My girlfriends and I visited Leavenworth WA just prior to Oktoberfest. Each day we would venture into town to make yet another discovery. One morning we spied along the main street, a modest sign alerting the observant tourist to a museum. At first glance, the staircase leading to the 2nd story is a bit daunting. BUT in spite of a slight mobility impairment, I was determined to climb to the top and check out this point of interest. OMG! I am so glad we made the effort. There is, I found out, an elevator for anyone who cannot climb the single flight of stairs.
A friendly face greeted us, took our nominal entrance fee and explained, "The nutcrackers in this room are for sale. The museum was in the rooms beyond," she said, pointing around the corner. Beyond is right! The hallways twisted and turned in a labyrinth. In each room were glass cases with hundreds, no thousands of nutcrackers neatly displayed with labels and grouped either by manufacturer or by subject matter or theme. On display were tools for making the nutcrackers, and a wonderful video demonstrating their history and how a hand carved and hand painted masterpiece is born were both informative and intriguing. I was struck by the subtle differences in faces, sizes, feet, and, of course, costumes that set each item off as unique.
I found myself reviewing the highlights with my girlfriends over lunch afterwards. And, of course, we had our photo taken with the life-sized carving of a Bavarian man in lederhosen! Sehr nett!
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