Saturday, February 14, 2009

Around the world at the Landmark Center


The Landmark Center in St. Paul--once the courthouse for Ramsey County, has since become the home to a number of smaller museums. Once housing the Traces Museum, it still holds events that can be quite fun to do while doing a lesson on world geography and customs. For several years, these events have included specific days to learn about the customs, traditions and culture of the world. They do about five countries a year and focus on different countries each year. We have only been able to attend a few times before.

The Scottish Bramble, though not formally a part of this, is another similar event that is held annually. We got to watch Scottish Country dancing that are modern recreations of traditional dances. There was also competitive dancing and we watched several girls do sword dancing--high stepping dancing over crossed swords. The boys had also been invited to help carry the "weaponry" upstairs into what
used to be a courtroom.

When we got upstairs, the boys participated in a demonstration. The discussion on young boys' training to become knights and the many violent ends they may have faced. Some of it may have been rather horrible, but the demonstration is definitely one they will remember. After, we went down and grabbed some food. There were several things available. Collin had onion and cheese pie. Kyle and I both had a pot-pie type dish made of onions and steak and was called a babies head. Alex has been talking about trying Haggis for some time. When the opportunity came to get some, she did so. She said it was really, really good. We would have liked to stay to listen to bag pipes, but we needed to head back home. We still had a great time.

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