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Memories and Other Dances / Re: Harker & Hall Architecture Ltd. Portfolio
« on: November 07, 2019, 02:28:34 AM »
Observation Deck

The Matthew Simon Astronomical Center is located on the Observation Deck. Named in honor of Rhydin Air and Space Guard Commanding Office and former Governor, Matthew Algiers Simon.

There are two bilevel structures each housing a fifty seat planetarium in the lower level and a state of the art observatory in the upper level.  Classes in Astronomy, Navigation, and related subjects are offered as well as private and educational group events.  Like other available classes, credit will given to students that have the approval of their instructors.

Memories and Other Dances / Re: Harker & Hall Architecture Ltd. Portfolio
« on: November 03, 2019, 04:03:18 PM »

Second Floor

Floor Plan

The second floor features a lecture hall/auditorium, commercial kitchen, dance and art studios

Fionna Helston Reception and Lecture Center

Named in honor of former Governor Fionna Helston, the reception and lecture center takes up about half of the second floor. Suitable for movie showings, meetings/classes, and overnight events.

Ariana MacGyldren Culinary Arts Center

Named in honor of long time citizen, master baker, artist, philanthropist and owner of Divine Delights Bakery, Ariana MacGyldren. Various levels of cooking and baking classes are taught here; some by Ariana, herself.  Food served in the cafe is prepared here on a daily basis.

Riley Lo Memorial Dance Studio

Named in memory of Riley O'Rourke Lo; barrister, dance instructor, and philanthropist. Classes in ballet,tap, and other forms of dance are held here several times a week. Seasonal recitals are held on the first level of the building. The studio has its own rest room facility and changing room.

Sylus Kurgan Sculpture and Art Studio

Named in honor of Sylus Kurgan, blacksmith and former manager of the Duel of Swords Arena. Classes in sculpture, painting, drawing, and other arts are held here several times a week.

Memories and Other Dances / Re:
« on: March 14, 2019, 08:12:44 AM »
Ground Level

Kathryn Batten Cafe'

Named in honor of Kathryn 'Katt' Batten: patissiere, philanthropist, and former Governor of Rhydin.

The cafe' includes two buffet tables, indoor seating, and tables on the patio for those that wish to enjoy their meals outdoors.  An elevator provides easy access to transport freshly made meals, snacks, and desserts between the industrial kitchen on the second floor and the ground floor cafe'. A wood fire pizza oven, refrigerated dessert case, and beverage bar are among the features that make it a cozy place. Advance notice is required to reserve the facility for private parties or large public events.

Sheridan Driscoll Performing Arts Center

Named in honor of Sheridan Driscoll: luthier and former Governor of Rhydin.

The performance hall was built with materials to enhance the acoustics. It can be set up for musical and dance performances. Being adjacent to the cafe' makes it an ideal place for parties and receptions.

Tasslehofl Momus Library and Media Center

Named in honor of John Tasslehofl Momus: 81st Overlord of the Duel of Swords and holder of several other titles, owner of the Momus Athenaeum.

The library and media center requires a membership, but use of the facility is free of charge.  Classes in basic computer skills, resume writing, and creative writing are held twice a week. Several self-paced classes are available for personal enrichment and school credits. Books and other materials may be checked out for use at home or used through the city’s digital services networks.

Ebon and Phen Ilnaren Childcare Center

Named in honor of Ebon and Phen Seer Ilnaren: well-known for their humanitarian activities especially on behalf of children, former Governor and First Lady of Rhydin.

Daycare is available for students, employees, and visitors to the Observatory and Garden.

Fountain of Healing Waters

The Fountain of Healing Waters in the garden area is dedicated to the Scathachian Sisterhood.

The Rhydin Observatory Complex

The Observatory Complex boasts a number of facilities for the citizenry. Various classes are held, year round, including swimming, cooking, baking, dance, arts & crafts, astronomy, public speaking,  basic computer operations and research skill. Classes for adults wishing to learn to read and write in the common language of Rhydin are available as weekday, evening, and weekend programs.

ROCBG has several available job opportunities. Information is available at the second floor reception desk during operating hours.

Current Facilities

Basement Level

Morgan le Fay du Cornwall Magic and Alchemy Laboratory

Named in honor of the Lady Morgan le Fay du Cornwall: 96th Overlord of the Duel of Swords, former Baroness of Old Market, and former holder of the 4 and 5th baronial rings.

The Philosophy and Practices of Alchemy - This class covers the history of the ancient forerunner of modern chemistry. Experimentation based upon those methods is a part of laboratory instruction.
Young beginners’, ages 5-10, sessions are on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1pm-3pm.
Second level beginners’, ages 11-17, sessions are on Monday and Wednesdays, 1pm-3pm.
Classes for adults, 18 years and older, are two mornings, 9am-11am, (M&W or T&Th) per week. Adult students may also arrange for classes by appointment. The adult class includes a unit on preparing gems and gem dust for experiments.

Magical Studies, begin at 4pm and ending at 6pm, 7 days per week. Anyone age 10 and up may sign up. Students between 5 and 10 years will have a private group class and all students 5-17yrs must have a signed approval from a parent or guardian. Private sessions by appointment. Books and other materials are provided for all classes.

Secondary and undergraduate students may apply for credits toward their diploma. Approval from their school is required.

Edward Batten Science Laboratory

Named in honor of philanthropist, entrepreneur, and owner of Batten Industries, Edward Batten. Mr. Batten’s contributions to the city, including the safe delivery of RBF vaccines, are numerous.

Basic chemistry classes for students 10-17 are held in the basement lab, M-F, 1pm-3pm. Science classes for young children, ages 5-10 years, are held from 10am-noon, M-F.  Week day classes are held in cooperation with several local schools. Weekend and evening classes are also eligible to be used as credit for several of Rhydin’s undergraduate programs.

Mur Ollavan Vinification Laboratory

Named in honor of Mur Ollavan. Mur is one of the few to have held the top title in all three of Rhydin’s dueling venues. He is also known for his appreciation of various alcoholic vintages.

This lab is for private and public group usage. Wine making classes are in the basement classroom from 7pm-9pm, M-F. This class is open to students 18 and older.  Adults and children are invited to take part in the afternoon or weekend class series for juice making. Some of the beverages created here as well as a recipe book are available for purchase in the café. Specially crafted storage units create an ideal atmosphere to age various beverages.

All laboratories have been set up in the basement level rooms in order to allow the fullest protection to the other students and general populous from accidents. Walls, floors, and ceilings in the labs have been carefully reinforced to withstand seismographic vibrations and provide protection against fires.

Candy R. Hart Natatorium

Named in honor of Candy R.  Hart: 90th Overlord of the Duel of Swords and former Baroness of Old Market.

The natatorium covers nearly a third of the basement level. The pool has depths from two feet to fifteen feet to accommodate swimmers of all skill levels. Restroom, shower,  and baby changing facilities are located in the pool area. A saltwater aquarium has been installed in the entrance wall.

Swimming classes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students are held in the Natatorium. Several instructors are on hand and positions are open for qualified lifeguards. Hours are posted in the building for swimming, CPR, and first aid classes for certification, as well as availability for private events and small parties.

G'nort Dragoon-Talanador Recreation Center

Named in honor of G'nort Dragoon-Talanador: 103rd Overlord of the Duel of Swords, one of two people to have been the Baron of all seven of the named districts, former holder of the 4th, 5th, and 9th baronial rings, and former owner of the Rhydin Duel of Swords Arena. He is well known for his quick wit, sense of humor, and service to the city of Rhydin.

The recreation center fills the remaining space in the basement level. Several games including pool tables, foosball, arcade machines, chess tables, etc. are located in a comfortable space. Students can take a study break and unwind. Others can have a little fun increasing their skills or challenging friends.

Memories and Other Dances / Re: Harker & Hall Architecture Ltd. Portfolio
« on: February 27, 2019, 04:21:18 AM »
ROCBG - Rhydin Observatory Complex and Botanical Garden

The ROCBG was built on a land grant donated to the city of Rhydin by Briarius Ravensheart and is located behind the Ravensheart Academy's Administration Building in Dragon's Gate. Then Governor Fionna Helston al-Amat had polled citizens for opinions on uses for land parcel 34-j7f005. The suggestions included an observatory, botanical garden, and public gardening space. After running the numbers on the land available, it was learned that there was enough space for all three of these things.

The Observatory Complex and Botanical Garden are public educational and entertainment facilities. An official opening and dedication was held at the Governor's Yule Ball in December 2013. The patio and walkways that surround the area contain bricks engraved with dedications to the memories of deceased and missing citizens of Rhydin. Several of the park benches have also memorial plaques.

The complex's cornerstone bears the name of Harker and Hall Architecture, Ltd. The cornerstone was one of two concessions requested in exchange for services rendered to the city. Responsible for the design, building, and upkeep of the ROCBG, H&H is a family owned and run business that operates in the City of Rhydin as well as the surrounding realms. Richard D. Harker and his longtime friend, Albert W. Hall, are the joint owners of this organization. Harker's wife, Rhiannon, is in charge of Public Relations. Mrs. Harker also serves as General Manager for the Observatory Complex.  Another member of the family, Eregor Tur Gairdin manages the Botanical Garden.

Facilities within the observatory building honor and remember several citizens. The Botanical Garden, however, was dedicated in memory of one person, Fayalki the Hunter. For many years, Fayalki served his adopted home as a shaman and healer. He is best remembered, along with his wife, Dechirant (Dey), as a beloved bartender at the Red Dragon Inn. His tomahawk still hangs on the wall behind the bar. 

The Botanical Garden is home to a variety of plant species including examples of those native and non-native to the Realm of Rhydin. There is an active beehive and an ant colony within the conservatory. While the honeybees can safely be observed from behind a plexiglass wall, a reminder is posted for the benefit of those with allergies to bee venom. Doses of Epinephrine are kept on hand as an emergency precaution.  Some of the honey produced by the hive is sold in jars and products sold in the cafe of observatory building. Restrooms are located just outside the conservatory.

There are plenty of places on the grounds to enjoy a stroll, a quiet place to think or read, or enjoy a picnic in the grove. A gazebo has played host to a few weddings and performances of local artists. A small carousel for children is open most of the year. Several greenhouses and garden plots are available to the public, free of charge. The only stipulation is those patrons that are growing plants known or found to be poisonous do so in one of the smaller, single holder, greenhouses that can be locked. During the winter freezes, a large pond is used for ice skating.

Memories and Other Dances / Re:
« on: February 09, 2019, 09:10:22 PM »
Sandcastles and Wine - Rhiannon and Dennis Harker

1.  The Glory of Love - Peter Cetera

2.  Holding Out for a Hero - Bonnie Tyler

3.  I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You - Tina Arena and Kane Alexander

4.  Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers

5.  Lady - Styx

6.  Happy Together - Turtles

7.  Rhiannon - Fleetwood Mac

8.  Bad to the Bone - George Thorogood

9.  Accidentally in Love - Counting Crows

10. Love Is the Drug - Roxy Music

Community Events / Re: Thanksgiving 1980
« on: November 19, 2018, 07:27:00 PM »
The Harker family brought a collection of canned foods collected by the students of Harker's Academy in Old Temple. Some of the students and their families had come along to help carry boxes and join the celebration!

A somewhat unique item from Harker and Hall Architecture, Ltd. was placed in Pharlen's care to chose a family in need. The deed to a small plot of land with a three bedroom, 1.5 bathroom home. The place had a large kitchen/dining area as well as a big family room on the first floor. The three upstairs bedrooms and bath would be kitted out to accommodate the family's needs. The pantry and fridge were to be filled with the necessities including meats from Matadero Carniceria. Bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen linens from GrangerGuild were chosen to make the place more comfortable.  Aslakssons was the choice for the glassware. Albert Hall, one of H&H's founding members, chatted up a few of ladies present.

((GrangerGuild, Matadero Carniceria, and Aslakssons are the property of their respective creators. ))

Current project in Battlefield Park, apartment building

Memories and Other Dances / A Little Family Fun
« on: May 05, 2017, 07:12:33 PM »
29 April 2017

Rhiannon and Dennis Harker had volunteered to keep track of a few children over the weekend to allow their parents time to enjoy the bonfire and other festivities.  Colleen and Alinar were having their first experience digging for clams on the island. Madison was out on the boat, fishing with her uncle and cousin, Rick. Cate and Maggie were on fire building duty. Abby was dutifully wrapping potatoes and corn on the cob in foil to be cooked later.  Nicole took the night off from the bistro to spend some time with her nieces and nephews.  Bertie was off painting the town and hoping to enjoy some the magic of Beltane celebration in the city.

The RhyDin Post / Re: Commercial Ads
« on: January 18, 2017, 08:33:38 PM »
Self defense classes are held at Harker's Academy after normal operating hours for non students regardless of age, race, creed, gender, or innate talents. Potential students with physical limitations are asked to contact (or have someone make contact on their behalf) the administration office to arrange for a class that meets their needs.

Of Gall And Grangers / Re: Safe Havens For All
« on: January 14, 2017, 11:00:13 PM »
Old Market West Side Emergency Services and Urgent Care Center has been and will remain a safe haven for all citizens.

Upgrades to Old Temple Fire Station #2 have been completed. The urgent care and emergency shelter opened 1 January.  Like its Old Market counterpart, it too is a safe haven.

Harker's Academy in Old Temple will continue to hold self defense classes for non students after school hours.  The academy is first and foremost an academic institution; the well being of our students is paramount.  It is for this reason we are referring those in need of a safe haven to Nicole's Bistro across the street.

Community Events / Re: Winterfesat (2016) - Yule Ball
« on: December 11, 2016, 10:03:31 PM »
The following merchants and businesses have donated the following to be given as door prizes for the Yule Ball.

A set of crystal stemware from Shining Star Glassworks, Ciarth Whitemane, proprietor.

A custom made clock from Lemnos Craft works;  Hephaestus, proprietor.

A week long spa and resort package for two at Arcasa Resort; Aja Bird, owner.

Two season tickets for the Shanachie Theater's 2017 Season provided by Mataya De Luca.

A year of well child care for one family sponsored by Riverview Clinic; Maranya Valkonan, Chief of Staff.

A week stay for one family at Typhoon Bay Resort and Waterpark sponsored by Mad Hatter Enterprises, Race Bannen, owner.

A choice of two dinners for two or one dinner party of up to eight people. Private dining rooms are available. Included per person is one entree, up to three sides dishes, and two desserts. Also included is one magnum of wine per two adult at the table. Other alcohol beverages are available with this offer in limited quantities. This package is provided by Nicole's Bistro and Pizzeria; Nicole Brock, General Manager and Owner.

Community Events / Re: Wedding Bells: Rand and Val get hitched!
« on: December 10, 2016, 11:13:33 AM »

Catie and Rick had opted out of going to the wedding with their mother, sister, and aunt. They were spending the night in snug jammies, drinking hot chocolate, and hearing stories from their Uncle Heph. Not to mention they would be the older kids for a change!

Maggie left a small box among the presents. her mother had helped her to write the card in calligraphy. It was no were near as fancy as Rhiannon's, but it was legible and that's what mattered.

Dear Rand and Val,

Happy Wedding Day! I hope you will always be very happy together. We got you something special. I hope you like it!


Maggie and the family

Tucked into the card was a gift certificate for a week's stay for two at the Arcasa resort and spa.

The Shanachie Theater / Re:
« on: December 06, 2016, 09:40:24 PM »
An envelope addressed to Annabeth was left in the box with the following note:

Dear Annabeth,

Maggie has told me of the tragedy that has befallen your friends and neighbors. Our family would like to help out by purchasing lumber and other supplies to help rebuild some of the homes that were destroyed. We've been in touch with building supply firms closest to the area to place the orders. Work crews are being arranged through local contractors.

Best wishes,

Rhiannon D. Harker

Memories and Other Dances / Re: Maggie for Governor
« on: September 25, 2016, 06:10:27 AM »
Wednesday, 21 September 2016

It was an ordinary morning at Harker's Academy or it seemed like it. Instructors were given the usual reminders when some organization or other got its head up its backside about racial equality or wanting to register those with magical or other innate gifts.  This time, however, it wasn't someone with a sports title or a journalist raising concerns and riling up the masses. This time, it was a group supporting a candidate for Governor.  If they got past the primary and won the general election, would Rhydin's non human citizens be in for at least a year of hell? Rumors were flying that people who had passed for humans were lending support to the cause. What would happen to them when they were found out? Would they automatically be accused of sabotage and treason of some kind?

Rhiannon was at her desk writing up a notice to the parents that extra safety measures as well as more intensive hand to hand defense training for some of the students were going into effect immediately. She was recommending that life signs bracelets be worn by students between the time they left home and time they returned there. The bracelets, created by her sister, were a simple looking item, about the size of a hospital bracelet that tracked the wearer's heartbeat, blood pressure, etc. If at any time the signs couldn't be read and voice contact couldn't be established, it would be predetermined at the parents' digression whether the child should be sent home or to a hospital via transport beacon. People like the Humanity First group were one of the biggest reasons that Rhi had opened the school in the first place. Too many children had been injured or killed by such organizations and their instigating.  She was about to print a copy of the notice for a proofreading session when she froze in her tracks. Rhi felt the sensation of what could best be described as a sledgehammer making contact with front section of her skull. Before she could sit, wails of anguish came from some of the classrooms. Each child that had cried out looked as though they, too, had experience that sensation. Rhi swallowed hard, the children were all very gifted empaths.

Her eldest daughter was sitting with her back against the wall and holding her head in her hands and murmuring, "It was so loud like a volcano blowin' up! And then it stopped; it just stopped."

Rhi's face was suddenly drained of color as she recalled part of a story when a planet was destroyed. I felt a great disturbance in the force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I feel something terrible has happened.*  Not long after, they learned about the bombing at the rally in Dockside. Maggie's Meet & Greet session was canceled for that day and the rest of the week.  Attempting to be Governor of Rhydin was taking a back seat to coping with a sensitive issue; comforting families, helping frightened and wounded children. Hadn't she been asked about those issues not so long ago?  Several of the students stepped forward to join Mairead in hospital visitations. There was no Obi-wan, but there was still hope and it showed on the faces of Rhiannon's students.

[size=9]* From Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope[/size]

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