Ending 2023 on a Positive

The year of the lord 2023 personally would fall in the bottom five of worst in my 48 years around the globe.  I’m actively planning on 2024 ending the 1 year losing street.  Even so 2023 had hundreds if not thousands of amazing moments. In the last week, we spent some time in New Jersey…

What I used for Every Science Project – Kenner’s Iconic Girder and Panel Building Sets

If you were a kid in the 70s or 80s, you probably remember Kenner’s iconic Girder and Panel building sets. These classic toys consisted of plastic girders, panels, wheels and other parts that could be slotted together to construct elaborate imaginative structures.

In their heyday, Girder and Panel sets were a hugely popular toy, advertised on TV and allowing kids an engaging, open-ended building experience. But by the mid-80s, the sets were discontinued as video games and Lego emerged as hot new toys.

While Kenner no longer makes them, the creative spirit of Girder and Panel lives on through modern compatible pieces and building sets. In this post, we take a nostalgic look back at the history and legacy of these fondly remembered construction toys. Relive the magic of slots and beams!

Welcome to the Autumn in Garvin – The Oddest Town on Earth?

@christorychannel We took a trip to the charming town of Garvin, Vermont in the fall to see the leaves changing colors and experience their annual Fall Festival! There were parades marching down Main Street for Matt DemonThe highlight was seeing massive pumpkin stuck in a bridge.The fall foliage against the old buildings created such a…

Capturing Fall Foliage by Drone: Tips for Wedding Videographers in New England

@christorychannel Leaves are falling. Drones are flying. #fyp #drone #foiliage ♬ Scene D’Amour – Bernard Herrmann Fall is the most popular seasons for weddings here in Vermont. As a wedding videographer, I’m always looking for creative ways to capture the beautiful colors of the changing leaves in my wedding videos. Using a drone has become…

Hiram Hootshaw put the Fab Back into Fatality

In 1901, Vermont’s most wanted export was not timber or syrup, but a mortuary cosmetologist named Hiram Hootshaw. Though his true name was Samuel Nottingham, an escaped convict who fled to Vermont and assumed a new identity. Nottingham had been convicted as a grave robber, ironically foreshadowing his future talents. Hootshaw had a gift –…

Creating Object Portraits with Midjourney

Object portraits are an artistic genre where portraits are composed of objects rather than literal likenesses. The objects are carefully chosen for their symbolism and connection to the portrait subject. This allows the artist to convey the essence and personality of the subject through meaningful items. It makes sense that AI can do this well. …

Grigori Rasputin’s secret life as a music fanatic. LOL

He was a controversial figure in Czarist Russia, but few know of Grigori Rasputin’s secret life as a music fanatic. Rasputin wasn’t just whispering into the ears of royalty – he was rocking out with the common folk! Recently unearthed photos reveal Rasputin getting down with the crowd at 1950’s Bandstand. Witnesses claim to have…

The Rise and Fall of Atlantic City’s Casinos

I used to work as the Marketing Manager for the Sands Casino in Atlantic City. At the time, Atlantic City was booming,the Las Vegas of the East Coast, with flashy new casinos popping up . The Sands was one of the early big players, attracting huge crowds eager to try their luck at the slot…

Estate Sale Find: Chief of Naval Operations Vintage Photo Album

Years ago, my dad bought a photo album at an estate sale for $45. Little did he know, this unassuming book contained a window into the life and career of Louis E. Denfeld, a major figure in 20th century naval history. (Louis pictured above) Since no one else is really interested in Denfeld I’ll add…