Though the last few days of April have felt quite wintry; let’s celebrate the gorgeous month of May! The Sun is warming, the birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and the garden is growing. Celebrate everything from May Day on the 1st, Star Wars Day on May 4th (May the Fourth be with you), Cinco De Mayo on the 5th (I understand more tequila is imbibed by Americans than Mexicans on this day!), to Mother’s Day on the 12th, and the most poignant of holidays — Memorial Day on the 27th.
The month of May is also known as Older Americans Month. A meeting in April 1963 between President John F. Kennedy and members of the National Council of Senior Citizens led to designating May as “Senior Citizens Month. President Gerald Ford later changed it to Older Americans Month in 1976. The Roman poet Ovid said that the month of May was named for the maiores, Latin for “elders”. Perhaps this is where our Presidents got their inspiration? Learn more here: Older Americans Month 2019
Another event that May is known for is National Photography Month, a time to celebrate photography as an artform. This month-long event was officially recognized by the Congress in 1987 and has been going strong ever since. While professional photographers all over the U.S. are likely celebrating, that doesn’t mean that the rest of us can’t join in on the fun. So, in honor of National Photo Month — take a picture! Grab your cameras or cell phones to snap a quick photo of whatever takes your fancy – a delicate cactus flower, an old penny or a sleeping pet. Submit your best pictures to me by the last week of May, and I’ll pick the most creative to be June’s cover photo for the website.
I’m observing Photography Month by creating a webpage full pictures of our events and activities. You can find it on the menu above or by clicking here: SnapShots!
Goodbye April, Welcome May! Hope to see you at the next event ~
Sofia Castille, President
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