November 27th Pins And Needles Day

Most of us have heard the phrase “Being on Pins and Needles” and associate with being excited about something and having to wait for it. Did you know that the saying comes from a Broadway show though? The International Ladies Garment Workers Union produced Harold Rome’s play in 1937 about the garment industry. There were 1108 performances of the pro labor play before it went dark.

How to celebrate – Visit Broadway. (Yes, I know it’s still closed but then, so is the play!) Write your own Broadway play about something you feel passionate about. Read about the labor unions in the 1930’s.

October 10th National Costume Swap Day

October 10th National Costume Swap Day

Ah, I’m not to sure I want to co-operate with this day all that much. First, who are you changing your costume with and have they already been wearing their costume and gotten it all sweaty. If you are a man you might look good in that French Maid outfit (But probably not). And if you are a woman, well I guess Jason just doesn’t make sense at all. Of course, this is not just for Halloween. You can swap theatre costumes, or if you work for a theme park I guess you could change any costumes you might be required to wear. Today was created by GreenHalloween.org.

How to celebrate – Find someone to change costumes with. Wear a generic costume so anyone can use it. Make sure whoever you trade costumes with is close to your size, otherwise there could be a problem.

April 23rd National Talk Like Shakespeare Day

April 23rd National Talk Like Shakespeare Day

Today was created by the Chicago Shakespeare Theater in 2009. It celebrates Shakespeare’s birthday which was on April 23rd, 1564. In order to talk like Shakespeare…to start with, we know it has to be in an English accent, and using words that aren’t normally linked to each other. It also means making sure that people aren’t quite sure what it is you are saying. It can be fun, it can be educational and it can be really, really annoying! But it’s only for one day so you can deal with it. And maybe Juliet will finally find out where Romeo is!

How to celebrate – Work on your English accent. Read Shakespeare so you understand how he put the words together. Make up your own words and see if anyone catches on.