Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Canstruction 2013

We went and saw the 16th annual Canstruction Cincinnati. This is so cool and a really great thing they do. All of the art is made from full can goods and when the exhibit is over they donate all the can goods to the Freestore Foodbank. They have these every year but this was my first time seeing them. I know I will be going back next year to see what they have came up with. These are not little exhibits by any means, this are full size. There was a elephant that was as tall as me and I am not a short girl. I loved seeing how people can take something as simple as a can of food and turn it into a work of art. And also how that work of art helps people who are in need.
Canstruction is a not for profit foundation of the Society for Design Administration whose mission is "One Man Can make a difference against hunger". I think that is a wonderful mission, if you think about it all it takes is one can of food to really make a difference for someone. 
If they have this next year check it out you will be amazed at how a can of food can turn into art also if you go to see them take some can goods with you for a donation. They had barrels set up at the places where the art was collecting can goods.  
The website for them is www.cincinnaticanstruction.org
Disclaimer I am not receiving anything for this post. This is my own opinion.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Abner Gaines Tavern

We got to take a tour of the Abner Gaines Tavern Home in Walton, Ky.
This is a beautiful home that sits right next to the train tracks and it is also said to be haunted. This use to be home to a train station as well as a home ran by slaves. There has been several suicides as well as murders and hangings that have taken place on this property. 
The first room in the house our tour guide said that she was playing the piano and when she was done she went outside and when she did she head a small child asking her to play the song again and named the song she was playing. There was no kids around when she playing. I believe this place is haunted. You get the feeling that someone is watching you when you are in the house. There is also a place to the side of the house that is just a wooded area and they said that is where some of the slaves are buried in unmarked graves. When we walked over to check it out, we got to where the grass starts to be overgrown which is where the burial spots start and the temperature dropped about 10 degrees. It was freezing cold in that spot but when we walked back from it the temperate returned to normal.  If you ever have the chance to tour this house do it. The furniture inside the house is beautiful. 
The house is located at 400 North Main Street. Walton, Ky.
I am not sure if you are allowed on the farm or not so you might want to call the city of Walton and ask them so you don't get into trouble for trespassing.

Miamisburg Mound

We went to the Miamisburg Mound in Miamisburg, Ohio. This is a prehistoric Indian burial mound built by the Adena Culture in about 1000 to 200 BCE. It is the largest conical burial mound in Ohio at nearly 70 feet tall. The mound is located in the city park and there is picnic area and place for kids to play. You can also climb to the top of the mound up the 116 concrete steps. It is worth it to go to the top, the view is amazing from up there. 
This is a neat thing to go and see. It is nice to see how through all these years the mound has stayed virtually intact.
The mound is located at 900 Mound Ave.