September

By Delwen McLeod

     September is one of the busiest times of the year. In the ninth month, students and teachers across the northern hemisphere head back to school. However, September is not only back-to-school time. It is a time to celebrate a plethora of exciting events and holidays. In fact, by the end of this article, you may find yourself embracing your inner pianist and discovering an inner passion for blueberry popsicles.
Thousands of different awareness months and holidays take place throughout the year. Out of them all, those in September just might be the most quirky.
We have spent the past months raising awareness for illnesses, encouraging acceptance and celebrating history. While September is a great time to do all these things, it is also Fall Hat Month. Not only do hats provide SPF protection, but they also are a great way to show school spirit. Toss aside your straw sunhats and khaki visors. In September, hat-fanatics alike show off their style in knit beanies and felted caps. Adults, kids, and teens come together across the nation come together to show off their headgear in style (just not in class).
While you are busy toting a new lid, you may also want to try your hand at piano. As an unknown person once said, “Pianos are such noble instruments – they’re either upright or grand.” These words ring true, for despite being a 319-year-old invention, pianos are still one of the world’s most popular instruments, used for classical, jazz, and even pop music. This versatile instrument is played by over twenty-one million people worldwide. That is why September is Piano Month! During September, pianists and music lovers come together to share their love of this amazing instrument. How can you celebrate? Listen to some piano tunes like Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” or brush up on your piano skills with virtualpiano.net.
Is piano not your forte? Well, Ahoy Chargers, you’re in luck! Find your eye patches and get out your treasure maps because September nineteenth is International Talk like a Pirate Day (ITLAPD). This parodic holiday was created in 1995 by John Baur and Mark Summers. While originally the day was an inside joke between the two friends, ITLAPD soon spread in popularity with the help of award winning humor columnist Dave Barry. Today, thousands of people choose to find Polly a cracker and embrace parody pirate culture. For some tips and tricks on improving your pirate lingo, visit talklikeapirate.com.
Is all this talk about pirates making you hungry? Probably not, but perhaps this will! In 1905, a young boy named Frank Epperson left a fruity drink with a stirring stick on his porch. Upon awakening the next morning, Frank discovered a delicious frozen treat. He called it the “epsicle.” Eighteen years later, it became the “popsicle.” Since its invention in 1905, the Popsicle has grown increasingly in popularity. In fact, September 2nd is National Blueberry Popsicle Day. Folks nationwide purchase or make their own blueberry popsicles to honor the invention of this delicious frozen treat. Don’t worry, even if National Blueberry Popsicle Day has passed, you will still be able to celebrate National Grape Popsicle Day on May 27th!
Are you planning on procrastinating on your Popsicle celebrations? Are your three favorite phrases “I’ll do it later,” “I’ll finish it tomorrow,” and “I’ll do it at lunch”? Many people across the nation consider procrastination a lifestyle, but as Mark Twain said, “Never put off until tomorrow, what you can do today.” September 6th is Fight Procrastination Day. On this day, anti-procrastinators and procrastinators alike come together to get things done. Try making a personal schedule or follow Nike’s advice and “Just Do It”!
From pirates to popsicles, this September will most certainly be a month to remember! Who knows, by October, you could be the next model of The Panama Hat Company, the captain of a pirate ship, or even a concert pianist!

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