If you knew Richard Vanderpool, Jr., ...you would know he loves making whirligigs to be enjoyed by all. It's so nice to see his passion for them and helped to inspire a trip we ended up taking last year to his hometown of Wilson, NC. He also helped us become more aware about these fun pieces of art for yards, museums and more.
We were able to take a trip with him in January 2017 along with some other family members, including my children. We went to Vollis Simpson's Whirligig Park, although when we were there we saw only the warehouse, sort of where the magic was happening in restoring these contraptions and learned all about the story through various newspaper clippings on a bulletin board and fell in love with saving the town and the art all at once to help revitalize the town! Very inspiring to see this in Wilson, NC!
I hope to go back one day soon with the family to see the Park as it's there now. We got to the see the plan...now to go back and see those ideas brought to life. There's an annual Whirligig Festival the first weekend in November, learn more here: WHIRLIGIG FESTIVAL. If you are interested in learning more about the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, here's some quick access links:
I don't know how many of you reading this are from North Carolina, but if you are, I wonder if you knew that the official North Carolina State Folk Art are "whirligigs"? Thought it was quite fitting that this is in North Carolina.
North Carolina State Folk Art
We aren't sure of the origin of the whirligig, but think it may have come from either farmers and/or sailors because they both regularly use weathervanes. They aren't just yard decor, but also can be very useful and and are known by many names.
"They can be designed to transmit sound and/or vibration to repel burrowing rodents to keep them away from your house, garden, flowers, etc. There are also different ways they can be powered including by hand, friction or motor powered. Whirligigs are also known as pinwheels, buzzers, comic weathervanes, gee-haws, spinners, whirlygigs, whirlijigs, whirlyjigs, whirlybirds or plain whirly."
I think these are pretty great...and these are just a few. Grandpa Vanderpool has made a bird whirligig for our daughter to paint and when she finishes, hope to have it in the front yard.
I had seen them many times, but until I heard about them from someone with a passion for them, I just didn't know much about them. We have grown to appreciate these works of art because of Grandpa and his passion and love for making "whirligigs"! Ever since our trip to Wilson, NC we notice them everywhere: in yards, museums, movies, even in shops.
Have you heard of "whirligigs" before this article, or seen them and just didn't know quite what they were called? Let me know in the comments below. If you've been to the park or have some whirligigs, share a picture, would love to see them!
Our middle daughter wanted to go to the Georgia Aquarium to see all the animals she knew were there because of her own interest-led research of finding out they had Beluga whales, whale sharks and dolphins there. So we decided that instead of a big birthday party, we would go on a trip down to the Georgia Aquarium! It was just Mom and me time together thanks to our new learning style we are learning to adapt into our flow with our family, the BraveWriter lifestyle, and her and I enjoyed a very nice drive there and back as well as at the aquarium trip as well. Our relationship has grown stronger from this one trip alone and captured moments that we will both cherish forever.
We loved this aquarium so much! They had great shows we were able to see included in the price of the ticket. They do not let you video tape or take pictures during these however for obvious reasons. We saw the dolpins show, seals and sea lions show.
The tunnel you go under of the giant aquarium area was amazing! I think that was my favorite part personally, the whale sharks and other animals are so majestic and seems so peaceful to see them swimming. I think we both will cherish this experience forever. We are so grateful for a supportive family in letting us go on this trip together. My husband has always been my strength in everything I do.
My daughter's favorite was everything! She loved it all and couldn't decide on just one, and to think it just started with wanting to see whale sharks and we both experienced whale sharks and more!
And for myself, I really enjoyed the Atlanta buildings on the way in as I love architecture!
If you are interested in Georgia Aquarium information, here is their website: