Today is July 1, 2017, Canada’s 150th birthday. But I’m not in Canada, so today I celebrated Nutcracker Day at The Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum. That’s correct! This museum is totally dedicated to nutcrackers.
This friendly nutcracker greeted me at the door.
I sat down to watch a short video on the history of nutcrackers. How interesting to see the different styles that have emerged in different countries. And how awesome to have a display of this caliber right here in Leavenworth.
There was a new activity for Nutcracker Day this year. Children of all ages were encouraged to design a nutcracker and prizes were awarded to the winners of the contest. Pictured here are a few of those that were on display.
I then wandered through several rooms of glass-encased nutcrackers. The themes were of a great variety and here is a sampling of some of the photos I took.
Here is Karl, the life size headliner attraction. Children of all ages clamber to have their picture taken with him.
There was even a table complete with nuts and nutcrackers for those who wanted to attempt to crack nuts.
There was an interesting display of antique nutcrackers but unfortunately photos were prohibited in this area. I was able to take a photo of a rather informative display about walnuts.
An hour and a half later I found myself back outside and made my way over to the Art Walk. Every weekend various artists display their creations that range from traditional works of art to jewelry and tattoos.
Next I found some shade and enjoyed the musical offerings from a trio at the gazebo.
Every weekend throngs of people descend upon Leavenworth to enjoy this quaint little village. I heard a variety of languages spoken, but did not spot a single maple leaf or Canadian symbol of any type. This is very different from all the photos that my friends back in Canada have been posting today on Facebook. Red, maple leaf and Canadian flags are quite predominant in their photos.
But this is Canada Day here in Leavenworth. And this is how this Canadian spent her day.