Thursday, July 24, 2014
What? Pioneer Day in the Marshall Islands? I know, crazy!
Pioneer Day is an official holiday celebrated on July 24 in the U.S. State of Utah. In addition, there are some celebrations in regions of the surrounding states originally settled by Mormon pioneers. It commemorates the entry of Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847, where The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints settled after being forced from Nauvoo, Illinois, and other locations in the eastern United States of America.
|Balloons, crepe paper, butcher paper tableclothes, and markers for drawing|
Alison Sok, a member of the Kwajalein Branch, wanted to have some kind of commemoration of that day, so we told her if she wanted to head it up, then we would support her efforts. So, a big thanks to Alison for all her efforts! Decorations were gathered (a limited resource!), the large pavilion was reserved, materials for crafts were purchased, and food was prepared for our one-of-a-kind 24th of July Celebration in the Marshall Islands.
|Having fun visiting while we wait to eat!|
|Diane Elliott, and the Tippetts|
Not everyone has what we would term "pioneer stock" in their family, or should I say, members of their family that immigrated across the plains in the mid 1800's. But in one way or another, we all have pioneers in our family heritage. So we wanted to put out a salute to everyone in our lives who persevered and worked hard to pave the way for each and every one of us. Toward that end, everyone was asked to bring food items that represented their family ancestry. We ended up with a nice ethnic blend of food, ranging from Swedish meatballs and danish cookies to Chili and cornbread.
|Parkers and Dr. Skinner dishing up some food|
|"Happy Pioneer Day" sign at the food bar|
|Jon Sok making donuts! Yum!|
|instructions from Elder Becker, all dressed for the part in jeans and a button down shirt|
|Greeting our partner|
|all a blur as we swing. I was able to find a red handkerchief that I tied around my neck for the occasion.|
|here we come as the lead couple!|
|Swinging! (sorry it's all a blur, my iPad can't handle the action shots!)|
|a little do-si-do around your partner and back|
|even the little girls got to lead the group|
We also had a crafts table to occupy the kids, big and little. There was a game with mason jars and clothespins to see how many clothespins you could drop from your nose into the jars. And for crafts, there were little stick dolls, made with coffee filters, sticks, and markers. Even the boys got involved!
|Alison helping at the craft table|
|rapt attention at the craft table|
|voila, the finished product! cute little stick doll|
|and of course, at the end of a fun night there is always the clean up. thanks guys!|
|camping out in the ferry terminal for the night!|