Jewish Food & Cultural Festival 2019

Back in March I traveled to Little Rock for the annual Jewish Food & Cultural Festival. I went with a sweet friend of mine, and we met up with one of her sweet friends. We had a wonderful time!

It was really cold that morning so we were all ready to eat some matzo ball soup! It was the perfect food for a cold day!

A scroll of the Torah.

A basket full of yarmulkes.

After we all enjoyed the festival we went to La Madeleine’s for a nice cup of coffee and a tasty pastry! It was my first time to go there and it was amazing!

I opted for a small cappuccino and the ‘pastry of the day’ that was recommenced by the owner. It was delicious!

I had a mille-feuile and guys it was amazing!

We sat right by the fireplace and it made for an even more amazing experience. I mean come on- fireplace, coffee, and deep conversation with new and old friends makes for a great afternoon!

I took a quick picture of the inside, I will definitely come back!

I bought a loaf of poppy seed challah home. My Mum said it made excellent French toast as well!

I had a lot of fun and can’t wait for next years festival!

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Christmas & Candlelight 2017

Two weekends in December of every year the local state park hosts ‘Christmas & Candlelight.’ During this time the entire park is decorated for Christmas and each house is decorated by a different group of people or family. There are luminaries throughout the entire park that are lit at dusk. Most of the houses and buildings are open for tours and there are different Christmas music programs at the various churches.

My Mum has decorated the Block family house for the past couple of years. This is the only house that is not decorated for Christmas because the Block family were Jewish. Mum decorates the house for Hanukkah, which usually takes place sometime in December. Now Hanukkah is an eight day Jewish celebration of the rededicating of the Jewish Temple during the second century B.C. Two of the main colors that are associated with Hanukkah are blue and white, so Mum used a lot of blue grosgrain ribbon to decorate with.

On the dining room table is the Menorah. The middle candle on the Menorah is called the Shamash, this means helper or servant, and this is the candle that you use to light the other candles. On the first night you light the Shamash and then one candle. On the second night you light the Shamash and two candles, and so on.

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Mum used some greenery, fake pomegranates, and a holly berry garland to decorate the fireplace mantle in the sitting room. The park asks for volunteers to used fake food to decorate with to help preserve furniture and to keep little critters away.

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A driedel game is set up on the table in the sitting room.

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A sign printed in the print museum at the park.

I love how the decorators used copies of old newspapers to make their paper chain. Super cute idea!

Some candles that were made and some that are drying and waiting to be trimmed.

A picture of the inside of the blacksmith shop. It was nice and toasty in there!

Christmas tree in the 1836 courthouse.

Judges desk in the 1836 courthouse.

I didn’t take too many pictures as we didn’t go to many buildings that year. This year I want to try and go in every building!

Christmas & Candlelight 2018

I found a few blog posts in my “drafts” tab that I want to finish writing or putting pictures in and share with you all. Better late than never right? (:

In December last year my sister and I attended the Historic Washington State Park’s event….”Christmas & Candlelight.” Every year in December they have this event, and it is always so beautiful! A lot of the historic homes and buildings in the park are open for touring, everything is decorated for the holidays, and they have luminaries everywhere! It makes for a beautiful evening!

When we went I made sure to take as many pictures as I could! Last year I barely took any….but I did better this year! 

The dining room through the window on the front porch of the Block home. 
The dining room of the Block home
The fireplace mantel in the parlor room at the Block home

The first place we went to was the block home, this was the home of the only Jewish family in Washington, Arkansas. The head of the Block family- Abraham Block- moved his family to Washington and opened a store there in 1825. Not only where they the only Jewish family in Washington, they were also the first Jewish family to immigrate to the state of Arkansas.  Instead of having the house decorated for Christmas, it’s decorated for Hanukkah. My Mum is the mastermind behind the decorations for the Block home. I think she did a wonderful job! 

Beautiful basket of candles  

The next place we went to was the candle shop. They have a variety of candles and wax burners, Christmas tree decorations, candle sticks, and much more! Both the sister and I decided to dip a plain, white candle into some colored wax. I made a blue candle, and she made a green one, they both went to our Mum’s candle stash. (: 

After the candle shop we made our way over to the 1874 courthouse. I don’t usually take my time when visiting the courthouse, but the sister and I decided to go see what was there.

The following pictures were from exhibits on the first floor of the courthouse.

The adorable Christmas tree in the 1874 courthouse.

Next, we went upstairs and looked in one of the rooms upstairs. In this room they change out the exhibits periodically. When we went the had an exhibit called “Around the World” Magic Lantern Exhibit.

A rather blurry photo of the different lanterns outside of the courthouse.

I just love this staircase, there’s another one just opposite of this one as well. After the courthouse we went and visited the Royston house.

Isn’t the stained glass beautiful? When you go to the inside of the house and look through the blue glass it gives the appearance that it’s snowing outside! Just lovely!

The sister loved this little glass shoe on the table. :)

Even the piano has some Christmas paper chains!

Another Christmas tree!

“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care.”

I really enjoyed touring the park for this even and enjoyed the time spent with my sister even more!