The third Monday in February is designated as the President’s Day holiday. Originally and officially developed to honor George Washington, The Father of our Country, it branched out to include Abraham Lincoln. Currently, most Americans consider the holiday to be a celebration of all United States President’s lives.
It is a government paid holiday for all those working in the public sector as well as some in the private work force.
On financial side many sales occur during this holiday. Some schools, government entities, and businesses organize events to celebrate the holiday.
The holiday began in 1880 celebrated first in Washington D.C. Officially it became a federal holiday in 1885 under legislation called Washington Birthday, therefore, the holiday will always be officially known according to that name. Under federal government policy holidays are named according to the name of the law.
Here’s what I’ve found for us big kids to do in Hampton, VA.
Rose’s – a new casino in town. Only has slots but a tasty diner in house. I won on my first play. 1996 Power Plant Parkway.
Outdoor World – make your guy happy and do a walk through. I was fascinated. Had always thought the Tim Allen sitcom Last Man Standing was based on a bogus store. Who knew?? Right next door to Rosie’s.
And down the street a few short miles…
With antique stores…
The American Theatre with shows and music venues.
Or just walk around and through.
However, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the restaurants..
And the next place I want to try….
History of Phoebus
Phoebus began in 1607 with its English settlers naming it safe harbor, Cape Comfort. These were the defenders and artisans of Fort Algernourne, in future centuries to become Fort Monroe. Known as Mill Creek during the Revolutionary War British soldiers landed and plundered the town.
While Virginia was a confederate state union troops maintained this area and imprisoned the President of the Confederacy at Fort Monroe.
The town was incorporated in 1900 and took the name of a prominent citizen, Harrison Phoebus.
Now, that’s history… and a fascinating end to an adult day in Hampton.
Caveat: Today my daughter leaves Utah where she has worked the Sundance Film Festival for 3 months. Traveling through the Wild West concerns this mother as she will be journeying solo. I have asked her to be my guest blogger and report on her travels, so stay tuned. Also, please say a prayer for her safe drive. Appreciate this.
Started the day viewing planes and rockets at the Air Power Park on West Mercury Boulevard. This is a great place for kids to explore with many planes, and rockets to see outside as well as a play ground to get that energy out. There also is a wooden walking path over a nature preserve affording a nice walk for young and old.
Let’s start with the planes..
This one is from the Mercury Program.
How did the astronauts ever fit in those capsules??
Final destination.. stop inside the museum with a children’s area and an exhibit on women in space. This is especially good for our young ladies to see as we need them in STEM careers.
After outer space travel I came back to Earth with the Blue Bird Gap Farm, another free venue enjoyed by both little and big kids, (parents). This spot also has a great playground.
Walks to nature areas ..
Visits to farm animals..
And a museum..
What a fun place.
So, take your kids to these two places and enjoy as this big kid, (ME) did!
Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love which occurs in most western countries. But, who actually was St. Valentine? In reality there are several, however, I tend to believe this theory knowing how ghastly early Christians were treated.
Emperor Claudius II in around 270 AD denied all Christians marriages as he needed men to go off to war. He felt married men would not wish to leave their wives.
St. Valentine, a priest, continued to marry Christians and when he was caught was imprisoned, dragged to his death, and beheaded. Most Auntie Google sources believe this occurred on February 14th. A true romantic Valentine had befriended his jailer’s daughter sending her a note prior to his demise, “From your Valentine,” thus beginning the tradition.
In today’s world Valentine’s Day costs individuals close to $200. with some restaurants upping their prices to reap the rewards of the “holiday.”
So, enjoy the day and do as I do … celebrate early or later, avoid the rush and save some cash.
As Valentine’s Day is 4 short days away here are a few Feng Shui tips to spice up the bedroom. And for those disbelievers try one of the tips, but prepare yourself for magic.
Have artwork that is romantic, coupled or with a theme of “2” in your bedroom. No singles or solitary pics of flowers, peoples, or any other entity. How I hate those pictures of solitary beach chairs. Get rid of them!!!!!!!!!!!
Remove photos of kids, family, and friends in your boudoir. This is the spot for only pictures of the two of you.
Keep your bedroom clean, free from clutter, dirty clothes, exercise equipment, televisions, computers, and the like. No kitty litter.
Buy fresh sheets, luxurious bedding.
Are your night stands paired? This is the next step…
Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia, is a national treasure rich in history. The site began with Fort Algernon, (or Algernourne), in the Virginia colony in 1609, predating Jamestown. In this valuable site over 50 lived in a wooden encampment with several cannons for protection until 1611 when fire raised most of the structures. Later in 1619 slaves arrived on the site from a Portuguese slave ship. This was the first documented slave sale on American soil.
Various structures appeared on the site from 1609 to 1749 then in 1849 the permanent structure of Fort Monroe was begun. The Fort is named in honor of President Monroe and took 15 years for completion.
Many well known individuals passed through Fort Monroe with Robert E. Lee residing here from 1831-1843 with his wife, Mary Custis Lee.
Lee was in charge of placing the finishing touches on the Fort and also Fort Wool, which was formerly Fort Calhoun. He was a West Point graduate trained as an engineer. Here is their actual home and a museum representation of their living quarters.
Lee later became the future confederate general. His wife was related to George and Martha Washington. Their first child was born at Fort Monroe.
Lincoln stayed here during the Civil War when he was assisting with military actions.
A cannon was named in his honor.
Edgar Allen Poe was a soldier at the Fort for 4 months. He was discharged from service after his tour.
President Jefferson Davis of the Confederacy was imprisoned for 2 years.
President Jefferson Davis Gate given in his honor by the Women of the Confederacy.
The fort is known as a casemate fort. Casemates are fortified gun positions. Here is a museum depiction.
Monroe is a “star fort” in shape and six sided. It is surrounded by a moat 50 to 25 feet across and currently 3 to 5 feet in depth.
Much military memorabilia is exhibited in the Fort Monroe Casemate Museum.
Fort Monroe was known as the Freedom Fort as black slaves escaped to the Fort since it was Union held. Over 900 sought sanctuary in Fort Monroe during the Civil War with more than 200,000 blacks serving.
Fort Monroe continued to serve as a Fort training soldiers in artillery for both World War I and II. In 1960 it was deemed a National Landmark, however, the Army Band continued to use the site for training until 1973. In 2011, under the Obama administration, it was officially deactivated as a base.
Present Day Fort Monroe
Today the beautiful homes on the grounds are leased.
There remains a YMCA, library, churches, a beautiful beach, and a lighthouse.
And even a pet cemetery.
The area provides scenic walkways and is a multi faceted community with much to offer.
And after all this are you hungry? Try The Deadrise for delicious fish meals and views of the sea.
Found charming downtown Hampton, Virginia, quite by accident. Learning I had 5 days off my NYC longing called to me so needed to locate a bus station. Found the downtown Hampton Greyhound station with adequate free parking so with needs met explored the city.
Hampton is a city of much history. Starting with the Courthouse..
Then there are historic churches and colonial homes.
And a NASA Air and Space Museum,
with a historical carousel in it’s front yard that re-opens April 2020,
plus a marina down the street with very large fishing vessels.
I’ve never been one to be political. While I follow, vote, and donate to candidates it was never my thing, however, today seemed to be the day. Why? I have no idea. Perhaps because it is Virginia and I feel safer here. Twice I was accosted in mid-day on US 1 in Florida by Tr supporters. It was terrifying but the Hillary bumper sticker remained.
Today as I walked to the rally site I passed by a group of white, disheveled men with ungroomed beards, greasy hair, torn jeans, and tattered caps. A policeman was speaking with them so I assumed they did something wrong and felt sad as grooming such as this reflects little self pride. While I was unaware of the exact location of the rally I knew to pretend not to see this downtrodden group. Finding another policeman in the parking lot I asked directions and was on my way.
Upon entering the rally site I was greeted by friendly staff who offered me a clipboard with paperwork to capture my name, email, and phone number. All were pleasant and I was happy to see diversity among the crowd. Diversity is the only way to get anything done.
The speakers spoke on the effects of gun violence. The first woman spoke of the death of her father by his own shotgun. This hit me personally as I had an uncle do the same and never considered this gun violence, however, over 100 Americans die daily this way.
Two others spoke about the murders of their sons to gun violence. Their treatment by the police was despicable and I teared thinking of their loss and pain. It took great courage for these individuals to tell their story and the mom from Houston’s final remark, “It could be you,” was unsettling.
The last speaker was the Mayor of Washington DC, Muriel Bowser. She tied all remarks together and left me wanting to do more. Since I lived in NYC during 9/11 and beyond, I knew most of what Mayor Bowser said regarding Mike Bloomberg, however, it beared repeating. I enjoyed her comments about mothers with a cause getting it done and while presented jokingly, it is true.
As I left the site the doors opened to the group of white men I had seen in the parking lot. They had hand painted signs of hate toward our candidate and in quick glance I even saw some sign misspellings. I felt sad as I recalled the speech of the mom from Houston who lost her son,
“It could be you,”
and it could be them.
Thanks, Mike Bloomberg for putting your money where your mouth is. I know regardless of Super Tuesday you will continue to be in this fight for the country and the world.
Arrived and unsure what to do first I took my own advice checking out Groupon and Auntie Google’s Top Ten for weekend fun.
Groupon has great ideas on what to do in any zip code and affords discounts. Wanting to see a movie I found The Studio Movie Grill for $6 admission with Groupon.
This proved to be a great choice not far from my new home with comfortable reclining seats and a wide screen for movie viewing. The food was also tasty brought directly to your seat. How those servers maneuver in the dark I’ll never know. Also, the venue donates part of their profits to a non-profit, nice touch.
The following day I selected a Mongolian BBQ Groupon, however did not read the fine print which is a necessity. Not only was the Groupon for dinner it was 30 miles from my new home. OOPS! And while I couldn’t use the Groupon I paid real price and had a great luncheon experience. Later via Groupon chat customer service the Groupon was converted to Groupon bucks to use at a later date. Amazing and quick service.
And the best is yet to come. Stay tuned for Sunday brunch.