Thursday, June 07, 2007

spt challenge - it's as american as apple pie

have you visited michelle recently? she is living in paris, and her blog has recently featured excursions to the louvre, sacre-coeur, and a neighborhood brocante. i am intrigued by her "living like a local" accounts of this fabulous experience.

she will be heading home soon, and how i will miss these daily strolls down parisian streets (or through parisian metros!) i'm sure the leaving will be bittersweet. so i thought, as a way to thank her for sharing her french adventures with us, and as a way to ease her transition back to the U.S., there should be an spt challenge in her honor; an autoportrait mardi , as it were.



this week's challenge is to look around your home and help us showcase the history and folklore of America! dust off your americana relics! let no wagon wheel go unturned! let no bobble head doll go un-noticed!!



think you don't have any americana in your home? according to wikipedia: Americana refers to artifacts of the culture of the United States, the history and folklore resultant from its westward expansion. Examples of this culture include baseball, apple pie, Superman, the Diner, barbed wire, wagon trains, and NASCAR; jazz, the music of Stephen Foster, George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, the music of Aaron Copland (notably his Fanfare for the Common Man), and rockabilly; and American art, such as that of Frederic Remington, Grant Wood, and Norman Rockwell, all based on American folk art.

18 comments:

Elizabeth said...

I am going to have to stretch for this one. Nothing is popping into my head. It will be fun!

Anne said...

no stretching for me this time. Wikipedia just gave me the PERFECT idea. Oh, I'm excited!!

Rebekah said...

Provo is soo full of Americana! I can't wait! Baring another weekend ER trip :), I'm going to be taking pictures like a mad woman this weekend.

Jill said...

Hmmm, this is going to make me think.

Maxman said...

wow! I'm honored!!

carlo said...

fun, fun, fun!

donna said...

WOW!~ i wil have to think on this one :)

Marie said...

Hmmm. Americana. My first reaction was, Umm, I'm in Canada. Should I post some Canadiana? Maple syrup? A hockey puck? Bob and Doug McKenzie?

But, I actually have something that will work. I can't believe I didn't think of it straight off.

I'm excited to do my first SPT.

Jen said...

oh my gosh- am i even an american? i'm not sure i have any of those things around! i'm going to have to scrounge to find something! :)

michelle said...

This sounds like it will be a fun SPT!

katie said...

I have those exact things, funny.

Oh and you asked on my blog if I minded being added to the side bar, I would love it.

Love the spt challenge, I wish it was a little more into the onion season, now i gotta think hard.

Rachel said...

This one could be a CHALLENGE!

Amy said...

Hm. This will be a thinker. I have a lot of Asian. Can't think of much All-American....

Laurie said...

piece of cake! Thanks for all your fun challenges. you come up with subjects I would have never thought up.

Jill said...

Maxman is Michelle, she was signed in under her son's name.

Amanda :-) said...

I'm one SPT behind. The shame!

Good job you provided a Wikipedia list, because I was sitting here chewing my lip for a moment.

Still chewing it, but not quite so manically...

Michelle A. said...

Great idea - now what to do?!

sista # 2 said...

Lelly- yay! how fun this will be!
So cool of you to 'honor' Michelle who is a sweetie!
Also, great info about 'goodsearch' for your cause!
Maybe you should mention it again in the near future ;) Janae