Did you know that Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1907? It was the brainchild of a woman named Anna Jarvis, a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers from both the north and the south during the Civil War. She started campaigning to make Mother’s Day a holiday in 1905 when her mother died. Along with famous suffragette Julia Ward Howe, Anna began a push for Mother’s Day to be a day dedicated to peace. Still, it took 40 years for it to become an official national holiday.
Anna Jarvis wanted this day to honor all mothers because she believed your mother is “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world.” The American version of Mother’s Day is often criticized for being too commercialized, with hearts, flowers, and Hallmark cards abounding. But honoring our mothers is a beautiful thing.
This week, leading up to Mother’s Day also happens to be Small Business Week in Marshall. What better way to kill two birds with one stone and avoid the big box stores and all that commercialization? Saturday, May 8th, is shop local for Mom’s day! Get out and shop local at area stores and search for treasures that Mom will love. Check out the local Garden Centers and pick out a particular plant for her garden or look for a unique antique at Whippoorwill Antiques, maybe a specific piece of clothing at Tatum’s where lots of items are on sale this week or a fantastic floral arrangement or handcrafted gift from Greenbriar Cottage Florists.
Marshall has wonderful little shops where you can find something you would not get anywhere else. Dare to be different. Think outside the box.
Did you know that Marshall has its own vineyard and Winery? The Castle Finn Vineyard and Winery offers a variety of lovely wines from dry, semi-sweet to sweet in both reds and whites. They even have fruit wines and sparkling wines. Sundays are Sangria Sundays with $15 pitchers and light fare. If Mom likes a nice glass of wine and a great experience in a warm and inviting setting, take her to Castle Finn for libations.
Why not take Mom out for a special meal on Sunday at a local restaurant. So many good choices from Sam’s Steakhouse, where a big steak dinner is always excellent, or If she likes something on the spicy side, Los Tres Camino’s has the goods. You could start the day right with breakfast, brunch, or lunch at the Marshall Family Restaurant, grab a fabulous pizza and some wings from the Lion’s Den or take her for a cocktail at the Corner Tavern and Bistro. You never have to leave the city limits of Marshall to have a good meal or a good time.
Celebrate and shop local at businesses all this week and spend your money right here in Marshall.
But before you do anything with Mom, be sure to get your vaccines and make sure she gets hers.
On Wednesday, May 5th, you can head over to The Clark County Health Department, where Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are currently available. For more information on where to go and how to sign up, call the Health Department at 217-382-4207 or 217-791-8273 and schedule your appointment.
The Marshall Baptist Church will have 1st and 2nd doses of Moderna available in the morning in Marshall on May 7th. Second doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be available in the afternoon. There will be a few extra doses of the Pfizer vaccine for the first doses on Friday afternoon, but you need to call the church for an appointment. Safety first for Mom and everyone in the family so that Mother’s Day is a happy and healthy experience for everyone.
This Mother’s Day should be a special one. Last year, many people weren’t able to see their moms or spend time with them. Luckily, things are improving, and families can once again begin to get back to normal. No matter what you decide to do this Mother’s Day, honor the mothers in your life. They don’t have to be your biological mothers. They can be someone who is like a Mom to you. Dad’s honor Mom too. Ensure the kiddos do something special, get that special gift, or make her something with their own two hands.
Whatever you do, make it memorable, make it great, make it Marshall.