Monthly Archives: October 2014

Reformation Day III

Today is Reformation Day. It was on this day 497 years ago that Martin Luther attached his list of issues to the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany.

As I did last year in my post Reformation Day II, I will add a few more pictures from Wartburg which is where Martin Luther went into hiding after his excommunication. For more, see Reformation Day

Wartburg, Eisenach, Germany, Reformation Day, Martin LutherWhen I visited Wartburg about 12 years ago it was wintertime and we had to follow a path up through snowy hills to the top of the hill.

In the picture above you can see the sign pointing the way.

Wartburg, Eisenach, Martin Luther, Germany, Reformation, SnowYou can see that the path was a bit treacherous. To me though it was a beautiful day. I like to walk through areas of new fallen snow, it can be so beautiful. I could also imagine Martin Luther being brought to Wartburg along the same path when he went into hiding.

Half-Timber Building, Wartburg, Eisenach, Germany, Martin Luther, Reformation DayOnce we got to the top of the hill and inside Wartburg, it was nice to look at the interesting architecture. I really liked the different half-timbered buildings. Especially with the snow on the roof.

For a nice overview of the Wartburg complex, see my post: Anker Wartburg

Wartburg, Tower, Eisenach, Martin Luther, ReformationHere is the South Tower at Wartburg. The gray sky and the fog made for an interesting picture. Almost black and white, but you can see a bit of color in the tower.

This tower also has some religious history. There is a dungeon in this tower. From 1540 until his death in 1548 one of the occupants of the dungeon was an Anabaptist farmer named Fritz Erbe. He was imprisoned for refusing to have his child baptized.

Wartburg Palas, Concert Hall, Reformation, Eisenach, GermanyHere is a picture of the upper story of the Palas. The hall is massive and the ceiling is very high. As you can imagine the acoustics in the hall are incredible. While we were on our tour of the hall a small group of young men came into the hall. They were members of an acapella group that was touring Germany and they sang a few short songs to test the acoustics of the hall. It was amazing.

I would really like to visit Wartburg again someday. The place is so full of history. I would definitely like to take some pictures with a better camera.

I always take time to think about the Reformation on this day, but I also think about how it is more important to restore than it is to reform.


The Costume

I need a costume for work tomorrow, so decided to go for something minimal.

I decided to dress up as one of my favorite TV personalities.

Mark Hall-Patton, Pawn Stars, Halloween Costume, Red Shirt, Black Hat, Clark County MuseumOne of my favorite shows on the History Channel is Pawn Stars. However, my favorite people on the show are not the pawn brokers, but the experts that they bring in to talk about items. Of course I like Rebecca as she is the book expert. I also really like Mark Hall-Patton, who is the administrator of the Clark County Museum in Las Vegas.

I like Mark because he always has great historic facts to share about the items that he looks at on the show. He likes to research things and has a large library to draw information from. One of the things that we have in common.

Red Shirts, Mark Hall-Patton Costume, Pawn Stars, HalloweenI just needed to pick out a red shirt, as it is the color of shirt that he wears when he appears on Pawn Stars. No problem, I have several red shirts.

Flat Rim Hat, Black Hat, Mark Hall-Patton, Pawn Stars, Halloween CostumeThe next item was a bit hard to find, and I didn’t even find exactly what I wanted. I needed to find a black flat brim hat. I looked at several places over a couple days and could not find what I was looking for. I finally settled for a very low quality Three Musketeers hat from a Halloween costume shop.

Unfortunately it is not in the best shape and the brim is all crooked, but it was all I could find. I had to remove a feather and a couple other items off of the hat, but at least I have something.

Beard, Halloween Costume, Mark Hall-Patton, Pawn StarsI also needed a beard. No problem, I have that covered. It is a bit more white is some areas, but it will work. A few years ago, my beard had almost the same pattern, but the color is slowly disappearing on the sides.

Mark Hall-Patton Costume, Halloween Costume, Pawn Stars, The Beard of KnowledgeSo now for the selfie. I took this with fluorescent lighting so the shirt is washed out a bit. It is actually more red than what shows here. You can also see that the hat brim is a bit wobbly, but the idea is there.

Maybe I will get a better picture tomorrow.

I am also thinking that I really need to find a nice hat for future use. I just need to figure out where to get one. Maybe a Western Wear store.

Did you put together a Halloween costume this year?