Thursday, December 19, 2013

Madrigal Dinner Costume

~Cast members of the Madrigal Dinner~

I had the pleasure of attending Wright State University's 31st Annual Madrigal Dinner, and like any goodly dressmaker, I made myself a gown for the occasion.

Construction of the Gown

The Finished Gown

The Madrigal Dinner

After the festivities, Mother Nature greeted us with snowfall!

Encore! (The Madrigal Choir with Carol of the Bells)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Lights at Clifton Mill

~Picture courtesy of photographer Art Arthur~
Ooo, Jerry and I visited the light show at the historic Clifton Mill for the first time! Our initial attempt was several years ago with some friends - we ended up in a line of cars backed up on Route 343 dang near to Yellow Springs! We decided to turn around and go to dinner instead. Needless to say, Clifton Mill is one of Ohio's most popular destinations for Yule-tide cheer, and no wonder! It's dazzling!

Clifton Mill is located in Greene County, Ohio, and sits on the Little Miami River just east of Clifton Gorge in John Bryan State Park. The mill was built in 1802 by miller Owen Davis, who chose the site to take full advantage of the water power spilling from the gorge. Over the succeeding 170 years, the old mill changed owners many hands over, until 1987, when it was bought by the Satarino family and carefully restored. Today, the mill houses several small museums, including an impressive collection of more than 300 flour bags from historic mills around the United States. Clifton Mill's Christmas lights display began in 1988 with just 100,000 lights - today, more than 3.6 million lights cover the mill, its surrounding buildings, and the cliffs overlooking the Little Miami River.

The Lights of Clifton Mill


The Miniature Village 

The Santa Museum

The Toy Collection

A frozen me (and my very red nose)!

And, a wonderful musical light show on the covered bridge:

Blessings and Happy Holidays! May this Season bring you love, peace, and cheer!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

A Forgotten Post...

Earlier this year, the hubs and I visited the Cincinnati Museum Center - I drafted a post, and then forgot all about it! There is no time like the present, albeit six months belated, to share our little trip! 

Neither of us had visited the museum before, and when we rounded the corner from Western Drive to the museum entrance, Jerry and I turned to each other and simultaneously said:

"Meanwhile, at the Hall of Justice..."

In fact, the Cincinnati Museum Center was once Union Terminal Train Station, built in 1931 in the Queensgate neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio. In July 1958, Union Terminal chartered its last mainline stream train from the station and over the next 30 years the building was used for a variety venues, including a shopping mall in the late 1970s. However, in 1986, Hamilton county voters elected to save the terminal from the wrecking ball and approved a levy to transform it into a museum. After several years of renovation, the Cincinnati Museum Center opened in 1990.

But, did you know that this stunning art deco motif  building has slipped its way into American Pop Culture? Mainly recognized as the Super Friends' Hall of Justice in Metropolis, Hanna-Barbera's art director, Al Gmuer, modeled the hall on Union Terminal after his visit to Cincinnati in the late 1960s. The terminal - rather the Hall of Justice - made it's first appearance in the Justice League cartoon series on September 8, 1973. 

Also, Union Terminal inspired the look of Gotham City's Hippodrome in Batman Forever (1995), where Robin Grayson's family is killed:

We had no idea that the Cincinnati Museum Center was all that - an architectural icon and an inspiration to comic book artists, movie makers, cartoon series, etc. Indeed, after our visit, Jerry and I immediately looked up the history of the building ("Wonder Twin powers, activate!") - we were delighted to discover that the similarity between it and our beloved childhood Super Friends' Hall of Justice was not a coincidence!

While we spent several hours meandering our way through the many wonderful (and extensive!) exhibits, the real jewel of the museum is what's remaining of the original Union Terminal facade and interior - it's breathtaking!

If ever you are in the Cincinnati-Dayton area, pay the museum a visit - it's quite a magnificent affair! Blessings and happy sewing!