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Resident takes historical military vacation

Jun 22, 2018

Dave Henderson took a historical vacation of the South as he recently traveled to Alabama, Mississippi and Florida touring military points of interest. He began his journey in Huntsville, Alabama, with a stop at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center before going on to Pensacola Beach, Florida. There he did a walking tour of Fort Pickens, a historic military fort on Santa Rosa Island named after Revolutionary War hero Andrew Pickens and built in 1834. This unusual brick structure of pentagonal shape looks like something one would see in an old western movie complete with surrounding barricades and a cannon on the flat top roof protecting the Pensacola Bay area and the United States Navy Shipyard. In a contrasting walk of the fishing pier Dave saw sharks sea turtles and a rather large dolphin.

Traveling back to Mississippi Dave found interest in the Warren County Courthouse of Vicksburg which took two years to build with slave labor at a cost of $100,000. Now on the National Historic Register as one of the top twenty courthouses in America the massive structure has thirty foot iconic columns on the outside and a cast iron judge’s bench, iron railings and stairways on the inside still present today. It was at this courthouse that Ulysses S. Grant raised the American flag in victory. Dave also visited a bed and breakfast known as the Anchuca Mansion: a Choctaw Indian word meaning happy home. This house was built prior to the Civil War during the Antebellum period when the south was marked by strong economic growth. While the house supports 18th century architecture it has all of the modern amenities overnight guests of today are used to.

Dave also toured the Lower Mississippi River Museum and the Vicksburg National Military Park where he was able to set foot on the USS Cairo the 152 ton gunboat which was torpedoed and sunk on December 12, 1862 and raised again on December 12, 1964.

Of course Dave found another unique eating establishment while in Vicksburg known as the Rooftop Bar and Grill located on the rooftop of a ten story bank building. Dave reports that both the food and the view were meant to be experienced.

Myron Shields attended the high school graduation of his grandson, Jason Shields in Arden Hills, Minnesota, near St. Paul over the weekend. While there Myron was able to celebrate Father’s Day with his son John; daughter-in-law Kris and grandchildren Jason, the new graduate; Emily age 15 and twins Thomas and David, age 13.

Kids in the summer day care program have been busy raising money for summer activities while having fun. They offered car washes Monday in the parking lot east of Kerr Hall where they washed cars on a hot afternoon while keeping cool in the otherwise unbearable heat. Owners of the shiny vehicles report that the kids did a very professional cleaning job.

Classics Et Cetera for June 21, 2018, included the overture to “Under the Earth” by Franz von Suppé; 3rd Movement of Clarinet Quintet in A Major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; “O mio babbino caro” from “Puccini without Words;” Cavatina from “The Thieving Magpie” by Gioachino Rossini (arranged for contrabassoon and orchestra; 2nd & 3rd Movements of Piano Concerto in A Minor by Robert Schumann; “Visalia Galop” by J.J. Richards.

A modern contrabassoon is about the same height as a regular bassoon, but it is bent 180 degrees in two places, so its length is about two-and-a-half times, and its bore is about twice that of its cousin. It is pitched an octave below a bassoon, making it capable of hitting lower notes than any other instrument in the orchestra—if it is even in the orchestra.

Not every orchestra features one.

If you think the bassoon sounds humorous, wait until you hear the contrabassoon tooting in its lowest register.

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