Sunday, December 31, 2006
Saturday, December 30, 2006
NEWPORT ARTILLERY COMPANY
Newport RI - This building is the Artillery Company of Newport museum. It contains memorabilia from America and around the world. Some of the most prized items are
four 3-Pound bronze cannon cast by Paul Revere in his foundry in Boston in 1798 for the State of Rhode Island. It also has a large collections of uniforms from around the world including, Colin Powell, Generals Abrams, Leominster, Westmoreland. Foreign dignataries such as Anwar Sadat, King Hussein, and Price Phillip from England.
(Trivia Alert) - The museum has memorabilia from Rhode Island Civil War General Ambrose Burnside, from whom we get the term "sideburns" due to his unique facial hair. But I'm not done yet, he was also the first President of the NRA.
Sorry about the quality of the photos, it was almost dark when I took them.
Friday, December 29, 2006
Thursday, December 28, 2006
PORTSMOUTH NH TUGBOATS AND TUGBOAT ALLEY
Portsmouth, NH - The Moran Tugs are an institution in Portsmouth. You can't miss them berthed off "Tugboat Alley". Portsmouth is only one of 13 ports that the Moran Tugs are in. Here is one of the tugs coming back from a job.
Here are what I believe are all the tugs waiting for the next job.
"Tugboat Alley" is a store, and I guess the alley that contains shops and restaurants. The store sells photos, paintings, clothes, and gifts. You can even arrange for a sight seeing trip aboard a real tugboat, not a Moran Tug. Click here for details
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
SHAKESPEARE AND COMPANY
Lenox. MA – Shakespeare and Company was started down the road from its present site in 1978 by Tina Packer at Edith Wharton’s estate, “The Mount”. In 2001 it was moved a mile down the street to its new 30 acre home. At Shakespeare and Company they have a troupe that puts on plays. They also have one of the largest theater-in-education programs in the Northeast with upward of 50,000 students annually.
This is the Founders Theater with this beautiful car in front of it.
This is also the location for the Rose Playhouse Project USA. It will be the world’s only historically accurate reconstruction of the originally Rose Playhouse. The playhouse will be surrounded by an Elizabethan village. The originally was built in 1587 on the banks of the Thames River and was where Shakespeare’s earliest plays were performed. You can see the “Rose Footprint”; during the season it is tented (the round cement low structure). This is the location where the theater will be built
More info: http://www.shakespeare.org/
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
SALEM BEER WORKS
Monday, December 25, 2006
CHRISTMAS - 2006
I didn't take any specific Christmas photos yesterday but I decided to make it a religious post. The Nativity scene was from last year, it is in the little town of Bethlehem Connecticut. The 10 commandments is from Salem, Ma and the Christmas tree is on the mast of the USCGC Eagle. Have a Happy Christmas! (my brother kept on saying that instead of Merry Christmas; he said it was the European version. If you are a European reader, could you confirm that?)
Sunday, December 24, 2006
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Early Diners are here.
Santa at the ready
Granville, MA - A few weeks ago the Granville - Tolland Lions Club put on a "Breakfast with Santa". A good part of the population in the area (small towns) shows up for this event. To have all you can eat pancakes, sausage, bacon, coffee, and juice. Served with REAL maple syrup donated from Maple Corners farm. Children of all ages can have their photo taken with Santa. My apoligies to Santa's helpers, the photo was too blurry.
Saturday, December 23, 2006
STONE WHALE - PORTSMOUTH NH
Friday, December 22, 2006
New London, CT – This is the seventh U.S, Coast Guard vessel to bear the name USCGC Eagle since 1792. This ship was built in 1936 by the Blohm and Voss Shipyard in Hamburg Germany. It was originally built to train cadets in the German Navy. It is now used to train American Naval officers. It was taken by the United States as a war prize in 1946. The hull is made of 4/10th inch steel and can go up to 17 knots in the open ocean.
Info at: http://www.cga.edu/eagle/about.aspx
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
A WALK IN THE WOODS
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
MODERN LOBSTER TRAPS
Sunday, December 17, 2006
HARTFORD ROCK ART
Saturday, December 16, 2006
OLD FORD FROM MAINE
Friday, December 15, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
THE HOUSE OF SEVEN GABLES
Salem, MA - This is the famous "House of Seven Gables" made famous by the novel of the same name written by Nathanial Hawthorne. The original house was built in 1668, this is the oldest wooden 17th century mansion in New England. The house is also known as the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion. I took a tour of the house (no photos allowed in the house)and here are a few facts that I remember. The house originally had 3 gables and was added on to until it had seven gables. Then somewhere along the line, someone removed the added on sections until it had three gables. Then, someone put it back to its seven gable state; sorry, I don't remember who and the dates. Another fact we were told was the Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote the novel,"House of Seven Gables" when the house only had three gables ( can't verify). I will look into this more when I feature Mr. Hawthornes house sometime in the near future.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
THE SAFE ARRIVAL
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Monday, December 11, 2006
FRIENDSHIP OF SALEM
Salem, MA – This is the replica of the original “Friendship of Salem” that was built in 1796 – 1797 by the shipbuilder Enos Briggs, who also built the frigate Essex. This replica was built by the Scarano Shipyard in Albany, NY. It is made with some modern materials to meet Coast Guard requirements.
The original Friendship sailed 15 times around to world trading for spices, sugar, coffee, pepper, and other goods. While returning from Archangel, Russia during the War of 1812 she was captured by the British and sold at auction in London, England.
Beginning in 1626, Salem became an important seaport with much trade and fishing done from this port. During the Revolution, many of the patriot seaman turned to privateering to help the war effort. During the Revolution 158 privateering vessels captured 445 British vessels. These privateering profits help to increase the fortunes of many of the post war merchants.
You can tour this ship and see what a old time sailing ship look like.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
JAMES NAISMITH MEMORIAL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME
Springfield, MA – This is the Basketball Hall of Fame which was originally opened February 17, 1968 on the campus of Springfield College. The Hall of Fame on the college campus was closed and a new Hall of Fame was opened June 30, 1985 in it’s current location. In 2002 a new and improved Hall of Fame was opened with shops and restaurants inside. Also, the new basketball shaped façade was added to the new building.
Some trivia about Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of Basketball. First, he was Canadian, he was born November 6, 1861 in Almonte, Ontario, Canada. Second, the reason he invented Basketball was to make his Physical Education Class more interesting during the winter months. Third, the 10 foot height of the basket came to be because that was the height of the elevated running track that he nailed the peach basket to. And last but not least, Basketball was invented at the School for Christian Workers (now Springfield College) in Springfield Massachusetts December 1891.
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Friday, December 08, 2006
REV THOMAS HOOKER AND REV SAMUEL STONE - CO-FOUNDERS OF HARTFORD CT
Rev Thomas Hooker
Rev Samuel Stone
Hartford, CT - These are two statues of the co-founders of Hartford CT. Unfortunately, Thomas Hooker gets all the credit, he even has a parade in his honor, "The Hooker Day Parade". Well, I am here to right a wrong; Samuel Stone is the co-founder of Hartford. In 1636 they led their congregation from Newtowne (Cambridge) MA to the area now known as Hartford. Originally they called the town Saukiog after the Indians that lived there but then renamed the town Hartford after Stone's home town of Hertford England.
The statue of Stone appears to be a copy of one in Hertford.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
WHITE HORSE TAVERN - NEWPORT RI
Newport, RI - This is said to be the oldest tavern in America. William Mayes Sr. obtained a tavern license in 1687 and opened this tavern that was once a private home. Mayes was the father of a famous pirate who succeeded his father as innkeeper. The tavern was a meeting place for the Colony's General Assembly, Criminal Court, and City Council. Those members dined there and charged their meals to the public treasury.
Info: White Horse Tavern