2012 Pole Raising
This virtual tour has 3 pano views showing different stages of the 2012 St. Leon Pole Raising. Other than the weather being a bit more gloomy, the St. Leon Pole Raising was about the same as I described it in the pano tour I did of the 2008 Pole Raising:
“Every 4 years, on the 2nd Saturday before the presidential election, the community of St. Leon, Indiana continues the tradition of the Pole Raising to commemorate the presidency of Andrew “Old Hickory” Jackson. Once a common occurrence, St. Leon is believed to be the only place where you can see the pole raising today. The locals head to the woods in the morning to cut down a tall hickory tree. Then drag it back to town for a short parade featuring a steam powered tractor hauling the tree behind. Next some political speeches and rallying followed by the raising.”
I especially enjoyed the parade this year, which included some old tractors, old cars and trucks, the East Central High School band, the old steam engine tractor that pulls the pole through town, and a surprise visit from President Obama!!!
President Obama made a surprise showing in the parade!
The whole event is rather quaint and a unique slice of “Americana.” Be sure to click on all the detail shot “hot-spots” in the panos to see a few pics from the parade. The organizers used a picture that I had posted on my entry from the 2008 pole-raising for their poster for the 2012 event:
Poster with sign picture
Serena Williams 2nd round match, 2012 Western and Southern Open
Here are some panoramas from the tennis action on Tuesday, August 14. This match featured Serena Williams defeating Eleni Daniilidou. Take the tour to see the world-class facilities of the Lindner Family Tennis Center.
Western and Southern Open, 2011 Tennis Tournament
As the 2012 version of this event is rapidly approaching, I thought I would post a mini-tour of the Lindner Family Tennis Center during the 2011 version of the Western and Southern Open. This prestigious event is one of only 9 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments held annually throughout the world. This tournament first started in 1899 and is the oldest tennis tournament in the United States played in it’s original city. It is also the biggest summer tennis event in the USA.
Cincinnati was one of 146 different US cities to host a rally to protest the Obama administration mandate forcing religious universities, charities, and other groups to pay for abortifacient drugs and other birth control for students and employees.
Sand Volleyball at Thomas Aquinas College
This is a pano that I produced a little while ago but never published on blog. Well here it is now, a friendly little volleyball game at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California.
Cincinnati Reds 2011 Opening Day
This years opening day featured the usual Findlay Market Parade and other festivities the likes that only an opening day in Cincinnati can bring. The weather was a little on the cool side but not so much that it dampened spirits. The Reds however were very cool, trailing the Milwaukee Brewers the whole game until the bottom of the ninth inning when Ramon Hernandez hit a walk off two-out, three-run homer, giving a 7-6 win to the Cincinnati Reds and capping off another exciting opening day in Cincinnati.
Just a hour before LeBron James announced his “decision” to leave Cleveland for the Miami Heat during a much hyped 1 hour TV special, fans are milling around outside “Harry Buffalo” in downtown Cleveland signing the “Witness Mobile”
The "Witness Mobile"
Here are a few panos from the opening day parade and fans going into the Great American Ball Park. It was a most beautiful day which brought out a record crowd to view the parade with estimates of around 100,000 people lining the streets. You couldn’t go wrong by wearing red since both the Cincinnati Reds and their opponent, the St Louis Cardinals have red as their color.
Fans entering Great American Ball Park for opening day
Every year during the Labor Day holiday weekend a local radio station hosts an end of the summer blow out party on the banks of the Ohio River. One of the events is a Rubber Duck Regatta that benefits the local Free Store Foodbank. To publicize the event there is a giant inflatable rubber duck on top of the Wegman Building along Interstate 75 just north of downtown Cincinnati. I was wondering what kind of view the duck has and now I know and so can you by viewing this panorama. A special thanks to Scott Wegman for getting me up there.
Duck's eye view of Interstate 75 in Cincinnati
Enjoy this Pano from the Dublin (Ohio that is) Irish Festival taken on Saturday evening August,1 2009. The band is the great traditional Irish band Dervish. This pano was shot during a more subdued moment but by the end of the set the fairly sizable crowd was hoppin’. The Dublin Irish Festival is one of the larger Irish festivals in the mid-west.
Some views of the Cincinnati Tea Party.
On the street
Every 4 years, on the 2nd Saturday before the presidential election, the community of St. Leon, Indiana continues the tradition of the Pole Raising to commemorate the presidency of Andrew “Old Hickory” Jackson. Once a common occurrence, St. Leon is believed to be the only place where you can see the pole raising today. The locals head to the woods in the morning to cut down a tall hickory tree. Then drag it back to town for a short parade featuring a steam powered tractor hauling the tree behind. Next some political speeches and rallying followed by the raising.
OCTOBER 2012 UPDATE:
Interesting side note to the sign picture above. It appears that the Dearborn County Democrat Party liked this picture so much they decided to put it on their poster for the 2012 Pole Raising.
Poster with “Historical Marker” picture