Written by CarolinaPanthers1983 on 02 Jan, 2010
It was a cold day. It was so cold that ice was forming from every breath that I was taking. My hands going numb from the cold air. My feet feeling pain as I kept walking in the cold. All this for the chance to…Read More
It was a cold day. It was so cold that ice was forming from every breath that I was taking. My hands going numb from the cold air. My feet feeling pain as I kept walking in the cold. All this for the chance to watch my Carolina Panthers play in the great Bank of America Stadium.If you haven't noticed, my user name for IgoUgo is CarolinaPanthers1983. I have always been Carolina Panthers' fan since the team came to the Carolinas in 1994. I am a die-hard fan that bleeds the Panthers' colors. To be able to visit this stadium as much as possible is a goal that I have every season. Whether my team has a record of 0-16 or 16-0, I try my best to visit this stadium as best I can. I was very fortunate to watch my Panthers play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. First QuarterKickoff begins with my Panthers receiving the ball. Matt Moore comes in as quarterback for my Panthers. He throws the ball to different receivers until he gets my team down to the red zone. He hands off to the dominate Jonathan Stewart running in for the first touchdown of the game. The crowds erupts as Jonathan Stewart runs in for this touchdown. If you were a Buccaneer fan that day, you were definitely getting trashed talked by the many hordes of Panthers fans.Tampa Bay gets the ball only to have it intercepted by the Panthers' hungry defense. Once again, the crowds erupts in excitement as the inceptions happens. My Panthers turn this into a three-point field goal. Score Panthers-10, Bucs- 0 End of first quarter.Second QuarterOnce this quartered started, Panthers' fan were hungry for more. They were hungry for a victory. The victory was only three quarter to go; however, the Bucs would not go away. They managed to get an interception while making two field goals. Score Panthers-10, Bucs- 6. End of second quarter.Third QuarterThis quarter involved the Panthers' defense. Panthers' offense managed to get a three-point field goal; however, it would be the defense that would save my team in the quarter. Bucs' quarterback would throw ANOTHER interception. The entire stadium would yell like a 30-feet tidal wave was going to fall on the stadium. Score Panthers- 13, Bucs- 6. End of third quarter.Fourth QuarterThe final quarter that would determine if my Panthers would win or lose. With the Panthers' defense clamping down on the Bucs' offense, time was getting closer to zero. The Panthers' defense would not lift their feet off the accelorator. Panthers' linebacker Jon Beason would come up with a critical interception. That interception would become another three-point field goal. That field-goal would help seal the game as the Panthers' defense would get another interception from the Bucs' quarterback. Score Panthers- 16, Bucs- 6. End of Game.It was awesome seeing my team win this game. For me, watching my football team win is heaven to me that I could watch over an over again. The stadium is amazing with an amazing fan base. It is these reasons that I am a proud Panthers' fan. Close
Written by CarolinaPanthers1983 on 01 Jan, 2010
I remember when I was a little kid living in Charlotte, NC that I would take school trips to Discovery Place. I remember the weird yet exciting science displays that would allow my imagination to run wild. By coming to this museum, I would learn…Read More
I remember when I was a little kid living in Charlotte, NC that I would take school trips to Discovery Place. I remember the weird yet exciting science displays that would allow my imagination to run wild. By coming to this museum, I would learn so much about the science world. From Physics to Biology, this museum had it all for me to enjoy. I would come back to this museum, but this time as an adult with my two daughters.We're Sorry, But We Are Remodeling-When we got to the museum, the museum was getting remodeled. Since the museum was getting remodeled, a lot of the museum was closed down. In order to attract people to the museum while remodeling, Discovery Place was giving huge discounts. With these discounts in mind, we decided to get tickets to see the museum but also brought some tickets to see an IMAX movie, which will be talked about later in this story.Third Floor- Let Your Inner Kid Out-After we got our tickets, my family decided to go to the third floor of the museum. This was what I like to call "The Kid's Zone". This place had a lot of Physics displays. The area was crowded with many other families, but we managed to check out some of the displays. Displays such as how to build an engine. The one thing my daughter and me wanted to do was to build. We found these toy blocks to build. My daughter and I decided to build the biggest house the museum had ever seen.We kept building and building until my daughter decided to stop building because she wanted to move on to something else. My daughter was running around the museum like a crazy bat from the sky. Playing and running around the museum like she owned the museum herself.Odyssey's Shipwreck-The second floor contain the main exhibit for the entire museum. The Odyssey was a deep-sea exploration ship that was used to find to find the SS Republic, a Civil War ear ship, in 2003. Thanks to the technology, the archaeologists were able to not only find the ship itself but many other lost treasures. The coolest thing about this exhibit was the hurricane tubes. These tubes allow you to experience what it is like to be in a hurricane. If you ever get the opportunity to experience this, do it.IMAX Movie-After finishing with the Shipwreck exhibit, we decided to watch our IMAX movie. The movie we decided to watch was Under The Sea. This movie was narrated by Jim Carey. I found that it was very ironic that Jim Carey would do a nature documentary, but I managed to move pass that fact. The IMAX is must when you come to Discovery Place. The screen is all over the theater, so any seat is a good seat. If you decide to watch Under The Sea, be prepared to learn a lot about cuddle fishes. These fishes are the main stars in this movie for some odd reason. I even thought that the movie should be called In the Life of Cuddle Fishes. In The End-Once the movie was done, my older daughter started to act badly. Once she started acted like that, it was time for my family to leave the museum. It was sad because even though the museum was being remodeled, there was so much more to see. Oh well, I shall come back another day, with a calmer child. Close
Written by vampirefan on 03 Sep, 2008
Concert venues While there isn’t a lot of confusion when it comes to concert venues, I have know a couple of people in the summer months to show up at Verizon wireless thinking since it was warm the show would be outside only to…Read More
Concert venues While there isn’t a lot of confusion when it comes to concert venues, I have know a couple of people in the summer months to show up at Verizon wireless thinking since it was warm the show would be outside only to find they should be 20 minutes away at the Bobcats arena. I have also an alternative name listed in parentheses as that is what it may be known to other people since these places often change names. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (Blockbuster Pavilion ) From about March until around October, concert fans can enjoy the sounds of their favorite performers under the Carolina skies at Verizon Wireless and some still know it as its former name Blockbuster Pavilion. The venue is a combination of canopy covered seats as well as an open lawn where around 19, 500 fans can bake out on a blanket or their favorite lawn chair. The covered area is reserved seating and lawn seat is general admission and you can get these seats for as little as $20 pp. They have some seating that is part of lawn seating where you can actually see better than the back reserved seats. They have had some great shows over the years here and I have seen such great acts like Tina Turner, The Beach Boys, Boston, Elton John, Anita Baker, and one combo of Chicago, Earth, Wind, Fire, and Kool and The Gang. Parking The venue does have its own parking and parking is included in the price of your ticket. You can purchase VIP parking passes which will get you close to the building. Just make sure you don’t park at the nearby movie theater or you may come back out to find your car gone. Dining options As far as walking distance, there is nothing nearby. The closest restruants are only fast food places. But you’re close to the university area as well as the Concord Mills area. Here you will find tons of dining options from local favorites, all the favorite fast food places, and everyone favorite chains. http://www.livenation.com/venue/getVenue/venueId/115What your ticket will say: Verizon Wireless 707 Pavilion Blvd. Time Warner Cable Arena (Bobcats arena) Quite frankly I can’t think of anyone who calls this anything other than Bobcats arena or snidely as the Uptown arena given Charlottes penance for coliseums. Now I have a whole dissertation on Charlotte and its sports arenas. Three years ago the Bobcats area was built to replace the new coliseum that was less than 20 years old. At the time we had the Charlotte Hornets (now New Orleans has them) and the powers to be were greedy and wanted a coliseum with more VIP boxes and hence we got the Bobcats arena. This is home to the team, the Charlotte Checkers, and often concerts. The venue accommodates up to around 18,200 music lovers. Now I have no idea when they built this place they didn’t build it bigger to have a bigger place for concerts. Despite Charlotte’s size, it is often overlooked as a concert arena for bigger shows. Bigger performers often overlook Charlotte for the Greensboro Coliseum (23,000) and The RBC Center in Raleigh (19,500). And the really big shows go to Atlanta (like Tina Turner). But hey when it comes to Broadway we still get the big shows! www.timewarnercablearena.com Parking . There is parking at the arena and next door at the Bank of American parking lot as well as numerous places though the uptown area and it is near the light rail station as well. Now I have never seen a concert here, but when we get tickets to the Checkers we are able to pre pay for parking. Dining options This is in the uptown Charlotte so dining options abound from every taste and to fit ever budget. Just see my Blumenthal entry for information. What your ticket should say: Time Warner Cable Arena 333 E. Trade St. So there you go. Next time you’re going to a show just look at your ticket before you head out. It will save you from missing part of your favorite show. Close
Ok now you have tickets for the big show, but now where do I have to be at? Now you may wonder why wouldn’t you know where to go. But it isn’t as easy at that. Especially when it comes to the performing arts center.…Read More
Ok now you have tickets for the big show, but now where do I have to be at? Now you may wonder why wouldn’t you know where to go. But it isn’t as easy at that. Especially when it comes to the performing arts center. So to help you with the confusion here is a guide to the venues. The performing arts This is where most of the confusion comes in. I know more than one person who has arrived at 7:55 for an 8:00 Broadway show only to discover the show was at Ovens Auditorium which is about 20 minutes away. The reason is most of the shows are held at Blumenthal so most people assume they all are. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center In November 1992, after 3 years of construction, Charlotte finally had a state of the art performing arts center with Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. The center is home of the Stanford Lights Broadway series and is where most of the shows are performed. In addition the center is home to the Charlotte Symphony, Opera Carolina, NC Dance Theater, Carolina Voices, Carolina Concert Association, ArtsTech, Light Factory, and Community School of the Arts. The main theater here is the Belk Theater. The theater holds 2,100 patrons I love this place because they have those delightful box seats which make it easy to quickly pop in and out during a show. The show is set up in a horse shoe configuration for optimal acoustics. The seats in the back are still only 135 feet from the stage. The center also includes Booth Playhouse which seats 434 people and the Stage Door which seats 100. The center has 2 levels with bathrooms and concessions on each level. Belk Theater also now allows patrons to enjoy their beverages in their sets and they have where you can order and pay for your drink before the show and then pick it up during intermission. Parking There are numerous PAID parking lots in the downtown area. The most commonly used is the Bank of America parking deck across from the theater. At one time there was a walkway from the parking deck to the building. Currently the deck is undergoing major construction and at some point the walkway will be available again. There are also numerous other parking lot in the area and parking meters on the street. Charlotte has recently started use of their light rail system. Many people like to park at Seventh Street Station which also has restruants and then take the light rail which lets off near the theater. For more information on that go to http://www.charmeck.org/Departments/CATS/About+Us/home.htm.You can pre pay for parking when you purchase your tickets when you purchase your ticket and it includes parking at the Bank of America Parking and several others. Dining options . For a nice time out before the show , Charlotte offers plenty of dining options. Restruants within walking distance include the Buckhead Saloon, Fuel Pizza, Aquivina, Sonoma, RiRa Irish Pub, Mimosa Grill, and Brixx Pizza. And if you want to leave the work to someone else, well you can also purchase dinner packages when you purchase your tickets as well. What your tickets should say if you’re going here: Belk Theater 130 N Tyron. Now most of the shows these season perform at Belk except Legally Blond the musical and RENT. This year there are some great shows coming including Chicago, Mama Mia, Riverdance, The Color Purple, Burn the Floor, and Phantom of the Opera . For more information go to www.blumenthalcenter.org. Ovens Auditorium There is nothing that upsets people more than when they look and see they have to go to Ovens Auditorium to see a show. It’s a combination of the location, the parking, and for me the fact it doesn’t have my box seats. I like being able to move out quietly when the ladies room comes calling. The theater is over 40 years old and has recently been renovated. But unlike a lot of other theaters that have been restored to their former glory, there is just nothing spectacular about this place. The theater isn’t glamorous and just basic. The building can accommodate over 2,400 theater goes. Which is why it is often used instead of the Belk Theater. It holds 385 more people allowing even more fans to see their favorite show. So when shows such as Wicked or next year with Legally Blond are expected to sell out, they use Ovens to have more room. I was also told by one art center employee that Ovens has a bigger stage and shows like Wicked with massive stages could not fit into Blumenthal. That one I have my doubts about. While I don’t know the exact specs of either The Lion King or Wicked , I would certainly think The Lion King stage was as big or bigger than Wicked . The only good thing about the place is the way the floor rises. Even when you have seats at the back of the floor you can still see the stage without any problems. Parking Ovens does have its own paid parking lot. Part of the problem is there are only two entrances to leave from and it empties out a major road in Charlotte. Heaven forbid there also happens to be something going on next door at Cricket Arena and/or The Merchandise Center all which share the same parking lot. Just like at Blumenthal you can pre pay for parking when you purchase your ticket. Dining options . Again with the location. Ovens’ is located on Independence Blvd with not much around. Since Valentino’s left years ago about the only thing close by is a Denny’s. There is an Olive Garden not to far from the building, but since it about the only place around to eat there is always a very long wait. There are some places near Eastland Mall. Over the years though this place has just continued to decline and I wouldn’t recommend the area after dark. You can purchase dinner packages with the Ovens shows, but they will be downtown. There is plenty of food to be found uptown, further down on Independence, or off Albemarle Rd. If you’re going to eat before the show just make sure to leave out in plenty of time. www.blumenthalcenter.orgwww.ovensauditorium.com Your ticket should say: Ovens Auditorium 2700 E. Independent Blvd. Spirit Square Now some smaller shows will perform at Spirit Square. This is where I saw Idina Menzel and in the past shows such as Rockapella and flamenco dancers and where I saw renowned author and criminal profiler, John Douglas, speak. This center actually started life in 1909 as the First Baptist Church. In the 1970 the congregation moved to another church but wanted the historical building to remain. Amazingly enough Charlotte didn’t bulldoze it and instead in 1976 turned it into arts center. In 1997 it became part of Blumenthal. The McGlohen Theater holds 716 theater goers. This is part of the original church and the theater once served as the sanctuary. The incredibly beautiful stained glass windows have been left in tact and add to the beauty of this unique venue. Now in additional to the beauty another great thing is with less than a thousand people it is a more intimate experience. When you have someone like Idina who sits down to talk with her audience it really does allow the performer and their audience to connect. Also there is not a bad seat in the house. Also part of Spirit Square is the Duke Energy Center which holds 182. Parking Spirit Square does have its own parking lot but the parking is very limited. Since it is only about a 5 minute walk from Blumenthal, you can park in all the same places for Blumenthal. Dining Just check Blumenthal above since the same restruants are nearby. Website: www.blumenthalcenter.org.What your ticket will say: McGlohen or Duke Energy Center 345 N. Collage Ave. Now Charlotte is quite active in the arts and lots of shows are going on all the time. There are a number of smaller venues throughout the city as well. They especially come into play with events like the Novello Fest or Shout which are coming up over the next few months. So don’t assume, always check where you show is playing. Close
Written by vampirefan on 01 Aug, 2007
The CSX Depot was built in 1906 to serve as both a freight and commercial depot for citizens of Monroe as the city's importance in the railroad line was growing. In 1988 the building was designated a historical property. In 1998 through the efforts of…Read More
The CSX Depot was built in 1906 to serve as both a freight and commercial depot for citizens of Monroe as the city's importance in the railroad line was growing. In 1988 the building was designated a historical property. In 1998 through the efforts of the city and the NC Department of Archives and History, the structure was restored to its original appearance by Dvorak Construction. This ageless beauty features a rock-faced brownstone water table that runs the length of the building. The window and door openings are of jack arches and have soldier and rowlock brick. It was repainted its original colors of red, white, and dark green. Today the depot continues to operate as a connecting point for two of CSX’s busiest lines. The private homes on this year’s tour include:1.The Snyder-Beasley House. Built in 1912 this Neo-Classical Revival gem is now owned by Lisa and Randy Carroll. The home was built for D.B. Snyder who was the secretary and treasurer of Henderson Motor Company. In the 1930s it was purchased by Roland F. Beasley Jr. who along with G.M. Beasley published the Monroe Journal. This two-story beauty has undergone very little changes since it was first built. It has a one-story hip roofed porch that boasts Corinthian columns as well as two-story portico which is framed by the columns. The tall brick chimneys have corbelled caps. The building has a three-bay facade and a two-story semi-hexagonal bay as well as a two-story bay on the north side of the home. The original 10-foot bifold doors that enclose the living room are still part of the homes interior as well as 6 original mantels and the tiles on the mantles in the office and living room. It also has the original light fixtures and stain glass in the dining room. 2. Redfearn-Horne House . This gorgeous Queen Anne is now owned by John and Tamora Nobiliski. Randolph Redfearn built a series of rental houses in the 19th and 20th century. George F. Horne, who was the VP of Davis-Williams, purchased the residence from Redfearn. The L-shaped structure still has many of its decorative details. It has the ornaments at the gable ends of the roof, molded vergeboards which has bull’s eye bosses, sawn and pierced gable ornaments, sawn brackets, louved attic vents with hoods and decorative cutouts. There are classic corner cupboards as well as an exterior end chimney on the north end. The front porch maintains its earliest woodwork. There is original molding in the sitting room, beadboards on the ceiling, and hardwood floors. 3. Redfearn-Stevens House. Brenda and Marshall Lemmonds are lucky enough to be the owners of yet another one of Redfearns dwellings. The 1905 Queen Anne was rented to Redfearn’s sister, Alpha Stevens. The home remained in the family up until 1970. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The mishmash appearance of the exterior of the domicile may have something to do with the reported use of materials that were savaged from Redfearns other building projects. The hipped-roof projects a two-story, three-sided, garble-roofed bay. On the west side of the home visitors will spot a hipped-dormer with tin-shingled sides as well as hipped-wings on the east and rear of the home. The front door features original diamond pattern glazed panels. When doing restoration work, the couple left the original tub, chain-pull toilet, and pedestal sink. After removing the carpet they discovered all pine flooring with a cherry mahogany finish. The couple restored the floors and have brought them back to their beauty. 4. The Thomas C. Lee House. This 1914 stunner was built for Thomas Collins and was designed after the J.H. Lee home on Church St. Lee, who was the manager of Southern Cotton Oil Company, had this neo-classical Revival structure built for him and his family on Franklin St. One of the homes best features is wraparound one story porch. It is supported by fluted Doric columns and has a dentilled cornice. The 3 chimneys have 9 fireplaces in the home. Inside the home guests can still see the original woodwork in the foyer and 3 sets of pocket doors. There are twin parlors in the home. The back hall has built in cupboards as well as icebox owners Paul Gotwald and Linda McWhorter purchased at an auction. 5. The D.F. Hayden House . This tiny yet lovely structure built in 1855 now belongs to the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The building was started out as part of the property of the city’s first mayor, D.F. Hayden. The building has a hipped tin roof. The two-room structure has two exterior four-paneled doors which are under a recessed porch with square columns. The walls are German sides and there is a 6 foot window. The railings with sawn balusters are replicas of the originals. The building is now used by the church as meeting space. Their homes tour was a delight and I am very glad I discovered it. When here, take the time to walk around and just stroll past the historic homes that line the quaint streets. When walking around I came across an amazing Queen Anne which featured unusual and immaculate gardens. I wish it had been on this year’s tour. But hey there is always next year. There was also a quilt show at the Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center. There was supposed to be a trolley that took visitors out to the homes, but I never did see it. Most of the homes were in walking distance of the courthouse. Two of the homes were about 5 minutes out but were in close approximation of each other. Driving directions were provided. This year the tour lasted from 10-5 and tickets were $12. Now the only thing I didn’t understand was the fact that they are trying to get people into the downtown area. Like many other cities around, Monroe has revitalized its downtown area to feature chic shops and trendy restaurants. Yet on this day nothing was open. People do come to downtown areas on the weekends and you would think places would open up for this event which drew quite a crowd. I, and several other people I was talking to while on the tour, was looking for a place to go eat after the tour. We couldn’t even find a place to get a drink. Hopefully next year they will do some planning and have places open to the public. Or at least have a vendor selling drinks. Here are a few websites for Monroe you might want to visit are:www.monroenc.org www.visitmonroenc.org www.downtownmonroenc.org To find about historic tours in your area and to purchase tickets (I purchased mine here) please go to www.historichometours.com. This marvelous tour should not be missed. When it comes around next year make sure to mark it on your calendar. Close
As if weren’t enough to see The Dead Sea Scrolls at Discovery Place last summer, this summer we got to see Gunther von Hagen’s Body Worlds...Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies. I have found people are either totally fascination or find it revolting. Both John…Read More
As if weren’t enough to see The Dead Sea Scrolls at Discovery Place last summer, this summer we got to see Gunther von Hagen’s Body Worlds...Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies. I have found people are either totally fascination or find it revolting. Both John and my brother, who love movies like Saw and Hellraiser thought it sounded horrible. But my sister-in-law, Elaine, and myself though it sounded fascination. So thankfully she agreed to go along with me. Over the last 12 years more than 20 million people have seen the exhibit worldwide. This is the first time the exhibit has been shown in the South East. The focus of the display is to promote a healthy lifestyle. The exhibit displays healthy organs along side of diseased ones to show you how an unhealthy lifestyle hurts the body. For example you get to see the diseased lungs of a smoker compared to the healthy lungs of a non-smoker. As if I actually needed reinforcement on my lifelong distain for smoking, this made me really glad I never gave in pressure and started smoking. It also opens up how the human body looks to us ordinary folks. You get to see how every muscle and fiber interconnects and works to make the human body so remarkable. Plastination Plastination fuses the science of anatomy and polymer chemistry in such a way that it can permanently preserve the human body, including muscles, tissues, and veins. The tissues have their fluids removed and replaced with acetone. Later this is removed and the body can now accept the polymers. This process and drying is repeated several times until the composition is correct. It can take only a few days for only body parts to be completed, while it can take weeks to complete whole bodies. The scientists use reactive polymers that are compatible with human tissues. Gunther von Hagens Gunther von Hagens was born in 1945 in Alt-Skalden Poland, then part of Germany. To escape the Russians his family would eventually move near Berlin, Germany. When he was 6 years old he was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder that almost killed him. It was while he was in the hospital that he first became fascinated with science and the human body. In 1965 he entered Jena University’s medical school. But his career would soon be cut short as he was jailed for 2 years as a political prisoner. In 1970 he entered the University in Lubeck to finish his education. He graduated in 1973 and spent a year doing his internship. The following year he became part of the Anesthesiology and Emergency Medical board at Heildberg University. In 1975 he invented the process of preserving bodies through planstination. He would soon open his own company called BIODUR productions which distributes polymer and medical equipment to over 400 institutions in 40 countries. In 1993 he opened the Heidelberg Institute for Plastination which preserves bodies for further education purposes as well as the Bodies exhibit. He first exhibited his Bodies exhibit in Japan in 1995. His exhibits continue to draw crowds and von Hagens continues his work in the education and scientific fields. The bodies and contovesary It has been reported that the Institute obtains its bodies from such sources as unclaimed bodies to executed Chinese prisoners. But the truth is all the bodies you see on display come from people who have donated their body to the institution to be used for scientific purposes. These people clearly understand what is going to be done with their body and the important information gathered from their donation. There are currently 8000 people who have agreed to donate their bodies, 450 have already passed. Giving the institute has plenty of willing participants and no need to use unsavory resources. You too can sign up to donate your body and maybe even go on tour!The Charlotte exhibit Discovery place is playing host to this remarkable show until October 28. Now unlike the Dead Sea Scrolls, this exhibition was far less crowded and allowed visitors time to enjoy this fascinating display instead of having visitors pushed and shoved around. I am not sure if that was due to the fact we were here at the beginning of the exhibit this time, or if Discovery Place learned from the DSS display and decided to not allow as many people though at one time. The exhibit gave a wide variety of displays. They offered full bodies posed in a variety of position such as playing chess, dancing, lounging, skateboarding, and even riding a horse with the horse exhibited as well. You can see displays of organs, veins, and tissues. You can also see where bodies have been sliced up giving you an even more in-depth look at the body. Since this is the bible-belt one of the most controversial exhibits featured reproduction. It included stages of a fetus, fetuses, and a woman with a baby in her womb. Again these bodies were donated and died of natural causes. No abortions were performed to obtain the fetuses. Hours: 9am - 6pm Monday - Wednesday9am - 8pm Tuesday - Sunday Admission:$22 (a)$18 (students w/ID/seniors)$16 (children 6-13)$8 (children 5 and under) But they did not charge admission for my 7 month old niece.Advanced ticket purchases are highly recommended. Tickets are sold for certain time periods. Your admission does allow you into the rest of Discovery Place. You can purchase combo tickets for the exhibit and IMAX. There is an IMAX Human Bodies movie as well. There are medical professionals at the exhibit to answer any question you might have or better explain what you are seeing. Discovery Place is located in the heart of uptown on the corner of Church and 6th. The museum is fully handicapped accessible. The museum has restrooms, ATM’s, a gift shop, and a café. In additional there is a gift shop just for Bodies souvenirs. Parking is $7. There are other parking lots in the area. Again be careful where you park and read signs BEFORE you leave. The exhibit does not carry an age limit. Families should use common sense though when making your decision before you purchase tickets. The exhibit does contain male genital on display. Small children may find the exhibit too creepy or boring. Think about your child’s limits before you decide to take him or her. Website: www.discoveryplace.org. Other information There are two other Body exhibits currently going on. Montreal 5/10-9/16 Montreal Science CenterPortland 6/7-10/17 Oregon Museum of Science & IndustryFuture exhibits:San Jose 9/27-1/26/08 Museum of InnovationSt. Louis 10/19-3/2/08 St. Louise Science CenterBaltimore 2/2-9/1 2008. Maryland Science CenterWebsite: www.bodyworlds.com Last thoughts If you get a chance to see this exhibit, you really should. To me the plastination made the bodies look like something they would use as a prop in a movie. I didn’t find it remotely scary or disturbing. It was just intriguing. I also found having a bit of a since of humor helps break any morbidly to the exhibit. When viewing a tumor I did my best Arnold Schwarzenegger impression of "it’s not a tumor" (from from Kindergarten Cop ) and got quite a few laughs. Also the veins I am assumed had colored added to it and looked like a big pile of bright red fuzzy yarn. I told my niece it was Elmo veins and several people started laughing. The exhibit is there to entertain and educate the public. It reminds us just how delicate our bodies are and how we need to take care of them. Which with all of our medical problems today, it is probably one of the best reminders to take care of your health out there. 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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Unless you have been hiding in a cave in Siberia lately, then you have undoubtedly heard of Harry Potter as the movie has been released as well as the last book in the series that author J.K.…Read More
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Unless you have been hiding in a cave in Siberia lately, then you have undoubtedly heard of Harry Potter as the movie has been released as well as the last book in the series that author J.K. Rowling’s created about a young wizard named Harry Potter. The book and movie centers around a young orphan named Harry Potter. He lives with his horrible aunt and uncle. Eventually, Harry (played by Daniel Radcliffe) gets away from his family by attending school at Hogwarts, which is a school for young wizards. There he meets his new best friends, Hermione and Ron (played by Emma Watson and Rupert Grint). Together the three face growing up and all the challenges that that brings as well as a new set of enemies and problems with each new school year. The Order of the Phoenix is the 5th of Rowling’s books. Before young Harry can go back to Hogwarts he finds out he may be kicked out of school for using magic in front of a muggle (your basic person) and when not in school. But while out with his young cousin they were attached by Demintors and he was forced to use his magic in order to protect them. After his hearing, Harry is cleared since he used his magic in an emergency. It seems though there is a plot against Harry. As always there is a new Defense of the Dark Arts instructor. This time it is Dolores Umbridge played to wicked perfection by actress Imelda Staunton. Dolores and her little pink dressed self is determined to not allow students to learn about spells or use magic. She also seems determined to take over the school. Now in the previous book and movie, The Goblet of Fire, the evil Lord Voldemort (deliciously played by Ralph Finnes) has returned to Hogwarts. Voldemort killed Harry’s parents and is on contention with Harry for the most powerful wizard. In order to defeat Voldemort, Harry and the students must learn more magic. So Harry gathers his friends and secretly starts to teach them new spells. And to find out the ending of the movie you will have to go see it yourself. J.K.’s books have sold millions and made her one of the richest women in the world. She has also been praised for getting children into reading in an age of computers and video games. The Harry Potter movies have made billions and garnered critical and box office success. The movies have a slew of award nominations and wins including an Oscar. And what started as a series of children’s books have managed to garner as many adult fans as wee ones. Author Stephen King is even a huge fan of Jo’s. The last movie sent Harry from a PG rating to a PG 13 rating. Yet at this showing the movie could have been X-rated and it wouldn’t have affected anyone. The theater was packed with adults who all seemed to enjoy the movie as much as any child would. The adult cast would be a dream for any director, much less a cast for what primarily started out as a movie for kids. Just one look through the actor’s profiles on www.imdb.com will revile a bevy of wards including Tony, Oscar, and Golden Globe winners and nominations. You will also find many of the actors have the honor of being part of the OBE (Order of British Empire). They represent amongst England’s most talented actors today. Regular cast members include: The late Sir Richard Harris (Dumbledore) and then he was replaced by Sir Michael Gambon, Dame Maggie Harris (McGonagall), Robbie Coltrane (Hargrid), Finoa Shaw (Aunt Petunia), Richard Griffith (Uncle Vernon), David Bradley (Filch) Julie Walters (Mrs. Weasley), and my two favorites: the handsome Alan Richman as Prof. Snape and the yummy Jason Isaacs as Lucuis Malfoy. In addition to Finnes and Umbridge guest cast members include: Ian Hart (Prof. Quirrel), Kenneth Branagh (Prof. Lockhart), John Cleese (Nearly Headless Nick), Miriam Margolyes (Prof. Sprout), Timothy Spall (Wormtail), Gary Oldman (Sirus Black), Mir Close
Written by vampirefan on 03 Oct, 2006
In the back of the Charlotte Museum you will find a walking tour which highlights some of Charlotte’s history. There are 10 places featured on the tour. You can walk through the Charlotte Museum or just simply walk around the side and walk to the…Read More
In the back of the Charlotte Museum you will find a walking tour which highlights some of Charlotte’s history. There are 10 places featured on the tour. You can walk through the Charlotte Museum or just simply walk around the side and walk to the trail.
The first item you will encounter is the 7 foot liberty bell . The bell is 7-foot tall and 7 foot around and weights 7 tons. It was given to the people of Charlotte by the Belk foundation to honor the independent spirit of the people and to pay honor to the original colonies of the Carolinas. If you take the guided tour, the docent will ring the bell for visitors.
If you think gold was first discovered out west, then you would be wrong. It was first discovered right below my house in 1799 by Conrad Reed. Today visitors in the Locust area (about 45 minutes from the museum) can explore Reed’s gold mine and pan for gold. You can read about that in my 5 of the 22 Pt. 2 journal. But for the Charlotte museums connection, there is a Chilean Mill used in the mining industry along the walking tour.
In August of 2002, the NC Chapter of Colonial Dames erected a maker in honor of John Lawson . Lawson was the surveyor-general of NC in the early 18th century. His book, A New Voyage to Carolina , published in 1709, was the most comprehensive of the state at the time.
Chip Calloway of Greensboro was commission by the Queens Table to design a Native American garden path along the museums walkway. The garden is made up of plants that the natives used during the 17th and 18th century for medical and spiritual purposes. The plants were typical of what the natives used and plants that the first colonists would have encountered.
On past the gardens you will find a bronzed statue in honor of Hezekiah Alexander and the Backcountry patriots. As far as anyone knows it is not a rendering of Hezekiah himself, since there are no known photographs in existence of him. To me it looks like Mel Gibson in the Patriot. The life-sized statue was sculpted by David Dowdy of High Point and was installed on October 24, 2001.
Up on the hill and giving a lovely view of the walking path you will find the Hezekiah Alexander home . Built in 1774 it is the oldest home in Mecklenburg Country. When the home was restored over 90% of the exterior of the home was still in tact. This is the original spot of the home. You may tour the home given by costumed docents of the museum. There are several tours offered through the day.
To the right of the home you will see a log barn . The barn itself is not original to the property, but most likely there would have been such a barn somewhere on the premises. It was rescued from the Harris-Caldwell Farm in Harrisburg. It is original to the period of the home.
Next to the house there is also an herb garden . A look from one of the upstairs bedrooms you will give you a great view of the design of the garden. The herbs here are typical of what you would find in colonial gardens. While very pretty, the gardens were not designed as pleasure gardens. The herbs grown here were used for cooking and their medicinal qualities. The herbs grown today are used for the cooking demonstrations as part of several events open to the public.
In front of the herb garden you will find the reconstructed log kitchen. People kept their kitchens separate during this period for several reasons. For one thing if your kitchen went up in flames, then the rest of your home was spared. Also since it took most of the day to prepare meals, a fire had to be kept going at all times. Homes were not equipped with electricity at the time, much less A/C so having a fire going in your house at all times would have been quite miserable in the summer months.
Archaeological research has determined this is where the original kitchen stood. The kitchen would have been staffed by female slaves and the loft area upstairs is where they would have lived. The kitchen you see today was built by students from CCPC. Today the kitchen may be toured on the guided tours and are used during cooking demonstrations.
The foundation of the springhouse is original from the home and dates also from 1774. There were several uses for the spring house, but the main use was to keep foods cool thus preserving them from spoilage. The jars and crocks would have been placed in the water and cooled by the springs. The spring runs over a floor of bedrock. The temperate averages 54-56 degrees year round. Even in the dead of the summer, you can feel the cooling effects from the house when you approach it.
The walkway provides a beautiful shaded walkway year round. In addition to the featured places on the tour, the paths are filled with flowers and accompanied by lovely stone bridges. The pathway goes through a tree lined area offering escape from the heat even in the hottest months of the year. There is not an actual charge to use the pathways and this is a favorite walking/jogging path of many locals. Pets are permitted along the path on a leash. The path is lit at night for the safety of those who use it. If you happen to take the guided tour of the Alexander home then you will also have a guided tour of the pathway. For more information you can simply go to www.charlottemuseum.org.
In addition to the home, there is a barn on the premises. Though not original to the property, it is of the era. The barn was found in Cabarrus County and was saved from being demolished. There would have likely been such a barn as…Read More
In addition to the home, there is a barn on the premises. Though not original to the property, it is of the era. The barn was found in Cabarrus County and was saved from being demolished. There would have likely been such a barn as part of the original property. There is a reconstructed log kitchen adjacent just to the house. Built by students from Central Piedmont Community College, excavation shows this is where the original kitchen was located. Most homes of the period had their kitchens separate since kitchens tended to go up in flames sometimes. Also since there wasn’t such thing as Zippo lighters in those days, fires were a lot harder to start and the fire had to keep going at all times. In the summer this would have made the house unbearable to have a kitchen fire going. There is an herb garden outside which was typical of the colonel homes. The herbs grown are used today for cooking demonstrations.
Down the walkway a bit you will find the springhouse which is original to the property. The spring was used to cool and preserve food. Water ran over a floor of bedrock and stayed between 54 and 56 degrees year round. Milk, butter, cheese, and other food items would have been placed in containers and kept in the water. Even today when you walk up to the spring you can feel the coolness from the springs.
The home still stands proudly in the same spot it has occupied for more than 200 years. Today the home is part of the Charlotte History Museum. The home sits on top of a hill overlooking a stunning park and is the highlight of the walking tour. There is not an actual charge to walk through the park area and it is a favorite place for joggers and walkers after the museum closes. In addition to the homestead you will see the 7 foot Freedom bell, a Chilean Mill, a Native-American garden, a statue of Hezekiah, and lovely bridges and sculptures through the walkway.
In order to see the home, you do have to be part of a tour group and tours are given daily. Costume docents lead the tour which takes between 1-1/1/2 hours to complete. Our guide was a wonderful woman named Ellen who certainly knew her stuff. She was very informative and as equally entertaining.
Tours: 1:15/2:15/ 3:15 Tue.-Sun. Admission: $6 (a) $5 (c/s)
Museum hours: 10-5 Tue.-Sat., 1-5 Sun. Admission is free.
Closed Mondays except Memorial and Labor Day. Closed major holidays.
The museum its self is handicapped accessible but due to the nature of the home, it is not. There are restrooms and snacks and beverages available at the museum. There is also a gift shop within the museum.
The museum currently has a display on the Alexander house on its second story wing as well as a miniature replica of the home.
The museum in about 3 ½ miles from downtown Charlotte and is accessible on CAT route 23-Shamrock. It is about a 15-minute drive from Rosedale Plantation.
For 2 great resources on Southern homesteads try: Marvelous Old Mansions by Sylvia Higginbotham and Bob Vila’s Guide to Historic Homes of the New South . Bob’s book is a bit older so try www.amazon.com. I got a used copy here. Sylvia’s books should be readily on hand at your favorite book store or directly from the publisher at www.blairpub.com.
There are a number of events and workshops and demonstrations throughout the year. For more information please go to www.charlottemuseum.org. You should allow a minimum of 2 hours to see the home and the museum. Both are wonderful places to discover the history of Charlotte.
Written by vampirefan on 17 Jun, 2006
Those of us lucky enough to be native North Carolinians tend to be very proud of that fact. There are quite a few people who hail from our great state who have gone on to be very successful. One of those went on to even…Read More
Those of us lucky enough to be native North Carolinians tend to be very proud of that fact. There are quite a few people who hail from our great state who have gone on to be very successful. One of those went on to even be President. James K Polk (1795-1849) was born in Mecklenburg County and went on to be our nation’s 11th president. This tiny and humble home gives proof to the fact that from humble beginnings greatness may come. The Polk homestead features a museum, the family home, and the kitchen. There is also a garden on the grounds very similar to what would have been found at the time. You can also visit the Presidential outhouse located in the backyard of the home! Also on the drive out you will see a maker where the house originally sat. Polk was born in 1795 to Samuel and Jane Polk. At age 11 his family moved to Tennessee to be near his grandfather. In 1818 James returned to NC to attend college at UNC-Chapel Hill where he graduated with honors. He returned to TN where he setup his law practice and married Sarah Childress in 1824. His first foray into politics was as a representative in the TN legislature. Then he served the House of Representatives for 14 years and for 2 of those he was the Speaker of the House. He was our nation’s first "dark horse" candidate as he was chosen as the Democratic nominee President against Henry Clay of the Whig party. He was given the nomination instead of the more popular Martin Van Buren. He served as our nation’s president from 1845-1849. While in office he had 5 main goals and kept them all. Those goals (according to the information provided) were:1. Secured a reduction of the tariff2. Established an independent treasury3. Settled the Organ boundary4. Annexation of Texas5. Acquisition of CaliforniaThe later ended in the very unpopular war with Mexico. During his presidency the US gained more than 500,000 square miles of western land and established the first Department of the Interior. Polk was greatly respected by those who worked for him. He was known for his hard work and sincerity in the tasks handed before him. He was however, not exactly a smoozer with the public and gained little favor with the voters. Polk was determined to only serve one term as President and refused to seek reelection. In 1849, only 3 months after leaving the office, he died at his home in Nashville. Though his hard work and dedication to his job was admirable, it also took his life. It was during his inauguration that ‘Hail to the Chief" was first played. Unlike modern day Presidents, who take vacationing to another form, Polk only took 2 weeks of vacation in the 4 years he was in the White House!The buildings and furnishings you see are not from the Polk family, but are authentic to the time period. The museum portion in the visitors center focus mainly on the area at the time of his presidency, but does offer visages of the President’s Life. There is a 10-minute film on Polk’s life. There is a gift shop on the premises. There are restrooms in the visitor’s center and a vending machine as well. There are several picnic tables on the ground for visitors to enjoy. The grounds are handicapped accessible. You do have to take one of the tours in order to get inside the homestead. They are offered during major events, weekends, and with groups. If there is a group while you are visiting you will be invited to tag along and join the tour. There was a group pulling in as I was getting ready to leave. I was asked to join the group but I knew they would want to start with the visitors center first so I politely declined. If you are here during the week and there isn’t a group then you can only enjoy the outside of the buildings. The James K Polk Museum is designated as one of the 22 NC Historic Sites. These are 22 places in NC which expand over 600 years of history and provide a living recreation of the history of our great state and hold a major significant to our history. You can find everything from historical homesteads, to Native American Ceremonial sites, to where gold was first discovered in NC. There is a passport program in connection with the program. You can pick up a passport for $5 at any of the sites. At each site just present your passport and have it stamped. You get a free gift after completing the sites for a region and then when you have the whole book completed. There are a number of events that run throughout the year. Included are civil war demonstrations, a Harvest festival in the fall, a celebration of Polk’s Birthday in November, and the ever popular Christmas Tour. During the summer there are also history camps for children. Hours and admission vary. The home is located in Pineville on the Lancaster Highway just off of the Hwy 51 exit. It is about 15 minutes from downtown. For more information please go to www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us and then click on the museum. This is the web site for the Historic Sites program. You can find about the other 21 sites while you are there. Hours and admission: April-October Tuesday-Saturday 9-5, November-March Tuesday-Saturday 10-4. Closed Sunday and Monday except for special events. Closed major holidays. Admission is free, but donations are great appreciated. So if you’re visiting please place something in the box! Thank you! Groups are requested to call (704) 889-7145 or fax (704) 889-3057 for tours. Very highly recommended Close