Tuesday, May 27, 2014
A ride through Vermont today, and a few views from the middle of the state. Above, here's the common and town center of Woodstock.
Across from the common is where you drop your letters to Santa. But not this time of year. A relic akin to the old hitching post.
Eastward and nestled beside the long Connecticut River (Connecticut actually meaning: long tidal river), is the town of Windsor, where we take advantage of a good day for some spring planting.
Both towns are in Windsor County, both have populations of a bit over 3,000 people, but one thrived in the Industrial Revolution, and the other remained largely agricultural. Windsor is where those rebellious free thinkers wrote themselves a Constitution, broke off from Mother England, and declared the Republic of Vermont.
We previously covered the Windsor-Cornish Covered Bridge here, one of the longest covered bridges in the world, where you can slip over to New Hampshire if you want to. Go ahead, I'll wait.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
In honor of the coming Memorial Day holiday, a lonely windswept hilltop grave in Coventry, Connecticut. Here lies Major Thomas Brown, who saw action in the Revolutionary War, and survived the conflict.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
The Leavitt Theatre in Ogunquit, Maine, which we featured in this previous post on my Another Old Movie Blog, will be showing a series of silent films this summer, beginning, June 5, with futuristic sci-fi “Metropolis” (1927), and running through October with Lon Chaney's “Phantom of the Opera” (1925).
The films will be accompanied by live music by Jeff Rapsis, who specializes in scoring silent films.
Other films include “The Lost World” (1925), “Peter Pan” (1924), ‘Tarzan and the Golden Lion’ (1927), and tributes to Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd. For more on this series, have a look at this Seacoast Online article, or the Leavitt Theatre website.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
There is much history of the most beguiling art form of puppetry here at the Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry. These actors are the progeny of a long heritage stretching through the ages of human expression.
They may take a crude or avant garde form, or they may, as the assembly above, assume the garb of English operetta. This is the cast of the Gilbert and Sullivan classic, H.M.S. Pinafore.