Today is Monday, Feb 20. Here are five things to know for Presidents' Day in Peabody.
- Presidents' Day and car sales: Ever wonder how the celebration of two of America's greatest presidents got mixed up with car sales extravaganzas each year? Thanks goes to the Boston Globe for digging up an answer, which dates back to the early 1900s, at least in the Boston area. Apparently, former late Gov. Alvan T. Fuller was a car dealership owner long before his ascension to state office (he also served in Congress before being governor) and had decided to try and bring in a few more customers by holding an open house on George Washington's birthday. It was a resounding success and soon caught on with many other dealers. Another possible reason for the nationwide trend is that it's also just a good time of year for dealers to launch their new spring lines and the weather is usually more akin to driving around town searching for those deals.
- Free cookie: Presidents' Day is free cookie day at Subway. The restaurant is giving away one free cookie with each purchase today while supplies last.
- Carlin Cup: The annual Carlin Cup will take place at 2:15 p.m. at the McVann-O'Keefe Rink today with Peabody boys' hockey pitted against the Beverly Panthers. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults.
- Bridal Expo: A number of local businesses are putting on a bridal expo Feb. 24 at the Hallmark Building (215 Newbury St.). Featured businesses are: A Small Creation, Blushing Bride, Classic Faces Day Spa, Details Hair Design and Sensational Travel.
- Do you need help filing your taxes with the IRS? The Torigian Center has four volunteers available for appointments to answer your questions and help file that federal tax return. Appointments will be on Tuesdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Call the Reception Desk at 978-531-2254 to book an appointment.