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National Poetry Month Begins Today!

National Poetry Month, From Behind the Pen

Dare to write! Dare to read! Dare to share!
Poetry is exploding this month, as we celebrate National Poetry Month!

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2015 in Celebrations, Poetry

 

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Celebrating Prince Kūhiō Day in Hawaii

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole, Prince Kuhio Day, Hawaiian Royalty

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Each year on March 26, in the Aloha State of Hawaii, Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day, also known as Prince Kuhio Day is celebrated. Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole, one of the best-known leaders in Hawaii’s history. As heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi, the prince of the House of Kalākaua later became territorial delegate to the United States Congress.

According to Wikipedia,
As a delegate, Kuhio authored the first Hawaii Statehood bill in 1919. He also won passage of the Hawaiian Homes Act, creating the Hawaiian Homes Commission and setting aside 200,000 acres (810 km2) of land for Hawaiian homesteaders.

Prince Kūhiō Day was established in 1949 by the legislature of the Territory of Hawaii. This day celebrates the life of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole and his efforts to improve people’s lives in Hawaii. Prince Kūhiō Day is one of only two holidays in the United States dedicated to royalty. The other is Hawaii’s King Kamehameha Day, which is celebrated on June 11.

To all of our friends in Hawaii

Happy Prince Kūhiō Day!

 
 

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Celebrating National Poetry Month at ITCAC

National Poetry Month, Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center, Kym Gordon Moore, Poetry

If you’re in the area, join us for an exciting evening of conversations in poetry, as we celebrate National Poetry Month, on Saturday, April 11th. I will moderate this festive, patriotic, poetry open mic event, as we celebrate the poetic side of Americana. It all happens at the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center.

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2015 in Events, Poetry, Reading

 

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Harry Houdini: Do You Believe in Magic?

Harry Houdini, Hungarian-American Illusionist, Magician

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Today would have been the 141st birthday of the great Hungarian-American illusionist and stunt performer, Harry Houdini (born Erik Weisz, later Ehrich Weiss or Harry Weiss). He was one of seven children and born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary on March 24, 1874. Houdini is famously known for his unbelievable “escape acts.” His performance repertoire included straitjackets under water, ropes slug from skyscrapers, chained while bolted with padlocks, and a buried alive stunt, just to name a few.

According to Wikipedia, Harry’s family changed the Hungarian spelling of their German surname to Weiss (the German spelling) and Erik’s name was changed to Ehrich. Friends called him “Ehrie” or “Harry”. He began his magic career in 1891 but had little success. He performed in dime museums and sideshows, and even doubled as “The Wild Man” at a circus. Houdini focused initially on traditional card tricks. At one point, he billed himself as the “King of Cards”. He soon began experimenting with escape acts. Houdini’s big break came in 1899 when he met manager Martin Beck in St. Paul, Minnesota. Impressed by Houdini’s handcuffs act, Beck advised him to concentrate on escape acts and booked him on the Orpheum vaudeville circuit. Within months, he was performing at the top vaudeville houses in the country.

Harry Houdini, Hungarian-American Illusionist, MagicianAfter giving a successful demonstration by escaping from handcuffs at Scotland Yard, Houdini was booked at the Alhambra Theatre for six months. He became widely known as “The Handcuff King” and toured England, Scotland, the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Russia. In 1913, Houdini introduced perhaps his most famous act, the Chinese Water Torture Cell. This act required that he hold his breath for more than three minutes, while being suspended upside-down in a locked glass and steel cabinet, overflowing with water. He performed this escape act for the rest of his career.

Harry Houdini was the President of the Society of American Magicians, and upheld professional standards that would expose fraudulent artists. He made several movies, but stopped since acting failed to bring in money. He was married to Wilhelmina Beatrice “Bess” Rahner. Many did not know that he was also a keen aviator. Harry Houdini died on October 31, 1926 at the age of 52 in Detroit, Michigan.

What fascinates you about magic and the world of illusions? Who is your favorite magician or illusionist? Bring out your inner magician today, by writing something “magical” to share with your magic enthusiasts and celebrate the birthday of the sensational Harry Houdini.

 

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Observing World Meteorological Day

World Meteorological Organization, WMO, Weather, Climate

There’s no doubt that many of us are more than ecstatic to welcome Spring, after probably the worst, most severe Winter many regions experienced over the past three months. More than any other topic covered over the course of the last few weeks of winter, the headlines on the majority of news channels began with the weather!

Did you know that the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) was founded on March 23, 1950? That’s right. This intergovernmental organization with a membership of 191 Member States and Territories originated from the International Meteorological Organization, founded in 1873. WMO’s programs provide vital information to give advance warnings of weather forecasts that could help to save lives and reduce damage to property and the environment. Today is World Meteorological Day and the theme for this year is “Climate Knowledge for Climate Action.”

According to the World Meteorological Organization,
WMO promotes cooperation in the establishment of networks for making meteorological, climatological, hydrological and geophysical observations, as well as the exchange, processing and standardization of related data, and assists technology transfer, training and research. It also fosters collaboration between the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services of its Members and furthers the application of meteorology to public weather services, agriculture, aviation, shipping, the environment, water issues and the mitigation of the impacts of natural disasters.

Climate, WeatherSo today, why not send a shout-out to your local weather meteorologists on Twitter or Facebook. Whether or not some of their forecasts are accurate, since the climate is so unpredictable, thank them for their commitment to warning us of impeding weather dangers that could lead to tragedy or natural disasters, as well as picture perfect temperatures. If you live in the United States, check out the National Weather Service at http://www.weather.gov/, for active alerts, forecast maps, radar, air quality and weather safety.

Happy World Meteorological Day!

 

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Today is National Quilting Day!

National Quilting Day, Quilting, Quilters, Quilt

What do you do with all of those scraps of material lying around and not big enough to do something with? You make a quilt of course. Today we are celebrating National Quilting Day. Quilting has been around for hundreds and hundreds of years. When I watched my mother quilt, she would be able to turn some of the most unused remnants of material into a work of art. I always called quilters the true “Recycling, Repurposing and Reusing” pros. The word quilt means a stuffed sack in Latin. Cuilte is the French word for quilt in English. For thousands of years, the techniques used in quilting for clothing, furnishings, or for utilitarian reasons made a huge impression on quilters around the world.

According to the National Quilting Association,

The first National Quilting Day was observed in 1992 and since then it has grown into a global celebration for all quilt makers and quilt lovers. Helen Storbeck, one of the founders of National Quilting Day, wrote in The Quilting Quarterly, “Groups of quilters were encouraged to hold special events, publishers and shop owners were invited to sponsor promotions especially for quilters and it quickly became a grassroots endeavor with quilters in every part of the country participating. In the first year of National Quilting Day, quilters in other countries asked to participate.

In 1989, the Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society organized a “Quilters’ Day Out” on the third Saturday of March to celebrate the rich tradition of quilt making in Kentucky. In 1991, the NQA officers were so enthused with the concept and success of “Quilters’ Day Out” that they voted to take it to a national level.

About nine years ago, I met a beautiful woman who I called Ms. Loretta, at a festival I attended. She was a third generation quilter and her stories were absolutely fascinating, since they reached back to accounts of the Underground Railroad. My article was published in The Charlotte Observer and I invite you to feel free to read what I shared with our community about my experience. Click the following title to read Quilts and their creator have histories to share.

Have you written a poem or blogged about quilting? If so, please feel free to share in the comment section. From June 18-20, the NQA 46th Annual Quilt Show will be held in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the Statehouse Convention Center. Click here for more information.

Happy National Quilting Day!

 

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2015 in Culture/Language, News

 

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Laugh Out Loud Poetry Open Mic was a Blast!

Laugh Out Loud, Poetry Open Mic, Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center

Each month, poets and poetry enthusiasts are given the challenge to write a poem or read one written by someone else that fits into that particular theme. This month, we wanted to do a poetry reading that was light-hearted and downright fun! Each month we present a poetic prompt to challenge the creative juices of keeping our monthly poetry readings fresh, lively and engaging. The poetic theme for Saturday night’s open mic, at the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center was “Laugh Out Loud.”  The poetry reading was filled with exciting, knee-slapping fun!

The atmosphere was saturated with loads of poetry, music and art. A variety of poems were read by Norman Bartee, Ruth Roth, Brian Bacik, Anne Stewart, Dwight Roth, Isabella Fish, Lillie Fish, Alicia McDaniel, Casey Zvanut, Joy Young, Jessica Mgrene and Susan Didier. A slapstick short-story written and read by Christian George was performed and also accompanied by the theatrical talent of Sydney Nazloo. Jennifer Nicks and Joy Young entertained the audience with beautiful songs that touched everyone’s heart. Isabella Fish, one of our young poets who read during the night, captured the atmosphere of the poetry that was read along with some of the poets present, through her adoring sketches.

Here are a few of our poets who recited that night!

Laugh Out Loud, Poetry Open Mic

Laugh Out Loud, Poetry Open Mic

Cathy's Coffee, Coffee House

Cathy’s Coffee of Indian Trail, sponsored the evening’s event, with delectable cakes, muffins and her signature House coffee. This local coffee shop is located at 606 Indian Trail Road South, Indian Trail, NC 28079. Be sure to check out and LIKE their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/cathyscoffeeindiantrail/. You can also follow them on Instagram https://instagram.com/cathyscoffee/.

In celebration of National Poetry Month, our next poetry open mic will be held on Saturday, April 11, from 6:30-8:30p.m. If you’re in the area, please join us at this FREE event. Details with be posted this week.

Poetry Open Mic, Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center, Funny Poetry

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2015 in Events, Poetry

 

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