Site ColumnsBy Michelle
August 25, 2004 - 7:16 PM
I'm back from two weeks traveling around New England, seeing American historical sites, the Atlantic coast and - naturally - some fannish things. My in-laws lived in Hartford for many years, so we made that the first stop, going to the science museum and the Wadsworth Atheneum, which has a marvelous collection of Hudson River School paintings and a few Pre-Raphaelites. From there we went to Mystic Aquarium and Mystic Seaport, then to Newport, Rhode Island and New Bedford, Massachusetts which are both historic ports and communities known for defending freedom of religion and protecting former slaves. Then we went to the beach in Cape Cod for a couple of days.
From there we went to Boston for nearly a week, walking the Freedom Trail, taking day trips to Salem, Lexington and Concord, visiting various museums and going sailing. Last Monday we reveled in geekdom, going to the Lord of the Rings Exhibition at the Museum of Science in the morning, then seeing Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on the IMAX screen at the aquarium in the afternoon. We ended the trip with a couple of days in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, visiting America's Stonehenge and some national parks, before coming home via my sister's house in New York.
I learned several important things, such as: 1) Longfellow's poem about Paul Revere is full of inaccuracies, 2) It is physically impossible to see the entire Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in an hour, and 3) Plymouth Rock is neither as large nor as close to the shore as I'd always imagined. Also, rockhopper penguins are much bigger than little blues, and there are frogs in the fountains at the Saint-Gaudens Historic Site. Apart from visiting friends and sleeping in a retired caboose in the mountains, though, my personal highlights were all ships: the Mayflower II, the USS Constitution, the Liberty Clipper, and a life-size reproduction of Boromir in the Elven boat that carried him over Rauros Falls.
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These were some of the major news items from August 2002:
- Official Season Two Details Released
Battles with the Suliban, Vulcan tales, an enemy minefield, and a sick beagle were just some of the surprises in store for the crew of the NX-01 during its sophomore season.
- First Plot Information For 'The Seventh' Revealed
A mission connected to her past from the Vulcan High Command caused problems for T'Pol and the crew of the NX-01 in this episode.
- Frakes Fulfilled As Riker
"I can't think of anything I still want to do as Riker," admitted actor Jonathan Frakes. "If it's really all over I've had a full meal, and if it's not, Iíll be happy to show up and do what they ask me."
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Friday night at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, UPN will be showing "E2". Here's the official synopsis of the episode:
An attempt to use a Xindi subspace corridor leads Enterprise to a bizarre encounter with another Starfleet ship.