The smell of salty breezes and the feel of warm sand can inspire us to create a nautical themed Father’s Day, from a little place called Nantucket & Cape Cod. When we think of these special maritime places, visions of open beaches, fresh seafood, casual sailing and fishing come into view. Most of which, dads quite enjoy.
As an idea for inspiration (if you are not near maritime coasts), there can be quaint little areas to transport yourself with a similar feel. Create your day by heading out to a local lake, but be sure to choose one that suits your needs for sailing, fishing or lazing out on a beach. Make a special picnic lunch beforehand for the day, then visit a local town to explore around in. Our day consists of the following:
- Visit Gull Lake (beaches/fishing) or Ghost Lake (sailing)
- Eat a packed picnic lunch
- Explore the beaches, fish, watch sail boats, etc.
- Visit small town near area (Sylvan Lake or Cochrane)
- Enjoy a seafood dinner
- Visit favorite ice cream shop
Slow down and take time to enjoy your activities with your fathers and husbands to your children. It is a day to relax, play and be thankful for these wonderful men in our lives.
History of Father’s Day
On July 5, 1908, a West Virginia church sponsored the nation’s first event explicitly in honor of fathers, a Sunday sermon in memory of the 362 men who had died in the previous December’s explosions at the Fairmont Coal Company mines in Monongah, but it was a one-time commemoration and not an annual holiday. The next year, a Spokane, Washington woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by a widower, tried to establish an official equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents. She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials to drum up support for her idea, and she was successful: Washington State celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on July 19, 1910. Slowly, the holiday spread. In 1916, President Wilson honored the day by using telegraph signals to unfurl a flag in Spokane when he pressed a button in Washington, D.C. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge urged state governments to observe Father’s Day.
Photography: Bea with La Tartine Gourmande