Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Lafayette's Ice Cream Social of 1875

In 1875, The Daily Oregonian did a nice long write-up on Lafayette's Independence Day celebration - a gathering that had 3000-4000 people as its guests - that is the approximate population of our whole town today!

The article also happens to mention that "an abundance of good ice cream, of which there were no less than three stands" was enjoyed there by our town's pioneers.

Since starting the kids parade and picnic 4 years ago, our small parade team has not been able to find enough volunteers to bring this ice cream tradition back.  But we have managed to honor this fun town memory with the help of Mcminnville's Serendipity Ice Cream, who have been donating gift certificates as prizes for our parade contest.

So, if you plan on walking or riding the parade with your little ones this year, put a little creativity into your efforts and you might just earn yourself an ice cream treat.

And whether you win a prize or not,  consider making ice cream for a fun nostalgic family activity on the 4th.    Below is a link showing you how to make ice cream in a bag - a great recipe because it allows your kids to make their own bag of pure All-American yumminess!


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A Fruity Fourth

Seasonal fruit provides endless opportunities to get creative on the "4th".  Making patriotic treats out of nature's goodies is a fun activity to do with your kids in preparation for the holiday!   

The following link will lead you to more fruity desserts for the 4th:

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Don't forget their helmets!

Since this is a bike parade, it is probably worth the time to review Oregon helmet laws! Below is a great website with some helpful info not only about the laws, but about bike safety in general!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Memorial Day Activities to do with your kids

1.  Find a cool and creative way to display the words "Home of the Free Because of the Brave" in or    around your home this Memorial Day weekend.
2.  Have your children dress in red, white and blue and explain why it's appropriate!
3.  Get some red, white, and blue balloons and release them as a family to the sky with a "thank you" note attached, to remember all who sacrificed for our security and freedom today.
3.  Have your kids help you make a book or chart of all the service veterans in your family.
4.  Find one of the many documentaries on Netflix about the different branches of the military and the training involved in becoming a soldier.  There is one specifically about Arlington National Cemetery that is very family-friendly.
5.  Visit a cemetery.  This may sound like a morbid activity to do with children but Memorial Day is the most beautiful time of year to visit because of all the flowers placed there.  Some of the oldest veteran graves no longer receive visitors or flowers so you can bring flowers to place there.  This is a powerful way to teach your children what this holiday is all about.


Monday, May 19, 2014

Have Americans forgotten why we light up the skies?

In the first 150 years or so after America's birth, July 4th was a holiday not just for celebrating our heritage but for remembering it as well.  Older generations of Americans were deeply concerned that young people would not appreciate all that had gone into building this nation.    

That is why in between parades, picnics, and fireworks, 18th and 19th Century Americans also gave long, passionate speeches about the war, made remembrance toasts to war heroes, and sang patriotic hymns that told these stories as well.   July 4th was often referred to then as the "nation's political sabbath".  There was a sacred and pure quality to these celebrations that is absent in many corners of American culture today.   This video demonstrates this sad truth all too well.

In times of relative comfort and ease,  it is easy to slip into a state of apathy about our heritage.  But how much more meaningful would those parades, picnics, and firework shows be if we 
dusted off the pages of history to hear about the sweat, blood, and tears that led to this nation's birth? This year, learn the stories on Netflix, You Tube, or even the good old-fashioned library.  Then, share those stories with your family and make a commitment to NEVER forget.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Calling All Volunteers!

We are looking for volunteers!  Not everyone can get away on July 4th and for those who are going to be hanging around town for a backyard BBQ this year, we would love for you to consider helping to bring smiles to kids' faces here in Lafayette that morning! 

Some of the ways we need help are:  set up, take down, judges, food servers (Lafayette Community Church helpers), handing out goodies, helping to decorate kids' bikes, decorating the park, helping to run the music, or just bringing something fun to share in the parade!  We are also looking for a few people who share our vision to join our planning team.   You can email us at lafayette4th@gmail.com if any of this sounds fun and worthy of your time!