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Louie Louie, oh no. Me gotta go.

“Louie Louie, oh no/Me gotta go/Aye-yi-yi-yi, I said/Louie Louie, oh baby/Me gotta go”

Today is International Louie Louie Day! Everyone’s favorite party song-or at least a favorite-is celebrated each year on April 11th, the birthday of original composer of the tune, Richard Berry. Not surprisingly, he was also the first person to record it…in 1957. Since then it has been re-recorded by a multitude of big names. The version most are familiar with is the cover by the Kingsmen done in 1963. Other notable covers were performed by Led Zeppelin, The Clash, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Black Flag (yes, really), Young MC, Iggy Pop, Bruce Springsteen, and the Smashing Pumpkins. In addition to a variety of musicians covering the song, it has also been covered by the occasional actor in films featuring the song.

Shockingly, the super catchy party anthem was meant to be the “B-side” for Berry’s recording of “You Are My Sunshine”. The song itself has been much praised and, because of a tremendous amount of history in the Washington/Oregon region different cities in both states have celebrations throughout April (and apparently September/October in Portland) to commemorate the diddy. In fact, the glorious tune was nearly declared the official state song of Washington State. More typical commemorations of International Louie Louie day have included: newspaper articles, magazine stories, radio programs, and (in cities with a big Louie Louie contingent) small parades. Occasionally, radio stations will celebrate Louie Louie day by playing massive blocks of different versions of Louie Louie.

In honor of this terrific holiday, I ask that you don some kind of party wear…I suggest a plastic lei and perhaps an umbrella drink…and check out all of these different versions of “Louie Louie” I was able to dig up.

Richard Berry

The Kingsmen

Iggy Pop

Paul Revere & The Raiders

Toots & Maytals

The Clash

Rockin’ Robin Roberts & The Wailers


The Sonics

The Kinks


Led Zeppelin

Fat Boys

Otis Redding

Black Flag

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

Animal House Clip

Down Periscope (watch the last minute…ish)

Monty Python skit set to Louie Louie

Coupe De Ville

Mr. Holland’s Opus (start at 8:22)

In other news…it’s also Cheese Fondue Day & National Bookmobile Day. So, when you’re finished watching all of these fantastic videos go check out a book from your local bookmobile about Richard Berry and enjoy reading it over some delicious Cheese Fondue! And as always: keep calm and louie louie


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Chocolate Mint Day!

Love Andes Mints? Can’t go a day without indulging in some Mint-Chip ice cream? Actively crave Thin Mints 90% of the year (minus a couple weeks in Feb. when they are available easily)?

Do you like it when this: chocolate                                                              is mixed with this:            mint


Today is National Chocolate Mint Day!

Go out and celebrate with your favorite minty chocolates or chocolatey mints! Better yet, stop by the library (today) and snag a chocolate mint while supplies last!

If you’ve got a hankering to do some baking or general kitchen concocting, here are some fabulous “chocolate mint” themed recipes!

Chocolate Mint Milkshake

Chocolate Mint Brownies

Chocolate Mint Ice Cream

Mint Chocolate Chip Pie

Easy Thin Mints (Girl Scouts knock-off!)

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It’s National Bean Day!

Do you like beans? Sure hope so, because today is National Bean Day! Break out the legumes and…celebrate? There are hundreds of thousands of options when you are looking for a new favorite bean or legume; I would venture that there is a bean out there for every taste and those who say they hate beans just haven’t found theirs yet.

No one is quite sure why today (Jan. 6th) is National Bean Day, but some believe it is to commemorate the death of geneticist, Gregor Mendel, who was known for using bean and pea plants to test his inheritance theories. Mendel died on Jan. 6th, 1884.

If you’d like to celebrate, go out and find yourself some beans to cook up! My favorite is some kind of bean soup, which is super easy to make (beans, frozen veg, and broth). If you are opposed to the consumption of any bean, get crafty and make some fancy bean art like these folks:

Fun bean related fact: Beans are a fruit, not a vegetable. Thus the “old” tune: “Beans, beans the magical fruit”

This actually required some research, here is where I looked.

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Happy New Year!

“Should auld acquaintance be forgot,and never brought to mind ?Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne?”

You’re humming the tune, yes? To be honest, it wasn’t until I listened to the Barenaked Ladies “Barenaked for the Holidays” that I really started to figure out the words to that New Years-y tune. Now, a handful of years later, I know the first verse and the chorus…still failing, I suppose, but at least I try. Anyway, the purpose of this intro is to announce (in case you’re living under a rock) that tomorrow is officially New Year’s Day, meaning tonight will be a time of fun and festivities. So, how about a little history? Surely, you’re a little curious

New Year celebrations are not a new thing. In fact, the New Year has been celebrated in some fashion for the last four millennia. Some of the earliest celebrations can be attributed to ancient Babylonians. The first new moon following the vernal (spring) equinox was the herald of the New Year for the Babylonians. They would celebrate with a massive religious festival called Akitu. Other ancient peoples celebrated similarly, pinning the New Year to an astronomical or agricultural event. For example, the Egyptian’s New Year began with the annual flooding of the Nile and the Chinese New Year occurred with the second new moon after the winter solstice.

As time progressed, so did our calendar making skills. The early calendars had only 10 months and 304 days, beginning with March. Many of the dates coincided with some lunar or, eventually, solar event. Sometime after the eighth century B.C. Numa Pompilius is said to have created Januarius and Februarius (January and February). In 46 B.C. Julius Caesar (emperor at the time) noticed that the calendar was out of sync with the sun and, after consulting prominent astronomers and mathematicians, created the Julian calendar, which is a close representation of the Gregorian calendar most of us use today. As a part of his changes, January 1 became the beginning of the New Year, though this was partly in honor of Janus (the month’s name sake and Roman god of beginnings). Celebrations during this time included offering sacrifices to Janus, exchanging of gifts, house decoration vis laurel branches, and raucous parties.

Medieval Europeans, specifically the religious leaders, were not “hunky dory” with the lack of significance for christians and moved the date of the new year to more “religious” days like December 25th (birth of Christ) or March 25 (Feast of Annunciation). In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII re-established January 1 as New Year’s Day.

Now that New Year’s Day has been set for at January 1 for most countries for just a ‘little’ while, we’ve come up with some special ways to celebrate. These frequently include food, song, and bright & shiny explosions or balls. In the U.S. we tend to eat black-eyed peas for financial success, shoot off fireworks, and drop a 12,000 pound lighted ball. In Cuba, Austria, Hungary, Portugal, and others pork is a staple in the New Year’s feasts. Some countries opt for a ring-shaped cake to represent the “rounding out of the year” and the Swedes and Norwegians dine on rice pudding with a hidden almond (the lucky ‘finder’ is purported to have good fortune for the next 12 months). Many areas  shoot off fireworks, and some have adopted America’s ball drop at midnight, though some have taken it a little off track by dropping a pickle (PA) or some other odd object. The New Year’s resolution has some history, having started (perhaps) with the Babylonians making promises in order to earn the favor of the gods. A final bit of New Year’s fun for many peoples is the singing of songs. Most English-speaking countries love to belt out “Auld Lang Syne” (which basically means ‘old long since’ or ‘old times’, making the line “For old lang syne” into “for old times sake”).

This year, as you celebrate with friends and family, drinks and snacks, fireworks and a giant lighted ball, remember that it’s actually an ancient holiday to ring in a new and, hopefully, prosperous new year. It’s a time to leave the past behind, and start our fresh. Have fun, be safe, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!




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December 31, 2013 · 10:00 pm