This last week was a whirlwind. We have some fun recent adventures to tell you about in this blog post - talking, talking, and more talking, little kids acting out our life story, and going to a secret club. Intrigued yet? Or just confused?
Our week started off with a trip up to Sheboygan, Wisconsin. We were invited up to Kohler-Andrae State Park to give a talk at their spring dinner. We stayed at their campground for 2 days during our trip around the lake, so we were excited to be back up in the area to share our full story. We did our normal presentation - as per usual we got quite a few laughs :)
Porter County Museum of History (where Makeba is on display until June 15th!) At the museum some local students were participating in a Reader's Theatre about the stories featured in the museum's exhibits. Groups of first graders and fifth graders performed skits written by Valparaiso University Elementary Education majors. It was almost too cute to handle.
There were 8 parts written into the next groups skit, so Amy got to play herself in the play. Here we are practicing our lines outside.
Amy and Little Amy from another adorable skit! I wish I were wearing my glasses in this picture.
Then this past Saturday we were invited to dinner at the Adventurers Club of Chicago. We weren't sure what to expect other than great things. We gotta say, their Clubhouse really delivered on exceptional stories and great company.
Flags of past adventures and prestigious expeditions hang on the ceiling.
And there are epic mountings and paintings everywhere you look. Here is a painting of one of their most famous members, Theodore Roosevelt.
Mary, smiling for the camera. And if you didn't notice, there is a giant polar bear behind Mary.
Exactly what you'd expect from a long standing adventurers club. They even had shrunken heads - which once again, we failed to get a picture of. Doh!
After a fantastic meal, we were treated to a talk by Marthe Cohn. She is one amazing lady and the author of "Behind Enemy Lines: The True Story of a French Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany." She told us about life during German occupation in France, followed by her enlistment to the French Army as a registered nurse, and how she was inducted into the Army Intelligence Service, and how she performed her service as a spy in Germany during the Holocaust. Here are the numerous impressive awards that she has received from all around the world for her service during the war.
She was also incredibly adorable and charming. We overheard that she was 93 years old and she told us that at her tallest she was 4'11". Many times during the resistance she was told to go home to her mother by different authorities. She ended up becoming an insturmental spy in the ending of the war. It was like hearing a history book tell it's story. We are so glad we were present to hear her speak.
Here we are with some of our dinner neighbors. What an exciting time!