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Saturday, July 26, 2014

An Evening in Williamstown

Pera Mediterranean Bistro - Williamstown, MA

Thursday night we drove to Williamstown to celebrate Constant Companion's birthday.  First on the agenda was Pera Mediterranean Bistro on Spring Street.  I had observed, several times while in Williamstown, how it attracted a nice crowd and my visit to the website further perked my interest.  It was a beautiful evening, so we dined outside and Pera exceeded our expectations. We shared a terrific flat-bread appetizer. I enjoyed scrumptious perfect scrod. Constant Companion raved over her watermelon salad (a special) with grilled shrimp, walnuts and feta cheese. The key lime pie for dessert did not disappoint. Fahri Karakaya, the owner, who is very friendly, has created a winner.

Images Cinema - Williamstown, MA
Next on the agenda, Words and Pictures at Images Cinema, two doors down from Pera and "the only year-round, nonprofit, independent film house in the Berkshires."  Before moving to Grafton, Spectrum 8 in Delmar was a frequent outing choice.  We both enjoy quality foreign and independent films and at least one of the eight screens at Spectrum 8 was always showing a good film.  Images Cinema only has one screen, but the theater management has solved the problem of "too many choices" -- they select the best film for you.  This evening it was Words and Pictures, a good film.  Now showing Begin Again, perhaps an even better one.

A five star outing in my book.  Williamstown is a scenic 17 mile drive from the lake via Toad Point Road and Route 2 over the Petersburgh Pass for us.  It's a bit of a brain teaser to me that Williamstown is 17 miles from our home, while Troy is 20.  The Pass makes it seem further than it is.  We recently declared it our "big city" home base.  So we opened accounts at the Williamstown Savings Bank and find ourselves doing our grocery shopping at the Stop And Shop, and stopping at Wild Oats Market for our favorite hard to find choice olive oil.  The culture, the "feel," and the beauty of Williamstown are hard to beat in my book, though I'm not about to give up rural life.

See also: Papa Charlie's Deli 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Program of Peace

Monday, July 21, 2014

Grafton Inn Historical Marker

Grafton Inn (NY) Historical Marker
The Grafton Historical Society, with the permission of the Inn owner, just installed a historical marker in front of the Grafton Inn B&B.  Kudos to GHS!

I love these markers, the information they provide and the interest in local history they encourage.  This type of  historic marker is no longer installed by New York State, but the New York State Museum has a webpage "How Do I Get a New York State Historic Marker?"  Many of these historical markers are made today at Catskill Castings Historical Markers.

See also: Grafton Inn B&B and Hezekiah Coon Inn

Grafton Inn B&B

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Junco in a Basket

Dark-Eyed Junco
Last year, it was a robin who decided the electrical service box on our outside house wall was a great spot for a nest and a place to raise a family.  This Dark-eyed Junco and his mate live, along with a passel of newborns, in a hanging plant basket over our deck.  They were skittish at first but now think I'm a Junco, or at least Junco-friendly.  The babies are too deep in the nest for me to try and photograph them. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014