Reflections on Hubble Art Show
June 4 – 23 at Lake Frederick
- June 4, 2019 – open to public
- June 12, 2019 – Meet the Artist Reception 4-6 p.m.
- June 23, 2019 – Final Day
Seven Lake Frederick community artists will display their work in a special art show entitled Reflections on Hubble beginning Tuesday, June 4, at the Shenandoah Lodge. The show is open to both Lake Frederick community residents and to the general public.
Reflections on Hubble will feature dozens of original multi-media paintings by the seven artists. In awe-inspiring colors, the art captures the explosive energy of and within galaxies. Viewers are taken to and beyond our own Milky Way galaxy to visit scenes of unimaginable distances, cold and dark, and to the dazzling light of stars still being created.
“We attempt to capture the energy and the constant motion of towers of cosmic dust and collisions of stars and entire galaxies,” said Josie Tilton, the group’s instructor. For many years she has been fascinated by Hubble Telescope images. She painted her first “space” images in 2004 before moving in 2010 to Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.
Her students contributing to the exhibit are: Francine Markbein, Elizabeth Seekford, Nancy Budny, Curt Budny, Eve Cameron, and Margaret Kennedy. All are Lake Frederick residents.
Josie Tilton is an award-winning, self-taught artist. She is a German-born immigrant who escaped from Soviet-led East Germany at the age of 11. An accomplished artist in multiple media, Josie began painting in 1978 while living in Germany with her husband during an Air Force assignment.
Since living in Virginia, Josie’s art has been featured at both solo exhibits and major events throughout the area. This year she’s had solo showings at both Winchester Canterbury and Orchard Ridge retirement communities. Her art has been displayed locally also at Millwood’s Art at the Mill events and in Winchester, Berryville, and Front Royal.
The Reflections on Hubble event opens June 4 and continues through June 23 at Lake Frederick’s Shenandoah Lodge, 180 Bald Eagle Dr, Lake Frederick, VA 22630.
A Meet the Artists reception takes place June 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Lodge, conveniently co-located at the popular Regions 117 restaurant. A local author will read his poem Reflections on Hubble at the reception.
Offline shopping: 7 reasons to do your holiday shopping in person
Are you tired of handing over your hard-earned dollars to online retailers? If so, offline shopping is a trend that’s becoming increasingly popular. The principle? Focus on in-person shopping experiences rather than anonymous exchanges on the internet. Here are seven great reasons to do all your holiday shopping offline.
1. To support your community
Making purchases from your local merchants at this busy time of year is a concrete way of giving back to your community. Your money goes directly into your neighbors’ hands and helps to create — and keep! — jobs in your region. In contrast, ordering a gift online from the other side of the world doesn’t help the people closest to home.
2. To connect with people
When you visit the businesses in your region, you get to interact directly with local merchants. Of course, shopping online (in your pajamas?) has its advantages but talking to salespeople and fellow shoppers is even better.
3. To stimulate the local economy
The more people support local retailers, the longer their businesses can continue to thrive and serve the community, thereby creating a strong local economy. What’s more, dynamic neighborhoods are much more pleasant to live in than those whose shops have been forced to close and are accumulating dust, dirt and graffiti.
4. To strengthen your sense of community
Visiting businesses in your neighborhood will increase your ties to the region. When you explore the area around you, you’ll rub elbows with your neighbors and discover amazing goods and services a stone’s throw from your home.
5. To benefit from excellent service
Returns and exchanges are a breeze when the product you’ve purchased comes from a nearby store. And local merchants know they need your business to survive, so they’ll do everything they can to ensure you’re happy. Conversely, returning and exchanging items bought online is sometimes difficult.
6. To enjoy a variety of products
Are you familiar with all of the goods and services available in your region? Probably not. In fact, there are likely more businesses in your area than you realize! Consider spending a day visiting them. You’ll find that in just a few hours, you’ve completed all your holiday shopping and are still close to home.
7. To be kind to the environment
Shopping locally not only eliminates the cost of shipping, but also tends to reduce the distance products travel before reaching you. In addition, you can avoid the need for extra packaging materials when you shop in person, especially if you bring your own tote bags.
This year, go ahead and get your holiday gifts, goodies and decorations a few minutes from home — you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
The Wonderful World of Rudolpha: Nougat’s surprising cake
The children at the North Pole Animal Day Care are just finishing their lunches when Nougat, the elf chef enters the room.
“Rudolpha, we have a surprise for you!” he announces to the teacher.
Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and Jack the elf-of-all-trades come in carrying a huge carrot cake.
“Happy birthday,” they all say.
“Wow!” Rudolpha the reindeer says. “You remembered my birthday.”
“Of course we did,” says Nougat.
They set the cake in front of Rudolpha who blows out the candles and starts to serve everyone.
Jack takes one bite and spits it out, “Nougat! What did you put in the cake?”
“The usual ingredients,” answers Nougat defensively.
“My dear, it’s, um, not good,” says Mrs. Claus gently, “it’s much too salty and sort of tastes like…”
“Soy sauce,” Santa finishes for her.
“What? That’s impossible!” says Nougat.
Jack puts a consoling hand on Nougat’s shoulder. “There must be an explanation.”
The elf couple goes to the kitchen to investigate. Nougat starts to open the cupboards. “You see,” he says, handing the vanilla extract to Jack, “everything’s in the same place as usual. I couldn’t have made a mistake.”
“Nougat, didn’t you smell this? It’s soy sauce!” exclaims Jack.
“Actually, I can’t really smell anything,” admits Nougat, “I have a cold. In any case, that’s where the vanilla goes. And this? Is this sugar?”
Jack tastes it. “No, this is salt.”
“What? I just don’t understand how this could have happened!”
Suddenly, Tricksy the elf pops up from behind the counter. “Um, Nougat?” she says, “I moved your ingredients to play a trick on you. I was sure you’d realize as soon as you opened the jars. I didn’t know you have a cold.”
“Great joke, Tricksy. You ruined my surprise for Rudolpha and made me look like a fool.”
“I’m really sorry, Nougat. I’ll help you put everything back and make a new cake, I promise.”
Nougat never stays angry for very long. “Thank you Tricksy, that’s a good idea,” he says.
Nougat and Tricksy get to work. After the children’s nap, everyone gathers in the day care once again. They laugh, talking about the terrible salt and soy sauce cake from this morning.
“All’s well that ends well,” says Rudolpha, “I’ll have a funny story to tell my grandchildren one day. This carrot cake is delicious, Nougat and Tricksy. Thank you for making this an unforgettable birthday.”
Written by Johannie Dufour and Sarah Beauregard
Translated by Cyan Caruso-Comas
How to enjoy the holidays without overindulging
Food plays an integral part in many holiday celebrations. But when you have many social obligations in a short period of time, it can feel like all you’re doing is eating. Here’s how to enjoy the season’s festivities without overindulging.
Don’t skip meals
Eat regular meals throughout the holidays as this will make you less likely to overindulge at parties.
For breakfast, make some eggs or avocado on toast. These foods are full of protein and healthy fats that will keep you going all day.
At lunch, try a salad topped with a healthy protein like salmon, grilled chicken or legumes.
Have a light snack before heading out to the party to make sure you don’t arrive hungry. Focus on protein-rich foods like nuts or plain yogurt with fruit.
Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day and in between consuming alcoholic drinks. This will help you avoid becoming dehydrated and will also allow you to feel more satiated and therefore make you less likely to overeat.
Get in a workout
On the day of the party, try to get in a workout. Not only does regular exercise help you metabolize your food quicker, but you’ll also crave healthier foods, making it easier to pass on heavier fare.
Making sure you take care of yourself over the holidays allows you to treat yourself without overindulging. You’ll enjoy spending time with loved ones and set the right precedent for the new year.
How to choose a hanging light for your entranceway
Are you redecorating your entranceway? If so, here’s how to find the perfect hanging light for it.
Determine the right size
To determine how big it should be, measure the length and width of the space in feet, add the numbers together and then convert the sum to inches. For example, a room that’s 10 feet by 12 feet needs a light fixture with a diameter of 22 inches.
Select the right height
Hanging lights should never be less than seven feet away from the floor. Any lower and they may give someone a bump on the head.
Choose a style you love
Hanging light fixtures come in a multitude of types, colors and shapes. Remember to keep the rest of your decor in mind when making your selection.
If you’re installing a light fixture where there wasn’t one before, hire an electrician. A certified professional will make sure that the wiring is done to code.
Types of hanging lights
• Abstract pendants are modern light fixtures formed into unique shapes.
• Bowl pendants have bowl-shaped diffusers that are turned toward either the ceiling or floor.
• Cluster pendants comprise a group of mini-pendants that provide the same amount of light as a single larger pendant.
• Crystal chandeliers can be made of cut glass or crystal and are perfect for formal spaces.
• Drum chandeliers are similar to drum pendants but have numerous light bulbs.
• Drum pendants are cylindrical and have a fabric or hardback diffuser.
• Globe pendants are sphere-shaped and usually made of a transparent material.
• Mini chandeliers are smaller fixtures that can be used in tight spaces.
• Mini pendants are slender hanging lights typically used in multiples.
Gifts for 5 types of enthusiast
Finding the perfect gift isn’t always easy, especially when the person you’re shopping for is passionate about things you don’t know much about. Here are some gift ideas for five types of enthusiast.
1. Coffee lovers. An insulated travel mug, beans from a local roaster, an espresso maker, a conical burr grinder, coffee flavored chocolates, double-walled coffee glasses, travel coffee press or coffee-scented candles.
2. Yarn crafters. Books or magazines with knitting and crocheting patterns, a row counter, a yarn bowl, a set of needles or hooks, a project bag, a tool case, personalized stitch markers, high quality yarn or a gift certificate to a yarn store.
3. Aspiring writers. A mechanical keyboard, a laptop tray, noise-cancelling headphones, a fountain pen, personalized notebooks, a Bluetooth keyboard for their tablet, an external hard drive, books about writing or a printer.
4. Tabletop gamers. A dice bag, a wooden card holder, plastic card protectors, a board game bag, custom game organizers, a play mat, a component organizer, new dice, a custom character figurine or an expansion pack for their favorite game.
5. Environmentalists. Reusable stainless steel or silicone straws, reusable produce bags, silicone snack and sandwich bags, a reusable water bottle, jewelry made from recycled materials, beeswax food wraps for leftovers or a vegan cookbook.
Buying a gift that speaks to your loved one’s interests will show them that you care.
The Cracked Acorn: The Old, Old Story
I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken nor his children begging for bread. – Psalm 37:25
Interesting how the Child Evangelism Fellowship started in 1937 by Jesse Overholtzer, who wanted to reach young children in the poor sections of our major cities. The target ages were from five to twelve and thought this as the best probability of someone embracing Jesus as his or her Savior. He was impressed by the scripture from Matthew, “I praise You,Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.”
The Milford Decision from the Supreme Court allowed the Fellowship to have Bible clubs at the end of the school day giving children songs, stories, and scriptures form the Bible ending with snacks. One teacher, age thirteen, was very successful on reaching out to youngsters by what he called speaking “childrenese.” He always ended with “Boys and girls, if you have never believed on Jesus, you have a problem,”
Lamar, a twelve-year-old, sitting with his two friends, said that he had been waiting for tangibles that the missionaries had promised. He said he had waited and waited, but nothing had changed. He had thought about going back to the club for another try, but he was undecided. “I took my heart out for God. One time should be enough.”
The Fellowship seems to have worked better in the Southern states. Bible clubs are meeting in 183 public schools in South Carolina, reaching 13,524 children. The clubs state that their additional goals are to “strive to promote positive moral character,provide training, and reinforce values.” The biggest draw is with single moms who want kids to get assistance with homework, even if they have to sit through a Gospel message.
The Bible club has had a recent convert, Edwin Parle, who is a nine-year-old, from a public housing complex in Hartford, relates the “Story” with kind of like Goosebumps, referring to the popular youth horror books written by R.L. Stine. “Well, there is something about Jesus and when you see Him on the cross you really believe in Him. He died for our sins. The afternoon sun reflected off Edwin’s wire-rim glasses, and he looked really calm and studious. (edited from LIKE I WAS JESUS-How to bring a nine-year-old to Christ By Rachel Aviv)
Tell me the old, old story of unseen things above,Of Jesus and His glory, of Jesus and His love.Tell me the story simply, as to a little child,
For I am weak and weary, and helpless and defiled.Tell me the old, old story, tell me the old, old story,Tell me the old, old story, of Jesus and His love. (Katherine Hankey, 1866)
Dear GOD, I read your book and I like it. I would like to write a book some day with the same kind of stories. Where do you get your ideas? Best wishes. (Mark, age 9)
Dear GOD, I didn’t think orange went with purple until I saw the sunset you made on Tuesday. That was cool! (Sean, age 4)
Dear GOD, We read Thomas Edison made light. But in Sunday school they said You did it. So I bet he stole your idea. (Donna)
Dear GOD, Is it true my father won’t get into Heaven if he uses his bowling words in the house? (Anita)
Dear GOD, I think about You sometimes even when I’m not praying. (Elliott)