Posts tagged PBS

School’s out deals and steals for you and the kids

   June 11, 2014 7:39 am    0

School’s out! Summer vacation is here, and if you are looking for some ideas of things to do and places to go, here they are: Sunsets are free — don’t miss the Erie sunsets with your kids. PBS has something for every age from babies on up. Examples: water play, pudding paint, flashlight tag and…


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Downton Abbey fans gather for British dinner in Erie

   January 29, 2013 4:52 am    0

I won’t spoil anything that happens on Downton Abbey, but the grand finale episode in February will be cause for a party and a fun night in Erie’s historic abbey. Well not really — it’s the Watson Curtze mansion on West Sixth Street — but it is historic. On Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, patrons at Watson…


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‘Sunday Night Obsession’ — Downton Abbey draws us in

   January 7, 2013 7:09 am    0

Obsession is a good word for those of us who watch Downton Abbey, and that’s what the cover story in Parade magazine calls it. New and current fans joined in on Facebook to comment on the phenom of Downton Abbey. And many new fans had a good point — it is called Masterpiece in a lot…


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What to tell our kids when tragedy strikes

   December 15, 2012 7:36 am    0

A lump has been in my throat for 22 hours now. My kids are all in their 20s, but we’ve lived through many horrors including Virginia Tech and Columbine. Here’s some good advice from the Idaho Evening Journal. As moms and dads, we must listen and pay attention to what our kids need to discuss,…


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NBC hopes for ‘Downton Abbey’ American style

   November 27, 2012 4:23 pm    0

It’s all over the blogs right now. NBC announced today that the network has hired “Downton Abbey” writer Julian Fellowes to create a similar drama about  late-nineteenth-century New York City. Read the full story here from Vulture. It will be called “The Gilded Age,” and it will concentrate on money making Americans who lived lavishly. The news…


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Cowabunga! Ninjas, Furby, Rubik top toy list

   November 15, 2012 7:50 am    0

Jennie Geisler’s column on hot toys for the season is a must-read in today’s Erie Times-News. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were part of everyday life at our home. All three of my 20-something kids had the figures, pajamas, tent, Halloween costumes and more. We were avid viewers of the TV show too. Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael…


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Ask Ken Burns about ‘The Dust Bowl’ live Nov. 15

   November 14, 2012 3:38 pm    0

With all the news of droughts throughout the United States, Ken Burns’ “THE DUST BOWL” will grab your attention. The show chronicles years of disastrous dust storms that forced people to leave their homes and farms.  Burns interviews 26 survivors and shares photographs and rare movie footage. You can join Ken Burns for a live…


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Tell PBS how Mr. Rogers inspired you

   November 14, 2012 7:34 am    0

The man in sneakers and a cardigan often came into our house. I was probably more impressed with Mister Rogers than my kids, and PBS invites everyone to add a comment to “Mister Rogers Inspiration: Share yours, then pass it on!” You can share your Mister Rogers memory, here on Facebook or Twitter. Visit or…


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Hurricane Sandy’s inspiring baby story and more

   November 1, 2012 7:00 am    0

Babies born, patients moved and much more proved that people helped each other and conquered natural disasters this week. Just check out the story about Christine Schleppy who started having contractions while hunkered down at home with her family in Skillman, N.J. She was 35 weeks pregnant, and she and her husband, David, worried about the…


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Downton Abbey Halloween costumes, here I come

   October 22, 2012 11:00 am    0

Huffington Post offers some perfect costumes from TV programs. That includes the now famous PBS show Downton Abbey. Dame Maggie Smith’s character — the Dowager Countess requires a hat, cane, gown and “optional accessories of maids and  a cup of tea,” says Huffington Post. Almost any character from the show would be worth the effort, and if you…


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