Mary Poppins Crosswalk Lights Installed in the Hometown of P.L. Travers


The city of Maryborough in Queensland, Australia, has been taken over by a certain umbrella-toting nanny. As Boing Boing reports, some of the crosswalks in the town have been updated to feature Mary Poppins’s silhouette.

The character's relationship to the community dates back to 1934 when Maryborough native and children’s book author P.L. Travers published the first installment of her Mary Poppins series. Since then, the story has been adapted by Disney for the screen and stage, but its origins in the Australian city haven’t been forgotten.

The first of the new lights went up earlier this month outside the building where Travers was born. They’re modeled after the symbols traditionally seen in crosswalks, the major difference being the open umbrella Poppins carries when the light is green and the closed umbrella she holds when it’s red.

The installation coincides with the Mary Poppins Festival held in Maryborough each summer. This year’s celebration is set for June 23 to July 2 and will include storytelling sessions, nanny races, and chimney sweep challenges.

[h/t Boing Boing]

Learn to Paint Like Bob Ross in an Upcoming Facebook Live Event

Public television hero Bob Ross may no longer be with us, but you can still paint happy little trees in his honor. October 29, 2018 marks what would have been the 76th birthday of the beloved art teacher to the masses, and to honor his memory, the Quarto Group—publisher of the new book Painting With Bob Ross—is hosting a live-streamed painting party online.

Painting With Bob Ross provides step-by-step instructions to help you create some of the master’s favorite oil landscapes on your own. While Quarto’s October 23 painting party (a collaboration with Bob Ross, Inc.) can’t teach you how to mimic Ross's soothing voice, the celebration does include a painting session with Bernie Oropallo, a Certified Ross Instructor, who will demonstrate the techniques that Ross taught on The Joy of Painting.

Promo for The Quarto Group's Bob Ross painting party
The Quarto Group

The live-streamed instructional session will take place within the offices of a youth arts center in Beverly, Massachusetts, called Express Yourself. Oropallo will lead you through the process of painting “Distant Mountains,” one of the artworks included in the new book.

The painting lesson kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET on October 23. To participate, log onto Facebook and head to the QuartoCreates page to join the live event. Before it starts, check out the event page here for a list of the supplies you’ll need to complete the painting. If you can’t make it to a computer that night, grab Painting With Bob Ross on Amazon ($15) to get the next best thing. If that’s not enough for you, we suggest you curl up with the official Bob Ross art book and/or a Bob Ross coloring book.

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