Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Absent WITH leave -- that's me. I can't believe I haven't blogged on this site since October! I have, however, been trying to keep up with my wild traveling teddies and their blog -- www.teddietravel.blogspot.com -- and though I haven't done too well with that one either, it's the best excuse I could come up with.
Jack and I just returned from a great nine-day trip through Arizona and I do plan to do a decent blog or two on that one in the next couple of weeks. For now, here's a quick catch-up of where I've been in the last few months.
You probably can tell that the top picture was San Antonio in December. Great time, great food and, of course, the lovely San Antonio River all decked out for Christmas.
From San Antonio, I went directly to Fredericksburg -- a global shift from a Hispanic Navidad to a German Weinachten. Both these stories will show up in Slice Magazine in the late fall.
January highlight was a great girlfriends' getaway planned by the wonderful Leigh Lyons -- Grapevine CVB. Shopping, spa-ing, wining, dining, painting and a fun evening at the Texas Star Dinner Theater.
Arkansas was a February destination with the Travel South folks. From Miss Lizzie's Bordello in Ft. Smith to the oh-so-elegant Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville; from lions, tigers and bears (Turpentine Creek) to ghost tours in Eureka Springs and a great time in Little Rock. How to sum it up in one picture? PIE!
If I hadn't had enough to eat in Arkansas, I made up for it at Frederick, Oklahoma's annual Fried Oyster Festival!
March in McAllen, Texas -- best birding in the United States! At least I'm not eating in this picture. This is a chachalaca who was more interested in oranges than in hiding from my camera.
Zoe arrived from England for a two-week visit in March and we headed north (no, not that far north, that's salt, not snow) to the Great Salt Plains. It's one of Oklahoma's treasures. I promised myself I would never again use the phrase "best kept secret" but I'm sorely tempted.
Weatherford, just a bit over an hour west of Oklahoma City, is the home of the Thomas P. Stafford Air and Space Museum. Okay, this is another of those you-know-whats (best kept......). Fantastic history of aviation and particularly the space program. Did you know we have over 80,000 items in use today that were the result of the R and D that went into putting a man on the moon?
I'll admit I'm a Red Dirt Rangers groupie -- I've known John Cooper since he was a little kid. What a guy! And Brad and Benny are super, too. AND they're fantastic musicians. John's mom, Nancy Smiley, and I visited John at his home near Lone Chimney to do an article on him for Oklahoma Living Magazine. Then, the end of April, we went to Tulsa when the group played for the opening of the Woody Guthrie Center. AND we showed up at the state capitol last week when the RDR were honored as Oklahoma Musical Ambassadors by the State House of Representatives. Way to go Rangers!
Last trip in April was to Lake Eufaula to visit Carlton Landing, a new planned community giving an okie spin to Florida's Seaside concept. That article will turn up in Slice this summer.
There, I'm caught up -- except for that great Arizona jaunt. Please don't give up on me and visit again!
Posted by Elaine Warner at 2:38 PM
Friday, August 10, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The Milwaukee Art Museum is perched on the shore of Lake Michigan. From the side, it looks like a sleek sailboat. The architect was Santiago Calatrava -- just how Spanish a name is that!
We arrived early and took photos on the grounds. Then, just before opening time, we climbed the stairs to the deck where we could get a good view. Because at opening time, two giant wings come out of the building and suddenly, from a sailboat, the structure is transformed into a swan about to soar above the lake.
Inside the building, light and shadows create intricate patterns. The walls are poured concrete, smooth as silk and pure white.
Our excellent docent described Calatrava as a biomorphic architect -- and you can see the influence in this -- calling it a structure is inadequate, it's a work of art! These rib-like constructions line the corridors which link the new part of the building to the older section which was designed by Eliel Sarinen and completed by his son, Eero.
The only color in the vast entry hall is this Chihuly piece.
Looking straight up -- I wondered what it would look like with the wings folded in.
Smoothly sculpted skylights provided illumination and interest.
The museum's collections range from antiquities to contemporary pieces. I particularly liked this Renaissance creation -- late 16th-early 17th c, Flemish or Southern German.
I was surprised at the number of O'Keeffe paintings -- most of them were given to the museum by Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley who had a personal association with the artist. O'Keeffe, was born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin and attended high school in Madison.
Among the contemporary works, I was fascinated by this one by English artist Cornelia Parker. Called "Edge of England," it is made up of chunks of stone which fell from the White Cliffs of Dover.
As usual on press trips, we literally ran through the galleries, unable to take time to really savor the experience. Next time, rather than getting just a taste of this treat, I want the entire meal!
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Saturday, May 26, 2012
P.S. The picture at the top of the post -- taken from the Duquesne Incline. That's the Allegheny River on the left, the Monongahela on the right. And where they meet -- viola! the Ohio River.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Lisa and Sam Bracken own The Canebrake, an upscale eco-resort on Lake Fort Gibson near Wagoner. They're not just hands-on owners -- like the hokey-pokey, they put their "whole selves in."
Jack and I were there this week as I was researching for an article in an upcoming issue of Slice Magazine. I'll be writing about the wonderful facilities, the spa, the yoga classes and much more there -- and I'll get to write about the food, too, but space for both text and photos is limited so I wanted to share what Sam and his staff prepared for us for our evening meal.
My favorite feature of the dining room was the open kitchen -- we sat at the counter where we could watch the action and visit with Stacy Jordan, the garde manger, Sarah Leavell, the sous chef and Chef Sam himself.
Sam graciously fixed us small plates of a number of menu items starting with a salad of chablis-poached beets, house pickled red onions, baby spring greens, carrot curls and balsamic vinaigrette. Stacy proudly told us, "I worked eight months perfecting the brine for the pickled onions!"
Since we were served different desserts, Jack and I split and traded so we each got to sample two sweets. His was an apple trio -- apple cider sorbet, warm apple cinnamon oat crisp and apple cranberry pie served with a butterscotch sauce.