Mother's Day & Father's Day Newsletter

Share the Tradition - Mother's Day

Mothers Day in the United States can, in part, be credited to Anna Jarvis who in 1908 organized the first formal program as a tribute to her deceased Mother. A telegram sent by Anna Jarvis defined the purpose of the day: "...To revive the dormant filial love and gratitude we owe to those who gave us birth. To be a home tie for the absent. To obliterate family estrangement. To create a bond of brotherhood through the wearing of a floral badge. To make us better children by getting us closer to the hearts of our good mothers. To brighten the lives of good mothers. To have them know we appreciate them, though we do not show it as often as we ought." salutes Mothers everywhere and wish you a peaceful Mother's Day surrounded by those you love.

Mother's Day Favorites
Treat Mom to delicious, traditional coffee cakes served with gourmet tea or specialty coffee.
Some of the possibilities - the ever-popular Traditional Coffee Cakes, a taste-of-the-Caribbean Tortuga Rum Cake Sampler, delicious Dutch Stroopwafles or Chocolate Royale Truffle Cakes.

Share the Tradition - Father's Day

Historians differ on the origin of Father's Day. Some say the holiday began with Mrs. John Dowd of West Virginia who wanted a special day to honor her father who raised his family after his wife died. Others say the day originated with Mrs. John Bruce Dodd who also wished to honor her father, William Smart, a Civil War veteran whose wife died in childbirth with their sixth child. Mr. Smart raised the newborn as well as the other five children by himself. Father's Day was first observed on June 19, 1910 in Spokane Washington and the event quickly spread to other cites and towns across the country. In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of a national Father's Day and in 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father's Day in the United States. Father's Day is celebrated outside the United States although at different times of the year.

Favorite Father's Day gifts
Celebrate Father's Day with the ever-popular Dutch Stroopwafles , (and if they melt a bit at the Father's Day cook-out - so much the better), a Tortuga Rum Cake straight from the Cayman Islands or a rich Downey's Irish Whiskey Cake from Downey's Restaurant in Philadelphia PA.

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The History of Mother's Day:
History of Father's Day.