As freedom rings this Fourth of July, explore these facts about the Declaration of Independence.
Initial autograph. John Hancock, president of the Continental Congress, was the first to sign the document. His signature is the largest, and the term “John Hancock” remains a common expression for a signature.
Striking script. Historians say Timothy Matlack, clerk to the secretary of the Congress, is most likely the scribe who wrote out the famous script using a quill pen and ink.
Dirty details. The bottom left corner of the document is marred by a handprint whose story and identification are unknown. It, along with other soiling, has been left alone rather than risk damage by attempting to clean it.
Safe storage. During World War II, the declaration was moved from the Library of Congress and stored at Fort Knox. In 1952, it was transferred to its permanent home, the National Archives in Washington, D.C., where it is housed in a state-of-the-art case, designed to protect the antique parchment. Colonial copies. Paper copies of the declaration were printed on the night of July 4 to be distributed throughout the Colonies. Only 26 of these versions exist today, and most are held in museums. On Independence Day at Bay Village, join us for our annual picnic at noon, 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. That night we will show the drama “A Few Good Men” in the auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Also, a reminder that there is no bus transportation today. Happy 4th, everyone!
by Petra Mueller
During July, we are going on another bridge walk on Saturday, 7/23. Leaving early and a breeze on the bridge will allow for a comfortable walk. Breakfast/Lunch afterwards will be at the Serving Spoon in Sarasota.
If you are interested to walk in an air-conditioned environment, go to one of the local malls and walk the parameter indoors.
The pool is a nice place to cool down in the summer months and get some exercise done at the same time.
Health Tip of the Month
When taking antibiotics, take a Probiotics tablet (over-the-counter) or eat yogurt to restore the “good bacteria” to intestines and prevent diarrhea. (Essentials of Pharmacology, 2015. See Probiotics.) This book is available for reference only in our library.
Moscow Nights Returns!
Award-winning musical ambassadors from Russia, “Moscow Nights” is an exciting, versatile group of world recognized, prize-winning musicians. Having established themselves as one of the fastest-rising musical groups in the United States, these classically trained artists first took western Europe by storm and are now bringing enthralling music to North America.
Enjoy a glimpse into old Russia through music, song and dance. The repertoire is centered around masterpieces of Russian folklore and represents the diversity of the culture with humorous songs, pulsating dance numbers and traditional folk songs.
Join us on Thursday, July 14th, at 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium for a show you won’t soon forget! We were really excited when we found out they were in the area again, so make sure you save the date and note the time!
We continue with the HBO documentary John Adams through July 19th. We hope everyone is enjoying this mini-series, as it received high praise from critics.
Our next series from The Teaching Company is titled “Churchill” and begins on July 26th at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium and is 6 weeks long. Winston Churchill was the greatest leader of the 20th century. He is proof that single leaders can change the course of history. His courage, character and genius rallied the British people to “their finest hour.”
This course begins at the supreme moment in Churchill’s life, his address to Parliament on June 4, 1940, declaring to the world that Britain “shall never surrender.” Join us for what should be another fascinating series!!
Alice Blueglass returns for another “How Novel” book discussion series. Alice is a retired elementary school principal and everyone who takes her class thoroughly enjoys themselves! She also brings snacks that “match” the theme of the book! Clever! Class dates are July 5th, July 26th and August 16th. They meet in the board room at 10:00 a.m.
Jason & Lee Return!
We are thrilled to report that Eastman School graduates pianist Lee Dougherty-Ross and baritone Jason Stearns will return to the Bay Village stage on Thursday, July 7th, at 7:30 p.m.!
Lee Dougherty-Ross debuted as a piano soloist at the age of 12 with the Norfolk, Virginia, Symphony. She is the founder of The Series concerts, which provides music scholarships to promising music students, as well as fantastic concerts each year at the Historic Asolo Theater.
Jason has enjoyed a wide-ranging career singing not only great operatic roles at the Metropolitan Opera, but in many other U.S. opera houses such as the Washington Opera. Stearns won a Grammy Award in 1996 as a baritone soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra in John Corigiano’s First Symphony, “Of Rage and Remembrance.”
Jason will return to the Metropolitan Opera next year as Baron Douphol in Verdi’s opera, “La Traviata.”
Hope to see a packed house tonight!!
Summer Circus Spectacular
At press time we are planning another trip to the Historic Asolo for the “Summer Circus Spectacular!” Tentatively, we’ve got it planned for Wednesday, July 6th, departing Bay Village at 10:00 a.m. for the 11:00 a.m. circus. This is always a fun show! We’ll head to lunch at “Muse,” the new restaurant at the museum, for lunch following the show.
Day Trips and Travel
Thank you to everyone for attending the travel meeting we had in late May. Maeva from Palmer Ranch Travel is putting together a few ideas for trips, and once she gets everything organized, we will hang information on the travel section of our new bulletin board. There will be a sign-up list under each flyer. Sign up for whatever trip you feel you’d like most and we will pick the one that has the most signatures. As she explained at the meeting, to get group prices and low rates, we have to have a certain number of travelers.
We are planning another day trip to ECHO Farm, which is outside of Fort Myers. We’ve been here a number of times and everyone who takes the tour finds it extremely informative. ECHO is a not-for-profit organization that researches the best growing practices and types of seeds, etc., that will grow easily in the places on earth where it’s tough to grow healthy crops. The date and time will be on the mailbox flier you will receive soon.