SANATOGA PA – Friday (March 20, 2009) is the First Day of Spring and it’ll feel like it locally, with high temperatures approaching 50 degrees and varying times of clouds and sun, AccuWeather predicts.
It’s also likely to be a day of good tastes (see Spring Is Yummy, below), foolish notions (see Spring’s Got Egg On Its Face), prowling about for new experiences (see Spring Is For Exploring), and uplifting moments (see Spring Can Be Spiritual).
Spring Is Yummy
Get over to the Rita’s Water Ice franchise closest to you Friday between Noon and 10 p.m. for its 17th annual First Day Of Spring Italian Ice Give-away. The national frozen dessert franchise, with more than 500 locations in 17 states, will offer free regular-sized (10-ounce) samples of its products to all customers to commemorate the season’s arrival.
Store locations are at 808 N. Charlotte St., Pottstown PA; 501 Schuylkill Rd., North Coventry (PA) Township at the Shoppes at Coventry Square; and at 70 Buckwalter Rd., Limerick PA, in the Limerick Square Shopping Center.
Spring’s Got Egg On Its Face
There’s an urban legend that claims a raw egg can be balanced on its end only on the first day of spring. Weather Channel meterologist Nick Walker says that’s all it is: legend, with no scientific support.
“The egg legend apparently got its start in 1945, when a reporter for Life Magazine wrote a story about a Chinese ritual in which people stood eggs on end on the first day of spring. But the Chinese recognized the first day of spring in early February, about six weeks before the spring equinox!,” Walker writes.
“Later, in 1983,” he adds, “100 New Yorkers got together on March 20 to balance eggs, and an article about the event appeared in the New Yorker magazine. A year later, 5,000 New Yorkers repeated the tradition on the first day of spring, and the egg legend grew. The truth is, if you can get a raw egg to balance upright on the spring equinox, you can get it to balance any other day of the year. The pull of gravity or the position of the sun in the sky has nothing to do with it.”
Spring Is For Exploring
The spring (or vernal) equinox, the day each year on which the sun passes directly over the Earth’s equator, will be celebrated Saturday at 7 p.m. with a program at the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy, at the intersection of Route 73 and Haldeman Rd., Schwenksville PA, about 7 miles northeast of Sanatoga.
The night-time exploration program is best suited for children age 8 and older. Admission costs $10 for non-members, and advance registration is required. For information, call 610-287-9383 or visit the conservancy’s website education page.
Spring Can Be Spiritual
A spring equinox celebration specifically scheduled for women and girls age 6 and older is planned for Saturday from 7-10 p.m. at the Thomas Paine Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 3424 Ridge Pike, Collegeville PA, about 10 miles southeast of Sanatoga. Tickets cost between $5 and $20, and girls age 6-12 are free. The event marks the breaking of winter’s chains and the emergence of new life.
Participants are asked to bring spring flowers in a vase to decorate the religious fellowship’s sanctuary, drums and rattles for use during the celebration, and finger food to share during an informal pot luck meal. For more information, visit the WomanWisdom website.
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