Saturday, June 12, 2010

A Tourist!

Last weekend I participated in a local event called "Be a Tourist In Your Own Town." Lots of places are open for free or at unusual hours to welcome community members who want to sample what they have to offer.

Usually WKAR is a participant, but since we may have an open house in the fall, we took the year off, so I volunteered at the MSU Museum.

And of course I took the camera!

Here are a few of the collections at the museum. In the future, I'll have more specific posts about these, but these were a few of my favorites from each category.

In the quilt section, a lovely display of African American quilts. I'll show you more of these soon, but this might have been my favorite -- it was certainly one of them!

In another gallery, "Dear Mr. Mandela, Dear Mrs. Parks," a look at letters written to these two great leaders, beautifully displayed, along with information about the various causes they represented.

I can't resist a general store. We'll come back here, too!

Every museum worth its salt has natural history -- here is the one of the dioramas with deer.

And of course, I adored the puppets from Asia -- they were from Burma, India, China, Sri Lanka and other countries.

But the number one favorite of the children coming to visit? The one they said they wanted to see before they were even in the door?

Nothing like a giant dinosaur to attract the kids! (And the oldies were pretty impressed by it, too!)


ForgedinPaper said...

I think kids secretly hope the dinosaur will come back to life and cause chaos. The quilt is stunning. I'm not usually a yellow person but it just suits the flowers so well.

anno said...

Looks like a wonderful place to wander ... that quilt is gorgeous! Sure am glad to see another weekend come around again; hope you are enjoying yours as well!

jet1960 said...

Love that quilt, too! So beautiful! I've said it before, but you do lead the most interesting life! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Joanne Huffman said...

I think being a tourist in your own town sounds like a wonderful idea. Love the quilts.

Relyn Lawson said...

What marvelous adventures you've had. That quilt was stunning.

Anonymous said...

Kids always go for the dinosaurs, don't they?

Beautiful quilt.

We often overlook the treasures in our own backyard. It's great to be a tourist in your own town.

GwendolynKay said...

That is a lovely and colorful quilt. I will be a tourist in my town this summer when my cousin from overseas comes to visit. I am looking forward to it.

Sugar Bear said...

Being a tourist in your own town sounds like a great concept! Bet there are things we are all unaware of.

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Anonymous said...

Wonderful pictures - the quilt has me eyeing a needle and thread with a certain ok-maybe attitude. (I took a class two years ago and love the story-and-hand-stitching aspect of quilting.
And in the previous blog, the pictures of The Gypsy!!!!! They are wonderful, each of them. I think your holistic vet sounds like an angel. And I believe that healing takes a long visit like the one you had. Such things can't possibly be done or known in a 15 minute session that most "regular" vets allow. Wonderful for you and your Gypsy. Curious to hear what table foods you'll be feeding her. Yum! NExt thing you know, Gypsy will be putting out his own cookbook!

Anonymous said...

I like the quilt, but I love the dinosaur. I'm not sure of the appeal, but it's there.

Back in the day, there was a giant armadillo-like creature called a glypton. It was about the size of a Chevy Malibu, and VERY armor-plated. If I ever get a chance to see one of those, I'll die happy!

~*~Patty S said...

wonderful idea to have a staycation and enjoy our own rich surroundings ... everyone has something worthwhile to take in!

Love what you shared Jeanie!
Have a great weekend!

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