The National Children’s Museum, for children ages 8 and under, includes exhibits on health, global citizenship, the environment, civic engagement and the arts. The museum will be celebrating its one year anniversary at its new location in National Harbor, Maryland, on December 14th, 2013, with a Family Party.
November marks the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address given by President Abraham Lincoln on November 19th, 1863. The speech was 272 words and took 2 minutes to recite. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia administered the oath of citizenship at the 150th Anniversary ceremony at Soldiers’ National Cemetery.
Enlightened Granola Bar Recipe
2 cups low-fat granola
1/2 cup chopped fresh cranberries
1/4 cup chopped almonds
1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons monk fruit sweetener
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 egg whites
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 inch square pan with aluminum foil so the foil hangs over the edges of the pan. Chop the apricots and the cranberries. Combine the first 7 ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix together the egg whites and the extract. Pour the egg whites and the extract over the dry ingredients and mix together. Then transfer into the pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Grasp the edges of the aluminum foil to remove from the pan. Let cool. Then cut into bars. The yellow apricots and the red cranberries make this look festive. Enjoy!
The Torpedo Factory Art Center on the waterfront in Old Alexandria, VA, was once a building where torpedoes and other weapons were manufactured but is now a center for art galleries and art studios, the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, and the Art League School.
To celebrate FotoWeekDC, an exhibition called Fotographers at the Factory begins November 1, 2013.
Pennsylvania has a hamburger festival, a chili pepper festival, an apple festival, and now a pretzel festival.
The Reading Pretzel Fest was held on September 28, 2013, at First Energy Stadium in Reading, PA.
There were soft pretzels, pretzel shells, pretzel necklaces, pretzel cookbooks, pretzel pens…
and original pretzel recipes created by local restaurants, like pretzel ice cream sandwiches, pretzel-encrusted salmon, and this pretzel crab and cheese fondue…
plus pretzel pottery and pretzel ornaments…
Read more about the Reading Pretzel Fest in this Reading Eagle newspaper article.
Joanna’s Furnace, owned by the Hay Creek Historical Association, was a charcoal iron furnace from 1791-1898 in Berks County, PA. The 37th Annual Hay Creek Festival on September 5-7th, 2013 featured early American crafts, vintage machinery, apple pressing at the cider mill, a petting zoo, and much more…
including hearth-made soup,
and a pit saw demonstration.
You can read more about the festival in this newspaper article.
The Hay Creek Apple Festival will take place at Joanna’s Furnace on October 12-13th, 2013.
Every June, the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum hosts World War II Weekend, the nation’s largest living history event to celebrate the ’greatest generation’. The 3-day extravaganza includes airplane rides, air shows, radio shows, vintage cars, big bands, the boogie-woogie, the jitterbug, special guests, and over 1700 re-enactors.
The Squibb Park Bridge connects Squibb Park to Pier One in the Brooklyn Bridge Park, passing over the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and Furman Street. Views of the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and the Brooklyn Bridge make this bouncy, pedestrian bridge something to experience. The bridge opened on March 21, 2013. A New York Times article described the bridge here: A Zigzag Offers a More Direct Route to a Park.
View of Manhattan from Pier One in Brooklyn.
The Giant Heart: A Healthy Interactive Experience is an icon at the Franklin Institute.
Children can walk through it as if they were blood traveling around the heart.
Built in 1954 and renovated in 2004, the giant heart is 2 stories tall.
In the same exhibit, the heart spiral shows the different sizes of animal hearts. At the top is a model of the beaked whale and at the bottom of the spiral is a model of a canary’s tiny heart.
You can press the buttons to listen to the animals’ heart rates. The beaked whale has a heartbeat of 20 beats per minute, and the canary has a heart rate of 800 beats per minute.
At the blood fountain, you can learn about red blood cells, platelets, and white blood cells.
Another display shows how blood can be different colors. Iron gives fish and humans red blood. Copper gives octopuses blue blood. Nickel gives butterflies green blood, and vanadium gives sea cucumbers yellow blood.
The Franklin Institute is expanding with a new building scheduled to open in the summer of 2014. The new pavilion will include an exhibit on the human brain.
April is National Poetry Month, and poetry rocks!
Anonymous poets, or perhaps woodland fairies, left poetry in this forest.
Click here for more ways to celebrate National Poetry Month.