Saturday, October 22, 2016

Travel to NE post 5

I have enjoyed Rockport before on visits, and this time was no exception. Lots of nice shops (yes that's what I do when I travel, go into lots of shops looking for display ideas and to see what the next big trend is).

Then on a whim I decided to drive out to Provincetown, haven't been there since about 1980. Really hasn't changed much. Love the drive along 6A.

I stopped at a little gallery that had funky sculpture outside. Turns out all the work was by sculptor Alfred Glover.

From there I drove to Mystic, CT, and stopped at the museum. I didn't go through, I had done that another time, but did look around a little bit.

Then I ran across the BF Clyde Cider Mill, circa 1881 the oldest steam powered cider mill in the country.
 It was very interesting and had a great shop where you could buy the cider (delicious), wine, donuts and more.

I spent that night back in Morristown. The next day headed down the Eastern Shore.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Travel to NE Part 4

Shelburne Falls is a cute and quaint little town. Things I enjoyed most were the Bridge of Flowers, a potter I met and just the general look of the town.

Since I was so close I drove to Deerfield, that didn't do much for me but then I did not tour any of the historic sites. I DID love seeing this giant pumpkin on the porch!!

From there north to Brattleboro, VT, stopping along the way at the nicest rest area I've ever been in.

I liked Brattleboro a lot, visited my friend Greg Worden who owns a gallery there. They have a lot of nice shops in their downtown, galleries, several independent book stores, and the sweetest florist shop I've ever been in. It's tiny with lots of unusual plants and gifts, all made by the owner, from pots to cards to jewelry! Maybe some day when I retire from CC I'll have a tiny shop like this - or not.

From there to the lake district of New Hampshire, wow -  loved the lakes and can't believe I'd never been there before. I could spend the summer there, of course the lakes in Michigan are just as beautiful.

Rode the COG Railroad to the top of Mt Washington, it was fun. The top of the mountain was not clear but it was still neat, -1 with 50 mph winds. There is a great museum up there, restaurant and gift shop. Just for fun and to remember how cold -1 is I stood outside for about 20 minutes in the weather. It was invigorating but 20 minutes was enough.

I was going to go to Manchester but decided to go east to Kennybunkport, remembering how pretty that area was and it had some nice shops. I've been looking for another spinner for our porch. So glad I went there because a gallery had a yard full of Lyman Whitakers spinners. I've followed his work for years seeing it in Asheville and Naples, FL but have never seen that variety. This was the treat of the trip, getting one myself. I'll post photos of it at home once I get it installed.

Everywhere I went were beautiful flowers!

Of course had to drive along the water to gaze at the Bush estate.

From there south to Newburyport. I walked into Valeries Gallery, I've been in a business Association with her for years but we don't see each other too often. I walked in and she said Jan? I was surprised she recognized me but she follows me on Facebook (and I her) so is used to seeing my face there. She has a nice little gallery. 

Then off to Rockport in the next post.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Travel to NE Part 3

The drive up the western side of Connecticut and Massachusetts was beautiful, passing through many small towns on Hwy 7.

There was a rest area with lots of cairns! I've never seen that before in a rest area.

Some of my favorite towns were Kent, Stockbridge, and Pittsfield.

A few sights along the way.

Everywhere I looked there were sunflowers - everywhere I looked! Next year I'll have some in my yard.

I've always wanted to go to North Adams since potter friends of ours told use years ago that they were turning the mills there into studios with living space above. Then Mass MoCA opened in 1999, 16 acres of grounds in the Downtown, nearly one-third of the business district! The museum is housed in a complex of 19th century mill buildings and is the largest art museum in the country. So forward thinking for this small town of 14,000.

I enjoyed the museum, a lot of the art was a little too far out for me but a couple of the installations I loved.

Like this one that shows the history of the earth since the big bang.

And these drawings, very interesting.

The Downtown shopping district wasn't that great so I went to Williamstown. The highlight of that town is the Clark Museum. I'm seldom blown away by art museums but this one I was. I loved everything about it, so well done. They have a fabulous collection of Impressionist paintings, all collected by Sterling (b 1877 and and heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune) and Francine Clark.

Even the gift shop was beautiful, each display curated and displayed by color. Every piece having some connection to the museum.

From there I drove the Mohawk Trail through the mountains to Shelburne Falls- next post.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Travel to NE part 2

From the Northern Neck I drove straight to Morristown, NJ. My ancestors, David Trowbridge and his son Samuel Trowbridge were early settlers of the area. David was born in Conneticut in 1709 and died in Morristown in 1792 where he and his wife Lydia Holmes settled after their marriage in 1735.

At that time it was called Morrice County, West New Jersey (30 miles west of NYC). He was a farmer and their land was on a mountain which was called (and still is) Trowbridge Mountain. There is a memorial to 9/11 there, since many Morristown residents were killed during that attack.

Samuel was born there in 1742 and later moved to Frederick, Maryland, where he died. He fought in the Revolutionary War and was Methodist minister.

After visiting the memorial I walked around the Downtown, and the square (I always love a town with a square!). This beautiful hotel and restaurant is just off the square.

George Washington spent the winter of 1779-1780 in the Ford Mansion there. It is now a historical site. 

The other thing I really enjoyed was the Morris Museum and their collection - The Murtogh D. Guinness Collection of Mechanical Musical Instruments and Automata! 

Of course I always have to drive around and look at the historic homes, love old architecture!

The down side of Morristown is that there is a LOT of traffic, a little too crazy for me.

Then I was off to North Adams, MA, visiting a few towns along the way.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Slow Blogging and Travel Part 1

Most of you know why my blogging schedule is out of whack, I'm trying to regain some normalcy.

I just returned from a trip to the northeast. The longest road trip I've taken by myself in years. I love seeing new sights, it recharges my creativity.

I also worked on a journal of this trip with sketches, I don't have it quite finished yet but when I do I'll post some of it.

I started out spending a few days in the Northern Neck of Virginia. In the past I only zoomed through. Some of the towns I visited were Gloucester Courthouse, Saluda, Urbana and Williamsburg.

The area is beautiful with lots of small towns and water.

My favorite was Gloucester's Colonial Courthouse Circle. Here is a link to a walking tour of it.

It's like a tiny village in a town square.

 While I didn't tour Williamsburg (have done that before), I did walk through it. My favorite part was the garden with fences and plant supports made from twigs.

I'll be back to do some more touring in this area, beautiful!