These blog posts seem to be getting farther and farther apart. There is just so much happening here in Washington that I find myself out and about constantly and haven’t spent much time at home. This means I’ve been taking lots of photos and having interesting adventures but there has been no time for writing. We went to church this morning in Cashmere and then out for brunch to 59er Diner. I told my friend that I was determined to stay at home this afternoon and organize photos and do some writing.
Organizing photos has become quite the challenge as my phone and my laptop do not appear to be on speaking terms lately. This means I need to email photos and then download them and finally put them into albums. This is a very tedious process and today’s task is going through an entire month’s worth of photos.
Now down to what has kept me busy. Where to begin…………
I enjoy walking and I live in a delightful neighborhood close to the downtown area. Here are some of the sights I see along the way to the Senior Center:
In addition to my usual activities at the senior center as well as teaching fitness classes, I enrolled in a memoir writing class and joined the Bavarian Book Club at the Leavenworth Library. VBS (Vacation Bible School) at the Nazarene Church is only a week away. My friend Linda and I are rotation leaders for the craft and play in the preschool division. We’ve been decorating our classroom and perfecting crafts for the kids.
Other festivals and events make this a busy time of year. The Farmers Markets have begun. Founders Day in Cashmere and the Accordion Festival in Leavenworth were followed by July 4th. Although fireworks have been banned here due to the dry conditions and the high risk of forest fires, there was lots happening in Leavenworth.
The day began with a pancake breakfast at Lions Club Park served up by the 4H kids. Kinderfest followed with a bike parade and numerous activities for children of all ages.
I’ve enjoyed a variety of music this past week. Yesterday at the gazebo a talented accordionist and yodeler entertained us. Earlier in the week I attended a dress rehearsal for Sound of Music up at the amphitheater. Last night was Gospel night at the Senior Center.
On Friday we were in Wenatchee picking up our instructor t-shirts at Wellness Place and decided to go to a movie. Won’t You Be My Neighbor was our choice and it was a great tribute to Mr. Rogers. A word of caution…….remember to bring your tissues. It is a little tearful.
I somehow found some time to return to the Nutcracker Museum. Last summer I spent about three hours there but I was pressed for time and only had an hour this time.
Tomorrow is Monday and the roller-coaster starts up again.. The morning will be spent preparing for VBS. Then lunch at the Senior Center. Then writing group. Then book club. A day in the life………….
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.