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July 2022

FGCU Academy Celebrates
National Hot Dog Day – July 20, 2022

Greetings, When we think of summer, hot dogs come to mind almost immediately. It’s just part of the overall experience. A summer day at the amusement park or at a baseball stadium pairs nicely with a hot dog (or tofu dog, for those of you who prefer a meatless version). Hot dogs don’t have to be made with meat, and anyone can enjoy the age old American favorite food any time of year.

You should know some solid trivia about hot dogs, including knowing that the term itself was derived in the 19th century, at a time when German immigrants brought their own culinary traditions with them to the new world. It’s believed they brought to New York America’s first hot dogs, originally referred to as a dachshund sausage — for their long shape that resembled the beloved dachshund pups. Around 1870, Charles Feltman, a German immigrant, began to sell hot dogs out of a stand on Coney Island. He sold over 3,600 frankfurters in a bun that year alone.

While we cannot be completely sure how or even when National Hot Dog Day was created, we do know that the day was created as a nod to National Hot Dog Month in July by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council to highlight this fan favorite. Hot dogs became a household name in the late 19th century when casual food lover and baseball team owner of the St. Louis Browns — better known to some as the Baltimore Orioles — Chris Von de Ahe brought the two together at his own amusement park.

Celebrating this day is fairly straightforward — just make your hot dog your way, and enjoy it however you’d like! Honestly, in the Dog Days of Summer, who doesn’t like a hot dog with all their favorite fixings?

German Delicacy
Frankfurter Wuerstchen are distributed in Germany on the eve of imperial coronations.

Coney Island Dogs
Charles Feltman begins selling sausages in rolls on Coney Island in New York.

Ball Park Franks
Hot dogs and baseball are officially paired together in St. Louis by the owner of the St. Louis Browns, now known as the Baltimore Orioles.

A Celebration
Hot Dog Day is first celebrated by students in Alfred, New York — the hot dog’s affordability is something that many students favor.

7 billion – the estimated number of hot dogs consumed by Americans from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
150 million – the number of hot dogs consumed during the Fourth of July holiday.
20.4 million – the number of hot dogs eaten by baseball fans at major-league ballparks during the season.
350 million pounds – the amount of hot dogs purchased from retail stores by Americans.
20 billion – the number of hot dogs consumed by Americans in a year.
70 – the average number of hot dogs consumed per person each year in America.
95% – the percentage of homes in the United States that consume hot dogs.
15% – the percentage of hot dogs purchased from street vendors
9% – the percentage of hot dogs purchased at ballparks.
1900 – the year when the term ‘hot dog’ first appeared in print in “The Oxford English Dictionary.”

7-Eleven Sells millions a year
In 2014 alone, 7-Eleven sold well over 60 million hot dogs in their store and in 2017, the store chain sold over 100 million hot dogs.

Condiments make a hot dog thrive
Of all the toppings you can add to a hot dog, mustard comes in first as the most popular hot dog condiment, followed by ketchup and chili, respectively.

Sports and hot dogs go together
Over 26 million hot dogs are sold annually at baseball stadiums in the United States, one of America’s favorite past times.

A street vendor favorite
From New York City, to Chicago, to Philadelphia, you can find a hot dog on most street corners.

Independence Day
On this summer holiday, over 155 million hot dogs are reportedly consumed.

They are a testament to American innovation
While the deep origins of the hot dog can be traced back to either Frankfurt or Vienna (we’ll let them slog it out for the title of true originator), the American hot dog dates back to the 1860’s, when German immigrants started selling them from stands in New York City. Splash of ketchup here, little bit of mustard there, and you’ve got the birth of the American hot dog.

They offer endless variety
In the mood for an all-beef Chicago dog loaded with toppings on a poppy seed roll? Or are you more of a Texas Chili Dog kind of person? Perhaps the basic, original New York dog is all you’re looking for. Regardless, wherever you are in the country, you can try a unique variation on this once-German/Austrian (whoever you want to believe) tradition.
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Instructor: John Guerra

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@ Moorings Park – July 20 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

iPhone/iPad Photos App: Photo Management, Editing, Sharing and More
@ Moorings Park Grande Lake – July 21 | 2 – 3 p.m.
@The Arlington – July 22 | 2:30 – 4 p.m.
@Naples Center or Online via Zoom – July 26 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.


Operation Paperclip – Recruiting Nazi Scientists
@ Cypress Cove – July 21 | 1:30 – 3 p.m.

On the Front Line: What is at Stake in Afghanistan
@ Moorings Park – July 25 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Exodus: Russian Persecution and the Jewish Flight to the U.S., 1881-1924
@ Commons Club at The Brooks – July 26 | 1:30 – 3 p.m.

The Creation of Italy
@ Siena Lakes – July 26 at 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Operation Downfall
@Naples Center or Online via Zoom – July 28 | 1:30 – 3p.m.

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Travelogue Lectures
Instructor: Jim Sernovitz

Cuba: A Nation Frozen in Time
@ Commons Club at The Brooks – July 21 | 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Ethiopia – From the Queen Of Sheba To The Lost Ark Of The Covenant
@ The Arlington – July 26 | 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.

Moderator – John Guerra

Pain and Glory – @ Naples Center – August 21 | 2 – 4:30 p.m.
As it is in Heaven – @ Naples Center – September 11 | 2 – 4:30 p.m.

2023 Travel

Travel The World With FGCU Academy
Travel is not reward for working, it’s education for living

View our Pre-Recorded Travel Open House Presentation Now

Machu Picchu to the Galapagos – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
September 13 – 28, 2022 | 16 days

2023 International Travel Schedule
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(brochures / additional info available soon)

Insider’s Japan – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
May 20 – June 1, 2023 | 13 days

August 20 – 30, 2023 | 11 days
Awe-inspiring natural beauty and outdoor adventure await as we explore Alaska’s varied landscapes and noteworthy cities. From Denali, Wrangell-St. Elias, and Kenai Fjords national parks to the energy of Anchorage and scenic Seward, our small group encounters the breadth and beauty of America’s Last Frontier.

September 1 – 15, 2023 | 15 days
Exotic sights, scents, and sounds reign in this fascinating land where Europe and Asia meet. From Istanbul, magnificent “Empress of the World,” to ancient ruins, stunning landscapes, and the dramatic – and legendary – Turquoise Coast, Turkey engages and beguiles, offering us an unparalleled small group experience.

September 10 – 26, 2023 | 17 days
Fortified cities and tiny fishing villages, rugged Atlantic coastline and commanding Pyrenees peaks, iconic shrines to both religion and fine art, and intimate lodgings in historic paradores and pousadas – it all awaits on this singular small group journey from Lisbon across the north of Spain, ending in vibrant Barcelona.

September 14 – 28, 2023 | 15 days
Independent, democratic Croatia welcomes visitors eager to absorb its remarkable history and culture – and its beautiful and unspoiled Dalmatian coastline. As our small group travels from historic Zagreb and beautiful Lake Bled to the Habsburg resort of Opatija, the island of Hvar, and beloved Dubrovnik, we see why this cherished region lays such a claim on the hearts of all who visit.

September 21 – October 3, 2023 | 13 days
Classic Germany: it’s the Romantic Road and the Bavarian Alps, royal castles and half-timbered houses, charming villages and historic Nuremberg, culturally rich Munich and international Berlin. It’s history of note – and of notoriety. And we see it all on this alluring small group tour.

September 28 – October 9, 2023 | 12 days
Crossroads of the Mediterranean … the “toe” in Italy’s boot … “God’s Kitchen” … Sicily is all this, and much more, as we see on our stellar small group journey around this Italian island. It’s lively cities and ancient ruins, temples of man – and of nature, hospitable people and delectable cuisine … a feast for all the senses.

October 14 – 25, 2023 | 12 days
Encounter a land of extraordinary beauty and belief, of spirit and story, history and hospitality. From modern Tel Aviv to scen¬ic Upper Galilee, ancient Tiberias and storied Nazareth to Jerusalem, “City of Gold,” we engage all our senses in a small group encounter with this extraordinary and holy land, with a five-night stay in Jerusalem at the legendary King David hotel.

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