Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Rubber Duck Regatta and Quacky

If you have been down to Newport on the Levee lately you have most likely seen Quacky. Quacky is a 66 feet tall 1,100 pound rubber duck. That is one big duck and I might add that he is a handsome guy also lol. Quacky is there for the Rubber Duck Regatta. The Rubber Duck Regatta is a awesome thing. If you are not sure what it is, its a event that the Freestore Foodbank does. Every day over 100,000 kids do not know where their next meal will come from. This is where the Freestore Foodbank and the Rubber Duck Regatta comes in. You can buy a rubber duck at Kroger's, KEMBA Credit Union, and online at www.rubberduckregatta.org. You can also call (513) 929-DUCK ( 3825).
The cost for the duck's are $5.00 for 1 duck, $25.00 for 5 ducks plus one free, $50.00 for 10 ducks plus two free, $100.00 for 20 ducks plus four free. 
On September 1st during the P&G Riverfest and prior to the WEBN Fireworks they will release  as many as 200,000 ducks into the Ohio River. If your duck is the 1st to cross the line you will win a brand new 2013 Honda Civic Sedan LX and possibly $1 million dollars if their duck is a KEMBA million dollar duck. 
The second place winner will receive $100.00 from Kroger's every week for a year, for a total of $5,200.
And 5 other winners will receive $500 cash from KEMBA Credit Union.
But the people who really win from this are the kids and families. Last year Rubber Duck Regatta brought in more then $800,000, that equals to 2.5 million meals for the Greater Cincinnati Freestore. Since the Rubber Duck Regatta started in 1995 it has raised nearly $7 million dollars to help end hunger. I hope this year they can raise a lot more money. If we all join together and buy a duck maybe we can wipe out hunger. No child should ever have to face being hungry and not knowing from their next meal will come from.
I want to give a big THANK YOU to the Freestore Foodbank for helping people when they need it most. 
If you are on the Levee be sure to look for Quacky, I am sure you will not miss him and make sure you buy your duck.
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LumenoCity 2013 at Music Hall

We went to LumenoCity at Music Hall and let me just say this was an amazing light show. This was the first year that Music Hall has done this and I really hope they do it again next year. If you have never heard of LumenoCity it is where they did a light show that used the historic Music Hall as the back drop. It was to also welcome the new conductor of the Symphony Orchestra Louis Langree. They had the light show on Saturday and Sunday night August 3rd and 4th at Washington Park in Cincinnati. On Saturday they had between 12,000-15,000 people show up. We went to the Sunday night show and they had around 20,000 people. The show started at 8:30pm with the Cincinnati Ballet and the Cincinnati Pop's performing. That was followed by Mr. Louis Langree and the Symphony that provided the music that went with the light show and neither Mr. Langree or the light show disappointed. It was truly an amazing thing to see.  It was nice the Music hall and all the people that put so much time and work into this show did this for free. It was so breath taken and pretty. At the end of the show when everyone stood up to give the standing ovation the lights made it look like Music Hall was taken a bow. 
There was a lot of people there but we did not experience any trouble at all and we were able to get to our car and on the road home without a long wait. All in all this was an amazing night and I will go back if they have it next year. If they do have it next year, I will most likely go to both shows just in case I missed something the first time and to take more pictures and videos. If they do have it next year and you decide to go, get there early and bring a chair or a blanket to sit on. You can bring food or you can buy food from the numerous food trucks that are there.
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Harriet Beecher Stowe House Tour

We took a tour of Harriet Beecher Stowe house. This is the house of the woman who is famous for writing Uncle Tom's Cabin. This tour combined my love of three things, history, historical houses, and books. I am a big reader and I love books so this was a great tour to take. The house was completed in 1833. Harriet lived in the house for various periods of time from 1833 till her marriage to Professor Calvin Ellis Stowe in 1836. Harriet gave birth to her first children a set of twins Eliza and Harriet in 1836. Harriet's brother Henry Ward Beecher who also lived in the house was the subject of a Pulitzer-prize winning biography The Most Famous Man in America, written by Debby Applegate.  He was also a Reverend and was a early leader in the woman's suffrage movement. The Beechers and Stowes were some of the most well known families of the 19th century. The house is a beautiful home and it is filled with lot's of history. It was really neat for me to see the house because as a child in grade school we had to read Uncle Tom's Cabin and I loved the book. So it was interesting seeing where the lady lived who wrote the book. I think it is great that thing's like this are pretty much in our back yards. There is so much history and neat thing's to see if you just take the time to look for them. We had a very friendly and knowledgeable young lady that gave us a tour of the downstairs part of the house then after that we were allowed to tour the house on our own. The upstairs had toys and furniture from the 1800's. It was neat to see the little doll's and toys from that time. 
I would recommend everyone to take this tour. And if you have young kids in school this would be a great place for them to go, they will learn about the history of slavery and about the lady who wrote a great book. 
The house is located at 2950 Gilbert Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio.
Their web page is stowehousecincy.org. That will have all the information about the hours they are opened and about the house. It is free to tour the house.
Disclaimer..I am not getting paid to do this post nor did I receive anything. All opinions are my own.