What does Mother’s Day mean to you? Each year, on the second Sunday in May, we dedicate this day to show our appreciation to one of the most important people in our lives. The day isn’t limited to celebrating our own mother but is also about honoring motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society. It’s about showing our appreciation for their selfless acts, undaunting strength and unconditional love.

Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis, who wanted to honor her deceased mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, by continuing the work she started as an activist. Ann Reeves Jarvis cared for wounded soldiers, from both sides, during the Civil War and created clubs to address public health issues before her passing in 1905. Her mother’s values drove Anna to get Mother’s Day recognized as an official holiday in 1908. However, the United States Congress rejected the proposal, and it wasn’t until 1911 that all U.S. states observed Mother’s Day as a local holiday. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day as a national holiday to be held on the second Sunday of May.

The kind of resolve that Anna Jarvis exemplified early on in her campaign, is the same kind that we have witnessed in our own mothers and maternal figures. When an obstacle is put in front of you and a goal is placed out of your reach, this is when we hear the encouraging words of the women who helped build us up.

You don’t need to start a movement to thank mom. It can be with a phone call, flowers, a card, honoring her memory or just spending time with her. How you show your appreciation on May 13th isn’t what’s important; it’s that you do.

If you’re looking for a way to thank this special person, you can treat her to a Mother’s Day picnic at Adams County Winery. A picnic basket packed with local artisan cheese, crackers, cheeseboard, knife, 2 Adams County Winery wine glasses, assorted sweet treats, a carnation and a coupon for use at the Terrace Bistro can be had for $44.99 plus tax and must be ordered by May 9th. Your picnic basket can be ordered for pick up on either May 12th or May 13th and is as simple as calling (717) 334-4631.  On Saturday, May 12th, from 2-5pm, there will be free, live music on the Terrace, and if you forgot to pre-order the basket then worry not because the Terrace Bistro will be open on Mother’s Day weekend.

For more information, call (717) 334-4631 or log on to https://www.adamscountywinery.com/event-calendar/  for a full schedule of events and times.