Field trips galore

How many field trips can you squeeze into 1 day. Well certainly more that 2 but that’s what we did today. Thus no food blog this morning, there just wasn’t time.

Our first field trip was to the Wexner Center on the OSU campus for a free production of Farfalle (meaning Butterflies)by Compagnia T.P.O. (from Italy.)
While this was geared to 5-6 year olds my much older kids thought it was really cool and wished they had been chosen to go dance on the magic carpet.

Beautiful botanical images and captivating rainforest sounds emerge from every direction when a simple stage morphs into a magical playground that responds—in real time—to the graceful movements of two dancers. Even bigger thrills come when young ones from the audience are invited to touch and explore the glowing, interactive garden themselves. The evolution from caterpillar to butterfly has never been so brilliantly staged.

If you’re a homeschooler in Columbus you really should watch for the Wexner Centers school programs, they’re usually free and always awesome!

After that performance we headed downtown to the State House to see the repose ( I had to look that word up: a
: to lie at rest b: to lie dead <reposing in state>) of President Lincoln.

About the Repose of Lincoln:
The 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A, a group of Civil War re-enactors, will provide an honor guard over a representation of Abraham Lincoln’s catafalque in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda. A changing of the guard is scheduled to take place every half hour. Members of the 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A will stand guard from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Statehouse Rotunda on the exact spot where 145 years before stood military sentinels of another generation guarding the coffin of assassinated President Abraham Lincoln.

Lincoln died in the early morning hours of Saturday, April 15, 1865 after being shot a day earlier by assassin John Wilkes Booth. During the next 20 days, Lincoln’s body traveled 1,700 miles by train from Washington, D.C. to his burial in Springfield, IL on May 4, 1865. Along the way, state funerals were conducted in 12 major cities of the time. Columbus was the ninth city to host this solemn event.

The doors to the Ohio Statehouse opened on April 29, 1865 shortly after 9 a.m. A memorial service was held on the east plaza at 3 p.m. By 6 p.m. more than 50,000 people filed through the Statehouse Rotunda to see the President’s coffin. This was the highest attended event in Statehouse history until November 2, 2008 when Presidential candidate, Barack Obama drew 60,000 people to a rally on the Statehouse grounds.

The perimeter of where the coffin was positioned in the Rotunda will be cordoned off as a physical reminder that the president lay-in-state. A mourning wreath of mixed evergreens, magnolia leaves and white roses will be placed at the site.

The Repose of Lincoln is designed to portray the indelible, personal loss experienced on this historic day by the people of Columbus and in the Statehouse. The Repose of Lincoln has been conducted every year on April 29 since 2001.

After we left the State House we stopped at a little boutique in downtown Columbus to check out the funky looking clothes then we headed home for lunch and a rousing game of Blokus.

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