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We may not be crazy enough to brave the park in these cold temperatures, but that doesn't stop us from getting out! In fact, we just have to get more "creative" and the field trip to the Tyler Museum of Art was a wonderful opportunity. See what Adelaide M. thought of the experience.
Today, Friday January 9, 2015, we went to the Tyler Museum of Art. Our tour guide, Mr. Jason, taught us all about Tyler’s art. After the tour he taught us how to make a picture out of foil!
First he taught us about the clothes people wore during the Civil war. He said that the clothes women wore were really tight (which we could see). Next he told us people wore their clothes day and night. He also told us that the Confederate wore gray and the Union wore blue. We also learned about Harriet Beecher Stowe. She wrote a book about slavery called, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”. We learned about different kinds of pictures back then. The Daguerreotype picture is developed on copper plates with polished silver. If you walk away the picture inside it looks like it is disappearing. It lasted from 1839 till 1860. The Calotype is printed on paper with silver iodide. It lasted from 1841 to 1860. The Ambrotype is a negative image developed on glass with a dark coating on the back, so the picture is positive; this one lasted from 1852 till the early 1870s.
After that we learned about who the president was during the Civil war, Abraham Lincoln. We learned he was assassinated! On the evening of April 14, 1865, Lincoln and his wife went to Fords theatre in Washington D.C., to see a play. John Wilkes Booth got into Lincolns theater box and shot him in the head. We also learned that John Wilkes Booth was an actress and had a brother named Edwin booth, who was also an actress.
Last we learned how to make a picture frame out of foil. We would draw a design around a rectangle of foil and cut it out. Then, if we wanted to we could draw a smaller design around it. After that we would draw a picture. Next we would put it in the foil and wrap the excess around it. And if we waited we could talk about it in front of everyone. Overall I think it was a REALLY fun day.
Last Friday, fifty-nine folks braved the cold and met in Red Springs to see wild cats from around the world. Even though the Educational Director was out with bronchitis, we had a great tour and learned a lot. See what Zachary E. had to say about his experience.
Lions and Tigers and Bobcats, Oh My!
We went to Tiger Creek and I loved it! The cats looked ferocious and I saw my friends. We had a very kind tour guide, named Alysa, who told us lots of facts about the cats. There were many tigers, one bobcat named Bob, a leopard, and male and female lions. One of the tigers who is very smart, named Max, was recently filmed and is training to be a movie star. One pair of lions were rescued after their home was hit by a tropical storm. Another tiger had a sister who bit his tail off. Because of this she was removed from his area and the brother got the largest pin-never to share again. All the cats are in cages and one started "chasing" us in its cage. Guess what their chew toys are? Large, heavy, 50-gallon water jugs. One cat, Surge, demolished a white one! They have a gift shop and I bought a tiger stuff animal which I named Surge. They also had a penny press. After the tour we picnicked at the picnic tables on the grounds and I can't wait to go back in the summer when its not as cold.
How often do our teens get a chance to hang out with a popular musician? Even better, how often is that musician a priest? Just last Saturday, three of our Holy Hearts' members had the remarkable opportunity to meet and listen to Father Stan Fortuna as he led a retreat entitled, Teach Me How to Pray. Super cool!
Last Friday, the 10th, our group of about thirty converged in Lindale at Parrot Park for a tour and picnic. The weather was beautiful, the energies were high, and except for the deafening bell, it was an unforgettable morning. Read below to see what Molly E. had to say about the day.
We went on a field trip to Parrott Park at Old Mill Pond in Lindale, TX. We had a guide there who showed us around and told us about all the things used from 1850-1950 for farming. First we got to see the water wheel which was really amazing because it powered the grinder for the corn. He told us that if you brought your corn to the mill to be ground you would have to agree on how much corn the owner would keep as his pay. Then he showed us the tractors. Back then they weren’t used like today’s tractors but they were used to power other things. My favorite part was the instruments. Some of them looked like they were made out of junky stuff like card board boxes and others looked a lot like they do today. They had a refrigerator that looked like a tin barrel and you lowered into a well till it almost touched the water and that would keep it about 32 degrees. I also liked all of the old medicines and some of them are still here today but look different. He took us into a barn that was full of old farming tools like a two man chainsaw. He talked about how you could buy a kit which you would be able to turn your old car into a tractor. It was a lot of fun and I am definitely going to remember all the things I learned there.