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Nov. 28, 1931: Old recreation features revived at Windsor for Sunday afternoon meets | History

When archaeologists of the future excavate at Windsor to procure data on life in an ancient New England rural community, they will discover if they are diligent that not only were Hereford beef steers successfully raised and ranged far from their native West, but that the hilltop folk of this so-called sophisticated age still took whole-hearted pleasure in the simplest forms of sport originated generations ago by country-dwelling forefathers. The former unusual phase of current life at Windsor is well known, but the latter has just come to the fore with the organization of the Windsor Recreation Association.

No elaborate equipment and organization such as that required to amuse a contemporary golf-playing, football-going city generation could possibly provide pleasure to match that evidently taken by the community of Windsor in the regular Sunday afternoon sports events at Brookvale Farm. For two hours or more, starting at 2 o’clock there are contests in buck-sawing, barrel-rolling, rifle-shooting, wood-chopping, hare-and-hounds — in short, almost the whole run of feats of skill, strength and endurance enjoyed infrequently by the men of past generations on the hill. The same simple events are being revived in a big way, to banish care and keep wits sharp.

Some 30 men, largely of younger years, comprise the active participants, but not the onlookers — men, women and a very generous representation of the juvenile element of the community, always outnumber them. Cheering is vociferous and advice voluminous, and at the same time, both serious and ludicrous. No doubt is left that the people generally are having as much fun as the choppers, the sawyers and the shooters.

There are two teams — known as the tigers and the Wildcats. the energy and determination of their wilderness namesakes undoubtedly are equaled by the contestants, but the utter good humor with which they plunge in is in sharp contrast. Incidentally, real wildcats roam the back country of Windsor, and occasionally one is shot not far from the scene of the Recreation Association meeting place — Brookvale Farm. 

The whole series of weekly contests is for a dinner, a read, bang-up good country dinner which the losers must give the winners. But that is a thing of the future. Right now, with good weather holding out there is no thought of bringing the contests to a close.

This Story in History is selected from the archives by Jeannie Maschino, The Berkshire Eagle.

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Sean Connery and The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh Share a Slice of History

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Reading about the recent death of Sean Connery, the Scottish actor who helped launch his ‘James Bond 007 MI6 secret agent’ character to such worldwide popularity, I’m reminded of a sudden surprise that awaited me at The Balmoral hotel in Edinburgh.

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I and my companion had just entered our fourth-floor room, designated ‘Deluxe Castle View,’ in this grande dame of city hotels when I noticed a peculiar black and white photograph that adorned most of the bathroom’s back wall.

It depicted a handsome Connery, clothed only in a pair of tight swimming shorts, delicately holding the legs of a pretty lady in a white bikini whom he is helping perform a handstand on a beach. The lady turned out to be none other than Swiss actress, Ursula Andress, and the photo was taken during the filming of the 1962 Bond movie, ‘Dr. No.’

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So why was it there, so eye-catchingly in our bathroom?

Well, when this historic, century-old hotel re-opened after a major renovation almost 30 years ago, Connery, being a native of Edinburgh, agreed to be host of the much-publicised, all-star, ribbon-cutting ceremony.

All these years later, The Balmoral, a member of the Rocco Forte Hotels group, still retains its distinction in the annals of hospitality in Scotland and beyond, attracting guests from far and wide.

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Established in 1902 as a railway hotel, the Edinburgh-to-Waverley station being located right beside it, this five-floor 167-room, 20-suite hotel is a prominent landmark of the architectural cityscape, plum on the capital city’s busy downtown Princes Street. Its iconic Clock Tour is known to many and the hotel prides itself on its singularly prestigious address – No. 1.

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Having undergone more recent renovations since the Connery event, including work just three years ago, The Balmoral offers a classic Old World ambiance, a Victorian take on Renaissance architecture including a sweeping staircase with stain-glass windows (popular for wedding photos), classical columns and royal icing plasterwork, with a modern twist reflected in designer Olga Polizzi’s contemporary interiors.

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Aside from being spacious with all the mod cons one could ever require, our room also presented us with a picturesque window view up Castle Rock, formed by an erupting volcano, atop which perched the indomitable, millennium-old Edinburgh Castle. Gazing at its austere facade was a thrill, like observing centuries of history from a distance. A marble and ceramic bathroom with Rocco Forte Hotels’ own brand of natural toiletries from the Irene Forte Skincare line added to our overall sense of well-being.

Breakfast and dinner are served in Brasserie Prince, with its gleaming mirrored and brass accents, stained oak-paneled walls, buttery soft leather banquettes and broad windows gazing out on to the hubbub of Princes Street.

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The morning ritual is not to be hurried. Table service is friendly and attentive without being annoyingly fussy, and there is a generous range of choice, including what is termed health ‘booster shots’ such as a combination of

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Tattooing has been a part of travel for centuries. Its history is complicated.

In today’s travel guides to Japan, tattoos are generally only mentioned in the context of places where tourists should be prepared to cover them up, such as gyms, public pools and bathing houses known as onsens. A century ago, it was a very different story.

Guidebooks, like Basil Hall Chamberlain’s 1893 “Handbook for Travellers in Japan,” feature ads for fine art galleries that double as tattoo parlors; you could pick up a piece of Japanese pottery while getting a more permanent souvenir. In “Vacation Days in Hawaii and Japan,” published in the early 1900s, Philadelphia-based writer Charles M. Taylor Jr. devotes multiple pages to a meeting with Hori Chiyo, an artist who claimed to have tattooed the British princes Albert Victor and George (the future King George V).



a group of people in a room: Yoon Park, a tattoo artist at Daredevil Tattoo, works on a client's leg on a Monday afternoon. Daredevil Tattoo opened in 1997, when tattooing was legalized in New York City.


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Yoon Park, a tattoo artist at Daredevil Tattoo, works on a client’s leg on a Monday afternoon. Daredevil Tattoo opened in 1997, when tattooing was legalized in New York City.

In Japan at the time, tattoos were seen as a sign of degeneracy. They were used to brand criminals — and for those criminals to then cover up their brands. As the country opened up to the West for the first time, the emperor outlawed the art, seeing it as antithetical to modernity. Ironically, tattooing for tourists remained legal — and, as Chamberlain wrote in a 1905 travel guide, the Japanese take on the art was considered the champagne of tattooing: “an art as vastly superior to the ordinary British sailor’s tattooing as Heidsieck Monopole is to small beer.”

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Today, tattoos are popular among travelers, as ways to pay homage to a place (e.g., Japanese kanji script, an iconic building) or to traveling as a way of life (e.g., a compass, a map of the world). But how far back does the practice go? The history of tattooing as a way to mark travels is hard to pin down. But there is something that most scholars agree on: The most common origin story is wrong, and the meaning of tattoos isn’t always clear cut.

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Yes, Capt. James Cook sailed the Pacific Ocean in the 18th century, and many of his crewmen may have received tattoos from the Polynesian people they encountered along the way. Sometimes there may have even been an overlap in the reasons British and Polynesian sailors got tattoos: protection, for example. The letters “H-O-L-D F-A-S-T” tattooed across the knuckles was thought to save a sailor when letting go of a rope was a matter of life and death.

But the common narrative that those sailors were the first people to bring tattoos back to Europe isn’t true. Rather, according to some, it’s a story rooted in some of the same instincts that make people get tattooed on their travels today.

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New Cross Park in Pierce County blends local history with modern recreation

Cross Park has turned two historic dairy barns into a community center. (Pierce County Parks)

For many during the COVID-19 pandemic, walks outdoors have become the only chance to get out of the house in any given day — so residents of Frederickson will now have a new option for that daily breath of fresh air at Stan and Joan Cross Park.

Stan and Joan Cross Park is the first public park in the community of Frederickson, which lies between Spanaway and South Hill.

“This park is filling a gap for the community that lives the miles around here, but it’s also a very unique site,” said Roxanne Miles, director of Pierce County Parks and Recreation.

The park may be new, but it lets you step back in time and have a history lesson with your nature walk in the form of two 1930s dairy barns. The green space is on the site of the former Mayflower Dairy farm, a landmark in the community 80 years ago.

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“We actually lifted up the two historic barns, fit them back together, refurbished them, and then built a modern community center inside of it,” said Benjamin Barrett, capital projects manager for Pierce County Parks and Recreation.

 

To keep things sustainable, many of the original parts of the Mayflower Dairy barns were kept and incorporated in the design.

The park also includes a playground, pathways to walk, and picnic areas. During the pandemic, Pierce County Parks regulations state that people should stay out of picnic shelters, and children should not play with anyone outside their household on the same playground structure.

To view the virtual grand opening, visit the Pierce County website.

Cross Park is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. through the winter.

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Arizona’s Most Haunted: The dark history lurking inside the Jerome Grand Hotel

Rumors of spirits roaming the halls, ghostly wails, and moving inanimate objects have spread through the Jerome Grand Hotel.

JEROME, Ariz. — Dominating the views of central Arizona’s rolling hills is a mission-style building draped in shades of beige and red that’s rich with history… not all of it good.

A steel gate greets guests as they make their way up the nearly 100-year-old elevator and towards their rooms. On the third floor, just a few steps through the antique yet regal hallway is Room 32 of the Jerome Grand Hotel: one of the state’s most haunted places.

From spirits roaming the halls, ghostly wails in the silence, and inanimate objects becoming alive with movement, guests of the Jerome Grand have shared paranormal stories since the hotel opened in 1996.

Three 12 News digital producers wanted to find the answers for themselves. This is their story:


Some clues about the hotel’s haunted history still remain, like a row of unused industrial lights in the hallway, a clinical layout to each room or strangely wide doors big enough for a gurney.

Before the building’s revival as a hotel, the Jerome Grand was a hospital where many people spent their final hours.

Countless souls have passed through the halls of the Jerome Grand Hotel in its previous life, and some believe a few of those spirits still linger on – perhaps malevolent or maybe just lost.

Accidental deaths, tragic suicides and even rumors of murder are just a few of the stories that have swirled through the hotel for the last century. 

The Jerome Grand has garnered a dark reputation for anyone brave enough to wander through.

Three 12 News employees booked Room 32 to find out the truth.

Just moments after checking in, a family asked them if the hotel was truly haunted. A curious couple next door wanted to peer inside Room 32 and see what lurked inside.

The ghost-hunting digital producers gave the spirits every chance they could to make their presence known.

They used an EMF reader designed to detect traces of strange radiation, a special radio that cycled through hundreds of frequencies, an infrared camera to see through the darkness and even an Ouiji board to communicate with whatever may haunt the halls.

Thick binders in the lobby contain reams of testimonials from visitors who swear they came face-to-face with a spirit.

It’s now become part of Jerome’s appeal, and its residents have embraced the town’s haunted reputation.

But what is it about ghost stories that captivate the human imagination?

Perhaps learning more about the paranormal gives us more insight into what happens after our own inevitable demise.

However, the reality of what spirits may or may not exist inside Room 32 is something you must experience yourself to believe – if you dare.

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: TRAVEL THRU HISTORY ::

FEATURE: K’UUNA LLNAGAAY & PERSONAL HEALING: Haida Gwaii, British Columbia

A small plane hauled me north, toward Haida Gwaii – prehistoric land, old growth rainforest and Haida First Nations. It was a departure from the Viking trek I’d been on for four years, in the wake of Scandinavian voyagers. I’d just finished a Norse-Britain excursion, from the Hebrides to Lindisfarne and my dad’s dad’s hometown of Dunfermline, Scotland.

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MARRAKECH


Three servants climb the stairs, each one carrying a freshly-slaughtered lamb, dripping blood. We later learn that Eid al-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice, is about to take place. This is one of two main Islamic holidays in Morocco, a three-day event marking the end of the hajj rituals.
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WALES


It was the mention of the famous pirate Capt. Henry Morgan that first sparked my interest when my cousin Nicola suggested we visit a country manor in Wales. Capt. Morgan, for whom the famous rum was named, was the son of one of the nine sons of the original owner of this 17th century house.
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MEXICO


She holds up small pieces of bark paper painted with blue-green birds and yellow flowers. “Would you like to buy?” She asks me in broken Spanish. She looks to be not more than 10 or 11. Her eyes are kind and shy. We trade pesos for paintings; then, like an apparition, she is gone.
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INDIA

I recently made a trip to Rishikesh, the yoga capital of the world. It is located in the foothills of Himalayas in the northern part of India. A town in Dehradun district, it is surrounded by the Shivalik Range. After a very long time I could manage this trip away from the hustle bustle of city.
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YORK

Inside the Roman built walls of this city steeped in history, the heart of the York beats strong and proud. Not only does it feature medieval, Georgian, and Victorian architecture, it maintains its charm while being modern and refreshing.
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BALTIC


Mediterranean cruises might be the preferred choice for many travelers. There will undoubtedly be lots of sunshine during a summer Mediterranean cruise, and there are fascinating historic destinations in Spain, Italy, Greece, France and Croatia.
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PORTUGAL


Portuguese sweets are divine, which may be because they originated in convents. Back in the 16th century, the country’s Roman Catholic nuns drew on a heritage of Islamic confectionery to create unique, delectable pastries.
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UTAH

With a population of just under 200,000, SLC is Utah’s most populous city, with a metropolitan area estimated to have over one million residents. Views from SLC are spectacular with the snow-capped Wasatch Mountains to the east.
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INDIA


Back in 1968, music sensation The Beatles visited an ashram in Rishikesh, India. During their time there, they wrote over 50 songs and brought Eastern influences to the mainstream like never before. Fifty years later, I visited
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Hotels | A Brief History

The history of hotels is intimately connected to that of civilisations. Or rather, it is a part of that history. Facilities offering guests hospitality have been in evidence since early biblical times. The Greeks developed thermal baths in villages designed for rest and recuperation. Later, the Romans built mansions to provide accommodation for travellers on government business. The Romans were the first to develop thermal baths in England, Switzerland and the Middle East. Later still, caravanserais appeared, providing a resting place for caravans along Middle Eastern routes. In the Middle Ages, monasteries and abbeys were the first establishments to offer refuge to travellers on a regular basis. Religious orders built inns, hospices and hospitals to cater for those on the move.

From antiquity to the Middle Ages – The history of hotels is intimately connected to that of civilisations. Or rather, it is a part of that history. Facilities offering guests hospitality have been in evidence since early biblical times. The Greeks developed thermal baths in villages designed for rest and recuperation. Later, the Romans built mansions to provide accommodation for travellers on government business. The Romans were the first to develop thermal baths in England, Switzerland and the Middle East.

Later still, caravanserais appeared, providing a resting place for caravans along Middle Eastern routes. In the Middle Ages, monasteries and abbeys were the first establishments to offer refuge to travellers on a regular basis. Religious orders built inns, hospices and hospitals to cater for those on the move.

Inns multiplied, but they did not yet offer meals. Staging posts were established for governmental transports and as rest stops. They provided shelter and allowed horses to be changed more easily. Numerous refuges then sprang up for pilgrims and crusaders on their way to the Holy Land.

Travelling then became progressively more hazardous. At the same time, inns gradually appeared in most of Europe. Some of them have remained famous, for example, l’ Auberge des Trois Rois in Basle, which dates from the Middle Ages.

Around 1200, staging posts for travellers and stations for couriers were set up in China and Mongolia.

In Europe, or more precisely in Belgium, l’ Auberge Cour Saint Georges opened in Gant, while the Angel Inn was built at Grantham in Lincolnshire, England.

The start of the hotel industry – In France, at the beginning of the fifteenth century, the law required that hotels keep a register. English law also introduced rules for inns at that time. At the same time, around 1500 thermal spas were developed at Carlsbad and Marienbad.

During this epoch, more than 600 inns were registered in England. Their architecture often consisted of a paved interior court with access through an arched porch. The bedrooms were situated on the two sides of the courtyard, the kitchen and the public rooms at the front, and the stables and storehouses at the back. The first guide books for travellers were published in France during this period.

An embryonic hotel industry began to develop in

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Vacation Packages – History is fun

There are many ways for families and individuals to experience Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown.
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Admission includes special exhibitions (“Forgotten Soldier,” through March 22, 2020, at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown) and daytime special events. Museum gift shops and cafes on premises.

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Experience Williamsburg’s charm with seven consecutive days of unlimited admission to Jamestown Settlement, Historic Jamestowne, Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown Battlefield and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and your choice of lodging ( budget, mid-range to deluxe) in the Williamsburg area.

Admission includes special exhibitions (“Forgotten Soldier,” through March 22, 2020, at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown) and daytime special events. Museum gift shops and cafes on premises. *Package prices vary with lodging selection, dates/length of stay and number of guests. Additional tickets can be purchased separately. Fees and taxes are not included.

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3 Days/2 Nights/2 Adults from $250*

  • Take a Revolutionary escape to two immersive living-history museums in the Williamsburg area with combination tickets, your choice of lodging (budget, mid-range to deluxe), access to special exhibitions and holiday events, and shopping discounts. 3 Days/2 Nights/2 Adults/2 Youth from $275*
  • Jamestown Settlement & the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Combination Ticket offers unlimited admission for seven consecutive days when purchased online. This offer allows you to take in dynamic gallery exhibits and 4D films, including the “Siege of Yorktown” experiential film with special effects that features Alexander Hamilton’s first military role in the Continental Army under Washington and his famous words – “Rush On Boys!” – as the militia secures Redoubts 9 and 10. World-class special exhibitions feature “Forgotten Soldier: African Americans in the Revolutionary War” at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown through March 22, 2020.  Museum gift shops, cafes and vending on
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The History Of Hilton Hotels

When bed bugs started creeping again into America, stowaways within the baggage of worldwide vacationers, hotels took the primary hit. Hilton hotels are known for that includes world class accommodations within the countries hottest locations. So, examine if the concierge provides the sorts of extra companies you want. However if the tourist ends up at a place where the hotels and accommodation amenities aren’t passable, it is quite doubtless that he may never return to that place.

Finest business hotels often supply transportation shuttles to major enterprise areas, or assist vacationers with securing taxis or non-public automobiles. Most hotels have strict policies on what kind and measurement of pets they permit. The other methods are by making booklets containing information about the hotels and lodging amenities available at train and bus stations.

In case you are the explorer kinds, and need to discover the local tradition and traditions of Islamabad then go for the local hotels or the luxurious guest home lodging. This is a good way for the reservation workers to double verify the size of your stay as hotels count nights and not days when making ready your bill.

4. Hotel guests would really like a member of the workers to be obtainable for help 24 hours a day. Sometimes the bizarre location of a restaurant can turn into a selling point. As a way to market your services to the hospitality business, it’s essential meet the planners and executives of hotels.

Additionally, it is good if your chosen hotel is situated within the metropolis center, where you may count on to discover many more issues of the town off what you are promoting time (such as the nighttime). 2) Plan your advertising strategy before you method people in the hospitality enterprise.…

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The History Of Leisure And Recreation

Whenever you stop to think about it, humankind has all the time enjoyed some kind of leisure and recreation, so the history of leisure and recreation goes again a very long way. Since this is a very harmful way to go, most individuals, when selecting their motorcycle tires, decide to have the entrance wider than the rear. There are lots of civic benefits of leisure and recreation activities. Optimistic lifestyle improvement – contributing to society, social interaction, improvement of leaders, being part of organized sports all encourage good lifetime activities.

There are in fact some obvious solutions to what is sports activities and physical recreation. The folks labored onerous, the Church forbade many types of entertainment, however there have been still leisure pastimes to assist develop the rising history of leisure and recreation.

This is the person who decides the correct recreational activities that might be enjoyed by a selected subset of the inhabitants; i.e., inmates, senior citizens, the neighborhood as a complete. This historical past of leisure and recreation goes far again in time, however leisure and recreation really took off when the Industrial Revolution hit Nice Britain within the 1700s.

A day of fresh air and solar, with family and buddies is a supreme recreational activity. For childhood development, recreational areas help in studying, can preserve children off the streets, and enhance their confidence. After the establishment of the Houston group, a state-large Texas Air Hockey Gamers Affiliation shaped and developed formal guidelines and rules for the game, qualifying it extra as a sport.

After school actions for kids like decide-up basketball, chess tournaments, and band follow are helpful recreational activities. There are additionally numerous games for fewer rivals, sports activities like tennis, badminton and desk tennis. Nevertheless, jousting tournaments, hunting tournaments, and the earliest types of chess, checkers, and other video games developed during this time.…

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