Weekend Adventures – The American Treasure Tour

On Saturday, we took our Weekly Adventure to The American Treasure Tour in Oaks, Pennsylvania.

The building is approximately 100,000 sq.ft and houses one man’s collection of what every he likes!  I love that part.  ATT houses one of the country’s largest record collection.  It contains Player Pianos, Instruments of all kinds and even Miniature houses (doll houses).  That’s just all in one room.

The Main room aptly called “The Toy Box” houses his collection of cars, motorcycles,  and array of oddities.  Former Window Displays are housed in different locations.  There are enormous Snow White and her Dwarfs in one corner.  There is a Christmas Collection, Easter Collection and a smaller Halloween Collection.  A huge highlight for some is the giant building built of Popsicle sticks and the 3-story shoe.

What do Teddy Kennedy, Britney Speers and Donald Trump have in common…nothing.  These guys were part of a Mardi Gras float one year.

Looking for some Fast Food Icons…here you go.  There is also a giant Ronald McDonald in this section.

This is a Street Musician with Monkey music box.  It is both weird and wonderful.

The most awesome thing about all of this is the fact you get to view it all via a Tram Car Ride.  When the ride is over you can still see some of the collection on the walking portion of the warehouse.  The tram goes a nice slow pace so you can take in as much as you can.  It is also narrated by a wonderful tour guide.

It’s a must see if you are in the Oaks, PA area!

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Weekend Adventures – The Mercer Museum

We had a fun weekend with a trip to Mercer Museum in Doylestown, PA.

This amazing building is home to one man’s vision.  It hosts an array of collections of Trades gone-by.  Tanning, cobbler, transportation and so many others.  To think of the tools on display being the “modern miracles” of the tradesman is astounding.

With every level of this amazing facility there is more and more to learn.  There are also oddities to make you smile and also to horrify you.  There is an actual hangman’s gallows on the top floor.  It’s a must see if you are passing through the Doylestown area 🙂

Weekend Adventures – In The Presence of Art

This year for Christmas my Wife gave me 52 weekend adventures.  Weekend One, we went to the Arboretum.  It’s my most favorite place to go.  I can just get lost and have adventures.  We went to see the last day of the Trains exhibit.  People who know me, know I’m goo-goo for trains.  This Christmas Season’s exhibit was amazing.  It gets better every year.

Week Two, we went to the Woodmere Art Museum.  It was too cold to do the outside exhibits.  So many amazing sculptures but we can see them in the spring.  Inside is a cornucopia of local artists.  The mediums range from performance pieces to landscapes in oil and pen & ink.

This sculpture’s facial expression left me chuckling.  Yes, it is a beautiful marble piece but the artist nailed the fine points of her being embarrassed she’s lost her clothes.  Maybe that’s just how I saw it.  The finer etchings of her toes and the tree stump behind her is amazing.

I’m a huge fan of landscapes.  It doesn’t matter if it’s paint or ink.  I’ve even seen amazing pieces done in metals.  The sculpture intrigued me because the proportions of the figure were real.  Women have curves, js.

This piece reminded me of Florence Foster Jenkins.

This is just a segment of a very large canvass.  It covered an entire wall.  It was mostly these two people in the entire piece that captivated me.  His face seems old to me and her face is intense like that of protection.

These two were from the painting that spoke most to me.  I’m obsessed with my dogs so of course I liked this one a lot, lol.  She looks sad and the dog stoic.  But when you look at the painting as a whole it appears to be different.

Art is amazing.  I love it because it is subjective.  What was the intent of the Artist may not be the read of the voyeur, amazing!  It was a great week Two!

One Last Halloween Post

I was sad to put away these two Halloween Wax Candles.  My Mom bought them back in the 1970’s and they have survived these forty some years.  When I was a child I would love to find these two hiding in my Mom’s hutch at the top of the stairs.  I would get yelled at for playing with them.  I would love when she put them out in the living room for Halloween.  A joyful connection to my childhood.  I’m just thankful they are still with me after all of the moves and all of the years.

Autumn is in full gear right now with Winter knocking on it’s door.

I took these pictures when the leaves just started falling.

Now all the leaves are falling.  This was a good autumn for me 😉

Puppies and Nature

So I was taking a walk in the Neighborhood and I came across this enormous mushroom.

I’ve not seen one this big in a long time.  I’m sure it was aided in growing so large by the very humid, rainy and hot environment of the last two weeks.  So of course I had to do this…

What can I say…I’m just and over-aged child.