Our own Catherine Haws was with us today to talk about her book, “I Did NOT Choose this Adventure,” and her book signing this Friday night at Paragraphs downtown. Click here to hear our conversation with her today!
August 25th is Banana Split Day, but Ohio’s claim to starting this dessert trend is a battle with its neighbor to the east:
In Michael Turback’s Banana Split Book, he shares:
The origin of the banana split is controversial, but most historians believe it was first created in 1904 by an optometrist in Latrobe, Pennsylvania named David “Doc” Strickler. The sundae he concocted originally cost 10 cents, twice the price of other sundaes, and caught on with students of nearby Saint Vincent College.
Wilmington, Ohio, also claims an early connection dating to 1907 when Ernest “Doc” Hazard created a dessert in hopes of attracting students from Wilmington College to his shop during the slow days of winter. The dessert he came up with was the banana split: three scoops of ice cream served between the two halves of a split banana, topped with chocolate, strawberry and pineapple sauces, whipped cream, maraschino cherries and nuts.
Most historians believe the evidence for Strickler’s 1904 debut is more convincing, and, in 2004, the National Ice Cream Retailers Association certified the city of Latrobe as the birthplace of the banana split. Both towns hold an annual festival in honor of the dessert. Wilmington’s is usually the second weekend in June.
Praisestock starts Sunday morning at 10 with a community worship service – including five churches who will hold Sunday services there. Those churches are Grace Community, Owl Creek Baptist, The Salvation Army, Set Free Ministries and Vineyard Church. The love offering will benefit Food For The Hungry.
August First Friday is just around the corner and we are excited to be hosting the main event for this month – the “Dog Days of Summer” Dog Parade! First Friday will run from 6-9pm, but registration for the dog parade is on-site only in Downtown Mount Vernon from 6:30-7:15.
We have all heard the phrase “Dog Days of Summer”, but what does that actually MEAN?
Sure, this time of year is typically the hottest it gets, but that is not the origin of the phrase. This saying is actually derived from astrology and this time of year celebrates when Sirius – known as the “Dog Star” rises to its most noticeable point. So next time you are out stargazing, keep an eye out for the Sirius star because it’ll only be prominent until roughly August 11th.
You can read Scott Smith’s article that we referred to during the show here!
Who Am I?
I was born on this date in 1901 in New Orleans
I moved to Chicago to start my music career as a trumpet player in the late 20s
I eventually became one of the pioneers of scat singing and formed a big band named after myself in the 40s
Some of my biggest hits include “What a Wonderful World” and “Mack the Knife”
I died of a heart attack in 1971 at the age of 69
I am… Louis Armstrong!
Congratulations to Kathy of Mount Vernon for correctly guessing our trivia and winning a $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup!