We'd like to announce the winners of this year's Christmas Tree Decorating Contest! The winners will be contacted with information on their prizes and how to collect them. We want to thank everyone who took part in this year's event whether you decorated a tree, purchased a tree, voted or visited the display, we thank you for your support.
A sold out crowd enjoyed a special Lunch & Learn Christmas concert put on by The Bones of Cincinnatus, a trombone ensemble with members from all over the Greater Cincinnati area. It is named after the Revolutionary War officers’ organization the Order of Cincinnatus, as is the city of Cincinnati. The order was named for farmer and the Roman General Cincinnatus. In 458 B.C., after defeating an enemy, he resigned from the most powerful position in the army to return to his farm. In 1783, General George Washington, following the signing of the Treaty of Paris, resigned as commander in chief of the Continental Army and retired to his home at Mount Vernon, Virginia following the example of the order's namesake.
The trombonists that make up this group, after coming together for the enjoyment of audiences and the fellowship of making beautiful trombone music, return, like Cincinnatus, to their private lives when their performance ends.
The Bones of Cincinnatus program for the December Lunch & Learn consisted of some well-known Christmas music, as well as some holiday season classics, arranged for the unique capabilities of the trombone ensemble.
For the second year, WCHS is holding its Christmas Tree Decorating Contest and Auction at Harmon Museum. Businesses, organizations and families from all over Lebanon have decorated 53, three-foot artificial trees. The finished trees are on display at the museum and up for auction, December 1st - 10th. The proceeds will go toward Harmon Museum’s children’s education programs. The display will be open during normal business hours but the auctions will be open online, continuously, until they close at at midnight on the 11th.
On this day in 1631, the Catholic Church established a Feast Day honoring St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, who'd died in the mid-400s.
As the legend goes, St. Patrick's name was Maewyn Succat and when he was 16, Irish pirates attacked his family's estate (in lowland Scotland or Whales). The young Succat was kidnaped and sold into slavery in Ireland. Six years later he managed to escape. He joined the Catholic Church and studied as a missionary, taking the name Patricius (or Patrick) meaning "father figure." As a Bishop, Succat returned to Ireland after having a dream calling him back to spread Christianity among the Druids. Apparently he had a lot of luck!
The shamrock didn't become a symbol of St. Patrick's Day until the 1720s when the church gave an official plant to all saints and the color green wasn't associated until eighty years later, during the Irish Rebellion (1798). Before that, the color was blue (a main color in both the royal court and ancient Irish flags). Since the British wore red, the Irish chose the opposite color, green. The song “The Wearing of the Green” during the rebellion, "cemented the color’s relevance in Irish history."
As far as the drinking goes, up until the 1900s Ireland had a law that kept everything closed on St. Patrick's Day, including pubs. And the green beer? You can thank Budweiser's 1980s marketing team for that one.
Sources:https://www.irish-genealogy-toolkit.com/history-of-st-patrick.html and http://time.com/4261456/st-patrick-day-2016-history-real-saint/
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