Perhaps you have heard, perhaps not, but the Maryland Historical Society has painstakingly created a full-sized replica of the Star-Spangled Banner, the thirty-foot by forty-two foot flag that flew at Fort McHenry on September 14, 1814, during the British Empire's unsuccessful assault on Baltimore during the War of 1812—you know, the flag and battle that inspired Francis Scott Key to write a little ditty alternately known as "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "Our National Anthem."
I happen to know "painstaking" is a pretty accurate description of the work involved since Katie-Bar-The-Door was one of the volunteers who gave up multiple weekends to put it together, in her case something like twenty-eight hours (on top of her regular day job). Others gave more time than that.
As for the Monkey, I added a single symbolic stitch and then moved some tables around. Arts-and-crafty I'm not.
The flag will be flown at Fort McHenry on Defenders Day, this Saturday, September 14, 2013. If you're in the area, come on by.
Named for Katie-Bar-The-Door, the Katies are "alternate Oscars"—who should have been nominated, who should have won—but really they're just an excuse to write a history of the movies from the Silent Era to the present day.
To see a list of nominees and winners by decade, as well as links to my essays about them, click the highlighted links:
Look at me—Joe College, with a touch of arthritis. Are my eyes really brown? Uh, no, they're green. Would we have the nerve to dive into the icy water and save a person from drowning? That's a key question. I, of course, can't swim, so I never have to face it. Say, haven't you anything better to do than to keep popping in here early every morning and asking a lot of fool questions?