June’s The Tune For Sacco’s SnippetMay 31, 2018
By: John Sacco
…30 days hath September, April, June and November
All the rest have 31 excepting February alone
And that has 28 days clear and 29 in each leap year….
So, says the old adage which delivers us to the sixth month of the year and second month to have thirty days. Included somewhere from the middle to the end is that special time of the school year every student longs for. Summer and summer vacation time and all that goes with it. Staying up late, going to the beach, seeing all my friends, sleeping all day if I want to. Hold on here, not so fast. Does this even exist anymore or was this a dream of days and years gone by? I can remember on the last day running as fast as I could to get out the front door of the school fearing that I would be either dragged back in or the door would be locked. Papers flying all over as I ran to the safe and secure comforts of my house where the summer would actually begin and I could take off my school uniform and throw it to where I couldn’t see it anymore.
June held this breath-holding anticipation for me when I was a mere lad but soon became just another end to allow another beginning. The days of longing for freedom and planning an escape gave way to the real world of work and responsibility and then, you guessed it, planning my escape!
The warmer weather gives way to activities that are not as enjoyable when the weather is cold and the days are shorter and there is so much to enjoy nonetheless.
June is the 6thmonth of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and brings us the “Summer Solstice” or the day with the most daylight hours. This is also the longest day of the year meaning that the Earth is closest to the Sun in the Western Hemisphere. This occurs on June 26th, which is the longest day in the West followed but a decrease in sunlight until the following year.
June is taken from the Latin name Junius and is named after the Roman Goddess Juno. Juno was the Goddess of marriage and the wife of Jupiter. Figured she would have married Saturn for the beautiful rings, sorry couldn’t resist. One of the beliefs of ancient Rome was that you should never marry until after June 15thfor luck and prosperity purposes. Hence the “June Bride” was born and is still a favorite time of the year to marry.
Some of the observances during the month of June are;
6/1 – National Donut Day
6/3 – National Cancer survivors Day
6/17 – Father’s Day
6/27 – National PTSD Day (remember to always thank a veteran)
6/26 – National take a Hockey Coach to lunch Day as well as T.K. Hastings Birthday. (He’s the man that got me back into Hockey to which after all these years I still Love)
Birthstones: Pearl, Alexandrite and Moonstone.
Flowers: Rose and Honeysuckle.
Zodiac signs: Gemini up to 6/20 and Cancer from 6/21 on
If you haven’t figured it out yet let’s go over this a bit. The month is named after the Goddess of Marriage and is part of nature’s regrowth. The warmth of the month and length of day making it a happier time physically and emotionally. One of the birthstones is pearl and the months flower is Roses. Luck and prosperity is an association, wait a minute. Does this have anything to do with marriage? There you go now you understand all the fuss over being a June bride. Amazing how well thought out the Romans were and how complicated they could be. Everything was governed by their way of life and many of this is still practiced in our century and not realized why. This is where your thirst for knowledge should never cease nor should your inquisitive nature should be quieted. Everything around us has a meaning of some sort and even though it won’t get you on a city bus or subway for free you’re going to be so much smarter.
So, let us get even smarter by filling you in to what’s going on at the Aviator Sports and Events Center. Golf, Hockey, Gymnastics, Rock wall climbing, Basketball, Soccer, Ice Skating, Figure Skating and on and on and on. It will undoubtedly either take 15 minutes or a few days for those pesky rascals you live with are driving you up a wall. Well, there is an alternative. My favorite of course is Hockey Camp but there are other camps and activities available for you to keep them busy for a few hours or as far us to a few weeks. So much to do so little time should be written on the front door to the facility. The first step is to walk in the door and pick up a booklet, brochure or just stare at the monitors above customer service. This will give you all the info you will need to keep your family busy. Busy is usually the best option for staying out of trouble and there is plenty of busy available. You may look on the website or simply come in and take a look around. There is also some History available just around 100 feet to the south of us at the Ryan Visitor Center where you can go back to the 1930’s and experience the terminal of the first commercial airport in the State of New York. There is also a small museum loaded with history as well as a gift shop where the past comes alive. Too many notable people passed through this building and surrounding grounds to name and that would more or less take a novel to do so.
All you have to do is make the first step to come on and see us and believe me you are most welcome.
The Aviator Sports and Events Center is located at 3159 Flatbush Avenue Brooklyn NY 11234 and has a Camps “Open House” on 6/2 and 6/16. We are a short distance from the Belt Parkway (exit 11S from both East and West directions) and a bus ride from Kings Plaza.
“Something for everyone and everyone for something”
See you there!
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