Photo Essay: Point-to-Point Steeplechase at Winterthur Museum and Gardens

Horse drawn carriages driven by men wearing top hats; women wearing big floppy hats; antique cars; horses and hounds – it could be a set on Downton Abbey. But it’s the present day at Winterthur Museum and Gardens in Wilmington, Delaware. It’s the first Sunday in May and it’s the annual Point-to-Point steeplechase which is the annual fundraising event for the museum. Unlike the flat horse racing at the Kentucky Derby, which is also on the first Sunday of May, a steeplechase involves horse racing and jumping over barriers. Continue reading “Photo Essay: Point-to-Point Steeplechase at Winterthur Museum and Gardens”

Photo POSTCard: If only these walls could sing

Exploring the Arts in Paducah , KY – A UNESCO Creativity City – Part 5
Hotel Metropolitan in Paducah, KY
The Hotel Metropolitan in Paducah, Kentucky

This little building, now the African American Museum in Paducah, Kentucky,  isn’t interesting for the artifacts that it contains inside, but rather for the history of the people that once slept here. Before desegregation, this building, known as the Hotel Metropolitan, was home to many famous African Americans passing through town. Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday, BB King, Ray Charles, Ike and Tina Turner are some of music’s big names that stayed and played here. I can hear their jam sessions in my mind. WOW!

Thanks for visiting.

Rose

Photo Essay: What to Do With an Old Coca Cola Bottling Plant

Exploring the Arts in Paducah , KY – A UNESCO Creativity City – Part 4

What do you do with an old, vacant and run down Coca Cola bottling plant?

If it’s in Paducah, you turn it into a destination. Continue reading “Photo Essay: What to Do With an Old Coca Cola Bottling Plant”

Will the modern quilt please stand up?

Exploring the Arts in Paducah , KY – A UNESCO Creativity City – Part 3

Which of the two quilts below is from the 1930’s and which one is a modern version of the double wedding ring quilt design?

 

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Photo POSTCard : More BIG art – a Toth Sculpture in Paducah

Exploring the Arts in Paducah , KY – A UNESCO Creativity City – Part 2

Using only a hammer and chisel, artist Peter “Wolf” Toth turned a 56,000 pound red oak log into a 35 foot sculpture honoring the Chickasaw Indians who lived and hunted in the Paducah, KY region.

Toth sculpture in Paducah

The sculpture is titled “Wacinton (pronounced wat-cheen-too) and means “to have understanding”.  This sculpture is one of over 70 such statues that make up the ‘Trail of Whispering Giants”.  Toth started the project in 1972 with the goal to donate a giant wooden sculpture of a Native American to each state in the union, which he achieved in 1988.  He continues to created more statues as well as repairing the older ones.

Thanks for visiting.

Rose

Pilgrimage to Paducah – A Quilt Week Experience

Exploring the Arts in Paducah , KY – A UNESCO Creativity City – Part 1

It may seem odd that the subject of an inaugural post would be about traveling to Paducah, but to a quilter this is near to being a pilgrimage to Mecca.  I visited Paducah for my first Quilt Week experience this spring, and found lots of creativity besides just the quilting kind.

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