Spring Fever in the “D”
Spring is here finally and the sounds of construction will begin again in earnest. Winter was not too bad this year. It left with some unusual weather like a snow storm followed by a surge of spring like temperatures the same day. Then it snowed for two days. This is past and now we can concentrate on new beginnings. Technically, every one celebrated the New Year in January because it marks the beginning. For those of us who are Catholic the New Year starts on Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten season. It is a time of penance, pray and charitable works, a chance to focus on the great year ahead. Spring, the season when the earth awakens after a long winters nap.
This issue of DCL is for March and April. In both months there are a lot of Holy days as well as other holidays. March 11, Sunday, we set our clocks ahead one hour. This means a few extra winks. March 20, Tuesday, Spring is officially here unless we have a freak snowstorm. Remember, this is Michigan. March 25, Sunday, is Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week. I have saved the “brightest” holiday of the month for last - March 17, Saturday, St. Patrick’s Day. Time for “green shenanigans” and church festivals. Here are some little known historical facts about this day. “Wearing O’ the Green”. Why “green?” According to some accounts blue was the first color associated with St. Patrick’s Day but this changed in the 17th century. Green is one of the colors in Ireland’s tricolor flag, Ireland is the “Emerald Isle” – so named for the lush green landscape. Green is also the color of spring, the shamrock, and the Chicago River, which is dyed green on this day for the past 40 odd years.
“Corned beef or bacon?” Millions of people will be dining on an authentic Irish meal of Corned Beef and Cabbage (cooking the corned beef in beer is best). Or so they think. In fact, only half of it is really Irish. Though cabbage has historically been a staple of the Irish diet (along with potatoes) it was traditionally eaten with Irish bacon, not corned beef. Irish immigrants in America could not afford the bacon, so they substituted it with corned beef, a cheaper alternative they picked up from Jewish immigrants.
“St. Patrick” - beloved patron saint of Ireland. This much revered saint was not Irish. He was born in Roman Britain to wealthy parents near the end of the fourth century. Died on March 17th around 460 AD. The dates of Patrick’s life cannot be fixed with certainty but there is broad agreement that he was an active missionary during the second half of the 5th century. After a time he became the first bishop of Armagh and Primate of Ireland and is regarded as the founder of Christianity in Ireland. There is a lot history on St. Patrick, more than what I can relate here. Check your internet for more information.
Around the “D”
Anyone hear some loud “cheering” going on around the Washington Blvd./Grand River area lately? Looks like the “powers that be” have a lot of plans for the “D” this year. Some start right here in our own back yard; the Kemper Stevens Building, (formerly Industrial Stevens) is finally being renovated. It has been two years of planning and negotiations and now this grand old senior building will receive a “new lease on life” that has been needed for many years. I hope this is just the start of many new things for our great population of seniors in the “D”. Their “quality of life” has been long overdue for a change. Kemper Stevens is my building and I am ecstatic about these changes.
April 1, Sunday Easter. There is more to this day than a new hat or pulling a prank on someone. It is time to go to church and remember the Lord. Be thankful He is in our lives to give us guidance each and every day.
Not a lot going on in April but check Google for any events.
Have a Blessed Easter every one.
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