Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Well, I just found out. This jovial group of Frisbee playing people in the street had participated in the 2008 National Park(ing) Day, held on September 19th, a collaboration between the Trust for Public Land and REBAR (an art & design group based in San. Fran.) as an opportunity to celebrate parks in cities and promote the need for more parks by creating temporary public parks in public parking spaces. This art initiative looks at areas that are under served by public open outdoor space. Areas available to people for rest, play and relaxation are critical to improving our habitat, according to REBAR. REBAR began to answer these questions in 2005 in their city of San. Francisco but considering parking meter payments as rental of precious real estate for a certain time period. Therefore, REBAR thought, well what else could you do with a parking spot before the meter runs out... make it a PARK!
REBAR now teams up with TPL to make this initiative an annual event to reflect the fertile imagination of American park lovers and call attention to the need for more city parks. This year over 450 "parks" were set up in over 75 U.S. cities. The idea behind Park(ing) day is to realize that in cities, over 70% of space is dedicated to the private vehicle, while only a fraction of that space is dedicated to people. Hmm... why are our vehicles, expensive to buy, expensive to fuel and damaging to our earth, causing traffic given so much of our precious space?
I've definitely got the 2009 Parking Day on my calendar. Always a fan of park play (I was the Monkey-bar master), I'm thinking of setting up shop on Lockerman with a hammock, palm tree and a sudoku puzzle. Delaware did not participate at this year's event, but there are plenty of metered spots to call attention to....such as, Rehoboth Avenue in July?
Friday, September 26, 2008
Sugarloaf Craft Festival: Riverfront Center, Wilmington, All Weekend, Opening at 10 a.m.
Free parking is enough to get you to Sugarloaf. Adult admission for $7 covers you for all three days of this traveling festival. With over 250 artists, this is like the King of Prussia of craft festivals... you just can't do it all in one trip.
Handcraft Unlimited Autumn Craft Show, DE State Fair Grounds, Harrington Saturday and Sunday
The Schabinger Pavillion will be packed this weekend with crafters ready to help you jump start your holiday shopping at the Handcraft Unlimited Autumn Craft Show. $4 admission price to check out candles and other fragrant items, clothing, household decorations, floral arrangements, all types of jewelry, dolls, and plenty of artwork.
Art on the Green, Battery Park, Old New Castle, Saturday (10-5)
Delaware By Hand: Members Day Show, Saturday, The Studio on 24, 20231 John J. Williams Highway, Lewes
Talk about the cream of the crop! Support local Delaware crafters at their semi-annual show down at the Beach.
If crafts aren't your thing, I'll let you in on a little secret I learned this morning.... Fright Land in Middletown opens this weekend! And you know where it is!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m., tickets starting at $80 per person or $140 per couple. Sponsored by BlackRock, the Autumn Dinner will provide support for all of the programs the Claymont Community Center provides including: Crisis Alleviation, Family and individual counseling, Learning Center, Senior Citizen trips, and Family Health Services. They are are also home to more than 20 other community partners, including the Boys and Girls Club, Headstart, Girls Inc., Brandywine Child Care Center, and the Claymont Public Library among others.
I don't know about you, but I'd be more than willing to wine and dine in the DCCA while supporting an organization that shares the community with none other than the famous Claymont Steak Shop. For more information on event details, call (302) 792-2757
So does this mean that in any future editions to the existing 7 books translated in over 26 languages, Waldo will be carrying a beer can with his walking stick and binoculars? Of course not. But it does mark the start of a brand new Where's Waldo web-site commemorating his 21 years of travel. The new site is an excellent visit for any Waldo fan. There, you can purchase books, play on-line photo hunt games, learn more about Waldo history in the Waldo-pedia, link to Waldo's on-line networking sites, read Waldo news and sitings in the real world and also visit Let's Go blog for travel tips for your own journeys. After a few rounds of photo hunt, I was glad to see Waldo finding was just like riding a bicycle, it all comes back.
So to send you off on your walk down memory lane, here are a couple of Did you know? facts about Waldo.
-Waldo was conceived in 1987 by a freelance illustrator that specialized in crowd scenes. He was commissioned to create a children's book of crowd scenes and Waldo provided the link and central theme for the book.
- Where's Waldo ranks#88 on the "100 Most Frequently Banned Books" and was banned from many libraries in the 80s due to an exposed breast on a beach crowd scene illustration. In 1997 the breast was covered in a new special edition re-release.
- Waldo was originally named Wally, a British slang term for a spacey person.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
As the elections nears, the political commercials are increasing day by day. The Today Show slot is saturated with them, by 8:55 a.m. I've already seen John's and Barack's about 28 times. With all the bashing, the tears, the victories displayed on these commercials, I can barely keep my head straight. But John and Obama are smart to use commercials, between SNL (two words: Tina Fey) and the media, T.V. Commercials are a sure route to promote a truthful image of themselves.
The other day in a museum web-site Google session, I happily stumbled upon the Museum of the Moving Image, located in Astoria, a lovely and un-scary section of the Bronx, NY. The Museum of the Moving Image participates in what they call Web Projects, also known as On-line Exhibitions. These are very similar to the on-line Toaster Museum I wrote about a few weeks ago. Their most recently opened exhibition is The Living Room Candidate: Presidential Campaign Commercials. This exhibition is a catalog of presidential candidate political commercials from as early as the 1952 election. Seeing this is just as exciting as the split chance I'm channel surfing and the Annual Commercial Awards are on!
If you haven't already gone ahead and clicked to this exhibition, I suggest you do. The commercials are categorized by Election Year, Commercial Type (Back-fire, Fear, Children), and by Issue. There are more than 200 commercials catalogued, so consider it a prime opportunity to log some hours here instead of You-Tube for a change. Depending on your favorite, whether it's Reagan, Nixon, or Abe(wait, no TV yet), enjoy.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
First..... the Margarita Shake-Up is TONIGHT! Drop in between 5:30 and 7:30 for margaritas, Coronas, quesadillas, taquitos and more. Bring your sombrero, but leave the donkeys at the door.
Delaware Volunteer Fireman's Association Parade- Saturda, Dover, DE 1p.m.
47 volunteer fire companies will be participating in the annual parade held in Dover tomorrow morning down State Street beginning at 1p.m. This parade last over two hours as a wide variety of both antique and modern fire trucks marching units and bands will be walking from Dover High School down to the Green. Bring your folding chairs, some snacks and park yourself along the sidewalk for a great afternoon. While I would normally suggest buying a dozen pretzels at the Philly Pretzel Factory beforehand to munch on, you can now stop by the recently re-opened Dover Newsstand on Lockerman for sandwhiches, coffee, a newspaper (obviously) and more.
In New Castle County there are a couple of fundraisers being held that are near and dear to my heart........
Northern Lights of Life: Fund-raiser for the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Longwood Gardens, 6p.m.
Just because October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, doesn't mean you can't start supporting early. This event that raises money to support programs at DBCC (mentoring, the Mammogram Van), is an unique opportunity to wine, dine and celebrate in the Conservatory at Longwood Gardens. The evening is jam-packed with a fashion show, silent auction, live auction and tributes. Tickets start at $150.
Wine & Dinosaurs: fundraiser for the Delaware Museum of Natural History, Sunday 12 - 4p.m.
I should have known I'd work for a museum when I was five. Every summer week-long trip to Grandma and Grandpa's house in Newark, I insisted on visiting the Natural History Museum. Between the dinosaurs and the tigers, I couldn't get enough. As I am of legal age now, I'd love to attend the Wine and Dinosaurs fundrasier for the museum. Tickets start at $35. http://www.delmnh.org/
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Read more about the Memorial Museum at http://www.national911memorial.org/
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
- Assisting in the professional development and management of arts programming for health care populations.
- Providing resources and education to health care and arts professionals; and
Encouraging and supporting research and investigation into the beneficial effects of the arts in health care.
The Society has created a nation-wide community of members, including hospitals, museums, researchers, physicians, students and universities all working towards the same goal. You can support the Society by becoming a member or making a donation. I applaud the society for their efforts in advocating art as part of health care. A spoonful of pottery does make the medicine go down after all..... in the most delightful way.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Delft toaster= Amazing
Following the new wave/trend of on-line exhibitions and museum collections, the Toaster Museum is as sweet as a golden English Muffin with Strawberry Jam. Ever wonder about the design history of toasters? Or the possibility of how extravagant and expensive a toaster can be? Did you know that there are many toaster type specifications as in Perchers, Droppers, Pop-Ups and Sliders?
Torture device? or toaster?
The web-site was born from German designer, Jens Veerbeck, a toaster collector. Why collect toasters? Why not is the question. The Biggs collects antique furniture while others may collect post cards or Beanie Babies (but who would still admit to that!). The museum is an on-line archive of toasters throughout the years. The site is effortlessly organized and easy to navigate. You can view toasters by manufacturer, time period and country. Jens feels that toasters are a direct reflection of the design trends of that time period in a particular region.
The best part of the Toaster Museum. It's free and it's open 24/7.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Give yourself a "guac-coma" at the Mexican Shake-Up!