The water is indigo, then turquoise in the light of the rising sun. Behind, an emerald spit of land reaches for the sky, a green oasis,Directory ofchina glass mosaic Tile Manufacturers, punctuated by a few villas with roofs made of orange, fish-scale-like tiles.
my balcony at the Gran Bahia Principe Resort on Cayo Levantado, a tiny
island in the lee of the Samana Peninsula in the Dominican Republic’s
northeast corner, I watch a fishing boat floating lazily in the
A Dominicano, in his brightly-painted wooden boat, is fishing for the catch-of-the-day.
we embark on the water two hours later, our goal is neither snapper,
nor grouper, but a two-hundred-plus-square-kilometre nature preserve.
Los Haitises is a UNESCO-designated biosphere.
Our vessel, a
sleek 28-ft. Scarab speedboat. A pair of 200-hp black Mercury outboar
engines hangs off the stern. The motors roar, the boat smashes through
the waves washing the Bahia de Samana. The shores ahead are devoid of
human life. The water belongs to us.
In Januray, the bay will be crowded with tour boats whale-watching. But not today.
a two-hour crossing, we approach the first of the Los Haitises islands
and our skipper throttles back. The boat drifts lazily.
Haitises boasts some of the Caribbean’s most significant stands of
mangrove and rainforest, seven hundred different plant species, an equal
number of bird and animal species, and a collection of tall limestone
islands that float above the water as though they are castles.
We glide into the shadow of a massive limestone cave, carved by wind and waves.
board, two women have been showing off their Larimar and amber jewelry.
I’ve been discussing the relative merits of Presidente beer and Brugal
Rum with a Vancouverite named Frank. The boat clears a headland and the
Islands grow up almost straight out of the
water. A surreal caravan of great camel humps of land plods toward the
eastern horizon. They are clad in vegetation in many shades of green;
liana vines hang down and sway in the wind from heights of 200 ft. The
vegetation is so thick on shore, you feel like you’re in the middle of
Directly overhead nest a flock of frigate birds,
throats red as Mcintosh apples. Off our beam, a hundred pelicans float
on the water.
Our skipper guides the boat into a green tunnel, a
mangrove swamp where the branches meet overhead, where the arching
roots and glittering water make you feel as though you are entering the
nave of a great cathedral. And we haven’t even seen the caves yet.
head back to open water, turn toward unbroken forest fronted by a
rickety dock, the lime-painted park office and a wooden boardwalk
leading into the first cave.
Inside it is suddenly, wonderfully cool.
scan the ceiling with my flashlight. A bat twitches and squeaks in
complaint. A section of limestone roof has caved in ahead. Sun streams
like a waterfall onto the cave floor, spotlighting stalagmites in the
shape of sculptures in an art gallery. Dripping water sounds.
one wall, we see our first cave painting: red and black, reminiscent of
a kindergarten art project, but for the fact it’s graced this chamber
since before Columbus got here. More than a thousand pictographs and
more than two hundred petroglyphs have been located in the immediate
area. Some seem downright innocent, some more ominous.
Brujo,” the sorcerer, is evocative of black nights when evil spirits
roamed this dense jungle landscape. My imagination, coupled with my
claustrophobia, overtakes me. I exit the caves at a quick-march and
await my comrades on the dock.
Later, we make way on the boat
for open waters. Winds blow at twenty knots. Waves roll and roil,
flecked by white foam.A specialized manufacturer and supplier of dry cabinet, One of our party huddles in the stern,Our technology gives rtls
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Our skipper grins maniacally, showing off a gleaming gold tooth. He jams
the throttle forward.
The boat smashes the waves. My drink, a
sweating Presidente, spills all over me. The boat’s bow rises up
impossibly, crashes onto the flat behind an oncoming wave with a
In the course of this tooth-rattling
passage, Los Haitises grows smaller off our stern while Samana looms
dead ahead,We mainly supply professional craftspeople with crys talbeads wholesale shamballa Bracele , and the beach of Cayo Levantado sun-bathes off our port bow.
A room with a view awaits me there with a hot tub next to a seaside infinity pool.
playground called Samana lingers out there. It is less than a hundred
kilometres from Punta Cana’s beaches as the frigate bird flies, but it
is a thousand kilometres away in mood and atmosphere.
excited. They’re proud — as proud as Mennonite farmers can be,” Alderfer
said, alluding to the Mennonite cultural and religious tradition of
humility, rather than pride.
Drawings show the layout of the
barns from the past — designed for a variety of animals on the bottom
floor and grain storage on the upper floor. The grains were put there to
be kept dry, Alderfer said. Threshing also took place on the upper
floor, leading to that level being called the threshing floor, a term
still used by some older people who grew up on farms, he said.
video, “As the Land, So the People,” a part of the museum’s permanent
exhibit, fits in well with the new exhibit, he said. Vintage pieces of
small farm equipment are also included in the exhibit.
Pennsylvania German Folk Art Sale and “Painting the Barn: Landscape Art
Exhibit & Sale” also begin this weekend at the Mennonite Heritage
“Painting the Barn” features paintings done by Perkiomen
Valley Art Center and Mennonite Historians of Eastern Pennsylvania
members or participants in this year’s traditional oil painting
workshops at the Mennonite Heritage Center, Sarah Heffner, MHC and MHEP
“Barns are, I think, a beloved part of our local
landscape, and, as you can see, our artists have certainly picked up on
the theme,” Heffner said.
A portion of the proceeds from the
sale of artwork in “Painting the Barn” will go to the Nyce Barn Project,
in which a barn built around 1850 and now owned by Franconia Township
will be moved to the Mennonite Heritage Center next year and
reconstructed, she said.
The total costs of the work are not to
exceed $165,000, of which the Mennonite Heritage Center still has to
raise $105,000, according to a pamphlet about the project.
barns depicted in “Painting the Barn” don’t necessarily have to be ones
from the local area, but many have names identifying the setting with a
family or location, Heffner said.
“Remembering the Farm” will
continue to be on exhibit until next summer or fall, but some of the
photos in it will change, Alderfer said. Photos of barns received with
contributions of $250 or more to the Nyce Barn Project are planned to be
added to the display.
“Christmas Market: Treasures & Traditions Through Time” runs 9:30 a.m.The term 'hands free access
control' means the token that identifies a user is read from within a
pocket or handbag. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and noon to 4 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Mennonite Heritage Center, Goschenhoppen
Historians museum on Route 29 in Green Lane and the Schwenkfelder
Library and Heritage Center on Seminary Street in Pennsburg. Admission
is free at each of the three sites.
“We all plan our own
exhibits and displays, but we coordinate to create a really nice
Christmas tour,” Heffner said. “We encourage our visitors to go to all
three sites. It just makes a wonderful display.”
Along with the
“Over the River & Through the Woods” photo opportunity featuring the
sleigh and Currier & Ives, which will be available throughout the
weekend, the Mennonite Heritage Center will have scherenschnitte
demonstrations by folk artist Pam Rankin Hults Saturday, Dec. 1.
Goschenhoppen Historians display will include a themed Christmas tree
exhibit, “Christmas Garden,” with standard gauge trains, vintage
Christmas collectibles and a bake sale.
Library and Heritage Center displays include the “2012 Christmas Putz,”
“Evelyn Schule Paintings,” “Dutch Deco: Pennsylvania German Design in
the 20th Century” and “Miniature Millinery from the collection of Joan