It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
There are so many ways to enjoy this wonderful time of year and Plano has a wonderful list of events celebrating the season.
Here is the list that Visit Plano has put together:
It’s that time of year again folks! There are so many wonderful holiday decorations and events going on around Plano and especially at Legacy West!
Here’s the December calendar where we know you’ll find something fun for the whole family! Now, please, if you see us out and about the Shops at Legacy or Legacy Hall, make sure to say ‘hello’.
Happy Holiday Season, everyone!
Salute America’s workforce this Labor Day by enjoying one of these awesome events around Plano!
Happy Labor Day everyone from the Real McCoys!
Take a dip on Labor Day at the Texas Pool as they wrap up the 2018 season! The Texas Pool Labor Day Party is from noon to 6:00 pm on Monday, September 3rd. Food, pool games and fun! The snack bar will be open and the grills will be hot. Coolers with food and non-alcoholic beverages welcome. 5-OHH BBQ and KONA Ice Truck will be on location.
Admission is free for Texas Pool members, everyone else is $10/person.
The historic Texas pool is a 168,000 gallon saltwater pool shaped like Texas. It is a nonprofit, membership supported community pool with a diving board, two water slides, island, and shallow wading area for small children. The Texas Pool season runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Can you believe it? We’re turning 241 this year! Where does the time go? Are we what our forbearers pictured when they declared their independence from Britain and formed the original colonies? As summer begins in America in 2018 and we take a look around at the behaviors of most Americans, what are our priorities? Looking at what we do, we think, is one way to answer that question.
Think of how we view the beginning of summer. Summer actually began on June 21st, but somehow the summer season doesn’t feel quite like it has arrived until the fourth of July decorations have come out around the neighborhood homes, and businesses display their flags, and the Independence Day parade marches through Main street. Independence day is for so many people around the nation, a big part of their identity.
Independence Day is a patriotic holiday for celebrating the positive aspects of the United States. Many politicians appear at public events to show their support for the history, heritage, and people of their country. Above all, people in the United States express and give thanks for the freedom and liberties fought by the first generation of many of today’s Americans. The Statue of Liberty is a national monument that is associated with Independence Day.
This pride, this patriotic identity that makes July 4th so important and precious to us, we believe would make our ancestors very, very proud. We have compiled a list of some of the festivities happening around the Plano area. Just click on the picture of the little girl proudly waving her flag right here and you’ll be taken to the page of events.
1 – On July 4, 1776, the American colonies were declared free and independent States from Great Britain and its king.
2 – Did you know it was actually on July 2, 1776, that the Declaration of Independence began? It started with a letter to Britain’s King George to explain why the Continental Congress voted to declare America’s independence.
3 – It was on July 4, that the final wording of the declaration was agreed.
4 – Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence.
5 – Jefferson later served as the third President of America from 1801 to 1809.
6 – Coincidentally, Jefferson died on July 4, 1826.
7 – Strangely, two other US presidents, John Adams and James Monroe, have also died on July 4.
8 – Meanwhile, the 30th president of America, Calvin Coolidge, was born on July 4, 1872.
9 – The first Independence Day was celebrated on July 8, 1776, in Philadelphia and the official signing took place on August 2.
10 – Every 4th of July the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is tapped – although not actually rung – 13 times in honour of the original 13 American colonies.
11 – The stars on the original American flag were in a circle so all the Colonies would appear equal.
12 – The White House celebrated Independence Day for the first time in 1801.
13 – America’s oldest continuous Independence Day celebration is the 4th of July Parade in Bristol on Rhode Island. This year it will celebrate its 232nd year.
14 – The first Independence Day was celebrated by around 2.5 million people compared to more than 316 million people today.
15 – Almost 100 years after the Declaration of Independence, in 1870, July 4 was made an official holiday by Congress.
16 – Fireworks are a major part of the celebrations because the first Independence Day celebration on July 4, 1777, saw Americans gathering to watch as the sky illuminated to celebrate the new nation.
17 – Americans take their July 4 celebrations seriously. On this day, some 150 million hot dogs will be eaten!
18 – Benjamin Franklin proposed the turkey as the national bird but he was overruled by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who recommended the bald eagle.
In 1775, people in New England began fighting the British for their independence. On July 2, 1776, the Congress secretly voted for independence from Great Britain. Two days later, on July 4, 1776, the final wording of the Declaration of Independence was approved, and the document was published. The first public reading of the Declaration of Independence was on July 8, 1776. Delegates began to sign the Declaration of Independence on August 2, 1776. In 1870, Independence Day was made an unpaid holiday for federal employees. In 1941, it became a paid holiday for them.
The Declaration of Independence is often read on Independence Day. We’ve provided you with the full and final declaration, the italicized words or phrases were omitted in the final draft. Bracketed words or phrases were added to the original draft and appear in the final draft.
The signatures at the end of the declaration show their sizes as they were written in inches.
A Declaration by the Representatives
of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in
General Congress assembled.
WHEN in the Course of human Events it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth the separate & equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.
WE hold these Truths to be self-evident: that all Men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with inherent and* [certain] inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, & the pursuit of happiness: that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, & to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, & organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety & happiness. Prudence indeed will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light & transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses & usurpations begun at a distinguished period and pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty to throw off such government, & to provide new guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; & such is now the necessity which constrains them to expunge [alter] their former systems of government. The history of the present king of Great Britain is a history of unremitting [repeated] injuries & usurpations, among which appears no solitary fact to contradict the uniform tenor of the rest but all have [all having]in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this let facts be submitted to a candid world for the truth of which we pledge a faith yet unsullied by falsehood.
HE has refused his assent to laws the most wholesome & necessary for the public good.
HE has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate & pressing importance unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; & when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
HE has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them, & formidable to tyrants only.
HE has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
HE has dissolved representative houses repeatedly & continually for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
HE has refused for a long time after such dissolutions to cause others to be elected, whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise, the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without & convulsions within.
HE has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners, refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, & raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.
HE has suffered [obstructed] the administration of justice totally to cease in some of these states [by] refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.
HE has made our judges dependant on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, & the amount & paiment of their salaries.
HE has erected a multitude of new offices by a self assumed power and sent hither swarms of new officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
HE has kept among us in times of peace standing armies and ships of warwithout the consent of our legislatures.
HE has affected to render the military independent of, & superior to the civil power.
HE has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitutions & unacknowledged by our laws, giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:
FOR quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
FOR protecting them by a mock-trial from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states
FOR cutting off our trade with all parts of the world:
FOR imposing taxes on us without our consent:
FOR depriving us [in many cases] of the benefits of trial by jury
FOR transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses:
FOR abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging it’s boundaries, so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these states [colonies]:
FOR taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments:
FOR suspending our own legislatures, & declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in allcases whatsoever.
He has abdicated government here withdrawing his governors, and declaring us out of his allegiance & protection. [by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.]
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, & destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation & tyranny already begun with circumstanccs of cruelty and perfidy [scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, & totally] unworthy the head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends & brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.
He has [excited domestic insurrection among us, & has] endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes, & conditions of existence.
He has incited treasonable insurrections of our fellow-citizens, with the allurements of forfeiture & confiscation of our property.
He has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating it’s most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating & carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither. This piratical warfare, the opprobrium of INFIDEL Powers, is the warfare of the CHRISTIAN king of Great Britain. Determined to keep open a market where MEN should be bought & sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce. And that this assemblage of horrors might want no fact of distinguished die, he is now exciting those very people to rise in arms among us, and to purchase that liberty of which he has deprived them, by murdering the people on whom he also obtruded them: thus paying off former crimes committed against the LIBERTIES of one people, with crimes which he urges them to commit against the LIVES of another.
In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injuries.
A prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant is unfit to be the ruler of a [free] people who mean to be free. Future ages will scarcely believe that the hardiness of one man adventured, within the short compass of twelve years only, to lay a foundation so broad & so undisguised for tyranny over a people fostered & fixed in principles of freedom.
Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend a [an unwarrantable] jurisdiction over these our states [us]. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration & settlement here, no one of which could warrant so strange a pretension: that these were effected at the expense of our own blood & treasure, unassisted by the wealth or the strength of Great Britain: that in constituting indeed our several forms of government, we had adopted one common king, thereby laying a foundation for perpetual league & amity with them: but that submission to their parliament was no part of our constitution, nor ever in idea, if history may be credited: and, we [have] appealed to their native justice and magnanimity [and we have conjured them by] as well as to the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations which were likely to [would inevitably] interrupt our connection and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice & of consanguinity, and when occasions have been given them, by the regular course of their laws, of removing from their councils the disturbers of our harmony, they have, by their free election, re-established them in power. At this very time too they are permitting their chief magistrate to send over not only soldiers of our common blood, but Scotch & foreign mercenaries to invade & destroy us. These facts have given the last stab to agonizing affection, and manly spirit bids us to renounce forever these unfeeling brethren. We must endeavor to forget our former love for them, and hold them as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends. We might have been a free and a great people together; but a communication of grandeur & of freedom it seems is below their dignity. Be it so, since they will have it. The road to happiness & to glory is open to us too. We will tread it apart from them, and[We must therefore] acquiesce in the necessity which denounces our eternal separation! [and hold them as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.]
We therefore the representatives of the united States of America in General Congress assebled [appealing to the Judge of the World for the recititude of our intentions] do in the name & by authority of the good people of these states [colonies] reject and renounce all allegiance & subjections to the kings of Great Britain & all others who may hereafter claim by, through or under them: we utterly disolve all political connection which may heretofore have subsisted between us & the people or parliment of Great Britain: and finally we do assert and declare these colonies to be free and independent states, [solemly Publish and Declare that these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be, Free and Independent States; that they are dissolved from allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political Connection between them and the State of Great-Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved;] and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract allies, establish commerce, & do all other acts & things which independent states may of right do.
And for the support of this declaration, [with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence] we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, & our sacred honor.
This weekend many of us celebrate Easter Sunday. We’ll wear our best suits and dresses as we may gather with family, friends, neighbors and fellow parishioners for an Easter service, an Easter egg hunt, and other activities throughout Sunday.
There will be no shortage of picture taking and plenty of admiring how adorable the children look in their clothes, carrying their brightly colored baskets, scurrying around looking for the hidden plastic eggs with the prizes inside. It’s always amazing how excited they become when they find one, even if there’s just a little piece of candy inside, we adults have to admire how happy they get at their accomplishments because after all, they did it all on their own. The journey was worth more than the prize.
We know not everyone will celebrate this way, but for those that do and can share this, the time is very special. These traditions are what become the memories that we bring with us as we grow into adults. Those memories of those happy moments stay with us forever and that’s a very special gift that one generation can give another.
Speaking of gifts and traditions, the ‘Tale of Peter Rabbit’ is a pretty popular tale to read to kids around Easter every year and has even been made into a stop animation movie in 1971 called, ‘Here Comes Peter Cottontail’. Now, it’s seen a renewed fame with a release of the new movie “Peter Rabbit”, which is already out in theaters.
One of the best-selling children’s books of all time, ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’, was written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter, printed privately in 1901 and published in 1902. Potter created the character of Peter Rabbit in 1893 in a letter she wrote to amuse a sick child. She used the name of her own pet rabbit, Peter, whom she had trained to do tricks. She devised adventures for Peter and gave him a mother and three siblings, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail, in The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Mr. McGregor’s Garden, with 42 black-and-white illustrations and a coloured frontispiece.
SUMMARY: Beatrix Potter’s most famous character is the hero, or perhaps anti-hero, of this, her first children’s book: Peter, the naughty little rabbit. Like many of her characters, he is based on her observations of the animals she kept at home or saw in the wild on holiday. Peter is far more adventurous than Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail, and almost as soon as their mother has told them to avoid Mr. McGregor’s garden while she is out shopping because their father had an “accident” there and ended up in a pie, the disobedient little rabbit is squeezing himself under the garden gate to gorge himself on Mr. McGregor’s vegetables while the others obediently go up the lane to pick blackberries from the hedgerows. Mr. McGregor soon spots Peter near the cucumber frame and chases the terrified young rabbit all over the garden, where Peter manages to lose both his shoes and his little blue coat.
This classic book was widely translated, went through countless editions, and had more than 20 sequels featuring animal protagonists. The simple text was greatly enhanced by Potter’s delicate drawings of animals that were recognizably realistic woodland creatures despite their human-like clothing and homes.
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