Wednesday, March 30, 2016
1533 – Henry VIII divorces his 1st wife, Catherine of Aragon, which leads to the creation of the Anglican church, lots of bloody history over the next hundred years, and several good Shakespeare plays.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Monday, March 28, 2016
Sunday, March 27, 2016
Friday, March 25, 2016
1199 – Richard I (Lionheart) is wounded by a crossbow bolt while fighting France which leads to his death on April 6. Richard was kidnapped in Austria on his way back from the Crusades, held in Castle Durnstein, and was exchanged for a “King’s Ransom” raised by his resourceful and intrepid mother, Eleanor of Acquitaine.
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Sunday, January 31, 2016
1606: London, England. The infamous Guy Fawkes is executed for his attempt to blow up parliament and King James I in ‘The Gunpowder Plot.’
Fun fact: The Brit’s mark the anniversary of the Gunpowder plot annually on November 5th with fireworks and bonfires…who say’s you can’t turn an assassination attempt into a party?!
Saturday, January 30, 2016
These aren’t your mamma’s shadow puppets! Unless your mamma is a Javanese puppet master. The incredibly detailed puppets of Wayang Kulit, the ancient Indonesian brand of shadow theater, continue to enchant audiences to this day, bringing to life the magical stories of Hindu-Javanese folklore on a simple backlit cotton screen. Kulit means skin, and refers to the buffalo leather construction of the puppets that are painstakingly chiseled with very fine tools and supported with carefully shaped buffalo horn handles and control rods.
Got a sheet, a bright light and a buffalo? Then, by all means, TRY THIS AT HOME!
-Maybe use construction paper though