Major Jester

Major Jester

Once an actor, always a poet, formerly a professional speaker, and previously engaged in agriculture, Major currently writes for several venues. He has a love of history and historic architecture. He has been a living historian for multiple events and has been a college guest lecturer. He also enjoys photography and the theatre.
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  • Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats on Stage at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre
    The Andrew Lloyd Webber Tony Award winning musical Cats is the first musical of this season at the Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre in Indianapolis. Cats are all over the stage until March 30, 2014 at this popular Indy venue.
  • Madison, Indiana, is Home to Beautiful 19th Century Architecture
    Madison, Indiana is known literally nationwide by numerous architectural historians and preservationists. Rarely can one find a 133 block area which boasts 1500 historically significant residential, commercial and industrial structures.
  • Fair Harbor RV Park Is One of the Best RV Campgrounds in Georgia
    The Fair Harbor RV Park at Perry, Georgia is one of the best in the state. Clean, safe and filled with every feature required for a great RV camping experience this park will satisfy the most particular RV traveler. Don't miss this great park.
  • Five Tips for Controlling RV Load Weights
    Traveling in your RV either part time or full time can be made more affordable if you use these top five tips for controlling RV loading. Reducing fuel consumption by reducing weight is the best way to control RV travel costs.
  • Madcap Comedy Lend Me a Tenor at Indy's Beef and Boards
    The 2014 season at the Indianapolis Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre begins with the madcap hysterical comedy Lend Me a Tenor. Penned by Ken Ludwig this is in its 25th year of production and is stage comedy at its best.
  • A Beef & Boards Christmas Brings Holiday Cheer
    As the 40th Anniversary Season of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre comes to a close a long time Indy tradition is once again on stage. A Beef & Boards Christmas once again offers a chance to get into the Christmas spirit.
  • 'Father of the Bride' at Indy's Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre
    There was no need for Steve Martin at the Indianapolis Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre production of the "Father of the Bride." Jeff Stockberger in the starring role brought a performance that was both animated and hilarious.
  • Live the History of Flight in This Seattle Museum
    A few miles south of downtown Seattle travelers will find the Museum of Flight. Located at Boeing Field, this museum houses some of the earliest work of the pioneers of flight. Also displayed are vintage WWII and WWI combat aircraft, and Air Force One.
  • The Seattle Aquarium Brings the Sea to You
    The Seattle Aquarium provides visitors with unique opportunities to interact directly with various sea creatures. Pet starfish and anemones, watch a giant Pacific octopus being fed and watch harbor seals at play. This is a City Pass attraction.
  • Dream Jobs on a Whale Watching Cruise Ship
    Three members of the Island Caper have dream jobs. The Island Mariner Cruises have been whale watching for over 50 years. The Captain and the two naturalists and historians get to do what they love daily in gorgeous surroundings.
  • The Wildlife of Island Mariner Cruises Whale Watching Tours
    Bellingham, Washington is home port to Island Mariner Whale Watching cruises. The Island Caper offers views of many species of wildlife. Often seen are Orca Killer Whales, harbor seals, Steller sea lions, Minke whales, bald eagles and many sea birds.
  • A Whale of an Adventure
    Seeing Orca Killer Whales in the wild is thrilling experience. Whale watching on board the Island Caper out of Bellingham, Washington is an extraordinary adventure. Island Mariner Cruises are the best way to see whales and many other species of wildlife.
  • Cruise Seattle Harbor with Argosy
    Views of the Space Needle, Seattle Mariners Safeco Field, and the Cascade and Olympic Mountains are just a portion of the sites you see on the Argosy Seattle Harbor Cruise. The one hour narrated cruise is a must for Seattle visitors.
  • Smoke on the Mountain Returns to Indy Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre
    Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre in Indianapolis presents a favorite bluegrass musical comedy opening July 5, 2013. Smoke on the Mountain is the story of a Gospel Sing at a country church in North Carolina's Smoky Mountains in 1938.
  • The Comedy Barn in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
    Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is home to a multitude of tourist attractions. The Comedy Barn is one of the most popular. This show is packed with family safe comedy. Magicians, dancers, bluegrass music and comedians fill your evening with laughs.
  • Hatfield and McCoys Dinner Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
    Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is home to many, many attractions suitable for family entertainment. One of those attractions is the Hatfields and McCoys Dinner Theater. Themed on the famous family feud, this show is a great family fun value.
  • The Sound of Music at Indianapolis Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre
    Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre in Indianapolis is presenting the family show The Sound of Music. The beloved Rogers & Hammerstein musical features classic tunes like Do-Re-Mi, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, and So Long, Farewell.
  • The Sevierville, Tennessee Riverside RV Park & Resort is Delightful
    Riverside RV Park is in Sevierville, Tennessee, the hometown of Dolly Parton. A few minutes from Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, this RV Park is a great home base for a few days vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.
  • Kentucky’s Big Bone Lick State Park is Home to Ancient Mammoths
    Big Bone Lick State Park in Union, Kentucky is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites and as a National Natural Landmark. It is the site of hundreds of fossil remains of mammoths, mastodons and other Pleistocene animals.
  • Indy’s Beef & Boards’ 9 to 5 the Musical is Outstanding Entertainment
    Indianapolis Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre continues the 40th Anniversary 2013 season with a foot stomping musical comedy 9 to 5 The Musical with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. This Music Theatre International licensed show is based on the 1980 hit film
  • Obama's Executive Orders Prompt Huge Turnout at Indy 1500 Gun Show
    The Indy 1500 Gun and Knife Show is one of the largest in the Midwest. The January 2013 show drew huge crowds of gun enthusiasts fearful of new strict gun controls including a new assault weapons ban. Obama's call for a new AWB reinforces that fear.
  • Indy’s Beef & Boards’ Arsenic and Old Lace is Hilarious
    Indianapolis Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre opens the 40th Anniversary 2013 season with a classic comedy, Arsenic and Old Lace. Written by playwright Joseph Kesselring in 1939 and made popular by the 1944 film starring Cary Grant, this play is a must see.
  • Photos: Central Indiana Blizzard Keeps Family at Home
    Indiana was hit with a surprise blizzard on the day after Christmas. Shelbyville was in the path of the heaviest snow. Our family was effectively snowed in with all roads and streets snow covered. Leftovers, games and blizzard watching kept us busy.
  • Fear of New Gun Control Laws Prompts Runs on Guns and Ammo
    The horrific shooting at the Newtown Sandy Hook School has resulted in calls for more gun control laws. Many fear that laws will restrict the ability to buy Bushmaster style AR15 rifles and ammo. Gun stores are reporting runs on guns and ammo.
  • Ten Most Silly College Football Bowl Game Names
    College football bowl games used to have simple names like the Orange Bowl, Cotton Bowl and of course the Rose Bowl. We are now blessed with a series of ridiculous and funny names for many of the bowl games, thanks to corporate sponsorship.
  • Last Minute Gift Ideas for a Firearms Enthusiast
    Last minute gift buying can be stressful. This article provides some great ideas for gifts for you favorite firearms enthusiast. These ideas are sure to please any gun owner.
  • Top Five Bowl Game Day Appetizer and Snack Recipes
    College Football Bowl Game days are rapidly approaching. These top five appetizer and snack recipes are easy to prepare and will be sure to please your college sport fan guests. Whether you fix one or all five, your guests won’t leave hungry.
  • Beef & Boards Christmas 2012 Marks the 20th Anniversary
    Indianapolis Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre treats patrons to a Christmas variety show with both song and dance. A Beef & Boards Christmas 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of this annual event in the popular venue on the northwest side of Indy.
  • Election Day at Precincts 3 South and 3 West in Shelbyville, Indiana
    Finally, Election Day arrived in Shelbyville, Indiana. Midday it was time to head to the polling place for Precincts 3 South and 3 West which was located in the Blue River Career Center and Shelbyville Central Schools Administration and bus building.
  • Video Diary: The 2012 Election and the Supreme Court
    Whoever wins the presidential election in 2012 will most likely be responsible for at least two if not more nominations for the US Supreme Court. Even though grossly ignored by the media, Supreme Court appointments can dictate our country's future.
  • Photos: Romney Signs Dominate This Small Town Indiana
    While driving around Shelbyville, Indiana, one sees no Obama/Biden yard signs and a few Romney/Ryan signs displayed. Local election races dominate yard signs for Election 2012 in this central Indiana community.
  • Indiana State Officials Warn Against Complacency with Lower Temperatures
    The Indiana Department of Homeland Security today released warnings to Hoosiers to not be lulled into a state of complacency by the now cooler statewide temperatures. Heat related illness is still a viable threat to anyone doing outdoor activities.
  • The Wizard of Oz at Beef & Boards Will Delight Families
    Beef and Boards present a family friendly production of L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz running through July 15, 2012. The Indianapolis theater offers a buffet with kid and adult fare. Enjoy seeing Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion live onstage.
  • Indy's Beef and Boards Outstanding Production of the Music Man Now Showing
    Beef and Boards Dinner Theater in Indianapolis has outdone itself once again with the current running of the American musical comedy classic The Music Man. The show runs through May 25, 2012 at the popular north side venue.
  • 2012 Indiana Flower and Patio Show
    The 2012 Indiana Flower and Patio Show runs through Sunday, March 18 at the West Pavilion and Expo Hall of the Indiana State Fairgrounds. This is the 54th year for the show, one of the longest running shows of its kind in the country.
  • Indianapolis Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre Presents Legally Blonde, the Musical
    Based on the MGM motion picture starring Reese Witherspoon, the Broadway production Legally Blonde, The Musical is now on stage at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre in Indianapolis. Nominated for seven Tony Awards, the production runs through April 6, 2012.
  • Super Bowl Village from the Local Media Broadcast Platform
    Super Bowl Village in Indianapolis provides food, music and fun for visitors and fans the week before Super Bowl XLVI. this view is from the local TV media's broadcast platform. Lucas Oil Stadium is visible in the background at the beginning of the clip.
  • Super Bowl Village in Indianapolis Offers a Thrilling Zipline Ride
    Super Bowl Village in Indianapolis is correctly described as a thrilling and entertaining adventure. Open for the week leading up to Super Bowl XLVI, the village features an 800 foot long Zipline ride. For only $10 one can be a daredevil for 30 seconds.
  • Indy Beef & Boards Opens Its 39th Season with the Dixie Swim Club
    Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre in Indianapolis opens the 39th season with the poignant comedy The Dixie Swim Club. This production brings the decades spanning story of a former high school swimming team as the women return each year for a weekend reunion.
  • Pinocchio Comes to Beef & Boards Fall Children's Matinee
    Pinocchio is the famous tale of a wooden puppet who yearns to be a real boy. Audiences young and old will be enchanted in a one-hour musical adaptation at Indy Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, on stage Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 21 through Nov. 19.
  • Indy Beef & Boards Presents It’s a Wonderful Life, the Musical
    Indianapolis Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre presents the classic It’s A Wonderful Life in a stage adaptation of the famous Frank Capra film. Tickets include Chef Odell Ward’s dinner buffet. This Indy dinner theater production runs through November 20th.
  • Paine Field Utilized by Boeing's Everett Plant
    Paine Field at Everett, Washington is adjacent to Boeing's huge production facility. Paine Field is the scene of test flights of new aircraft and shakedown test flights for the new Boeing 787 aircraft in preparation for delivery to customers.
  • Nature's Glory in the Mountains of the Cascade Range
    Drive into the Cascade Range of Washington State and be treated to nature's most beautiful scenery. Photographs can not do justice to the National Forest, however these images may give the viewer and idea of the majesty of this magnificent area.
  • Mountain Streams in the Cascade Range of Washington State
    The Cascade Range in Washington State is a true national treasure. Well maintained roads offer visitors an easy way to view mountain streams up close and personal. National Forests and other areas are about two hours east of Seattle.
  • Seattle's Skyline Seen at Night from Puget Sound
    Seattle’s skyline at night displays a plethora of lights. Viewed from the Argosy cruise ship the moonlight played across the waters of Puget Sound, adding to the beauty of the return trip from Blake Island.
  • Tillicum Village Salmon Bake and Native American Dancing on Blake Island
    Forty five minutes by boat from Seattle is Blake Island, home to Tillicum Village. The island is a state park that hosts a salmon bake and Native American based dance show. The village is the home of the Coast Salish Native American Tribes.
  • Seattle's Space Needle Provides Striking Views of the City
    The Space Needle is the symbol of Seattle. Constructed for the 1962 World's Fair, the 605 feet tower still thrills visitors from around the world. The revolving restaurant serves gourmet meals as it makes a complete revolution every 47 minutes.
  • Big 4 Mountain in Mt. Baker National Forest in Washington State
    Big 4 Mountain, named for a snow pack that resembled the number 4, is in the Mt. Baker National Forest in the Cascade range of Washington State. Formerly the site of a large resort hotel, this rugged area once was served by a railroad.
  • The Beauty of Mt. Baker National Forest in the Cascade Range
    Drive two hours east from Seattle, Washington to the Mt. Baker National Forest and be prepared for magnificent natural beauty. The roads in the forest are well maintained and provide stunning vistas of the Cascade mountain range.
  • 10 Years Since 9/11 Have Brought Continued Concern
    Attitudes of many have changed since 9/11. Could the attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and the crash in the field in Pennsylvania be repeated? This gives the author pause, and brings some degree of fear for family to the mind.
  • The Carousel Ride
    At the Merry-Go-Round Museum in Sandusky, Ohio you have the chance to ride a carousel completely restored to its original grandeur. The band organ plays, the animals are beautiful to see, and gives an opportunity to relive the days of county fair rides.
  • Seniors on the Road to Lake Erie with RV in Tow
    Lake Erie was our destination for a trip in our RV travel trailer. The area around Sandusky, Ohio offers many tourist attractions suitable for senior travel. We found a Good Sam Club campground close to museums and lake activities.
  • A Light in the Harbor 2011 in Sandusky, Ohio
    Sandusky, Ohio proudly displays a series of six feet tall lighthouses throughout the town and surrounding areas. Each lighthouse is painted in a different theme by different artists. Known as 'œA Light in the Harbor 2011' the collection is fun to see.
  • The NPS Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial on Lake Erie
    Put In Bay, Ohio is on an island in Lake Erie. A popular recreational destination, it is the site of the NPS Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial. It honors those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812.
  • Senior's Second Stop at an RV Campground and Still Learning
    My wife and I enjoyed our second outing in our new RV camping trailer at a Good Sam Club campground. As seniors just starting our RV adventures, we appreciated the help we received from the owner. I also learned a thing or two about full hook up sites.
  • A Senior's Road to RV Ownership
    RV camping is a very popular activity. Joining the ranks of seniors traveling across the country led us to pick a small hybrid travel trailer RV as our method. Coupled with a Ford Flex tow vehicle, the Starcraft AR-ONE coach became our trailer of choice.
  • Hot Heated Haiku
    Extreme heat warnings cover thirty six states. One thousand weather records have already been set. One hundred and fifty million people are subject to this onslaught. Here is a haiku with a hint of relief.
  • Our First Night Camping in Our New RV Travel Trailer, a Starcraft AR-One
    We finally bought a travel trailer. To have our own RV was exciting, and our first weekend camping was interesting, to say the least. There is a lot for the first timer to learn.
  • An Indiana Veterinarian Specializes in the Treatment of Horses
    East River Equine Hospital near Richmond, Indiana, provides veterinary care for horses only. Veterinary medicine is trending towards species specialization. This high tech facility is a prime example of where vet care in the future is headed.
  • Scenes from Naples, Florida Vanderbilt Beach
    Traveling to Naples Florida as a destination results in enjoying some of the most relaxing and beautiful beaches in the country. Vanderbilt Beach in July is hot, but in no means crowded.
  • A Short History of Fireworks
    The history of fireworks dates back to roughly 200 AD. The Chinese are often credited with the invention of fireworks. However, the birth of firecrackers may surprise you.
  • Consumer Fireworks for Kids: Part Three of a Series
    Getting ready for the 4th of July? Here is some information about different types of consumer fireworks that are favorites of the kids.
  • Consumer Fireworks Come in Many Styles: Part Two
    Getting ready for the 4th of July? Here is some information about different types of consumer fireworks that are available in some areas for personal use.
  • Consumer Fireworks Come in Many Styles: Part One
    Getting ready for the 4th of July? Here is some information about different types of consumer fireworks that are available in some areas for personal use.
  • Indy Beef & Boards Cinderella Features Male Wicked Stepsisters
    Indianapolis Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre puts on the musical Cinderella for its 2011 family show. Two male actors play the parts of the wicked stepsisters, bringing unforgettable character development to the stage. Rodgers and Hammerstein would laugh.
  • Beef & Boards 2011 Family Show is Rodgers and Hammerstein's Classic Cinderella
    Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic Cinderella is presented as the 2011 family show at Indianapolis Beef & Boards. Complete with wicked stepsisters and a Fairy Godmother this musical retells the story of the waif who wins the heart of her Prince Charming.
  • This Chef Cooks for 400 at Indianapolis Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre
    Cooking for the family at Thanksgiving is nothing compared to Chef Odell Ward preparing for 400 guests each and every night at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre in Indianapolis. A tiny staff and small kitchen require meticulous culinary choreography.
  • The Naval Aviation Monument at Virginia Beach
    Striking sculptures of naval aviators through the years highlight the Naval Aviation Monument Park located on the oceanfront at Virginia Beach. The history of U.S. aircraft carriers and the men and women who have served are presented with honor and grace.
  • The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia
    When visiting Virginia Beach take a break from the sights of the beach and go see the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center. This site has an IMAX Theater, huge aquarium tanks filled with sea life, Komodo dragons and the chance to pet a sting ray.
  • "Annie Get Your Gun" At Beef & Boards
    The Indianapolis Beef & Boards springtime offering is the classic "Annie Get Your Gun" with music and lyrics by the legendary Irving Berlin. This dinner theater production is filled familiar songs, plenty of action, and of course the girl gets her man.
  • 150 Years Ago, a Civil War Time Line for Lincoln's Inaugural Address
    Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated the 16th President of the United States on March 4, 1861. His inaugural address left no doubt about Lincoln's views of slavery and the succession of southern states. The start of the American Civil War soon followed.
  • 150 Years Ago, a Time Line for Loading a Civil War Rifled Musket
    The Springfield .58 caliber rifled musket was the primary weapon of both Union and Confederate forces in the Civil War. This long arm was loaded in a series of steps described here that resulted in the firing of the deadly minie ball projectile.
  • Neighborhood Activity Proves Spring is Here
    On this the start of spring, many in the neighborhood begin to prepare their yards, gardens and landscapes. This poetry highlights some of this activity.
  • A Rockhound's Haiku
    The study of geology is to this writer fascinating. This haiku about rocks came about from a friendly prompt from a fellow writer.
  • NCAA March Madness Haiku
    Many celebrate the college basketball tournaments held each March. Tagged March Madness by many, sports "experts" seem to come out of the woodwork for this annual NCAA event. Enjoy this haiku about this spring ritual.
  • The 53rd Annual Indiana Flower and Patio Show
    The 53rd Annual Indiana Flower and Patio Show is held once again at the Indiana State Fairgrounds from March 12 '" 20. Forty one extravagant showcase and exhibitor gardens have been built inside with each themed around a local neighborhood or nearby town.
  • The Massive King Neptune Sculpture on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk
    Virginia Beach, Virginia held its first King Neptune Festival in September, 1974. The annual celebration draws thousands of local residents and visitors. In 2005 the massive sculpture of Neptune was dedicated. Paul DiPasquale is the sculptor.
  • 150 Years Ago, a Civil War Time Line of a Weapon that Changed the Battlefield
    The Springfield rifled musket loaded with a .58 caliber Minie ball was accurate to ranges well beyond to older smooth bore military muskets. The Civil War proved that military tactics need to be adapted to the weaponry available.
  • 150 Years Ago, Jefferson Davis Civil War Timeline
    Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederate States during the American Civil War, had an illustrious military career starting at West Point. He was an eloquent orator, and served Mississippi with distinction in the U.S. Senate until 1861.
  • Indiana University Memorial Stadium and USS Indiana (BB-58)
    Indiana University Memorial Stadium opened in 1960. The USS Indiana (BB-58) was commissioned in 1942 and served with valor in the Pacific during WWII. Priceless artifacts from the battleship are permanently displayed at the stadium to honor veterans.
  • The Voice of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Tom Carnegie Dead at Age 91
    Tom Carnegie, the iconic voice of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, died at age 91 at his home. Carnegie was the announcer for the Indy 500 from 1946 to 2006. He is best known for his pronouncement of "It's a new track record!"
  • Frost Quakes Hit Indiana, Ohio
    A cryoseism, or frost quake, is a rare natural geologic phenomenon that results in sound and ground shaking similar to an earthquake. Usually reported in Maine, New York and Michigan, Indiana and Ohio have recently reported winter frost quakes.
  • Black History Month Celebrated with "Hairspray" at Beef & Boards
    Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre production of "Hairspray" tackles integration issues in 1962 Baltimore. Running during Black History month the show features the poignant and humorous struggle of a group of teens trying to integrate a teen dance TV show.
  • Tony Award Winning Musical "Hairspray" at Beef & Boards
    Indy's Beef & Boards continues its 38th season with Hairspray, a Tony Award winning musical comedy. Set in 1960's Baltimore, Hairspray has great music, dance and unforgettable characters. Racial integration becomes a secondary plot as well.
  • Robins in an Ice Storm
    An ice storm hit central Indiana on the night of February 1st. A flock of robins appeared the next morning, grouping under a tree. Here are photographs of those robins.
  • February Ice Storm Hits Midwest
    An overnight ice storm rambled through the country on February 1st. This was the first round of storms to cross the nation. It also provided the opportunity to take some interesting photographs.
  • 150 Years Ago, a Civil War Timeline
    The American Civil War began 150 years ago. South Carolina seceded from the Union on December 20, 1860. More southern states soon followed as this time line shows. Lincoln was elected in November, 1860, but Jefferson Davis was inaugurated before Lincoln.
  • Green Think City Electric Cars Used in Indiana
    THINK delivered 17, green energy, all electric cars to electric utility companies in Indiana. Duke Energy and Indianapolis Power and Light took delivery of the vehicles manufactured in Elkhart, Indiana. The zero emission cars have a 100 mile range.
  • Indianapolis Super Bowl 2012
    Indianapolis is hosting the Super Bowl in 2012. Lucas Oil Stadium, home to the Indianapolis Colts NFL team and the whole city is already making plans for this event. This verse in haiku discusses same.
  • Buck Creek Winery in southeast Indianapolis
    Buck Creek Winery is a member of the Indy Wine Trail group of wineries. This great Indiana winery offers wine tasting and a store with 34 varieties of award winning wines from its vineyards. A trip to Buck Creek is well worth the time.
  • Buck Creek Winery Will Delight Your Palette
    Buck Creek Winery in southeastern Indianapolis is a member of the Indy Wine Trail group of wineries. This Indiana winery offers wine tasting and a store with 34 varieties of award winning wines from its vineyards. Travel to this winery is easy.
  • The Illustrious History of Indiana's West Baden Springs Hotel
    The West Baden Springs Hotel originally built in 1902 and called the Eighth Wonder of the World is back to its original glory. Once a playground for gangsters, later owned by Jesuits, it was even a college for a time. Now restored, it again shines.
  • Free Admission at Conner Prairie Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
    Among the events honoring the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday is a free public event at Conner Prairie, located near Indianapolis. Many activities blending history and current events are scheduled on Conner Prairie's annual community day.
  • Indy Wine Trail and Chocolate for Valentines' Weekend
    The Indy Wine Trail is an organization of seven different wineries in or near the metropolitan Indianapolis area. The Chocolate Lover's Wine Trail event is scheduled for February 12-13, 2011. Taste wine and chocolate for Valentines' this year.
  • The Singletree in the Snowstorm
    Photographs taken in a recent snowstorm resulted in one particular shot of a singletree hanging on our fence. For some reason, I started to think about that antique portion of a horse drawn harness rigging.
  • Obama Calls for Moment of Silence in the Wake of Giffords Shooting
    After the tragic shootings in Arizona, President Obama has called for a nationwide moment of silence. Six people died, including 9 year old Christina Taylor Green and U.S. District Judge John Roll. US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was critically injured.
  • County Courthouses, the Center of Many Southern Indiana Towns
    Travel in southern Indiana may take you to scenic small town squares with magnificent court houses surrounded by historic buildings. Many styles of architecture are represented in these structures.
  • First Real Snow of 2011
    Indiana was once again covered in snow after a weak weather system cut across the state. A two inch accumulation came within a few hours.
  • Icicles
    A poem about the icicles formed on an outcropping of limestone. A photo accompanies this verse.
  • How Much Are Individual Junk 90% Silver Coins Worth?
    Junk silver refers to U.S. coins minted with 90% silver content minted before 1965. Often bought by the bag, here is a listing of the silver content value of 90% US silver coins at a silver spot price of $30.
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