Saturday, December 19, 2015After the first freezing temperatures of the season and a light snow, we went to see the Christmas lights display at Nela Park.
Built in 1913, Nela Park was designed by New York landscape architect Frank E. Wallis in a Georgian style, as the world's first industrial park. It was named for the National Electric Lamp Association (NELA) that was established in 1901, and absorbed by General Electric (GE) in 1911. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. It is now the world headquarters of GE's Lighting Division.
In 1924, GE began the tradition of the holiday lighting display, and originally it was spread throughout the 92-acre park and the public was allowed to drive through, as we did in 1987. Now the gates remain closed, and the display is limited to what can be viewed from Noble Road.
This is the 91st year of the display, and the theme is "GE in CLE" (click on link for photos of all the displays) and depicts landmarks in Cleveland.
|How did they get the lights up in those tall trees?|
|Replica of the 2015 National Christmas Tree|
in Washington, DC
|Display of Playhouse Square|
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
A visit to the Cleveland Museum of Art:
|What are those dangly purple things?|
|The Christmas Tree is similarly decorated|
|Hmm, wisteria and water lilies?|
Part of the Winter Lights Lantern Festival held December 6, 2015:
|Han Dynasty Reflections (c. 2008) by Robin VanLear|
constructed of Kinwashi paper and split bamboo
|Lignum Lucis (2015) by Debbie Apple-Presser,|
Wendy Mahon, and Robin VanLear
|Las Flores de Luz (2014) by Debbie Apple-Presser,|
Wendy Mahon, and Robin VanLear,
from recycled materials
|Stars (c. 2011) by Robin VanLear|
|Kids play percussion instruments|
Saturday, January 2, 2016
The temperature is just at freezing, so we did an indoor holiday activity today, going to "Glow" at the Cleveland Botanical Garden.
Garfield High School of Akron, OH are the Rams, so "ramtastic" is their "fantastic."
The above were made at the Straight from the Woods workshop at Holden Arboretum.
The Burj Khalifa is the tallest man-made structure in the world, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Diagon Alley is the wizarding shopping street in London, as in the Harry Potter books.
The only Nativity seen.
Where do they get these ideas??
|Cleveland Botanical Garden lobby,|
filled with poinsettias and
|The River Runs Through by Jon Thibo,|
First Prize in the Professional Category
|Euphorbia pulcherrima/Poinsettia 'Sonora White Glitter'|
|A Sunny Winter Day by Kaeley Sandor and Riley Eckert,|
|Lighting the Way Home by|
Sandra Kugenieks, Adult Category
|Detail of The English Gatehouse by Marjorie Funk,|
Second prize in the Adult Category
|Yo Ho! A Christmas Pirate Ship by Sara Lowe,|
|In addition to gingerbread houses, affiliate garden clubs|
decorated Christmas trees to the theme of "Flights of Fancy"
|Vesak Lantern: Buddhist Festival of Lights|
by Fiona, Megan, Ella, and Roman,
|Kites Flying into the New Year|
by Sogetsu Ikebana Class
|Moses's "Unleavened" Ginger "Bread" House|
by Karen Perez Steigerwald,
|The Original Ginger "Bread" House|
by the Polefko Family
|Another poinsettia variation|
|Millenium Falcon by|
the Wasserman and Nassif Family
|The Millenium Falcon with|
the hyperdrive activated!
|Fly Me to the Moon|
by the West Shore Arrangers
|Fly Me to the Moon detail|
|Detail of A White Ramtasic (sic) House|
by Garfield High School Second Period Art Class
|Another activity is The Garden Express|
|Model train display by the Northern Ohio Garden Railway Society|
|Fun with Nature by the Kerwinsky Family|
and Hanzel (sic) and Gretle's (sic) House
by Jackson and Grace Meirer, and Shawn Meier
|Treehouse tree topper on the Wish Tree,|
copy of the treehouse in the Hershey Children's Garden
|A chair made with branches|
|Olaf detail of Christmas Dream|
by Alexis and Traci Neal, Family Category
|Winter in Belgrade by Claus Simpfendorfer and Family,|
with a Homer-looking Santa
|Focus on the gray spire:|
The Burj Khalifa by Evan Filion,
|Christmas in Diagon Alley|
by Isabel, Kaisal, Yasine, and Julie Huang,
|Santa Claus Express by Vicki Victoria, Arts and Culture category,|
with the note: Have a Good Year!
|Neighbors by Sandra Wilson,|
First Prize in the Adult Category
|Treetop Shop for kids|
|The Zombie Browns Football Field|
by the Hawken School Friday Passport Class
|The Windy Igloo by Anne and Amelia Evans|
|A sort of limey variation of Poinsettia|
|The Verdell Family Nativity|
|Castle of Australia by the|
Hawken School Friday Passport Class