Site ColumnsBy Michelle
August 18, 2006 - 9:19 PM
It's our month for weekend getaways. This upcoming weekend we're going to visit my in-laws in Pennsylvania, and last weekend we went to Mystic, Connecticut, where in lieu of a birthday party, my son wanted to participate in the Mystic Aquarium's Penguin Contact Program. For an hour, we were in a classroom with ten people and two penguins, which walked around, nibbled our shoelaces and let us pet them, then allowed us to listen to their heartbeats and examine their beaks and wings as if we were veterinarians. My son was thrilled and it was a wonderful experience for all of us.
Mystic has a wonderful aquarium, very different from the one in Baltimore which we visit regularly - there are beluga whales and seals in huge outdoor enclosures, a gigantic indoor reef exhibit with anemones, starfish, urchins, various crabs, little fish and sea cucumbers, a big ray tank where people can put their hands in at certain times to touch the animals, a sea lion show and a research institute on deep sea life and underwater archaeology with many exhibits found by Robert Ballard, who found the Titanic and JFK's PT boat.
And Mystic is also home to a historic seaport with tall ships and a recreation of a town from centuries ago, as well as a working wooden ship restoration facility and museums about local nautical history. My in-laws lived in Connecticut for many years, so we had been to Mystic once or twice, and ended the trip with dinner at Old Saybrook's Pizza Works, which has model trains circling both floors of the restaurant while out back one can see actual trains stopping at the Old Saybrook station. The area is not inexpensive but it's a wonderful place to take a day trip.
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Trek Two Years Ago
These were some of the major news items from August 2004:
- Coto Plans To Fulfill 'Enterprise's Promise
Executive producer Manny Coto had big plans for Star Trek: Enterprise's fourth season"to try to fulfill what I think is Enterprise's promise, which is to create a truly prequel series...to tie Enterprise into the overall Star Trek canon and to really use the opportunity that we have to create stories that give us a glimpse into the formation of the Star Trek universe."
- Blalock Expects The Trip/T'Pol Pairing To Go Forward
Heading into what she expected to be Enterprise's final season, Jolene Blalock (T'Pol) said that she believed her character and Trip Tucker would become a real couple, though she thought T'Pol's drug addiction played a role in her decision to begin a relationship.
- Livingston Says Production Has Sped Up
David Livingston, who directed nearly 60 episodes of Trek, believed the switch from film to digital recording wouldn't be noticed by the audience and had numerous advantages for the production team, such as allowing the director to see more detail.
More news can be found in the archives.
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Saturday, August 19th is a big day for Star Trek celebrations: in addition to being the birthday of series creator Gene Roddenberry, it is the birthday of both Jonathan Frakes (Riker) and Diana Muldaur (Pulaski) from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Monday, August 21st is the birthday of Kim Cattrall, who played Valeris in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, and Thursday, August 24th is the birthday of Jennifer Lien, who played Kes on Star Trek: Voyager.