March 21, 2014 |
RUSSELL CROWE went to meet the pope, but the pope said "No-ah. " Crowe and the makers of the big-budget film about the animal ark-ivist attended Pope Francis ' general audience yesterday but didn't get what they most wanted: a photo-op. Maybe Crowe will have better luck if he accompanies the Philadelphia delegation later this month. Crowe had lobbied hard for a papal thumbs-up for his film "Noah," and the ensuing publicity a Francis blessing would bring. The film has been banned in much of the Muslim world because of its depiction of the prophet Noah, while U.S. conservatives have complained the film takes liberties with the biblical account of the flood.
February 8, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Maybe it's the snowiest winter in recent memory that did it, or a groundhog seeing its shadow the other day. But within two hours of the opening of the Progressive Atlantic City Boat Show, Steve Bell and his family had signed on the dotted line for a shiny, new, 18-foot, $40,000 Robalo 180. And the Bells had already settled on a name for the vessel they plan to dock in Strathmere this summer: Six Bells, a sort of play on a nautical...
January 30, 2014 |
Like many Americans of my generation, I first met Pete Seeger through his music. I learned "This Old Man" in kindergarten. As a teenager, "If Had a Hammer" played on my transistor radio. And as the Vietnam War and civil-rights movement convulsed the nation, I marched in protest to the verses of "We Shall Overcome" and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" Then I got to know him in a more personal way. On Oct. 15, 1971, I set foot for the first time on Clearwater, the 106-foot traditional wooden sailboat he had helped to conceive and build, and which became a part of his lasting legacy.
January 8, 2014 |
IF THERE WAS something that Tony Woods wasn't into, it probably wasn't worth bothering with. Tony was an exceptional handyman who could fix anything. He did plumbing, electricity, painting, drywall, carpentry, TV, electronics - you name it. Tony was an excellent artist, a painter of landscapes and still lifes treasured by family and friends, and a sculptor working in wood that he wrested from the forests of Fairmount Park. Tony was a writer who published pieces on the Tuskegee Airmen, the Buffalo Soldiers and other subjects in the Philadelphia New Observer.
December 14, 2013 |
On Saturday, enjoy waterside and museum activities at Independence Seaport Museum's annual Seaport Parade of Lights, a holiday lighted boat parade on the Delaware River. Santa will also make a visit. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. in the museum, where guests can enjoy complimentary refreshments while supplies last and carolers will sing. Shane Confectionery will give a demonstration of old-fashioned candy making from 3 to 5 p.m. From 11 to 4, visitors can craft ornaments and gingerbread boats inside Santa's Workshop on the Water.
December 2, 2013 |
I wasn't sure if I was ready for my first kiss, but as the catamaran eased from the dock on Grand Cayman - heading deeper into the translucent, turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea - I felt a growing sense of excitement. The crewmen introduced themselves and ticked off the rules of the vessel. Captain Jack Sparrow wasn't among them, but there were other characters. "If you fall overboard, yell out your first and last name," said one. "Say it loudly and clearly, so we can cross you off the passenger list before we motor off!"
October 17, 2013 |
It's hard to imagine being farther off the grid than the weathered yachtsman played by Robert Redford in the majestic, melancholy All Is Lost . There he is, solo on a 39-foot sailboat in the middle of the Indian Ocean, taking on water after a freak accident: During the night, while he slept, his boat struck a drifting shipping container, and a corner of the giant corrugated metal box pierced its hull. Redford's nameless mariner wakes up to find the contents of his galley bobbing like rubber duckies in a bath.
September 17, 2013 |
CHERRY HILL Nineteen thousand feet above sea level was far from the wet and wind where John MacCausland likes to play. But the champion sailboat racer from Cherry Hill had always wanted to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, just as he had set his sights for decades on another goal: the world championship in the Star class of sailboats. He had won 19 East Coast championships and six North American championships since he began racing Stars as a teenager. He even crewed on the America's Cup winner, Stars and Stripes, in 1987.
July 21, 2013
Ride accident injures seven SANDUSKY, Ohio - A boat on a thrill ride at an amusement park accidentally rolled backward down a hill and flipped over in water when the ride malfunctioned Friday, injuring all seven people on it. Operators stopped the Shoot the Rapids ride after the accident, which occurred on the ride's first hill, the Cedar Point amusement park said. Park police officers, medical technicians, ride operators, and park visitors helped the passengers off the boat. Cedar Point officials wouldn't say how the boat landed after rolling downhill.
July 1, 2013 |
HE HAD A WAY of touching everyone around him. With his smile, with his quick wit and snappy remarks. With his candor and spontaneity. Paul Pratt had a way of impacting lives. It's why those who knew him, rowed with him, saw him every day, find it hard to fathom that he's gone. Two summers ago, Pratt once accidentally severed two fingers and part of another on his left hand. The Episcopal Academy junior was never supposed to row again. He did, not only making the Churchmen team, but making it onto their top boat.