Please Don’t Touch the Magnificent Costumes (All Made of Paper)

The title of today’s post comes from a conversation I had with one of the guards in the gallery.  He has seen two women lie down on the museum floor to look up the dresses ( he thought they had fainted), two men blow on the hanging costumes to get them to move (saliva included) and a 5 or 6 year old ran into the Queen Elizabeth gown the other day.  Today I saw a woman reach to touch the gossamer lace on a collar.  It’s hard to fathom that the gorgeous costumes/sculptures are made entirely of paper but they are.   

Today at the Frick Art Museum we viewed the exhibition of Isabelle de Borchgrave : Fashioning Art from Paper

My sister Mary reads about the Isabelle de Borchgrave paper sculpture commissioned by the Frick after the Peter Paul Rubens’ Portrait of Princess of Condé, Charlotte-Marguerite de Montmorency (1594-1650) 




You can touch the paper on this table in the rotunda.

To the Moon and Back

Saturday afternoon we went down to the Heinz History Center to see the Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission  Exhibit with the actual capsule from Apollo 11 and a piece of the moon.  Charlie and Michael had fun trying to use the pincers to collect “moon rocks” and they got to experience what it was like inside the capsule. The amount of interactive parts in the exhibit were much appreciated and enthusiastically enjoyed. There were books you could write your memories in about where you were when the men landed on the moon, fifty years ago.  

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Pittsburgh Mourning

One minute video of a flag flying at half-mast in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania today

Corner of Baum Boulevard and Liberty Ave.

Remembering the eleven congregants who died at Tree of Life Synagogue.

Praying for those injured, that they may heal and recover.

Grateful to the brave men and women who responded, risking their lives to save others.

Hopeful this tragic event can somehow strengthen our community spirit and encourage us to be kind to all.

From Google search to see whether it should be half-staff or half-mast

“Half-mast or half-staff refers to a flag flying below the summit on a pole. In many countries this is seen as a symbol of respect, mourning, distress, or, in some cases, a salute. … The tradition of flying the flag at half-mast began in the 17th century.”

I do remember the flag is raised to the top of the flag pole and then lowered down to half way. At then end of the day it is to be raised to the top of the pole again and then lowered. For more information about when and how to fly the flag

click U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

They’ve Got It Covered

They’ve got it covered….with Heinz History admission stickers. Wonder who peeled off the first one and stuck it on the pole?

By the way, Charlie opted to keep his sticker on his shirt. He did not add it to the collection.