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Thursday, June 25, 2009
We have created another slide show. This one is about an incredible English Chamber Organ from the 17th century. This particular piece is housed at the Historic St Luke's Church in Smithfield, Virginia. This organ still works but has less than 100 plays left to it. It takes 3 people to play this piece. Historic St Luke's is trying to raise about $64,000.00 for the restoration and replication of this organ. We are asking those of you who can afford to make contributions to the fund to please do so. To learn more about the English chamber organ and where to send your much needed donations please CLICK HERE for the link.
If you send a donation to them and send us a copy of the receipt showing proof of the donation, we will send you a full size picture file of the organ that you can use to print out or take to a photo lab and have a picture printed to a size up to 16 by 20 inch prints. We maintain the copyright to the work, but we are allowing this with a proven donation to Historic St Luke's church. Thank you.
Here is a slide show of some of the pictures we took of and on board the Kalmar Nyckel. The ship is incredible at every level. We will have a web site up soon featuring all the pictures we took. In the mean time, enjoy.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Here are a number of pictures from the May 30th event of the 7th Virginia Regiment while they were at the Historic Court House Circle. If you missed them while they were here in Gloucester, there is another opportunity to catch them on the 4th of July in Yorktown. They will be spending the day there doing their live encampment interpretations for everyone. They do a fantastic job, so be sure to take some time and to meet them.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
The White Cloud could be seen from the Gloucester Point Beach today, June 20th, 2009. She is the 69th largest yacht in the world as listed by Power and Motor Yachts. Click Here to view the report. She was previously owned by a Dutchman who liked to sail her around the world. She is now American owned and equally sailed around the world by her new owner.
We had a chance to do an extensive photo shoot and we will bring the pictures to you as soon as we are done processing them all. She is a beauty in every sense of the word. True elegance throughout.
We promised to bring you an update when we had our new site up for the Hampton Blackbeard Festival. Well it's now up and ready for viewing. Though it is not yet complete, it has over 100 pictures, 24 videos including music videos, and plenty of links. We took over 600 pictures and over 30 videos and we are still working on getting through it all. The site will continue to expand over the next few weeks, but please take the time to start viewing it now. There is a lot to see on the new site. CLICK HERE to go to the new site now.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
While we were in Yorktown Virginia during the Memorial Day services, there was a very nice gentleman dressed as Uncle Sam, an American Icon figure. Since we posted pictures of him on some of our sites, we have been getting hits from all over the world of people interested in seeing this photo. Though this is not new to us, it does tell a story of world interest in Americanism, patriotism, democracy and our way of life. The United States is still viewed as the world leader in many areas. Chuck Thompson and TTC Media handles a lot of American history and media that attracts a lot of international attention. We put one of our photos from the Battle of the Hook into the public domain about 6 months ago and it has since been distributed to the world in 365 different languages and gets rave reviews.
It seems easy to be down in the dumps during these economic tough times, this is why it is important to realize that despite these tough times, there is still plenty of rainbows that we should all be proud of as the United States of America is comprised of all of us here in this country. It is not our Government, it is "We The People". Remember, it was our forefathers that said no to repression. It is the true heart of American Spirit. Americans have always overcome the obstacles put before us. So even though we are going through tough times, it is the American Spirit that will get us out of it all.
We just finished putting up our review site of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra from the May 30th, 2009 event held here in Gloucester. The site contains a number of pictures, some rare videos we produced last year and a links page. We will be expanding the site as we continue to go through our picture files and attend other public performances, so keep the site bookmarked if you are a fan. Click Here to see the new site.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Sunday, June 14th, 2009. The Kalmar Nyckel could be seen from the Gloucester Point beach over the weekend as this Delaware Tall Ship was giving 3 hour cruises twice a day. This ship is a replica from 1625. She is a Dutch 200 tonne Pinnace ship. It is said that the history of the Kalmar Nyckel rivals that of the Mayflower, bringing 24 settlers to the new world in 1638, to found the new area called "New Sweden", now known as Wilmington, Delaware and having made 3 more successful round trips bringing more settlers of German, Dutch, Finnish and Swedish backgrounds.
All ticket purchases for the 3 hour tour go to the upkeep of the ship. The ship is owned by the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation which is a non profit foundation. Donations are always welcome. To visit their site, please CLICK HERE. We had the opportunity to meet the Captain and the crew and were granted rare access to photograph the inside of this ship. We will be putting up a web site soon to show you the incredible shots we got. The staff were all helpful and provided us with a great amount of information and history. It was a true honor to have been aboard this ship. Their next event in the general area is going to be in Norfolk during Harbor Fest. July 3rd, 4th and 5th. We would highly recommend the trip to see this boat and to set sail with her.
Day time cruises are with pirates, ARGH! Night time cruises are more reserved sunset cruises. It's a once in a life time experience that you will never forget.