Erin go bragh 2023

St. Patrick’s Day is officially observed on March 17 each year, though celebrations may not be limited to this date. The significance of March 17 is that — it said to be the date of St. Patrick’s death in the late 5th century — circa A.D. 493.

We are honoring the day with a wonderful classic hat created in “the green and the gold”. We named it Erin.

Erin Hattingdon

The word “Erin” is of Gaelic origins, and an Irish word for “Ireland.”

Erin go bragh is an anglicization of Éire go brách, which literally means “Ireland to the end of time.”

National Earmuff Day

According to National Day website, March 13th is National Earmuff Day.

“National Earmuff Day is celebrated on March 13 every year. Earmuffs are categorized as clothing accessories or personal protection equipment (PPE), specially designed to cup and protect the ears from either cold weather or noise.”

Hattingdon just so happens to have something to wear for the “occasion”. And it is still plenty chilly enough here in Louisville to wear it too.

Hannah Ski Hat and Earmuffs.

National Day continues:

“Designed by Chester Greenwood in the 19th century, earmuffs are a regular part of winter fashion and a necessity for construction workers. Their comfy fit and practical yet stylish design make earmuffs a crowd favorite. It’s a day to celebrate earmuffs by putting them on or giving them out.”

We love National Day who say they love having “Fun, unusual and forgotten designations on our calendar.”

So there you have it. Happy Monday and National Earmuff Day!

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Get Over It Day

“On National Get Over It Day, March 9, people everywhere are encouraged to self-reflect and move on from whatever it is that’s weighing on them.

Created by Jeff Goldblatt — an entrepreneur who was having trouble getting over an ex-girlfriend, the day has its roots in failed romance — something that’s very challenging to get over! Realizing his pain was relatable, Goldblatt made a website and posted a poem. The rest, as they say, is history (the relationship included).

Today, let’s take some time to self-reflect, figure out what’s weighing us down, and decide that the past should live in the past. Let’s get started and get over it!”

• More at nationaltoday »


We selected the Amani design which is colorful and fun, and a sure smile maker.


The name Amani refers to “peace” in Swahili and “wishes” in Arabic. It can also mean desires; aspirations.

Best wishes to you.

With love, Hattingdon & Co.

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Hello there. We apologize for being late again, but Hattingdon was washing her hair. Hahaha.

Here she is at last, wearing a very early design, one of the earliest — her Bubbles hat.

Bubbles Hattingdon.

Bubbles was created sometime in 2008. Vivian no longer has the original design art, and was delighted to find it was uploaded to the media section of the blog some time ago.

“It was a very long time before I began to learn the best way to store and protect my work. Besides, it was just for fun, to make people laugh. It never occurred to me once in the early days I would end up making literally 100s of them, and still at it, all these many years later ,” she says.

Hattingdon is always pretty in pink.

Postcript: By the way, National Bubble Week is the second week of March according to Holiday Insights »

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Updated 7 March 2023

Read Across America Day

Read Across America Day seeks to promote reading. This day is organized by the National Education Association. They created the observance in 1997 with the objective of motivating American children to read. According to the National Education Association, children who spend more time reading do better in school.

Read Across America Day is celebrated annually on March 2nd, in memory of children’s author Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

Dewey Hattingdon. ©Vivian J Grant.
Dewey Hattingdon.

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 2, 1904, and grew up to write some of the most outrageous and original stories of all time. The inventive rhymes, colorful illustrations, and imaginative characters that populate Dr. Seuss’s books have delighted readers for generations and spawned moviesmuseumstheme parks, and more.

And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street, the first of more than 40 stories Geisel published, was turned down 27 times before a publisher finally gave it the green light. 

Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Geisel made an Academy Award-winning documentary film with his wife, Helen Palmer, called Design for Death in 1947. It is about World War II Japan, propaganda, and Pearl Harbor.

One of Geisel’s stories, Gerald McBoing Boing, was made into an animated short and also won an Oscar in 1950.

As a student at Dartmouth College, Geisel was caught drinking gin with a group of friends. Consuming alcohol was still illicit under Prohibition, and Geisel was subsequently banned from participating in extracurricular activities. But the future icon didn’t want to give up writing for the school’s humor magazine, The Jack-O-Lantern. And so, instead of backing down, Geisel changed course and began writing under a pen name: Seuss.

Clearly interested in political cartoons, Geisel took up a job creating Allied propaganda illustrations and videos during World War II. Not only did he draw them, but he also wrote all the content and even included some of his signature rhymes. 

• Read more at “Five Things You Didn’t Know about Dr. Seuss”, Boston Magazine, by Jessica Citronberg, March 1, 2018.

P.S. Sorry for the late posting. — Blog Hattingdon.

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