Monday, January 23, 2017

Upcoming Events Week of Jan. 23 2017

Jan. 23 First Ladies Club presentation by Katherine Blanchard at Middletown Free Library "Elizabeth Monroe and Louisa Adams" 2 p.m. register to sign up or call the library.

Jan. 24 NASA will televise a funeral service for former astronaut Capt. Eugene Cernan 2:30 p.m. CST on NASA TV. 

Jan. 24 Nominations for the 89th Oscars to be announced.

Jan. 24 Trump's Road to the White House on Frontline

Jan. 25 NASA TV to host NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik,Paolo Nespoli of ESA and Sergey Ryazanskiy of Roscocmos who are scheduled to launch in late spring to the International Space Station, conference at 2 p.m.

Jan. 25 Juggling at the Aston Library 

Jan. 26 National Drug and Alcohol Chat Day for teens, teachers and parents follow link to register to participate.

Jan. 26  World War I and American Art, presented at the Marple Library by the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts at 11 a.m. register in advance. 

Jan. 26 “Year of a 1,000 Paper Cranes” Origami Workshops, part of the Middletown Free Library Community Art Project for Peace at the Middletown Free Library Inspired by the Japanese senbazuru legend and the book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, the Middletown Free Library, with your help, hopes to create 1,000 origami paper cranes to be hung in the Library as a community art project. Each month we will host origami paper crane workshop where you can learn to make the paper cranes and help us to reach our goal of 1,000. You are then invited to come back each month at the designated workshop times OR any time at the Library OR work on them from home and bring them back to the Library to be hung up. 10:30 a.m.

Jan. 26 Senator Casey to discuss The Future of Climate Action in 2017 at the Academy Of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. Registration is required, doors open at 6:45 p.m. The event begins at 7:15 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. sponsored by Penn Environment.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Trump Takes Washington, Jan. 20, 2017

Blair House

St. John's

The elephant is in the room.

It's the year of the elephant in America. Let's be hopeful and see what it brings.

The Inauguration will take place at the Capitol Building at noon..

International press were already here this past Monday.
The world will be watching.

Below : Viewing Stand at the White House for the Inauguration Day Parade.

Below: Photograph from the White House Collection showing the viewing stand at a previous Inauguration Day.

Almost mid-point between the Capitol and the White House
you will find
Trump International at the corner of 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue.

I guess it can be said by hook or by crook Mr. Trump would be taking up residence on Pennsylvania Avenue. 
Below: The Presidential Ballroom is straight ahead.

One can't help but admit, he has style.  It is beautiful inside.
 Below: The Lobby.

Viewing stands along Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the National Archives.  Inauguration Day 2017 a day that will be placed in the history books.

Washington welcomes our new President of the United States

Donald Trump

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Why the White House Matters

When I was about 10 years old, I remember touring the White House with the Girl Scouts. I can not remember one thing about the interior or even who gave the tour. The fascination to me was looking out the window and Vice President Hubert Humphrey was getting off a helicopter. I was mesmerized. To visit the interior of the White House now, you have to get special tickets from your Congressman at least 21 days in advance.

The White House Visitor's Center located at 1450 Pennsylvania Avenue is free and open to the public and a must see. People have said you see more of the interior of the White House here than you do if you take an actual tour. Here is the short list....

This mahogany chair attributed to American cabinetmaker Adam Hains, may have been in the house in Philadelphia used by President George Washington (1789-97) as his official residence.
(Pennsylvania, c. 1793-97)
White House Collection

THE ELM carved tree section comes from an elm tree that was on the South Lawn of the White House planted by President John Quincey Adams (1825-29) The sick tree was removed in 1991 and First Lady Barbara Bush had planted an elm propagated from the Adams tree.

PUNCHBOWL was part of the Lincoln China Collection. First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln choose this pattern decorated in New York in her favorite color, purple.

Hiawatha's Boat I am not exactly sure what this item is suppose to be but apparently, First Lady Julia Grant loved it and acquired it from the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876.  It is a little big for a gravy boat and it is said to depict Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Hiawatha's Boat.  If you can click on the picture and bring up the detail, it's quite a piece of work. The sign said when it was used as a centerpiece it was often filled with flowers.

Place setting used during a State Dinner visit with Queen Elizabeth II during America's Bicentennial Celebration in 1976. It's nice we could finally put that whole revolutionary thing behind us and share a meal.



Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Desk

Letters to the President

This last letter is the one that made me stop and pause. It may look all gala and glamorous but no one envies the person who sends or receives a letter like this. That is why the White House Matters. President in good and bad times, that is the role. Popular or unpopular, you represent all the people, all the time. We all should pray for the person in this position that they can make sound decisions. God Bless America.

I wasn't a fan of the ever increasing health care costs but I respected President Barack Obama for keeping us out of harms way.

Thank you, Mr. President

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Washington Pre-Game Show

I decided to take a day trip to D.C. before the big day and Washington never disappoints on a day destination trip. 
 Here are a few observations.

My first detour was a special surprise and a new learning experience.  We came into the city through the Pennsylvania Ave., exit, a different approach.  The map said we were close to the Emancipation Statue so we took a short detour.  I had never seen or heard of this memorial.

The statue is located in what I would call an upscale neighborhood of Capitol Hill in Lincoln Park within walking distance to the Capitol Building. Lincoln Park was the site of Lincoln Hospital during the Civil War and later the name stuck with the area and was known as Lincoln Square.  It is the first site designated by Congress site to bear Lincoln's name.

It is a popular park, perhaps since it was a National Holiday in honor of MLK there was more of a population that day, people were out and about. Grandmothers were walking grandchildren, parents were pushing strollers, dogs took their owners out for a walk and children were riding bikes and running around on a pleasant weather day in D.C.

The Freedom's Memorial idea came from an African American woman named Charlotte Scott of Virginia who donated her first $5 earned as a free person to honor the assassinated President with a memorial. The funds collected were solely from freed slaves that benefited from the Emancipation Proclamation. Designed by Thomas Ball, it was dedicated in 1876 with then President Ulysses S. Grant in attendance and Frederick Douglas as the keynote speaker. Originally the statue faced west toward the Capitol building but was later turned to face a statue added to the park in 1974.

Also in the park was a memorial statue to Mary McLeod Bethune, interesting to read and learn about this woman, an African American educator and government advisor. She is known as The First Lady of the Struggle and was an advisor to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. This statue was the first of any African American or woman on public land in Washington. Robert Berks, the same sculptor of a large bust of JFK in the foyer of the Kennedy Center for the performing Arts designed the Bethune Memorial.

Walking back to the car, I started to notice lawn signs and went to investigate further, very befitting for MLK Day a National Day of Service.

I have always found the road less traveled to hold many hidden treasures and this detour of the day was no exception.

We have more in common than differences. I guess what I learned is even though a "transition of power" will take place on Friday, there are many permanent structures in place to remind us of the struggles and the progress our country has been through and United We Stand and Divided We Fall always seems to ring true.

Good to know tip: Parking Meters on Pennsylvania Avenue six blocks from the Capitol were FREE on the holiday, probably not the case on Inauguration Day.

What does this have to do with Inauguration Day? It is just the first thing that drew me into D.C. on Monday. I look to it as having some profound meaning. Tomorrow I will highlight traces of previous administrations. Friday is President Trumps Day, he already has a Washington presence.