July 17, 2012 |
PRINCETON — The audience arrived Sunday at the McCarter Theatre Center for H.M.S. Pinafore primed for immediate enjoyment, ready to giggle at the sprightly tunes, ahhh at the pretty scenery — and with every reason to do so. Opera New Jersey's second production of its summer season is an artistic success on every front, a hit that happily has four more performances spread among Princeton, Morristown and Asbury Park. The Tim Saternow-designed production, seen at the Santa Fe Opera and the Berkshire Theater Festival, is set on a handsome, reasonably realistic ship's deck, with an abundance of doors allowing numerous surprise entrances and symmetrical choreography by Jennifer Paulson Lee. The anatomy of this triumph, however, begins with director Michael Unger's keen strategic awareness of what this operetta is and isn't.
July 13, 2012 |
Sailing on the Cooper River sure is different from driving around it. And pushing a tiller is nothing like turning a wheel. This I discover thanks to the patient young instructors at the Cooper River Yacht Club in Collingswood, where 20 other landlubbers and I recently survived our maiden voyages. "There are no brakes," Aaron Sirken, 17, tells me, referring to the two-person Precision-15 sailboats used for introductory sailing classes. Sirken, of Cherry Hill, is right.
July 4, 2012 |
HONOLULU - A $2.2 million expedition is hoping to solve one of America's most enduring mysteries: What exactly happened to famed aviator Amelia Earhart when she went missing over the South Pacific 75 years ago? A group of scientists, historians, and salvagers think they have a good idea. They left Honolulu on Tuesday for a remote island in the Pacific nation of Kiribati in hopes of finding wreckage of Earhart's Lockheed Electra plane. Their working theory is that Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, landed on a reef near the Kiribati atoll of Nikumaroro, then survived a short time.
June 28, 2012 |
These days, Jonathan Wright is far removed from the coast of Australia, where he once spent hours, if not entire days, on the water as part of the most renowned American sailing team in history. Today, his work is no less time-consuming and arguably equally instrumental. The 66-year-old serves as the Vanderstar Chair at the United States Naval Academy, overseeing the quality and safety of all sailing vessels. Wright, who grew up in Chestnut Hill, supervises trips in which 80 midshipmen squeeze onto a 45-foot vessel, in part to complete the academy's requirement that all graduates know how to sail.
June 17, 2012 |
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — With a new America's Cup event and a gathering of tall ships headed to Newport this summer, Rhode Island's 2012 tourist season aims to attract visitors with a celebration of its nautical heritage. This month's America's Cup World Series regatta at Fort Adams State Park is expected to feature top international sailors competing in catamarans built for speed and agility. The event is scheduled for June 23 to July 1 and will include four days of racing. The World Series races are being held in locations around the globe; Newport's race will be the final stop before next year's America's Cup in San Francisco.
April 9, 2012 |
LONDON - A cruise carrying relatives of some of the more than 1,500 people who died aboard the Titanic nearly 100 years ago set sail from England on Sunday to retrace the ship's voyage, including a visit to the location where it sank. The Titanic Memorial Cruise, carrying the same number of passengers - not including crew - as the Titanic did, cast off from Southampton, where the doomed vessel left on its maiden voyage. The 12-night cruise will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the White Star liner.
April 1, 2012
Now that cruising is undergoing great post-Costa Concordia scrutiny, this new website shines like a beacon. Name: www.CruiseWise.com . What it does: Gives the independent traveler more power to book a cruise online. If you like what Hipmunk has done for flight search, you will love what CruiseWise will do for cruises. What's hot: It's all about the visual map. Select your destination, departure port, and dates, then watch as your search results appear on a map on your screen.
February 29, 2012 |
For the Chester boys' basketball team, it's all about championships. So it wasn't surprising that Darius Robinson showed little excitement after the Clippers turned back Wissahickon, 67-42, Tuesday night in a PIAA District 1 Class AAAA semifinal at Temple's Liacouras Center. "That was just another game on the schedule," the junior guard said. "We'll show what we're all about on Friday. " That's when top-seeded and unbeaten Chester (26-0) will square off with second-seeded Lower Merion (25-2)
February 6, 2012
Meet Shaquil Keels. The senior at Randolph Technical High was recently accepted by the Naval Academy Preparatory School, a yearlong program that offers a gateway to the U.S. Naval Academy. "Class of 2017," he notes proudly. Shaquil introduced himself to me in an e-mail last week. He wanted me to know about his Naval Academy news. "I just thought this would be something good to send to you, being a teen in Philadelphia and all the violence and bad news with teens going on I thought it would be great for you to know this," he wrote.
February 1, 2012
THE GOOD Ship Gingrich, launched 10 days ago in South Carolina but scuttled last night in Florida, faces some rough sailing ahead if history is a guide. A peek at the GOP calendar suggests a near future not good for Newt. Not that he's having a terrific present. Mitt Romney's double-digit win in the first large, diverse state of the primary season blew Newt out of the water. In a victory speech, Mitt ignored Newt and went straight for President Obama: "My leadership will end the Obama era and begin a new era of American prosperity.