Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Manatee to Mermaids

July is the perfect month to visit a number of Florida attractions. From Snooty the Manatee to Mermaids, there will be plenty to do.

The Orlando Sentinel has all the details in an article by reporter Matt Mauney.

"The world's oldest manatee in captivity celebrates another birthday, along with former mermaids making a comeback and new exhibits opening at museums across the Sunshine State."

The article includes 48 photos from Weeki Wachee Springs, both recent and from years gone by.

Mermaid Photo Exhibition
Mermaid Lori Pappajohn

Mermaids Are Real is the name of a photo art exhibition that showcases mermaiding around the world. The exhibit is the work of mermaid Lori Pappajohn, and it is scheduled to open in New Westminster, British Columbia this weekend.

"But if you happen to spot a mermaid's tail splashing out in Vancouver's English Bay or in a local pool, don't be too alarmed."

Swim on over to CBC News British Columbia for the full story on the photo exhibition. You will also enjoy the six photos included in the article.

Best Books on Mermaids

Julia Eccleshare, The Book Doctor, shares her favorite mermaid themed books for children and teens in a recent article at The Guardian. The Little Mermaid is included, of course, but what do you suppose her other selections might be?

"Stories about mermaids seem to abound from all countries where there is a long shoreline."

And what are your favorite mermaid stories? The Book Doctor would love to hear from you.

Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
cynthia (at) goldmermaid.com

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Coney Island Parade 2015

This past Saturday was the date of the 33rd annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade! Since 1983, folks from all over show the world their mermaid, merman, and sea creature personas.

The parade received extensive coverage in the media, from its home in New York to the west coast and beyond. Here is a sampling of the recent articles on the parade, and each has a generous number of photos.

Timeout New York invites you to 'See jaw-dropping photos' from the parade. Perhaps jaw-dropping carries a bit of exageration with my readers. This article is by Vivienne van Vliet, and includes 30 photos.

Next up is the article from Entertain This! at USA Today that suggests we 'Forget Ariel: These Mermaid Parade costumes are outrageous!' Carly Mallenbaum is the author of this article, and it includes nine cool photos. You are going to wish you were there!

Our third and last article is from the San Francisco Gate. Eight images are included with the article.

Mermaid Makeup tutorial by Alli

Mesmerizing Mermaid

Originally billed as a Halloween tutorial, this mermaid makeup video from MakeupByAlli is sure to inspire you to create your own unique look. No need to wait for October.

The 14-minute video has already been viewed over 154,000 times, and has received rave reviews.

Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
cynthia (at) goldmermaid.com

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Unknown Species

Just off Puerto Rico, a number of previously unknown creatures have been discovered. Casey Chan and Gizmodo Sploid have the story.

"Our oceans hide so many breathtakingly beautiful species that don’t look like they’re from our planet..."

The article contains a three minute video and an animated GIF so you can join in the exploration.

LA Mermaid School

Been reading about the Canadian mermaid schools and wishing there was one closer to home? If you live in the greater Los Angeles area, you may rejoice!

Seventeen brings us word of the school run by Sheroes Entertainment. Child (age 6+) or adult, mermaid or merman, you are welcome to join in the fun. Swimming ability is required.

"In this fun-filled fin-tasy guests will have the opportunity to learn what it takes to be a real Hollywood mermaid and master some of the basic techniques that our professional mermaids use in TV commercials!"

Prices start at only $40 for a 75 minute class, so dive right in!

Afghan Mermaid Tail

Don't put away the yarn and crochet hooks just yet. Makezine is featuring a wearable Afghan Mermaid Tail project that one should be able to complete in a weekend.

In this article, Shelly Bunyard provides a step by step guide to creating the mermaid tail. Previous crochet experience is probably a good idea. You will certainly enjoy step 17, "Get cozy".

Rise of the Mermaids

The Guardian recently published a story by Jessica Glenza on Weeki Wachee Springs, the city of live mermaids. We have seen a number of articles on Weeki Wachee recently, but this one covers a lot of material. We begin with a look at the mermaids, the park's main attraction.

"Women leave the spring shivering from the 30 minute performances in the 74 degree water."

The article continues with a section devoted to Mermaid Melissa and Vine video producer, Dennis Doucette. Later, the subjects covered include tail-making and diversity.

Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
cynthia (at) goldmermaid.com

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