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New Exhibition—Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude

The solution to one of the greatest technical challenges of the eighteenth century Produced by the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London Proudly sponsored by United Technologies Corporation On exhibit March 19 – August 23, 2015

For centuries, longitude (east-west position) was a matter of life and death at sea. Ships that went off course had no way to re-discover their longitude. With no known location, they might smash into underwater obstacles or be forever lost at sea.

The award-winning exhibition, Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude, produced by the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London, celebrates the 300th anniversary of the British Longitude Act of 1714, which offered huge rewards for any practical way to determine longitude at sea. The longitude problem was so difficult that—despite that incentive—it took five decades to solve it.

Through extraordinary, historic materials—many from the collection of the National Maritime Museum—the exhibition tells the story of the clockmakers, astronomers, naval officers, and others who pursued the long “quest for longitude” to ultimate success.

John Harrison’s work in developing extremely advanced marine timekeepers, which was vital to finally solving the problem of longitude, took place against a backdrop of almost unprecedented collaboration and investment. Featured in this complex and fascinating history are the names of Galileo, Isaac Newton, Captain James Cook, and William Bligh of HMS Bounty.

For a maritime nation such as Britain, investment in long distance trade, outposts and settlements overseas made the ability to determine a ship’s longitude accurately increasingly important.

The Royal Observatory in Greenwich was founded in 1675 to carry out observations “to find out the so much desired longitude of places for the perfecting of the art of navigation.” Under the 1714 Longitude Act, successive Astronomers Royal became leading voices on the Board of Longitude, judging proposals and encouraging promising developments.

It was Astronomer Royal Nevil Maskelyne’s observations at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich and his work on the Nautical Almanac, and the Board of Longitude that demonstrated the complementary nature of astronomical and timekeeper methods, ultimately leading to the successful determination of longitude at sea.

As solutions came forth, the Royal Observatory became a testing site for marine timekeepers and the place at which the astronomical observations needed for navigational tables were made. The significance of this work eventually led in 1884 to Greenwich becoming the home of the world’s Prime Meridian—the line that marks 0° longitude.

Exhibition Highlights

  •     Clockmaker John Harrison’s H4 marine timekeeper, considered his greatest masterpiece
  •     Rare 1685 “waggoner” picturing features of the Central and South American coasts
  •     Astronomical tables developed by Nevil Maskelyne, the Astronomer Royal
  •     Paintings from Captain Cook’s Pacific voyages
  •     Rare items from William Bligh’s journey after he was put off the Bounty
  •     Detailed models of Cook’s and Bligh’s ships
  •     Early sextants, octants, and other instruments

Digital displays throughout the exhibition bring key longitude concepts and materials to light.

About the National Maritime Museum and United Technologies

The National Maritime Museum holds the world’s largest maritime collection, housed in historic buildings forming part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site. The National Maritime Museum is part of Royal Museums Greenwich which also incorporates the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the 17th-century Queen’s House and Cutty Sark. Royal Museums Greenwich works to illustrate for everyone the importance of the sea, ships, time and the stars and their relationship with people. This unique collection of attractions welcomes over 2 million British and international visitors a year and is also a major centre of education and research. For more information visit http://www.rmg.co.uk

A global leader in the aerospace and commercial building industries, United Technologies provides products that set the standard for performance, reliability and energy efficiency. Its aerospace businesses include Pratt & Whitney aircraft engines, UTC Aerospace Systems products and services, and Sikorsky helicopters. UTC is the world’s largest provider of building technologies. Its commercial businesses include Otis elevators and escalators; Carrier heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems; and fire and security solutions from brands such as Kidde and Chubb. The company also operates a central research organization that pursues technologies for improving the performance, energy efficiency and cost of UTC products and processes. To learn more, visit http://www.utc.com.

ONLINE RESOURCES

Visit http://www.folger.edu/longitude for more details on Ships, Clocks & Stars.

RELATED PUBLICATION

Ships, Clocks, and Stars: The Quest for Longitude

By Richard Dunn and Rebekah Higgitt

Filled with astronomers, inventors, politicians, seamen, and satirists, Ships, Clocks, and Stars explores the scientific, political, and commercial battles of the age, as well as the sailors, ships, and voyages that made it legend—from Matthew Flinders and George Vancouver to the voyages of the Bounty and the Beagle. Featuring more than 150 photographs specially commissioned from Britain’s National Maritime Museum.

Harper’s Design, 2014, Hardcover, 256 Pages. .

Available in the Folger Gift Shop, (202) 675-0308 or http://www.folger.edu/shop.

RELATED FOLGER PROGRAMS

Folger Consort

Ships, Clocks, and Stars: Music of Telemann and Other Baroque Masters

Friday, Apr 10, 8pm; Saturday, Apr 11, 5pm and 8pm; Sunday, Apr 12, 2pm.

The scientific and satirical are explored in a variety of late Baroque music, including virtuoso cantatas, the brilliant and scientific harmonies of Jean-Phillippe Rameau, Georg Philipp Telemann’s amusing suite based on Gulliver’s Travels, and other treasures from an outward looking age. With violins, traverse, viola da gamba, theorbo, harpsichord, and soprano Yulia Van Doren.

Early Music Seminar                 Pre-concert discussion

Wednesday, Apr 8, 6pm.             Friday, Apr 10, 7pm. Free

Folger Family Programs

Recommended for ages 6–12

Gave Healthful Welcome to their Shipwreck’d Guests

Saturday, Jun 6, 10-11am. Free. Registration required.

Explore the excitement and possible danger of ships in Shakespeare’s plays.

O Time, Thou Must Untangle This, Not I

Saturday, Jul 4, 10-11am. Free. Registration required.

Consider the way Shakespeare uses time in his plays and find timekeepers in the language and examine the role of clocks in the Folger exhibition, Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude.

Let All the Number of Stars Give Light

Saturday, Aug 1, 10-11am. Free. Registration required.

Stars are everywhere in Shakespeare’s plays and poetry. Consider the ways they give light and show the way in Shakespeare’s world and see how that helps navigate the world.

VISITOR SERVICES

Families

A guide to the exhibition for younger visitors, including an exhibition scavenger hunt, is available.

Tours

Monday – Friday at 11am & 3pm, Saturday at 11am & 1pm, and Sunday at 1pm

Folger Docents offer guided tours of the exhibition, as well as the Folger’s national landmark building, free of charge. No advance reservations required.

Group Tours

Docent-led tours of the exhibition, as well as the Folger national landmark building, are offered for groups of 10 or more. To arrange, please call (202) 675-0395.

ABOUT THE FOLGER

Folger Shakespeare Library is a world-class center for scholarship, learning, culture, and the arts. It is home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection and a primary repository for rare materials from the early modern period (1500–1750). The Folger is an internationally recognized research library offering advanced scholarly programs in the humanities; an innovator in the preservation of rare materials; a national leader in how Shakespeare is taught in grades K–12; and an award-winning producer of cultural and arts programs—theater, music, poetry, exhibitions, lectures, and family programs. By promoting understanding of Shakespeare and his world, the Folger reminds us of the enduring influence of his works, the formative effects of the Renaissance on our own time, and the power of the written and spoken word. A gift to the American people from industrialist Henry Clay Folger, the Folger—located one block east of the U.S. Capitol—opened in 1932. Learn more at http://www.folger.edu

Folger Shakespeare Library

201 East Capitol Street, SE (one block from the U.S. Capitol)

Washington, DC 20003    

(202) 544-7077 ● http://www.folger.edu

Exhibitions open Monday through Saturday, 10am – 5pm; Sunday noon – 5pm. Admission is free.


Posted On: Washington, DC March 27, 2015

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Religion

Well I got a problem now<br />
... By: Mammal Original
Well I got a problem now
You made it mine
Showing me your weakness
I assumed that you were stronger
And it’s not the greed that holds us back
Just the lie
We’re inferior
I assumed that we were family

So I just thought I’d mention
And try to ease a little tension
If the bed I lie in was made by you
That this band of brothers will make it through

And if loving you means hating you, then I refuse
And if loving you means hating you, then I refuse
I won’t imagine pain cause it walks beside me

And we’re turning the screws right now
We’re not there yet
But at least we’re trying
I’m not fazed by their opinion
So just take the fall back plan

******* This Lyrics is NOT for Commercial use *******

Artist: Mammal
Track Name: Religion

Mar
26th

Out of This World

Get money addict<br />
I'mma ge... By: R. Calì Original
Get money addict
I’mma get “money” tatted
Money in the attics
Money in the stashes

Money in the cabinets
Stuffed in the mattress
Safe full of guns
More money up in that shit

Taz Arnold TI$A
Jeremy Scott Adidas
Maison Martin Margiella
Three strap sneakers

Riding with a feature
Student and a teacher
It’s money over bitches
No room for a skeezer

Thinking of a Lambo
Bathing Ape camo
Play with the money
Turn Rocky into Rambo

Patience is a virtue
Life is a handful
Friends, they’ll hurt you
Learned that from my grandfolks

Me under a lamp post
While I got my hands closed
Haze to my brains
Like eggs, got it scrambled

Yeah I feel Rihanna

******* This Lyrics is NOT for Commercial use *******

Artist: R. Calì
Track Name: Out of This World

Westmoore Pottery will present, “Stepping Back in Time: Hearthside Cookery.” Cooks from The Historical Cooking Guild of the Catawba Valley will be the guest presenters this year as they cook foods in the large fireplace at Westmoore Pottery using historical “receipts” (as recipes were then called) from the late 18th century.

On Saturday, October 18, the Historical Cooking Guild of the Catawba Valley will be preparing Scots Irish foods such as would have been cooked and served in the backcountry of North Carolina in the latter 1700s. This will include some familiar foods, such as apple pie and shortbread, as well as some less common dishes – colcannon, bannocks, haggis, and metheglin among them. Butter will be churned as well. Sampling of many of the dishes will be allowed as foods finish cooking.

This experienced and very active group, a branch of the Mecklenburg Historical Association, travels from their home base near Charlotte, NC all over the country, teaching others and constantly learning more about historical cooking themselves. The cooks frequently demonstrate period cookery at the James K. Polk State Historic Site in Pineville, NC near Charlotte.

Westmoore Pottery is well known for making and providing replica historical pottery used for heritage cookery programs and museum furnishings. The Historical Cooking Guild of the Catawba Valley will use Westmoore’s pottery in its cooking, to demonstrate how various pottery pieces were used in the 18th century. Pots used will range from the more common bowls, pitchers, and plates to the lesser known pottery pipkins, skillets, and steep pans.

“I am excited to have The Historical Cooking Guild of the Catawba Valley this year,” says potter Mary Farrell. “I have seen presentations these cooks have done at other venues. They have a wealth of knowledge to share with the public.”

The Hearthside Cooking programs are always among Westmoore Pottery’s most popular special events, and attract a wide and varied audience who learn about a part of history that people sometimes forget about — the history of foods, cooking skills, and the daily tasks of those who lived long ago. These programs interest many different types of people – history buffs, cooks, foodies, pottery enthusiasts, teachers, and lifetime learners. Never has history tasted so good!

Westmoore Pottery will be open from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday, October 18. The hearthside cooking demonstrations will run from 10 am – 3 pm. (The end of the day is allotted to washing dishes!) Come at any point during the day, and come back often to see the various foods being cooked. No admission fee will be charged and no pre-registration is required.    

“We sometimes have people who stay the whole day to watch, ask questions, and learn,” adds Mary, “though most visitors just come for a part of the day.”

Since the cooks will be making and explaining different foods throughout the day, returning later in the day means more watching and learning . . . and more sampling!

In conjunction with the Hearth Cookery program, Mill Creek Forge (next door to Westmoore Pottery) will also be open with demonstrations making hand forged ironwork by blacksmith Jerry Darnell and friends. Jerry is one of the most skilled blacksmiths working in the US today. His work is used and treasured by many hearth cooks.

Westmoore Pottery is located at 4622 Busbee Road, just off Highway 705 halfway between the small towns of Seagrove and Robbins, in North Carolina.


Posted On: Southern Pines, NC October 14, 2014

Mar
26th

Downsview

Subway, there's no spaces... By: Sewing With Nancie Original
Subway, there’s no spaces
Downsview I can see the frowning faces
They look like the second hand
They move as fast as you let them to go.
Backtrack to the old times.
When I walked with you on these streets then
It’s so cool, it’s different.
But now it’s just too cool, yeah.

(Chorus:)
And when it get’s dumber after the summer,

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Artist: Sewing With Nancie
Track Name: Downsview

Visit Temecula Valley announces the fifth annual Xenia Hospitality Award winners chosen from dozens of outstanding tourism business nominees and presented at the 2015 Temecula Valley tourism industry annual meeting. The awards serve to acknowledge the hospitality, generosity, and courtesy objectives Temecula Valley tourism partners aspire to provide to more than 2 million visitors each year.

A Grape Escape Balloon Adventure, Melody’s Ad Works, Oak Mountain Winery, and South Coast Winery Resort & Spa were among the fifth annual Xenia Hospitality Award winners chosen from dozens of tourism business nominees and presented at the 2015 Visit Temecula Valley tourism industry annual meeting, March 19. The awards serve to acknowledge the hospitality, generosity, and courtesy objectives Temecula Valley tourism partners aspire to provide to more than 2 million visitors each year.

A Grape Escape Balloon Adventure received the year’s overall Xenia Hospitality Award for demonstrating outstanding hospitality to visitors and exhibiting team spirit in promoting growth of Temecula Valley travel and tourism. Cherise Manning accepted the award and recognition for their big-picture view that exposes visitors, groups, media, and television shows to the Temecula Valley in a way that truly promotes tourism in the region. In presenting the award, Tom DeMott, Chairman of the Visit Temecula Valley executive board of directors and General Manager, Temecula Creek Inn Resort, acknowledged A Grape Escape’s very active involvement with Visit Temecula Valley, the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival. De Mott also shared that A Grape Escape “routinely charts at the top of TripAdvisor, meaning they understand the concept of guest service at the highest level!”

Melody’s Ad Works received the Xenia Ambassador Award for generating significant economic impact for the region by working to encourage tourism. Melody Brunsting accepted the award and recognition for her spearheading of many creative and longstanding event concepts over the years including the Old Town Temecula Bluegrass Festival, Old Town Temecula Western Days and Chili Cook-off, Old Town Temecula Street Painting and Plein Air Festivals, and Hot Summer Nights in Old Town Temecula. Brunsting was also lauded for working tirelessly to promote events, resulting in the year-over-year increased attendance of many successful special events.

Oak Mountain Winery received the Xenia Break-Through Award for exemplifying innovation, creating an impact, and causing Temecula Valley to shine. Valerie and Steve Andrews accepted the award, recognition for supporting tourism in the region since establishing the winery in 2005, for what was described as “their literal break-through moments on a daily basis for the past year,” and for soon opening one of the next tourism attractions in Temecula Valley Wine Country. Under construction by the Andrews at Temecula Valley’s Oak Mountain is the first mined wine cave in Southern California. Rather than expand out to satisfy wine demand, Oak Mountain is expanding into the ground. Wine caves naturally create the ideal conditions for barrel aging and promote better use of the land, as the vineyards continue to grow and thrive above the cave construction. With 11,000 square-feet/3,353 square-meters underground, The Cave at Oak Mountain will include a tasting room in the main subterranean corridor and a unique, subterranean banquet room and event space.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa received the Xenia Social Media Award for promoting Temecula Valley and successfully attracting visitors. Ricky Casillas accepted the award and recognition for South Coast Winery’s share on their social media channels: over 30,000 Facebook followers and 56,000 Twitter followers. South Coast Winery was also praised for utilizing technology to ensure Temecula Southern California Wine Country is on the radar of tourists who seek a unique wine resort experience.

The award-segment of the annual meeting’s program began with the Spotlight on Service Awards acknowledging Visit Temecula Valley Board of Directors’ monthly program that recognizes front-line hospitality staff for exceptional service. Recognized at the meeting for genuine, anticipatory, friendly, and caring service in 2014 were Kristen Ahern (The Customer Service Experts, Promenade Temecula), Michael Alby (Mimi’s Café), Sal Briones (Miramonte Winery), Ashley Browning (The Customer Service Experts, Promenade Temecula), Kendra Danko (Karl Strauss Brewing Company), Penny Delgado (Lorimar Vineyards & Winery), and Vanessa Hernandez (Bed Bath & Beyond), Julio Montalvo (South Coast Winery Resort & Spa), Melissa Perry (Robert Renzoni Vineyards & Winery), Christy Price (Temecula Creek Inn), Ray Roberson (Grapeline Wine Tours), Amanda Roldan (The Habit Burger Grill), Justin Ruiz (Yard House), Ariel Starkweather (Karl Strauss Brewing Company), Daniel Villalobos (Crush & Brew), and Dan Vyse (Annie’s Café).

The Welty Award for Tourism Professional of the Year acknowledges the namesake, pioneering Welty family who built one of the first hotels in the heart of Old Town Temecula in the late 1800’s. The award recognizes the importance of the collaboration between Visit Temecula Valley and the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce with regard to tourism, and significant contribution to tourism through innovation, inspiration, and industry leadership. Presented at the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce Gala in February by Visit Temecula Valley, Peg and Jimmy Moore received the Welty Award for their instrumental involvement in the City of Temecula incorporation process and their ongoing involvement in numerous civic activities and organizations.

At the Visit Temecula Valley annual meeting, board member Jan Smith, of Inland Management Group and Chair of the Hospitality Task Force for Visit Temecula Valley, provided an overview of the organization’s hospitality initiatives over the past year. Efforts include continuing to identify exceptional front-line hospitality staff through the Visit Temecula Valley Spotlight on Service program, and facilitating educational workshops such as the “I Love Old Town Temecula” workshop and the second annual Hospitality Day, a Familiarization Tour of the Temecula Valley for front-line hospitality staff.

Smith also explained, “The Xenia Awards were created to recognize outstanding tourism businesses and leaders. Xenia is the Greek concept of hospitality, generosity, and courtesy shown to those who are far from home. This is what we, as Temecula Valley hospitality partners, aspire to provide to our visitors.”

A measure of the success of Visit Temecula Valley hospitality initiatives and other tourism marketing and promotion efforts is travel spending that is revenue directly into the local economy by non-resident, overnight travelers and visitors to Temecula Valley. Most recent results reflect a record 1 million that helps to sustain a broad spectrum of Temecula businesses and nearly 6,900 jobs (with earnings of 5.6 million), and is a catalyst for economic opportunity. Of the 1 million local revenue, 4 million was spent for arts, entertainment, and recreation; and 1 million for restaurant dining, while the Temecula hotel industry generated over million in lodging revenue.

ABOUT VISIT TEMECULA VALLEY

Visit Temecula Valley (formerly the Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau) is the region’s official tourism marketing organization and resource for visitors. Visit Temecula Valley is online including a complete daily Events Calendar at VisitTemeculaValley.com; “Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country on Facebook; and @Visit_Temecula on Twitter. The Temecula Valley Visitors Center is located in Downtown, Old Town Temecula (Third Street and Mercedes) adjacent the Old Town Temecula Parking Garage. For visitor information and assistance, please call 888/363-2852 or 951/491-6085.

*Information is believed accurate but may be subject to change.


Posted On: Temecula, CA March 25, 2015

Randy Wadleigh the president and CEO of Governor’s Restaurant marked the opening of the new Wadleigh Academic Center during a ribbon cutting ceremony. The new facility, immediately adjacent to the athletic complex’s lobby, is designed to help athletes and other students, better prepare for academic success.

With a snip of the ceremonial scissors, Randy Wadleigh the president and chief executive officer of Governor’s Restaurant marked the opening of the new Wadleigh Academic Center at Husson University that bears his family’s name. The dedication ceremony took place at 11:30 a.m. on March 19, 2015 in the lobby of Husson’s Newman Athletic Complex.

The new facility, immediately adjacent to the athletic complex’s lobby, is designed to help athletes and other students, better prepare for academic success. It has a comfortable adaptable design that encourages student collaboration and learning.

Husson University President Robert A. Clark, Ph.D. said, “This project is a testament to our values. When entering the Newman Athletic Complex, one immediately sees the Wadleigh Academic Center on the right. Having an academic space dedicated to learning in the heart of our athletic facilities clearly demonstrates Husson University’s dedication to a student’s education.”

A significant portion of the ceremony was dedicated to honoring Randy Wadleigh and his wife Angela, whose generous donation made the Wadleigh Academic Center possible.

Randy Wadleigh is a 1987 graduate of Husson University where he majored in business administration. He was also a member of the Husson men’s basketball team and understands, first hand, the challenges that students experience in trying to strike a balance between athletics and academics. In 1999, Randy Wadleigh was inducted into Husson University’s Sports Hall of Fame.

“There isn’t a day that goes by in my life, both professionally and personally, that the lessons I learned as a student athlete don’t help improve my company and my family life,” said Wadleigh.

In addition to Dr. Clark and Mr. Wadleigh, other individuals who participated in today’s event included:

  •     Lynne Coy-Ogan, Ed.D., senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, Husson University
  •     Frank Pergolizzi, director of athletics, Husson University
  •     Lindsay Chapman, Husson University student. Chapman is a sophomore in the College of Health and Education where she is majoring in occupational therapy. She is also a member of the women’s volleyball team at Husson.

“Sports has the power to teach us important skills including leadership, teamwork, how to win, and perhaps most importantly, how to lose,” said Frank Pergolizzi, director of athletics at Husson University. “These are important experiences that each of us needs in order to have successful careers and successful lives. Equally important, if not more important to the success one achieves in life, is education. Helping all our students, including our student athletes, get a great education and become successful is what we’re all about here at Husson University.”

When asked what having this facility meant to her, Husson sophomore Lindsay Chapman said, “It says to me, ‘We know you and other athletes are working hard. We know it’s tough. But we believe in you and know that you can do it. You can be successful in both your sport and in the classroom. And we’re willing to step up, to give you the kinds of facilities you need so that you can be the best in both.’”

Husson Provost Lynne Coy-Ogan summed it up this way: “At Husson, we believe that our athletic offerings produce well-rounded student-athletes who embrace the spirit of competition while becoming community and professional leaders. Our student-athletes recognize the “student” part of the title always comes first and that the entire collegiate experience should be embraced.”

Governor’s Restaurant and Bakery can be found at six locations throughout Maine and is considered by many to be a local institution. More than 50 Husson University trustees, faculty, staff and students attended today’s event.

For more than 100 years, Husson University has prepared future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has come to represent superior value in higher education. Our Bangor campus and off-campus satellite education centers in Southern Maine, Wells and Northern Maine provide advanced knowledge in business; health and education; pharmacy studies; science and humanities; as well as communication. In addition, Husson University has a robust adult learning program. For more information about educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit Husson.edu.


Posted On: Bangor, Maine March 25, 2015

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