Saturday, August 29, 2015

NEW ENGLAND 2015: Vermont’s Green Mountains were not always so…


Vermont’s Green Mountains, with their forested hills, small farms, and picturesque villages, have not always been as beautiful and as green. After the American Revolution, settlers poured into Vermont. By the mid-1800s most of Vermont’s forest had been cut down, causing severe erosion and flooding. Vermonters faced their first environmental crisis and as a result men like Marsh-Billings-Rockefellers whose commitment to conservation left the world this farm that would serve future generations as a model of wise stewardship for the preservation of the land.

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park is the only national park to tell the story of conservation history and the evolving nature of land stewardship in America. The park operates in partnership with the Woodstock Foundation, Inc. and the adjacent Billings Farm & Museum. This is all for the protection of natural resources, education, recreation, sustainable forestry, historic character and scenic beauty.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

NEW ENGLAND 2015: Antiquing in Woodstock and surrounding towns in Vermont.

Patina Antiques & Home Furnishings Shelburne, VT

This antique and home furnishing is of Early Americana and is owned by Michelle Holland; we stopped there during our haunt for antiques shop in Shelburne but we did not find much for viewing. Their shop is simply furnished with few large items and since we did not ask question, there is not much else to say.

The Vermont Antique Mall & Marketplace

This place features over 450 booths in over 18,000 climate controlled square feet. Many beautifully decorated booths filled with antiques, jewelry and collectibles and it is Vermont’s largest and most popular antique center. We simply love going each and every time. Thank you.
We also visited some smaller antiques dealer’s right in Woodstock as they are open to peruses like us. We simply did a walk through and did not acquire anything.

Eric Nesbitt Art & Antiques

This is antique shop is not part of Nesbitt, it is a different one

Some remnants of F. H. Gilligham's General Store that I enjoyed were these bears and some old artifacts like the newspaper signage and these guitars hanging above. We visited this shop on our final day to purchase t-shirts, fridge magnet and such...


Singleton's Market is new to the area, as this use to be a Chinese Restaurant but it burnt down some years ago. Each time we would visit there, the sight stood with the burnt remnants. It is nice they have put another business here; a market of all things. 

F.H. Gillingham’s General Store bear 
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

NEW ENGLAND 2015: a gallery in Woodstock

Artemis Global Art

Artemis Global Art Gallery

Artemis Global Art Gallery invites you to experience space, peace, and harmony. They are located in Woodstock, Vermont and their collection is spread across two floors; the gallery is an open, spacious with a real sense of serenity throughout the 4000 square footage. It is decorated with contemporary, comfortable chairs and sofas and visitors are encouraged take a seat or lying on the sofa and bask in the colures of happiness.

We did just that upon reaching the second floor and saw this magnificent work of art on the wall; it was a large canvas liken to a mural but with a frame around it; as there were two recliners in front of it, we took to viewing of the art in this fashion. I should make mention that we had spent the early morning hiking over at Mt Tom and this mean for a repose was much needed.

The art work viewed was done by Ton Schulten, titled Fermoi Estate (Detail); it is Oil and Acrylic on Canvas (78” x 118”). This is such a lovely piece and cannot be taken all in during one sitting because there seem to be so much more happening within the scope of the art as it draws attention of the viewer episodically but not sporadic.

We were in recline for half of an hour enjoying the colors at time commenting on another one similar nearby done in orange hues and not at all appealing to us. We found that this piece resonated with us more than any other.

We chatted with the gallery owner who told me about Ton Schulten and how significant his work and his life is; he is known for his consensus of the viewer’s interacting with his art; thus Concensism is coined to Ton Schulten.

Jan Pater

The gallery also favored another artist; a sculptor to be more specific whose name is Jan Pater who alternates working in both studios in the Dutch province of North Holland and in the renowned studio Sem in Pietrasanta, Italy. His sculptures arise intuitively, and are characterized by movement and a high standard of craftsmanship.  The moving female torso is the main theme of Jan Pater’s work. Movement is expressed in marble, granite, onyx, stone and wood, or cast in bronze. His pieces balance between realism and the verge of the abstract.

We really took delight in having stopped in and viewed the artist/sculptor’s work in the gallery. I am grateful for the experience and I am forever reminded of one piece enjoyed because of its title “Requiem for a Gangster” Encaustic on Wood 67.5” x 82”; the title and viewing of the piece speaks as such…in all the work that an artist produces, at times not knowing from where spring their ideas, strength or courage to see it through, as well as the many hours spent in creating/bringing of it to reality and once done, it is then put on display for the world to see and take it in with aspiration for a sale and brought home or take in by a museum for permanency (residence); viewers at times comment on pieces and so take this title to heart if commenting at all.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

NEW ENGLAND 2015: a day spent at Plymouth Notch

The Plymouth Cheese Factory

The Plymouth Cheese Factory was established by President Coolidge’s father and during visits and tours of the factory one can sample the granular curd cheese that they produce. The cheese factory was built in the late 1800s and it served as a convenient outlet for the milk that was produced on area farms. The operation closed for several decades in the early 1900s to be reopened in the 60s. The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation purchased the factory from the Coolidge in the late 90s and has since worked closely with other state agencies and the Vermont Cheese Council to bring the building “up to code” and to re-establish production of the distinctive granular curd-type that is Plymouth Cheese.

This Exhibition on the second floor examines the story of cheese making in Vermont using period graphics and the original 1890 factory equipment.


Memories are made when the experience outweighs the travel, cost, inclusive of the environment and simply when on vacation one is more apt to have a wonderful time, despite precedence.


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NEW ENGLAND 2015: a day spent at Plymouth Notch...

State Historical Site Vermont
Plymouth Notch, Vermont is Calvin Coolidge, 30th President’s hometown. The village has remained unchanged since the early 20th century. The homes of Calvin Coolidge’s family and neighbors, the community church, cheese factory, one-room schoolhouse, and general store have been carefully preserved, and many of the buildings have the original furnishings.

We took a drive and paid to tour this place and spent the day mostly touring it ourselves, after our tour guide ended. The tour guide kept it to two buildings or so. I walked around as she talked and gave the tour when I was not interested in entering places like the barn or such. It took a while for me to liken my surrounding.

The President from Plymouth wall of info at the Aldrich House

The Coolidge museum has on exhibit the Grace Coolidge Fashion which depicts and examines the height of the 1920s style and how Mrs. Coolidge helped establish the First Lady’s role of fashion trendsetter. Her “look”—which was supported by her husband—reflected the best of roaring Twenties fashion and was couture’s answer to the caricatured flapper of the day. The museum’s display cases features Grace Coolidge’s gowns, jewels, evening bags, ostrich feather fans, and other elaborate accessories typical of this stylish era. (I am sorry to say that I took no photos of this while in the museum, but of this room outer of the shop area.)

I began to take pictures as a distraction during our touring of the grounds.

The Union Christian Church

The Carrie-Brown Coolidge Garden

The Florence Cilley General Store, post office and gas

The Wilder House Restaurant

The Wilder Horse Barn

The Plymouth Cheese Factory

What was memorable to this visitor is the magnificent of the land; wide open green lands untouched and unspoiled by men. We sat outside when we finished touring the place and simply enjoyed the mountains above us; making note of a cloud passing—rolling by the greens reminding us of broccoli or cauliflower only greener. I also remember the woman who sold us our tickets for the tour; a Ms. Shirley Billings who did not like my comments about her name and a former boss. At the time I was not thinking of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller and to ask if she is related or have volunteered there. We did not pay to tour that manse as we hiked instead; perhaps words reached her somehow. I am saying that people expect you to spend money when on vacation and if you don’t have any than stay at home. I am sorry for feeling this way and it is my fault for feeling this way.


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