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Mother’s Day Magical Mayhem

May 10, 2018 by

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Pick of the Week—Sunday, May 13: We would be remiss if we didn’t make Mother’s Day our Pick of the Week. But with so much going on, there’s no way we could pick just one event. Below are several unique options for you and mom to enjoy.

  1. Tatsuya Nakatani: Clinic and Performance at OutrSpaces is from 1-4 p.m. Nakatani is a Japanese avant-garde sound artist and master percussionist. For this event, he will share insight into his life on the road, improvisation, sound, and vibration. Drum up more info here.
  2. Meet & Greet at Long Dog Fat Cat Big Dogs Huge Paws volunteers will be at Long Dog Fat Cat to introduce you to their sweet rescue and foster dogs from 1-3 p.m. Put your paw here for more information.
  3. Mother’s Day Brunch at Liquid Sunshine Taproom/Alamo Drafthouse starts with brunch at 11 a.m. with Terms of Endearment showing at 2 P.M. Press play here.
  4. Women in Omaha: A Biographical Sketch of Persistence Through History at the Durham Museum is an excellent way to celebrate all things woman for Mother’s Day. Of course, don’t forget to check out their other exhibits, including Romantically Speaking: The Development of American Literature in the 19th Century. The museum is open from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Learn more here.
  5. The Mother’s Day Race is something special for those moms who just aren’t into brunch and shopping. Brought to you by the MRO Off-Road Club, this one’s in Lincoln. But if your mom is into racing, chances are she won’t mind the drive. Best of all? Moms race free! Speed on over here to find out more.
    We hope we’ve given you some ideas and you find something fun to do. As always, don’t forget to make reservations!

Thursday, May 10 to Saturday, May 12: The Florentine Players’ 54th annual melodrama this year is Love Potion No. 9 or All is Love in Fair and War. This show takes place during the World’s Fair in North Omaha in 1898 and focuses on a family of “inventors” and their love troubles. Come out and find out whether all’s fair in love and war (or some variation of that). Learn more about the play, the players, and the Florence Community Theatre here.

Friday, May 11: It’s finally river season again! Kick it off with Celebrate at The River’s opening ceremony at Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park in Council Bluffs. Head on over right at 5 p.m. and grab a beer at the beer garden while waiting to hear from the mayor. Shortly after, the ribbon cutting of the UN art pieces will take place. There will also be food and a free concert from The Clean and Easy Band, playing some Southern, blues, and good ol’ rock ’n’ roll. Get the full month’s schedule here.

Saturday, May 12: Want to spend the day out in the countryside but don’t feel like, you know, actually doing anything? Then get to the Sip Nebraska Wine & Craft Beer Festival at Mahoney State Park, where all you have to do is drink some local booze, eat some local food, and enjoy the scenery. There’s also plenty of live music to listen to, and maybe even get up and dance to should the mood strike. Get the full winedown, I mean rundown, here.

Saturday, May 12: Grab your wand, your sorting hat, and of course, your favorite snitch (the Quidditch kind, not the other) and take the whole (muggle) family to Harry Potter Family Night at the Omaha Children’s Museum. Meet some owls, make some potions, and eat some (free!) ice cream samples from Cold Stone Creamery. Be ready for tryouts with Creighton’s own Quidditch team and see what you look like in the Vogue enchanted mirror. Conjure up more information here.

 

Italianate

January 15, 2015 by and
Photography by Bill Sitzmann
The spare lines of General Crook’s frontier military home at Fort Omaha (Metro Community College) don’t quite do justice to the Italianate form. The most regal Italianate homes in Nebraska’s early days were built to send a message: It’s possible to thrive in the “Great American Desert” and, dangit, we’re here to stay.

The list of Nebraska homes on the National Register of Historic Places is peppered with these tall, stately boxes with flat roofs topped with square cupolas. Most famous, perhaps, are the Butler, Gillespie, and Kennard houses near the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln. In photos from around 1870, the three homes tower over empty prairie and a mostly paper town. “They were built by promoters of Lincoln to say to people, ‘We have confidence in this new town, you should, too,’” says Jim Potter, author and senior research historian for the Nebraska State Historical Society. “All across the state, you see town boosters using that big, bold style to send a message about their town.”

Just to the west of Omaha, on a hill southeast of Ashland not far from Mahoney State Park, sits a long-silent relic of the early days of statehood. The Bettison Mansion, built in 1874 from limestone quarried near South Bend, Neb., has been in decline for decades and abandoned since the late 1990s. Still, preservationists continue to hope that someone will buy and restore the fortress-like structure. “It’s a special place, not one that anyone would want to see lost,” Potter says.

(For more information on the house, visit ashlandhistoricalsociety.org.)

An Italianate field Guide

  • Low-pitched or flat roof
  • Balanced, symmetrical rectangular shape
  • Tall appearance, with two, three, or four stories
  • Wide, overhanging eaves with brackets and cornices
  • Square cupola
  • Porch topped with balustraded balconies
  • Tall, narrow, double-paned windows with hood moldings
  • Side bay window
  • Heavily molded double doors
  • Roman or segmented arches above windows and doors

The Italianate style began in England in the 1840s. For the previous two centuries, English homes tended to be formal and classical in style. Builders began to mimic the more fanciful design elements of Italian Renaissance villas. Like Queen Anne and other architecture styles, when the Italianate movement came to the United States, it was reinterpreted again to create a uniquely American style.

Italianate forms were fading from fashion along the coasts of the United States by the early 1870s. But, styles tended to arrive and stay later on the frontier. Italianate houses were being built in Nebraska well into the 1880s.

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Harvest Fun

August 16, 2013 by

Fun festivals don’t end when autumn rolls in—there is still plenty to do in Nebraska as the dog days of summer draw to a close and the school year begins.

Harvest festivals are a great way to celebrate the end of summer and the transition to a new season. It’s a time to enjoy the prosperous crop and an exposition for the year’s produce. Many communities statewide celebrate the harvest with their own autumn festivals.

Nebraska City’s 45th Annual Applejack Festival is one such festival. The whole family can enjoy a parade, a car show, and an arts and crafts fair from September 20-22. If activities are what you’re looking for, participate in the Fun Run/Walk, boogie at the AppleJam Carnival street dance, and stop by Kimmel Orchards or Arbor Day Farms to pick your own apples and feast on homemade apple pies and sweets.

And there’s more than just apples. You can pick your own produce at Roca Berry Farm in Roca, Neb., Martin’s Hillside Orchard in Ceresco, Neb., or Bloom Where You’re Planted Farm in Avoca, Neb. Kids will love scouring fields for pumpkins, picking raspberries, taking in the sights on hayrack rides, eating caramel apples, and exploring all kinds of farm-related activities.

After you’ve enjoyed the state’s fall harvest festivals and picked your bounty, head to one of Nebraska’s state parks for cool autumn events. Visit Mahoney State Park and gaze at the stars on August 16 and September 13, or listen to and tell great stories on September 14 at the 11th Annual Moonshell Storytelling Festival.

If adventure is what you’re looking for, head up to Ponca State Park September 21–22 for the 9th Annual Missouri River Outdoor Expo to learn about wildlife-related and outdoor recreation activities including wildlife viewing, fishing, hunting, archery, shooting sports, camping, off-highway vehicle recreation, and boating recreation.

The season may change, but the fun doesn’t have to stop!

Go to VisitNebraska.com to find more festivals and events to make your autumn truly festive.