[gdlr_dropcap type=”circle” color=”#ffffff” background=”#cd853f”]M[/gdlr_dropcap]ay Day is a public holiday usually celebrated on May 1st.
It is an ancient festival of Spring and a current traditional spring holiday in many cultures. Dances, singing, and cake are usually part of the festivities. May baskets are made. These are small baskets usually filled with flowers or treats and left at someone’s doorstep. The giver rings the bell and runs away.
Sherwood Forest Friends originally planned a field trip to the North Carolina Arboretum to celebrate this spring, with cake , but in light of coronavirus precautions, we will celebrate May Day 2020 virtually!
The Arboretum was established as an affiliate of the University of North Carolina System by the State General Assembly in 1986, nearly a century after Frederick law Olmsted, the Father of American Landscape Architecture, first envisioned a research arboretum as part of his legacy and plan for George Vanderbilt at Biltmore Estate.
Join us for a trip to the Arboretum!
Start with the Arboretum web page called Our Gardens, Your Home and then the page, What’s Beautiful Today where you will find the Virtual Garden Tours for the current week with a link there to the YouTube playlist for previous week’s tours. These tours are posted on the Arboretum’s Facebook page as well for folks who use Facebook. Our Blog, Sprout, is another place for informative text and videos that the group could access virtually.
After your virtual visit to the Arboretum, here is a list of other museums, zoos, aquariums and theme parks you can visit. Advantages of visiting these places virtually: no lines, no fees, no travel, no concession fees, and you will NEVER see Disneyland or Legoland this empty any other way!
- The Louvre:You don’t have to book a ticket to Paris to check out some of the famous pieces in the world’s largest art museum. The Louvre has free online tours of three famous exhibits, including Egyptian Antiquities.
- Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum:The works of Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian, Jeff Koons, and Franz Marc are just some of the 625 artists whose work are a part of the Guggenheim’s Collection Online.
- Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History:Move at your own pace through the 360-degree room-by-room tour of every exhibit in the museum.
- Van Gogh Museum:You can get up close and personal with the impressionist painter’s most famous work thanks to Google Arts & Culture.
- Getty Museum:Los Angeles’s premiere gallery has two virtual tours, including “Eat, Drink, and Be Merry,” which is a closer look at food in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
- The Vatican Museum:The Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, and Raphael’s Room, are just some of the sites you can see on the Vatican’s virtual tour.
- Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum: Madrid’s must-see art museum has the works of some of the continent’s most celebrated artists like Rembrandt and Dali available online.
- Georgia O’Keeffe Museum: Six virtual exhibitsare available online from this museum named for the “Mother of American modernism.”
- National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City:Dive into the pre-Hispanic history of Mexico with 23 exhibit rooms full of Mayan artifacts.
- British Museum, London:The Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies are just a couple of things that you’re able to see on a virtual tour of the museum.
- NASA: Both Virginia’s Langley Research Centerand Ohio’s Glenn Research Center offer online tours for free. Also, you can try some “augmented reality experiences” via The Space Center Houston’s app.
- National Women’s History Museum: Have a late International Women’s Day celebration with online exhibitsand oral histories from the Virginia museum.
- Metropolitan Museum of Art:Though the Met Gala was cancelled this year, you can still have a peak at the The Costume Institute Conversation Lab, which is one of the institution’s 26 online exhibits.
- High Museum of Art, Atlanta: This museum’s popular online exhibits include “Civil Rights Photography” — photos that capture moments of social protest like the Freedom Rides and Rosa Park’s arrest.
- Detroit Institute of Arts: Mexican art icon Frida Kahlo is the focal point of two of the four available online exhibits.
- Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam:The Golden Age of Dutch art is highlighted in this museum which includes the work of Vermeer and Rembrandt.
- National Museum of the United States Air Force:You can’t take a ride in Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidential airplane, but you can check it out, in addition to other military weapons and aircraft, online in the Air Force’s official museum.
- MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art):New York’s extensive collection is available for view online.
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: The 16 virtual exhibitsinclude a special section on 21st Century Designer Fashion.
Zoos and Aquariums
- The Cincinnati Zoo: Check in around 3 p.m., because that’s the time the Zoo holds a daily Home Safari on its Facebook Live Feed.
- Atlanta Zoo: The Georgia zoo keeps a “Panda Cam” livestream on its website.
- Georgia Aquarium: Sea-dwellers like African penguins and Beluga Whales are the stars of this aquarium’s live cam.
- Houston Zoo:There are plenty of different animals you can check in on with this zoo’s live cam, but we highly recommend watching the playful elephants.
- The Shedd Aquarium: This Chicago aquarium shares some pretty adorable behind-the-scenes footage of their residents on Facebook.
- San Diego Zoo:With what may be the most live cam options, this zoo lets you switch between koalas, polar bears, and tigers in one sitting.
- Monterey Bay Aquarium:It can be Shark Week every week thanks to live online footage of Monterey Bay’s Habitat exhibit.
- National Aquarium:Walk through tropical waters to the icy tundra in this floor-by-floor tour of the famous, Baltimore-based aquarium.
- Walt Disney World: Set aside some time, because there’s plenty to see here. Virtual toursyou can take include Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Epcot, just to name a few. There are also unofficial YouTube videos that feel just like you’re on famous rides like the Frozen Ever After ride, It’s a Small World, Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!, and Pirates of the Caribbean.
- LEGOLAND Florida Resort: The Great Lego Race and Miniland USA are just two of the attractions you can check out in a virtual tour of the park.
- SeaWorld Orlando: The virtual tourof Seaworld includes a tour of Discovery Cove and the option to”ride” the steel roller coaster Mako.
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