Thursday, August 23, 2012

McCoy's Grand Theater

A few weeks ago we drove to the small town of Moorefield, WV, to attend "Fiddler on the Roof" at McCoy's Grand Theatre in Moorefield, WV. What a joy to watch! "Fiddler" has always been one of my favorite musicals, evoking both joy and tears. And this performance was no difference.

I am writing this to urge you to visit Moorefield next weekend and spend an enjoyable evening or afternoon with this talented group of people. "Fiddler on the Roof" was directed by Keith Miller, Choreographed by Kirsten Barr, and the Music Director was Heather Thorne. It is a very powerful story of Tevye and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish traditions, in spite of his oldest daughters' strong wills and the edict of the tsar to leave their village. I love how Tevye is constantly talking to God! The castmembers, lead by Heath Hershberger as Tevye,were a delight! Heath's voice and acting talent set the tone for the show! There are so many talented people in this show - I could go on and on. The scenes of Tzeitel, Hodel, and Chava as they go against their father's wishes brought tears to my eyes.

McCoys is an easy 2 hour drive from the DC Metro area. There are three more performances of this timeless play: July 27th and 28th at 7pm and July 29th at 2pm. You will not be disappointed. If you plan on going to one of the evening shows and would like to stay overnight, we always stay at the Southbranch Inn in Moorefield.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Trends in T Shirts

T-shirts were originally worn as underwear but they now have evolved into a fashionable wardrobe staple,especially after Don Johnson wore it with an Armani suit in "Miami Vice".

T-shirts have become a great medium of self-expression and advertising, combining words, art and even photographs. Variations on the original T-shirt have developed - tank tops, crew necks, muscle shirts, scoop neck, and V-neck. Hip hop fashion calls for 'tall-T"s which may extend down to the knees. In the 1990's women wore tight fitting cropped T-shirts. Layering - wearing a short sleeved T-shirt over a long-sleeved is also popular.

In the early 1950's several companies based in Miami started to decorate T-shirts with different resort names and characters. The first was Tropix Togs, the original license for Walt Disney characters. 
In the 1960's the ringer T-shirt with it's signature contrast neckline became a staple for teenagers and rock-n-rollers. Tie die and protest T's were popular.

The most common form of T-shirt printing is screen-printing. Relatively inexpensive, it uses plastisol inks that are applied through a mesh screen. Designs can also be applied with airbrush, applique, embroidery and embossing techniques. In the 1980's thermochromatic dyes were used to make shirts that changed colors when subjected to heat. Direct to Garment printing was introduced at the beginning of the 21st century allowing customers to design their own T-shirts online with no minimum orders.

The T-shirt pictured to the left is a great example of screenprinting that expresses a lifestyle - in this case skateboarding.

You will find an ever-changing assortment of T-shirts in my Addoway store. Most of the time I will only have one of a particular design and style, so order early to avoid disappointment.