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National Historic Site The Hall of Fame of Great Americans, Vegan Risotto and 5 Historic Facts About Dubrovnik, Croatia
Can hardly believe it's Friday! These weeks are just flying by!
We had quite a bit of rain yesterday and then lo and behold, today is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!! Sunny and crisp. Lovin' it!!
Moving right along, I've got a great deal for you today!
First of all, let's start with our regular Friday features...
In ThisIsTheBronx.com today, my article is featured about the delightful visit I enjoyed last week to Bronx Community College for their Diversity in Public Art event where I enjoyed a most informative tour of The Hall of Fame of Great Americans.
I have been wanting to visit for many months now, and I couldn't have picked a better day to be on this lovely campus and see this century old New York Landmark, which is also on the National Register of Historical Sites.
Bronx Community College Diversity in Public Art Event Featuring The Hall of Fame for Great Americans
Last weekend, Bronx Community College held their Diversity in Public Art event which celebrated artistic contributions made by and reflecting a multitude of cultural backgrounds, and above all to honor the historic first Hall of Fame in the United States.
Opened to the public, this event began on September 21st and will run through October 25th displaying a mix of exhibitions that include paintings, sculptures, films, digital art and various mixed media, with the focal point being to reexamine the Hall of Fame and focus on the importance of cultural diversity in public monuments.
Kicking off the commencement last Saturday in the Gould Memorial Library were some opening remarks by Luis Montenegro, BCC Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. A musical performance followed by the Hondurian Bodoma Garifuna Culture band to get the “party” started featuring inspiring rhythmic drum compositions and harmonized singing, which included colorfully dressed traditional dancers performing in time with the music.
Film screenings, poetry readings and performances filled the day culminating with an award ceremony and closing remarks.
For many in attendance, (and I count myself among this group) the tour of the Hall of Fame of Great Americans was the prominent highlight of the day. Considering the fact that the weather could not have been more cooperative and one of the most beautiful Fall days ever, our group tour was conducted by the esteemed Bronx Historian, Lloyd Ultan.
Both a Bronx native and a graduate of Hunter College and Columbia University respectively, Mr. Ultan has been the borough’s historian since 1996, having an illustrious career as a professor of history at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies and a member of the adjunct faculty at Lehman College. Needless to say, the tour was very illuminating!
Sharing both historical facts and pertinent pop culture information about the Hall of Fame itself and the individuals honored, Mr. Ultan’s charm and knowledge were matched only by his ability to sprinkle humor throughout the tour, making it captivating and entertaining.
The outdoor sculpture gallery that comprises The Hall of Fame for Great Americans is of course located on the grounds of Bronx Community College, but what many may not realize is that it is the first ever such hall of fame in the country.
read full article...
Vegan Recipe of the Week
Have I ever told you guys how much I love risotto? Well, I do and so does my Gianna. Of course, if you know anything about Risotto, you know that it has lots of butter and parmesan cheese, which is not by any means, vegan.
So, I took a recipe this week and after omitting and adding a few of my own ingredients, I have to say, it was mighty Dee-Lish!!!
I've included my modifications below so that you can make it any way that your dietary preferences allow!
Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto
NOW - for the special tidbit for the day...
6 Historic Facts About Dubrovnik, Croatia
Tanya is now in traveling in the city of Dubrovnik and we decided to bring you a bit of insight and information about this popular tourist destinations in southern Croatia.
Long gone are the horrific shelling that occurred in the early 1990's and Dubrovnik has recovered from the war damage it suffered with visitors having returned to this serene locality.
Located in the Mediterranean Sea, this ancient city has a mystique that is inviting and captivating.
1. World Heritage Site
The city of Dubrovnik joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites in 1979.
2. Maritime History
Like other cities in Croatia that are located along the Adriatic coast, Dubrovnik became a prosperous city, notable for its wealth based on the maritime trade, particularly in the 15th and 16th centuries.
3. Dubrovnik OR Ragusa
The city has carried both of these names throughout the centuries. Originally the capital of the maritime Republic of Ragusa, the area is recorded to have carried this name in various forms since at least the 10th century and it would remain the official name of the Republic of Ragusa until 1808, Dubrovnik, first recorded in the late 12th century, was in widespread use by the late 16th or early 17th century.
Additionally, Dubrovnik is believed to have come from Celtic origin (based on the word dubron meaning water) whereas Ragusa is believed to have been derived from Greek.
4. Yugoslavia to Independence in 20th Century
With the fall of Austria–Hungary in 1918, Dubrovnik was incorporated into the new Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, which would later become the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. Dubrovnik became one of the 33 oblasts of the Kingdom.
In 1929 Yugoslavia was then divided among 9 Banovina, and Dubrovnik became part of the Zeta Banovina.
Finally, In 1939 Dubrovnik became part of the newly created Banovina of Croatia until Croatia fought for its independence in 1991.
5. Signs of War Damage
Dubrovnik was heavily bombed during the Croatian War of Independence from 1991 to 1995. Almost all of the damage has been repaired; however, if you look closely around the old town, mortar damage in the cobblestone streets and bullet marks in the stone houses are visible.
6. Important City Festivals & Celebrations
There are several festivals throughout the year celebrated in Dubronik, so plan our trip accordingly to enjoy these cultural events!
Well, that's all folks. Tanya will be filling in my Scoop with some photos of Dubrovnik!!