Happy National S’mores Day. Always celebrated on Aug. 10 (not a suggestion on Holiday Insights why this date was chosen), s’mores are a favorite campsite treat for young and old, kids and adults. If you’ve attended a campfire, chances are there were s’mores. Sticky and gooey, and loaded with sugar and carbs, s’mores are nothing short of delicious. Who was the first person to create s’mores? I don’t know. But I am sure glad they did!

National S’mores Day celebrates this tasty summer treat because it’s appropriately observed in August — prime time for camping and campfires (remember to practice fire safety). However, don’t limit your consumption of s’mores to the campfire. They are popular with kids year-round, and can be baked in the oven, or microwave.

The origin of s’mores dates back to the 1920s. It’s believed the recipe was created by the Campfire Girls. Girl Scouts soon followed suit, finding it to be chocolatey and delicious. Before long, s’mores became a campfire staple for everyone. S’mores folklore suggests that s’mores got their name right by the campfire. After eating one, young kids chanted, “Gimme some more!”

While much is written about National S’mores Day, Holiday Insights’ research has been unable to verify that this is an officially recognized national day (which requires an act of Congress). Don’t let that stop you from celebrating this day with a few s’mores.

S’mores are so yummy, even made indoors over a three-wick candle (Hey, don’t judge! Desperate times call for desperate measures) or the gas stove. I like my marshmallow charred to a dark brown, so it melts the chocolate. And the graham cracker must be fresh and crisp, so it crumbles at first bite. Yum!

Herald Day was a lot of fun. Beautiful cars, tasty food, great array of vendors, interesting parade and lively auction. Picked up some mighty tasty jam from one of the vendors. Glad we bought more than one jar.

Tears were shed for the late Joe Grubba at his bench dedication. He was a good guy, always willing to help. Friendly to all, and he knew everyone and their dog. He is missed. It looks like a great bench for sitting and thinking. Take time to have a sit-down on the bench and contemplate your contribution to this world. The horseshoe tournament ended the day. Everyone else had packed up, cleaned up, and were gone, and the shoe throwers were still at it. It was a good day.

Kudos to the “Herald Angels.” The Herald Park holiday tree is decorated honoring school days. It even has a yellow school bus as a tree topper. I appreciate the Angels’ imagination; seeing the tree decorated makes me smile every time I pass the park.

We had an early birthday gathering this past Sunday for granddaughter Grace. She will be away at college when her actual birthday arrives in September. We wish her well in her college endeavors. It will be an adventure that will make memories for years to come.

Flower of the day: Pink Alyssum

Recipe of the day: S’mores, of course!

Dates to remember:

Aug. 11 — Galt Elementary and New Hope Elementary start school

Aug. 15 — Arcohe Elementary starts school

Aug. 18 — Oak View Elementary starts school

Sept. 5 — Labor Day — last three-day weekend of summer

Sept. 11 — Patriot Day

Sept.. 22 — Fall equinox

Until next week — Be strong, be courageous and make a memory.