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Sunday, August 11, 2019

The Clark: Renoir and O'Keeffe Exhibits

NYTimes article today (click here) on the new Renoir and O'Keeffe exhibits at The Clark in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
The Clark is not just a cultural gem in our backyard, its campus also has trails through a beautiful pasture and woods.
Also, check out Williams College's new $32 million Williams Inn, which opens August 15th. It is located at the end of Spring Street. Click here for more.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The Mount

Visited Edith Wharton's (1862-1937) home, "The Mount," in Lenox, Mass. yesterday. The house is interesting, Wharton, herself, more so. The grounds are beautiful. Wharton lived here from 1902 to 1911. Surprisingly, one is given great freedom to roam through the house independently, though I highly recommend the house tour. They offer a garden tour as well.
Wharton was the first female author to win the Pulitzer Prize for Literature with her "The Age of Innocence." Many know her book "Ethan Frome." Between 1900 and 1938, Edith wrote over 40 books, both novels and novellas, and 85 short stories.
If you join a local museum that is a member of the North American Reciprocal Museum Association -- something we do with our The Clark museum membership -- you enter at no cost.

A bit reminiscent of Yaddo (Saratoga Springs), though actually more beautiful.

Edith Wharton valued trees.

Her 5,000 volume book collection is here. About half the collection is on view here in her library and the remainder in storage. Oddly, she did most of her writing in her bed.

The collection had entered into private hands for many years but the organization that runs The Mount wisely paid a pretty penny to restore it to its rightful home. Many of the books have Wharton's notes penciled in.

Wharton's kitchen table sat eight. She, rightfully, knew that any more than that number doesn't really work for good shared conversation. The round table also promotes it.

Corner of Wharton's bedroom.

There are many sculptures on the grounds.

Wharton was intimately involved in the design of the house.

Now on my "What to Read" list.

Alta Restaurant in Historic Lenox -- a great lunch can be had here after a morning visit to The Mount.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Trail at Lake Shaftsbury State Park

Public Beach at Lake Shaftsbury State Park

Took a 45-minute drive from Grafton to Lake Shaftsbury State Park yesterday and hiked the nature trail around the lake. Beautiful park, well-groomed trails, awesome wetlands and more!

A pleasure to hike with bridges like this.

Video of the wetlands at Lake Shaftsbury

This had been a very large tree.

Spotted a very large heron here.

Stay with this one... yep, our hike was interrupted by a locomotive!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Everett Cave

Buddy Bob Providing Perspective at Everett Cave
I've posted previously on the trails at Southern Vermont College. Several days ago, a group of friends and I hiked the Cave Trail, which leads to the Everett Cave. This cave is described on the college's website:

"The Cave Trail, one of the paths running along the side of Mt. Anthony, gets its name from the Everett Cave, a marble solution cave that cuts into the side of the mountain. A solution cave is one that is formed when acidic water carves away the stone. The cave features many interesting dripstone formations, which are best known as stalactites and stalagmites. These are formed by accumulating mineral deposits, and their names are derived from the Greek word meaning “that which drips.”

Click here for a trail map.

Buddy Bob is sent in to check for bears. He figured, if there were any, they probably speak Bulgarian. Brave man, that Bob!

View to north from trail -- Bennington Battle Monument in distance.

View to the east from the trails -- college's athletic field.

Everett Mansion -- main campus building

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Silo Songs - Hancock Shaker Village

Silo Songs (video)

A historic wooden silo in Pittsfield, Mass., is the site of a new, immersive sound installation. Silo Songs, a collaboration between Hancock Shaker Village and Brad Wells, Williams’ Lyell B. Clay Artist in Residence, is inspired by hymnals and song sheets from the college’s Shaker Collection and the library at Hancock Shaker Village. “To be invited into a project where I get to play with sounds is a gift,” says Wells, who is the artistic director of the Grammy Award-winning ensemble Roomful of Teeth.