WHAT’S HAPPENING?

The 18th annual 24 Hours of Booty is this weekend–July 26 and July 27. With an estimated 1200 bike-riders and 200 walkers set to rally in Myers Park, the event is focused on raising money for the Levine Cancer Institute, Levine Children’s Hospital, The LIVESTRONG Foundation, and Queens University of Charlotte. If you are not riding or walking, consider taking your little ones to the Cornwall Center on Friday night from 6 pm – 9 pm for the First Annual Booty on the Lawn! The address is 2001 Selwyn Ave. Charlotte, NC 28207. There will be an obstacle course for children, a dunk tank, face painting, and a DJ for shaking your booty!  For the adults, you can check out a yoga or spin class, enjoy a cash bar, browse the food trucks, play cornhole, and more.  

 

WE PLAYIN’ YET?

One of our favorite summertime rainy day activities is playing Tissue Dance. Give it a try! All you need is a box of tissues, space to dance, and some great music.

Give each child a tissue and have them put it on their head. When the music begins, everyone can start dancing while trying to keep the tissue on their head. If the tissue falls off someone’s head and they catch it before it touches the ground, they can put it back on their head and continue dancing. If the tissue falls on the ground, the player is “out” and must wait until the next round to start again. The last person dancing with the tissue on their head is the winner and gets to choose the next song.

 

GIVE ME THE GOODS!

Archeologists recently found a 200,000-year-old skull in Greece and it got me thinking…. Why did homo sapiens survive when Neanderthals and homo erectus did not? 

There are many competing theories, but one that interests me most is this: homo sapiens were uniquely able to create music. Scholars debate whether music-making is a biological adaptation or a cultural creation, but all agree that music was a key piece of the puzzle as to why humans survived.

Hundreds of thousands of years ago, homo sapiens shared the planet with Neanderthals and homo erectus.  Even though these early relatives were better adapted to climate in the Ice Age, homo sapiens survived and they did not. What was the major difference?

Geoffrey F. Miller from the University of New Mexico proposes that homo sapiens, who could dance and make music, were much more successful in courtship and mating and therefore had more reproductive success and staying power. Robin I. M. Dunbar of the University of Liverpool posits that music promoted social cohesion in groups that had grown too large for grooming. In part because of their ability to make music, homo sapiens were able to live in larger communities that could successfully coincide and work together for better survival.   And, of course, music helped “soothe the savage beast.” When homo sapiens sang to their infants or even just to themselves, they could self-regulate, be quiet, and survive in dangerous times. 

Of course, homo sapiens had bigger brains than their evolutionary competitors, which enabled more complex language, helped them to spread new ideas, and equipped them to make more sophisticated tools. If this is true, couldn’t their unique ability to make music also play a part in their ultimate survival?

Pretty cool, huh?