The Civic Holiday on Monday August 2 goes by different names in different jurisdictions: Heritage Day (AB), British Columbia Day, Saskatchewan Day, Terry Fox Day (MB), New Brunswick Day, Natal Day (NS and PEI), and Regatta Day (NL). In Ontario, it’s plain-old Civic Holiday except for Toronto (Simcoe Day), Burlington (Joseph Brant Day) and Vaughn (Benjamin Vaughan Day.) Whatever you call it, maybe it’s a good day for a picnic!
Spice up the picnic basket. Bill Pollett makes the case that dialing up the spice content helps to counter summer’s heat. “Think tandoori chicken-legs nestling on a paper plate beside a mound of artery-clogging potato salad, perhaps washed down by a good quality micro brewed beer, iced chai or a nearly-frozen mango lhassi to take the pain away.” Put Some Heat In Your Kitchen, July 14, 2004.
Get outside before summer’s gone. Janice Behrens offers some offbeat ideas to make the most of summer. “By eight o’clock we were eating cold chicken legs and melba toast, surrounded by about twenty curious seals.” The Good Life–Some Warm Weather Thoughts, June 15, 2005.