What Lemonade Means to You
Guest blog post by Katie Harvey
Photograph by Kenneth J. Harvey
Do you remember those hot summer days as a child, playing in the neighbourhood, coming home to your mother waiting for you with a cool glass of refreshing lemonade? The condensation on the glass and the clinking of the ice cubes would make your mouth water with anticipation. Lemonade evokes a sense of nostalgia. It is a tangible connection to our precious childhood memories.
Have you ever wondered about the origins of this tasty beverage? It is believed that lemonade can be traced back to ancient Egypt. The first documentation of the lemon in Egypt is made by the Persian poet and traveller, Nasir-i-Khusraw, in the eleventh century. Lemonade did not begin simply as a combination of lemons, water and sugar. The first variation was a wine made with lemons, honey and dates which was commonly drank by peasants. People also drank Kashkab, which was a drink made with citron leaf, rue, black pepper, mint and fermented barley. By 1104, Gatarmizat, or lemon juice, was being consumed regularly, traded and exported in the medieval Jewish community of Cairo.
The summer of 2014 is the summer of lemonade at The Museum of Logy Bay – Middle Cove – Outer Cove. Free ice cold lemonade will be served all day each Friday. Our museum has a large selection of fascinating artefacts and we invite you to stop by to see and experience the history of our community. We hope that, with a little help from lemonade, our museum can produce a sense of nostalgia and a better understanding of past ways of life.
This is an old fashioned Bausch and Lomb "Premoette" camera. Photo by Kenneth J. Harvey.
Artefacts include: scrub board, wringer, washtub and spinning wheel (from left to right). Photo by Kenneth J. Harvey.
Our hours of operation for the summer are Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. There is no admission to enter, although donations are greatly appreciated. Come out and enjoy our community’s unique history, share some lemonade with us, and pay tribute to the past.