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Valentine's Day & Leap Year Event - Feb. 13

Expires [Sunday, February 14, 2016]

CONTACT:April Bishop
Cultural Arts Coordinator
(913) 663-9157

EVENT:Valentine’s Day and Leap Year Event

DATE:Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016

TIME:11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Saturday
1:00 - 4:00 pm Sunday

LOCATION:Historic Oxford Schoolhouse
Ironwoods Park
14701 Mission Road, Leawood, KS 66224

ENTRY FEE:Free Admission

Historic Oxford Schoolhouse offers a Valentine’s Day Workshop

The docents of the Historic Oxford Schoolhouse will host a presentation and workshop on Saturday, February 13th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Historic Oxford Schoolhouse located in Ironwoods Park at 147th & Mission Road, Leawood, Kansas 66224.

Each day will begin with a presentation on the history and traditions for both Leap Year and Valentines Day. The workshop will follow the presentation, open house style where visitors will construct their own traditional valentines, kissing dangles and heart baskets. Bring the entire family for fun, crafts, treats, and learn a little history.

Both February holidays celebrate traditions of romance. According to an old Irish legend women were allow to propose to men on Leap Day every four years. This is believed to have been introduced to balance the traditional roles of men and women in a similar way to how Leap Day balances the calendar.

Hand-made valentine cards made of lace, ribbons, and featuring cupids and hearts spread to the American colonies in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland of Worcester, Mass., began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Known as the “Mother of the Valentine,” she made elaborate creations with lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap.”

More than half of the U.S. population celebrates Valentine’s Day by exchanging cards. In addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Australia Denmark, Italy and Japan.

The presentation and workshop are free and require no reservations. For more information please phone 913-663-9157. In case of snow, check the weather line for cancellation 913-982-2433.

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