Father’s Day: Not Just a Second Christmas for Dads

So far this year, celebrations have taken a backseat or been bypassed altogether because of Coronavirus. Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 21 and it warrants its rightful moment in the sun. Contrary to popular opinion—it isn’t just another greeting card day. It’s a sincere observation that originated in Washington out of the good intentions of a 16-year old girl trying to honor her father. At the Chamber, we thought this would be an appropriate time to share an uplifting story and help you find local places to get something for dad this year.
The true meaning of the day has always been about making the man who raised us feel appreciated. It was 1910 when Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, WA wanted to create a day for dads, just as a day had been claimed for moms two years earlier. She spent time rallying ministers, shopkeepers, government officials, and YMCA leaders to support her idea–explaining she and and five maternal siblings were being raised solely by William J. Smart, a twice widowed Civil War veteran with 14 children. Sonora petitioned that June 5, his birthday, be set aside to recognize the courage and devotion of all fathers like him.
Her enthusiasm was rewarded and the third Sunday in June selected as Father’s Day. The first public observation was celebrated on June 19, 1910 at the YMCA in Spokane. Local churches dedicated sermons to fathers and roses were passed out in honor and for memorial. Both the mayor and governor issued proclamations and, while Sonora was encouraged to push for national observance, the official founding of Father’s Day is a reality that took decades to unfold.
Although President Wilson initially introduced it as a national day to Congress not long after the inaugural celebration took place, he failed to get the same consensus he had while proclaiming Mother’s Day in 1912. Congress rejected the notion of it being a national day numerous times over the years, even as it became a widespread tradition across the country with retailers promoting presents for dads. It was 1972 before a Congressional resolution was finally signed by President Nixon declaring it a national holiday. By the time the day was permanently established across the US, Sonora was 90 years old.
Father’s Day is one of few holidays that originated in the US that is also recognized in most parts of the world. The dedicated date may have changed, but the sentiment is the same. Much of Europe and Latin American honor dads on St. Joseph’s Day, a Catholic holiday in March. Within the US, there are 70 million dads and while some may not care about being acknowledged, the day still belongs to them.
A father can be defined in many ways and the significance is very much personal. There is no certain way to show appreciation; it is up to each individual to express their own unique sentiment. Typically, children of all ages send fathers messages of thanks to remind them of their importance. Father’s Day is mostly meant to be a reminder of what we admire about dads and their role in the world.
Making the day memorable can be as simple as saying, “I’m glad you are my dad.” Maybe your dad isn’t expecting anything and you simply plan to spend some time together. Even if the day seems commercialized, it’s customary to give dad a gift as a gesture of gratitude for his contributions to the family. Every dad has a favorite food, activity, place, and passion. Quarantine is phasing out so that means you can venture out to find just the right thing for dad, whether he is near or far. The list below has links to #ShopLocal businesses by category who are offering Father’s Day gifts and specials. Here are some suggestions to inspire you:
Must-have tools or supplies for a project are a great option or consider a gift card for a car detail or accessories upgrade.
If dad loves caffeine, grab a gift card so he can fuel up on the go, or put together a basket with beans, cups, and other goodies.
For the dad that loves to get out on the greens, check out our member destination golf courses for a glorious, challenging course or an affordable game and a beautiful stroll. Book a tee time together, grab swag at the Pro Shop, or gift card for future outings. Salish Cliffs Golf Course has 20% off apparel & shoes. $209 twosome + a dozen Titleist AVX golf balls.
For the dad who always has a project, consider picking up a new tool or gather supplies for a kid-father DIY project. 
Need to getaway? Nearby lodging is the best of both worlds: a relaxing escape with great amenities; and close-by to home so time isn’t wasted on the drive. Little Creek Casino Resort‘s ‘Socially Responsible Stay & Play Package’ offers a premium room, 18 holes of golf with cart & balls, $50 food credit and hand sanitizer
Whether a deep tissue or relaxation massage is more dad’s style, a massage visit is a great way to reward the guy who carries the world on his shoulders.
Hit the drive-in for a double feature this weekend or pair a gift card with some classic concession fare for a fun basket.
For the dad who has everything, consider making a donation in his name to a nonprofit or charity doing important work. 

The Shopper has grilling apparel and custom printed accessories.

As the we lean towards warmer weather and more areas open every day, set a plan to enjoy the great outdoors with dad! Wondering where to go? Mason County abounds with daycation options.
There’s no shortage of great food from our local eateries. Grab takeout, pop by one of our food trucks, or make a reservation for a special dining experience.
Hama Hama Oysters encourages you to get grilling with a Father’s Day Pack: 3 dozen Grillers, Pimento Cheese, shucking knife, and our newest swag an Oowee Leather can Koozie
Taylor Shellfish Farms has put together a Father’s Day Gift Guide for convenient gifting.
Looking for just the right present? Local merchants offer unique finds, helpful shopping experiences, and quick answers for your weekend gifting.
Mason County is known for shellfish and seafood galore! If dad likes to shuck it up on the barbecue or indulge in some delicious treats, consider ordering for delivery or pick-up delicacies from nearby retail stores. Taylor Shellfish has is offering 15% off when you buy 5+ lbs of Totten mussels.
For the fisherman, hunter, or gadet guru, you can’t go wrong with a stop at Verle’s. The knowledgable staff can make sure dad gets just the right thing… and you’ll be the hero.
Cheers to dad! He’s earned a respite from his bustling schedule and all he does for you. Reward him with a glass of vino, a craft distilled liquor, or set-up a tasting to enjoy together. Stottle Winery has free tastings for dads at their waterside location in Hoodsport. The Hardware Distillery just released its new Batch 38 whiskey. Railroad Tap Station offers growlers-to-go from 21 beers on tap and a new 32 oz. size is perfect for barrel wines.

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