Where Were We (in Nebraska)?

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Moving Monday: Shakespeare in Nebraska!

Somehow the Bard and (Ne)Braska just do not seem to go together very well.  But there are some actors in the Good Life state that would like to change that.  Since this week happens to be Shakespeare’s birthday, what a better time to find out more?

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(Image from Wikimedia Commons)

I stumbled upon the Nebraska Shakespeare Company when I was flipping channels a few months back.  NET Public Television featured this outstanding theater company as part of their “Nebraska Stories” program.  If you have 10-15 minutes, the program is worth watching.  I love how they are bringing Old English to Nebraska.

Nebraska Stories: Shakespeare Wild West Episode Excerpt

Since Wednesday is considered to be Shakespeare’s birthday – his 450th one to be precise- what a great day to throw a party!  Celebrations will be happening across the “Globe” (:-) ), along with Talk Like Shakespeare Day.    If you can attempt to sound like you are a Shakespearean actor, you may qualify for free food and prizes.  I will post any places I come across on my Facebook page in the next day or two.  There also happens to be a sonnet contest!      Talk Like Shakespeare is a national site where you can find out even more.

“Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow.” (The Man Himself)

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Friday Photography: The Art of Local Lincoln Artist Ann Williams

Berean Creation

Normally for this type of column, I feature many different photographs.  Today I wanted to focus on just one! This commissioned sculpture is entitled, “All Creation Praises.”  For me, this piece just reflects joy.  I think it is beautiful.

Living in the Lincoln area, the artist Ann Williams happens to also be the Visual Arts Director at Lincoln Berean Church.  Several of her pieces are on display there.  To learn more about how and why she created this particular piece, you can visit her page on this artwork.  I debated on trying to summarize her story, but I feel that I would lessen the impact of her sculpture.

If you look carefully at both her website and my blog post about the Lincoln Berean Church “Art Gallery” yesterday, you may notice a few more of her pieces.  What I appreciate most about her work is her intentionality and purpose behind every piece that she creates.  I look forward to seeing what she comes up with next!

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An Unexpected Art Gallery: Lincoln Berean Church

Did you guess where we were yesterday?  Lincoln Berean Church in Southeast Lincoln.

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This artwork was created by unexpected artist. 

Through the years of being involved in education, I have been on many tours.  Unexpectedly one of my very favorites was touring the art corridors located in Lincoln Berean Church.  This place has developed quite the art program, and participants display their creative products on the walls and halls of the church.

For this column, I focused more on the sculptures and permanent displays.

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Much of the art is on more of a revolving schedule.  This photograph and specially designed cross are a part of the permanent collection.  The cross has a nearby placard where you can read the story behind the artwork.

Berean Church Purpose

This piece is near a central area and is a strong visual reminder as to why people can be blessed by attending church.

Berean Redeemed Collage

Entitled, “Redeemed,” this artwork involved the medium of wood.  The story tells how and why this piece was created.  Knowing the story behind the creation causes the viewing to be even more meaningful.

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Those participating from Lincoln Berean’s congregation work together to create themed sculptures and pieces.  Meeting weekly to explore various art topics including photography, those who have been gifted in art are able to truly create art from the art.  By visualizing their faith, which is often quite meaningful to them, they can help other envision the qualities that really matter.

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A visual reminder of what the church is all about.

Berean Figures Collage

If you want to learn more about the art presented or how to incorporate visual arts into your worship experience, Lincoln Berean offers “Art Talks” two Sundays a month.  Here is a description of the events from their website.

An introduction to Art Talks at Lincoln Berean – what it is, what it is about and a bit about the art galleries as well. Everyone is encouraged to join us – both artists and non-artists.

We’ll talk about things like:
Why is art important in worship?
What is the story behind some of the art at Lincoln Berean?
How can a person glorify God through art?

Join us for Art Talks, every 2nd and 4th Sunday, at 10:45 a.m., in the NEW coffee shop area (Level 200).
Upcoming Schedule:April 27 – Art of the Worship Service: A look at the creative process to plan and carry out the weekend services.

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This stained glass artwork was created by Cyndie Hanson and is entitled “His.”  (Subtitled “I am, this is, we are HIS.”)  Not able to tour Lincoln Berean’s artwork?  Check out the stained glass pieces at a church in your own area.  Almost every area (at least in the United States) have places with reflective art on display.

If you would like more information on taking a tour of Lincoln Berean’s galleries or about their art program,  please contact their Visual Arts Director, Ann Williams at awilliams@lincolnberean.org  (Tomorrow I will introduce you to Ann’s personal artwork!) Note: when the church’s doors are open, you are usually welcome to take a look around the “gallery” walls without an appointment.  Please remember to follow art courtesy rules – limit your photography to protect the beautiful items on display.
P.S. Lincoln Berean is having a unique experience for remembering Good Friday.  If you would like a place to rest and reflect, their sanctuary will be open from 7 to 7 tomorrow.  See this video for more information. 

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Wordless Wednesday: Where Were We (in Nebraska)?

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Shining Stars at the Lincoln Children’s Museum Tonight (April 14th)

When a child’s immune systems is compromised, he/she is limited on attending places that are public.   This not only affects the ill child but also all family members.  Bringing home a cold is not just inconvenient, the consequences can be quite dire.  Getting to enjoy a family outing is rare.

The Lincoln Children’s Museum is changing that for tonight.  They will be open only to those who fit into the immune challenged category.  And they can bring along their families.  The museum is closed all day today to disinfect and prepare for this special crowd of people.  Here is the official description from the press release.

This event is closed to the public to ensure children with compromised systems have complete access to more than 30 hands-on exhibits on all three levels of the Museum. For some, Shining Star represents a rare opportunity to meet and interact with others facing similar struggles and presents the chance to build memories of play outside of the home or hospital. For many, this will be the first family outing in more than a year.

This event is taking place from 4:30 to 7:30 tonight (April 14th).  If you know someone who qualifies, please send them to the Museum.  I am hoping that they have a full house complete with excited children who are finally getting to be kids.

Not from the Lincoln area but in need of such an event?  Check with your area museum.  I believe that the Omaha Children’s Museum recently completed their own “Shining Stars” event.  So, there may be one near you, or possibly you can be the catalyst to get such an event going!

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Springing Into the Lincoln Zoo

Did you guess what place we featured yesterday?

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Yesterday was opening day of the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, so I knew that I wanted to feature them at the beginning of the season.  Now I must confess that when we went to the zoo earlier last summer, writing a Nebraska blog was not on my radar.  Obviously the pictures that I took were not with publishing in mind, and for whatever reason I took hardly any that day, even of my kids.  Although I did go back later to take a few additional shots of the entrance, if you want to see the animals, you will have to go there yourself! :-)  Or enjoy the photos on the website taken by Lincoln’s National Geographic photographer, Joel Sartore.  His shots are AMAZING – maybe I won’t post any upcoming animal pictures! :-)

Zoo entrance

One interesting program that was started last year was Zoofari with Nebraska’s own Larry the Cable Guy.  Throughout the zoo, you can see the videos playing which tell about the science behind zoology in a fun way for kids.  The best part about these videos?  They were developed with children’s hospitals in mind to bring Zoofari to children who maybe cannot visit the zoo right now themselves.

In the future I hope to do another post after I have traveled through the zoo purposefully with the intent to share ideas.  For now I will simply share our favorite things about the zoo.  We love watching the penguin show.  Just wandering around to look at all of the different animals can keep my kids entertained for hours.  Usually each visit we are there for almost all day, and the zoo is really not THAT big.  My kids just enjoy visiting.

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Of course, our other favorite part is riding the train.  But empty cars are definitely a bit sad.

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The train cars look much more fun when filled with happy kids!  Especially my boys have loved riding when they were younger.  Although we went there right before one of my kids turned two.  He was not such a fan and sobbed loudly the whole two times around the zoo’s perimeter.  Funny now but rather frustrating at the time!

The Lincoln Children’s Zoo has all kinds of classes and programs for kids of all ages.  If you have a teenager, they can even volunteer with the zoo crew.  Memberships are also available.  We enjoyed having one a few years ago, but due to a busy summer ball schedule, we usually just manage to make it there once now.  But I do always look forward to our annual trip!

P.S. If you make a trip to the Lincoln Zoo next week, you could win a family membership simply by taking your picture!  They are part of the See Lincoln: Picture to Win Contest.  Here are the details on what you need to do to participate.

Lincoln Children’s Zoo

Date: April 14-20

Snap photo: In front of “Leo” the Paper Eating Lion

Prize: One Family Membership

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Where Were We (in Nebraska)?

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April Nebraska Stories

Tomorrow night is the premiere of yet another Nebraska Stories show on Nebraska Public Television (NET).  This episode seems to be a packed one!  I have to admit that due to a busy week, I have not been able to watch this edition yet.  But I hope to watch tomorrow night at 9:00.  (Well, basically tonight since it happens to be almost midnight :-) )Click here for a preview of all that you will be able to see Sunday night, including the return of our Nebraska Olympian, a topic I blogged about in February!

Nebraska Stories Episodes

Air Dates: Premieres Sunday, April 6, at 9 p.m. CT on NET1. This episode of “Nebraska Stories” will repeat several times during April on NET1 including Tuesday, April 8, at 6 p.m. CT; Friday, April 11, at 7 p.m. CT; Tuesday, April 15, at 10:30 p.m. CT; Friday, April 18, at 7 p.m. CT; and Tuesday, April 22, at 11 p.m. CT. It will also air on NET2 World on Saturday, April12, at 1:30 p.m. CT and Sunday, April 13, at 5 p.m. CT.

 

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Union Plaza Place Park: A New Adventure of Playing in Lincoln

Perhaps writing about a park when the state is covered with snow watches is a bit premature.  But, the month on the calendar does read April, and one week from now, the temperature is supposed to be in the 70′s.  Surely spring will come someday, right?  So, hopefully this post will encourage you to know that sunny days are ahead!

I have to say that Union Plaza Place Park is one of my favorite family destinations!  Traveling the trails around the park on a bike is particularly fun!  So is exploring all of the nooks and whimsical features.

 

The park is full of unexpected surprises.  Including an area where you can play chess with rocks.  Or do rubbings of nature elements. Even Fido is not forgotten with designated areas for pets.

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This park in Lincoln is just east of Downtown and almost merges sections of the city together.  Planning occurred for several years in advance, particularly for the children’s play garden.  This was created in memory of Kit Scott, a lovely young woman who I never had the privilege of meeting.  But, I did get the honor of telling a bit of her story in the January edition of the L Magazine.  I would be honored if you would choose to read “Leaving Lincoln a Legacy.”

You can also see more pictures of the park there.  At the moment, I am not getting my backup drive to cooperate, so I only could post some cell phone pictures.  (Not exactly quality!)  If you have not taken the time to check out Union Plaza Place Park for yourself, I would highly encourage you to do so.  The park is located between about “Q” and “Vine” streets near 20th.  Definitely worth your time to explore!

 

 

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