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Monday, August 31, 2015

The Trip Down Main Street of Yesteryear

This elaborate, full of colorful unique, animated and antique store window displays opened in 1996. It shows more than 100 animated figurines of window displays most of which of them were originally displayed in city department stores a half century ago.
The idea of opening this window displays came from the fact that there were those times in the past, many years back when children get so excited during the holiday season wherein they couldn't wait to visit department stores just to look at those animated displays through the store windows.
Today, children can now experience enjoyment and fun the same way as before when they visit Main Street of Yesteryear.





When you are visiting Shenandoah caverns, you can either choose to visit these displays before or after your cavern tour as the place is just adjacent to the caverns.

The cavern tour or a visit to the Main Street of Yesteryear starts at the shop where both entrances are. Those coming from the cavern tour will still have the choice to be dropped off from another entrance to the Main Street through the elevator.

Big brown bears displayed along the side of the stairs came from the Rose Parade in California.


As you start your visit to Main Street of Yesteryear, you will be greeted with glass cased windows filled with fully restored antique displays such as the three-ring circus of clowns, twirling elephants, jugglers and ferocious tigers.
You will also see the thrilling sight of the miniature version of the presidential inaugural parade, completed with miniature military units, bands and floats.

Don't miss Cinderella going to the ball ;).

This is one ideal place for children to visit. The displays have buttons to press making the characters move.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

My Shenandoah Caverns Tour Experience!



For more than 90 years, the Shenandoah Caverns has been receiving many visitors. It is here that you will discover what they call an underground world of wonder, - Virginia's only caverns with elevator service! They also added more convenient walkways without using stairs, much more for the benefit of the elderlies and those who have difficulty walking up and down the stairs. It also means that 80% of the cavern is accessible by wheelchair :).

The cavern maintains a 56F degree temperature yearly round, so always bring a jacket if you are going for a tour. The tour lasts for one hour with a walking distance of one mile exploring all the 17 rooms with each of its unique extraordinary crystalline formations and incredible geological features. You will be amazed as you will see the famous "bacon" limestone formations, the rainbow lake, cardcross castle, and the capital dome formations.
You will also see the breathtaking, sparkling calcite crystals of the Diamond Cascade!


Diamond Cascade

Capital Dome
You will also get to learn how the caverns were formed. Interesting tour!
Bring your camera and take tons of photos!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Efficient Water Heaters

I live in the East Coast, and knowing we have 9 months of cool to cold to freezing temperatures and 3 months of summer, it's just proper to say water heater is a must in every home. 
But on the other hand, not only residents in the east coast use water heaters of course, because each home in the US is mostly equipped with one.

Water heater is one aspect of the home that is essential in every home and one top priority not to ignore when it breaks or when we need to install one.
Are you in the Indianapolis area? Then, you're just lucky if you are needing a water heater installation or a repair. How about checking Water Heater Indianapolis

You can also request some other services they offer such as water analysis or ask about drinking water systems for safe drinking water in your home. Contacting them is easy. Just check the link given on my post and you can start from there. :)

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

American Celebration on Parade @ Shenandoah Caverns

This interesting museum is just one of the most visited place when you are at Shenandoah Caverns. It houses unique collections of stunning parade floats, props and stage settings from famous presidential inaugurals and floats, - from Rose & Thanksgiving Day parades to other national celebrations.
You can also get the chance to see massive full-size parade floats and props up close as you walk pass through them.

Do you see me?? ;)




Earl Harlgrove Jr., the owner of Shenandoah Caverns also owned Hargrove, Inc., -a large decorating company which happened to be the company that began making presidential inaugural floats that started in 1949 for Pres. Traumann, and since then, had been making all the inaugural floats.
This is one place for many visitors to experience seeing and stand for photo keepsakes where famous personalities once stood...a once in a lifetime experience!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

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These deals won't last long. So, you should not miss it.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

The Monacan Indian Exhibit

As you pass beyond the Natural Bridge while visiting the area, you'll find yourself walking along the Cedar Creek Trail.
A few minutes along the way, you'll find the Monacan Indian Village in which you can step back in the past 300 years of their history and explore their lifestyles, homes, their skills and their products inside a small authentic village.
As you enter the village, you can obviously see the Ceremonial Lodge covered with exterior barks. There are also some few small mini workshop shelters made of tree barks.

There wasn't much to see that time of my visit except some few exhibits, but still has some valuable info you can pick up regarding on how they make a living during their time.





The entire exhibit area is surrounded by a wooden fence made up of smaller pieces of wood branches and twigs. One interesting thing to know about was their hunting skills showing animal skin exhibits such as elks and skunks!...out of these come a beautiful coat that they make to protect them from cold.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Upgrade Your Kitchen Cabinet Organizers

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Actually, you don't need to spend a lot of money hiring a professional to do it for you. Just a basic knowledge of DIY techniques is a smart idea to start up with, and then you can get your budget-friendly cabinet hardware and woodworking supplies from here.

Tons of designs, brands and smart ideas to choose from. You can directly shop the items you need without any hassles. :)


Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Natural Bridge and "Drama of Creation"




Being a nature's wonder, the Natural Bridge is one attraction worth seeing, located in Rockbridge County in Virginia. Once owned by Thomas Jefferson, it is now considered a National Historic Landmark, located adjacent to The Natural Bridge Hotel in Natural Bridge, Virginia. 
Thomas Jefferson bought the Natural Bridge in 1774 including its 157 surrounding acres from King George III of England for about &2.40! ; - equivalent to the sum of 20 shillings of good and lawful money. But prior to Jefferson purchasing the bridge, it was said in the legend that in 1750, George Washington who was still in his youth visited the bridge and scaled some 23 feet up on the left wall of the bridge, then carved his initials "G.W", which can probably be still seen today. (I was there while visiting but wasn't able to see it though :(..)

Prior to the coming of the white people, the Monacan Indians who used to reside in the area called the Natural Bridge "The Bridge of God."


The Natural Bridge is carved by fingers of nature, composing twenty stories of solid rock, a stunning, majestic monument ingrained in America's past. It was formed when a cavern collapsed and still now appears as it is like today.

The Natural Bridge's "Drama of Creation" is also one of the attractions that is open seasonally, and is only available from April-October beginning at dusk. The new scheduled show times is now every 5pm every Fridays and Saturdays.
The "Drama of Creation" shows the Natural Bridge through a moving lighting effects while a dramatic narration about the 7 days of creation of God based from the Bible is being heard from the background. It is accompanied by a gripping music as the lighting effects move and change into various colors.