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Datebook: September 2 – “Speak softly and carry a big stick” 110 years ago

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On September 2, 1901, during a speech given at the Minnesota State Fair, Theodore Roosevelt allegedly said “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” Big stick diplomacy is the idea of negotiating peacefully, simultaneously threatening military strength. Roosevelt is known to have used military muscle several times throughout his two terms, particularly in Latin America – involving the Venezuelan Affair, Cuban relations and the Nicaraguan and Panama Canals. Roosevelt described his style of foreign policy as “the exercise of intelligent forethought and of decisive action sufficiently far in advance of any likely crisis.”

It’s Friday, September 2

Amy Martin teaches Kindermusik at Lee Academy for the Arts in Paris. There are classes for newborn to 18 months children; for 18 months to 3 year olds; for 3 to 5 year olds; and a new offering for the young Child age 5 to 7. Some classes start Tuesday. Register online at amymartin.kindermusik.net. Lee Academy is at 402 Lee Street.

Tonight the Jackson Purchase Friends of Bluegrass feature The Cope Brothers, Uncle Mike and The Pea Snappers and Blue Reigns. Music starts at 7:30 at the Kentucky Opry in Draffenville.

Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area has a host of labor day weekend activities at the Homeplace and the Nature Station. See lbl.org. On Monday the Nature Station offers a Scales n’ Trails Hike from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 and later hosts a Creature Feature about the bobcat at 2:15. And remember the sunset canoe trip Sunday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for which a reservation is necessary at 270-924-2000.

Happy weekend! See details at wkms.org.

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