Date(s) - 02/14
11:00 am - 11:45 am
FEBRUARY 14, 2015 – 11 – 11:45 AM
Make Valentine’s Day a Parthenon Day. Nashville’s Parthenon was built for the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition. Around this same time, ready-made cards and cheaper postage rates contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine’s Day greetings – An easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged.
The mythological characters of Greek Mythology must have had difficulty expressing their emotions too. The use of golden tipped arrows for encouraging the feelings of love were used more than actual words or written letters. Valentine’s cards in 1897, and still today, have statue type figures with bows and arrows as a decorative remnant of the mythological “communication style”.
Valentine’s Day is a great time for children and families to practice communicating feelings. This month’s Kidsville at The Parthenon Storytelling at the Feet of Athena is on February 14th, Valentine’s Day. We will look at how mythological arrows that could wound were replaced by loving words spoken or written.
Come join us for a storytime that explores Mythological characters using arrows of love. Then, we will make our own Valentine’s Day cards. Have you seen the popular pinterest pin of how to make a mini bow and arrow set out of popsicle sticks, dental floss, and cotton swabs? The blog, The Brooding Hen has a great tutorial on how to make them. Its a great family activity to supplement the learning of our February 14th Storytelling at the Feet of Athena, 11 – 11:45 am.
Please mark your calendar for the next Storytelling at the Feet of Athena on March 14th. We will celebrate the mathematical wonders of the Parthenon on this special calendar day that creates the first 5 digits of the number, Pi. (a mathematical constant that is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter) 3.1415