Summer Fun

 

Originally published in Summer 2016

JUNE – International Mud Day

By Laura Jean Whitcomb

Gooey, messy, squishy mud. It’s fun to play in, and on one day in June you can dive into the mud for a great reason: to connect children around the globe through the earth.

International Mud Day (June 29) is the day children and early childhood professionals — and anyone else — all over the world celebrate nature, outdoors and mess by getting really muddy. ABC’s Child Care Center at New London Hospital has participated for the past five years.

“Here at ABC’s the children look forward to Mud Day all year. We include all the children infants to preschoolers — and the staff! It is a day for the children to really be children, have fun, no rules (as long as you are safe) and they get to see their caregivers let go as well,” says Tina L. Walker, director of Child Care Services. It’s also part of the school’s ongoing educational program: “We try to incorporate what happens with children around the world so the children will start young to have empathy and understanding that their world may be different then another child’s.”

Mud Day can be a great tradition for your family, too. Learn more at

worldforumfoundation.org/working-groups/nature/international-mud-day

JULY – Old Home Days

By Laura Jean Whitcomb

In 1899, New Hampshire Governor Frank West Rollins started Old Home Week. The tradition still continues today — but just for a day or two in many Granite State towns. Almost any weekend in July, you’ll find a fun celebration with activities for the whole family.

Springfield’s Annual Old Home Day (July 9) has a boat race, sock hop, farmer’s market, a family fishing contest and a 5K ramble. Grantham (July 4) is known for the fire department’s chicken barbecue and themed parade through town on Route 10. Unity (July 23) has a pancake breakfast hosted by the fire department, a day of activities, and ends the festivities with a dinner hosted by the eighth grade class. Enfield (July 29 to 31) hosts a chili cook-off and a community dance.

It’s a great time to visit with your neighbors, eat some good (local) food, do something different (an Iron Man contest!), learn local history, and create some family memories.

AUGUST – Vermont Open Farm Week

By Grace Meyer

Do you love local food and farms? Want to get to know your farmer better — and get a behind-the-scenes look into Vermont’s working agricultural landscape? Mark your calendar for Vermont Open Farm Week: Aug. 15 to 21.

During Vermont Open Farm Week, farmers across Vermont will open their barn doors and garden gates to welcome the public for a behind-the-scenes look at Vermont’s vibrant working landscape. Last year, more than 100 farms participated, many of whom are not usually open to the public.

What’s the greatest part about Open Farm Week? Every farm is unique. Milk a cow and harvest a carrot at one farm, sit on a tractor and take in the smell of freshly cut hay at another. You can meet the farmers, plants and animals that bring your favorite high-quality Vermont products to your plate. Some farms offer activities (scavenger hunts and hayrides) while others offer fresh farm food and live music.

To find a farm near you (or to plan a farm tour), check out the up-to-date lists of participating farms and search by location at DigInVT.com

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