Shmanners

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By: Travis and Teresa McElroy

Join husband Travis McElroy and wife Teresa McElroy every Friday and they'll improve your etiquette week by week! Perplexed by thank you notes? Baffled by black tie? Dismayed by dinner parties? Worry no more, Shmanners has your answers!

Playgrounds
#327
Last Friday at 4:00 PM

Hello internet! This week's episode is all about the history and etiquette of PLAYGROUNDS! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!


Johnny Appleseed
#326
09/23/2022

Hello internet! Today's episode is all about the history and origins of JOHNNY APPLESEED! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!


Back 2 School
#325
09/16/2022

Hello internet! Today's episode is all about BACK TO SCHOOL tips and etiquette, featuring an interview with Alex Boniello  (@AlexBoniello on Twitter) and April Lavalle (@April.Lavalle on Instagram), authors of the book A Case of the Zaps! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!


Mother Goose
#324
09/09/2022

Hello internet! Today's episode is all about the history and possible origins of MOTHER GOOSE! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!


Tea
#323
09/02/2022

Hello internet! Today's episode all about the history and proper preparation of TEA! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!


Victorian Sexuality (Part 2)
#322
08/26/2022

Hello internet! Today's episode is PART 2 about the approach to SEX in the VICTORIAN ERA! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!


Slumber Parties
#321
08/19/2022

Hello Internet! Today’s episode is all about best practices and advice for SLUMBER PARTIES! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!


Fashion Shows
#320
08/12/2022

Hello Internet! Today’s episode is all about the history and etiquette of FASHION SHOWS! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!


Barbecue (LIVE!)
#319
07/29/2022

Hello Internet! This week’s episode is the LIVE show from Kansas City, MO! This episode is all about BARBECUE etiquette and history from around the United States. Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!


Swimming Holes
#318
07/15/2022

Hello internet! Today's episode is all about SWIMMING HOLES! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!


Victorian Sexuality
#317
07/08/2022

Hello internet! Today's episode is all about the approach to SEX in the VICTORIAN ERA! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!


Lucy Hicks Anderson
#316
07/01/2022

Hello internet! Today's episode is all about baker, socialite, and transgender activist Lucy Hicks Anderson! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!

Resources and Articles: 

https://sfbaytimes.com/the-remarkable-mrs-hicks/
 


Mabel Hampton
#315
06/24/2022

Hello Internet! Today’s episode is all about lesbian activist and Harlem Renaissance dancer, MABEL HAMPTON! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!

Resources and articles:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/v1px96c7ez5jl7o/Shmanners%20Mabel%20Hampton%20Resources%20and%20Articles%20.pdf?dl=0


Frank Kameny
#314
06/10/2022

Hello Internet! Today’s episode is all about astronomer and gay rights activist FRANK KAMENY! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!


Coccinelle
#313
06/03/2022

Hello Internet! Today’s episode is all about trans pioneer and performer Jacqueline Charlotte Dufresnoy, better known by her stage name COCCINELLE! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!

Resources and Articles: https://www.pressreader.com/uk/all-about-history/20210617/281625308243696


Regency Balls: Attendees
#312
05/27/2022

Hello Internet! Last week was about how to throw a Regency Ball; today’s episode is all about how to get ready for to attend a REGENCY BALL! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!


Regency Balls
#311
05/20/2022

Hello Internet! Today’s episode is all about the dos and don’ts of throwing a BALL during the Regency era! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!


Community Gardens
#310
05/13/2022

Hello Internet! Today’s episode is all about the history and etiquette of keeping a COMMUNITY GARDEN! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!


Victorian Maids
#309
05/06/2022

Hello Internet! Today’s episode is all about the busy routine of the Victorian domestic worker who did it all, the ALL-MAID! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!


Idioms: Part 11
#308
04/29/2022

Hello Internet! It’s time for another IDIOMS episode, full of phrases about balance, excess, and hogs, plus some idioms from around the world about onions and kangaroos! We’ll tell you when to use them, what they mean and where they came from! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!


Croquet
#307
04/22/2022

Hello Internet! Today’s episode is all about the history and rules of CROQUET! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!


Ostara
#306
04/15/2022

Hello Internet! Today's episode is all about the history of the extremely familiar-looking spring holiday, OSTARA! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!


Transatlantic Accent
#305
04/08/2022

Hello Internet! Today’s episode is all about the history and nuances of that old-timey movie accent, the Mid-Atlantic or TRANSATLANTIC ACCENT! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!


Haute Couture
#304
03/25/2022

Hello Internet! Today’s episode is all about HAUTE COUTURE and the history and etiquette around high fashion! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!


Victorian Beauty
#303
03/18/2022

Hello Internet! Today’s episode is all about VICTORIAN BEAUTY REGIMENS including hair, skin, and makeup! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!


Tennis
#302
03/11/2022

Hello Internet! Today’s episode is all about the history of and how to play the surprisingly dangerous sport, TENNIS! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!


Toni Stone
#301
03/04/2022

Hello Internet! Today’s episode is all about TONI STONE, the first woman to play professional league baseball! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!


Paul R. Williams
#300
02/25/2022

Hello Internet! Today’s episode is all about groundbreaking architect, known for Hollywood homes and hospitals alike, PAUL R. WILLIAMS! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!


Della Reese
#299
02/18/2022

Hello Internet! Today’s episode is all about acclaimed singer, actor, minister, and talk show host DELLA REESE! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!


Mary Kenner
#298
02/11/2022

Hello Internet! Today’s episode is all about innovator and inventor MARY KENNER! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!


Taxidermy
#297
02/04/2022

Hello Internet! This week’s episode is all about the history of TAXIDERMY! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend! 


Advice Columns
#296
01/28/2022

Hello Internet! For Shmanners’ SIXTH birthday, we’re doing an episode about the surprising origins of the ADVICE COLUMN! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!


Idioms: Part 10
#295
01/21/2022

Hello Internet! It’s time for another IDIOMS episode, with phrases about horse racing, onomatopoeia, and lazy crickets. Plus some more idioms from around the world. We’ll tell you when to use them, what they mean and where they came from! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!


Posture
#294
01/14/2022

Hello Internet! This week’s episode is all about the strange and storied history behind POSTURE! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!


New Year Trees
#293
01/07/2022

Hello Internet! This week’s episode is all about the origins of NEW YEAR TREES, how they are different from Christmas trees and the traditions around them! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!


Champagne
#292
12/23/2021

Hello Internet! This week’s episode is all about the history and etiquette around CHAMPAGNE and sparkling wine! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!


Fandom (LIVE!)
#291
12/17/2021

Hello Internet! This week’s episode is the LIVE panel from Emerald City Comic Con! Join Travis, Teresa, and special guest Clint McElroy for a discussion about etiquette around nerd culture, fandom, and introducing your loved ones to your favorite pop culture. Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!


Mall Santa
#290
12/10/2021

Hello Internet! This week’s episode is all about MALL SANTAS: the history of Santa’s iconic look, as well as etiquette and best practices for adults and children alike. Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend! 


Krampus
#289
12/03/2021

Hello Internet! This week’s episode is all about the legend of KRAMPUS! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend! 


Hannukah
#288
11/26/2021

Hello Internet! This week’s episode is all about HANUKAH, with special guest Dr. Jennifer Greyson to answer questions about this upcoming Jewish holiday! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!

For more information and resources on Chanukah check out: http://huc.edu/