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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Update: We're going to be on TV!

UPDATE: For those of you who looked for us online at WHYY after September 27 and did not find it, the segment was bumped that date for a more timely piece on a museum opening. It is now supposed to air either on Octobe 4 or 11 and we hope you will be able to view it using something like RealPlayer on your computers. Below is all the info you should need to access it. Thanks!

One day a few weeks ago we got a call from Stephanie Aldrich, a freelance producer for WHYY (the local PBS channel that broadcasts out of Philadelphia and Wilmington). She produces arts and culture segments for “Experience Delaware” that airs on the “Delaware Tonight” program on channel 12 (PBS) here on Thursday evenings between 5:30 and 6:00 pm. She explained that she had seen our page on the Milton Arts Guild website (that we had only recently joined!) and subsequently found her way to our blog - www.livecheapmakeart.blogspot.com. She was intrigued by our story of living in Italy, living cheap, taking photos and painting watercolors and by the fact that we were now living in Delaware and thought her local audience might find all of that interesting. We jumped at the chance to be interviewed and about 3 weeks ago she showed up at our home with a cameraman and proceeded to spend the next 3 hours asking all sorts of questions and filming some of my paintings and Bob's photographs and promised to let us know when it would air.

So, if you are in this area and have access to this channel, it will air on Thursday, September 27, at 5:30 to 6pm. This segment usually runs around the last 5-6 minutes of the show. Who knows how they have edited our 3-hour interview down to 3 minutes so it's anyone's guess what it will be like!

We were just delighted to have the exposure and be able to tell our story to an interested listener!

For those of you who don't live in Delaware, for a week after it airs, you can go to www.whyy.org/delawaretonight under the “Experience Delaware” tab to view it online. I had to open Real Player to watch it so hopefully you can make it work for you.

Here’s me being interviewed for “Experience Delaware”. It was such a hoot!

Maymont Park with Kyla

Kyla loves to go to the petting farm at Maymont Park in Richmond and especially loves feeding the goats and the chickens. How about those jazzy sunglasses that flip up! (Grandma couldn't resist those!)

Grandpa was in heaven when Kyla laid her head on his shoulder - all that running around the park and feeding the animals wore her out!

Cape May Victorian Houses

I meant to post some of these Victorian homes that Cape May is famous for. Cape May is a peninsula at the southernmost tip of New Jersey between the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay. It's history dates back to when Henry Hudson sailed into Delaware Bay and named it Cape Mey in 1609. The English settlers apparently changed the name later to suit themselves. Legend has it that Captain Kidd the infamous pirate buried some of his treasure on Cape May -- is that what those folks with the metal detectors you see combing the beaches with are looking for perhaps?? The beaches are beautiful with golden sands and the streets are lined with shops and restaurants and these lovely Victorian homes complete with intricate gingerbread trim, old-time gas lights and stained glass windows. The pedestrian-only street with little shops and cafes was a lovely place to stroll around.

Cape May Victorians date from the 1800s

My Uncle Fred's 85th Birthday

We went to Staten Island, New York recently to celebrate the 85th birthday of my favorite uncle, my Uncle Fred. My mother and her sister married brothers and we all lived together in a big two-family house with a full basement in Brooklyn. We were up and they were down but we were really just one big family. Not to mention all the times any one of the other brothers and their families came to visit! The dining room tables in both apartments were huge and could seat a crowd! (my father had 5 brothers and two sisters and all had at least two kids!) Although my father died when I was just 9 years old, I have many happy memories of those days in Brooklyn. My Mom passed away 11 years ago and my sweet Aunt Celeste died 7 years ago this month and we all miss them both very much.

It was so much fun to gather in a terrific Italian restaurant (the calimari was to die for!) on Staten Island and see some of my family I hadn't seen since before we left for Italy. He didn't know we were all coming and it was such a surprise for him, it brought tears to his eyes!

Here's Uncle Fred with his cassata cream filled birthday cake.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Delaware Lighthouses

We passed this strange lighthouse in the middle of the field one day on our travels along Route 9 in southern Delware. Not sure what it was doing so far from the sea, but there it was!

A visit from Jessica

Jessica came for a short weekend getaway and one more trip to the beach. Her summer stock job in Sullivan, Illinois wrapped up at the end of August and she jumped right in to work for Next Act Theatre in Milwaukee on a production about the life of Paul Robeson. (http://www.nextact.org/0708_season/robeson/index.html)

While she was here, we took the ferry from Lewes, Delaware to historic Cape May, New Jersey, just across the Delaware Bay, where we met Bob's sister Theresa and her soon to be new husband for lunch. It was a gorgeous day for the 80 minute cruise across the bay and a fun visit.

Lighthouse in Delaware Bay, from the Lewes Cape May ferry.

Travels in Virginia and Pennsylvania

On the way home from one of our recent trips to Richmond to visit our son and granddaughter, we made a stop in historic Jamestown. Considered the first English settlement in the new world, it was settled in 1607, 13 years before the Pilgrims landed in Massachusetts. This year marks the 400th anniversary of that founding. On the banks of the James River they were sposored by the Virginia Company of London who thought they could make an easy profit from the riches they expected to find there. Life was no bowl of cherries for the colonists as they suffered many hardships just trying to survive. I suspect it was less of a picnic for the native americans who found their way of life threatened and the first Africans subsequently brought there against their will aboard some of the first slaves ships in the Americas.

We found very extensive indoor gallery exhibits and explored life-size re-creations of the colonists' fort and a Powhattan Indian village, as well as replicas of the three ships they made the journey in. If you are interested in learning more, here's an interesting website: http://www.historyisfun.org/Jamestown-Settlement.htm

A view of Jamestown looking towards the river

Totem pole designs in the recreated Powhatan village

A weaver in colonial costume making fishing nets from jute

On a day trip to Philadelphia we visited the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall