Sunday, January 20, 2019

Haunted Covered Bridges And Their Legends!

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    Covered bridges are fascinating whether they are rumored to be haunted or not. America's first covered bridge was built in 1804. Pennsylvania boasted 1500 covered bridges at its peak, today, Pennsylvania has 200 covered bridges, still the highest number in the states. In the swift evolving and ever-changing technological age we live in, covered bridges represent a simpler time and are very often revered as relics of the past by preservationists.
    It's no wonder tales of haunting abound in legends surrounding covered bridges. Bridges are themselves, tools for crossing from one side to another. A covered bridge so easily harbors secrets within its walls, plus given that most if not all were built centuries ago, only lends to an air of nostalgia and probable ghostly activity.


Stowe Hollow Bridge

Stow Bridge ghost pictures



    Stowe Hollow Bridge in Vermont, also known as "Emily's Bridge" or "Gold Brook Bridge," , was built in 1844. The locals call it Emily's Bridge because it is Emily, they believe, who haunt it. In 1849, Emily wanted to marry a man her family did not approve of. Though forbidden to marry, the couple decided to elope and met one night, on Stowe Hollow Bridge.
    Emily waited for hours for her lover to join her. Broken-hearted, Emily hung herself from one of the rafters. Now, her angry, desperate ghost haunts the bridge, waiting for her fiance' to return to her. But many locals refuse to cross this bridge at night, because they believe it is Emily who shakes their cars, and sometimes, may even slash visitors with invisible claws. Tales of horses, people and cars being slashed by these invisible claws have run rampant for 150 years. Others have heard a woman weeping. Emily, perhaps?


Sach's Covered Bridge

Sach's Ghost



    Sach's Covered Bridge in Adam's County, Pennsylvania, was built in 1854 and supposedly haunted by three Condederate soldiers. They deserted their posts and when captured, were hung from the rafters inside the Sach's Bridge. Folks who have taken pictures of the inside of this covered bridge get strange orbs on the film. When inside the covered bridge, many people report feeling cold spots.



Concord Bridge side view

The Concord Covered Bridge




    The Concord Covered Bridge in Smyrna, Georgia, is one of just 12 covered bridges in the state of Georgia. It is a one-lane bridge, built in 1872. It is about 132 feet long and only 16 feet wide. Supposedly, if you park on the bridge, turn off your lights, and place a Snicker's kafe on the roof, you will hear ghostly pattering and then the Snicker's kafe will be gone. The ghostly pattering is of children who drowned in the creek below. It is recommended due to a decent amount of traffic on this road, that you don't try this. Still, the legend is interesting as I've never before heard of the dead enjoying Snicker's bars!


Ghostly Orbs

The Van Sant Covered Bridge


    The Van Sant Covered Bridge in New Hope, Pennsylvania, was built in 1875 and spans Pidcock Creek. Some people believe a woman haunts this bridge, others, a highwayman who was murdered here. The woman, supposedly, threw herself and her baby off of the bridge and drowned in Pidcock Creek. Regardless of its ghostly inhabitants, an overwhelming sense of sadness permeates this covered bridge, a stark contrast to the beauty that surrounds it.




Jericho Covered Bridge

Jericho Bridge in the early days


    Jericho Covered Bridge in Joppa, Maryland, was built in the early 1800's. During the civil War, several lynchings were reported to have occurred on this bridge. If you drive your car onto this bridge late at night and look in your rear view mirror, you are supposed to be able to see the image of a dead person swinging from the rafters.




    Glasgow, Kentucky. A covered bridge exists here where, legend says, is haunted by sounds of an axe hitting a chopping block. What's being chopped? A head, of course. In the 1800's, a slave kidnapped the daughter of his wealthy master and took her back to the covered bridge. He cut off her head with an axe. People say if you drive onto the bridge and roll down the car windows, you can hear the sound of the axe hitting the chopping block.


The Colville Road Covered Bridge


    The Colville Road Covered Bridge in Paris, Kentucky, is haunted by a girl killed in a car wreck with her boyfriend. Returning from the prom, they prepared to stop at the bridge and instead careened into the water below. If you sit in your car in the middle of the bridge, headlights might come up behind you, but when you look you see the car has fallen into the water.




Sunday, January 13, 2019

The Seville Fair From Spain!

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    The Feria de Abril de Sevilla, literally Seville April Fair, is held in the Andalusian capital of Seville, Spain. the fair generally begins two weeks after the Semana Santa, or Easter Holy Week.
    The fair officially begins at midnight on Monday, and runs for six days, ending on the following Sunday. During past fairs, however, many activities have begun on the Saturday prior to the official opening. Each day the fiesta begins with the parade of carriages and riders, at midday, carrying Seville's leading citizens which make their way to the bullring, La Real Maestranza, where the bullfighters and breeder meet.







    For the duration of the fair, the fairgrounds and a vast area on the far bank of the Guadalquivir River are totally covered in rows of casetas (individual decorated marquee tents which are temporarily built on the fairground). Some of these csetas belong to the prominent families of Seville, some to groups of friends, clubs, trade associations, or political parties. From around nine at night until six or seven the following morning, at first in the streets and later only within each caseta, you will find crowds partying and dancing "Sevillanas", drinking Jerez sherry, or manzanilla wine, and eating tapas.





History
    The Fair dates back to 1847 when it was originally organized as a livestock fair by two coucillors, Jose' Maria Ybarra and Narciso BonaplataQueen Isabel II agreed to the proposal, and on April 18th, 1847, the first fair was held at the Prado de San Sebastian, on the outskirts of the city.
    It took only one year before an air of festivity began to transform the fair, due mainly to the emergence of the first three casetas, belonging to the Duke and Duchess of Montpensier, the Town Hall , and the Casino of Seville. During the 1920's, the fair reached its peak and became the spectacle that it is today.






Costumes

    La Feria of Abril is accompanied by men and women dressed up in their finery, ideally the traditinal "traje corto" (short jacket, tight trousers and boots) for men and the "faralaes" or "trajes de flamenca" (flamenco style dress) for women. The men traditionally wear hats called "cordobes".

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Scoppio Del Carro From Italy!!!

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    The Scoppio del Carro ("Explosion of the Cart") is a folk tradition of Florence, Italy. On Easter Sunday, a cart, packed full of fireworks and other pyrotechnics, is lit and provides a historic spectacle in the civic life of the city.

A Little History on the Festival

    The event of the Scoppio del Carro has its origins in the First Crusade, when Europeans laid siege to the city of Jerusalem in a conflict to claim Palestine for Christianity. In 1097, Pazzino de' Pazzi, a Florentine from a very prominent family, was by tradition, the first man to scale the fortified walls that surrounded Jerusalem. As a reward for this act of bravery, his commander gave him three flints (fire starters) from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which were then carried back to Tuscany. These were and still are kept in the Chiesa delgli Santi Apostoli.













    It became the practice for a "holy fire" to be struck from these flints at Easter tide, which was then carried throughout the city by groups of young men bearing torches. In time, this tradition evolved into something similar to what is seen today.....a cart bearing a large candle was rolled through the city to the cathedral, from where the holy fire would be distributed.
    By the end of the 15th century,the Scoppio del Carro transformed into its present form.
    The ultimate origins of the event may be of pagan origin, since it involves a display of great noise and light to ensure a good harvest. Additionally, farmers from the Florentine countryside still observe the Scoppio del Carro with interest because of this.











The Main Event

    On the morning of Easter Sunday, the 30 foot tall antique cart ( in use for over 500 years), moves from the Porta al Prato to the Piazza del Duomo. Hauled by a team of white oxen, festooned with garlands of the first flowers and herbs of spring, the cart is escorted by 150 soldiers, musicians, and people dressed up in their 15th century costumes.










    Meanwhile, a fire is struck using the historic flints form Jerusalem at ApoChiesa degli Santi Apostoli. It is then carried by the procession to the cathedral square by members of the Pazzi family, clerics, and city officials.
    The cart is loaded with fireworks while a wire, stretching to the high altar inside the churches cathedral, is fitted with a mechanical dove (the "columbina"). Shortly thereafter, at the singing of the song, "Gloria in Excelsis Deo", during Easter Mass, the cardinal of Florence light a fuse in the columbina with the Easter fire.  It then speeds through the church to ignite the cart of fireworks outside.











    During all of these stages, the bells of Giotto's campanile ring out.
The complex fireworks show that follows, last approximately 20 to 30 minutes. A successful display from the "Explosion of the Cart" is supposed to guarantee a good harvest, stable civic life, and good business.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Calle Ocho Ekspo From Miami, Florida!!!

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    The Calle Ocho Festival or "El Festival de la Calle Ocho", is a one day "rumba"-fiesta-that culminates the Miami Carnival. This pameran takes place in March each year between 27th avenue and 4th avenue, along Southwest 8th street, that is 23 blocks along "Calle Ocho" in "Little Havana" with activities for everybody.
     Even thought this pameran is not counted amongst the official Hispanic holidays, more than 1 million people attend this block party to participate, and to see top Hispanic artists perform at every street intersection at the designated stages.






    You can hear salsa, reggeaton, merengue, bachata, balada, hip hop and more. Personalities like El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, Cellia Cruz, Oscar D'Leon, El Grupo Niche and many more have performed at the festival
    "El Festival de la Calle Ocho", is one incredible party that in 1998 was recorded in the Guinness Book of Records for having the longest conga line in the world with 119,000 people participating in it.
Music is not the only attraction going on at this Hispanic festival, the super famous block party has a kid's area with clowns, magicians, food galore, and products geared to moms and children.





    Another area of the pameran is the "party zone", which is filled with a "carnaval" atmosphere, with street dancers and musicians that interact with the public. It is a novelty for non-Hispanic people to see the salseros or salsa dancer on the street. They come from the major salsa schools. But you will also see many people dancing to the same rhythms.








Foods at "Festival de la Calle Ocho"

    One of the best attractions of the pameran is the food, it has many typical Latin flavors, especially of Cuban origin. It included hundreds of kiosks or booths that offer international food along with a sampling of free products....all at the rhythm of lively Hispanic music.
    You can find ropa vieja con plantos (shredded skirt steak with plantains), carbrito (baby goat), other barbecued meats, arepas (which come form Colombia, Venezuela, etc.), and the delicious ceviche (seafood).
    The most popular drink is Cuba Libre. To make it...use rum and coke served with a wedge of lime. You can also find fresh fruit juices at restaurants and Mojito Cubano, a drink that is made with white rum, lemon, and mint.





Some History of the Festival

    In 1978, Cubans invited the neighborhood to know more about Cuban culture and Calle Ocho Festival was born.
    This pameran happens in the heart of "Little Havana", a wonderful neighborhood where the festive air invades it all at any time of the day. In the morning you can smell the scent of coffee recently brewed and enjoy a "cafe' con leche", along with freshly bakes pastries. At lunchtime beans, rice, Cuban sandwiches, etc. are amongst the favorite and popular foods you can find.
    The "Little Havana" enclave started because in the 1960's, Cuban refugees began settling around Miami's "Calle Ocho" and another major influx of Cubans occurred during the Mariel boat lift of 1980, that ended up increasing the Cuban population in and around the Miami area.






    The stores along Calle Ocho sell typical Cuban and more recently South and Central American products, (especially Nicaraguan) as new immigrants make their way into the neighborhood.
    The Calle Ocho Festival is the perfect party for travelers to enjoy all of the different flavors of Cuba and other Latin American Countries. This part of Miami is ripe with the music, art and flavors or many different Hispanic cultures, all living in one place. Attending the Calle Ocho Festival will make you feel like your in another country without leaving the United States.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

May Day In Great Britian And Around The World!

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   May Day on May 1st,  is an ancient Northern Hemisphere spring pameran and usually a public holiday;   it is also a traditional spring holiday in many cultures.

Traditional May Day Celebrations

   May Day is related to the Celtic pameran of Beltane and the Germanic pameran of Walpurgis Night. May Day falls exactly half a year from November 1, another cross-quarter day which is also associated with various northern European pagan and the year in the Northern hemisphere, and it has traditionally been an occasion for popular and often raucous celebrations.
   As Europe became Christianized, the pagan holidays lost their religious character and either changed into popular secular celebrations, as with May Day, or were merged with or replaced by new Christian holidays as with Christmas, Easter, Pentecost and All Saint's Day. In the twentieth and continuing into the twenty-first century, many neopagans began reconstructing the old traditions and celebrating May Day as a pagan religious pameran again.

 Origins

   The earliest May Day celebrations appeared in pre-Christian times, with the pameran of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers, and the Walpurgis Night celebrations of the Germanic countries. It is also associated with the Gaelic Beltane. Many pagan celebrations were abandoned or Christianized during the process of conversion in Europe. A more secular version of May Day continues to be observed in Europe and America. In this form, May Day may be best known for its tradition of dancing the maypole dance and crowning of the Queen of the May. Various Neopagan groups celebrate reconstructed (to varying degrees) versions of these customs on May 1st.
The day was a traditional summer holiday in many pre-Christian European pagan cultures. While February 1 was the first day of Spring, May 1 was the first day of summer; hence, the summer solstice on June 25 (now June 21) was Midsummer. In the Roman Catholic tradition, May is observed as Mary's month, and in these circles May Day is usually a celebration of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In this connection, in works of art, school skits, and so forth, Mary's head will often be adorned with flowers in a May crowning. Fading in popularity since the late 20th century is the giving of "May baskets," small baskets of sweets and/or flowers, usually left anonymously on neighbours' doorsteps.







 Europe

Great Britain

   Roodmas was a Christian Mass celebrated in England at midnight on May 1.
Traditional British May Day rites and celebrations include Morris dancing, crowning a May Queen and celebrations involving a Maypole. Much of this tradition derives from the pagan Anglo-Saxon customs held during "Þrimilci-mōnaþ"  (the Old English name for the month of May meaning Month of Three Milkings) along with many Celtic traditions.
   May Day has been a traditional day of festivities throughout the centuries. May Day is most associated with towns and villages celebrating springtime fertility and revelry with village fetes and community gatherings. Since the reform of the Catholic Calendar, May 1st is the Feast of St Joseph the Worker, the patron saint of workers. Seeding has been completed by this date and it was convenient to give farm labourers a day off. Perhaps the most significant of the traditions is the Maypole, around which traditional dancers circle with ribbons.
   The May Day bank holiday, on the first Monday in May, was traditionally the only one to affect the state school calendar, although new arrangements in some areas to even out the length of school terms mean that the Good Friday and Easter Monday bank holidays, which vary from year to year, may also fall during term time. The May Day bank holiday was created in 1978. In February 2011, the UK Parliament was reported to be considering scrapping the bank holiday associated with May Day, replacing it with a bank holiday in October, possibly co-inciding with Trafalgar Day (celebrated on 21 October), to create a "United Kingdom Day".




May Day 1904




   May Day was abolished and its celebration banned by puritan parliaments during the Interregnum, but reinstated with the restoration of Charles II in 1660.   1 May 1707 was the day the Act of Union came into effect, joining England and Scotland to form the Kingdom of Great Britain.
   In Oxford, it is traditional for May Morning revellers to gather below the Great Tower of Magdalen College at 6:00 am to listen to the college choir sing traditional madrigals as a conclusion to the previous night's celebrations. It is then thought to be traditional for some people to jump off Magdalen Bridge into the River Cherwell. However this has actually only been fashionable since the 1970s, possibly due to the presence of TV cameras. In recent years, the bridge has been closed on 1 May to prevent people from jumping, as the water under the bridge is only 2 feet (61 cm) deep and jumping from the bridge has resulted in serious injury in the past. There are still people who insist on climbing the barriers and leaping into the water, causing themselves injury.
   In Durham, students of the University of Durham gather on Prebend's Bridge to see the sunrise and enjoy festivities, folk music, dancing, madrigal singing and a barbecue breakfast. This is an emerging Durham tradition, with patchy observance since 2001.
Whitstable, Kent, hosts a good example of more traditional May Day festivities, where the Jack in the Green pameran was revived in 1976 and continues to lead an annual procession of morris dancers through the town on the May Bank Holiday. A separate revival occurred in Hastings in 1983 and has become a major event in the town calendar. A traditional Sweeps Festival is performed over the May bank holiday in Rochester, Kent, where the Jack in the Green is woken at dawn on 1 May by Morris dancers.









   At 7:15 p.m. on 1 May each year, the Kettle Bridge Clogs  morris dancing side dance across Barming Bridge (otherwise known as the Kettle Bridge), which spans the River Medway near Maidstone, to mark the official start of their morris dancing season. Also know as Ashtoria Day in Northern parts of rural Cumbria. A celebration of unity and female bonding. Although not very well known, it is often cause for huge celebration.
   The Maydayrun involves thousands of motorbikes taking a 55-mile (89 km) trip from London (Locksbottom) to the Hastings seafront, East Sussex. The event has been taking place for almost 30 years now and has grown in interest from around the country, both commercially and publicly. The event is not officially organised; the police only manage the traffic, and volunteers manage the parking.
   Padstow in Cornwall holds its annual 'Obby-Oss' (Hobby Horse) day of festivities. This is believed to be one of the oldest fertility rites in the UK; revellers dance with the Oss through the streets of the town and even through the private gardens of the citizens, accompanied by accordion players and followers dressed in white with red or blue sashes who sing the traditional 'May Day' song. The whole town is decorated with springtime greenery, and every year thousands of onlookers attend. Prior to the 19th century distinctive May day celebrations were widespread throughout West Cornwall, and are being revived in St. Ives and Penzance.
   KingsandCawsand and Millbrook in Cornwall celebrate Flower Boat Ritual on the May Day bank holiday. A model of the ship The Black Prince is covered in flowers and is taken in procession from the Quay at Millbrook to the beach at Cawsand where it is cast adrift. The houses in the villages are decorated with flowers and people traditionally wear red and white clothes. There are further celebrations in Cawsand Square with Morris dancing and May pole dancing.









   In St Andrews, some of the students gather on the beach late on April 30 and run into the North Sea at sunrise on May Day, occasionally naked. This is accompanied by torchlit processions and much elated celebration.
   Both Edinburgh and Glasgow organize Mayday festivals and rallies. In Edinburgh, the Beltane Fire Festival is held on the evening of May eve and into the early hours of May Day on the city's Calton Hill. An older Edinburgh tradition has it that young women who climb Arthur's Seat and wash their faces in the morning dew will have lifelong beauty.








 Ireland

   May Day has been celebrated in Ireland since pagan times as the feast of Bealtaine and in latter times as Mary's day. Traditionally, bonfires were lit to mark the coming of summer and to banish the long nights of winter. Officially Irish May Day holiday is the first Monday in May. Old traditions such as bonfires are no longer widely observed, though the practice still persists in some communities, such as Arklow, County Wicklow.




Sunday, December 16, 2018

Things You Never Knew About The Making Of A Charlie Brown Christmas!!

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    The annual airing of A Charlie Brown Christmas has become as much a part of Christmas as Santa and Rudolph.
    Charlie Brown's Christmas tree, Snoopy's decorated doghouse and Linus' classic recitation on the true meaning the season have become true baby-boomer Christmas icons. Throw in Vince Guaraldi's classic soundtrack, and you have an animated special that has defined a generation.


  • A Charlie Brown Christmas was not the first time the Peanuts characters were animated. In the early 1960's they appeared in a series of commercials for the Ford Motor Company.
  • A Charlie Brown Chirstmas was conceived, written, animated and produced in only six months, and was finished only a week before the air date. The first airing, on December 9, 1965, was sponsored by Coke.




  • A CBS executive who watched a preview was disappointed and declared the program, "A little flat....a little slow", and said he thought Peanuts was better suited for the comics page. Ed Levitt, an animator who worked on the show was more percipient, however, declaring "A Charlie Brown Christmas will run for a hundred years"!
  • The children who sing the opening and closing songs, "Christmas Time is Here", and "Hark The Herald Angels Sing", were chosen from a children's choir at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in San Rafael, California. The songs were recorded at Fantasy Records Studio in San Francisco.
  • The voice of Charlie Brown was provided by 8 year old actor Peter Robbins, who had previously appeared in over 35 television commercials, and had small roles in TV shows such as "F Troop" and "Get Smart". Robbins continued to be the voice of Charlie Brown in 5 more Peanuts specials,as well as in the first Peanuts movie. A Boy Named Charlie Brown.
  • The youngest voice in the cast was that of Sally, played by 6 year old Cathy Steinberg. Because she couldn't yet read, when had to be fed her lines a few words at a time.






  • Vince Guaraldi was a San Francisco jazz musician. Producer Lee Mendelson was driving across the Golden Gate Bridge when he heard one of Guaraldi's songs on the radio, and recruited him to write the music for the special.

  • The "voice" of Snoopy was provided by co-producer Bill Melendez.

  • The very first airing placed second in the ratings for it's week, behind Bonanza and ahead of such favorites as Red Skelton, Walt Disney and The Andy Griffith Show.

  • A writer for TIME magazine loved the show, calling it "refreshing and "special". He also wrote, " A Charlie Brown Christmas, is one children's special this season that bears repeating".

  • The 1965 airing won an Emmy Award for "Best Network Animated Special" and a Peabody Award for "Outstanding Children's and Youth's Program".

Sunday, December 9, 2018

My Top 5 Favorite Zombie Movies!!

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    We all know the scoop about Zombie movies. A deadly virus or chemical agent is released. A guy / girl is subjected to the deadly toxin and is gruesomely transformed into a hideous monster who desires the flesh of living humans. Thus a Zombie is born. As it bites person after person, it spreads it's horrific condition exponentially across communities, states and countries and pandemonium is spread globally . These things are all the makeup of a thrilling edge of your seat horror flick. The following are the top 5 most terrifying Zombie films of all time. In no particular order.






Night of the Living Dead (1968)

    No Zombie movie would be complete without this horror classic. George Romero's first and thought to be the birth of the modern zombie and zombie film. This Flick tells the story of an African American man, a White woman, and five others who are panic ridden by the unexplained presence of living dead. They barricade themselves in a farm house in the middle of nowhere with no hope but to not be killed by the terrifying monsters.








Shaun of the Dead (2004)

    If Zombie movies were equal to pop music. Shaun of the Dead would be a hit. This movie brings horror, fun, and pop culture into one flick and does a great job at all of the above. Shaun and his cohorts set out on a wacky / scary adventure dodging Zombies while also tending to life's minor hiccups and obstacles. This film also has a great sound track.







Dawn of the Dead (2004)

    This film is a definite spine chilling, teeth chattering, keep up up at night because you are scared horror movie. A woman awakes to find her family, the neighborhood, and the entire community are all out the eat her. People all over are being mauled by undead humans and turning into zombies and it spreads like wildfire. She ends up trapped in a mall with many other characters who share the common goal of trying to escape alive.







Resident Evil (original, Apocalypse, Extinction) (2002)

    All three Resident Evil films are brilliantly made productions. Alice is a super human experiment with a knack for annihilating the undead. An incredibly hot Milla Jovovich first punches kicks and destroys zombies in a hidden underground facility where the T Virus (zombie juice) has been exposed to the population. In the second addition (Apocalypse), Alice scourges the quarantined city in search for a little girl with a cure to the T Virus. In the third installment (Extinction), an extremely powerful Alice tries to leads a caravan of refugees into a sanctuary where zombies do not exist.







28 Days Later (2002)

    This movie along with it's sequel has got to be the scariest movie of all time. Test subjects from an Animal testing facility are released into the public releasing with it a deadly zombie toxin referred to as Rage. 28 days later, a man wakes from a coma, alone, in a hospital and has no idea of the outbreak. He shortly finds the meaning if of the empty streets and obvious signs of chaos. He fights terrible Zombies throughout the flick. Eventually he finds himself stuck in the middle of flesh eating zombies and sick ans twisted militants.

Haunted Covered Bridges And Their Legends!

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