Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 17, 2017 1:05 pm

Happy St. Patrick's Day, Dahlgren! Whether you like to drink green beer at your favorite Irish bar or make a traditional dinner of corned beef and soda bread, there are a number of ways to celebrate this beloved Irish holiday.

We'd love to hear how our residents like to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. If you have a special holiday tradition (or if you're starting a new one this year), share your St. Paddy's plans in the comment section!

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What Would Your Perfect Day Look Like?

March 17, 2017 12:57 pm

There's so much to do in the Dahlgren area, it's not hard to plan a day of fun and excitement. What would your perfect day look like? Whether you'd start with brunch and spend the rest of the day shopping or hit the trails on your mountain bike, let us know in the comments what you'd do on your perfect day!

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Here’s How Valentine’s Day Came to Be

February 14, 2017 2:01 pm

Happy Valentine's Day, Dahlgren! If you've always wondered how this unique holiday came to be, here's a look at the history behind the festivities.

  • While many believe that Valentine's Day celebrates Saint Valentine, there were actually a number of Christian martyrs named Valentine. Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni were just two of them.
  • The likely origins of Valentine's Day as a celebration come from the Roman fertility festival Lupercalia. During this event, Roman men and women danced, drank wine and hoped to find a husband or wife. Like the modern Valentine's Day, it was celebrated in mid-February.
  • Since Lupercalia came to be when Romans were Pagan, the festival changed once Christianity came to Rome. After that, the festival honored Saint Valentine and became a bit less wild.
  • Alternatively, some scholars believe that Valentine's Day was actually constructed by 14th Century poet Geoffrey Chaucer. These historians say that before Chaucer wrote about springtime being a time of romance, no one linked Saint Valentine to anything at all romantic.
  • Today, studies show that Americans spend an average of $18.2 billion, or $136.57 per person, on gifts for Valentine's Day. Whatever its origins, the holiday has become synonymous with love, romance and gift-giving in modern culture!

Valentine’s Day: Did It Start as a Roman Party or to Celebrate an Execution? [The New York Times]

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