“Imagine a world where children are encouraged to play in art museums.” This was a vision of Executive Director Nannette Maciejunes during the design of the newly expanded and renovated Columbus Museum of Art. The new museum, reopened in October 2015, is much more than large rooms filled with paintings. Maciejunes believes, “This exciting endeavor is a shift from just talking about the works hanging on the wall to talking about how art connects people to themselves, their community, and their world.”
The buffet itself was art. Shrimp and snails were piled majestically into a silver tureen with the hotel garden as a backdrop. Delicate slices of salmon were deliberately draped across a silver tray. Fresh salads of every type glistened with olive oil and glowed with the colors of freshly-picked vegetables.
From the moment we tossed our lines to the dockhand at Man-O-War Marina (http://manowarmarina.com), we felt like we were home. Though tiny in size, it is large on hospitality! This special island is a skinny two and a half miles long, and has about 300 year-round residents, many of whom are descended from early loyalist settlers who left the newly formed United States of America after the American Revolutionary War. They are friendly and good-natured and embrace you (if you are willing) into their culture and lives. In the two and a half weeks we spent on Man-O-War, we became known as the “couple from the big catamaran,” and my husband Jim was invited to join the men each afternoon at Andy Albury’s woodworking shop as they chewed the fat about island history, politics, and woodworking, and shared a laugh or two.
Sheila fills a large bowl with the ingredients, then transfers the batter to six-quart buckets. Those buckets go into the cooler, and she starts the process again. She’s a busy lady on batter-making days. Sheila said, “We have to keep plenty of batter ready at all times.” Owner Johnny Evans estimates that they use 200 gallons of mix in a day.
Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) began 75 years ago with a community of climbers in search of quality outdoor gear. It has now grown to 129 stores, eight in Colorado alone. But Denver is a “flagship” store, making it a must-see if you are in town. A flagship store in the retail world means a large store with unique features that stands out as a showcase for the brand. In other words, not your everyday shopping experience.