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Fourth of July Crafts

July 2nd, 2013 by Grey Swan Inn

Looking for some quick, DIY crafts to spruce up your home for the holiday?  Here are a few (some even kid-friendly!) ideas to get you on track!  
Flag Shirts
All you need is a white t-shirt, red rickrack, blue ribbon, fusible tape, and an iron to make these quick shirts for you or your kids.  Visit the above link for how-to and pictures.
Easy Patriotic Clothespin Wreath
This easy wreath can be made with about 100 clothespins, red, white, and blue spray paint, white star stickers, and a metal floral wreath.  This wreath would make a great addition to any front door!  
Tin Can Windsocks

Just by using some empty tin cans, red & white ribbon, blue spray paint, star stickers, and some twine, you can manage to create a cute addition to your front porch or living room.  The kids can even help with this one!  Click on the link above to read the full instructions and photo how-to.  
Fourth of July Bunting
(from Alpha Mom)
A star fruit cut in half and some red and blue acrylic paint makes this DIY project a breeze.  When you and the kids finish with this simple craft, it can actually be hung up to blow in the breeze! Check out the website link above to find more instructions.  
Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Innkeeper Speaks about Peace Corps

March 8th, 2011 by Grey Swan Inn

Jim and I met long after his two year venture with Peace Corps and I still like hearing about his experiences for those years. Last night was another one of those opportunities when he was the speaker for Blackstone Rotary Club.

He opens the meeting speaking an incomprehensible string of sounds.. and using mime. Repeating over and over, we start getting what he was talking about. And then he explains, that’s how he learned Marshallese. Jim joined Peace Corps right out of college going to San Jose for an introduction… or as he put, they worked very hard at trying to talk those interested into backing out…. The interviewers were former Peace Corps Volunteers and knew the hardships first hand. He was told he was going to be all alone and isolated without other Americans for two years. That didn’t daunt him. He then when to Hawaii for 10 weeks of training. Hawaii??? That a tough training site, right??

Jim then went to an island in Central Pacific with only 200 people and lived with a family that spoke no English. He job assignment was to teach English as a second language (TESL) . He continued to tell the Rotarians about foods eaten (fish, coconut, and lots of commodities – canned bologna and Spam), fishing adventures, how he lived on the island, and live among the Marshallese.

Peace Corps is celebrating 50 years this year – thank you, Jim, for sharing your Peace Corps experience with me again and with my fellow Rotarians!