The event was a fundraiser for Harvest of Talents, a Christian
ministry that utilizes every person’s God-given talents. The
blessings received from H.O.T. each year are channeled through
International Disaster Emergency Service and help to alleviate
spiritual and physical hunger world-wide.
Beginning an Afternoon in Paris, the girls presented their ticket to
the customs agents at the door and received a stamped passport for
entry into Paris, France. They were instructed to take the metro to
the 1st arrondissement in the heart of Paris, the Louvre, where they
would have lunch at a tea room. Moms, grandmoms and friends served a
French cuisine including ham & cheese croissants, puff crackers,
lemon curd & berry mini tarts, mini strawberry madeleines, cucumber
dill sandwiches, and lavender shortbread cookies. Most of the
princesses were willing to try the new fare, but others were
reluctant looking for food that was more familiar.
Soon, Lady Liberty came to visit. The girls listened intently as she
shared several fun facts about herself:
- She was a gift from France, given to America in 1886.
- Her full name is Liberty Enlightening the World.
- She holds a torch and tablet inscribed with the date July 4,
1776, the American Declaration of Independence.
- Visitors have to climb 354 stairs to reach her crown.
[to top of second column]
- The seven spikes on her crown represent the seven oceans
and the seven continents of the world.
- She is green today because she was made of copper.
- The chains around her feet are broken. This is because
Americans have been freed from slavery.
- She welcomes people from all over the world to America,
a country of freedom and justice for all.
After Lady Liberty took her leave, the girls went back to
the table where a canvas with a stamped Paris skyline was
waiting for each of them. They were able to decorate their
art projects however they wanted. The creative princesses
used paint, glitter, sparkles, and other art supplies on
hand. Each took their masterpieces home to display as a
reminder of their fun “Afternoon in Paris.”