Krystal Kornegay Rose is the project manager of the Online Learning Community Project at Mystic Seaport. She works with educators of all levels to design online and onsite programming that enables schools to use the collections and resources available at the museum. Later this fall, the Online Learning Community Project will unveil its website, which has been in the works for three years. The website will feature educator-created materials inspired by the collections.
A North Carolina native who grew up on a cotton farm, Rose has lived in southeastern Connecticut since 2007. She also moonlights as a yoga teacher at the Mystic Yoga Shala in Mystic and Blissworks in New London.
Say you have a present day high school locker. Whose picture would be hanging in it?
Zelda Fitzgerald, Herman Melville, and maybe Click and Clack from NPR's "Car Talk."
What's your favorite sandwich?
You're locked in a museum for a night, which one would it be?
It would be pretty fun to roam around the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston for the night. I could camp out in front of John Singer Sargent's "El Jaleo."
What's your favorite Beatles song?
"In My Life"
Name an item you can't live without:
Item you should live without and keep meaning to get rid of:
Magazines. I just can't help myself.
Push comes to shove, what's your favorite whale?
Last book you couldn't put down:
"Orange is the New Black" by Piper Kerman.
You're a DJ at a club. What's the night's last song:
Tears for Fears: "Head Over Heels."
What's a word you can never spell correctly on the first try:
Bureaucracy. I just had to look it up.
You have to dress up in a Mystic Seaport costume. Which one?
Can I be a whale? Preferably one that gets away.
What's the last TV show you binge-watched?
The new season of "Portlandia." Which is funny because there is a short on "Portlandia" about binge-watching "Battlestar Galactica."
Do you have any pet peeves?
When people use the "Curlz" font. Makes my skin crawl.
Which is better: Saturday night or Sunday morning?
Love Sunday mornings for the coffee and conversation.
North Carolina or South Carolina?
North Carolina for sure. Not just because I am from there but it is really a beautiful state that has a little bit of everything, from the beaches of the Outer Banks to the mountains along the Blue Ridge Parkway with lots of cool architecture, BBQ and farm stuff in between.
Downward facing dog or upward facing dog?
Upward Facing Dog. Love the inhale and looking up.
Sorbet or ice cream?
Sorbet but vanilla ice cream if pie is involved.
Soduku or crossword?
What did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I actually remember telling my teachers in kindergarten and first grade that I was going to be Bill Cosby when I grew up. I think that meant I wanted to be a comedian. I also wanted to make documentary films about barns. I have lots of videos of me giving tours of dilapidated barns on our farm, all with an English accent.
What historical event would you like to have witnessed?
The Norman Invasion of 1066. I have always loved the story of William the Conquerer and Harold Godwinson. I had a wonderful professor in college who was obsessed with the Norman Invasion and he totally passed that onto me. I've even been to see the "favourable wind" of the Bayeux Tapestry, as well as the battlefield and landing spot in Pevensey Bay.
What is your favorite local place to recharge or find serenity?
There's a great little spot on Quanaduck Cove in Stonington that I love to go to with my husband Caleb. There are some really beautiful rocks there and I love the way the water moves over them. One night we were there fishing and once our eyes adjusted, we saw hundreds of glowing jellyfish all around us. I also love walking through Elm Grove Cemetery in Mystic.
Who alive today do you most admire?
My grandmother Dollie and her three sisters. To see pictures of them in the Great Depression and see them now is pretty unbelievable. They have so many great stories and they are so dedicated to each other. Someday I might write a book about them - the real "steel magnolias."