The MUMMERS New Years Day Parade and Show-Ponderings on Philadelphia

The Power and Glory of Rome

The Power and Glory of Rome

Rome Wasn't built in a day!

Rome Wasn't built in a day!

Colorful Confetti!

Colorful Confetti!

look at the ferris wheel, it moves!

look at the ferris wheel, it moves!

Creepy Carnival

Creepy Carnival

The red ants emerge from the ant hill

The red ants emerge from the ant hill

Ant hill opens

Ant hill opens

Buggie Wonderland

Buggie Wonderland

Valley of the T-Rex-lost world

Valley of the T-Rex-lost world

Valley of the T-Rex-Primal Power

Valley of the T-Rex-Primal Power

High energy dancing

High energy dancing

"Look into the Crystal ball for your future""Gypsies of the World"
Posing with one of the club captains

Posing with one of the club captains

The Philadelphia Mummers New Years Celebration begins in the end of December with the Mummers Fest, from December 27 to 31,2008.

The annual Mummers parade is on January 1st each year.
The Mummers Fest takes place each year at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. There is a “Behind the Scenes” tour called Backstage Pass. For fifty minutes you get a behind the scenes private tour with a Brigade Captain of one of the dozens of clubs. During the tour,the Captain shares stories of parading and performing.
The NEW YEARS DAY PARADE:
The first official Mummers parade was in 1901 on January 1st.
The parade starts in the Am with the Comics, the Philly version of clowns in colorful outfits, dancing to the recording of “Golden Slippers “.Some names of Comic clubs include the Goodtimers, the Happy Tappers, Southside Shooters NYA, and Liberty.
The STRING BANDS:
Next come the String Bands with names such as South Philadelphia, Over Brook, Irish American String band, and Fralinger each club creating a new theme each year and wearing elaborate feathered costumes costing tens of thousands of dollars to make and weighing well over 100 pounds. Each club chooses songs, and props to go with their theme.
FANCY COSTUME DIVISION:
Following next is the Fancy Costume Division with club names of Adelphia, Golden Sunrise, Hog Island and Oregon. They strut in elaborate costumes to the sound of music provided by their live band.
THE FANCY BRIGADES:
My favorite part, the Fancy Brigades, a larger presentation within the Fancies. The Brigades were moved indoors in the 1990’s as a ticketed 5:oo pm show due to larger props that were vulnerable to the winter wind ,rain and snow. In 2001, a 1200 noon show was added. For the noon show, be sure to arrive early, at 11:30 am for your chance to take photos with performers on the show floor before the Fancy Brigade show. Get in step with the Giant Mummers Strut, join the fun, Don’t be bashful.
My photos are from January 1, 2008, performance of the Fancy Brigades in the Philadelphia Convention Center in Pennsylvania.
Philly Mummers

Scenic Sunday

On the island of Maui

On the island of Maui

Aloha

Aloha

Hawaiin  Flowers on

Hawaiin Flowers on

sugar cane growing on Maui

sugar cane growing on Maui

"Surf's up!"

"Surf's up!"

Iao Needle

Iao Needle

Surfers

Surfers

Maui beach
Maui beach

Scenes for Scenic Sunday
Maui Hawaii

August 6,2008

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Bennington, Vermont and J.Seward Johnson

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Pretending, how much

Pretending, how much

He pauses

He pauses

Fall

Fall

Lady waits too

Lady waits too

Waiting to Cross

Waiting to Cross

Please clean my glasses,he said

Please clean my glasses,he said

Nice To See You

Nice To See You

I will read along

I will read along

Between Classes

Between Classes

“Celebrating the Familiar ” in sculpture.
J. Seward Johnson’s sculptures along Bennington’s Main Streets’
sidewalks were on display for a limited time during the summer and fall 2008. We spent an afternoon there during a vacation trip in September.
They are life-size cast bronze sculptures. What great fun it was to strike a pose for the camera. It was not to be missed on our way out of Southern Vermont.

The place where I first saw one of J.Seward Johnson’s sculptures was at a park in outskirts of Washington, D.C. The sculpture is called “The Awakening”. It is of a gigantic golden hand and person seemingly coming out of the ground. The photo was taken some eight years ago before the use of digital cameras. (the photo will be posted at a later date.)
After that time, I learned of a place called Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, N.J. where a ever-growing group of artists have their sculptures on display along with J.Seward’s version of Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party” with himself and a friend cleverly added amongst the party. The park is open every day of the week with special programs,and a museum of changing exhibits. While in N.J., come visit this place.

cows of PA

"Hey, are you taking a picture?"

I wonder who loves cows enough  to photograph them?   Like  Me!

Mi domandochi ama le mucche abbastanza a photograh lor come faccio.  (in Italian)

On a recent trip to Hershey, PA , we passed pastures with Holstein cows a few miles away.  I said to my husband,” look there’s the cows”, “oh , please stop at the next farm, I want to take a picture of the cows” almost pouting.  Once stopped, I could have gotten closer, but it  was me standing there and a seemingly thin wire fence.  How fast do they “moove” anyway.? LOL.

I was happy as could be, now that I had my cows on film.

There also was a herd of brown cows, beef cattle along the edge of the road behind a fence.  I wondered what kept them from crossing the fence onto the road.

Many years ago,  we went on rides in the country with my grandparents.  If the cows were sitting, my grandmother P. would say that it was going to rain; an old wives tale perhaps.   While riding in the car, my mother would say, “look out the window at the cows.”  We would stop our conversation or games and turn our heads to look.

Now, I love to  look at the cows. Relaxing , maybe seeing them standing quietly evokes  a slower pace.   Whenever I come to the place where I know there is a dairy farm a few miles from my house, I cast a glance in the direction of the dairy farm’s grounds.   Are they close to the road?  Are they far in the distance,  near their barn and large-size funny imitation cow for decoration.  Today, as I drove on South Middlebush Road, the cows were in a pasture to the  left side of the road.  Most of them were close to the fence and they were sitting down.  As I got closer to my destination, you guessed it, it was raining (drizzling). Just like my grandmother P. used to say.

In Italian:

Su un viaggio recente a Hershey, Pa, abbiamo passato i pascoli con le mucche dell’ Holstein.

“IL colorato beige della mucca, seite che esaminate il me.”

November 7, 2008

I’ve added one more photo.  This is of a farm in New Jersey.  It’s along Rt. 518.  I don’t know the name of the farm.  One day last fall, the cows were fairly close to the road and I had my camera with me.  Yahoo.  I parked the car and walked a little closer.  This beige cow photographed seemed to look up from the grass he/she was munching and say, ” this is the first time somebody stopped to take our picture” or ” are you looking at me”  A photogenic cow.  The others are contentedly grazing.   There are more photos; perhaps my friend will create  a painting for me.

Any comments out there. Where are you from?

Scrivere,  Dove vive?

Comments:

Hello and thanks for stopping by.  We’d love to hear from you.  Farm animals are fun to look at !

Please share with me your comments on these photos of the Holstein cows. I’d love to hear what you think!

Hershey, PA CHOCOLATE WORLD

Swirling Hershey Kiss Paper

Swirling Hershey Kiss Paper

Tour Guide inside Hershey Trolley

Tour Guide inside Hershey Trolley

Chocolate Avenue, Hershey

Chocolate Avenue, Hershey

Red 50s Car with Fins

Red 50s Car with Fins

Kiss Streetlight in Hershey Museum

Kiss Streetlight in Hershey Museum

Hershey, Pa is a great  place to go for both the young and young at heart.  After all, many poeple love chocolate in it’s many forms and tastes.  Driving along Chocolate Avenue, it’s great fun to see the street lights are built like  enormous Hershey kisses. While at Chocolate World, we took the indoor ride that explains the chocolate making process.  Many years ago, I came here and the tours were still in the actual Chocolate factory.  My mother relayed to me that she remembers the workers stop to wave at us looking through the display glass windows.  I thoroughly enjoyed the Trolley ride and tour of Chocolate town.  The tour operator was retired and a former graduate of the Milton S. Hershey school. By coming  back, he shares  the wonderful experience he had.   To learn about the history of how it all started , it’s worth the time to spend an hour  in the Hershey Museum.  We spent more time than planned  in the Hershey museum; it was raining.  Perhaps we’ll come back another time to explore  Hershey Park; They are closing the museum and building a bigger one with a visitor center.  They plan to open a Ballroom like they had here years ago  as ballroom dancing has made a comeback. We had a  lunch in the Hershey hotel.   That was a delicious dessert that we shared at the Fountain room in Hershey Hotel- flourless chocolate cake and raspberry sorbet.  It tasted thick and rich like a mousse.  We did not stay there;  Since vacation was only approved one week before this trip, sadly the Hershey Hotel  was all booked.  The place we stayed at was comfortable and clean.  The included continental breakfast had mostly everthing you might want for breakfast.  On the last day,  we went to the American Antique Automobile musem.  Cars from the 1900’s through 1970’s were there; creatively displayed with period backgrounds.  It was 50’s day that day.  More 50’s cars were in the parking lot.

A word about Comments:

Hello, I’m glad you stopped by for a visit.  We’d be happy to know if you have visited  the land of chocolate, Hershey, Pa. and what you thought.

I have many more pictures , if you like , Ill add more.

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