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The big surprise I told you about last week turned out to be just that, a big surprise. The surprise was that we were quarantined for another 14 days. Enough already! This happened just as we were scheduled to crown the first ever Havenwood King and Queen on Valentine’s Day. Due to the quarantine we were not informed of the new royalty until Monday the 15th. And the winners are Bob Bartz for King and Christella Beyrer for Queen. They were presented with crowns and special rings to wear and to keep. Bob is a long time resident of Glenwood City as is Christella Beyrer. If they have the Rustic Lore parade this year they both will be riding in it!
Being quarantined means staying in our rooms with the door closed. Sound like fun? Not! I’m lucky I get to go out for an eye doctor’s appointment on Wednesday so will get a little freedom for awhile.
In the afternoon on Wednesday we had our trivia hour but filled out the answers in our room followed by coffee and butterscotch cookies made by the Baking Club. This week’s topic was on the Mardi Gras. I went there years ago and know it is one big party! We ate bologna sandwiches all the way down and slept in the car under a bridge. I can’t see me doing that now! Now, for some trivia on that magical holiday.
The original Mardi Gras celebration was held in Mobile, Alabama in 1703. Each color in Mardi Gras stands for something different. Purple means justice, green means faith and gold means power. These are the predominant colors of Mardi Gras. The name of the first mystic society created in 1830, was called the Cowbellion de Rakin Society. What’s that got to do with Mardi Gras? I have no idea.
Moving on, Shrove Tuedsay is what Mardi Gras is known as in the Christian calendar. A common food to eat during Mardi Gras is something called King’s Cake. They sell about 60,000 of them in New Orleans each year. If you get the plastic baby found in the King’s Cake you get to make the next one or host the next party. Something that is not allowed on Mardi Gras floats is advertising. Nudity, drunkenness and King’s Cakes are considered to be allowed.
The first Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans was in 1837 so it goes back awhile. The French expression Mardi Gras translates into Fat Tuesday in English. Float riders are required to wear masks by law in keeping with the mystery and tradition. People who build the floats are called Krewes. Mardi Gras is actually celebrated 47 days before Easter. And lastly, ladders during Mardi Gras are used to catch beads that are thrown off the floats. Speaking from experience, catching those beads is serious business. It’s amazing people aren’t trampled to death trying to catch those stupid bead necklaces.
Wednesday we got a flindrikin of snow (remember what that means?) “A little bit” in Scottish. No bingo this week because we are quarantined and can’t leave our rooms. Bummer. Maybe some of you kids out there could come and build a snowman for us in front of the facility. We would love that.
I hope you had a nice Valentine’s Day!