29 June, 2009

Hancock Shaker Village - Hancock, MA

Pictures taken from the road of Hancock Shaker Village right outside of Pittsfield. I also took some film pictures, and when I develop them, I want to compare them with these digital shots.

Putting up the jam

I did some serious strawberry picking yesterday, and I'm happy to report that it yielded me 24 jars of jam, plenty to give away to friends and family.

28 June, 2009

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Lanesborough, MA

The berries are gorgeous -- I picked 12 lbs. and plan to make lots of strawberry jam!

26 June, 2009

Ralph Lieberman opening - Williams College, MA

Curt and I went to the photography opening of a friend of his, Ralph Lieberman, a professor at Williams College. His images are outstanding, his printing beautiful. I wish I could show some of his work here, but as it was, I was reprimanded by security for taking this picture. Also at the Williams College Museum of Art are two exhibits of Edward Steichen: Episodes from a Life in Photography and Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, The Condé Nast Years, 1923-1927. Again, stunning images and printing. After the opening reception, Ralph took a few friends and colleagues, Curt and I included, out for a wonderful dinner at a local restaurant. It was very exciting...everything a summer's evening in the Berkshires has to offer. I was very grateful to Ralph for including me in the festivities.

24 June, 2009

Cathedral of All Saints - Albany, NY

The Cathedral of All Saints was the first Episcopal cathedral in America to be conceived and built on the English model of church, hospital, convent and school. The brainchild of William Croswell Doane (1832-1914), first Bishop of Albany, the Cathedral was intended to recreate and literally imitate its English prototypes right down to the ancient pavements and stones. I am fortunate that this church is literally on the same block as where I work, so I am able to go there whenever I want to. Yesterday I stopped in, and as usual, there was not a soul in sight, so I snapped a few pictures. It is truly a beautiful cathedral. http://www.cathedralofallsaints.org

21 June, 2009

Firefighter's Convention - Lake George, NY

Matt is 3rd from the right. Their company looked very sharp.

Matthew in full dress uniform

My son Matthew is a volunteer firefighter with the Shaker Road Loudonville Fire Department. The Hudson Valley Volunteer Firefighters Association had their annual parade this past Saturday in Lake George and Matthew marched with the colour guard. I was very, very proud of him. He looked so handsome in his uniform. Luckily, the rain held out and it was awesome!

Katie

She just couldn't contain herself :-)

19 June, 2009

Shaker Road Loudonville Fire Department float

Their hook and ladder is affectionately referred to as the "Big Kahuna" hence the Hawaiian theme for the float. My son looks good in a grass skirt, huh!

Matt and Katie at convention party

16 June, 2009

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13 June, 2009

still pouring but everyone is swimming

Let the fun begin...

So what if it's raining outside....the water is a warm 85-90 degrees and once one person went in (or should I say thrown in by my son #2) everybody joined in. They had a blast!

A bit wet

My daughter's graduation party down in Cranbury, NJ. It's been raining all day, non-stop. You'd think that would hinder the festivities, but nope...we all had a great time.

bacci ball - monroe twp NJ

This is in the development my former father-in-law lives in. Bacci ball is a great way for the neighbors to get together and socialize.

08 June, 2009

Barnard Genral Store - Barnard, VT

Quintessential New England, right out of a Norman Rockwell painting.
The store includes an old fashioned soda fountain circa 1940's. What a wonderful small town general store as you would only see in New England.

New England life

I stopped in at a local shop in Jamaica, VT and the woman who owned the store was working on her loom, weaving an area rug. She used 2 different types of yarn, silk and cotton. The silk is sturdier and allows for deeper, richer colors when dyeing. The loom is absolutely beautiful and as I watched her working, it was apparent that she didn't even have to think about it..it was second nature, like breathing.
I passed this farm along Rt. 67 on my way to Silver Lake, VT. I love driving along the New England countryside, savoring the small town life and all it has to offer.

06 June, 2009

Jamaica VT

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Jamaica, VT

A local (and vocal) artist in Jamaica, VT says what's on his mind, using his studio/gallery as a billboard. Jamaica is a small, artsy, New England town, and there are several artists displaying their wares.

05 June, 2009

ADK's Black Fly Affair and Auction

Curt and Noel
There was dancing and a live band.
He owns the Cooperstown Brewing Company and is also a member of ADK. He always sponsors a tasting at all major ADK events. Good beer too!

David Sedaris

David Sedaris, a popular writer, was at our local Borders. He writes in essay form, about growing up in a North Carolina suburb...he's absolutely hilarious. It was quite a treat to see him in person.