Quite the collection(s)!

Carol's miniature garden farm

Cafe Fairfax – August 15

I knew it! Our friends are collecting some Very Interesting items! Thank you to everyone who brought their treasures and shared their stories about them.

At our Cafe Fairfax on Wednesday we learned about antique sugar nippers that were used to cut up sugar back when it was sold in a cone-shaped loaf. I forgot to take a picture of the pair that Edward brought as part of his collection of antiques, but I found a photo online as well as an interesting article if you’d like to read up on them:  http://www.oldandinteresting.com/sugar-nippers.aspx.
Georgian antique sugar cutter

We also saw part of Karl’s collection of shark’s teeth polished naturally by the sand, and black because they absorb minerals from the sediment where they are buried. Did you know that a shark can lose 50,000 teeth in a life time?

Chuck shared his collection of boxes – literally. First, he showed us his collection of boxes from various places such as India, Romania and China, and with various uses like holding incense, a Dreidel, jewelry or silverware. Then he then gave them away because he’s downsizing. We each had a number and could pick our favorite box to take home. Some of us had very definite favorites but I think everyone went home happy. Chuck also showed us some old postcards from his collection and gave me one to add to my collection of flamingo items. Thank you, Chuck!

Ruth Ann brought a couple of her Byers handcrafted figurines that were dressed to spend some relaxing time at the beach. You may be familiar with Byers carolers. Click here to check out the website where you can even design your caroler figurine!

Some of our friends create their collections. Our resident cartoonist, Rich, showed us some of the greeting cards he creates for family and friends. Carol showed us photos of a couple of her miniature gardens.Carol's miniature garden dessertLastly, I brought some more of my flamingos including a variety of pens and one wearing a Santa Claus hat that plays the Macarena. Strange but true.

We were also visited by Mutasim D. Alharbi, Doctoral Student, Department of Rehabilitation Science, College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University. Mutasim talked about his research study examining movement efficiency and fatigability in individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. I shared his message with you in last week’s newsletter and also posted it on our Community Events page (click here), but if you’re interested in learning more, please contact Mutasim at: E-mail: malharb4@masonlive.gmu.edu   |   Phone: 703-479-8505

Two cafes next week!
Next week we’d love to see you at Cafe Ashburn or Cafe Alexandria or both! For details about our cafes click here and to RSVP please click here!

Hope to see you out and about soon!

email: Sonia@ParkinsonSocialNetwork.org

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