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Sunday, June 26, 2016

North Adams SteepleCats

North Adams SteepleCats vs Sanford Mainers
June 25, 2016

Take a drive over the Petersburgh Pass, through Williamstown to North Adams and enjoy an evening of good old-fashion baseball played by top college players from all over the country.  The North Adams SteepleCats belong to the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NEBL).

They have a very good team this year, currently a 9-6 record.  I watched them defeat the Sanford Mainers last night by a 6-1 score.

$4 tickets ($3 seniors), $2.50 hamburgers, $2.50 pizza, hot dogs, soda, nachos.  Ticket and dinner almost cheaper than a beer at Yankee Stadium.
Take Me Out to the Ballgame
SteepleCats 7th inning stretch June 25, 2016

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Peter's People - Creating the Dream

I don't know how I missed this project until this point, but I'm glad I serendipitously happened upon it. The video is an interesting "portrait of eight artists and musicians living in Petersburgh, New York, in the Taconic Mountains. Each artist works at home, is involved with nature, and produces original and exciting professional works."

Peter's People - Creating the Dream

From the YouTube credits:
Video by Priscilla McLean and music (compiled and original) by Barton McLean. Funded by NY State Council for the Arts and the Taconic Corporation. Sponsored by the Petersburgh Public Library, Sharon Hodges, librarian. Nancy Burstein, project sponsor. 

Visit the McLeans' website for further information at:

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

First Sunday at the Clark

The Clark
We took advantage of the "First Sunday at the Clark" again this past Sunday -- free admission on the first Sunday of the month, October through May.  Here are some of the masterpieces I focused on this week.  Pinch me... do I really live 15 miles from one of the great art museums of the world?

Sunrise in the Woods - George Inness, 1887
Self-Portrait - Renoir, c. 1875

Self-Portrait - Renoir,1899
The Print CollectorsHonorĂ© Daumier, c. 1860-63
The Artist's Gardener - Carulus-Duran, 1893

Man Reading - Attributed to Rembrant van Rijn, c. 1648

The Thinker - Auguste Rodin, modeled 1880, cast 1906

The Parisian Sphinx - Alfred Stevens, c. 1880

West Point, Prout's Neck - Winslow Homer, 1900

Portrait of a Man - Jan Gossaert, c. 1524

Portrait of a Man - Ridolfo Ghirlandaio, c. 1500-20

Friday, March 25, 2016

Williams College Museum of Art

Williams College Museum of Art
Yesterday was a perfect, sunny day for a drive over the Petersburgh Pass to Williamstown.  The usual timing for sandwiches at Papa Charlie's Deli and then a walk over to the Williams College Museum of Art.  I subscribe to the Destination Williamstown feed, which had alerted me to a new exhibit I knew we'd enjoy -- Not Theories, but Revelations: The Art and Science of Abbott Handerson Thayer." That exhibit was terrific.  They asked that no photos be taken of it, but were okay with photographing the rest of the exhibits.

This museum is a hidden jewel.  No admission is charged, although donations are always welcome. It's not too small and not too big -- just right when you're getting the March stir-crazies.

Both Sides Now exhibit

As always, click on an image to enlarge it.

From the WCMA permanet holdings:

Her Past Record - ca. 1900, John George Brown

The Head and Right Hand of Michelangelo and a Subsidiary Study of  the Right Hand of Aristotle: Studies for the Apotheosis of Homer - Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, ca. 1826-27

Bust of Abraham Lincoln - Sarah Fisher Ames, ca. 1864-66

It is my understanding that Republican Abraham Lincoln was not considered a bully, narcissist, misogynist, con artist, phony or fraud. His opponents never called him "Lying Abe Lincoln," and he never tweeted photos of his opponent's wife's GQ magazine spreads.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Taconic Lake Symphony

Our lake is singing this morning.  Once or twice a year, during extreme temperature fluctuation, the lake plays a symphony caused by the expansion and contraction of ice sheets.  This one, on February 19, 2016 is a beaut!

Put on the headphones and crank up the volume.....