years, many communities do observe this day with a parade, often with a short ceremony held at World War I or other miliatry monuments. There are often special flag disposal ceremonies held during this week. These are usually sponsored by various military related organizations such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) or the American Legion.
The fourth Thursday of the month is the national holiday of Thanksgiving. Most people celebrate with large family dinners. There are also several public dinners in the area at various churches and social agencies for those less fortunate.
Many may have to leave dinner early and forego the late afternoon or evening football games, as some commerical outlets are beginning the Black Friday pre-Christmas sales at 6 P.M. on Thursday night. This is an unfortunate trend which began last year of starting the shopping frenzy of the Holiday Season earlier and earlier. Black Friday will likely again be a huge day for commerical sales at malls and chain stores. Many prefer to focus their shopping at smaller independent stores on Small Business Saturday. And Cyber Monday after Thanksgiving weekend is also a huge day of Christmas shopping.
Once turkey day and the weekend of shopping is over, we will be in December, with the Holiday Season in full swing for the few short weeks before Christmas.
In the Night Skies
Full Moon November 6
Last Quarter November 14
New Moon November 22
Orionid Meteor Shower November 17
First Quarter November 25
Scorpio 10/23 - 11/22
The Full Beaver Moon occurs on November 6. The Leonid Meteor Shower on the 16th and 17th are likely to be pretty good for viewing as this corresponds with an early morning crescent moon that is between New Moon and First Quarter.
Mercury makes one of its best appearances of the year as a morning star for the first ten days of November, seen about 40 minutes before sunrise at 10° above the eastern horizon. Jupiter rises about 11 P.M. by mid November and is seen most of the night. The Last Quarter Moon is in conjunction with Jupiter on the 13th. Mars is low in the sky, setting before 8 P.M. and rather dim. Venus and Saturn are not visible at this time.
Orion, the hunter, one of the most recognizeable winter constellations, rises by 9 P.M. by mid-month, and is fairly high in the southern sky late in the evening.