The Heartfelt Celebration of Mother’s Day: A Tribute to Maternal Love

As spring blossoms in its full glory, there comes a day dedicated to the most enduring and selfless love known to humankind – Mother’s Day. This annual celebration, observed on different dates worldwide, serves as a poignant reminder of the irreplaceable role mothers play in our lives and society as a whole.

Mother’s Day is more than just a customary occasion marked by cards, flowers, and gifts; it’s a profound acknowledgment of the countless sacrifices, boundless affection, and unwavering support that mothers provide throughout our journey of life. Whether biological, adoptive, or through nurturing relationships, mothers embody a reservoir of compassion, resilience, and wisdom.

The origins of Mother’s Day trace back to ancient civilizations, where maternal figures were revered and celebrated through various rituals and festivals. However, the modern incarnation of Mother’s Day owes much to the efforts of Anna Jarvis, an American activist, who campaigned tirelessly in the early 20th century for an official day to honor mothers.

On the second Sunday of May in the United States and in many countries around the world, Mother’s Day is commemorated with heartfelt gestures ranging from breakfast in bed to elaborate family gatherings. It’s a day when children, young and old, express their gratitude and admiration for the women who have shaped their lives in profound ways.

But beyond the flowers and chocolates lies a deeper significance to Mother’s Day. It serves as an opportunity to reflect on the pivotal role of mothers in shaping individuals and society itself. From instilling values of kindness and empathy to imparting essential life skills, mothers are the silent architects of future generations.

Moreover, Mother’s Day is a poignant reminder of the diverse experiences of motherhood. While for some, it’s a day filled with joy and celebration, for others, it can evoke feelings of longing, grief, or nostalgia. It’s a day to acknowledge and honor the complexities of the maternal journey, encompassing moments of triumph and tribulation.

In essence, Mother’s Day is a celebration of love in its purest form – the love that nurtures, sacrifices, and endures. It’s a day to express gratitude not only to our biological mothers but also to all maternal figures who have left an indelible mark on our hearts and minds.

As we celebrate Mother’s Day, let us not confine our appreciation to a single day but strive to cherish and honor the essence of motherhood every day. Let us embody the same love, resilience, and compassion that our mothers have bestowed upon us, enriching our lives in ways beyond measure.

In conclusion, Mother’s Day is not merely a date on the calendar but a profound testament to the power of maternal love – a love that transcends boundaries, defies definition, and remains eternal in its essence. So, here’s to all the mothers, past, present, and future, whose love illuminates our lives like a beacon of hope in the darkest of times.

Sunriver is named Oregon’s first official “Dark Sky Place”

Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory and the Oregon Chapter of the International Dark Sky Association (IDA) announced Monday the designation of Sunriver as the newest addition to the International Dark-Sky Association Dark Sky Places Program – as a “Dark Sky Development of Distinction.”

Sunriver is the first “Dark Sky Place” recognized in Oregon and one of only 130+ recognized worldwide to date.

Established in 1988, IDA has led a movement to protect our night skies from light pollution. Their overarching goal, which revolves around the four strategic priorities described below, is to reduce light pollution and promote responsible outdoor lighting that is beautiful, healthy, and functional.

1. Celebrate the Night: Increase awareness of the benefits of the night for all living things, and how light pollution is an urgent environmental threat that individuals can help solve.

2. Dark Sky Protection: Protect exemplary dark skies through our certification program.

3. Lighting Where We Live: Engage cities and communities in reducing light pollution through responsible lighting policy and practice.

4. Skyshed Restoration: Implement coordinated, intentional, and scalable actions to slow, halt, and reverse the increasing rate of light pollution.

“We are honored that IDA has elected to welcome Sunriver into the IDA Dark Sky Places Program”, said Keith Mobley, President of the Sunriver Owners Association Board of Directors. “And we are pleased that our ongoing efforts of the past 60 years to be one with nature are recognized now for our protection of pristine skies from light pollution.”

Bend Area Breweries: Where to Go and What to Get

It used to be our little secret: That along with the countless recreational opportunities in Sunriver, Bend (Central Oregon), there was a burgeoning craft beer scene. That trying to decide which brewpub to hit after a day skiing at Mt. Bachelor was a two chairlift ride discussion. There were options. And lots of good beer.

Then word got out.  Publication after publication when writing about the amazing skiing started including lines about Deschutes Brewery or Bend Brewing Co. Then beer publications sent dutiful writers here to see what all the fuss was about. Then travel magazines and newspapers dedicated entire stories to Oregon’s true “Beervana.” (Sorry Portland.)

It’s not a secret any more.

But that’s ok. Because the increasing popularity of craft beer meant more and more breweries and brewpubs in our little slice of Heaven.

Today, there’s nearly 30 breweries making beer here – from Prineville to Sisters, Redmond to Sunriver. They’re all different, but in some ways connected. A brewer who learned the craft at one place is now the head brewer at another. A line cook at one pub is now, after years of developing his own palate, the head chef across town.

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Initially started just south of Bend in the resort community from which it took the name, Sunriver Brewery‘s flagship pub is worth the drive from Bend and worth going to every day if you’re staying in Sunriver. The Fuzztail Hefe is a nice introduction to Central Oregon craft beer while the Vicious Mosquito IPA packs a little more of a punch. Parents, bring the kids because the brewery has a large and fun play area with a huge chalkboard and lots of toys. Don’t want to make the drive to Sunriver? A new Sunriver Brewery Galveston Pub opened in Bend in Spring 2016.

With its huge outdoor patio and fire pit on Galveston Avenue, 10 Barrel is a perfect spot to grab a beer al fresco. Its popularity has skyrocketed in recent years with solid brews like Sinister Black and OG Wheat IPA and the simple-yet-perfectly-named canned creation “Pub Beer.” Maybe the only thing better than the beer is the food. The pizzas are Top 5 in Central Oregon hands down.

This is the brewery that started it all for Central Oregon in 1988. Today, you can find Deschutes beers in more than 25 states and across the world. The pub downtown is one of the most popular spots in town every night of the year. Like the brewery, the pub itself has nearly doubled in size in recent years meaning there’s usually a shorter wait for a table. But don’t let the wait deter you. Just head into the bar, choose one of the dozen or so beers currently on tap (Local tip: Bachelor Bitter on Cask is a must-have if you can only have one beer.) Mirror Pond is one of the flagship brews and I’ve heard some locals use Black Butte Porter to brush their teeth – it’s that good. The food blurs the line between pub grub and fine dining. The beef used in their burgers comes from cows fed spent grain from the brewing process, making them some of the tastiest burgers anywhere.

One of the newest breweries to the game, Worthy has quickly garned a name for itself as one of the most popular. It’s expansive east Bend location off Highway 20 (Greenwood Ave.) sets it apart from the others, as do the variety of beers. The Easy Day Kolsch might be the official beer of floating the Deschutes River in the summer. Food wise, you’ll find mac and cheese at just about every pub in town – but few can match Worthy’s gouda and Sriracha creation.

Born in Redmond, Cascade Lakes is one of Central Oregon’s Old Guard of breweries. The popular bend Lodge is on the road from Mt. Bachelor and a locals go-to apres ski spot before heading into downtown. Perennial brews there include the easy drinking Blonde Bombshell and the nutty 20″ Brown. On the menu, how about some wild boar and kobe beef meatloaf or their classic Cascade Turkey Melt?

Everyone here has a favorite, but we tend to visit them all. If you have a chance, you should too – grab a Bend Ale Trail passport and set out on your journey. But if you have to choose, here’s a pretty good start of where to go and what to have. But please – just please – do NOT walk into these places and order a Bud Light. The locals will mock you and most of them don’t even carry it. Cheers!

Blog Courtesy of Central Oregon Visitors Association (COVA)

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