Monday, December 21, 2009

A Show at the Gazebo

There is a sculpted garden in back of the mansion. A cobblestone path winds through manicured knolls and terraces of flower bushes. It passes between trees whose arching branches form a roof betwixt ground and clouds. The path leads to a gazebo in front of which is a large field. Topiaries, bushes cut into the shapes of people and animals, are scattered throughout the field.

A wood-paneled box sits atop a metal stand next to the bench in the gazebo. The box has a sliding lever with several unmarked settings. If the lever is set to one of the settings, then the topiaries will perform a skit lasting from five to twenty-minutes. The skits are humorous and entertaining.


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