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Jul 05

Hellas Greek Restaurant at Florida’s Tarpon Springs

Hellas interior

Tarpon Springs, Florida is known for its Greek community founded in both the sponge diving business and restaurants and shops. One of the best restaurants is Hellas Restaurant and the joining Hellas Bakery. The businesses are on the main commercial street in the town, Dodecanese Boulevard. We really enjoyed our meal at the restaurant. The …

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Jun 27

Whimsical sculptures in Seattle’s Neototem Garden

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In 2002 the City of Seattle commissioned the creation of the Neototem Children’s Garden as a back drop for the massive whale pod tail sculpture. The marvelous and whimsical marine creations are the work of artist Gloria Bornstein.

Apr 02

My Fair Lady is back at Beef & Boards in Indianapolis

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It has been 20 years since My Fair Lady has been seen at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. The 2017 version of this classic musical entertained us completely this past Saturday evening. The house appeared to be a sell out and all were treated to a dynamic, exciting and professional show. The Lerner and Loewe …

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Mar 27

We enjoyed Sex with Strangers during our first visit to the Phoenix Theatre

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Don’t take the headline the wrong way, folks. Sex with Strangers is the play title! Our first visit to this well established Indianapolis theater was most enjoyable. The Phoenix Theatre experience is different from larger venue playhouses. From the lobby we walked to the stage down a somewhat narrow flight of stairs. It seemed like we were …

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Mar 25

A one ton granite ball floats on water

I had to try moving the ball! It rotates with a tiny touch.

The 28 inch diameter, 2000 pound granite sphere floats on a cushion of water pumped up from a fountain below. The socket of the granite base is precision carved to allow an 8/1000th inch thick layer of water that the ball rests on. Even a child can rotate the ball! This marvelous floating granite ball …

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Mar 24

“The Ruins” from New York City are one of the strange things to see in Indianapolis

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Holliday Park is located in the near north-side of Indianapolis in one of the more higher end neighborhoods. The park is a beautiful setting with hundreds of trees, flowers and wildlife. In addition to the natural features of this inner city recreation site you will find an eclectic display affectionately tagged “The Ruins”. The centerpiece …

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Feb 15

Visit Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis

View from James Whitcomb Riley's grave: Indy skyline

Crown Hill Cemetery is on the near Northwest side of Indianapolis. It was first created as a cemetery during the Civil War, and eventually two different National Cemetery areas were established. The grounds are beautiful and host many visitors all year long. The facility is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is …

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Feb 05

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat thrills the crowds at Beef & Boards

Joseph (Tim Wessel), left, and his father, Jacob (Douglas E. Stark) Courtesy B&B Media

Beef & Boards is offering the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice production of  Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as its first musical of the 2017 season. Prepare to put a smile on your face as you enjoy this delightful presentation at Indy’s beloved dinner theatre that runs through March 26th. Tim Wessel has the title role. …

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Nov 27

A Beef and Boards Christmas celebrates the season

Fancy costumes, great dancing and exciting song!

One of the favorite holiday shows in Indiana is back on stage at Beef & Boards on Indy’s northwest side. This beloved variety show, celebrating a 24 year run, is known for its consistent quality. I think the 2016 version of the show actually raised the bar for the overall quality of the production. Once …

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Nov 23

WWII Gun Emplacements Once Protected Puget Sound and Seattle

Date on the main bunker entrance

The Army had plans in place to upgrade the Puget Sound harbor defenses when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The attack prompted a feverish scramble to implement those WWII plans. Fort Ebey was constructed from 1942 to 1944. It overlooked the Straight of Juan de Fuca and the open Pacific Ocean. It was the first of a series of defensive positions that also included forts Casey, Worden and Flagler, also on Puget Sound. Historic Fort Ebey State Park on Widbey Island is home to the remains of Battery 248 of the Coast Artillery Regiment of the Washington National Guard. The guns are gone, having been melted down for scrap at the end of the war. What remains, however, are the two circular gun emplacements and the supporting large concrete bunker where ammunition, powder bags, and other equipment was stored. The bunker is open to the public. A flashlight is a good companion if you venture into the bunker, as the rooms are not provided with any lights. You will see the massive steel doors on the powder rooms as well as the concrete pads where the three large generators were placed. In front of the bunker towards the edge of the steep cliff you will see the forward observation bunker. A narrow slit provided a panoramic view of the waters. No ships could enter the Sound without being spotted. The main armament of the fort was provided by two guns on swivel turrets. These guns fired a 108 pound shell with a range of 15 miles. The 26 man gun crews could fire a round every 12 seconds. Take a step back in time with a visit to Fort Ebey State Park. Walk where the artillerymen walked. Explore the bunker. Stand near the forward observation position and imagine being on the lookout for enemy ships trying to invade the Puget Sound. Day passes are only $10, with a yearly pass available for $30. More information about Fort Ebey State Park may be found at the park website.

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