Articles, activities for boomers & seniors
What is the history of miniature golf?
In these days of gender sensitivity, it is interesting to note that miniature golf had its beginnings as a lady's sport.
If you played stickball as a child, then you followed along a tradition that goes back to the 13th century and perhaps beyond. There are records of the Dutch playing a game where a leather ball was hit in order to reach a target several hundred yards away. The player who succeeded with the fewest strokes won.
Although the origins of the television set are kind of sketchy, there is one thing for sure: It helped bring back the visual element of Vaudeville-style entertainment that was lost to radio. Dancers, dog acts, and dangerous acrobatics, didn't fare well on radio, so many such acts faded away, along with "sketch comedy," a fast-moving style of madness that was lost to the half-hour situation comedy format.
Be sure to go and enjoy one or more of these concerts in the Lehigh Valley area. Most of these concerts are free of charge. You might want to bring a chair for some of the outdoor cancerts. Please note that we are not responible for changes, cancellations, additions, weather conditions, or any other inconveniences.
Let us drift back in time to when you first learned to drive. Forget the panicked look on your instructor's face and think about the feeling of freedom you had as you anticipated going where you wanted when you wanted. Ah, the dreams of youth!
There is another dream driving automotive engineers, entrepreneurs, and expectant techies in the 21st century: self-driving cars. Somewhere between 2018 and 2020, they would be available to the public. Ooops. It turns out that mimicking the nuances of human drivers is a lot more difficult than first thought.
Public libraries are quiet places to introduce your grandchildren to the great events and thoughts of history. Show them that books don't have to be read on little screens or recharged. Let the kids pick out books that interest them and share your thoughts and experiences regarding that subject. Borrow some videos of old shows and documentaries and discuss them. Libraries often have special programs, contests, and author presentations for children. Check out your local library!