As a means to create awareness and fundraise for their mission to help military families the Divot Charities recently held their 10th annual Golf Tournament at Bull Run Golf Course. The event, located in Haymarket, Virginia helps to raise monies to fund various charitable activities helmed by the organization. Notable people in attendance include Scott Tucker and Washington Redskins player Nick Sundburg who also donated two autographed Redskin team footballs.
The Northern Virginia based group Divot Charities helps to raise money for underfunded nonprofit organizations across the country. Their first beneficiary is the Fisher House program which private and public sector backed initiative to support active military members and their families. Through this program all major VA medical centers across the country have “comfort homes” which are houses on site that these families can stay cost-free while their family member is being treated for any unexpected major injury or illness.
A large program it assists over 10,000 people annually and each benefit helps to maintain the proper maintenance and operation of these homes. This year’s golf tourney proved to be a major success drawing in over $38,000 from generous donations as reported by the Falls Church News Press.
Many people are scared of wasps, and while this isn’t unusual or even irrational the thought of coming face to face with a wasp is enough to make some people run a mile. While some wasps such as the Bald Faced Hornet are in fact dangerous due to their ability to inflict a pretty nasty sting, most wasps found in North America are relatively harmless.
Wasps like the Bald Faced Hornet give wasps a bad rap, but all wasps are very important to the ecosystem. Wildlife expert and conservationist Scott Tucker recently appeared on WTNH’s weekend show Good Morning Connecticut Weekend where together with his young son, Race, discussed just how vital wasps are to the ecosystem.
Host Chris Velardi interviewed Scott and Race and was appeared pleasantly surprised to hear that one of the most common wasps found in North America, the Polistes Dominula is in fact quite docile and harmless to humans. Scott Tucker brought a nest containing some Polistes Dominulas and pointed out that the Polistes Dominula is often mistaken for the Yellow Jacket wasp, and the best thing to do when you find them is to leave them alone. Tucker told Velardi that wasps do a great deal of good by culling fly and caterpillar populations – two insects that are decimating our plant and tree populations. Tucker also added that wasps help with pollination.
Tucker also added that the Polistes Dominula arrived from Europe around 30 years ago, most likely on a ship and are better left alone as they are a kinder gentler species of wasp. He did note however, that the Bald Faced Hornet, distinctive due to its white face can be aggressive and defensive – but they are usually only found in football sized nests in trees.
Sometimes it is hard to think of fun things to do with the family. It can get boring doing the same thing over and over. There are only so many times you can watch a movie or play a board game. Something fun that the whole family can enjoy is an Art Museum. Art these days is fun to look at. We have recently discovered a modern artist by the name of Scott Tucker. His work is fun and colorful….this would be a fun road trip to take with the family some weekend…it is in Dallas, Texas and it is called The Art Menu.
The Art Menu is a Dallas, TX. based organization that has brought together a collection of artists who have all been chosen by a team of industry experts. Their roster showcases local artists and one such painter who is making a splash around the Dallas art scene is Scott Tucker. Here at Our Family Fun Night we have admired Tucker’s work for quite a while. The Art Menu’s roster only features a select number of local artists and Tucker is one of them.
The Art Menu’s advisory board recently praised Tucker’s work, commenting on their website that “Tucker’s socially inspired work consists of themes ranging from mass consumerism to whimsical folly. His sorting and placement of repetitive patterns and simple color schemes speak of sociological concerns we are haunted by in the West. Combining both found images and painted symbols, he expresses heartfelt social commentary.”
Tuckers unique collages and paintings convey an electic mix of abstract randomness with a startling reality that have been critically acclaimed for their social commentaries.
Tucker has his own blogsite and you can see his work by visiting The Art Menu Website