Interested in learning more about hosting an au pair in your home. Come visit my table at the Piney Orchard Street Festival. I will be located in the parking lot of the Community Center (not on the main street because this festival has grown so much in recent years!) where there will be lots of kid friendly vendors. I will also have au pairs on hand to help answer any of your questions. Great family fun event with lots of live music, food and even pony rides!
Thanksgiving can be traced back to 1863 when Lincoln became the first president to proclaim Thanksgiving Day. The holiday has been a fixture of late November ever since. The Pilgrims who sailed to this country aboard the Mayflower were originally members of the English Separatist Church. They had earlier fled their home in England and sailed to Holland (The Netherlands) to escape religious persecution. Seeking a better life, the Separatists negotiated with a London stock company to finance a pilgrimage to America.
The Pilgrims set ground at Plymouth Rock on December 11, 1620. Their first winter was devastating. They lost 46 of the original 102 who sailed on the Mayflower. But the harvest of 1621 was a bountiful one. And the remaining colonists decided to celebrate with a feast – including 91 native Americans who had helped the Pilgrims survive their first year. It is believed that the Pilgrims would not have made it through the year without the help of the native Americans. The feast was more of a traditional English harvest festival and lasted three days.
It was Sarah Josepha Hale, a magazine editor, whose efforts eventually led to what we recognize as Thanksgiving today. Hale wrote many editorials championing her cause in her Boston Ladies’ Magazine, and later, in Godey’s Lady’s Book. Finally, after a 40-year campaign of writing editorials and letters to governors and presidents, Hale’s obsession became a reality when, in 1863, President Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November as a national day of Thanksgiving.
To Learn more about the history and traditions of this holiday go to:
http://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving/videos#history-of-the-thanksgiving-holiday. Find fun activities to do with the children here:
Come out and join the fun at the 5th Annual Street Festival at Piney Orchard on May 17, 2014 from 11 am to 7pm located at 2400 Stream Valley Drive, Odenton, MD 21113. There will be lots of food, activities for kids, face painting, children’s entertainment, about 90 local business vendors and outdoor entertainment. This event is open to the public and is FREE. Stop by at the Au Pair in America table, the leading provider for intercultural live-in child care in the US, to find out about hosting an au pair in your home! Affordable and flexible, live-in childcare averaging $361/wk regardless of the number of children. Au Pairs not only care for children but can do other child-related laundry, meal prep, cleaning!
Au Pairs will be on hand to answer any questions you may have! Here are some photos from the au pairs at last years event. It was so much fun! Enter your name in our raffle basket for the chance to win a $1,200 coupon towards hosting your first au pair! Last year over 8,000 people came to this event! So mark your calendars now and come on out to join in on a fun day for the entire family!
Despite warnings of bad weather it turned out to be a fantastic day for the Piney Orchard Street Festival on Saturday, May 11th. Au pairs were on hand to answer questions about their experience as an au pair and to offer tips to interested host families on how to have a successful year and what to expect. Children were able to make a Mother’s Day card and get their faces painted. We were right next to the Piney Orchard Elementary School table, the rock climbing wall and the dunking booth … lots of activity for the children and the parents! Good thing the sun came out and warmed us up from all the splashing that took place next to us!
Sunday December 11th was the International Holiday party for the Annapolis cluster of Au Pair in America. Each au pair brought a cookie or sweet from her home country to share and all girls went home with a bag of treats from all over the world! Girls from Germany, Brazil, Ukraine and Thailand joined in the festivities. Each au pair brought a wrapped gift for the gift exchange. The gifts were placed under the tree as the au pairs arrived. We learned about each others customs and traditions and got to know each other a bit more! The Thai girls educated us on their New Year traditions as this is the big holiday that is celebrated in their home country. Later we gathered around the tree for the gift exchange, numbers were drawn to determine who went 1, 2, 3 and so on. Natasha Wrobel, Annapolis Community Counselor, handed out Christmas mugs for hot chocolate to keep warm over the upcoming winter months.
We also had the pleasure and honor of having a Federal Marshall visit with us to give the au pairs a safety briefing and practical tips when they are out with their host families children, out on the town alone or out with friends. It was very educational and informative.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!