Sometimes we look at sights in nature but don't really see. While hiking in the woods the other day, it became a realization that we need to open our heart and eyes to see the beauty of the simple things in nature with each season. There is so much order and purpose in His creation. God has given us awesome beauty in this world to see and enjoy... if we would but stop to see and feel it. Join us as this blog is about stopping to see the real beauty around us...to touch and feel it... "Through the Lens".
Friday, February 12, 2010
The Mardi Gras celebration began this evening with the crowning of the king and queen of the Plantation. We all gathered at the clubhouse for dinner and at the end of the dinner we were all served a cupcake. Two cupcakes contained a tiny baby and whoever bit into their cupcake and found the baby was the king or queen. After identifying the (pre-selected) king and queen they were whisked off and dressed for their new roles. They will rein until the end of Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) when they will be dethroned. They paraded through the clubhouse to the tune of “When the Saints Go Marching In” and finally sat on their thrones and watch several skits for entertainment followed by a band and music. The celebration will continue with an early breakfast at the clubhouse tomorrow followed by several local parades. On Sunday we will have the usual ice cream social followed by the arrival of the king and queen with more skits and line dancing and karaoke. Monday will be the parade at Rainbow Plantation followed by lunch together and even more skits and music. On the last day, Fat Tuesday, we will have our evening meal after the arrival of the king and queen. We will once again have skits and costume judging with the theme being “Fractured Science Fiction.” After this will be the Mardi Gras Ball with the band North Wind providing the music. Should be an exciting few days here at the Plantation.
Tomorrow morning Mike and I are going to follow veteran Mardi Gras parade goers Darrell and Judy Patterson to Foley to experience our first ever Mardi Gras parade. I certainly hope the rains have stopped and the weather is a tad warmer for this event. Either way we are excited to experience our first ever Mardi Gras celebration here at the Plantation and learn first hand more about this annual event that takes place in this area.