The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started many years ago by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). The aims of the celebration are to (1) emphasize citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution, preserving it for posterity; (2) inform the people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation for our way of life; and (3) encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787. Right click on this link and open link in a new tab to see President General Young’s post on Constitution Week – http://youngblog.dar.org/.
The DAR encourages local chapters to celebrate Constitution Week with proclamations and other events. Here in Southwest Florida, area chapters hold an annual Constitution Week Luncheon hosted by one of the chapters. This year, my chapter, the Lawrence Kearny Chapter based in Cape Coral, Florida, was the hostess. We’re a small chapter with about 25 members. About eight of us helped with the event. As a very new member, I volunteered to handle decorations with the theme “Let Freedom Ring.”
Centerpieces were based on a wooden stand borrowed from the Barefoot Beach Chapter.1 A free clip art picture of the liberty bell was found on the internet and sent to Walgreen’s photo center where a navy blue border with stars was selected for the 5 X 7 picture. The red poster board mat was added after “Let Freedom Ring” was printed across the top. The back of the centerpiece had selected facts from the National Constitution Center.
For the favors, rather than a pencil or a copy of the Constitution, we decided to make cookies. Our theme was “Let Freedom Ring,” so we went with flag and liberty bell cookies. A friend and I made a prototype batch of cookies and decided sprinkles on the frosting was not the look we were going for, so we googled flag cookies. Of course, Martha Stewart has a video on how to make flag cookies. Right click on this link and open in a new tab to see the video –http://www.marthastewart.com/247789/flag-cookie. We followed Martha’s video, other than using our previously purchased smaller cookie cutters. After icing, the cookies were wrapped and sealed with a Lawrence Kearny sticker. So, one hundred and eighty cookies later, we’re a lot better at piping royal icing, but still not ready for a job in the Publix grocery store bakery.
The centerpieces and the cookies were a big hit, but even more impressive were the Southwest Florida Handbell Ensemble directed by Michael Helman and the speech by Rev. Dr. H. Timothy Halverson, Senior Pastor, Faith Presbyterian Church. Altogether, our small city of Cape Coral did a fine job of hostessing the Greater Southwest Florida chapters at our Constitution Week celebration.
Now, enough of this and back to genealogy research – more homework with the Mastering Genealogical Proof study group and a brick wall in finding my great-grandmother Dovey Alpine Piearcy’s parents.2 Then working up the information from my summer research trips.
- The wooden stand was hand-made and donated to the Barefoot Beach Chapter. The base is 10″ in diameter. The stand is about 9″ tall and 7″ wide. The wooden pen holder is about 2″ square and drilled through in order to hold a pen, feather or flower arrangement, in this case. The back should be decorated as well, if you use it for a round table centerpiece.
- National Genealogical Society, “Mastering Genealogical Proof,” NGS Special Publications(http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/ : accessed 09 Sept 2013).