Saturday, November 22, 2014

Christmas in Medina, OH (11/22/2014)

Saturday, November 22, 2014
First a visit to Castle Noel in Medina, OH. This enterprise opened at this time last year to show off the collections of Mark Klaus (great name!), who was previously located in Broadview Heights, OH. Mr. Klaus is a sculptor of Christmas themed ornaments and Christmas displays, who has collected and restored memorabilia related to Christmas. Click on "Castle Noel" above for a complete tour.
Kent with Cousin Eddie's RV from the movie
"National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation"
Tamiko emptying the chemical toilet
You enter through the Blizzard Vortex
One of NYC Bloomingdale Christmas displays,
the Gummy Bear Tree from 2009
One of many displays in the
"I Had That Toyland"
There are costumes for several Christmas movies,
including Dudley Moore's elf from the movie
"Santa Claus: The Movie" in 1985
Fantastic Christmas window displays form Saks Fifth Avenue in NYC
The Re-creation Room was full of parts form Christmas window displays (KSS)
A pair of New Yorkers (KSS)
Another Bloomingdale Christmas window, also from 2009 (KSS)
The Grand Hall has movie costumes and props,
as well as Santa's Mountain and Slide at Higbee's
from the movie "A Christmas Story" (KSS)
A 2013 Bloomingdale Christmas window display
Medina had the lighting of their Christmas tree in the Public Square gazebo last night.
Medina Public Square
Medina's 1878 Firehouse
Finally we went to the John Smart House that was decorated for a Victorian Christmas, and John Smart himself and his daughter were there to greet guests.
John Smart House (1886)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Towpath Trail Part II (11/9/2014)

Sunday, November 9, 2014
We hiked the "first" section of the Towpath Trail that follows the old Ohio & Erie Canal on July 6, 2014 from Harvard Road to the Marcy Trestle. Today we started at the Canalway Center near the trestle and walked to the overpass of Route I-77.
It looks like the path is leading us to cross on the sewer line!
CSX Short Line Railroad Marcy Trestle
Looking downstream at Lock  40
Lock 40 sluice gate
Log jam (KSS)
Heron Swamp (KSS)
Beaver lodge (KSS)
Beaver-gnawed tree
Flooded boardwalk
Canalway Center squirrel

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Pensacola Oddities (11/2/2014)

Saturday, November 1, 2014
Lunch at Maguire's:
Can you believe this liverwurst sandwich? (KSS)
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Beach Ball Water Tower (2005)
The unique houses in Pensacola Beach:
Dome of a Home (2002) at 1005 Ariola Drive;
designed by Bob Bissett; available for vacation rentals
Futuro Home (1968) at 1304 Panferio Drive;
manufactured by Finnish company Oy Polykem Ab
after design by architect Matti Suuronen
Back in Pensacola:
Graffiti Bridge (1888) painted pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Former Junior's Drive Thru Funeral Home
at 609 N Alcaniz Street
(viewing window added 1986),
now the Mission Anglican Church
The deceased was displayed in an open casket in the window to allow people to drive up for the viewing. (Junior's Funeral Home was owned by Willie Junior, one of the Escambia County Commissioners who was convicted on corruption charges, but he disappeared before sentencing.)

The Chappie James Memorial Plaza:
Birthplace of Daniel "Chappie" James, Jr at 1606 MLK Drive;
the first African-American to reach the rank of a four-star general;
listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000
General James was an Air Force Pilot and Tuskegee Airman
The steps of the first African-American school in Pensacola
that was founded by General James's mother
Granite Memorial for "Chappie" James
At the corner of N Davis Highway and E Jordan Street:
Crystal Ice House (1932) at 2024 N Davis Highway;
listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983
Crystal Ice House panel illustrates
the hand signals used to indicate how much ice you want