Primetimers to Raleigh

Thursday, January 11, our Primetimers (senior citizens group) from Tabernacle Baptist Church left Wilson at about 8:15 a.m. and made our way to Raleigh, NC. We arrived at the Exploris Museum and purchased our tickets for the IMAX Theatre. If you’ve never been to an IMAX movie then you have missed out on one of the exciting experiences of modern technology. Unlike traditional 35mm movie theatres, the IMAX Theatre at Exploris features a giant 52 foot high flat screen – the largest in North Carolina – and is enhanced by a 12,000-watt digital surround sound system. The theatre seats up to 271 people and is designed to make visitors feel like they’re in the center of the action.

IMAX, which stands for “Image Maximum”, is considered to be the most advanced motion picture system available in the world today. The strong sense of reality that viewers experience in an IMAX theatre is the result of the production process, the projection system, the theatre design, the state-of-the-art sound system and the giant screen itself.

We watched the film “Greatest Places.” The film took us on an educational journey to seven of the most geographically dynamic locations on Earth. In the film we visited the Amazon, Greenland, the Falls of Iguazu, Madagascar, the Desert of Namib, the Okavango Delta, and Tibet.

As in most films the narration contained several references to evolution and an earth that is millions of years old. Personally I watched it from a Biblical worldview and was impressed with our God and the diversity and yet unity of His creation. How anyone can truly believe that all of this just happened by chance is a mystery to me. You can explore the Greatest Places online here.

We then went to Big Ed’s for lunch. If you are in the Raleigh area and you like good old-fashioned home cooking then Big Ed’s is the place for you. The atmosphere is great with farm implements hanging from the ceiling. They have nostalgic photos and newspapers hanging on the walls. I even found a poster of my favorite television program, the Andy Griffith Show.

We didn’t see Big Ed this time, but in year’s past he always stops by our table, wearing a red gingham shirt and blue jean overalls. Ed showed us how to mix butter and molasses to eat on huge homemade biscuits. Big Ed told me one time why his biscuits are so good. He said he uses his momma’s recipe and they are still made with lard.

After lunch we walked around the City Market with the cobblestone streets and old-fashioned lanterns. We ended up at a vegetable market where most everyone took advantage of the bargains on produce.

It was a quick trip, but a fun trip.

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