The Astolat Castle Dollhouse on Display in New York City

The Astolat Castle Dollhouse is on display in New York City through December 8th, 2015 at the Time Warner Center on the 2nd floor of The Shops at Columbus Circle. The dollhouse, designed by Elaine Diehl and many international craftspeople, is valued at 8.5 million dollars and took 13 years to build. The dollhouse is 9 feet tall with 29 rooms and 10,000 handcrafted miniature pieces. You can read about its splendor in this Design & Trend article or visit its homepage here.

Dollhouse full view

Dollhouse view

Dollhouse Interior

Dollhouse furniture

Dollhouse balcony




Rizzoli’s New Flagship Bookstore in New York

Rizzoli Bookstore opened a new flagship location this past spring at 1133 Broadway between 25th and 26th Streets in the NoMad neighborhood of New York City. As a child I loved going to Rizzoli, and I still remember the excitement I felt when my mother agreed to buy me a large hardcover book called The Literary Life and Other Curiosities, A Compendium of Facts and Fictions about Writers and Writing, Books and Blurbs, Arts and Letters by Robert Hendrickson, which I still treasure. The new location is 5,000 square feet and contains the elegant and extravagant wooden bookcases and cast iron chandeliers from the previous 57th Street location. Rizzoli Bookstore’s other location is in Milan.

Rizzoli mannequins

Inside Rizzoli

Rizzoli interior

Rizzoli Bookstore

Rizzoli window display

Rizzoli entrance sign


The Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg, PA

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg, PA, is located across the street from the Broad Street Market, a few blocks north of the State Capitol. As one of “America’s Great Independent Bookstores” it has over 200,000 books including used, new, and rare books, as well as a children’s section, a cafe and a main stage. The Broad Street Market, established in 1860, is the oldest continuously operating farmer’s market in the country and is on the National Register of Historic Places.


Midtown Scholar Bookstore Exterior

Midtown Scholar Bookstore Side View

Midtown Scholar Bookstore

Bookstore Cafe

Broad Street Market Across the Street

Broad Street Market Brick House

Broad Street Market Interior

Broad Street Market Flowers



The Pennsylvania Capitol

The State Capitol in Harrisburg offers daily 30-minute tours, as well as a Welcome Center with activities for children. President Theodore Roosevelt described the Capitol as “the handsomest capitol I ever saw.”

The Capitol

The Capitol was dedicated on October 4th, 1906, and is a National Historic Landmark.

Capitol Dome Interior

The Capitol Rotunda features a 52-million pound dome that’s modeled after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.


The marble Grand Staircase and three-tiered gallery were inspired by the Paris Opera.

Capitol Rotunda

The Senate Chamber is walled with green marble from Ireland.


The House Chamber is decorated with 24-karate gold leaf and crystal chandeliers.

The House Chamber

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court features a stained glass dome.

Supreme Court Dome

The Governor’s Reception Room is used for news conferences and bill-signings.

Governor's Office

A printable kids activities book and kids Pennsylvania coloring book are available.

More Pennsylvania Capitol Teacher Tools can be found here.



Brooklyn Views

View of the Brooklyn Bridge from the Fulton Ferry Landing


View of the Manhattan skyline from Pier 1 Park


View of Jane’s Carousel from DUMBO…


View of the Brooklyn Bridge from DUMBO…


View of the Manhattan Bridge from DUMBO …


View of the Manhattan Bridge from the streets of DUMBO…


View of the Manhattan skyline from the Brooklyn Bridge…




Jeppe Hein Please Touch The Art Exhibit at the Brooklyn Bridge Park

The Brooklyn Bridge Park now features an interactive art exhibit by Danish artist Jeppe Hein called    Please Touch The Art.


A mirror labyrinth called See Thru…


One of sixteen Modified Social Benches…


The Kolonihavehus inspired by Copenhagen’s garden sheds…


The exhibit is on display until April 17th, 2016.




The 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show

This year’s Philadelphia Flower Show features movie-themed exhibits and runs until March 8th, 2015, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. It is the largest and longest running flower show, first opening in 1829, and produced by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Additional attractions include a butterfly garden, make and take crafts such as floral fascinators or terrariums, and Gene London’s Hollywood Costumes Collection. Photos below include the Winnie the Pooh and Cinderella’s Wedding exhibits. Other movies featured at the flower show include Frozen, Finding Nemo, Into the Woods, Peter Pan, and many others.

Designer's Studio arrangement

Flower arrangement

Winnie The Pooh garden

large flower display

Fountain flowers

Cinderella's Wedding Table

Cinderella exhibit

Cinderella bouquet




The 99th Pennsylvania Farm Show

The 99th Pennsylvania Farm Show took place January 10th-17th, 2015, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show and Expo Center in Harrisburg, PA. The 26-acre building complex housed 6,000 animals and over 10,000 exhibits. More than 500,000 people visited to see the butter sculpture, as well as chickens, geese, turkeys, goats, sheep, horses, cows, ducks, rabbits, peacocks, and also bees and butterflies. There was an antique carousel for kids, culinary indulgences like mushroom soup, milkshakes, maple frozen yogurt, and Shagbark Hickory syrup, plus horse exhibitions, rodeos, and even a bunny hop. You can read about the PA Farm Show in this Reading Eagle newspaper article: Pennsylvania Farm Show Enjoys Big Crowds and Big Sales.

butter sculpture

rainbow of apples


 Row of cows

draft horses

Victorian horseback riders

horse exhibition

black and white bunny








DiMenna Children’s History Museum at the New-York Historical Society

The New-York Historical Society Museum which recently hosted the exhibit Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans is home to the DiMenna Children’s History Museum. Activities there include a scavenger hunt, story time in the children’s library, a cooking class for kids, and a family book club.

children's museum



 Madeline doll

  Madeline in New York




Chip Kidd on John Updike

Book cover designer Chip Kidd spoke to The John Updike Society at Alvernia University on his numerous book cover designs for John Updike books. Alvernia’s Miller Gallery is featuring an exhibit of Chip Kidd’s drawings and posters. Read more in this article… Illustrator draws picture of his work with Updike.


keynote speech

Chip Kidd

 Chip Kidd signs his children’s book,  Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design