August 15, 2012

American Latino Heritage Fund Roadtrip- Tallahassee Twofer Part 2 Mission San Luis & TWAM

Day 2 of the American Latino Heritage Fund Roadtrip and I'm visiting Mission San Luis in Tallahassee Florida.  For those who've danced with BB before, you know I'm all about the fun of life, how all things are better if they're done with a smile and a laugh, and history- the studying of it- is no exception.  What good is the past if no one in the future wants to study or hear about it?  In Babushka's not so humble opinion I say we've got to keep it real- and alive.  Living history, re enactments, history through the feelings, the emotions, the senses, that's what is remembered and appreciated, and that's- pardon the intended pun, is the mission of the Mission (San Luis).

Mission San Luis is a working archaeological site that also incorporates a museum, re enactments, reconstructions, theater, food, and shopping.  Oh si, you know with all those elements it has to be one of BB's fav places and it is.  I happily volunteer at the mission and everytime I go I learn something new. I am very grateful to Karin Stanford, the Museum Programs Supervisor who was able to show some of the special features of the mission and share some of the fascinating history found within its boundaries.  I have highlighted this video about the fort found on the mission grounds, but you can go to my youtube channel and see the other sections and some excellent re enactors bringing history to our visitors.

Karin Stanford with background on the fort,
 its' inhabitants and their significance to our state/national history.

Not only is Karin well versed in the events of Mission San Luis, she also has a wonderful artistic flair.  Look how beautifully staged she placed Carlitos. 

Carlitos- You're timeless.

Ahora saben that I promised you a Tallahassee Twofer, and on this day I was in the welcoming and nourishing company of my fellow TWAM troupe members.  I'm sure you'll be able to see the joy and fun I was having with my good friends; they truly do enjoy sharing their talents, and how audiences enjoy them!

On Bohemian Babushka's Feibu page you'll see an interview w/Gabrielle Reed, Costume Mistress for TWAM.  She's the one who helped put the pizazz and touch of realism into BB's roadtrip and her talent is inmeasurable.  And speaking of inmeasurable talent, Benjamin Gunter the artistic director, writer, actor, song writer, interpreter (talent beyond measure- verdad?) explains what/who is TWAM, its' reason and vision for the future.

And for those who miss it, or think I've forgotten- my "signature phrase" is in the video

 ; )

 the reason behind rhyme and drama- an example
how it brings passion and life to history
Thoughts & Theatrics.

It was nice to come back home to start the roadtrip.  I could think of no better place or group of people who could explain and personify the importance of history and show how the magic of making memories via the past is very possible and within our poder.

La historia es nuestra- vamos a vivirla!

The history is ours- let's live it!

Babushka Besos a todos.  Cuidensen.

P.S.  On Feibu you will see various pics of the day, especially archaeological findings that I wasn't able to include in this post.  Unfortunately the video interview I had on that portion of the Mission did not tape correctly, but the public is welcome to visit the archaeological part of the mission, just please make an appointment to do so.

P.P.S.  I promise to name the wonderful re enactors found on my youtube page and here in this post.  Hopefully not gonna run Cubantime on that one; they're worthy of mention and kudos.

P.P.P.S.  Another ulterior motive here- to raise the consciousness, the attendance and participations of Latinos in our national, state and local parks/landmarks.  Let's live our history with pride- and fun!

Bohemian Babushka
Bohemian Babushka

Groovy Spanglish speaking Grandma of 6 who loves life and all its adventures. Motivational while still keeping it real, Babushka shows how all things looked at with gratitude are good, and how to say to la vida- JU SO FONII!!!