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A piece of history hanging on the wall at the Forbes Family Restaurant, Wells Beach, Maine. The ghost of summers past, and of another May.
The site of the Ledgeview Inn, built in 1988, was where formerly had stood the Island Ledge Casino, since about 1909. It was a huge, ramshackle barn of a building with a second story veranda, big enough for a 450-seat movie theater, and dancing, and bowling. This poster possibly dates from the 1930s or '40s.
Another summer season is about to start, but ghosts of season past walk along the beach. Some of them are us in younger days.
For more on Lafayette's Oceanfront Resort and the Forbes Family Restaurant, have a look here.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Welcome to Cape Ann, Maine. Or, as we in New England call it, Chester, Connecticut.
As part of our annual celebration of Amtrak’s National Train Day, which falls this Saturday, May 12th, we have a look today at the filming sites for the fictional Cape Ann in the movie “It Happened to Jane” (1959). This Doris Day/Jack Lemmon film is going to be discussed this Thursday on my Another Old Movie Blog. I hope you can join us over there.
Chester, Connecticut was a movie stand-in for a fictional Maine village, where Doris Day and Jack Lemmon run up against a nasty mean railroad owner played by Ernie Kovacs. It’s a charming movie, and its many outdoor shots of a seemingly idyllic New England village in a lush 1950s summer are a huge part of what makes the movie so pleasant.
A lot of townspeople were used as extras in the film, its own town fife and drum corps appeared in the movie, and Chester still identifies with the film to the extent of showing it in the Meeting House of an occasional summer evening. Larry Bloom, a native of Chester, writing in the New York Times January 25, 2009 noted, “…it is eerie, in particular, to watch the scene of town meeting that takes place in that very building, or watch Lemmon and Ms. Day argue in front of the nearby waterfall on High Street.”
It must be eerie, too, to catch glimpses of long-passed relatives “voting” in town meeting.
Have a look at then and now. You’ll see that not a lot has changed in Chester over the last 50-odd years, that perhaps the biggest change is reflected in the seasons. The movie was shot during summertime, with all the trees leafed out. You can almost smell the mowed lawns and hear the crickets. These present-day shots were taken in March, when things are still apt to be pretty colorless and the sunshine weak.
Have a look at this previous post on the delightful Essex Steam Train.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Today, a photography exhibition showcasing the work of Gretje Ferguson opens at the Wellesley Free Library for the entire month of May. The title of this exhibit is called “Authors Among Us”. Black-and-white fine art portraits of 15 Massachusetts writers are included in the show. One of them is yours truly.
Next Wednesday, a reception celebrating Ms. Ferguson’s exhibition will be held, free and open to the public as an opportunity to meet the photographer and authors. I’ll be there, too, and if any reader of this blog in the Wellesley area can make this event, I’d love to meet you.
Time: Wednesday, May 9, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Place: Wellesley Free Library, Wakelin Room
530 Washington Street
Featured authors: Robyn Bradley, Lilian Cheung, Kyle Darcy, Steve Elman, Anita Diamant, Juliette Fay, Bob Halloran, Dello Iacono, Daphne Kalotay, Kathleen Burns Kingsbury, Jacqueline T. Lynch, William Martin, Peter H. Reynolds, Neal Sanders, Katrin Schumann, Alan Tolz, Gail Van Kleeck, Raffi Yessayan
See you there.
Posted by Jacqueline T. Lynch at 7:25 AM