Site ColumnsBy Michelle
January 6, 2006 - 5:46 PM
We ended 2005 with a visit to my husband's parents in Pennsylvania and lots of museum visits. We didn't go to the battlefields at Gettysburg this time, as the weather did not cooperate, but we did go to the Whitaker Center in Harrisburg, a science museum with an IMAX where we saw Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. After a visit to Boyds Bears Country, the massive four-story bear museum and shop, we went to the Brandywine River Museum, which does a display of trains and dolls every year, along with its standing exhibits on three generations of Wyeth family painters, contemporary American sketches and sculpture. We also went to the nearby Delaware Museum of Natural History, which has many dinosaurs and an exhibit on the science of football, then the Delaware Art Museum, whose magnificent Pre-Raphaelite collection is unfortunately out on tour but which still has some beautiful glasswork, contemporary art, early American and magazine illustrations.
The last day of 2005, we went to the National Geographic Explorers Hall in Washington, DC to see the Napoleon exhibit. The patron is clearly a Buonaparte apologist and the historical notes had justifications of nearly all the emperor's excesses, even the disastrous Russian campaign, but there were all sorts of artifacts that have never been in the US before, and it is really a thrill to read love letters in Napoleon's handwriting, to see fabric from his coronation robes and get to stand next to some of his furniture and snuff boxes and long underwear. We had thought about going to see the Getty illuminated manuscripts at the National Gallery of Art - we'd seen them before at the Getty, but not for many years - but we couldn't get a parking space, so we drove home at sunset past the monuments, then went to a winter light show at a state park near our house.
2006 dawned sunny and rather warm, so we went to Great Falls National Park to see the C&O Canal and the Potomac River, then came home and had fondue in honor of Chanukah. I hope everyone else had a lovely New Year!
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These were some of the major news items from January 2004:
- Berman, Trinneer Talk Sweeps Month Stories
Executive producer Rick Berman hinted that mutiny might be in store for Captain Archer in upcoming Star Trek: Enterprise episodes, and actor Connor Trinneer (Tucker) said that he and Jolene Blalock (T'Pol) "had a lot of conversations about how we could stay true to our characters" in love scenes.
- 4-D Ride Takes Trek To New Levels
Early reviewers said that the new ride at Star Trek: The Experience, Borg Invasion 4D, would be a feast for the senses when it opened in the spring of 2004: "The key thing about this attraction is that it's '4-D', which means it's a lot more 'environmental' than the existing attraction."
- Winston Discusses Time Travel with Daniels
Matt Winston, who played time-traveling agent Ensign Daniels on Enterprise, said, "I'm praying that Daniels will continue to bounce back from any problems like he did after 'Cold Front'" since the character had already returned from the dead once.
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Today is the birthday of Aron Eisenberg, who played Nog on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Tomorrow is the birthday of Mark Allen Shepherd, DS9's Morn. Sunday, January 8th is the birthday of Dr. Stephen Hawking, who made a guest appearance on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Thursday the 12th is the birthday of Kirstie Alley, Saavik from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.