Saturday, April 4, 2009
Scottish Day on Main Street
Today was a great day here in St. Charles to get out and about. I started out wanting to go to Main Street to see if the city had planted some bulb gardens somewhere that I might be able to take some pictures. I had looked at the forecast for our upcoming week, and saw that tomorrow there could be rain and Monday and Tuesday possible snow and a hard freeze. So today was the day to try and capture some pictures. I didn't know that we were having a Scottish Festival down on the riverfront. I took lots of pictures, but may save some for the rest of the week. The picture of the sign is just something that I wanted to take because I love that style of writing. I am drawing a blank as to what style it is right now. I want to say Calligraphy but I think it may be Illuminated Manuscript? I think it is Calligraphy though, or a style similar. I think Illuminated lettering is closer together. Oh what Am I babbling about?! I just liked it..whatever it is.
These folks were on a break as I walked by. Either that or they were dressed up "fill ins" for the ones who could play. Not sure. They weren't playing any music, and I stood around for awhile waiting. The guy with the violin looks like he is playing...but he is not.
One reason I enjoyed this was because I have Scottish ancestry. I did some genealogy one winter and could only go back to the year 1785 and they were still in the USA. I haven't had time to research any further and think it would be pretty expensive and very time consuming. My family heritage has not been all that interesting. As far as I know they were all farmers. They did name some of their children some pretty strange names though. Ligie and Pinkney were just two that are a little odd to me.
Tomorrow I may tell the story of the "Police Horse" or maybe "The Spinning Lady".