Father’s Day

Treat your Dad to a morning out at the Farmers Market

The Narrandera Farmers Market is on this Sunday, with a special theme for Father’s Day. Lots of the regular stallholders will be there and this week.

Narrandera Bidgee Boxing will have a stall for the first time, selling their famous pulled pork and pulled chicken buns. ( We have been trying to get the recipe out of them, but they aren’t budging!).

Another welcome stallholder this Sunday is Bensch’s Bakes, with home-made cakes and slices by Sandra Bensch. John Collins’ Eastsap Nut Oil will also be making their debut at the markets. The Tumut River Brewery will be returning.

They had their first Narrandera Farmers Market last month and have decided to come back for more. The brewery has a range of 13 distinct beers, with names such as Blowering Blonde, Squealing Pig and Hopped as Bru. If they taste as good as they sound, then they’ll be a perfect gift for Father’s Day.

For those who go a bit too hard at the Tumut River Brewery stall, the Lions Train will be doing the rounds of the town.

Other stalls include regular favourites A Little Bit Me, providing home-made fudge and baked goodies available including melting moments, friands and choc chip biscuits. The stall also sells clay earrings, lanyards and key-rings.

For more delicious baked goods, there will be Maria’s Kitchen. Everything at the stall is home-made from paddock to kitchen – preserves, fresh almonds, prunes, scones with jam and cream, slices and fresh orange juice.

Brushwoods Australia will be there, selling cold-pressed olive soil, rolled oats and other olive products. John and Kris Gorman will be on hand selling fresh vegetables, fresh flowers and preserves.

Travelling all the way from Hanwood, Roy’s Bread sells fresh Italian bread, home-made gnocchi and sauce to take home for lunch, as well as Italian biscuits and pizza bases. The Narrandera Rotary Club will be cooking up a barbecue breakfast with bacon and egg rolls available.

The Narrandera Public School will also have their regular stall, selling their produce from The Patch and the henhouse. Lazidaze, Little Yarn Things, Tato Tornado, Roadies Doughnuts, Noona’s Goods and Meg’s Face Painting are among the other stallholders.

Last but not least, Vincent the Van will be there selling what Trent and his regular customers describe as the best coffee in town. Entry is a gold coin, with the proceeds going to Narrandera Can Assist. A Father’s Day raffle will be drawn on the day.

Spoil your Dad

Father’s Day is a special day to show appreciation for fathers or father figures. Acts of appreciation are done in different ways and may include (but are not limited to):

• A day out in the park, at the movies, at a zoo, or another place
of interest.

• Handmade or purchased cards.

• Presents such as food baskets, chocolates, clothing, equipment for hobbies, or gift vouchers.

• Breakfasts, brunches, lunches, or dinners either at home, at a restaurant, or at a café.

• Father’s Day charity activities, such as fun runs or purchasing special gifts, to raise money for causes such as services for the visually impaired or research on prostate cancer.

• Some fathers and father figures receive adventures or experiences as Father’s Day gifts. This could include a trip to the Temora Aviation Museum’s 2018 Aircraft Showcase event on Saturday and Sunday September 1-2 .

This will feature all serviceable aircraft from the Temora Aviation Museum’s collection, which includes the Supermarine Spitfires, CA-13 Boomerang, Cessna O-2A, Gloster Meteor, Lockheed Hudson, Wirraway, Tiger Moth and Ryan STM S2

Why September?

Why didn’t we celebrate Father’s Day earlier this year with the US and the UK? There is a weird reason why everyone else in the world celebrates Father’s Day in June but Australians leave it until September.

When it comes to most of the world, including the US and the UK, Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. While our Mother’s Day celebration lines up with most of the world in May, Father’s Day is a full three months after countries we share the most

similarities with — and there’s a pretty simple explanation.

All of the calendar days we celebrate throughout the year all come down to the marketing and retail sector. There’s a theory described as “holiday fatigue” where experts claim consumers grow tired of constantly being bombarded with holidays and need a little time to recover — a theory that only helps Father’s Day’s September placement.

When considering the months of April to June, the Australian calendar is full of special events and holidays. There’s the Easter long weekend, Anzac Day and the Queen’s Birthday. We also celebrate Mother’s Day. Just like Boxing Day on December 26, marketing and retail companies have perfectly orchestrated days to get us out and shopping for gifts.

While some dispute the claims, it’s easy to see how happily retailers embrace each holiday. Holding Father’s Day in September is not only conveniently far away from most Australian calendar dates, it also coincides with the start of Spring — the perfect season to market dad gifts like sporting, camping and fishing items.

Father’s Day history

Father’s Day – the first Sunday of September – is when we honour our fathers and father figures in our lives. It’s up to you whether you treat your Dad to your dad to breakfast in bed or at the Fathers Day Markets at Pine Hill or a handyman gift, bag of treats jewellery or something for the man shed from one of our advertisers.

But do you know how this tradition came about? The history of a day honouring fathers can be traced back to celebrations like St Joseph’s Day in early Christian times, but the modern-day version started in the United States.

There was a one-off [day] following a terrible mining disaster that killed 360 men, according to author and former Anglican dean of Sydney Philip Jensen. The next year in 1908 the church held a special service remembering the fathers.

At the same time, the uptake of Mother’s Day was growing — but Sonora Smart Dodd in Washington state wanted to do something to honour her father. Her mother died having the sixth of their children and her father had raised them by himself. Mr Dodd was a war veteran from the Civil War, a farmer and a widower.

The idea was taken up by Dodd’s church and on June 19, 1910, all of the churches in the Spokane Ministerial Alliance marked the first Father’s Day. By 1972, the third Sunday in June had been permanently authorised as a national holiday by the US government.

From the beginning, Ms Dodd realised she would need to commercialise the day to ensure it grew in popularity. One of the first mentions of Father’s Day in Australia was seen in the Newcastle Sun on September 4, 1936.

The article promoted a Father’s Day meeting at the Baptist Tabernacle, with reference to hopes the day would become as popular as Mother’s Day.

The idea had also surfaced a week earlier on August 29, 1936 in The Daily News Perth, with an advertorial suggesting gifts to be given on the day. But an article in the Western Herald in 1964 said the day was first celebrated in 1935.

The same article explained the day was officially designated as the first Sunday in September through the Commonwealth in 1964. No reason was officially given for the choice of date, but it is a widely held belief that the month was chosen for commercial benefit.

September spaces Father’s Day almost perfectly between Mother’s Day and Christmas in a calendar year, giving shoppers ample time to save for all.

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