New York Vacation in the Big Apple

New York is the city that never sleeps and a top destination for those seeking a thrilling and excitement-filled vacation complete with culture and sophistication of the likes that can only be found in this great city.

Once just a bustling seaport and the immigrant gateway into United States, the history of New York has not always been synonymous with class, culture and sophistication as it is today. In fact, New York was even referred to as a sewer by President Thomas Jefferson during his time in office. But the 19th Century, WW II and Wall Street changed the face and the reputation of the city for good.

Today, New York is the most densely populated city in the United States and is home to people of varying culture and tastes. For this reason, New York is the perfect destination for those who want to experience a vacation getaway unlike any other. In New York you will never feel boxed into certain types of events or entertainment.

Here you can plan your days according to whatever strikes your fancy, not by what the locals have to offer because in New York, the locals offer everything you can possible dream up. From the River Festival to Shakespeare in the Park, New York has something to offer everyone.

And of course, there are the usual attractions that draw large crowds to New York City including the Statue of Liberty, Ground Zero and the Empire State Building. And there is no end to the options when it comes to aquariums and zoos, museums and art galleries, and parks and beautiful gardens. The bottom line is that if you can name it, New York has it on such a grand scale that you cannot even imagine.

With more than 50 theaters and performing arts productions at any given time, New York is fairly bursting with culture. From classy productions to off-Broadway spoofs, New York theater has something that can be enjoyed by even the most fickle at heart.

Here are just a few of the many more attractions to by found in New York City:

Bronx Zoo. The Bronx Zoo is one of the largest zoos in North America and houses more than 4,000 animals in its 265 acre sprawl. Some of the state-of-the-art exhibits feature endangered species and unique habitats.

From the Himalayan Highlands, which showcases endangered snow leopards and red pandas, to the award-winning Congo Gorilla Forest, the Bronx Zoo is truly an amazing experience for animal lovers of all ages. The Children’s Zoo even allows young ones to crawl, climb and explore simulated animal habitats.

New York Botanical Gardens. The New York Botanical Gardens boasts of 48 breathtaking, organic gardens situated on a 250-acre historical site. Complete with the largest Victorian glasshouse in America and thousands of plant species, the botanical gardens is a must see for any visitor to New York.

Children’s museums. Two children’s museums that stand out in both the New York metropolis and across the country are the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan.

The Brooklyn museum features hands-on exhibits highlighting cultural and scientific objects from around the world. The Manhattan museum also features interactive exhibits and inspires children and families to learn about themselves and our culturally diverse world through the arts, literacy, media & communications, science & the environment and early childhood education.

And these are just a few of the things you can see and do while in New York. For every one of these, there are hundreds of more options to keep your family entertained in the Big Apple. From fine arts and dining to watching the street performers downtown and everything in between, New York will provide you with memories and experiences to last a lifetime.

The Towns and Villages of the New Forest

Barton-on-Sea
The seaside village of Barton-on-Sea has a safe beach which offers some fantastic views of the Solent and the Isle of Wight in the distance.

Beaulieu
When traveling through this village keep an eye out for donkey and ponies who wonder through the narrow ancient streets. The village is centered around a wide tidal river and has a few small shops and a pub, it most famous attractions are the National Motor Museum and Palace House.

Boldre
Boldre is a small pretty village with narrow streets and lanes with a beautiful 800 year old church.

Bramshaw
Bramshaw lies close to Piper’s Way, the highest point in the New Forest. The village’s church has been built over many centuries and its architecture reflects the many different periods.

Brockenhurst
Brockenhurst is home to the main train and bus interchange in the New Forest. The village is situated in some of the most beautiful country side in the area and it pretty green often has local New Forest ponies grazing on it. Many of the New Forests walks and trails have their start in Brockenhurst.

Eling
Eling is home to one of the few working tidal mills around so its mill and heritage centre along the old quay are worth a visit. There are plenty of good walks to be found along the pretty river.

Exbury
The village of Exbury is found on the banks of the river Beaulieu and is home to the world famous woodland Exbury Gardens.

Fordinbridge
Fordinbridge is well known for its medieval stone bridge which spans the river Avon with its fine seven arches. The village has many shops and pubs to keep the adults happy while the riverside playground will keep the kids entertained.

Fritham
The villages’ small pub, the Royal Oak, is often referred to as the New Forest parliament.

Hythe
A quick trip along the Victorian pier in Hythe is a must before you hope on board a ferry across to Southampton and catch a glimpse of all the vast ocean liners coming in and out of the busy port. When back on dry land a walk around the towns Victorian and Georgian buildings are recommended.

Lymington
Lymington’s narrow streets are full of period cottages and houses while its busy high street is full of shops and leads down to the quay side and marina. Car ferries to the Isle of Wight can be caught just outside of the town.

Lyndhurst
Lyndhurst is the capital of the New Forest and has been since William the conqueror first set up his hunting grounds here. The village has plenty to keep visitors entertained, from the New Forest Visitors Centre to plenty of shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants. There is also the chance to visit the original Alice in Wonderland (Alice Liddell) in the churchyard.

Milford-on-Sea
This seaside village offers some fantastic views of the Needles and Christchurch Bay. The village has a shingle beach, popular with anglers, and a number of shops, cafes and pubs as well as a traditional village green.

Minstead
Minstead is famous as the final resting place of Sherlock Holmes author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who is berried in All Saints Church.

New Milton
New Milton is one of the largest towns in the New Forest with a number of great shops. It is located close to the sea and open forest.

Top Arts and Entertainment Hotpots in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale boasts of a culture that is as deep as its oceans any individual can ever fathom. Its heritage is diversified by the arts and entertainment that make its communities alive and dynamic. Throughout the year, there are festivals and events that foster interaction and unity among its residents. Here are some of the arts and entertainment hotspots in the city where you can spend fun time alone or with friends and family.

ArtServe

Located at 1350 East Sunrise Blvd., Artserve holds the reputation of being one of America’s six art incubators. The 20000 square foot art facility has a professional art gallery, dance studio, auditoriums, conference rooms, and office suites. It also holds programs and services that aim to help local artists turn their arts into profitable businesses. It is a haven for both artists and art enthusiasts. The facility also holds regular exhibits which focus on bringing diverse kinds of art to the public.

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

On 900 N. Birch Road, you can find the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. It is a historic house museum erected on 35 acres of pristine barrier island in Fort Lauderdale. It prides itself of being one of the few places with homes and studios carrying original furnishings from American artists. It also has an art gallery from several reputable artists. Its garden is also a living art by possessing five distinct ecosystems within it – the Atlantic Beach Ocean, freshwater slough, secondary dune, mangrove wetlands, and maritime forest. Tropical tranquility beams with the tropical vegetation, hibiscus garden, and arid plantings. The entire garden is also a perfect paradise for wildlife like squirrel monkeys and gopher tortoises. Weddings and corporate events can be held in this place through special arrangements.

Arts & Culture Center of Hollywood

The parcel of land in 1650 Harrison Street is the site of the Arts & Culture Center of Hollywood. It is where art exhibits, live performances, and educational programs for kids and adults are staged. It has several art galleries, art school, theater, and café. This is literally a melting pot of arts and entertainment where residents and visitors can have a grasp of the rich culture that Fort Lauderdale has grown over the years.

These are just three of the top arts and entertainment hotspots in Fort Lauderdale. Throughout the city, there are more places like these which can also satisfy your thirst for visual arts and live entertainment. If you want to know more of these hotspots, you can contact your local real estate agent for more information.

All You Wanted to Know About Life Casting

In the ancient days, life-like, three-dimensional imitations of a deceased person’s body were created to transport him or her to the next world. This venerable art from the land of Egypt is now being practiced all over the world.

However, one no longer has to be dead to get a life cast done! Yes, realistic and perfectly detailed reproductions of the living and breathing human body are possible today. The 3D replica manages to capture every minute detail right down to the hair, skin texture, fingerprints and even the pores.

This cherished reflection can be captured from any part of the body and impressions of baby hands and feet are particular popular. So are pregnant bellies, intertwined hands, individual torsos and so on.

How is it done?

A life cast begins with making a body mold. In fact, this forms a crucial step and success depends on both the skill of the artist and the cooperation of the model. In fact, the model is only involved at this stage and the artist will work on his own during the casting.

The life casting artist will carefully instruct the model and decide on a pose that has to be maintained for a while. The artist will do his best to ensure that the model stays comfortable, secure and stationary.

The artist coats the body part with petroleum jelly or other release agent before slathering it with an alginate mixture. This alginate is a natural product that is derived from seaweed and is completely safe for the skin. Softer set variations are also available that is gentle for infant skin. Alternatively, the artist can opt to make the body mold with skin-safe silicone rubber too.

The mold making material is carefully applied on the body. Extra attention is needed when casting the face as the mold should capture the precise shape and yet the material should not enter the eyes, mouth or nose. Alginate molds are secured with plaster bandages to enable the mold to retain its shape.

The mold will set in a matter of minutes and it can be demolding by wriggling the face a bit. Now alginate molds should be cast quickly as the material tends to shrink and distort quickly. Plaster is generally the material of choice for making life casts. Resin life casts are also popular. It is even possible to make life casts in stone, metal or wood by using cold casting powders.

The casting material is carefully poured into the body mold. Care is needed to avoid air bubbles that can easily mar the perfection of the life cast. Once cured, alginate molds are usually broken away to reveal the life cast inside. The cast is then carefully finished (to correct any imperfections) and can also be painted or buffed as required.

Arts and Entertainment As Education and Training

Prisons should be rehabilitation centers. Inmates would be forbidden to watch commercial TV. Entertainment would be OK, but it would be good clean entertainment, not the sexual immorality, drug abuse and violence so prevalent on commercial TV.

Prisoners would also have a menu of cognitive therapy options available to choose from for their rehabilitation. Vocational rehabilitation and other educational opportunities will also be available.

Prisoner selection and progress in such programs will be monitored and considered in their reentry into society process.

I think Wyoming would be a great place to build prisons. Good jobs for Wyoming and placing them out in the relatively empty places in Wyoming would keep them away from society. I just think prisons and the whole rehabilitation industry would be good business for Wyoming.

Reforming Hollywood and other entertainment industry activities is another project we can work on to improve human nature and civilization. I am astonished that people think that murder and rape, and all kinds of human perversity is entertaining.

I guess the scientists who work in Hollywood have discovered how to push certain buttons in human nature and now they just keep pushing them, just like a pigeon will keep pushing the cocaine button in an experiment.

Just because we can do something doesn’t mean we should do it. Make sure everyone wins in all your business activities. Deliver more than you promise. Trade good stuff for good stuff. Never sell poison for money, whether its physically, mentally or spiritually poisonous. Much of the entertainment available today is mentally and spiritually poisonous. And when people act out the fantasies they are watching, it becomes physically harmful.

We are all responsible for this. Society is whatever we make it. We can make a peaceful and prosperous society, or we can make this mean oppressive society that Hollywood is selling.

I encourage everyone to help make the world a better place, be kind friendly and polite. Practice peace and prosperity in your own personal and professional lives. Practice unity in diversity.

Love and respect each other. We are not seeking uniformity. The diversity inherent in human nature is a strength of human nature. We do need a common set of moral and spiritual principles that we can all agree to and practice in order to live in harmony with each other and our
natural habitat.

Costume Play Is A Popular Hobby

Do you like dressing up in costumes for Halloween or a special event? Would you like to be able to attend more functions with costumes? Then Cosplay is for you. This is the “hottest”creative and imaginative hobby being enjoyed by amateurs and professionals.

No, there are no lines to memorize and you do not have to act in a play or any type of theatre performance. Select a character that you would like to be and become that personality for a period of time.

People who participate in this activity can be found at celebrity, sci-fi, and other types of conventions which welcome costumed personalities. They can also be found at promotional events such as books or movies.

Costume ideas:

Space creatures
Robots
Military and other combative characters
Fantasy creatures
Monsters
Mythical characters and creatures
Movie characters
Super heroes
Puppets
Cartoon characters
Sexual fantasies
Toys
Distorted human appearances
Original creations fabricated by your imagination

The participants of this activity enjoy making their personal creations whether it is original or copying a favorite character of their choice. These people take great pride in their talents and skills which are needed to assemble a costume.

Regardless if the costume is purchased, rented or made by your skillful hands, cosplay is a lot of fun.

In addition to entertainment for self or others this interest may:

Jumpstart a new career
Photos of your costume may win contests, modeling, or a movie invitation
Satisfy your need to portray various characters
Meet celebrities and other famous people at the conventions and costumed promotions
New social life with people who share your interest
Travel
Satisfy your creativity and imagination

Various talents used in arts and crafts are utilized in making these costumes. Copying and duplicating a simple character can be easy or an ordeal depending on your skills.

A monster or a military costume will involve crafts from plastics, foam, wiring, electronics, metal assembly, and more which may be needed for the costume and the props. In this example sewing fabric, fur, feathers, skins, leather, and other garment needs may require a sewing machine or hand stitching may be the solution.

Regardless if the costume is purchased, rented or made by your skillful hands, cosplay is a lot of fun.

This an up and coming “hot” hobby for everyone to enjoy. There is a niche for any interest, talent or skill which you may possess and wish to keep active.

Impact of Technology On The Field of Arts And Entertainment

Nearly everyone enjoys the different types of entertainment, and some people enjoy even more being entertainers. They want to become actors, comedians, dancers, singers. We used to go inside theatres after a hard day’s work to relax and see our favorite plays. But only in the last hundred years have we been able to record sound and pictures and to broadcast them through air. These improvements have brought fun and entertainment to every corner of the world and into most of our homes.

Technology has indeed made it possible for us to see entertainment in a new light. For one, technology has made it also possible for us to store our memories. Actors and singers long dead seem to come to life again every time their films or records are played. We can store a seemingly countless number of these records and films in CDs, hard drives and other storing devices like our computer. This makes it possible for us to entertain ourselves almost anywhere- at home, at the office, at the park, the bus; as long as we bring our devices with us. One can actually live without TV these days as long as one has a computer device and internet connection.

The world of entertainment has grown tremendously, and it can teach us as well as entertain us. Today, broadcasting is the most important form of popular entertainment. But now it is challenged by still newer inventions. Video playback and recording equipments make it possible for home viewers to buy or record their favorite shows. Many classic movies are already available for home viewing. This new equipment may encourage many viewers to spend fewer hours watching network offerings of situation comedies and action dramas. And now, we can record, transfer, and produce our own videos using cellular phones.

At the same time, the internet has revolutionized viewing habits in another way. The internet provides information on a lot of sources for movies, music, and other forms of entertainment. With internet connection, people can bring programs directly into their computer by doing downloads and many of these downloads are offered for free. Not only does it provide entertainment but we can even do some transactions like when you want to buy stun guns online.

The internet offer entertainment on almost all particular interests- music, news, and special information such as stock markets, weather, and social networking. These sources are made available to us faster than ever, as fast as the stun gun effects. We can update on news even before they get broadcasted on TV through the different websites on the internet.

Never in recorded history have Entertainment and arts been so important in the lives of so many people. Modern inventions such as the internet have put nearly every person within reach of music and drama all day, every day, at home, and away from home. The internet has also made it possible for people not just become viewers but also the performers themselves as they are able to upload their own videos on different sites. The future of entertainment and arts is taking shape through technology and the people themselves.

Music As an Art and an Entertainment

When we were kids, our parents made it a point to expose us to a lot of things. They made us sing, dance ballet, act, play instruments, join art classes and many more. Our exposure to arts and entertainment deviate our attention from the structured lessons we learn in class. Aside from developing our cognitive abilities, it is important that we work in honing our creativity and motor skills. Being a well-rounded person is a good thing. It allows us to adjust to our environment and relate well to our peers.

Arts and entertainment covers a broad area, it includes music, literature, television, theater, visual arts and many more. It is everything that stimulates what we see, what we feel and what we hear. The people who came before us left beautiful masterpieces, which should inspire us to do better.

At present, modernization has paved the way of doing the impossible. People are driven to achieve more because things are one click away. Books are can be bought online, movies are available in DVD’s and music updates are very accessible. Technology may have taken over, but it cannot be denied that everything that we have right now is a product of man’s creativity. This is a good thing because a lot of young people are into it. They enjoy immersing themselves on what they see on TV and on listening to their favorite songs from their playlists. One of the artists that are loved by most of them is Jason Derulo.

A singer and a songwriter born in Miami, Jason Derulo has succeeded in making himself known in hit charts along with other famous performers. The songs that he released from his present album were a major hit that everyone is looking forward to his upcoming projects. His fans are excited to collect stuff like Jason Derulo “autographed” photos that they can keep as a memorabilia or post on their walls. In fact, most of them enjoy joining contests where they can show how much they love and enjoy his music. A big thanks to technology; these activities can be accessible to everyone who is willing to join in the craze.

So what’s in stored for Jason Derulo for 2011? Lots! He will commence his year by going on tour internationally. He will begin in England on February 17, 2011 with a concert in Bournemouth which will be followed by a similar event in Wolverhampton on February 18, 2010. He will also be visiting Leeds, Derby, Manchester, Cardiff and London. I’m pretty sure the people in the United Kingdom are all excited to meet him. Ticket details and the schedule of his tours are readily available online. This way, fans who are interested to watch his concerts, will be kept updated. Attending his concerts will surely be fun and exciting, besides the fact that you get to see Jason Derulo in person, you will also hear him sing live!

The guy is just starting his career but everybody loves him already. The fans are hanging on to what he is going to offer in the near future and they don’t doubt his capacity to exceed what he has already achieved.

Public Views of Arts and Entertainment

Entertainment art and entertainments gallery is not, as publication would have it, a pale imitation of art which happens to propound for a public audience the same values that art does for the elite members of the self-same cultural group.

Rather, art and entertainment are but similar activities. Art engenders thoughts and emotions in its audience so that they can be referred to a meaning,

While entertainment creates thoughts and painters museums art gallery emotions in its audience that create pleasure for that audience by allowing its members to notice that the events art and entertainments before them engendered those thoughts and emotions. Acrobats create fear with their daring, and the audience enjoys its sense gallery art of fear because it knows that the events before it created that fear. Mystery tales generate galleries suspense by piling up yet clues and suspense, the public audiences enjoy the puzzle as well as the atmosphere of painters contemporary the fiction in which the puzzle is set.

Games of cards and sports are two sources of entertainment because their audiences attend to the particular way a game is played out whether a declarer should have led a spade and whether a squeeze bunt might have led art museum a runner to score– rather than for any sources to be a participant to the play of chance or athletic prowess.

Entertainment is more popular than art because it limits what its audience is required to do to the apprehension of what happens before it, gallery art while art opens up the audience to any associations its members might make between the art object and life.art and entertainments art museum and entertainments paintings contemporary

The Black Forest Cuckoo Clock

A Work of Art on Your Wall

The cuckoo clock is far older than the popular clocks made in the Black Forest region of southwest Germany. This is known because in 1650 the cuckoo clock was part of reference book knowledge recorded in books. It actually took almost a hundred more years before the cuckoo clock arrived in the Black Forest.

For many decades after its arrival the cuckoo clock was only an unimportant niche product. However, although the basic design of putting a cuckoo into a clock didn’t begin in the Black Forest, it’s certainly true now that the modern Black Forest Cuckoo Clock reproductions are faithful copies of the clocks made there.

It was the people of this region who built up the cuckoo clock industry and developed it into a very successful business. The most valuable Clocks are made to their new designs and technical improvements, which have made this charming clock into a valued piece of art worldwide.

I’ve described three different, highly decorated types of clock that were once made in the Black Forest hundreds of years ago. All three of them show the great skill of modern craftsmen continuing in a very long tradition.

One type of Black Forest Clock that I’ve never seen before is the Romback & Hauss Shield Cuckoo clock no. 3402. It has a hand-painted surround of brightly colored flowers on a black background which look really pretty and fresh. The ivory colored dial has black Roman numerals and gold colored hands and two pendulums, which make it look very elegant. It’s a reproduction from the workshop of Ingolf Hass and is as interesting as it’s beautiful. It looks as if it was just taken off the wall of an 18th century cottage!

This Black Forest Cuckoo Clock has an extra-large carved wooden bird whose wings flap when he cuckoos and a glass bell that tinkles musically just before the cuckoo calls. The cuckoo call is made with wooden whistles and bellows, which along with the bell you can see just behind the front of the clock. This clock is described as the star of the collection and that doesn’t surprise me at all, because it’s so beautiful. It measures 13″H x 7″W x 4″D and costs 1,271.00 dollars — so I guess I won’t be getting one for Christmas this year!

My next choice is the Rombauch & Hauss 1870 Reproduction Black Forest Clock with Fretwork. It’s a great reproduction in the traditional chalet style and the delicately cut filigree case is cut to display the black underneath which makes a really striking pattern. The numbers, hands and cuckoo are made of solid wood and the weights and pendulum are antiqued brass. This particular Black Forest Cuckoo Clock would go with a traditional or an exotic décor because the delicate fretwork design would make it fit in well with Asian, Indian and African-style decorated homes. It has ivory Roman numbers and three pendulums and measures 18″H x 9″W x 6″D. The price is 1,086.00 dollars.

The last Black Forest Cuckoo Clock was chosen as the Black Forest Clock Associations Clock of the Year 2002 and when you see it you can really understand why. It’s a beautiful Black Forest Cuckoo Clock in the chalet style with a little scene containing figures on the front of the clock. There’s a girl who dances to a pretty music box melody, a water-wheel and a deer. Just by looking at this pretty country scene, you can feel as if you are there with them enjoying the fresh, clean air of the forest. The cuckoo, numbers, hands and dancers are all made of solid wood. The cuckoo and dancers move with the music and bird call. The music box movement is hand-made in Switzerland and the clock measures 12″H x 12″W x 8″D. It costs 686 dollars.

The Black Clock is a luxury item that has retained its wide-ranging popularity for hundreds of years and will, I’m sure, continue to delight and entertain people for many years to come with its unique style and timeless beauty.