WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — A new American folk art exhibition at Colonial Williamsburg highlights the historic area’s newly acquired paintings and some old favorites.
The “American Folk Portraits” exhibit at the Folk Art Museum includes 45 portraits and one sculpture. Five of the oil portraits are being exhibited by Colonial Williamsburg for the first time. Curator Barbara Luck says that without folk painters, many aspects middle and lower class lives wouldn’t have been recorded.
NEW YORK — It’s been nearly 40 years since New York City started planning a memorial to President Franklin Roosevelt on an island in the East River. Welfare Island was renamed Roosevelt Island and a park was commissioned to honor the 32nd president.
The FDR Four Freedoms Park, on the southern tip of 2-mile-long Roosevelt Island between Manhattan and Queens, was dedicated Wednesday in a ceremony attended by former President Bill Clinton and Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The park is named after Roosevelt’s 1941 State of the Union address, known as the Four Freedoms Speech. Roosevelt said the way to justify the sacrifice of war was to create a world centered on four freedoms: speech and expression; worship; freedom from want; and from fear. The words were incorporated into the charter of the U.N.
About 15,000 people live on the island, which is reachable by tram or subway.
NEW YORK — Social media will be a big component of a new program announced by Disney in which its parks in California and Florida will feature weekly surprise themes and events in 2013.
The “Limited Time Magic” program will include concerts, dance parties, lighting, character meet-and-greets, new merchandise and other events at parks in Anaheim, Calif., and near Orlando.
Disney will use Twitter, blogs and other online activity to let visitors know what’s happening. Guests might be asked to vote on which characters they’d like to see or be sent on scavenger hunts. Each “Limited Time Magic” theme will last a week.