Send in the clones

TRAVEL SMARTS

July 16, 2000|By Tricia Bishop

Visitors to the Minnesota Zoo's newest exhibit, the working 8.5-acre Wells Fargo Family Farm, are seeing double. Three-year-old Gene, the world's first bovine clone, joined Cookies and Cream, two Holstein heifer clones, and other rare breeds such as American Cream draft horses and Gloucestershire Old Spots pigs at the farm earlier this month.

As the first permanent public display of clones, exhibitors hope people will see the cows and come to accept them as regular parts of the animal world, because, says Jim Streater, vice president of the zoo's biological programs, "the technology is here, and it's not going away."

Gene was the result of more than a decade of scientific research that sought to develop cloned cows whose milk contains pharmaceutical proteins that can be extracted, purified and used to treat human diseases.

The farm exhibit also provides displays of farming techniques of the past and present, and what's in store for the very near future. For information, go to www.mnzoo.com or call 952-431-9500.

SHOW PUTS SOUTHERN ACCENT ON CRAFTS

Hand-beaded vases, elaborate stained-glass displays and mixed media wall hangings are just a few of the heritage crafts on display next weekend in Asheville, N.C., during the 53rd annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands.

More than 160 members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild from nine states will be on hand with a rich collection of arts reflecting the character and style of southern Appalachian traditions. The festival runs July 20-23 at the Asheville Civic Center and features live mountain and old-time music, and more than a dozen craft demonstrations.

For more information, go to www.southernhighlandguild.org, or call 828-298-7928.

Turtles, butterflies make fun playmates

Bees, bobcats, bald eagles and butterflies -- you can see all of them at the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News, but it's much more than a zoo. Through live exhibits and programs, the museum stimulates awareness of the natural world by rolling wildlife, botanical gardens and a planetarium all into one experience. Two new additions were just unveiled for this summer:

* The "Safari Golf Learning Adventure," an outdoor nature classroom in the form of a miniature golf course. The balls represent a sea turtle hatchling making its hazardous way past raccoons and four-wheel-drive vehicles to the haven of the ocean. Guests putt their turtle to safety through 27 holes, each one representing a natural science theme.

* In the "Butterflies, Bugs 'N' Blooms" exhibit, housed behind screen walls, dancing colors float before your eyes as the butterflies -- including monarchs, swallowtails and painted ladies -- fly with other insects such as dragonflies and ladybugs, all surrounded by the fresh blooms of seasonal plants.

For information, call 757-595-1900 or go to www.valivingmuseum.org.

Checking in with fine art

The Park Hyatt hotel chain has raised lodging decor to a fine art. Instead of splashy prints chosen to match the carpet, you'll find original Picasso and Matisse works gracing the walls in the Washington hotel and contemporary photography rotating through the Hyatt in Carmel, Calif., where Ansel Adams' work was once displayed.

A bronze modern sculpture by Italian artist Arnaldo Pomodoro slices through three stories of the San Francisco Hyatt, and the Philadelphia site might be considered a work of art itself. The building dates to 1904 and features Edwardian design and original stained-glass, domed ceilings.

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