International Waffle Day is a tradition that is celebrated in Sweden and elsewhere, on March 25. The Christian holiday of Annunciation, Our Lady’s Day, is celebrated on March 25 (nine months before Christmas). Because Vårfrudagen (“Our Lady’s Day”), which in vernacular Swedish sounds almost like Våffeldagen (waffle day), waffles have traditionally been eaten on this day although it has no religious connections to Our Lady’s Day.
The first United States patent for a waffle iron was issued to Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York on August 24, 1869. It is this day that most people in the U.S. celebrate National Waffle Day.
Since we love waffles, The Waffleman celebrates both the international and the national Waffle Days.
Being The Waffleman has many, many perks. As I have stated before, one of my favorites is getting to travel throughout our great state and meeting all of the great people it has to offer.
Attached to this post are just a few of the pictures I have taken throughout the year of people enjoying and eating my waffles, as well as some of the many volunteers who helped to serve them.
Having a Waffleman event means community. More than the average fundraiser and more than just eating, people in the local community or school rally around a cause and have a fun time raising money to support a group that gives back in their own community.
Whether big town or small, the results are undeniable. People love when The Waffleman comes to town! Just last week, I was in Omaha at an elementary school. As I was backing in, their after-school program was out on the playground. The screams of “Waffleman!! WAFFLEMAN!! The Waffleman’s here!” from the kids warmed my heart.
It made me feel like a Beatle or Elvis Presley, even for just a moment…
It’s that time of year again! A time to be with loved ones and think about what we are most thankful for. I have many blessings in my life: a wonderful wife, two brilliant sons, two relatively behaved dogs, two nice cats. (Well…ONE nice cat…one’s a little sketchy.)
In my life as The Waffleman, there are many things to be thankful for. I think the thing I am MOST thankful for though is that I get to travel through this state, serving and meeting the most wonderful people. Whether it is for a fundraiser, or a party, or just to say “thank you” to employees or customers, I get to join in on some amazing celebrations!
In the pictures that accompany this post, you will see some of the things I have experienced in my travels this year. The Lincoln Boys Choir performing, Employees at my friends Katy, Olivia, Jacob and Taryn, a 3-D printer in action printing out whistles for the children of Teledyne Isco families while they waited for their waffles, Judson Irrigation enjoying their waffles, and my latest friend: “Lola, the waffledog” who just beat canine cancer and celebrated Waffleman style! So to you all, I say “thank you!” For hiring me, for being my friends, and for letting me share your joy.
Hopefully, the title of this post sounds like a really cool children’s book! I have the opportunity to share a most amazing event with you! On Sunday, October 15th, The Waffleman and Baxter Toyota are teaming up!
I will be at Baxter Toyota and Lexus’ new south store on Yankee Hill Road from 8 in the morning until around 3 in the afternoon! We are doing a REALLY fun event while raising money for the Team Jack foundation fighting against pediatric brain cancer. Here’s the deal:
Baxter needs to move their entire Toyota and Lexus inventory from the north location near 27th and I-80 to the south location near 33rd and Yankee Hill Road. So they are sponsoring “The Ultimate Test Drive!” If you are looking for a new car, or if you just want to drive a new Toyota, come to their north store starting at 8am and help them drive their inventory across town to their new location! That’s all there is to it! You get to test drive some really fun cars (there will be a bus waiting at the south location to take you back north to your car or so that you can drive another one!)
Plus, there is all-you-can eat waffles at the south store just waiting for you! If you come around lunch time, I will have burgers and dogs too! (Yes, I can run a grill too!) 100% of the donations that we take in that day will go to benefit Team Jack. So please come and join us for waffles, family fun, and support of this amazing cause!
Hello again, everyone!
Fall is one of my favorite times of year (as it is for many)! The cool nights and the warm days make for perfect comfort food weather…mac and cheese, chili and cinnamon rolls, and…oh, yes! Waffles!
I have been working this summer as music director of Pinewood Bowl’s annual summer musical: The Little Mermaid for the 5th consecutive year (www.pinewoodbowl.org), as well as at TADA theater directing the pit for Smokey Joe’s Cafe (www.tadatheatre.info). Since the summer is my “slow season, I have also been working on making Waffleman improvements!
First of all is the “changing of the irons.” That’s right! If you have not experienced The Waffleman in a while, I now have new irons which cook a whole minute faster than the antiques! (Pictures of the old vs. the new are attached) That may not sound like much, but in the waffle world, that is a 33% BUMP in efficiency! This means I can get through a several hundred person event in less than an hour!
There are other changes coming, but they are still in the works and I’m not “quite” ready to announce them yet…but stay tuned, dear readers! Make sure to check out my Calendar of Events to see when I will be in your area! And if you want to book me, do so quickly! Times and dates are filling up fast!
May is here! And I am way behind in updating my website! May brings us a lot of things…flowers, green trees (here in Nebraska anyway) and the end of school. For many families as well as The Waffleman, it brings graduation season.
It has always struck me that graduation ceremonies are usually called “commencement.” As you will often hear during this time of year, the word “commence,” means to begin. Personally, I like many of the synonyms that I found in the thesaurus: get going, launch, initiate, get cracking, kick off, and hit the ground running. Even though it is the ending of a major portion of your life (schooling), it really is a start of something much bigger!
The most difficult thing to keep in mind before life sweeps you up is to make time for the important things. Along with your job or schooling, make sure you make time to relax, enjoy family time, and volunteer any place you can. Dividing your life into equal portions is probably the toughest thing you will have to face. And remember to keep that “attitude of gratitude.” Be thankful for everyone who is in your life for whatever reason they may be there. I am personally really thankful for all of my friends and family and also for all of the wonderful organizations who have booked me again or who have tried me out for the first time. You are the reason I love my work!
So whatever the next step of your personal journey is, get out, get your feet wet, start the ball rolling, and jump into the next step with as much enthusiasm as you can muster!
It’s been awhile since I last posted. Since then, much has gone on in our country, in our world, and in our lives.
As The Waffleman, I often find myself in the unique position of helping people out during a hard time in their lives. Sometimes, we are fundraising for new school, or church, or civic equipment, or for a special trip for a school band or choir. But sometimes, we are fundraising to help someone cover medical expenses or funeral expenses. It is during these times that I get to see communities at their best. Rallying around people and helping one another.
No matter what you think of our current climate in politics or in the world, remember that no matter what, we will always have each other. That is something that is bigger than any government or policy. That is why I love doing my Waffle events! Getting to see people at their best, coming together as a community and enjoying themselves.
Since February is often a month where we celebrate LOVE, remember that when it comes right down to it, I think we truly do love each other. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have hundreds of people show up to support the organizations that I work with every day!
Peace, love, and Waffles!!!
Now is the time of year that we think about friends and family the most. As I reflect on growing up in Nebraska, the thing I think about most often is the wonderful people who live here.
Whether farm or city, Nebraska (and Midwest) people are some of the nicest, most genuine people you will ever hope to meet. They work hard, they play hard, and they genuinely care about their neighbors.
During this holiday season, remember to think about those you love and care for, as well as those who have to do without. Remember…Santa and The Waffleman are watching!
The best thing about being The Waffleman (as I’ve said before) is the chance to travel throughout Nebraska and meet some of the most amazing people! Last week, I was fundraising for the Stromsburg Volunteer Ambulance Service.
Today, I realized during my event in Seward for the Seward 4-H Foundation that I had reached another milestone as The Waffleman! Today was officially the last event that I worked that was scheduled by original Waffleman Doug McCallum. Everything from here on is all new!
While I constantly am looking forward to bringing new waffle-y things to the good citizens of Nebraska, on days like this, I can’t help but look back and be so grateful for everything that has come before me. Doug left a terrific legacy of goodwill throughout the state and I (as always) am honored to carry on his tradition.
-Bill “Waffleman 2.0” Maltas
I had a great summer and am kicking off my second year with a bang! I have met some wonderful people across this great state of ours and I am looking forward to travelling to all corners of our state bringing happiness and waffles along!
This year, I have had an unusual amount of people calling me already for booking their graduation parties in May and June. Last year, I didn’t begin receiving those calls until January/February. This year, I already have 3 graduation parties booked for May and June! An increasing number of my repeat customers are choosing to rebook the day of their events, locking in next year’s date before I leave.
Point is, I often get asked how far in advance people should book. My motto is: it’s never too early! I already have a couple of bookings all the way into 2018! The earlier you go, the more choices you get on securing the exact date you want! (I’ve already had a couple of events I had to say “no” to because I had already been booked.)
Basically, it never hurts to ask. Even if you don’t book “right then,” you will at least have the information for when you are ready! So fill out my inquiry form and don’t hesitate to ask away!