Saturday, January 21, 2012

Cleopatra Exhibit

We went to see the Cleopatra Exhibit when it was at the museum center. I love Cleopatra and this was an AMAZING exhibit. The name Cleopatra is often synonymous with Elizabeth Taylor, who famously wore bold blue eye shadow, dramatic black eyeliner and gold jewelry in her jet black hair to portray the Queen of Egypt in the 1963 movie. In reality, no one knows for sure exactly what Cleopatra looked like, how she took her own life or where she's buried. But archaeologists are coming closer to solving the mysteries that surround her. When the exhibit came to the museum center in Cincinnati, Ohio they used a 150 artifacts and multimedia displays to tell the story of the legendary ruler and the ongoing search for more clues about her life and her death. The artifacts ranged from small gold coins believed to bear Cleopatra's image to two 16 foot red granite statues pulled out of the Mediterranean Sea in 2000 from the submerged ancient Egyptian city of Heracleion. Because the Romans who conquered Egypt tried to erase all trace of Cleopatra's existence after she took her own life in 30 B.C., archaeologists have found few artifacts showing her likeness. Along with the artifacts there was an audio tour narrated by an actress speaking in the first person as Cleopatra, videos showing the ongoing excavations and features allowing visitors to find out more about selected artifacts through social media.
If this comes close to you, you really should check it out. And if you are like me and LOVE Cleopatra then be sure you check it out. I learned so much about her. I mean any woman who can rule all of those men is my kind of woman..that is some major girl power..lol.. I will not be posted alot of pictures from this visited. You were not allowed to take pictures because the artifacts they had on display was so old they did not want the flash going off and also the exhibit was long and if you stopped to take pictures of everything it would take you hours to get through it. But I did sneak and took a couple with my phone..shhhh..lol..

Alms Park

We went to Alms Park and this is a very pretty park. I love going to different parks.
The Frederick H. Alms Memorial Park lies on Mt. Tusculum with its magnificent vantage point overlooking the broad Ohio River, a point originally called "Bald" Hill because the Indians had cleared the trees from its summit to have an unobstructed view of the early settlers of "Columbia." This little community was situated along the river and directly below "Bald" Hill, on which now stands the Alms Park shelter building.
Stately stone walls with tall piers frame the entrance to Alms Park. Installed in 1929, this gateway reflects the formal approach taken in the design of the park by Albert D. Taylor, a Cleveland-based landscape architect of national stature. This hilltop park was given to the Park Board in 1916 as a memorial to Frederick H. Alms by his wife. The land was once owned by Nicholas Longworth, who produced his famous Catawba wine there before the Civil War. The entrance to his underground wine cellar can still be seen to the northeast of the park's pavilion.
Parcels of park property were purchased with funds provided by the Alms estate, until the park was composed of its present 93.7 acres. From its heights, one can see the juncture of the Little Miami River with the gigantic bend of the Ohio, the hills of Kentucky, Lunken Airport, and the panoramic valleys.
The Stephen Collins Foster Memorial Statue, donated by Josiah Kirby Lilly, an Indianapolis admirer of the works of the great folksong composer, looks to the Kentucky hills which inspired so many of the songs written by Foster during the period between 1845 and 1850 when he lived near the Cincinnati waterfront. It is an appropriate spot for a memorial to one who wrote "My Old Kentucky Home" and the number of other heartfelt songs of the South which have endeared him to all America.
There are two concrete benches, a gift of the Cincinnati Garden Club, children's play equipment and picnic facilities. The park also offers a concrete slide. The park's centerpiece, the pavilion, is one of three Cincinnati stylistically inspired by the Italian Renaissance. Completed in 1929, it was designed by architects Stanley Matthews and Charles Wilkins Short, Jr. Short later became an architectural supervisor for the PWA and edited a survey, published in 1939, of public buildings funded by that agency. The front terrace and walks were designed by Albert D. Taylor, who also designed landscape plans for the pavilions in Ault and Mount Echo parks.
The park is located at 710 Tusculum Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio.
Be sure to check it out :)   Hug's

Westwood Town Hall in Cincinnati, Ohio

We took a trip to Westwood Town Hall in Cincinnati, Ohio. I wanted to check it out because it is suppose to be haunted by Good Ol' Wesley.
Wesley became quite attached to the building while he was alive and took his duties very seriously. So much so, he simply has no inclination to leave the building even in death. It is believed that when the town was annexed into Cincinnati, Wesley's position at the site was eliminated. Many think it was either the news of losing his job and/or the rejection of a woman that he loved that caused the man to toss a rope over a beam in the town hall's attic, put a noose around his neck, and take his own life. Nobody knows how old Wesley was when he died, nor even his last name.
Wesley's glorious town hall, which has been a landmark in the Westwood neighborhood since its completion in 1889, is still a beautiful building today. It was built during the period of time when Westwood was an up and coming village, and they deemed it necessary to erect a site for their village offices, fire department services, and jail facilities. The Cincinnati Recreation Commission is now in charge of the town hall and offers programs and forums for every age and interest. Area theater groups stage their plays at the building. While they are setting up for their plays they have been on the receiving end of some of Wesley's antics. He has been known to hide props and play with the lights. He is also fond of playing with water. You are the only one in the bathroom and the water faucet turns on by itself. He also enjoys messing with the the office machinery.
Seems Wesley is not the only ghost that haunts the Town Hall. You can hear a male and a female voice talking. They had a group of psychics do a walk through the building and they said that there is a lady named Mary in the building, too. They also said that they believe that Wesley was extremely distraught. Wesley makes himself known when he feels like it. It's usually when you are not expecting it to happen. Anybody that is at the site for longer then a few days is likely to encounter something strange. The door that was locked is open, the lights that were off are on, water faucets start flowing. Younger children have claimed to see a man, other people have seen shadows, and several local television stations have done stories about Wesley. People have witnessed shadows looking out of the attic windows. It is believed that Wesley might have been staring out of the windows the night he died heartbroken, watching the love of his life leave him forever.
Westwood Town Hall is located at 3017 Harrison Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio.
It is a very beautiful building. If you go say hi to Wesley, you never know he might just be looking out the window at you :)                   Hug's