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Goose Day  
Goose Day was unofficially started in 1786 in Pennsylvania in the Juniata River Valley,and has officially been celebrated in Mifflin County since 1973, and Juniata County since 1976.  It stemmed from Michaelmas, a Christian holiday celebrating the archangel Michael, and a day when geese are often eaten.  In 1786 a Dutchman named Andrew Pontius hired an Englishman named Archibald Hunter.  In their contract it said that accounts would be settled each year on September 29.  When the day came, Hunter showed up at Pontius' door with not only his accounts, but with a goose under his arm.  As Pontius was confused, Hunter explained to him how the goose signified good luck for the following year, and how in England he had celebrated Michaelmas.  Goose Day became popular in the Juniata River Valley and eventually became an established day in the two aforementioned counties.  Festivals take place in those counties on the day, and events happen on the week surrounding it.
How to Observe
If you happen to be in Mifflin or Juniata County, there are many activities happening during the day.  There are goose specials at restaurants across the area and an annual run.  You can find more information about activities here.   If you aren't in the area, the best way to celebrate the day is by eating goose.  If you have children you could read them some Mother Goose nursery rhymes, or play "Duck, Duck, Goose" with them.
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Chevrolet Camaro went on sale on September 29, 1966, for the 1967 model year and was designed as a competing model to the Ford Mustang.
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Fly Me to the Moon
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Trollskogen, Sweden (No. 4)
Trollskogen is a nature reserve located at Öland 's most north-eastern headland, and is part of Ekopark Böda . Trollskogen has previously been protected as a domain reserve . Trollskogen's southeastern border coincides with the eastern northern border of the Bödakusten nature reserve .
Closest to the shore on the Baltic Sea side are pine trees, often very old, which have received their distorted forms from the influence of the wind. There are also partially lichen-covered cobblestone fields here . The inner parts of the area are covered by a herbaceous mixed coniferous forest with up to 200-year-old pine and about 30 interspersed broad-crowned oaks and a very large element of a . These are a remnant of the open, grazed forests that used to exist in the Böda Forests. Even today, cattle graze here, which allows the forest to retain its "open" and species-rich character. The western shore, towards Grankullaviken , is mostly open with grazed beach meadows .
The old oaks and pines provide living space for insects as well as fungi, lichens and mosses. There is also a very rich flora here with many endangered and unusual species. Several species such as noble crown lichen, wood spike and short parasitic spike are very rare on Öland. Of the more unusual vascular plants found in Trollskogen, we can mention chervil , yarrow and Baltic wormwood . In Trollskogen there is also the pine processionary spinner butterfly , only found in three places in the Nordic region. Also noteworthy is the lichen Öland's spotted lichen , which is only found on the northern and southern ends of Öland and otherwise in the British Isles. In the Trollskogen there is the Trolleken, which is probably Öland's oldest oak. It is estimated to be between 800 and 900 years old and designated a natural monument.
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Lisbon Cathedral (No. 9)
After the reforms, the See was reopened in 1940, in a great solemnity promoted by the Estado Novo. A Te Deum was celebrated in the Cathedral on May 5, 1940, opening the ceremonies to celebrate the 8th Centenary of the Foundation of Portugal and the 3rd Centenary of Independence. The Cathedral was also important in the celebration of the 8th Centenary of the Conquest of Lisbon to the Moors in 1947.
The long series of refurbishments, earthquakes and reconstructions has made today's See a mix of styles. The last restoration campaign gave it a revivalist character, but many original elements can still be distinguished.
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Clouds (No. 784)
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St. Francis Winery & Vineyards (No. 4)
Our three Estate Vineyards: Behler, Wild Oak, and Lagomarsino showcase the diversity of Sonoma County. Each of our vineyards possesses its own unique soil profile, micro-climate, and geographic distinction adding expression to the fruit and ultimately the wine. From foggy valley floors to sloping riverside hills the nuances of these regions are put on display within each glass poured. Caring for more than 400 acres of Certified Sustainable Vineyards between Sonoma Valley and Russian River Valley, we take great pride in showcasing one of the world’s premier grape-growing regions.
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National Coffee Day
Whether getting one to go or lingering over a second cup, on September 29 be sure to observe National Coffee Day!
Ah, the perfect cup of java.  According to an expert cupper (a professional coffee taster), there are four components of a perfect cup: aroma, body, acidity, and flavor.
From the moment the average coffee lover opens a fresh bag of coffee beans, the aroma beckons, percolating the senses. Even those who don’t drink coffee tend to enjoy the fragrance a roasted bean casts.
When determining the body of a coffee, the bean, the roast, and the brew are all factors. The bean affects the texture of the coffee, whether its silky, creamy, thick or thin on the tongue and throat. However, the darker the roast and how it is brewed will alter the feel of a coffee’s body, too. Grandpa’s motor oil blend versus the coffee shop around the corner’s silky smooth, well-practiced grind have entirely different bodies.
The region a coffee is grown determines its acidity. The higher the elevation the coffee grows, the higher the quality and the acidity. These coffees are considered brighter, dryer, even sparkling by cuppers.
When it comes down to it, coffee lovers cherish the flavor as well as the caffeinated boost this roasted bean gives morning or night, black or with cream and sugar. Hot or cold it provides enjoyment even when decaffeinated!
There are many legendary accounts of how coffee first came to be, but the earliest credible evidence of either coffee drinking or the knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the 15th century in the Sufi monasteries around Mokha in Yemen.  It was here coffee seeds were first roasted and brewed, much like they are prepared today. Yemeni traders brought coffee back to their homeland from Ethiopia and began to cultivate the seed.
In 1670, coffee seeds were smuggled out of the Middle East by Baba Budan, as he strapped seven coffee seeds onto his chest.  The first plants grown from these smuggled seeds were planted in Mysore.  It was then that coffee spread to Italy, to the rest of Europe, to Indonesia and the Americas.
Brazil produces more coffee in the world than any other country followed by Colombia.  More than 50 countries around the world grow coffee, providing a delicious variety for the indulgence of steamy cups of the black drink for connoisseurs to consume.
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National Starbucks Day
Starbucks is one of America’s true iconic brands. Right up there with McDonalds, there are few places you can go in the world and not find a Starbucks. In other words, it is a brand worth celebrating. More than that, it is a brand worthy of an entire day. Thus, September 29 is National Starbucks Day. From humble beginnings in the coffee-crazed city of Seattle, Starbucks has become the name behind coffee all over the world!
National Starbucks Day timeline
​​1971 First cup
​You can find the original store in Seattle's Pike Place Market — a great place to visit!
​1984 Italy inspires the idea of coffeehouse culture in America
​After a trip to Italy, Starbucks ​Director of Retail Operations and Marketing Howard Schultz was inspired to serve coffee in a similar fashion to the Italians — with a coffeehouse culture that he felt was lacking in America.
​1994 ​Starbucks opens its first drive-thru location
Since many people need coffee on the go, Starbucks decided it was time to open up drive-thrus to bring even more convenience to its customers. ​
How to Observe National Starbucks Day
Travel to one of Starbucks' "Out There" locations
Pay it forward
Try a new drink
Try the Starbucks on board a train in the Swiss Alps!  With all of its unusual locations, Starbucks has become a blast. Just don't forget to throw a photo up on Instagram to commemorate.
A great way to celebrate National Starbucks Day is by buying the drink for the person behind you. You may even start a "pay it forward" chain, and make everyone's National Starbucks Day even better!
If you usually get a hot drink, opt for a cold one. Get crazy and throw a bit of flavoring into that plain iced coffee. Step outside of your comfort zone this National Starbucks Day and you never know — you may end up finding your new favorite drink.
4 All-Time Starbucks Faves
A classic takes the top spot
​Ice Ice Baby
Every basic girl's favorite drink
​Why eat a cinnamon roll when you can drink it?
Are you surprised that a Vanilla Latte is the most popular choice at Starbucks? We aren't either. It is hard to go wrong with this drink — which offers a chance to use different types of milk — iced or hot, and many more. ​
​The second most popular drink at Starbucks is an Iced White Chocolate Mocha. With both white chocolate and vanilla syrup, the sweetness of this drink is pretty epic.
Fall means leaves dropping, colder weather, and of course, Pumpkin Spice Lattes for all. ​
The fourth most popular drink at Starbucks is the Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino Blended Coffee,but be sure you know you're diving into something with 85 grams of sugar. ​
Why National Starbucks Day is Important
Starbucks Coffee Is the lifeblood of America
Starbucks Coffee is (almost) everywhere
Starbucks' menu is always expanding
Many people cannot (and do not want to) imagine their day without a cup of coffee. It is what gets us out of bed and pushes us through the most difficult days. One could call it a vital part of our lives, and who's to argue?
Some of the craziest Starbucks locations include Paris' famous Louvre museum and Guantanamo Bay. You never know when the need for coffee is going to strike.
From a Horchata Almondmilk Frappucino, to its smash hit color-changing and flavor-changing Unicorn Frappucino, you will never be forced to order anything boring.
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Valley View
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St. Francis Winery & Vineyards (No. 3)
Our Winery and stunning mission-style Tasting Room is in the heart of Sonoma Valley surrounded by estate vineyards. The bell tower houses a 1,000-pound bronze bell cast by the Marinelli Foundry in Italy. It chimes every hour and can be heard throughout the valley.
Our commitment to showcase the best of Sonoma extends to our Tasting Room, which pairs our award-winning wines with the most breathtaking view in Sonoma Valley, and to our ZAGAT-recommended Wine & Food Pairing, which has earned worldwide praise from legions of fans and was voted “#1 in America” in 2013 and 2015 by Open Table diners. In 2012, we planted a 2-acre Estate Garden, giving our chef access to fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs grown steps away from our kitchen, and giving our guests an unforgettable, farm-to-table Wine & Food Pairing experience in the heart of Sonoma Valley.
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Clouds (No. 784)
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Trollskogen, Sweden (No. 3)
The oldest human traces in Trollskogen are some 15 cairns and stone circles. Grankullavik, formerly called Örboviken, was a naval base in the 15th century, dominating much of the central Baltic Sea. Traces of fortifications remain to the east and west, and a stone wall (possibly used to demarcate a hunting domain), some 230 feet (70 m) long and dating from the reign of King John III (1537–1592), remains to the south.
The eastern shore is the site of the wreck of the Swiks, a schooner that was wrecked on the coast on 21 December 1926; its crew of seven escaped in a lifeboat.
The area has three hiking trails, with signage, one of which is accessible for strollers. A nature center at the parking area provides information on the area and its surroundings.
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Lisbon Cathedral (No. 8)
The Romanesque-style building of the See began to be raised from 1147 and was completed in the first decades of the 13th century. The design, of three naves with triedol, protruding transept and headboard with three chapels, is very similar to that of the Cathedral of Coimbra and follows Norman models. Its first architect was Mestre Roberto, probably of Norman origin, who worked on the construction of the Cathedral of Coimbra, Lisbon and the Monastery of Santa Cruz de Coimbra. 
Much of the additions of the Baroque era were taken from a major restoration campaign that took place in the first half of the 20th century, whose goal was to return to the Cathedral something of its medieval appearance. The first person in charge of the work, in 1902, was Augusto Fuschini, who planned a Revival building in neo-Gothic style. Fuschini demolished some buildings that flanked the church, rebuilt vaults, restored and opened windows and anchored the building's stockings. After his death in 1911, the restoration project was resumed and modified by António do Couto Abreu, who began to privilege the medieval structures still existing. The dome of the central nave has been rebuilt, the façade has been restored and remade rosacea, in addition to many other alterations that have given the building the Neoromanesque appearance it has today. In the plans was the construction of a neo-Gothic chancel, but opposition from figures such as architects Raul Lino and Baltasar de Castro saved both the post-earthquake decoration of the chancel and the Chapel of the Most Holy. 
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Toronto became the capital of Ontario on September 28, 1867. 
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Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG and ST:TNG) is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry debuted on September 28, 1987
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Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo of Portugal arrived at what is now San Diego on September 28, 1542.
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