On Friday the 13th, Frame USA once again hosted it’s annual chili cook-off! This year there were three different competitors who brought their own homemade chili recipes for us all to tryout. There was chicken chili, turkey chili and a spicy beef chili that the entire company feasted on.
All three chilies were delicious and attempting to select a winner tore the company apart. In addition to the chili we also had people bring in very tasty side dishes including homemade cornbread, jalapeno cornbread, black bean brownies and spinach artichoke dip among other things.
Take a look at how the employees were enjoying the feast!
Columbus Day is a national holiday which celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus landing in America on October 12, 1492. It wasn’t until 1905 in Colorado that Columbus Day first became an official state holiday, it later became a federal holiday in 1937. Fast forward 33 years (October 12th 1970) and Columbus Day has been fixed to the second Monday in October.
Recently there has been opposition to Columbus day. Citizens are opposed to celebrating Columbus, as he was someone who brutally exploited, kidnapped and enslaved native people he encountered, as well as the decimation of indigenous people of the Americas from disease and conflict with European colonists.
That resulted in the creation of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, this is a holiday celebrating the native people of America. Indigenous Peoples’ Day is an official city and state holiday in numerous cities across the US with the intention of honoring Native Americans, their history and culture. Indigenous Peoples’ Day began in Berkeley, California in 1992 and later spread to Santa Cruz in 1994 and then to other cities and states in the mid-to-late 2010s.
If you’re in the Cincinnati area you’ll be happy to know that it’s that time again! Frame USA is having its annual tent sale. Our September tent sale has always been about saving hundreds in art, wall decor and framing.
Now, while we are also the type to hold off to get the best possible savings, waiting until Sunday does limit the number of frames available. At these prices, everything sells fast!
Save up to 50% off of our closeouts and custom size frames, we have almost any size you could need or imagine. Also enjoy up to 75% savings on our matting options.
Our staff is knowledgeable and ready to help answer any and all questions about art and framing. Stop by and join in on the fun!
Labor Day is a public and federal holiday (a holiday established by law and is usually a non-working day) that is celebrated on the first Monday of September. It was established to honor the labor movement in the US and the contributions that workers have made which benefit our country. Additionally, Labor Day Weekend is considered the end of summer with children going back to school and all public swimming pools closing.
In the late 19th century trade unions and the labor movement grew, leading to trade unionists wanting to set aside a day to recognize and celebrate labor. Labor Day was then further advocated by the Central Labor Union who organized the first Labor Day parade in New York City in 1882.
Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it Labor Day an official holiday and they did so in in 1887. Seven years later, in 1894, it became an official federal holiday.
Historians say the expression “no white after Labor Day” comes from when the upper class would return from their summer vacations and stow away their lightweight, white summer clothes as they returned back to school and work.
Game of Thrones is a TV show that has taken over the nation! Game of Thrones is an HBO show created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and is an adaptation of the A Song of Ice and Fire novels written by George R.R. Martin. The show first premiered on April 17, 2011 and its 7th seasonpremieres this Sunday, July 16th and will conclude with its eighth and final season the following year.
Game of Thrones is set in the fictitious Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and the continent of Essos. The series is all about the struggles between the noble families and their fight to rule the kingdom and sit on top of the Iron Throne.
George R.R. Martin began writing the series A Song of Ice and Fire in 1991 and had the first book published in 1996. Amazingly, over 20 years later and Martin has only published five of the even planned novels in the series. Fans of the book have been in an uproar because finally the TV series has surpassed the book and will potentially ruin secrets that have yet to be revealed in the book.
Head on over to our sister site Poster Service and browse our selection of Game of Thrones inspired posters so you can frame and hang your fandom. We know you’ll be watching with us.
The 4th of July aka Independence Day is a federal holiday (an authorized holiday that has been recognized by the United States government) marking the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776.
The Declaration of Independence is the statement adopted by the Second Continental Congress which announced that the thirteen colonies considered themselves as independent sovereign states and that they were under British rule no more. The thirteen colonies decided to form new nation, the United States of America.
The 4th of July is marked by patriotic displays. Just like a lot of other summer events, Independence Day celebrations often take place outdoors and people often celebrate by hosting or attending a picnic or barbecue; many take advantage of the day off and, in some years, a long weekend to gather with relatives or friends. Decorations (e.g., streamers, balloons, and clothing) are colored red, white, and blue, the colors of the American flag. Parades are often held in the morning, before family gatherings and fireworks occur in the evening.
4th of July Fun Facts:
Only John Hancock signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. All the others signed at a later date.
The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 men from 13 colonies.
The average age of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence was 45. The youngest was Thomas Lynch, Jr (27) of South Carolina. The oldest delegate was Benjamin Franklin (70) of Pennsylvania. The lead author of The Declaration, Thomas Jefferson, was 33.
The stars on the original American flag were in a circle so all the Colonies would appear equal.
Barbecue is also big on Independence Day. Approximately 150 million hot dogs and 700 million pounds of chicken are consumed on this day.
Father’s Day is the 4th largest card sending holiday (behind Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day) and is a day where we celebrate fathers and fatherhood.
The celebration of Father’s Day dates back to the Middle Ages and originally took place on March 19th. It wasn’t until 1910 when the day was moved to June thanks to Senora Smart Dodd. She proposed the idea after hearing a church service dedicated to Mother’s Day; she realized there wasn’t a day to celebrate her Civil War veteran father who single-handedly raised her and her five siblings. The day eventually became a national holiday in 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed it into law.
The US census shows that there are over 70.1 million father’s in the United States and two million of them are single dad’s. Yet no matter how many father’s there are, Mother’s Day spending still trumps Father’s Day buy nearly $9 billion!
While not an official federal holiday, Flag Day is celebrated every year on June 14th. Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777.
June 14th was officially established as Flag Day by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916. Similarly, the week of June 14th was appointed as National Flag Week. For the entirety of this week it is encouraged that citizens proudly fly their flag. Additionally, all government building will display the American flag during this week.
Fun Flag Facts
Five of the six American Flags that have been planted on the moon are still standing and the one that fell was knocked down due to the exhaust from the Apollo 11 takeoff.
In 1959 President Eisenhower chose a new design for the flag which was created in anticipation of Alaska and Hawaii becoming states and the design he chose came from Robert Heft who was a 17 year old high school student at the time.
Old Glory was the nickname of a specific American Flag which was owned by William Driver. He named it Old Glory in 1831 and the name went on to become synonymous with all American Flags.
Memorial Day is an annual, authorized holiday that has been recognized by the US government as a day for remembering those who died while serving in the armed forces. On this day many people visit memorials and cemeteries and place flags on graves to show their respect.
This holiday was originally known as Decoration Day as was used to honor the Union and Confederate soldiers who lost their lives during the Civil War. It wasn’t until the 1900’s that is became a day that honored all the soldiers who dies while serving their country. There was another 60 years until it was changed from Decoration Day into Memorial Day in 1967 and then 4 more years until it became a federal holiday.
Memorial Day and Veterans Day are often confused because they both are for honoring military personnel. The difference is, Veterans Day honors any person that has been in the armed forces while Memorial Day is for remembering the people who died during their service. Memorial Day also marks the begging of summer season with most recreational pools opening on this weekend.
On this day all American Flags are raised to full-staff then slowly lowered to half-staff position, this position is specifically to honor all the fallen soldiers of our great country. The flag stays at half-staff until noon when it’s then raised all the way to the top for the rest of the day. If transitions to full-staff to commemorate the notion that the fallen soldiers memories will be raised by the living who will not allow their sacrifices to go in vain.
Mother’s Day is marked as a day of celebration and honoring of all mothers, maternal bonds, and influence of moms in society.
The origins of Mother’s day dates back to 1908 in West Virginia when a lady by the name of Anna Jarvis decided to take it upon herself and hold a memorial service for her mother. The service was held at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church which is now marked as the International Mother’s Day Shrine. While it was originally denied by congress, in 1911 all of the states in the US observed Mother’s Day and some even officially recognized it as a local holiday. Anna Jarvis intended Mother’s Day to be a day to honor all moms because she believed that they were the one person who has done more for you than anyone in the world!
Head on over to Frame USA and frame all your Mother’s Day memories!