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Stupidest Things Ever Said: Live Television Bloopers

Live Television is fun to watch, especially when there are errors in front of a live studio audience! We all know that Saturday Night Live is at its best when the characters break the fourth wall and giggle along at one another's jokes. Call it schadenfreude or just the joy of seeing that the celebrities on the small screen are just as human as we are, but live television bloopers can get a guffaw out of even the most stoic viewer.  

Today's calendar page from The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said Page-A-Day Calendar is a funny one! A case of mistaken identity made this interview strike out. 

Stupidest Things Ever Said - Ben Walker, Roger Clements

About The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said 2015 Page-A-Day Calendar

"I want to be like Gandhi and Martin Luther King and John Lennon, but I want to stay alive."
—Madonna, on inspiring people

Beloved for over 20 years, The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said delivers a hilarious nugget of jaw-dropping inanity every day. Here are sports stars, entertainers, and politicians both left and right speaking without thinking. Plus odd menu items, funny warning labels, and unpersuasive hotel advertising: 2 NIGHTS FOR THE PRICE OF 3!

2015 Stupidest Things Ever Said

Cats in Midair featured today in 365 Cats Page-A-Day®

Most cat-lovers have been witness to some pretty extraordinary athletic feline feats, such as Claire and Olive who star this weekend in the 365 Cats Page-A-Day® calendar. Claire, here, is clearly a football natural.

If only there was a FIFA (Feline International Football Association) that Claire could join and allow her talents to blossom to their fullest potential! Alas, she is reduced to playing soccer at her home in Washington with a wadded-up ball of paper. Olive over here, a resident of California, is in the midst of quite the athletic jump. Perhaps this aspiring gymnast will make it to the Catlympics with enough practice. 

Beyond these celebri-kittie from the Page-A-Day calendar, most ordinary house cats have exhibited some jumping prowess at one point or another. After all, domestic cats are descended from bigger cats—like tigers and lions. How do you think your average jungle cat captures its prey? It pounces.

We’ve seen our cats attempt gravity-defying leaps from floor to table, hang from curtains by the very power of their claws, climb up and jump down from large trees and vault themselves onto windowsills. Jumping cats don’t always land on four feet, however. For every cat that succeeds in their risky jumping endeavor, another takes a dramatic, epic fall. Sometimes, that fall is rather entertaining to observe, as evidenced in this montage of cats missing their marks.

Perhaps it’s the fact that cats seem to take themselves so seriously. While dogs are known for being goofy with giant grins plastered across their faces, cats have a reputation for being a bit more pensive and stony-faced. That makes their moments of clumsiness all the more amusing.

If you have a feling lord a' leaping, share with us on Facebook or Twitter, or enter your pet into the Page-A-Day® Cat Photo Contest. Or, vote from this week’s cat contestants!

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Don't miss the good, the bad, the precious, the mischievous, and so many more in our Page-A-Day® cat calendars!

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Just Type 2015 Wall Calendar Featured on Fast Company

Just Type Wall Calendar Page A Day CalendarWe're so excited about our Just Type 2015 Wall Calendar being featured in the recent Fast Comapny article, "Design Nerd Alert: Wall Calendar Honors A New Typeface Every Month."

From the article, "If you’re a typography freak, a new wall calendar from Workman Publishing, will indulge your nerdery 365 days a year. The calendar presents a different typeface each month, detailing its history, usage, foundries, and designers. It also diagrams x-height, cap height, glyph width, and other elements no one but typographers care about."

View the slideshow of each month's featured typeface on the Fast Company site.

More about the calendar, from Page-A-Day: Introducing an ingenious calendar that celebrates the power and the artistry of the font. No longer just the domain of printers and graphic designers, a universe of typefaces is now available to anyone with a computer. Fonts are a simple way to express style and personality, and each is a work of art in itself.Just Type indulges enthusiasts with 12 of the most distinctive and historic typefaces. The squares of each oversize grid are printed using variations of the featured font for an energetic and visually striking look. Accompanying text includes a description, characteristics, and fascinating trivia. There’s Matrix, the first font designed on a Mac. The rounded forms of Bauhaus. And the ornate Caslon, known as the script of kings—but also used by the founding fathers for the Declaration of Independencefrom the king. Printed on matte stock, this calendar is an elegant gift.

Join design nerds in this celebration of ultimate typegeekery with Fast Company and Page-A-Day. Revel in the glory of typography at its finest with Just Type!

Disclaimer: Sorry, Comic Sans lovers. The beloved favorite font of 90's websites and passive aggressive parental emails is decidedly not featured in this calendar.

 

Today is Going to Be a Great Day Artist Focus: Ariana Nicolay

Treat Yo Self - Today is Going to Be a Great Day - Ariana Nicolay

In Season Four of the hit sitcom Parks and Recreation, two characters played by Aziz Ansari and Donna Meagle invite a friend who is suffering from a breakup to participate in their “Treat Yo’ Self” tradition: a day of spa treatments and shopping.

Their comical yet oh-so-wise advice gets artistic treatment from designer and illustrator Ariana Nicolay in the Today is Going to Be a Good Day Page-A-Day® calendar.

Ariana Nicolay ArtistOriginally from New England, Ariana began making art at a young age. Now she resides in San Francisco where she runs, reads the New York Times, watches the Red Sox and works in her studio.

When not making art about themes in hilarious TV shows, Ariana stays quite busy with many different lines of work. She’s provided vision to brands like Google, Restoration Hardware and Gap. She also makes the coolest wedding invitations you’ve ever seen. One features a musical record entitled “Squeezebox Love (A Celebration)” by bride/groom “Maria & Franz” against a vivid coral background with the details of the ceremony in faded white.

To sell, products need to pop and Ariana knows exactly how to do that with stylish, striking packaging. Whether it’s for extra virgin olive oil, perfume or a line of soaps and lotions, she makes you have to have the products she encases in her signature style.

One of our favorite pieces by Ariana is a t-shirt for the band The Debutante Hour. She illustrates three paper dolls dressed in single vintage form-fitting undergarments, standing with arms akimbo. To the right of each are paper outfits with the little tabs that you fold over the doll to make the outfit stay. This is the type of design that creates an ultra-memorable image with curious elements that keep your eyes locked and entertained for more than just a fleeting moment. In a world where we’re constantly inundated by marketing messages and images, that’s mighty impressive.

Through and through, Ariana’s work is consistently simple, clean and fun. Whether she’s drawing a narwhal or an onion, her imprint is clear. So per her (and Parks and Recreation’s) wise recommendation, go Treat Yo’ Self to a day at the spa, some shopping, ice cream or some more of Ariana’s work on Twitter or Pinterest.

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Shoes Engagement Calendar Designer Focus: Sophie Gittins

Shoes - Ivanka Ska for House of Ska

Sophie Gittins knew she wanted to be a shoe designer from an early age. She had her first big break when she was selected as a finalist of Fashion Fringe Shoes by a panel of judges that included industry legends like Manolo Blanik, Colin McDowell and Rupert Sanderson. This affirmation inspired her to create her label, Sophie Gittins, in 2009. This week's Shoes Engagement Calendar sheds light on a talented British designer who took the most direct path to launching her career. 

The name Sophie Gittins has become synonymous with “classic yet contemporary feminine” shoes. With inspiration stemming from the artwork of Louise Dahl-Wolfe and F.C.B. Cadell, it’s no surprise that Gittins shoes come in clean, vibrant colors and radiate “timeless luxury.” Case in point, the vibrant stiletto slingbacks appearing in the calendar that somehow manage to evoke the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘80s, while being cutting edge and futuristic in their design.

Sophie Gittins - Shoes Engagement Calendar

A devotee of Italian technique and tradition, Sophie never sacrifices quality, shining a keen eye on the minutest of details. Materials match precision, and her shoes are made with only the finest leathers and silks.

Catherine Nieto, the Fashion Editor of Grazia magazine, has said of Gittins’ shoes: “Under-the-radar Brit shoe designer Sophie Gittins is the go-to for sexy, grown up shoes with a point of difference.”

Gittins also wears the hat of Creative Consultant for design briefs, runway collections and commission-based work. So if you’ve got the cash and want Gittins to help design your dream shoes, you might just be able to make dream reality.

The Sophie Gittins permanent collection is filled with versatile mainstays for every woman’s shoe closet that have been revamped and upgraded with Sophie’s style and impeccable design. Throughout, Gittin’s use of color is judicious and wise. The hues never overwhelm. Pumps that are wardrobe workhouses come in sultry dark shades, plus leopard print. The Doric Wedges hearken to the inspiration for their name: like the classic variation on the column, their appeal lies in pure simplicity.

Our favorite style for a night out dancing or lounging upon a posh rooftop patio is the Orient, which comes in several varieties. A cross between sandal and pump, this shoe’s structure comes from arches arranged around the sole that almost evoke an Art Deco stained glass piece. In gold, pale blue and white, the Orient is pretty much guaranteed to win you over.

Her 2013 Fall-Winter Collection featured slightly edgier design than the permanent line. A heeled black glitter sandal features a soft pink ombre bow over the toe. While lace is usually reserved for pantyhose and lingerie, in the Loren, it’s affixed to the black silk of the shoe.

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Sophie Gittins is one of the few designers that creates shoes with across-the-board appeal. From fulfilling basic shoe needs, to satiating a classy girl’s desire for a new elegant pair to add to her rotation, to dazzling the haute couture hound with modern style, the Sophie Gittins line meets every challenge with finesse.


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Travel Tuesday: Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Grafton, Vermont - Travel Tuesday - 1000 Places to See Before You Die

Thespians and theater enthusiasts have probably already added the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Argentina to the list of places they must visit in their lifetime. This grand Argentinian theater is celebrated the world over and included in the 1000 Places to See Before You Die Page-A-Day® calendar.

While the history of the building dates back to the early 20th century, the birth of the theater as an institution goes all the way back to the year 1857. The former building was located in Plaza de Mayo and served as the Teatro Colón’s home until 1888. Then, a hiatus filled with dramatic turns for the worse ensued for the next two decades! The untimely death of the lead architect. The murder of the new lead architect. Financial troubles. You name the problem, it befell the Teatro Colón.

With a little help from the Argentinean government, the institution prevailed and the saga of its new location finally drew to a close. On May 25, 1908, Aida by Giuseppe Verdi, performed by the Great Italian Lyrical Company, became the first opera to debut upon its stage. Opera greats like Maria Callas, Enrico Caruso and Plácido Domingo have appeared on the stage since.

What does this gorgeous, much awaited building look like, you may be wondering? The stately white structure of many windows shines golden in the streetlights. Inside, you’ll find imported European wood, marble finishes, stained glass, a sweeping chandelier and frescos on the ceilings. (Photo credits above: Allison Meier, left, and Roger Schultz, right.)

The best thing about Teatro Colón’s building, however, is not what you can see, but what you can hear. In the orchestra pit, a resonance chamber and specially designed curves combine with the strategic architectural design of the hall to create extraordinary acoustics regarded internationally as “among the most perfect in the world.”

There are many ways to make the most of your visit to this destination. You can see an opera if you want the most traditional experience, but you can also visit for a ballet or other concert. For those short on time or uninterested in actually seeing a show, the Teatro offers guided tours of the building.

If you do snag tickets and are feeling a bit intimidated by opera because of a convoluted, difficult-to-decipher storyline, familiarize yourself with the plot beforehand so that you understand what’s going on. If the Teatro Colón happens to be showing an opera classic, The Black Dog Opera Library can be your personal guide. For Carmen, La Bohème, La Traviata, and The Marriage of Figaro, the set provides the audio CDs, English translation, history, story synopsis and more so that when the curtain is drawn, you’re able to follow the plot effortlessly. 

Read on for more on 1000 Places to See Before You Die book and calendar line from Workman Publishing and Page-A-Day. 

   

August Giveaway: Back to School with Star Wars™ Workbooks from BrainQuest

Star Wars™ Sweepstakes

The coolest kid in school, you will be! Young Jedi who are looking to harness the power of the Force in the classroom and hone their reading, writing, and math skills will love the new STAR WARS™ Workbooks from the creators of BrainQuest®, America’s #1 educational bestseller. Enter for a chance to win all 12 workbooks in the series—three each for Pre-K through 2nd grade—and make learning an intergalactic adventure!
 
For more of the coolest back to school study fun, browse the entire BrainQuest line, and take a look at Workman Publishing's other Star Wars™ books and products, and view these great how-to videos.

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Spoiler Alert! Solution to August 12 Mind Benders Calendar, Featured in Newsletter

Can you solve this brain buster from our Mind Benders Page-A-Day® Calendar for August 12, 2014? This puzzle is featured in the August edition of our newsletter, along with a Star Wars™ Workbook sweepstakes. See the puzzle and solution below.

This puzzle is featured in the August edition of our newsletter, along with a puzzle lover's bundle giveaway. Enter and win! 

View the solution to the August 12, 2014 Brain Buster below.

August 2014 Brain Buster Puzzle

You can preorder the 2015 Page-A-Day® Mind Benders calendar now!

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Meet Stella: This Week’s Page-A-Day® Cat Photo Contest Winners

Stella - This week's Page-A-Day Cat Photo Contest WinnerStella was adopted from the Humane Society six years ago as a two year old cat. She now has a happy home and loves being the center of attention, in fact she demands it! Her favorite activities include bird watching from the window, going outdoors for a walk on her cat harness, and destroying her tiny catnip-filled mice.

Congratulations, Stella! You're this week's Page-A-Day® Cat Photo Contest winner.

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Meet Boudroux: This Week’s Page-A-Day® Dog Photo Contest Winner

Boudroux, Page-A-Day Dog Contest WinnerBoudroux is almost 10 years old. 2 years ago he tore his ACL,but is still very active after his surgery and rehab. He loves to swim-in his pool or cold lakes. As long as he is able to swim after his tennis ball, he is one very happy boy!

Congratulations to Boudroux, this week's Page-A-Day® Dog Photo Contest Winner! 

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Shoes Gallery Calendar Designer Focus: Ivanka Ska for House of Ska

Shoes - Ivanka Ska for House of Ska

While many fashion houses originate in Milan or Paris, House of Ska, featured in today’s Shoe Gallery Page-A-Day® calendar, holds the distinction of being the first based in St. Petersburg, Florida. Helmed by designer, stylist and producer Ivanka Ska, this house is comprised of the crème de la crème of the industry: some of the best designers, stylists, photographers, models and artists around.

Couture is not the only creative endeavor that Ivanka tends to. She also is the co-founder of St. Pete Art Beat, a grassroots collective of artists aiming to fill the Tampa Bay area with art, music and fashion. Ivanka’s love of art shines through in the company’s perhaps unofficial tagline: “Where Fashion is Art.”

Though the name of the firm obviously stems from Ivanka’s last name, the Bohemian reggae vibe it might conjure up is not entirely off base. Cases in point: free-flowing floral maxi dresses, funky screen-printed t-shirts and an uninhibited use of color.

A glance at Ska’s current shoe offerings will leave no doubt in your mind that her one-of-a-kind pumps are indeed art through and through. For ladies in search of a lift, look no further. All of the shoes in the current line boast a heel height of eight inches, and a platform of four inches. Most come with a strap, and we’ll go ahead and bet that this strap is a welcome safety measure for those less than 100-percent confident at such towering heights.

Ivanka Ska of House of Ska - Shoes Gallery CalendarThe Black Dahlia II, as the name suggests, are pure black, letting the height and memorable shape of the shoes speak for themselves. The graffiti line includes bold black-and-white and color prints—like the orange and pink pumps in the calendar—splashed across the shoe material in what might be best described as urban camo. Stand in these before a brick wall of graffiti, and your feet will be shrouded in invisibility!

The most ornate of these voluptuous pumps are the pair bearing the word “diva” or a single lady’s name in their title. The Virginia, for example, are adorned throughout in a base layer of pearl sequins, etched with meandering lines of gold sequins and bearing amorphous shapes of blue—lakes? flowers?—fashioned from, you guessed it, more sequins. The Stella shoes are rivers of purple. The Red Diva shoes resemble a rich brocaded tapestry flecked with gold circles and heeled in bright red.

If you invest in a pair of Skas, you may want to practice walking about the house first. Then prepare to have your feet ogled and admired. Of course, since the fashion at the House of Ska is one in the same with art, you might also display these gorgeous shoes on a pedestal in your home. We guarantee your friends—shoe lovers and art enthusiasts alike—will be impressed. 

House of Ska is featured in the Page-A-Day® Shoe Gallery Calendar:


Book Lover’s Day is August 9th

Book Lover's DayAs if you needed an excuse. As if you need a reason to sink into your favorite chair and feel the familiar, comfortable weight of your book or ereader. Well,  book lovers, here's the best excuse in the book. It's Book Lover's Day! 

What books do you love? Leave a comment on our Facebook page, or tweet us on Twitter @pageadaycal using the hashtag #bookloversday, or just leave a comment on this blog post.

As for the Page-A-Day® Team, we'll be taking the day off and putting our feet up to read one of these fall titles:

The Art Forger - Book Lover's Day

The Art Forger: On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art today worth over $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history, and Claire Roth, a struggling young artist, is about to discover that there’s more to this crime than meets the eye.

The Explanation for Everything - Book Lover's Day

The Explanation for Everything: As she did in the bestselling novel A Friend of the Family, Lauren Grodstein has written another provocative morality tale, this time dissecting the permeable line between faith and doubt.

The Third Son - Book Lover's Day

The Third SonThe Third Son is a sparkling and moving story about a young boy with his head in the clouds who, against all odds, finds himself on the frontier of America’s space program.

Browse more great novels to read on Book Lover's Day on Workman.com!

World Cat Day on the Page-A-Day® Blog

It's World Cat Day! Wait, what is World Cat Day?

Gawker says it's, "when we celebrate the neurological/emotional deficiencies that have led us to make decades-long commitments to the feeding and care of irrational predatory sociopaths!"

I Can Haz Cheezburger reports, "According to cats, every day should be about celebrating cats..."

Eonline admits, "We're not sure why there is an official World Cat Day because every damn day is a celebration of our feline rulers. The Internet is basically an ode to their existence, which is pretty much the only reason we can tolerate the online world."

And here at Page-A-Day® we are celebrating this adorably cute marketing holiday with Workman's terrific cat books, cat calendars, and this cat video!

All I Need to Know I Learned From My CatBad Cat - World Cat DayCat - World Cat Day

Bad Cat Page-A-Day Calendar

The Underground Railroad Rescued Kitty Network Helps Cats Find Forever Homes

365 Cats and the Underground Railroad Rescued Kitty Network URRKNTina LaBLanc founded the Underground Railroad Rescued Kitty Network (URRKN) in 2011 in order to help cats get from shelters to permanent homes. Tina’s sad impetus for founding the organization was the disregard airlines had shown for her cats when traveling. On one trip, her cat Jack was missing for five days, and luckily was found and survived. On the next doomed airline trip, Jack was permanently lost.

The loss of Jack made Tina realize the importance of starting a transportation service for cats. Thanks to the URRKN, Georgina, the kitty featured in today’s 365 Cats Page-A-Day® calendar, is thrilled to be in a new home in Wisconsin where she can explore the land and climb on the fences.

Operated by a self-described group of “crazy cat people,” this non-profit organization helps transport individual cats from foster homes to forever homes. After a cat is rescued from a shelter, it must first live in a foster home to vet the cat and make sure it is in good enough health to be permanently adopted. That’s where the URRKN comes in. Comprised of numerous volunteers, the URRKN coordinates transportation for the cat from temporary foster care to permanent homes. 

If you want to sign up to become a Conductor for the Underground Railroad Rescued Kitty Network and help transport cats from foster care to permanent homes, all you need is a driver’s license and vehicle insurance. You can download the necessary forms to sign up off their website and fax to 1-855-692-0007 or email to docs@urrkn.com. If you want to help support URRKN’s work, but aren’t able to volunteer as a Conductor, you can make a donation through their website. If you’re adopting a cat from a place afar and need assistance transporting your new pet to your home, URRKN can come to your assistance. On URRKN’s website, you can fill out and submit the necessary forms to request transportation. To check out some of the adorable kitties URRKN has transported, check out their Facebook page, and while you're at it, join the Facebook group! According to founder Tina, this is where all the action happens!

However you and your cat found each other, you can share your kitty's unique look and style by entering him or her into the Page-A-Day® Cat Photo Contest. Or, vote from this week’s cat contestants! Take a look at one of the July winners, Dusty, whose golden eyes and gray fur create quite the memorable look.

Browse all the Page-A-Day® Cat Calendars for some fun feline inspiration!

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Extreme Cakes Feature: Pink Cake Box in Denville, New Jersey

Pink Cake Box, Extreme Cakes, August CalendarA dessert makes every occasion better, but an extreme dessert steals the show. Anne Heap proves that cakes can be transformed into true works of art. Anne is the owner of Pink Cake Box Custom Cakes, based in Denville, New Jersey. Her abstract goldfish tank cake, featured in the 2014 Extreme Cakes Mini Page-A-Day® Calendar, is a prime example of her commitment to wild creativity.

While this calendar is no longer available on our site, you can find it for less than $10 on Amazon... and less than $3 on Barnes & Noble, and Calendars.com. Now that's a sweet deal (get it?) for a fun fall calendar!

As a pastry chef trained by the International Culinary Institute in New York City, Anne definitely has the hard skills to back up her innovative vision. Pink Cake Boxes’ specialty cakes, cupcakes, dessert tables and cookies have been featured on TLC, WeTV, The Martha Stewart Show, the Food Network and more. Her wedding cakes have also gotten attention from bridal media outlets.

If you’re not fortunate enough to live in the New Jersey area, you can still get in on the fun through Pink Cake’s blog. There, you can scroll through the gallery of her many creations for inspiration, and you can also learn a thing or two about cake design to apply in your own kitchen or request from your local custom cake shop. Here are five fantastic ideas we got from Anne’s blog to apply to your own cake pursuits:

Animal Inspired Cakes. There’s nothing like a leopard print cake to celebrate a bachelorette party, or a zebra-striped safari print cake to say happy birthday to a wild animal-loving kid. 

Follow Pink Cake Box's board Monkey Cakes on Pinterest.Follow Pink Cake Box's board Zebra Print Cakes on Pinterest.

Manly man cakes. The man in your life may not be as enthused with cakes as you are, but he will be if the cake is shaped like a football, a golf course or, for the hunters out there, a deer head. Yes, you read that right, a giant edible deer head, antlers and all.

Follow Pink Cake Box's board Groom's Cakes on Pinterest.

Nightmares in cake form. Okay, we know Halloween is a ways away, but we’re already excited to try our hands at this Dia de Los Muertos blood-red and black number adorned with skulls. We may just have to make it for a Zombies-themed party before October arrives! Don’t even get us started on the terrifying monster cake in this blog. 

Follow Pink Cake Box's board Halloween Cakes on Pinterest.

Ombré, ombré. We knew ombré was a thing for hair, but it’s also apparently a thing for cakes. Wedding cakes, to be specific. It may seem like a magical cake design feat to achieve, but it’s actually quite simple to keep darkening your frosting with more food dye for each successive layer. 

Strength in numbers. Why limit yourself to cakes when you can create a spread of themed desserts? A big cake at center. An army of similarly decorated cupcakes framing it. Cookies and candy of the same color theme as accents. More to choose from, more to ogle, more to eat. We approve.

Follow Pink Cake Box's board Cupcakes on Pinterest.

For more cake inspiration, like Pink Cake Box’s Facebook page, and check out their Pinterest board:

Visit Pink Cake Box's profile on Pinterest.

For more calendars inspired by extreme creativity, browse the Page-A-Day® site!

Travel Tuesday: Old England Department Store

Grafton, Vermont - Travel Tuesday - 1000 Places to See Before You Die

What was once a grand place to do your shopping is now a historical site, home to antique musical instruments and a place you must visit at least once in the 1000 Places to See Before You Die Page-A-Day® Calendar

Beside the Place Royale and across from the Magritte Museum, the Old England Department Store stands as a testament to Art Nouveau architecture. Belgian architect Paul Saintenoy built the iconic structure from girded steel and glass. While Art Nouveau serves as the primary stylistic influence, Saintenoy also incorporated elements of 18th century neo-classicism. 

Art Nouveau translates to “new art,” and the movement reigned supreme in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Tributes to the natural environment and curved, flowing lines filled the buildings, artwork and furniture made in this style.

On the outside of the Old England Department Store, the Art Nouveau influence makes its mark in enormous arched windows and curvaceous spires. The building almost has a cathedral-esque quality to it with its grandeur and ample arches. Within, wrought-iron accents, curving lines and stained glass perpetuate the Art Nouveau theme.

However, beholding this majestic structure is only one reason to pay it a visit. Another part of history is captured at this site, with over 8,000 historic instruments displayed at the Musical Instrument Museum inside. The museum, which is visited by more than 125,000 individuals annually, is owned by the country of Belgium and belongs to the Royal Museums of Art and History group.

The collection actually predates the building, with the first hundred instruments furnished by Belgian King Leopold II in 1877. The rest of the collection comes from multiple sources, and the museum also owns a restoration workshop to repair and refurbish the instruments they own and receive. 

A history of Music in Western CivilizationThe instruments capture a history of 18th-19th century Belgium and Europe through music. A self-guided audio tour takes visitors through the mechanical instruments in the basement, the traditional instruments on the ground floor, the modern orchestral instruments on the first floor and keyboard and string instruments on the second floor. 

Be sure to look for the rare and unique instruments, such as a set of huge Chinese stone chimes and the only surviving luthéal, a version of a piano that creates sounds similar to a cimbalon used by composer Maurice Ravel. Before you go, prep with the informative and exciting CD, A History of Music in Western Civilization—you'll impress your fellow travelers with your knowledge of all the instruments you see! 

Read on for more on 1000 Places to See Before You Die book and calendar line from Workman Publishing and Page-A-Day. 

   

5 Month Countdown To Season 5 of Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey's Lady Edith - JewelrySeason 5 of Downton Abbey is only 5 months away, and the anticipation is really building. In a July event to promote the show, Michelle Dockery let slip that someone new, "comes to the house and creates havoc." Bring on the havoc!

(Image on left from DowntonAbbeyOnline.com)

The first season of PBS Masterpiece Theater's Downton Abbey opens in the Edwardian Era, in 1912, a time when fashion was exploding in England and around the world. The Princess of Wales (Mary of Teck, once Dutchess of York, later Queen Mary) was a fashion trendsetter of the time. Her fondness for dramatic diamonds and pearls is reflected in the stunning shimmer and bold, ornate design of pieces from that era. 

As the Downton Abbey epic storyline continues into the late 1910's and early 1920's, jewelry design takes on a distinctly Art Noveau and Art Deco look. You'll see Lady Edith and The Countess of Grantham wearing broaches, earrings, and necklaces with strong lines, symmetrical curves, and floral themes appear through this era as well. Also popular during this era are long draping necklaces, called sautoirs, usually made of pearls and ending with a tassel.   

Here's a lovely informational video on the details of Edwardian jewelry and findings from Antique Jewelry University.

Browse the ShopPBS.org store for stunning Downton Abbey inspired jewelry. What will you wear to tea time?  

  

As always, Page-A-Day® is on trend! We're thrilled to share our 2015 Downton Abbey calendars. Last year, our 2014 edition sold out way before tea-time... so preorder yours today!

Meet Mandy: This Week’s Page-A-Day® Cat Photo Contest Winners

Mandy - This week's Page-A-Day Cat Photo Contest WinnerMandy was a Feral Kitten who became a Sweet Girl. She is hoping for the day when her "grass" will be legal in our state of Pennsylvania. Until then, she enjoys it in the privacy of her own home.

Why do cats eat grass? Find out on Pet MD!

Congratulations, Mandy! You're this week's Page-A-Day® Cat Photo Contest winner.

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Meet Dharma: This Week’s Page-A-Day® Dog Photo Contest Winner

Laney, Page-A-Day Dog Contest WinnerDharma was rescued from a shelter and earned her name from a character that was on a TV show called "Dharma and Greg". As you can see, she is not a blonde - like the character was, but my Dharma had the goofiest ears and tripped over her own feet. Dharma is a favorite at our local ball field.

When I initially started to bring her there, people took one look at her being a "Pit Bull" and walked way around her. Dharma would sit there, wagging her tail and entire body - just waiting for someone to come pet her! Finally, a friend's child came up and started petting her, then another child, and another - all to their parent's fearful apprehension. This continued through baseball season and now if Dharma isn't with me, we have some disappointed children on our hands. She became our baseball team's "mascot", so to speak and was a familiar face to everyone by the end of the season. Dharma can't wait for next baseball season to start!

Congratulations to Dharma, this week's Page-A-Day® Dog Photo Contest Winner! 

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