Stargazing ….Cherry Springs, Pennsylvania @ Carly’z Corner….

Watch this video from The Weather Channel…#ItsAmazingOutThere...stargazing Cherry Springs, PA

While on my spiritual trek this past  June, we stopped at a rest stop in Pennsylvania.  More specifically, the rest stop placed us in the town called Coudersport.

This was not just some random rest stop that we happened upon.  Oh no!  While being my normal inquisitive (aka nosy) self, I explored the area and saw this:  

Amazing….right! Cherry Springs State Park is nearly as remote and wild today as it was two centuries ago!  Named for the large stands of black cherry trees in the park, the 82-acre state park is surrounded by the 262,000-acre Susquehannock State Forest. The Susquehanna Trail passes nearby and offers 85 miles of backpacking and hiking.

However, as I continued to explore and read more about this town I learned that Cherry Springs is one of the best places on the eastern seaboard for stargazing due to its exceptionally dark skies.

Today the power of stargazing, an ancient activity, has been veiled by light pollution and lost in the luminosity of offices, traffic jams, and arenas. A hundred years ago, a perpetual orange haze did not obscure the Milky Way; light pollution did not exist then. Vincent Van Gogh’s 1889 masterpiece, Starry Night, depicts a sky few Americans have seen naturally—bright and mystical. Fortunately, today Van Gogh’s art-inspiring view is not extinct everywhere. At Cherry Springs State Park, anyone who leans back and looks up is sure to experience all the wonderment and awe that coincides with gazing at one of the last, true starry nights.

Since 2000, Astronomers and amateur star-gazers have flocked to remote Cherry Springs from around the country, just to stand and tilt their heads towards the cosmos. After visiting the park in 2007, New York Times writer Dave Caldwell wrote, “On a perfect night, particularly during a new moon, the Milky Way is so bright it casts shadows. Star-gazers hold out their hands and look at the shadows on the ground in awe.” While city and suburban star-gazers may only see thirty to a thousand stars speckled across the sky, visitors to Cherry Springs are treated to a brilliant splattering of about 10,000 stars. “You get kind of overwhelmed at how many stars are actually visible,” astronomer Stanley Nawrocki told Caldwell.’ (taken from article written By Erin L. Gavlock, Summer 2009)

Every year, Cherry Springs State Park hosts the “STAR PARTY”!  This event is sponsored by the Astronomical Society of Harrisburg. This is a pre-registered event. It is held on the Astronomy Field of the park and you must be registered to attend for all activities except the public viewing night. There will be no public programming by park staff during this event.

I found the Facebook page for Cherry Park Star Party 2013 and it has a host of information on it.  Much more than the website.  There are food vendors and other vendors on site all three days.  So purchasing meals on site is an option.  There are many raffle prizes and door prizes.  Not clear on all the activities but 2 out of the 3 days there are talks given on topics by NASA about Solar telescope viewing to “The Origin of Everything: How Things Got to Be the Way They Are Right Now”.

There is a fee to attend and registration is required. For a single student the cost is $30, single adult is $40, and a single family $55. Now as far as I understand these costs are for the entire 3 day event!  (Psst!…..if you are planning on attending the event with friends, I would recommend you get together and purchase the single family package.  Put it this way….$40 for 3 adults=$120 vs. $55 for a family of three.  I am not promoting dishonesty…but that day!…we will all be Millers!)

Reminder these are the prices for the last star party.  Keep checking their website or their Facebook page for up to date changes in pricing.

If you are interested in attending, I strongly recommend pre-registration as only 500 guests are accepted!

For more information and to register please go to the following website. http://www.astrohbg.org

Although we missed the 2013 STAR PARTY…as it was held on  June 6-9.  We can prepare to attend the 2014 STAR PARTY which will be held June 26-June 29!!!!!

Cherry Springs State Park is located at:

  • 4639 Cherry Springs Rd, Coudersport, PA 16915
    Phone:(814) 435-5010

Cherry Springs Star Party – 2014!

Our 2013 Star Party was a great success and featured talented speakers and opportunities for observing. The Registration Desk will open at approximately 12 PM on Thursday and will be open at various times throughout the weekend. We hope to see YOU at the Star Party!

Happy  Frrreeeee Hunting!

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Just Putting It Out There……Kidz Day 2014 @ Carly’z Corner

I had never heard of this “kidz” fun day festival before.  I was listening to one of my favorite radio stations, 98.1 WKDD, (an Akron Ohio radio station)  and partially heard the ad about 100 activities for kids for $3.  You know when I heard “$3” my ears perked up! Right!

The event takes place, this Saturday, July 19th from 11am – 5pm at Boettler Park in Green Ohio.  (I will try to link to this post a map giving some general directions).

Just to give you an idea of how much there is to do at this Kidz Day….there is a petting zoo, inflatable land, there is a crafting area, a kids golf course, rock wall climbing, a mobile video game theater, a kids railway and bungy bouncing!  There are all day character meet and greets and there will be special events….like a helicopter landing and visits from the Cleveland Cavaliers.  

     courtesy of the kidz day webpage

The event costs $5 per child at the door, $3 for adults and kids under 3 are free!  But if you purchase advance tickets at any one of the locations listed below your child tickets are just $3!!!

Levin Furniture – Akron 3742 Brookwall Drive • Akron(330) 668-6622

Levin Furniture – North Canton 6229 Promler Ave. • North Canton 330-498-4000

Lucky Shoes 2685 West Market Street • Fairlawn 330-836-5577

Camp Bow-Wow 1403 Main St  • Cuyahoga Falls 330-923-9663



Boettler Park 5300 Massillon Road

So get out and enjoy!

HAPPY FRREEEE  HUNTING!

Just Putting It Out There…..$1 Cone Day @ Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream Parlor

$1 Cone Day @ Handel’s

If you love ice cream as much as I do…then you will love today’s tidbit.

I used to think that ice cream was all made the same.  However, as I have tasted Mitchell’s, Honey Hut, East Coast Custard, Minchees and Handel’s…I have come to know that they are not all the same.  Each creates a unique ice cream experience for its customers.  It really comes down to your taste buds and what you enjoy!

Each year at Handel’s they offer “$1 cone day” I do not know if it is to say thank you to their loyal customers or if it is to attract more customers!

Whatever the reason….who cares…today is that day for ice cream for $1!!!!  There is no limit on how many times you come back.  The single scoop cone, any flavor is $1 all day!

So check out the link above to see if there is a Handel’s in your neck of the woods. Go and grab a $1 cone today!!!

HAPPY FRRREEEE HUNTING!

Just Putting it Out There…Volunteerism=Satisfaction=FREE

Many people volunteer their time and energy as a way to give back to the community that they have received great support and benefits from.  Volunteerism, really has no limits!  It doesn’t matter whether your passionate about animals, music, children, education, or the visual arts. There is an organization or grass roots entity which could use your selfless acts of giving.

But since you know I am all about the FREE!  I wanted to bring to light another added benefit that Volunteerism brings!  A fellow “Pinner” pinned information about an event that is dear to her heart that she wouldn’t be able to attend this year….“The Sandestin Wine Festival”.  This wine festival is held annually in Baytowne Wharf…Destin, Florida.  This is a 3 day festival that runs from April 11-13, 2014.

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I wanted to highlight this from the website:

“GET INVOLVED, BE A VOLUNTEER”

“Be part of the action! Volunteers are needed for the 28th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival.

The Sandestin Wine Festival partners with local non-profit organizations and donates a part of the festival proceeds to them. There are an assortment of times and positions available for individuals interested in volunteering.

Each volunteer will be required to attend a meeting prior to the festival and will be given a t-shirt to wear during their assigned shift. Volunteers will be given a complimentary ticket for the day that they are not working.”

Normally, to attend the festival each day, it would cost you $15/day or $45 per person to attend the event for all three days.  However,  just for giving of a little of your time, you will be able to attend the festival for two days…..(the day you volunteer and the day of your complimentary ticket!)  Now instead of $45 for all three days…you can attend all three for $15!!!!

 So check out the opportunities to volunteer in your local community, the rewards are of great personal benefit!

HAPPY FREEEEEE HUNTING!!!

FREE Weekend ………to the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame and Science Center @ Carly’z Corner

Photo: We’re celebrating our 100th birthday in 2014 by giving monthly gifts to the Greater #Cleveland community. Enjoy FREE admission to two great attractions: Great Lakes Science Center on Saturday, Feb. 22, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum on Sunday, Feb. 23. Details: http://ow.ly/tdS4t

The Cleveland Foundation is the world’s first community foundation. It is celebrating its 100th year in service to the Cleveland community.   It was created on January 2, 1914 by banker and lawyer Frederick H. Goff.  Who was a “mover and shaker” in Cleveland long before that phrase became part of the American lexicon.   His vision was to pool the charitable resources of Cleveland’s philanthropists, living and dead, into a single, great, and permanent endowment for the betterment of the city. Community leaders would then forever distribute the interest that the trust’s resources would accrue to fund “such charitable purposes as will best make for the mental, moral, and physical improvement of the inhabitants of Cleveland,” says the foundation’s website.

They are providing two ‘Cleveland Foundation Days’ in February because they want to showcase North Coast Harbor and make these Cleveland landmarks accessible to the entire community, reported Robert E. Eckardt, executive vice president of the Cleveland Foundation. The Cleveland Foundation is proud of the role the organization and the donors have played in developing North Coast Harbor into the destination it is today.  They hope Greater Clevelanders spend the weekend on the North Coast celebrating what their generosity has created for the world to enjoy. (extracted from the Cleveland Foundation website)

The Cleveland Foundation today announced the second in a series of monthly “Cleveland Foundation Day” centennial gifts to the community.  The foundation is creating a “North Coast Harbor Weekend” by inviting the community to visit Great Lakes Science Center on Saturday, Feb. 22 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum on Sunday, Feb. 23, for free.

This is the first time the Rock Hall will host a free weekend day and it is also the first time Great Lakes Science Center has opened its weekend doors for both free admission and OMNIMAX films in its 18-year history.

The Science Center will be open for free admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 22. Free OMNIMAX films will be shown all day;  seating will be available for the first 1,800 people. The Rock Hall will have free admission from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 23.  Details on special family programming for the free weekend will be released on Feb. 17.

Visitors are encouraged to take the Greater Cleveland RTA, which has a stop at the Science Center and Rock Hall on its Waterfront line. Details on various parking options are available at www.greatscience.com and www.rockhall.com.

You know how we love free right! Well let me put it to you this way, for my family the cost for admission into the Science Center and Omnimax Theater would cost me $53 plus tax!  But on February 22, we can attend for FRREEEE!

So come out and enjoy! Two Great Cleveland Landmarks for frrrreeeee!!!

Happy Frreeee  Hunting!

“I Have A Dream….” celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. @ Carly’z Corner

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This post is for Tisha and all the other parents at Warner Girls Leadership Academy!

University Circle and Wade Oval are two of the biggest supporters, in Cleveland, who celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  The institutions that make up this amazing neighborhood of arts and culture have come together to commemorate  the life of this amazing man!

Just alone today, I have listed organizations offering FREE admission to their facility or discounted admission to their specials programming.  However, check these institutions as many have free events planned all week!!
University Circle Inc. will provide a FREE shuttle bus to take visitors to the participating organizations in University Circle. The shuttle will run from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  :

Cleveland Botanical GardenMartin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

Monday, January 20  from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

FREE Admission
From 1:00-3:00 p.m., the Garden will have a special program where children will learn about seeds and plants important to African-American Culture. The kids will then use the seeds and plants to make a craft.
www.cbgarden.org

Cleveland Museum of Art
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, January 20
11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
FREE Admission
Visitors of all ages are invited to take part in a day filled with activities honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Enjoy hands-on family art projects, gallery activities, Art Stories, the museum’s Art Cart, and live performances in the atrium.
www.clevelandart.org

Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Winter Discovery Day
Monday, January 20
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
FREE Admission

The Museum will host a variety of exciting programs during Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!
– Meet their curators and see specimens from their collections
– Activities and demonstrations with scientists and students from Case Western Reserve University
– Mini shows in the Shafran Planetarium – just $1 per person
– Visit our new exhibit Nature’s Mating Games: Beyond the Birds and the Bees, $3 for members and $5 for non-members.
(Recommended for those 13 & older.)
– Hands-on activities in the Smead Discovery Center
– Live animal shows
– Movies in Murch Auditorium
– Information from Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland
www.cmnh.org

Cleveland Orchestra
Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Open House
Monday, January 20
Noon-5:00 p.m.
FREE Admission
Severance Hall joins the city-wide celebration of Dr. King’s life with an open house offering instrumental, vocal, and dance performances.  Spend the day or spend an hour at Severance Hall, during this free day of music featuring performances by community musical ensembles and the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus.
www.clevelandorchestra.com

Cleveland Public Library, Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch
29th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Commemorative Celebration: Drum Major for Change
Monday, January 20
1:00 p.m.
Free Admission
The Cleveland Public Library honors Dr. King’s life and legacy at our annual commemorative celebration. Distinguished guests include keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Blanton Harper, Jr. of the New Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church, the Delta Alpha Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the Distinguished Gentlemen of the Spoken Word, and the Cleveland Municipal School District’s All City Arts Drumline. All are welcome to join the celebration. A community reception follows the event.
www.cpl.org

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration
Monday, January 20
11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
FREE Admission
Honor the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. Day at our annual free admission day.  The celebration begins at 11:30am with The Honorable Louis Stokes, U.S. Congressman from Ohio (retired).  He will be interviewed by The Plain Dealer‘s Brent Larkin with a Q & A session to follow.  At 2pm follow us next door to The Temple-Tifereth Israel for a performance of A Conversation Among Icons: Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and Gandhi.  The one-act play portrays the conversations that ensue when Dr. King is visited by Rosa Parks and Gandhi in prison.  Guided tours of our permanent collections – An American Story and The Temple-Tifereth Israel Gallery – and our special exhibition, TRAITOR! Spies, Lies and Justice Denied: The Dreyfus Affair, will be available throughout the day.
www.maltzmuseum.org

MOCA Cleveland
MLK Day at MOCA
Monday, January 20
11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
FREE Admission
Spend your day off engaging with the exhibitions on view while exploring Cleveland’s newest cultural icon. Special activities planned for this day include community mobile making, fabric weaving, video projections, ArtSquad crafts, and guided tours at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m.
www.mocacleveland.org

Western Reserve Historical Society
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration
Monday, January 20
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
FREE Admission
Guests can tour the exhibits, get a preview of the carousel, enjoy a hands-on kids activity, and shop great deals in the museum store. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. Parking will be $8. For a full description of the activities, download the PDF on the right-hand side of the page.
www.wrhs.org

Case Western Reserve University
Film Screening and Discussion – Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Tuesday, January 21
6:00 p.m.
Wolstein Building Auditorium (2103 Cornell Road)
Free Admission
A 2013 American historical fiction drama film directed by Lee Daniels is loosely inspired by the real-life of Eugene Allen, an African-American who eyewitnesses notable events of the 20th century during his 34-year tenure serving as a White House butler to eight presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family.  A discussion will follow the screening.  This event – part of the 2014 Martin Luther King Week programming –  is co-sponsored by The Office of Inclusion, Diversity & Equal Opportunity.

Case Western Reserve University
Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation featuring Washington Post reporter and author of The Butler: A Witness to History, Wil Haygood
Friday, January 24
12:30 p.m.
Amasa Stone Chapel (10940 Euclid Avenue)
Free Admission 
For more information, go to www.case.edu/events/mlk

Those institutions charging a fee:

Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque
King: A Filmed Record…Montgomery to Memphis
Sunday, January 19
7:15 p.m.
$
The film, produced by Ely Landau and recently restored to its long unseen, complete and uncut 185-minute version, uses extensive archival news footage to paint a sweeping, detailed picture of the years 1955 to 1968. The movie includes some complete speeches by Dr. King, as well as stirring testimonials by movie stars of the era (Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, Paul Newman, Burt Lancaster, et al.).
www.cia.edu

University Circle Inc.
The Rink at Wade Oval
Monday, January 20
Noon-5:00 p.m.
Free Admission; $3 Skate Rentals
The Rink at Wade Oval will be open special hours in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Stop by and find out what makes The Rink one of the most popular locations in the city!
www.universitycircle.org

Children’s Museum of Cleveland
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration
Monday, January 20
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Half-Price Admission ($4)
Celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with your community at The Children’s Museum of Cleveland. The museum will be honoring Dr. King with a special “I Have a Dream” Cloud Collage that visitors can add to from 11:00am- 4:00pm.  Children can write or draw their dream for a better world on special cloud paper then add it to the Cloud collage.  Also, enjoy SANDstruction and the museum’s 3 permanent exhibits; Big Red BarnBridges to Our Community and Splish! Splash!.
www.clevelandchildrensmuseum.org

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University Circle Inc.
10831 Magnolia Drive
Cleveland, OH 44106

So get out today and enjoy these free events as the world reflects on the life, dream and ultimate  sacrifice of a man who wanted something better for all of humanity.

 

Happy Frrrreeeeee Hunting!