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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Revere Beach Annual International Sand Sculpting Festival

The Revere Beach Partnership is proud to announce the dates and theme for the 2019 Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival, hosted at America’s first public beach, Revere Beach, established in 1896.

The annual festival draws upwards of 1,000,000 spectators from all over the country who come to watch master sand sculptors compete for the first place prize in the Master Sand Sculpting Competition. The festival also features gourmet food trucks, live entertainment, local vendors, exhibitor booths, sand sculpting lessons children’s sand sculpting lessons, fireworks, a drone show, and much, much more all over the course of 3 days.
Revere Beach Annual International Sand Sculpting Festival in Massachusetts

Sand sculptors for the Master Sand Sculpting Competition are as follows; Helena Bangert of the NetherlandsDan Belcher of St. Louis, Missouri, Deborah Barrett-Cutulle of Saugus, Massachusetts, Mélineige Beauregard of Quebec, Canada, Jonathan ‘Jobi’ Bouchard of Montreal, Canada, Enguerrand David of Belgium, Ilya Filmonstev of Russia, Remy Hoggard of EnglandMaxim Gazendam of the Netherlands, Paul Hoggard of BulgariaSudarsan Pattniak of India, Sue McGrew of Tacoma, Washington, Fergus Mulvany of Ireland, Pavel Mylnikov of Moscow, Russia, Rachel Stubbs of England, Steve Topazio of Tiverton, Rhode Island, and Abe Waterman of Prince Edward Island, Canada, Morgan Rudluff of California, Benoit Dutherage of France, and Jaku ‘Kuba’ Zimacek of the Czech Republic and Aleksei Rybak of Russia..

The 2019 International Sand Sculpting Festival will also feature the availability of lessons from highly trained, sand-sculpting professionals. Returning, once again, to lead these lessons are Sandi ‘Castle’ Stirling and Raymond Poirier of Ontario, Canada. Wilfred Stijger and Edith van de Wetering, both of the Netherlands, will be helping with the judging, logos, and the centerpiece.
Revere Beach Annual International Sand Sculpting Festival in Massachusetts

This year’s festival will take place from Friday, July 26th to Sunday, July 28th, 2019. . The Revere Beach Partnership is proud to announce that this year’s and has aThe theme for the 2019 International Sand Sculpting Festival is is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Moon Landing. The 2019 Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival will serve to provide an artistic representation and celebration of this significant event of our nation’s history..

Hours for the 2019 Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival on Friday, July 26th and Saturday, July 27th are 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM, and Sunday, July 28th 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Admission is free and open to the public.

About Revere Beach Partnership: Formed in 2001, the Revere Beach Partnership is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established to carry forth the heritage of Revere Beach as a nearby retreat for New England families, preserve the beach’s unique historic and natural assets, and plan and oversee the continued improvement of Revere Beach. For more information, visit www.rbissf.com.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Educational and Humbling Experience at the Forgotten Warriors Vietnam Museum

The Forgotten Warriors Vietnam Museum, Rio Grande, New Jersey
The Forgotten Warriors Vietnam Museum is located in Rio Grande, New Jersey, at the Cape May Airport on Forrestal Road. The museum is open year-round with free admission and free parking. If you're going to be traveling to Stone Harbor, Wildwood, and Cape May...it's within a 20 minute drive from the coast.
The Forgotten Warriors Vietnam Museum, Rio Grande, New Jersey

Upon arrival you'll find a beautiful Vietnam Warriors Memorial sitting outside to the front of the parking lot. Please walk up to it, read it and pay your respects. Standing there in front of the memorial was a really humbling experience. God bless all of our American troops!
The Forgotten Warriors Vietnam Museum, Rio Grande, New Jersey

As soon as we entered the building we were greeted by owner who is a disabled Vietnam Vet. He gave us a little bit of history about his service and the history of the museum. If I had to sum things up, a lot of what you'll see in the museum is from his personal collection and items that have been donated or are on loan to him for the museum. Things you really won't see in other places.
The Forgotten Warriors Vietnam Museum, Rio Grande, New Jersey

There is no admission fee, but they do have a donation box by the front door...so please consider leaving a donation. Remember, the price of freedom is never really free. We all need to educate ourselves about the history of our country, our military, and we need to do everything we can to support them and their families.
The Forgotten Warriors Vietnam Museum, Rio Grande, New Jersey

You're free to roam around the museum at your own leisurely pace. The owner is available to answer any questions that you may have. He does not follow you around, or pester you. After the initial introduction...you're free to wander around. Cameras are welcome, but please be aware that lighting isn't the best, so you will need flash if you intend on taking photographs.
The Forgotten Warriors Vietnam Museum, Rio Grande, New Jersey

My wife and I spent about 40 minutes checking out everything that was on display. We got to see old military uniforms, gear, photographs, pins, medals, etc. There is a large collection of die-cast models that are on display and the owner told us that all of them were built by a gentleman in Pennsylvania who then shipped them down to him. If you're into models, I think you'll really appreciate them.
The Forgotten Warriors Vietnam Museum, Rio Grande, New Jersey

In my honest opinion, this museum isn't for small children. It's for adults who want to learn more about the Vietnam War and the soldiers who were there. It's not your typical military/war type of museum, it's more of a veteran's personal collection and items donated to him and the museum. With that said, you will learn a lot and will see things that perhaps you never seen before.
The Forgotten Warriors Vietnam Museum, Rio Grande, New Jersey

If you're going to be visiting the Wildwood Naval Air Station Museum at the Cape May Airport, this museum sits right across the street and is a nice stop before or after your visit to the NAS Museum. Looking for something to eat after your visit? The Flight Deck Diner sits right across the street too!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Village of Heckton Historical Marker in Dauphin County

The Village of Heckton is a suburb of Harrisburg and located in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. Heckton was formerly known as Althea Grove. The marker is located on North Front Street (River Road), on the right when traveling north.
Village of Heckton Historical Marker in Heckton, Harrisburg Pennsylvania

The Village of Heckton Historical Marker reads as follows:

Named for Dr. Lewis Heck - Born 1810 - Died 1890 - Reared in Shippensburg, Dr. Heck settled here in 1832. He practiced medicine and served as a Representative in the Pennsylvania General Assembly during the Civil War. He also operated a large steam sawmill nearby from 1843 until 1890.

Dr. Heck died on August 26, 1890 and is buried in the Riverview Cemetery east of here.

By: 2001 by Riverview Cemetery Association.
Dr. Lewis Heck - Village of Heckton in Pennsylvania

We enjoy documenting historical markers, so we wanted to add this one to our documentation here on the blog. The marker is easy to find and you'll find it on North Front Street (River Road). If you're traveling north it will be on your right, if you're traveling south, it will be on your left. We were able to safely pull off the road and photograph it for our waymarking records. If you're unfamiliar with the Harrisburg area, you'll find it within a few minutes (to the north) of Fort Hunter Park.