August 31, 2021 – National Matchmaker Day | National Trail Mix Day

Some Folks Still Find Love With A Little Help From A Matchmaker!

Welcome to August 31st, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate cupid’s little helpers and snacks that go the distance.

Before online dating sites, the art of matchmaking was devised by a few brave souls who were willing to fire cupid’s arrows.  The comic and tragic results of the professional matchmaker are portrayed by Will Smith in the movie Hitch, though occasionally, things work out smoothly.  When Kat McClain got fed up with cupid’s algorithms, she turned to a professional matchmaking service to try things the old fashioned way.  They matched her with Kevin Biely and the two agreed to record their first date. The difference was striking, as Kevin later revealed.  He believes that it worked out so well because a lot of the criteria he had in his head were not actually consistent with what he really wanted.  As for her response: a year later she said yes!  On National Matchmaker Day, we celebrate the chemistry that can’t be found by a computer.

When you’re craving an outdoor adventure, you want to pack light.  Trail mix is the perfect snack that fuels you up without weighing you down.  This convenient snack has been used for thousands of years with a variety of ingredients.  Native Americans added dried buffalo to the fruit and nut mixture.  Trail guide Horace Kephart was the first to add chocolate to the mix in 1910.  In Australia and New Zealand they call trail mix scroggin and add orange peel and grains.  The term GORP stands for good ole raisins and peanuts, which was a recipe made up by two surfer dudes.  In the spirit of keeping it simple, celebrate National Trail Mix Day with any combination that keeps you going for the long haul.  

I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.

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