Sunday Mass and The Walker Cup

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Yesterday, we went to 9:30 mass at The Basilica Church of Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.  I was baptized in this church back in 2003.  It is very beautiful and full of stained glass windows and murals.

Basilica Church of The Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary

Basilica Church of The Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary

 

Inside the Church where I was Baptized.

Inside the Church where I was Baptized.

Then in the afternoon we watched the singles matches.  First we watched them on No. 1 and then walked up to the top of the course on No. 3 which is called The Alps and you can sit and watch the shots come in then watch them play onto No. 4 hole – The Redan.

On the bus to The Walker Cup

On the bus to The Walker Cup

 

The USA is going to win The  Walker Cup

The USA is going to win The Walker Cup

 

A Panorama of National.

A Panorama of National.

 

Crowd at The Redan Hole

Crowd at The Redan Hole

After watching a number of matches here, we walked over to No. 6 and sat in the grandstand watching the players hit into the short par 3.  One of the American players named Max Homa, had a hole in one just after we left the grandstand but we could hear the shouts and watched him take the ball out of the hole.

We then followed the first tee time of Bobby Wyatt (USA)  versus Neil Raymond (GB&I) down the 14th hole since he was 3 Up and would win his point if he won this hole, which he did.

We then went to the buses to go back home since the USA was winning the other matches and we didn’t want to get into long bus lines.  On the way up the hill to the 16th green I helped a man in a disability scooter who was having trouble going up the hill.  I had to push him all the way to the tent where they were stored.  His name was Eric O’Brien and he lives in Dublin and Palm Beach.

Now I am getting ready to fly home tomorrow.  Tonight is my Mom and Dad’s 13 wedding anniversary and we are going out to eat dinner at The Plaza Cafe.

This is Frederick and I can’t wait to go back to school and see my friends.

Shinnecock Indian Nation – My Visit

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Main entry to the Museum

Main entry to the Museum

My Social Studies class back in Florida are starting a special research project on Native Americans.  Since I am here in Southampton, I can visit our local Native American tribe, The Shinnecock Nation.  They have a large reservation just west of  Southampton Village.  Every year around the end of August they have a large Pow-Wow where Indian tribes from all over the United States attend.

Yesterday, my Mom and Dad and I drove to the Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum.  First we had to register and pay to visit the Wikun Village next to the Museum.  At the village we saw how the Shinnecock lived in the period of 1640 to 1750.  There were a replica Wigwam, with fire pit, bed and dirt floor.  Also a large Wigwam for storage was built, as well as a dirt pit for meal storage, a garden and a dugout canoe.

The Shinnecock lived off the land and the sea since they are located on Shinnecock Bay and close to the Atlantic Ocean.  They also are close to Peconic Bay and would eat lots of fish, clams, lobsters and scallops during the warm months.  In the cold months they would eat wild game like deer, geese and turkey.  Their clothing came from the deer hides and occasional bear and elk that used to be around this part of Long Island.

To the Wikun Village

To the Wikun Village

The garden was interesting because they used the 3 Sisters method of growing.  In the center of the planting was the corn and under that the beans and then the squash.  The beans could use the corn stalk to grow and the squash plant leaves and flowers would cover and protect the beans.

They used dugout canoes to fish and even hunt for whales.  There was a special exhibition in the Museum of Indian whalers from 1640 to the late 19th century.  They built their canoes by taking a large trunk of a fallen tree and using axes and adzes would scrap out the wood but after they had burned it to make it softer.  That is why there is black soot and ash on the inside.

I went downstairs at the Museum where they had a special exhibition of 20 bronze sculptures showing various Lakota and Plains people by a famous western artist named Dave McGary.  The culture center had a special scavenger hunt form you had to fill out by finding certain sculpture’s features and writing it down.  I got them all right and received a nice flintstone arrow head from the Museum.

Last, we drove down to the reservation center where the Shinnecock Presbyterian Church is located.  It is the oldest Indian Reform Church in the United States as it was founded in the late 1600’s.

Shinnecock Wikun Village people

Shinnecock Wikun Village people

A Wigwam in the Wikun Village

A Wigwam in the Wikun Village

Inside the Wigwam

Inside the Wigwam

Shinnecock means "People of the Stony Shore"

Shinnecock means “People of the Stony Shore”

The Shinnecock Presbyterian Church

The Shinnecock Presbyterian Church

Southampton, My Birthplace

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Here are some photos from today in the great village of Southampton, NY.  I was born here on September 1st, 2003, in Southampton Hospital.  We lived here most of the Summer and Fall before I started school full-time at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School in Palm Coast, Florida.  

Southampton was founded in 1640 and is the oldest English settlement in New York state.  There is a lot of history here including the original Native American tribe – The Shinnecock’s – who were here when the first English settlers arrived at Conscience Point from Connecticut.  Southampton is located on the South Fork of the East End of Long Island.  It is now a famous summer community but for years prior to that it was all farms and sea faring including whaling.  

My great grandmother’s family were one of the first settlers in New York!  She was a Philips and a Howell.  She was a life member of the Daughters of the American Revolution since one of her ancestors, Sylvanus Jennings, served in the New York Volunteers during the War of Independence against England.

This is Frederick and tomorrow I will have more on Southampton and its history.

This is Sip 'N Soda my favorite diner

This is Sip ‘N Soda my favorite diner

Behind me is The Bathing Corporation and St. Andrew's Dune Church

Behind me is The Bathing Corporation and St. Andrew’s Dune Church

Little Plains Beach

Little Plains Beach

Halsey House - Oldest House in Southampton 1648

Halsey House – Oldest House in Southampton 1648

All About Halsey House

All About Halsey House

Monument Square

Monument Square

WWI Memorial at Agwam Park - Recently Restored

WWI Memorial at Agwam Park – Recently Restored

Our House in Southampton Where I was Born

Our House in Southampton Where I was Born

Back in the USA!

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Our plane from Brussels left around 1050am in the morning yesterday and we arrived here in New York at 12:50pm.  But it was really an 8 hour flight because of the 6 time zones we flew through.  My Dad says its easier to fly from East to West than West to East and I will wake up real early.  He was right, we were up at 4:45am this morning.

We spent tuesday night in the Sheraton hotel at the airport in Brussels so we didn’t have to fight the famous traffic from Antwerp to Brussels.

On the flight over, I did a lot of my schoolwork but I did watch a movie and some TV on the plane.  When we arrived in JFK airport we ran into a number  of rabbinical students back from Amsterdam. I am keeping a journal of encounters with religions and cultures and this picture will go into it.

Hasidic Jew Rabbinical Students at JFK

Hasidic Jew Rabbinical Students at JFK

We drove from JFK airport out to our home in Southampton, where my Dad and Mom are going to the Walker Cup at National Golf Links.  Last night at dinner at Red/Bar, we saw the European team come in for dinner.  I am spending a lot of time in the next few days finishing up my schoolwork.  My Dad will then let me go to Stevenson’s Toy Store in the village.

This is Frederick and I am back in the USA!

Multitasking - schoolwork and a movie

Multitasking – schoolwork and a movie

Some Scenes of Paris – The City of Light!

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I hope these give you some idea of the Paris I found this small and quick trip.  I love Paris even better than New York.  The buildings are beautiful, the parks are plenty.  You can buy old books walking along the river and the restaurants are plenty although they don’t do hot dogs but they do have fries or friets as  Mom calls them.  They make their lemonade by hand and you have to add the sugar to make it sweet.

This is Frederick and I hope you enjoy my journey to Antwerp and Paris.

Doing My Math at 180mph

Doing My Math at 180mph

Paris - Here I Am!

Paris – Here I Am!

A Guy with a Red Nose and a Fish bowl for a Hat

A Guy with a Red Nose and a Fish bowl for a Hat

Birthday pancake lunch at Cafe St. Regis

Birthday pancake lunch at Cafe St. Regis

Lighting a candle for the departed in Notre Dame

Lighting a candle for the departed in Notre Dame

In front of the Hotel de Ville

In front of the Hotel de Ville

Looking over to Le Consigliorie on the Seine

Looking over to Le Consigliorie on the Seine

Outside the glass pyramid at the Louvre

Outside the glass pyramid at the Louvre

Under the inverse pyramid at the Louvre

Under the inverse pyramid at the Louvre

Aboard the Bateaux Mouche with Eiffel Tower in the Background

Aboard the Bateaux Mouche with Eiffel Tower in the Background

Happy Birthday Cake

Happy Birthday Cake

Breakfast in the Hotel St. Louis today.

Breakfast in the Hotel St. Louis today.

Sunday in Antwerp and Paris in Two Days

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At Antwerpen Centraal Station - A Neo-Baroque Masterpiece

At Antwerpen Centraal Station – A Neo-Baroque Masterpiece

I am so far behind.  I have lost the post I wrote because our hotel WiFi was so slow and not always on.

On Sunday the end of August we went into Old Antwerp to go to Saturday Vigil mass at Onze-Lieve-Vrouw or Antwerpen Kathedraal.  It is a beautiful old church filled with paintings by the Old Masters like Peter Paul Ruebens and Antony Van Dyck.  It looked like I was the only kid there for mass but then I saw another boy and girl during communion.  They have graves in the floor from the 17th century.

Then we went to a restaurant called the Het Vermoeid Model where we climbed 4 flights of stairs to eat up on the rooftop next to the Kathedraal.  Then we walked around the Old City, its narrow streets, outside cafes and the Grote Markt with all the Guild houses facing the square.

The next day we drove into Antwerp to get the Thalys high speed train to Paris from Centraal Station, which is the most beautiful train station in the world.  Our train got us to Paris in time to meet my Godfather coming from London on the Eurostar.  We all took a taxi to our hotel on the Ile St. Louis just behind the Cathedral of Notre Dame.

Our hotel was the Hotel St. Louis en L’Isle on Rue St. Louis near the walking bridge to Ile de La Cité, where Notre Dame is located.  We then had lunch at Cafe St. Regis, a small brasserie near the bridge where I had pancakes and my godmother put a 1 and 0 candle on them so we could have an early birthday celebration.

We walked over to Notre Dame where we went inside and toured the Cathedral.  It is really beautiful.  The stained glass windows are awesome.  It is celebrating 850 years this year.  My Dad got me a backpack with a book on the Cathedral.  I can’t wait to show my friends in Religion class.

We went back to our hotel so we could change for dinner aboard the Bateaux Mouche which is long glass house boat in which they give you dinner and take you on a cruise on the River Seine.  You go by Notre Dame, The Eiffel Tower, and other sites in Paris.  I took lots of photos which I will post later.

Today, the 2nd of September, we woke, had breakfast and headed out to the Louvre, which is a big museum where the Mona Lisa is hung and it used to be a palace for King Louis the 14th of France. We didn’t spend much time there since my Godmother needed to get back to the hotel to get a taxi to her train back to Bordeaux in the southwest of France.  So we walked around and then went out to the Jardin Tuillieres and crossed over to a street to catch a taxi back to the hotel.

We had lunch near our hotel and later caught a taxi back to Gare du Nord train station for the Thalys back to Antwerp where I am now.  Tomorrow we spend more time with my grandfather and then get ready  to head back to New York by plane on Wednesday.  My Dad and Mom have more business there than they had here.

So many photos to share, I am going to stop this as I arrive in Paris and then do another post on Paris.

This is Fredrerick and I am ready to come home.

Inside Antepen Kathedraal.

Inside Antepen Kathedraal.

Rubeun's The Cruxifictiion of Christ.

Rubeun’s The Cruxifictiion of Christ.

I light a candle for the departed.

I light a candle for the departed.

Antwerpen Kathedraal, Onze-Lieve-Vrouw (Our Beautiful Lady)

Antwerpen Kathedraal, Onze-Lieve-Vrouw (Our Beautiful Lady)

On the rooftops of Antwerp

On the rooftops of Antwerp

The Thalys to Paris arrives in Antwerp

The Thalys to Paris arrives in Antwerp