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The Egg Lady of Egg Harbor, Wisconsin

April 5, 2012 by · Comments Off on The Egg Lady of Egg Harbor, Wisconsin 

The Egg Lady

Egg Harbor, a small town in scenic Door County, Wisconsin, is home to a local celebrity known as the Egg Lady. As you might expect, the Egg Lady or Kathleen Mand Beck looks forward to Easter with great egg-citment.  Actually, she becomes enthusiastic about anything involving eggs.

Kathy established an Egg Museum, located within the Dovetail Gallery, her shop, to share her love and knowledge of eggs with others.  Why, in little Egg Harbor, Wisconsin you can view a 70 million year old Hypselosaurus dinosaur egg formerly owned by Steven Spielberg.

Turn the corner and find glass cabinets containing a rare collection of over 70 species of wild bird eggs.  This egg-stra special display arrived in 2007 from a family from Appleton, Wisconsin. Seems youngsters collected these eggs decades ago and the specimens were hidden in an attic. A special mandatory permit had to be acquired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, to grant the public showing.

Kathy felt her museum was not complete until it included a Faberge egg and indeed she has one with cloisonné enameling, a trademark of Peter Carl Fabergé. He was a famous goldsmith and jeweler to the Russian Czars and European aristocracy in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

In addition, Dovetail’s Egg Museum also exhibits nearly 500 decorated eggs from around the world, including many crafted by Kathy herself. I was enchanted with an egg radio from Prague, a German zippered egg, a globe from New York and a Texas rhea egg purse.  Ethnic, antique, contemporary, and whimsical… all varieties of decorated egg styles are on display and for purchase in the gallery.

Kathy’s next big dream is to showcase an eagle egg. The only people allowed to keep an egg or feather from this awesome, symbolic bird are Native American Indians, but one could be displayed on loan in the gallery.

Should you be hopping around for an Easter present or unusual gift any time of the year, call upon the Egg Lady.  I’m sure you will discover Door County makes a delightful getaway for a multitude of seasonal recreation options and local farm fresh food.

 

If you go:

DOOR COUNTY

The northeastern Wisconsin location sits on a 70-mile long sliver of land that juts out into Lake Michigan and includes five state parks, eleven lighthouses and 300 miles of shoreline. Additional information on Egg Harbor and Door County at: www.doorcounty.com

 

DOVETAIL STUDIO & GALLERY

7901 State Hwy 42 • Egg Harbor, Wisconsin,

Door County Peninsula

920.868.3987

www.dovetailgallery.com/

 


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Gift Ideas for Travelers in 2010

December 14, 2009 by · Comments Off on Gift Ideas for Travelers in 2010 

Here is a list of gift items for travelers that I have personally used or can honestly recommend. Remember, it’s not too late to do some last minute Internet shopping.

Heys 4-Wheeled Spinner

Heys 4-Wheeled Spinner

Heys Spinner Luggage–World’s lightest 4-wheeled spinner luggage made from a Polycarbonate composite, the same material used in the making of bullet-proof glass, both durable and flexible. When under stress, it flexes to absorb the impact and then afterwards flexes back to its original shape. Another great feature, is its expandability, one of the few hard-sided bags that can expand for up to 25% more space.” Target, Costco, JC Penny, E-bags and many other online stores carry the Heys line. I found mine in TJ Maxx. Love it, love it!!

Blue Trunki luggage for toddlers

Microfiber Travel Robe– Unisex robes from size XS-XXL tuck into a 7″ x 7″ pocket for easy packing. Feather-light polyester feels like silk. $59.50 at www.magellans.com

Trunki Ride-On Luggage for Little People- Trunki is the perfect size for children aged 3-6; fits within what most airlines call carry-on size. The case is very light-weight at only 3.8 pounds, making it easy to carry and store in overhead luggage compartments. Trunki is made out of the same plastic that adult suitcases are made with, so it is very durable. Parents–don’t check this bag in, rather let toddlers ride on it, keeping them amused during delays at the airport. The luggage is designed with stabilizers to prevent children from falling off. Trunki is a great way to carry your child’s toys, games and spare clothes. $50, www.trunki.net/

Olympus 8000 Underwater Camera

Olympus 8000 Underwater Camera

TripIt Pro– The TripIt Pro app for computers and smart phones brings organization to all of your travel plans, making it a must for frequent business travelers. Simply forward your confirmations from airlines, rental car companies and hotels, and TripIt organizes each trip, adds the items to your calendar, provides you with timely reminders (like gate changes) and keeps track of mileage rewards. $49/year; www.Tripit.com

OLYMPUS Stylus Tough 8000 Camera — a wide angle point and shoot digital camera that works underwater (up to 30′), in the snow and is shockproof. The 12 mega-pixel baby with LCD screen also takes video. Great for outdoor active adventurers. I own the earlier version of this camera and always carry it in my purse. www.olympusamerica.com Highly recommended

Kensington Portable Power Adapter –is a portable outlet for charging multiple devices all at once. The slim device plugs into a single outlet and connects five devices at once with its three AC and two USB sockets. Its grounded cord wraps into a thin, lightweight package that’s easy to take everywhere. $25, www.Kensington.com

Flip Video Mino– a pocket-sized camcorder that records 120 minutes of video. You can attach this to a bike, a helmet, where ever– just think of the fun. Billed as “the world’s simplest video camera.” Uploads easily to the computer for sharing or connect and watch on TV. Weighs only 6.4 ounces. Very cool. High-definition model also available. www.flipvideo.com

Globe ornaments

Globe ornaments

Worldly Globe Ornaments – These handmade ornaments feature the intricately rendered sixteenth century maps of Gerardus Mercator–the first person to convert two dimensional maps to three-dimensional globes. Heirloom quality with brass finials and rings. They hang from satin ribbons and come ready to give in a beautiful gift box with historical information on the maps and Mercator enclosed. Set of Two Globe Ornaments 3 1/2″ diameter, $24. www.travelsmith.com

Kindle or Sony Reader– wireless reading devices. Instead of lugging heavy books on your trips, you simply download them onto your electronic reader. The process is quick and the screen is very readable. You’ll never run out of material and don’t have to lug around heavy books.

Retriever Luggage Tags–When (sadly, not if) your bags get lost, these bright yellow or green luggage tags invite agents (in eight languages) to remove the itinerary you’ve placed inside, and forward your bag to you while you’re still en route- instead of sending it to your home address. www.magellans.com Extremely useful on international flights.

Retriever Luggage Tags

Retriever Luggage Tags

World Monuments Fund — Help keep watch over the World’s endangered places, including some in the US. This advocacy group brings to light the risks of threatened cultural heritage sites and works to help conserve and protect them. Donations at www.wmf.org

Around the World by Private Jet–the ultimate 22-day journey to explore the most treasured and legendary places on earth given by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Only $59,950 per person. I want this one!

A private Jet

A private Jet

Travel Wise Gift Guide

December 2, 2008 by · Comments Off on Travel Wise Gift Guide 

I find gift guides very helpful, so here are my own suggestions for travelers and those interested in sustaining our world. All are available on the Internet, so you save time and gasoline.

1.Olympus Stylus 1030 SW– This compact point and shoot camera works underwater (up to 30′), in the snow and is shockproof. The 10 mega-pixel baby also takes video. Great for outdoor active adventurers. Everyone who sees mine wants one; I ought to be getting a commission from Olympus! I guarantee this gift will please travelers. I love this camera. http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/cpg_digital.asp

2. Kiva – Give to others through www.kiva.org. You choose an entrepreneur, loan money in $25 increments and then get repaid. Money can then be re-loaned to someone else. These micro-loans change lives. A very well run and reputable organization.

3. Flip Video Mino– a pocket-sized camcorder that records 60 minutes of video. You can attach this to a bike, a helmet, where ever– just think of the fun. Uploads easily to the computer for sharing or connect and watch on TV. Weighs only 6.4 ounces. Very cool. High-definition model also available. www.flipvideo.com

4. World Wildlife Federation gifts- adopt an endangered species or buy a child an unusual stuffed animal (a snow leopard or blue-footed booby) and help save the animals on our planet. www.worldwildlife.org.

5. The Nature Conservancy — plant a tree, rescue a reef, or adapt an acre of forest in the US. To see all the green gift options go to: http://support.nature.org/site/PageServer?pagename=holidaygiving_xx_hgg&autologin=true

6. Global Lost & Found — an E-tracker ID with lifetime registration to stick on your phone, laptop computer or MP3 player. If you lose the item, the person finding it can call a toll-free number and enter the code. A box is shipped to the finder and he/she returns it directly, to GLF for privacy protection. The neat part is the finder receives a cash value gift card and is entered in a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree. http://www.glfound.com/

7. Compact convertible backpack — Unfold the contents of 10″x 6″x1″ pouch and you’ve got a waterproof backpack. Makes a great day bag or fill with extras you bought along the way. www.travelsmith.com

8. Kindle- Amazon.com’s wireless reading device. Instead of lugging heavy books on your trips, you simply download them onto your 10.3 ounce Kindle. The process is quick and the screen is very readable. The device can hold up to 200 books. Really terrific, I bought one of these for Jay last year.

9. Retriever Luggage Tags — When (sadly, not if) your bags get lost, these bright yellow or green luggage tags invite agents (in eight languages) to remove the itinerary you’ve placed inside, and forward your bag to you while you’re still en route- instead of sending it to your home address. www.magellans.com Very useful on international flights.

10. Travel Magazine subscription — I could suggest many (National Geographic Traveler, Travel & Leisure, Islands and Travelgirl to name a few.) Just pick one and help keep the writers, editors and publishers in business!

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