Meet Me at the Chicago Bean

James "Cone Head"Keaton.

We met Guinness World Record holder James “Can Head” Keeton when we went to the Chicago Bean.

Art and community converge at the Chicago Bean. This iconic landmark is reflective of the spirit of Chicago. People from around the world and the local community interact with this work of art. They  frolic and play and pose for photographs. This sculpture truly is a public work of art.

The Chicago Bean.

The Chicago Bean.

The Cloud Gate or Chicago Bean was created by Indian born British artist Anish Kapoor. In his art, Kapoor inspires to make independent realities that reveals rather than create. Cloud Gate draws millions of visitors to Millennial Park in downtown Chicago.

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Preservation 50 Friday: Southern Fried Rock at St. Simons Lighthouse

St. Simons Lighthouse, Georgia.

St. Simons Lighthouse, Georgia.

Enjoy a “Little Light Music” at the St. Simons Lighthouse , Georgia. Billed as Southern fried rock and boogie, the “Island Garage Band” jams on Sunday, August 14 at 7 pm.

Concert goers are invited to picnic and relax under the stars while celebrating an evening of music. Individual tickets for the concert are only $12 per person at the gate. Children under 12 and Keepers of the Light are admitted free. A Little Light Music season runs May through September.

For more information, call 912-634-7090 or visit http://www.saintsimonslighthouse.org/music.html.

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Preservation 50 Friday: The Legend of the Mooncussers

Cape Florida was attacked by Seminoles.

Cape Florida was attacked during the Second Seminole War.

While I knew that lighthouses have often come under attack during various wars in the United States. I had never heard of the Mooncussers. Legend has it that some attacked light keepers and put out the light.

Mooncussers lived in isolated areas where law and order was largely absent.

They would also lure vessels onto the dark coastline. Armed with a “Judas Lantern,” these shoreline pirates would situate themselves along the coast, directly behind dangerous rocks.

They would gyrate a lantern to resemble a swaying ships lantern. Seeing the light and thinking another ship had found safe harbor, the deceived captain would stir in that direction and become aground. In rocky seas, the ship would break up and its cargo would be Mooncussers

Mooncussers lived in isolated areas where law and order was largely absent. Legend has it that some even attacked light keepers and put out the light.

They would also lure vessels onto the dark coastline. Armed with a “Judas Lantern,” these shoreline pirates would situate themselves along the coast, directly behind dangerous rocks. They would gyrate a lantern to resemble a swaying ships lantern. Seeing the light and thinking another ship had found safe harbor, the deceived captain would stir in that direction and become aground. In rocky seas, the ship would break up and its cargo would be stolen by Mooncussers. Some claim that if the sea was calm, Mooncussers would beat or kill the sailors.

America’s Atlantic Coast Lighthouses by Jeremy D’entremont

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Preservation 50 Friday: Sunset at St. Simons Island

St Simons Island Lighthouse

St. Simons Island Lighthouse, GA.

Driving along the Georgia coast, I was headed to St. Simons Island. Having already visited Tybee Island Lighthouse, I was excited about finishing the day with one final lighthouse. Having received faulty information from my auto club, I stopped by the Golden Isles Welcome Center on I95.

I listened half heartily to the directions figuring I could easily find it based on a previous visit. After ending up at Jekyll Island and Sea Island, I laughed at my misadventure and poor memory.

Puzzled about want to do, I remembered Google maps on my phone. Keying in my destination, I was guided effortlessly to the lighthouse.

A view of the ocean

A walkway nearby offers a tranquil view of the Atlantic.

Although the lighthouse was closed, I was delighted to be able to walk the grounds. Stopping on the walkway near the ocean I gazed into the distance. I walked around the lighthouse trying to decided on the best vantage point for my painting.

Lighthouse signage

A marker with the history of the lighthouse.

A little tired after a long day, I welcomed the chance to sit down and draw the lighthouse. As the sun was setting, a blaze of light bounced off the lighthouse. It seemed to refresh the lighthouse and me. For now the lighthouse was receiving light instead of giving it.

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Preservation 50 Friday: Tybee Island Light Getaway

Tybee Island Light Station

Tybee Island Light Station

I bypassed Savannah and headed to the coast for a visit to the Tybee Island Light Station. Tybee Island is a quaint beach town with locally owned businesses and a peaceful shoreline.

Stairwell

Stairwell inside Tybee Island Light Station.

Built in 1867, the present-day lighthouse is the fourth lighthouse constructed. War and weather led to the demise of the previous lighthouses. The current lighthouse was constructed using part of the third lighthouse as its foundation.

View of the coast.

View of the coast.

Along with the lighthouse there are several dwellings that offer insight into the lives of lightkeepers. Visit the homes of lightkeepers and see how they lived. Watch a short film and view signage with detailed information on the Tybee Island Lighthouse. Enjoy a breathtaking view from the lighthouse to complete your visit.

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Cruise Through Chicago History

 

Modern and Art Deco buildings

Discover interesting trivia about Chicago’s colorful history during the tour.

Cruise down the Chicago River and learn about Chicago’s history with Shoreline Sightseeing. My daughter and I caught an online deal and enjoyed a balmy day with our tour guide, Javier. His keen wit and depth of knowledge kept passengers engaged and entertained for the 75 minute tour. We boarded at the Michigan Avenue Bridge location and found no waiting and plenty of elbow room for our boat ride and photos.

Our quick witted tour guide, Javier.

Our quick witted tour guide, Javier.

We discovered the history of Chicago through its landmarks. Chicago is the birthplace of the skyscraper and home of many renowned architects. The highlights include the history of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 which resulted in an architectural boom and the Chicago World’s Fair and Commerce in the Windy City. The Sears Tower now the Willis Tower is North America’s  tallest building.

Chicago River

The blue waters of the Chicago River attest to the proud history of the city.

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Luxury at a Comfortable Price

 

Outside comfort suites.

Outside Comfort Suites.

It’s been a while since I’ve stayed at the Comfort Suites. I used to routinely stay at Choice hotels when visiting Orlando and South Florida. Since each property is individually owned, I’ve been disappointed in the inconsistent quality at other properties.

Recently I stayed at the Comfort Suites in Port Wentworth because of the value and their Trip Advisor’s certificate of excellence. No disappointments here.

Beds

All set for a good night’s sleep.

The staff and accommodations are superb. I had a suite with two double beds, flat screen tv, microwave, mini fridge, free parking and free wi-fi. The room was beautifully furnished with a pleasant sitting area. Breakfast is complimentary and there are restaurants and shopping nearby.

Sitting area

Relax after a day sightseeing in Savannah.

In the entrance way you’ll find a fireplace. There is also a small indoor pool with a jacuzzi. Outside a water fountain with dolphins greet you upon entering the property.

Fire place.

Fireplace adds a warm touch to the hallway.

The hotel is a good 20 minutes from Savannah without traffic. This is a busy area with lots of congestion but the hotel is tucked away in a quiet enclave. I had a quiet room facing the parking lot. The staff takes pride in the hotel so it is well maintained.

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