The Covington Digital News , June 20th, 2015 - Page 9

WELCOME TO YOUR WEEKEND Father’s Day around Metro Atlanta BY SANDRA BRANDS Even if father doesn’t always know best, this Sunday is set aside to recognize fathers, fatherfigures, paternal bonds and fathers’ positive influence on society. The holiday was first proposed in the Spokane, Wa., in 1910, and was celebrated, mostly at churches, in West Virginia and Washington. Influential people like Chicago Social Worker Jane Addams and Chicago Lions’ Club member Henry Meeks, supported honoring dads with their own day, but the idea wasn’t an immediate hit. A bill recognizing the holiday was introduced— and rejected—by Congress in 1913. Calvin Coolidge recommended the day be observed in 1924 Finally, in 1966 Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers. Six years later, Richard Nixon signed into law in 1972 a national Father’s Day holiday. Today, Father’s Day is celebrated globally, and like the U.S., it’s celebrated on the third Sunday in June. This year, fathers are being gifted with free drinks and food at various restaurants in the metro Atlanta area. They are honored with free admission to attractions like the Georgia Aquarium, and with picnics and outdoor activities at parks throughout the Historic Heartland region. Father’s Day locally A Father’s Day Picnic and Games will be held at Indian Springs State Park [http://gastateparks.org/ IndianSprings?s=65.0.0.5], 678 Lake Clark Road, Flovilla, 1 to 4 p.m. There will be corn hole, ladder ball, ring toss, even one round of miniature golf. Admission is $5 per person; parking is $5. The games will take place at the Programming Hut. For more information, call (770) 5042277, or visit the Georgia State Parks website, gastateparks.org. Classic 1950s Camaros, Mustangs, Chevys and more will be on display at the Father’s Day Car Show, Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dad’s get a free Adventure Pass when accompanied by someone with a paid admission. Download the coupon [http://www.stonemountainpark. com/] by clicking on “Festivals & Events,” and following the links. The newly restored Krispy Kreme Cruiser, a 1960 Flexible Starliner, will also be on display. Tickets are $24.95 plus tax in advance for adults; $29.95 plus tax at the gate. Children, ages 3 to 11 are $19.95 in advance, READ MORE