The HIstory of Bastille Day - In France, Bastille Day is similar to our 4th of July; it's celebrated on July 14th. In 1789, the French commoners finally claimed victory after a very long fight to break away from royal rule. Americans will see a likeness to our Independence Day and Bastille Day. Our Bill of Rights and the French Declaration of the Right of Man and of the Citizen came from the same fundamental knowledge
Watch An Old Movie - Indeed, it can be a fun-filled day of French food, movies such "Amelie" and "An American In Paris" and music. We can learn a few French travel phrases such as "Comment allez-ous?' (How are you?), or "Ou est le musee?" (Where is the museum?) or "Que recommandez-vous de manger?" (What do you recommend to eat?)
Voulez-vous une crepe? - As Americans, how can we celebrate their accomplishments in Downtown? Crepes are popular in France. Cowboy Crepes and Cafe in Downtown Rock Springs will be one of your favorite destinations once you try a sweet or savory crepe. "LIKE" their page on Facebook and check their menu at on their website https://cowboycrepesandcafe.com/
Cheers! - We can also celebrate it with ... what else? Champagne! Enjoy a platter of favorite French cheeses such as brie at Sidekicks Book and Wine Bar. They may even have chocolate mousse macaroons. Take your ear buds and play "I love Paris" or "C'est Si Bon" as you read "Chocolat."
According to the co-founder of the Indiana Bastille Day celebrations, "the day is an opportunity for Americans and French to reconcile their 'love-hate relationship.'" Even though there have been many disagreements, France and the United States have been helping each other over the past 300 years. Just as the French does, be thankful for our independence and "amusez-vous bien!" (Have a good time!)
Stroll Through Downtown With Your Cuddly Companion!
Local Plott Hound, Beaumont Banks is excited to participate in the first ever Pet Parade - Pet owners are invited to dress up their four-legged pals and stroll around Downtown in the first ever Pet Parade. Participants will gather at the yellow caboose on South Main Street at 10 a.m. Humans and their fur-buddies will stroll through the Art Underground, down North Front Street, then Broadway Street and finally return to the caboose. On the way back to the caboose, participants can enter for a chance to win a special day for their beloved best friend; three winners will be drawn for a 50 percent off discount for pet grooming services from Muttley-Crue.
Pop Up Art Show: Residents and travelers are invited to support small businesses and local artists during the pop-up Art Show. Appreciate fine art, 11 am to 2 p.m. at these locations:
· * A Touch of Class – Leslie Webster (Poured Paintings)
· *Escape Day Spa & Boutique – Amanda Romero (Water Paintings) and Ana Reynolds (Woodworking)
· Sidekicks Books and Wine Bar – Debora Soule (Acrylics)
· * The Bike and Trike – Suzette Baker (Photography)
Learn the Meaning of Each Image - The public is also invited to learn more about the colorful masterpieces around Downtown during the Guided Mural Walk. Spectators will meet at the first mural, “The Plateau” by 1 p.m. at Pla More Lanes, 327 C Street.
Chalk Art: What Are You Going to Draw? - Throughout the day, artists, young and old, are invited to draw, color and write words of encouragement on the sidewalk in front of a business of their choice in Downtown. Chalk will be available at Bank Court at no charge.
Fairy Hunt - The Rock Springs Library, 400 C Street, will host a Fairy Hunt on the lawn, Noon to 4 p.m. Participants who finish the hunt can win a special prize.
A Guide to Acceptance - Many communities in America are preparing to celebrate their freedom by participating in the annual Juneteenth (Friday, June 19). It's a day to observe the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States as a result of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1865.
Virginia native, Rose McHood Collins moved to Rock Springs with her husband, Simon in 1889. They arrived with other laborers on a Union Pacific Coal Company wagon, ready to tackle the difficult tasks in the mines.
Rose decided it would be helpful to list her residence on 7th Street in the Green Book, as one of the places African-American travelers can stay in. The Green Book was a resource for African-American visitors to find lodgings, businesses and gas stations that would serve them without harassment.
A Glimpse of the Past - Locals and visitors can go to the Community Fine Arts Center in Downtown Rock Springs and check out this compelling piece by Arthur Raymond Young. (1895-1989)
No History, No Lessons - The Rock Springs Library, 400 C Street has inspirational books by talented writers from around the nation. Get one soon!
The Ones Who Survived America ... - Certainly, we can learn a lot from history and through various perspectives. By doing so, we can, hopefully, change the FUTURE by putting in the effort in the PRESENT. Read this book, "The Undefeated" along with others like "Last Stop On Market Street," by Matt De La Pena, "Dear Martin" by Nic Stone, "Black Brothers" by Jewell Parker Rhodes, "I am Enough" by Grace Byers and "The American Boys" by Brendan Kiely.
Knowledge Starts With the Turn of The Page - In Downtown Rock Springs, EVERYONE is invited to Sidekicks Book and Wine Bar for a glass of wine and to open the mind with one of these publications.