Sunday, December 11, 2011

HOLIDAY FUN- Ft.McHenry Candlelight Tour

Jose, Jeff, Tom, Yolie, Shelly (Rob took picture)
On Saturday, December 3, we were joined by our friends Jeff, Jose, Yolie and Shelly and went to Fort McHenry in Baltimore for an historic Candlelight tour of the fort. The holiday tour was free (usually there's a charge) for the holiday and it featured various actors that explained Christmas-time traditions during the 4 wars that the fort was active (Revolutionary War, War of 1812, World War 1 and World War 2). The fort was at times a hospital during WW1 and WW2. The giant flag flying in the fort was the inspiration for Francis Scott Key's "Star Spangled Banner." 
  - The tour was really enjoyable and educational. We had a fun Park Ranger tour guide named Vince who was extremely educated, very enthusiastic and animated. He made the whole adventure fun!!  Here are some photos from that adventure.
The Star Spangled Banner Waves over Ft.McHenry

Actors portraying WW2 vets,nurses

Tour guide holding candlelit lantern

Candlelit entry way into the fort

Building that housed officers

The group listening to the tour - Tom, far right

Actors playing cards, portraying 1812 soldiers

Revolutionary War soldiers outside-Ranger Vince (right)

Tom and Rob trying to stay warm

Jeff and Jose enjoying the tour

Basement cell of the fort where a soldier committed suicide (he haunts it)

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Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next