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PRESIDENT FORD’S PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHER

EXHIBIT BY PRESIDENT FORD’S PERSONAL WHITE HOUSE PHOTOGRAPHER

TO BE DISPLAYED AT GERALD R. FORD PRESIDENTIAL MUSEUM

Exhibit opens March 25 with ribbon cutting and discussion

featuring David Hume Kennerly and Susan Ford Bales

 

Pulitzer Prize winning and presidential photographer David Hume Kennerly’s exhibit “Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford” will be on display for the first time at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The exhibit is scheduled to open on March 25 with a ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. and a presentation at 7 p.m. featuring Kennerly and Ford’s daughter Susan Ford Bales.

 “David’s work not only captured historic images of our father’s presidency, but also the personal side of our family,” said Bales. “We are blessed to have this beautiful photography available and open for the public to view.” 

 “Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford” follows Ford’s presidency from the day he was appointed vice president to the end of his presidency. The exhibit is a collection of behind-closed-door images, including the inner workings of the White House, the Ford family, and the end of Ford’s presidency after losing to Jimmy Carter in the 1976 election. 

 “Mr. Kennerly’s unprecedented access to President Ford and his family offers a candid look into historic events surrounding some of our nation’s darkest times while highlighting the president’s efforts to heal the country,” said Elaine Didier, director, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum. “We are honored to have these images on display and give the public an opportunity to view history as seen through the eyes of one of the nation’s highest regarded photographers.”

 In 1972, Kennerly was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism for a portfolio of his photos from the Vietnam War, the Ali-Frazier fight, refugees from East Pakistan in India, and combat in Cambodia. Two years later, at age 27, he accepted an appointment to serve as Ford’s chief presidential photographer. 

 “I photographed every major event during President Ford’s time in office. I think the most important image that emerged from the thousands of photos was a close-up portrait of the president’s humanity,” said Kennerly. “It is a privilege to bring these images to the home of President Ford and allow the community to experience his presidency and the Ford family’s personal side.”

 Kennerly was named “One of the 100 Most Important People in Photography,” by American Photo Magazine. He served as contributing editor for Newsweek for more than a decade and a contributing photographer for Time and Life magazines. Kennerly has published several books of his work: “Shooter,” “Photo Op,” “Seinoff: The Final Days of Seinfeld,” “Photo du Jour,” “Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford,” and “David Hume Kennerly On the iPhone.” He covered the 2016 presidential campaign for CNN, and was a major contributor to the network’s book, “Unprecedented: The Election that Changed Everything.”  His exclusive photo of Trump taken two weeks after he was elected was featured on the cover.

 “Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford” will be on display through Sept. 2, 2019. The March 25 ribbon cutting and presentation are free and open for the public to attend

Petersen Automotive Museum

Everyone else uses transporters, but not Petersen founding chairman Bruce Meyer. Watch as Bruce and friends take to the streets of Beverly Hills to personally deliver some of his winningest cars to the Petersen Automotive Museum ahead of the opening of “Winning Numbers: The First, The Fastest, The Famous.”

On Saturday, February 23, 2019, the Petersen Automotive Museum opened its newest exhibit featuring 10 groundbreaking race cars, each with a unique story of triumph and victory. Titled “Winning Numbers: The First, The Fastest, The Famous,” the exhibit is comprised of Le Mans winners, land speed record setters, dragsters and road racers from the personal garage of Petersen Founding Chairman Bruce Meyer.

Key vehicles on display include the winningest Ferrari road racer of all time, the 1957 Ferrari 625/250 Testa Rossa, which claimed first prize in more than half of the 50 competitions in which it was raced; the first production 1962 Shelby Cobra, CSX2001; the 1962 Greer Black Prudhomme, which was raced by drag racing legend Don Prudhomme who won 237 of the 241 races in which he piloted the car; the renowned 1952 So-Cal Speed Shop Belly Tank Racer, which was fashioned from a P-38 Lightning fighter belly tank from World War II by hot rod racing icon Alex Xydias; the 1979 Kremer Porsche 935 K3 that took first place overall at Le Mans; and the 1929 Ford “747” Bonneville Racer that Meyer ran 204 mph at Bonneville Salt Flats.

“Affectionately called ‘the car guy’s car guy,’ Bruce Meyer epitomizes true automotive passion,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “The charisma with which Bruce shares his passion is what sets him apart. ‘Winning Numbers’ reflects his discerning tastes as a collector and motorsports enthusiast, and we’re proud to share his fervor for the hobby with the community.”

The exhibit’s public opening was preceded by an evening reception and media preview on February 22, 2019. Guests of the exclusive event were treated to passed appetizers by the Petersen’s exclusive catering partner Drago, a full cocktail bar and a Fireside Chat discussion between Meyer and Karges.

“Winning Numbers” will run through January 19, 2020. For more information about the Petersen Automotive Museum exhibits, visit www.Petersen.org.

 

ABOUT THE PETERSEN

The Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity. The Museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax) in Los Angeles, California, 90036. Admission prices are $16 for general admission adults, $14 for seniors, $11 for children ages 4 to 17. Active military with ID, personal care attendants and children under four are admitted free. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For general information, call 323-930-CARS or visit www.Petersen.org.

Harley-Davidson Museum

The new year brings new reasons to visit the world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum. In addition to cutting-edge displays – such as the LiveWire prototype – the H-D Museum has you covered when it comes to fun and freedom with special events. From a celebration fit for “The King” to free admission on your special day plus the launch of the inaugural MKE Museum week, there’s no shortage of cabin fever cures to be found throughout the H-D Museum campus.

EVENTS / PROMOTIONS

$10 Tuesday are back!
Don’t forget: Museum admission on Tuesdays through April is just $10, no reservation required. Plus, a Hamilton gets you the juicy MOTOR Burger at MOTOR Bar & Restaurant.

Elvis’ Birthday Bash
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Elvis loved his Harley-Davidson. To celebrate the King’s birth, we’re showcasing his beloved 1956 KH at the H-D Museum. While you’re here, stop in the Can Room where we’re serving up Banana Cream Pie in a jar topped with peanut butter drizzle and candied bacon. To truly personify the King, we’re giving out free Elvis glasses complete with sideburns to the first 100 H-D Museum visitors.

FREE Admission on Your Birthday
We’re not just celebrating Elvis’ birthday – we’re celebrating yours, too! New in 2019, you can explore the Museum for free on your special day.

#MuseumSelfie Day

Wednesday, Jan. 16, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Grab the selfie stick and put on a happy face because #MuseumSelfie Day returns to the Harley-Davidson Museum on Wednesday, Jan. 16. There’s no better backdrop for a selfie than the unrivaled collection at the H-D Museum. Visitors are encouraged to share their best pics on the Harley-Davidson Museum’s social pages. #HDMuseum @HDMuseum

Monster Jam Drivers Meet & Greet and Ticket Giveaway at the Harley-Davidson Museum®

Friday, Jan. 18, noon-1 p.m.
Get autographs and see a life-sized inflatable Monster Jam Truck up close. Plus, the first 100 folks to show up and donate to the MPS Mitten Drive will receive a free ticket voucher to Monster Jam Triple Threat Series and entrance into the Harley Davidson Museum® for Friday, Jan. 19.

Free Admission Friday

Friday, Jan. 18, 5-9 p.m.
Visit the H-D Museum for FREE on Friday, Jan. 18. Presented by the Historic Third Ward Association, Gallery Night & Day is the two-day premier art event in Milwaukee for both the experienced artist and beginning admirer. Tonight, be sure to check out “Taming the Road in Style,” a temporary exhibit that examines the pursuit of marrying styling and comfort. Free Friday night Museum admission from 5 – 9 p.m.; regular Museum admission applies on Saturday.

MKE Museum Week
Monday, Jan. 21-Sunday, Jan. 27
The Harley-Davidson Museum is proud to participate in the inaugural Milwaukee Museum Week January 21 – 27, 2019. This week-long celebration aims to highlight the meaningful ways that museums benefit Milwaukee community members, tourism, and the economy by showcasing Milwaukee’s broad and diverse cultural community.
All week long, the H-D Museum will offer a free activity sheet that will help visitors immerse themselves in the collection. Plus, on select days and times, your H-D Museum admission includes an optional curator-led tour that will shine a light on the connections between the Motor Company and Milwaukee during its 116-year history. Beginning with a 10-by-15-foot shed that was erected in the backyard of the Davidson family home on Milwaukee’s west side, the story of Harley-Davidson is one that could only happen in Milwaukee. Join our curatorial staff as they share stories of beneficial business partnerships, dedicated employees and fanatic customers that helped make Harley-Davidson a global icon.
These curator-led tours are free with your paid Museum admission. Visit H-DMuseum.com for times and more information.

NEW DISPLAYS

LiveWire™ 2015 Prototype
Hot on the heels of Harley-Davidson’s electric vehicle LiveWire unveiling at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Harley-Davidson Museum is chronicling this piece of H-D history by displaying one of the original 80 demo bikes that Harley-Davidson took around the world for riders to try in 2015.
The LiveWire Project’s engineers and stylists were challenged not just to make an electric motorcycle, but to make a Harley-Davidson electric motorcycle. This prototype won praise for its power, quickness, and look, but it was still a work in progress.

The final version evolved after several years of gathering feedback from riders, data analysis, and redesign work. The result of an unprecedented development process, the 2020 LiveWire will be available in Harley-Davidson dealerships Fall 2019. See this landmark development in electric vehicle technology while it’s on display in the H-D Museum lobby.

Temporary Exhibit
Taming the Road in Style” (open now)
The earliest Harley-Davidson motorcycles had the same suspensions as bicycles of the time: none at all. The roads were a hodgepodge of dirt, stone, and other materials. Bumps were everywhere; suspension was needed. Comfort became a never-ending challenge for Harley-Davidson engineers. It was redefined by each new generation of rider and changing environments: over the decades, roads were paved, engine power and speed increased, and motorcyclists traveled faster over longer distances and craved smoother rides. In response, Harley improved the seats, redesigned many frames, or added new suspension systems. Sometimes these changes were small, sometimes dramatic. These tweaks and additions added up over the years. The first Harley-Davidsons resembled bicycles. Years later, bicycles and motorcycles looked nothing alike. The pursuit of comfort had transformed motorcycles.
The Harley-Davidson Museum’s newest exhibit, “Taming the Road in Style,” examines this history, drawing a line from the dawn of the bicycle to the launch of present-day Harley-Davidson Softail® models.

Save the Dates

Mama Tried Bike Night, February 14, 5-9 p.m.

Daredevils: A century of spine-tingling spectacles, June 15-Sept. 8, 2019, special summer exhibit

FREDERICKSBURG

By Alexandria Baiz × Vaughn Lowery

Fredericksburg, Texas the destination of historical sites and culture welcomes us. With the hidden treasures of food, wine and goods the Texas Hill Country is a must-visit.

Beginning with a stay at the one and only Hanger Hotel. This hotel has a WWII hangar of the romantic 1940’s to it’s design with fine woods and custom carpets. Famous for the Observation Deck on the second floor with views adjacent to the airport to see the planes come and go from one end of the runway to the end.

Later a stop to the Pioneer Museum Complex preserved from the 19th century German Pioneer days. In the mid-1840s Germans faced every obstacle to come to Texas and create a unique German colony in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. The Museum strives to preserve and tell this story. With a combination museum and historical site, it reaches over 3.5 acres on Main Street in downtown Fredericksburg.

Dinner at Das Peach Haus that houses delicious jams, jellies and sauces made by Fischer and Wieser Speciality Foods. The Historic roadside fruit stand offers gourmet products with unique flavor combinations. The Tasting Room offers tastings from two Texas wineries, which change out every two months. Vintage wines are paired with international assortment of cured meats and cheeses. Fischer and Wieser include more than 70-award-winning products, which each inspire culinary adventures around the world by being able to purchase online.

Clear River Ice Cream and Bakery does things differently with hot-from-the-oven baked goods, homemade ice cream and house deli. Homemade ice cream with high-quality ingredients has been voted as the third best ice cream in Texas. For a bite to eat the deli and salad selection is notable with house favorites like the Chipotle Ranch Chicken Wrap. Fresh baked goods can satisfy any sweet tooth with an Apple Strudel, Peach Cobbler and everything in between.

Tour at the George H.W. Bush Gallery at The National Museum of the Pacific War dedicated exclusively to telling the story of the Pacific Theater in World War II. The Museum is noted for its historic materials with iconic elements of the Pacific War era. Guided tours debut the newly renovated Pacific Combat Zone, a realistic environment for a deep understanding of the momentous struggle between Allied Forces and Japanese forces.

For lunch we enjoy an Arts District Stroll through the Peach Tree Gift Gallery and Tea Room. With the Cottage style restaurant, you will find a combination of fresh, homemade breads, soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts. For over 39 years this family owned business has been a destination in Fredericksburg, because of the seasonal fruits and vegetables they use.

After lunch, we took an art tour through the streets of Fredericksburg to meet with the area’s top galleries. Insight Gallery represents the cities artists and sculptors that today work on landscape, figurative, impressionistic, still life, wildlife and western art. The Good ART Company is beautiful with a contemporary fusion in a restored 4,000+ square foot historical building with high ceilings and limestone walls. The gallery features an array of genres with some of the best regional, national, and international artists. Koch Gallery owned and operated by Bert E. Koch a trader/broker for traditional, contemporary and modern Native American Art. For over 30 years it continues its long tradition of providing important works of art from all major cultural regions in North America. Artisans Gallery makes your artistic dreams reality with unique pieces that come in every medium, size and price range. RS Hanna a jewel for fine arts with original works of acclaimed artists. Workings range from oil, watercolor, bronze and wood. Gallery 330 is the newest addition to the art scene representing contemporary established artists whose works include sculpture, painting and prints, serigraphs and watercolors.

The Holiday Wine Trail takes us to Texas’s countryside to travel along Wine Road 290 with visit to award winning wineries.

The trail begins at Stout’s Trattoria at Grape Creek Vineyards a 100-acre vineyard estate. With oaks and vines surrounding the tasting rooms there is a romantic Tuscan setting that is truly unforgettable. The Vineyards have won over 100 medals in the last two years for their wines.

In the heart of the Texas Hill Country, 4.0 Cellars offers a relaxing and elegant setting to discover the infamous Texas Wines. In a private tasting room we enjoy a wine and chocolate pairing. With four award-winning chocolate truffles from local chocolatier with four carefully selected dry red wines.

Dinner at August E’s, known for it’s organic produce and superb local suppliers. August E inspired by his Thai roots and years in various culinary pursuits throughout the world has created a Nouveau Texas Cuisine. Utilizing ingredients like: Niman ranch Natural Premium Aged Angus steaks and local farmers fruits and vegetables year round. Menu specials change seasonally based on the creative mood of Chef Leu like duck from Maple Leaf Farms and Sashimi Grade Fish.

A favorite in the Texas Hill, we enjoy dinner at Otto’s German Bistro. Menu changes weekly with the season so each visit is an exciting adventure. Dedicated to local, organic produce ingredients that are always fresh and the highest quality.

We enjoy breakfast at Java Ranch a locally owned coffee stop. The ranch serves the finest hot or iced coffee drinks anywhere including lattes, cappuccinos, Hill Country roasted brewed coffee, Americanos and mochas. To start the day off we dive in a breakfast taco or kolaches, house favorites.

We take a visit to the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park for a “Texas style” morning. During his administration, Johnson signed more education bills into law than any other president. In respect to that we see his first school where he signed the landmark Elementary and Secondary Education act of 1965. Other stops include the family cemetery and the LBJ Ranch Show.

In the afternoon we endow in lunch and a beer tasting at Altstadt Brewery Fredericksburg’s newest brewery an authentic Bavarian brewery. Dedicated to creating the purest drinking beers the 120-acre old world destination features a fine dining restaurant, brewery tours and a beautiful venue. Brewery exclusives include traditional brews like Schwarzbier, a traditional German “Black Beer.”

With over 150 specialty shops, shopping is one of the primary reasons visitors come to Fredericksburg. In store we see everything from clothing, upscale home accessories, to unique collectibles and more perfect items for holiday shopping. Blackchalk Home and Laundry originally an old laundromat had been transformed into an electric home goods store. The hip store features gifts, kitchen goods, and one of a kind rugs. The infamous Christmas Store open year round specializes in collectibles. For collectors, this store is paradise with Department 56 miniature villages and Christopher Radko blown glass ornaments. The Hill Country Outfitters and The Grasshopper offer products to fit the hill country lifestyle in downtown Fredericksburg. Brands like Ugg and The North Face are housed in the Outfitters. The Narrow Path Tasting Room inside is an intimate space with French cafe feelings in the air.

To continue the Holiday Wine Trail, a stop at Signor Vineyard in the rolling hills of Central Texas. Where the Pedernales River meets Grape Creek, established by a friendship spanning three generations of two Texas families. Their focus is growing premium varietal fruit with soulful wines reflective of the unique terroir.

Our stay is perfect timing for the Fredericksburg’s 61st Annual Holiday Home Tour. A self guided tour showcasing unique local homes decorated in their holiday finest. With more than 22 vendors each year selling personal gifts, homemade foods and holiday items.

For dinner we dine at Navajo Grill, which encompasses an unusual blend of Hill Country craftsman design. Enjoying Southern cuisine composed with old and New Mexican flavors with a touch of Creole & Caribbean influences. Specialties like the Sunday Chicken Fried Steak dinner are served with housemade sauces and dressings.

After dinner drinks at Elk Store Winery & Distillery. Since 1895 the business has carried a family tradition that pays homage to the spirit of realizing the American Dream. In the footsteps of their great grandfather Todd Smajstrla along with Scott Hladky, produced moonshine, gin, rum, and whiskey. Since then, the business serves Incredible wines from all over the world. Along with small batches of handmade liquors by the bottle or cocktails.

Dinner at Rathskeller a full-service breakfast, lunch and dinner spot in downtown Fredericksburg. The menu selection is extremely versatile featuring German dishes and daily specials. On Friday and Saturday nights enjoy live music that house the restaurant.

Nothing better than the taste of handmade tortillas for breakfast at Hilda’s Tortillas. Hilda’s is a small family owned and operated business. Specializing in authentic Mexican fare their breakfast tacos and burritos are a must try. Twice a week 300 or more pounds of tortilla chips are produced within the restaurant.

For some fresh air we bike the quiet country backroads with Jack and Adams Bicycles. At Jack and Adams you can rent out Road, Tri-bike, Cruisers and even kid bicycles and accessories from a variety of brands. The Hill Country scenes with its rolling hills and panoramic views, is considered the cycling capital of Texas.

In addition to the speciality shops we visited above there is a collection of shops specializing in different festive treats. Emma + Ollie bakeshop takes classic treats we grew up loving and elevated them. The shop prides themselves on using only fresh ingredients; no processed foods, no artificial sweeteners, just pure dessert. The founder Rebecca Rather wanted the shop to feel as if customers stepped into an upscaled version of their own grandma’s kitchen. Chocolat store creator, Lecia Duke, was the first to introduce European-Style, liquid centered chocolate in the U.S. The truffle chocolates are of course a house favorite as the delicate shell gives way to the pure liquid flavor casades in your mouth. In addition there is also colette’s, creams, silk fudges, nut clusters, barks, and caramels. Fredericksburg Pecan Company provides fine quality of pecan products grown in the Texas Hill Country. Owners are dedicated to providing excellent quality pecans available for online order at reasonable prices with the best customer service. Pecans are flavored and glossed in everything from pecan brittle to pecan coffee.

Rustlin Rob’s Texas Gourmet Food is not your ordinary gourmet food, not limited to people who cook but to “foodies” of all ages. The store is enjoyable because it caters to anyone who loves to eat. With over 350 gourmet foods we can sample from ranging from peanut butters, mustards, bread mixes, and some 5 Alarm hot sauces.

Fredericksburg Pie Company mission is to serve pie that is as good as, or better than your mothers or grandmothers made. In store pies are made from scratch and selections change daily with up to 20 kinds of pie. While here, we enjoy an option of coffee, milk, and more with our slice of pie and even a book selection. Sugar free pies are also available with a call in a day before.

Lunch at the Farm Haus Bistro in the Fredericksburg Herb Farm, with an American menu with French and Italian influences. Owners Dick and Rosemary Estenson take us on a tour of the B&B Cottages based upon the design of the early historic Fredericksburg “Sunday Houses. These houses are inspired by German settlers who built these small “city houses” to use on the weekends to buy provisions and attend Sunday church. We also visit the Nature Spa area dedicated to a truly unique relaxing experience.

Exploring Main Street is incredible when we can enjoy Eisban, an outdoor ice skating on real ice. Alongside Marketplace and the Christmas Pyramid. Afterwards a trip to Luckenbach, Texas made famous by Waylon Jennings’ and Willie Nelson’s 1976 classic country hit.

For our last destination Dinner and wine pairing at local Cabernet Grill Texas Wine Country Restaurant. Chef/Owner Ross Burtwell’s wish is to create a lasting impression of culinary craft where guest feel at home. Known for his speciality in preparing the freshest seafood, Certified Angus Beef, wild game and ranch fare. The wine selection is also superb with over 75 selections from around the State of Texas. Tripadvisor has ranked the restaurant Top 10 in the nation and we know why.

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A Taste of South Africa

Short on vacation time but still have the tendency to get out and explore before the summer ends? Look no more!

Discover how a trip to sundrenched South Africa can be an exciting and fun-filled getaway over just a long weekend.

With an unparalleled combination of nature, culture AND an exciting adventure, South African Tourism highlights how you can explore the destination in just 72 hours. That’s right.

With direct flights from major cities in the US, a favorable exchange rate and affordable packages it’s never been easier to explore the beauty that South Africa has to offer you.

Here are just some of the most to-do attractions for any visitor planning a quick getaway to this captivating yet marvelous country:

  • Bunny Chow & Beaches. Durban and KwaZulu-Natal. Visitors looking to experience the natural beauty South Africa has to offer should head on over to the KwaZulu-Natal region. It has a wealth of scenic and cultural attractions, stunning hot beaches, and also offers a unique blend of African-Indian influences.
  • Durban. A coastal city with a laid-back lifestyle and a favorite amongst you sun-lovers, It has the most beautiful sandy beaches along The Golden Mile. Serving as a popular destination for locals and tourists alike.
  • The Drakensberg region in the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park. A World Heritage Site that is only a two-hour drive from Durban, visitors will find a lush green countryside brimming with charming historic towns. Guests can catch a glimpse of The Big Five at the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Reserve, which is one of the best places in the country to see the endangered rhinos along with other members of The Big Five.

History and Wine adventures:

  • Cape Town. Known as the Mother City, it is renowned for its scenic beauty, bustling downtown, and old charm makes it a favorite destination for international travelers. Table Mountain and Robben Island are two of the most famous landmarks and are important stops for any first timers.
  • Constantia Valley. Nestled beneath the Table Mountain National Park, this stunning region is home to eight award-winning wine estates and miles of lushes vineyards. The most perfect place to indulge in some of the country’s best wines.

Culture and Nature adventures:

  • Johannesburg. Known as South Africa’s booming urban playground, packed with cultural sites, shops, and boutiques, it is a trendy culinary scene and contains vibrant art galleries.
  • The Mandela House. Located in the township of Soweto, it can’t be missed. A guided tour of the home of the iconic former President Nelson Mandela and his family, it provides guests with an insight into his life during the apartheid era. The house continues to stand as an unwavering symbol for the right for human rights.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your suitcase and get packing!

 

 

Honoring Mandela in South Africa

2018 is a momentous year for South Africa with the Nelson Mandela Centenary marking what would have been 100 years since the iconic leader’s birth.

Officially July 18, 2018 – Mandela Day – marks this historic milestone as throughout the nation, and across the world, people celebrate South Africa’s first black President who was an inspirational anti-apartheid revolutionary and one of the greatest human rights advocates the world has ever seen. This year, South African Tourism invites US travelers to explore his legacy.

In Mandela’s honor, national celebrations will see a series of high-profile events and memorials. In New York, the One World Trade Center’s spire will be lit with the colors of the South African flag to honor the occasion.

On July 17, a day before Mandela Day, former US president Barack Obama will deliver the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg. The theme will be “Renewing the Mandela Legacy and Promoting Active Citizenship in a Changing World,” and will honor the centennial of Mandela’s birth.

In other recent news, The Global Citizen Festival will expand from its regular location in New York City to Johannesburg for a special Mandela 100 edition this December, with Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Ed Sheeran and Chris Martin as headliners in honor of his legacy.

In Cape Town’s City Hall, a life-sized statue of Madiba will be unveiled on 24th July in the place where he had his first speech upon release from his imprisonment in Robben Island.

Internationally, the world’s largest musical tribute will also take place on Mandela Day through a series of charitable concerts held live across the world in support of improving literacy among poverty- stricken children. This important musical tribute is organized by Mandela Concerts with the goal of raising millions of dollars towards various projects including building 100 new library units in South Africa’s most vulnerable schools, developing a high school skills program, and providing 200 Toddler Trolley library programs for 5 to 6 year-old South African children by 2021.

Travelers interested to follow in Mandela’s footsteps can download Madiba’s Journey app. South African Tourism, in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, recently re-launched the app to include 100 historic landmarks and sites that influenced Mandela’s life. From the Eastern Cape to Johannesburg to Cape Town and beyond, the app allows users to customize their own itineraries and helps guide them through key landmarks, offering context, photos and curated audio narration about Mandela’s life and the 27 years he spent as a political prisoner. A few notable landmarks are highlighted below:

The Eastern Cape: Explore Nelson Mandela’s birthplace – an area of outstanding rugged beauty with pristine coastline, virgin bush and subtropical forests.

Robben Island: Tour the jail cell where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his life, through the eyes of those who experienced it first-hand. Many tours are led by ex-political prisoners.

Constitution Hill in Johannesburg: Formerly used as a prison, it was here where hundreds of political prisoners were held, including Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo. Constitution Hill is now a living museum and home to South Africa’s Constitutional Court.

The Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg: Acknowledged as the pre-eminent museum in the world dealing with 20th century South Africa, the museum tells the apartheid story.

KwaZulu-Natal: Visit this province to see the Nelson Mandela Capture Site. After being on the run for 16 months, Madiba was captured and arrested here in August 1962.

Voting Line Sculpture in Port Elizabeth: A tribute to the thousands of South Africans who participated in the nation’s first democratic elections in 1994.

South African Tourism encourages travelers to celebrate, honor and explore the legacy of Mandela through Mandela themed travel packages.

To book a Nelson Mandela inspired trip, speak to your travel agent or advisor. As a sample, South African Airways Vacation is currently offering a 10-day Mandela’s Journey to Freedom which gives visitors a first-hand, cultural experience following his footsteps as founding father of the New South Africa. Starts at US $2,999* per person. *Terms and conditions apply*

Rare Glimpse of Tennessee Williams Paintings

At the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU in Miami Beach

On view now through October 7th

From the Collection of David Wolkowsky,

Scion of Pioneer Jewish Family that Settled Key West in the 1800s and Contributed to the History

of Jews in the State Florida

Long known as “Mr. Key West,” David Wolkowsky, the famed scion of Florida’s pioneer Jewish family that helped to settle Key West in the 1800s, has loaned his paintings by close friend Tennessee Williams to the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU for their premiere in Miami Beach.

This is one of the few times they have been exhibited outside of Key West. The exhibition Tennessee Williams: Playwright and Painter is an intimate showing of nine exquisitely rare paintings by one of America’s greatest playwrights, created by Williams in Key West during the 1970s. One of his closest friends was David Wolkowsky, the Key West developer who owned a private island called Ballast Key (nine miles from Key West), and the Pier House Resort.

Both idyllic locations were the scene of many glamorous gatherings hosted by David and Tennessee, including parties for Hollywood luminaries, heads of state, and society’s crème-de-la-crème.

If these paintings could talk, oh the stories they’d tell . . .

Subject matter includes the writer’s famous cohorts during the 1970s in Key West (including a portrait of a very young Michael York), and personifications from Williams’ own poetry, short stories, and characters from his plays.

Billie Holiday songs played in the background while Williams captured different images on his canvas.

Some of the paintings by Williams feature gay themes. An “open secret” throughout his fabled career, the playwright struggled with societal prejudices from a young age, and the taboos surrounding homosexuality during his lifetime manifested in a number of Williams’ paintings.

His artwork remains widely popular among collectors, most of these sought-after paintings from the last years of his life are in private hands and rarely seen.

These precious gems are the pride of the Key West Art & Historical Society, and the Miami Beach exhibition (on view through October 7 at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU) is an uncommon opportunity to see in person how Williams expressed through painting his feelings about sexuality, loneliness and being gay.

Most of these sought-after paintings from the last years of his life are in private hands and rarely seen.

David Wolkowsky, who still lives in Key West and is almost 100, is from one of the earliest Jewish Families of Florida, and their history is documented as part of the Jewish Museum of Florida’s permanent collection about the history of Jews in the State of Florida. Wolkowsky is revered as a Key West original with a “campy sense of style, whose name every local knows.”

Williams was often found at Wolkowsky’s private, celeb-drenched affairs. Guests included the likes of Truman Capote, British Prime Minister Edward Heath, and members of the Rockefeller, Vanderbilt and Mellon families. According to Key West lore, Wolkowsky was notorious for serving plain hot dogs, white wine and potato chips to his famous guests, while Tennessee painted and drank red wine.

“The story behind these paintings, and the close friendship between Wolkowsky and Williams, is just one example of the many unexpected treasures in the rich history of Jewish culture in the State of Florida, spanning four centuries,” said Susan Gladstone, the Executive Director of the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU.

“The fact that Williams painted, much less that he painted in Key West, is a surprise to many and his paintings have mostly remained outside of the public eye. We are honored to have these works here at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, and to be one of the few museums that David Wolkowsky has selected to exhibit these works outside of their Key West home,” adds Gladstone.

Read more about the life of David Wolkowsky and his contributions to the history of Florida, in “This Man Is An Island,” written by Michael Adno – bittersoutherner.com/this-man-is-an-island-david-wolkowsky-key-west/

More about Tennessee Williams:

Tennessee Williams’ plays during the 1940s and 1950s were innovative, confrontational, and presented audiences with controversial subject matter such as deep, dark family secrets, Southern Gothic themes, and other taboos that had never been seen on the stage before.

His Southern dramas, The Glass Menagerie, A Street Car Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof were blockbusters that were adapted into iconic films.

Williams single-handedly introduced Marlon Brando to the American theater, and some of his other leading stars included Vivien Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Tallulah Bankhead and Bette Davis.

For more than 30 years, Williams lived part-time and wrote in a small cottage on Duncan Street in Key West, and took up oil painting in the 1960s. On his patio, he would sketch friends, acquaintances, various literary characters and authors. Guests would often visit his home on Duncan street and purchase his recently created paintings.

By the beginning of the 1960s, American theater shifted, and Williams’ new plays were not as popular. In 1963, his lifetime partner Frank Merlo died of lung cancer in Key West. The years following Merlo’s death were difficult for Williams although he continued to write until his own death in 1983. His literary career includes plays, short stories and novels. As a writer, Williams was persistent and tireless. His later plays strove towards innovation and bold experimentation and continue to be revived and performed today.

Like most writers, William’s life was fraught with hardships and struggles.

Upon viewing these paintings, it is clear that painting provided solace and refuge for one of America’s most celebrated playwrights.

In this exhibition, Williams pays homage to his own literary works (including his first novel, The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone), writers he admired (Jean Genet, Arthur Rimbaud and Wallace Stevens), and a portrait of a very young Michael York, who starred in the 1973 production of Williams’ Out Cry. Of significance is the fact these works were created during the 1970s, a progressive era for artists, activists, and forward thinking, with the notion of liberation being key.

These rare paintings now on view in Miami Beach at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU through October 7 capture the essence of a strong and independent artist living in a particular time and place.

Mullin Automotive Museum’s Seven French Classics During Monterey Car Week

Photo credit by Michael Furman

The collection will be headlined by the 2018 “Best of the Best” winner, a 1936 Bugatti Atlantic 57SC, as well as other concours-worthy classics including a 1950 Talbot-Lago Type 26 Grand Prix, a 1963 Citroën DS19 Concorde and more

The Mullin Automotive Museum announced it will display seven French classics at various events during the world-renowned Monterey Car Week. Guests of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will have a chance to see prized classics including the 2018 Peninsula Classics Best of the Best-winning 1936 Bugatti Atlantic 57SC, a 1950 Talbot-Lago Type 26 Grand Prix, a 1963 Citroen DS19 Concorde and more from the museum’s prestigious collection.

Since the Mullin’s inception in 2010, its mission has been to show and exhibit its cars to educate the public about twentieth-century French automotive styling and design. Monterey Car Week provides the ultimate stage for these French classics.

“Each year, we select some of the best motorcars to bring to the Monterey Peninsula,” said Mullin Automotive Museum Founder and CEO Peter Mullin. “Aligning with the museum’s mission statement, these classics should be enjoyed not only in an exhibit setting but also in shows around the world. We’re excited about this year’s showcase and hope passionate car enthusiasts in attendance will be equally ecstatic.”

The events and the automobiles to be featured are as follows:

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion— August 22-25, 2018

The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion will return to Laguna Seca Raceway and feature the world’s most historically significant competition cars, driven the way they were truly intended. Four cars from the Mullin will be featured at this year’s event and will be available for viewing both up close in the pits and roaring down the main straight.

Setting the pace will be a 1925 Bugatti 35C Grand Prix, which began as the first 35A to be imported to England. The car was later transformed into a 35C by former owner Dick Crosthwaite and marque expert Hugh Conway. In its original configuration, this car finished second at BARC Brooklands at a top lap speed of 103.22 mph driven by Christopher Staniland in 1926. The following year, it won the Brooklands Race and the Bugatti Cup, and subsequently was raced frequently in both Northern and Southern Ireland for several years with very successful results. Peter Mullin purchased the car in 1991 after Hamish Moffatt had completed its restoration in 1986.

A 1938 Talbot-Lago Type 26 SS Roadster will also make an appearance at the historic raceway. This Type 26 was originally designed by Figoni and Falaschi and alter updated by the Chappe Brothers. The car raced at Le Mans in 1939 before being put in storage for the duration of World War II.

Guests will also see another Mullin classic, the 1950 Talbot-Lago Type 26 Grand Prix, which helped developed the prestige of French racing and develop the reputation of international Formula racing worldwide. With its twin ignition and sleek tapered body, the car has top speeds of more than 166 miles per hour. Since acquiring the car 1992, Peter Mullin has driven it in vintage racing events all over the world.

The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering— August 24, 2018

The crown jewel of the Mullin collection, a 1936 Bugatti Atlantic Type 57SC, will be displayed on the rolling grasses of Quail Lodge & Gold Club at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. This Atlantic represents the first of only three models ever produced. Marked by riveted flanges on a blue, all-aluminum body, this particular Bugatti is the only surviving “Aéro Coupé,” a designation given to the first two cars that were mechanically very similar to the aerolithe. Delivered new in 1936 to Britain’s Nathaniel Mayer Victor Rothschild, third Baron Rothschild, the car has had only a handful of owners in its 80-year history.

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance— August 26, 2018

As the world’s foremost Concours event, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will feature two Citroens from the Mullin collection. The first of which, the Henri Chapron-built 1965 DS19 Majesty, is one of only 27 models ever produced. Known for its higher and more angular roofline, the car was ordered by Rene Gaston-Dreyfus in 1964 with particular specifications including striking metallic paint and technologically advanced accessories. It will be a one-of-a-kind feature at the world-class event.

The second car to be showcased is the 1963 DS19 Concorde with its aerodynamic body and sophisticated hydropneumatic suspension. The classic also serves as an important example of elegant bodywork hand built by Chapron himself. One of 38 Concorde models ever made, the car was purchased by Peter Mullin in 2016 in Europe.

For more information about these cars and others in the Mullin Automotive Museum collection, please visit www.MullinAutomotiveMuseum.com

 

Harley-Davidson Museum

We’ve hit double digits! Since opening its doors on July 12, 2008, the Harley-Davidson Museum has welcomed hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts, riders and non-riders from around the globe to pay homage to the history and heritage of Harley-Davidson that comes to life at 6th & Canal.

Join the Harley-Davidson Museum July 12-15 as we celebrate a full decade of being one of Milwaukee’s top tourist destinations. Of course, the celebration begins with a bang at Bike Night.

Whether you visited during our inaugural year in 2008 or you rode down on your Harley-Davidson for the last Bike Night, the H-D Museum always has something new to see or do, including a few just-opened exhibits. Join us for more than a few surprises as we invite our neighbors in Milwaukee and our friends from the world over to help us mark this milestone in Harley-Davidson history.

Here are just a few of the activities planned for our Birthday weekend:

  • Enjoy $10 Museum admission all weekend long to celebrate 10 years of making memories in our hometown of Milwaukee, U.S.A.
  • Thursday kick-off with Bike Night featuring 10 years of Museum trivia, live music by the Radio Wranglers and fireworks around 8:50 p.m.
  • Friday, join WISN-TV and 99.1 The Mix forCoffee with the Morning Crew. Enjoy a complimentary cup of Joe and enter to win terrific prizes, including a Harley-Davidson 115th Anniversary Chrome Rally pack.
  • Start out your Saturday watching the police-escorted Panhead 70th AnniversaryPandemonium Ride at 10 a.m. then stay for the antique motorcycle show and field games. It’s all a part of the Wild Ones: Vintage Motorcycle Rally.
  • All weekend long, enjoy the Wall of Death Stunt Show (by Ives Brothers) for free.
  • All weekend long, MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant will feature special menu items including the Original Cafe Racer Footlong Hot Dog, Birthday Cupcakes and a Bloody Mary Bar!
  • All weekend long, The Shop will stock special Museum birthday swag like special-edition T-shirts, patches, pins and $10 featured bundles.

Thursday, July 12

Bike Night, 5-9 p.m.

Thursday, kickstart the party with Bike Night where we’ll feature 10 years of Museum trivia, live music by The Radio Wranglers, a Milwaukee Fire Department Fire Boat Show at 7 p.m. before we end with a bang when the fireworks show begins at 8:50 p.m.

Future Bike Nights:

July 19 – Classic Rock Bike Night (featuring a pop-up performance from the city’s preeminent dancers)

July 26 – German Fest Bike Night (featuring an unique demonstration from STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS athletes)

Saturday, July 14

Wild Ones: Vintage Motorcycle Rally

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Harley-Davidson Panhead Engine

Featuring the 16th Annual Knucklehead Company Reunion

Marking the Museum’s 10th Birthday

Come celebrate Harley-Davidson’s unrivaled motorcycle heritage with a vintage 1940s-style motorcycle rally at the H-D Museum.™ In partnership with the Antique Motorcycle Club of America (AMCA), the H-D Museum™ will host a 70th Anniversary celebration of the legendary Panhead Engine, featuring a timeline of these historic motorcycles dating back to 1948 and running through 1965. Panhead fans from the world over are invited to Milwaukee to show off – or admire – these iconic rolling sculptures.

Additionally, the 16th Annual Knucklehead Company Reunion features an antique motorcycle ride-in show and the AMCA Badger Heritage Chapter hosts authentic motorcycle field games (slow race, plank ride, barrel race, T-ball, ball on cone and weenie bite), with proceeds benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin.

Plus, enter for your chance to win a customized Harley-Davidson motorcycle, inspired by the art of Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins, father of the old-school American Tattoo. Click here for more details.

Exhibits and Displays

“Taming the Road in Style”
Comfort, redefined by each new generation of riders, plays a significant role in Harley-Davidson’s ongoing story of combining cutting-edge innovation with timeless styling cues. The Harley-Davidson Museum’s newest exhibit, “Taming the Road in Style,” examines this history, drawing a line from the dawn of the bicycle to the launch of present-day Harley-Davidson Softail® models
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“Panorama”
Among the tens of thousands of pieces of original photographic material in the Harley-Davidson Archives, a number of panoramic images can be found in the collection. These large-scale photos provide a detailed visual record of motorcycle clubs, organized rides and outings, and formal portraits of military and police groups. “Panorama” includes framed original prints, as well as modern prints from negatives or digital scans
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The Engine Wall
The H-D Museum is proud to announce its all-new Engine Wall is currently on display. Designed for performance and styled for appearance, engines are at the center of Harley-Davidson’s identity. It is, after all, the Harley-Davidson Motor Company. The H-D Museum’s new Engine Wall artfully displays 24 examples from the major engine families that Harley-Davidson has engineered over its 115-year history alongside impressive interactive displays that let visitors dive deep into the motor’s workings and supplies the H-D enthusiast with tidbits and trivia related to the Motor Company’s legendary story.

Lobby display

1948, FL

OHV V-TWIN

In 1948, rider Jim Kobe purchased this motorcycle new for $965. In 1998, he donated it to Harley-Davidson. Kobe modified his bike over the 50 years that he owned it to enhance its performance. For example, he converted it to a 12-volt electrical system and upgraded from chain to belt drive. Kobe racked up more than 100,000 miles, earning the last few miles on his trip to Milwaukee to hand off the bike at Harley-Davidson’s 95th anniversary celebration.

Experiences and Other Events

Gallery Night Free Admission

July 20, 5-9 p.m.

The Museum offers free admission Friday evening only as part of the Historic Third Ward Association’s Gallery Night. Check out our new displays, get reacquainted with some of your favorites and prep for that party 115 years in the making coming to town over Labor Day weekend.

Demo Rides
Demo Rides are now available at the world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum! Visit the Museum campus Saturdays* from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and throw a leg over a 2018 motorcycle to experience the fun and freedom that only a Harley-Davidson can deliver.
Visitors with their motorcycle endorsement will be able to choose from more than a dozen of the latest and greatest #FreedomMachines from Harley-Davidson, including Touring, Softail, Sportster and Street models. A pre-determined scenic route through the Menomonee Valley will give riders the chance to explore the Museum’s surrounding neighborhoods.

• Demo Rides will run 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. weather dependent.
• Sign-up is on a first come first service basis.
• Riders and passengers must be at least 18 years of age. Riders must hold a valid license with a motorcycle endorsement.
• All riders and passengers must wear a helmet, eye protection, shirt, long pants and closed toe shoes with heal strap. A limited selection of helmets, chaps and jackets will be available on site.
*Demo Rides will not be available on Saturday July 14th or Saturday September 1st

Jumpstart
Don’t have a motorcycle endorsement? No problem. You can still experience the thrill that only comes from being on a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle. The Harley-Davidson® JUMPSTART™ Rider Experience combines a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a specially-designed, stationary support stand. That means no previous motorcycle experience is necessary. The motorcycle will not tip over. You’ll mount the bike, set your boots on the foot pegs and fire up the engine under the watchful eye of trained personnel. Give the throttle a twist and hear that unforgettable Harley sound. Sitting comfortably on the bike, you’ll continue to shift through the gears – all securely attached to the JUMPSTART™ platform. Visit the H-D Museum today and try it out.

TOURS

Inside H-D: All-Day Experience
Offered the first Friday of the month (through October). Also available for private group bookings. (12-person minimum).
The Inside H-D: All-Day Experience is an in-depth immersion into the world of Harley-Davidson. This guided tour kicks off in front of The Shed on the Harley-Davidson Museum® campus, where you’ll learn about the humble beginnings of the world’s most iconic motorcycle brand. Then it’s time to go inside the Harley-Davidson Museum for an exclusive guided tour featuring new exhibit content and conversation with the Curatorial, Archives or Conservation professionals who are behind the engaging stories on display and behind-the-scenes at the Museum. After the tour, the group will head over to Harley-Davidson Corporate Headquarters located on Juneau Avenue – which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Lunch is served while employees from HDMC and the Harley-Davidson University will swap stories and provide a glimpse of the inner workings of H-D. Upon returning to the Museum, tour participants are invited to enjoy a special discount for The Shop at the H-D Museum™, where you’ll find unique clothes and merchandise found nowhere else. The day concludes with happy hour at MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant. Transportation to and from Corporate Headquarters is included.

For more information or to book your tour, call 414-287-2799 or email groups@h-dmuseum.

Bikes Brats & Beer Tour
Thursdays @ 3 p.m. and Sundays @ 10 a.m. (through August)
Get an authentic taste of American history and culture on Harley-Davidson Museum’s Bikes Brats & Beer Tour, offered in partnership with Milwaukee Food & City Tours®. The 3 1/2-hour excursion begins with a guided H-D Museum tour, highlighting Harley-Davidson’s journey from garage start-up to iconic global brand. Next, you’ll board the tour bus for a close-up look at Milwaukee’s legendary beer- and sausage-making heritage, traveling through the Menomonee and Miller Valleys and downtown Milwaukee. Narrated points of interest include Miller Park, Miller Brewing Company, the family mansions of Milwaukee beer barons, Pabst Brewery Complex, Schlitz Park, and Usinger’s Famous Sausage Shop.

Purchase tickets online or in person at the H-D Museum lobby.

SAVE THE DATES

115th Anniversary
Aug. 29–Sept. 2, 2018
Mark your calendars because, for our 115th Anniversary, we’re throwing parties for the people. Celebrations all about riding, racing, meeting new friends and connecting with people from all over the world who share a passion for the freedom of two wheels. The H-D Museum™ will be the Central Rally Point all week long, and riders will have a list of destination rides and bike shows from which to choose.

About the Harley-Davidson Museum
A walk through the Harley-Davidson Museum® is a walk through the history of America. With an unrivaled collection of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles and memorabilia, a 20-acre, park-like campus, and a calendar full of activities, the H-D Museum™ is one of Milwaukee’s top tourist destinations for visitors from around the globe. A visit to the H-D Museum™ is an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. Make your plans to visit the Harley-Davidson Museum® at h-dmuseum.com.

Beyoncé × Jay-Z Joint Album

Beyoncé and Jay-Z release joint album “Everything Is Love” exclusively on Tidal while on the OTRII tour in the UK. Off the heels of the accomplished Lemonade album and Jay-Z’s 4:44, this album is sure to be a fan favorite.

“Apes**t” directed by Ricky Saiz was filmed at the Louvre in Paris last month.