Give Your Mom A Date With Chuck This Weekend

This Sunday, May 13, is Mother’s Day.  The tra­di­tion select­ing a day or fes­ti­val to hon­our and cel­e­brate our moth­ers goes back thou­sands of years, from the Greco-Roman fes­ti­vals hon­our­ing the mother of the gods, Cybele. But it wasn’t until the early twen­ti­eth Century, when West Virginian Anna Jarvis selected the sec­ond Sunday in May as a day to hon­our our moth­ers that the occa­sion really caught on. Here is a lit­tle of her story:

Anna’s mother Ann Jarvis had founded Mothers’ Day Work Clubs in five cities to improve san­i­tary and health con­di­tions. The Mothers’ Day Work Clubs also treated wounds, fed, and clothed both Union and Confederate sol­diers with neutrality.

On May 12, 1907, two years after her mother’s death, Anna held a memo­r­ial to her mother and there­after embarked upon a cam­paign to make “Mother’s Day” a rec­og­nized hol­i­day. She suc­ceeded in mak­ing this nation­ally rec­og­nized in 1914. The International Mother’s Day Shrine was estab­lished in Grafton to com­mem­o­rate her accomplishment.

By the 1920s, Anna Jarvis had become soured by the com­mer­cial­iza­tion of the day. She incor­po­rated her­self as the Mother’s Day International Association, trademarked the phrases “sec­ond Sunday in May” and “Mother’s Day”, and was once arrested for dis­turb­ing the peace. She and her sis­ter Ellsinore spent their fam­ily inher­i­tance cam­paign­ing against what the hol­i­day had become. Both died in poverty. According to her New York Times obit­u­ary, Jarvis became embit­tered because too many peo­ple sent their moth­ers a printed greet­ing card. As she said, “A printed card means noth­ing except that you are too lazy to write to the woman who has done more for you than any­one in the world.”

As Anna Jarvis never mar­ried and had no chil­dren, she never suf­fered that indig­nity. Be that as it may, Mothers day is alive and kick­ing, and presents us with a peren­nial oppor­tu­nity to do some­thing spe­cial for our moms.

Perhaps this year you can think out­side the box of candy, or the bou­quet of flow­ers. Did you know Chuck Hughes is com­ing to town?  Star of “Chuck’s Day Off”, the hand­some chef has been known to set the hearts of many a mother aflut­ter with his  charm and savoir faire in the most impor­tant room in a mother’s house, the kitchen.

He’ll be at the Drake Hotel on Monday, May 14th, pro­mot­ing his new cook­book, “Garde Manger.” Imagine tak­ing your Mama to this event and get­ting this babe to per­son­al­ize a copy of  his book. She may re-write her will!

 Garde Manger is a great cook­book full of recipes that run the gamut from sub­lime com­fort foods like Fried Hot Chicken on Waffles to clas­sic desserts like Strawberry Shortcake, and is chock full of beau­ti­ful full page colour pho­tos of the per­fect man muck­ing about in the kitchen. Dedicated to “ any­one who’s ever cooked on the line or washed dishes”, this could be a ded­i­ca­tion to “every­mom.” He even includes a pic­ture of him­self with his Mom in the book. What a nice boy.

Anyway, even if you can’t make it to the Drake to check out this hot­tie, you can sur­prise your mom with a copy of this cook­book on Sunday. Anna Jarvis will thank you.

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