Bridgeton,New Jersey hosts Holiday House Tour on December 5, 2009

home on W. Commerce Street

Historic Bridgeton, New Jersey is hosting a Holiday house tour on Saturday, December 5, 2009, and I’m excited because I’ve got the weekend off.
There also will be a Festival of Lights at Sunset Lake both on Friday, December 4,2009 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday December 5th from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

We visited this quaint city earlier this year in the spring and I was delighted to photograph such beautifully preserved homes.

One resident even invited us into his home when he saw us taking photos of his home. A musician for many years, he played a song for us on his grand piano. The CD he recorded is also in a photo. This was the first time we learned of the Christmas House tour in December, his home being amongst the homes on tour.
I said, it would depend on the weather as many a time in December there has been snowstorms.

Franklin Street, Bridgeton

Franklin Street, Bridgeton

a view down W. Commerce Street.
a view down W. Commerce Street.
W. Commerce Street

W. Commerce Street

W. Commerce Street
W. Commerce Street137 W. Commerce Street

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Bridgeton historically has the oldest business district in the state of New Jersey. There’s a free zoo, and in a nearby town is Wheaton Village- Glass works, with a studio for apprenticeships, shops and museum includes the world’s largest glass bottle in the Guinness book of records.

Hildene – The Lincoln Family Home

Very beautiful flowers

Very beautiful flowers

 

Garden flowers in Manchester, Vermont

Garden flowers in Manchester, Vermont

 

Our visit to The Lincoln Family Home called Hildene located in Manchester Vermont was both quite regal  and educational.

This was the summer home of Robert Todd Lincoln,  son of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, who lived here between 1905 and 1926.  

 

He got his idea for the design of the  formal gardens from a patterns in a stained glass window.  There are outstanding views of the flanking mountains,  as in my photo pictured.

The home is a stately, 24-room Georgian Revial  mansion.  Its features include a sweeping staircase and a 1908 Aeolian organ with 1,000 pipes (we heard it playing during the tour).

Staircase at Hildene

Staircase at Hildene

 

View from top of Hildene staircase of illustrated children's book covers

View from top of Hildene staircase of illustrated children's book covers

 

A close-up of the staircase reveals white painted carved spindles of three alternating designs; the banisters and handrails wood is dark stained wood, maple.

There is a beautiful chandelier suspended from the ceiling  and adorning this sweeping  staircase.

 

Hildene’s Rooms:

Some of the 24 rooms  pictured have beautiful wallpaper and paintings.

 

Dinner will be served!

Dinner will be served!

 

 

Unique horn-shaped vases

Unique horn-shaped vases

 

Horn Shaped Vases.

Trees wallpaper at Hildene

Trees wallpaper at Hildene

 

The Organ and the Music.   Pictured on the shelf are long boxes conatining one song each.

What song is playing?

What song is playing?

Watery Wednesday

Maine Lighthouse

Maine Lighthouse

We visited Maine in the summer of 2007 and drove to this point to see this lighthouse. It can be reached by boat.

Ai Miei amici Italiani:
Abbiamo visitato Maine en Estate 2006. Il faro puo essere raggiunto en barca.

Scenic Sunday

On the island of Maui

On the island of Maui

Aloha

Aloha

Hawaiin  Flowers on

Hawaiin Flowers on

sugar cane growing on Maui

sugar cane growing on Maui

"Surf's up!"

"Surf's up!"

Iao Needle

Iao Needle

Surfers

Surfers

Maui beach
Maui beach

Scenes for Scenic Sunday
Maui Hawaii

August 6,2008

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Bennington, Vermont and J.Seward Johnson

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Pretending, how much

Pretending, how much

He pauses

He pauses

Fall

Fall

Lady waits too

Lady waits too

Waiting to Cross

Waiting to Cross

Please clean my glasses,he said

Please clean my glasses,he said

Nice To See You

Nice To See You

I will read along

I will read along

Between Classes

Between Classes

“Celebrating the Familiar ” in sculpture.
J. Seward Johnson’s sculptures along Bennington’s Main Streets’
sidewalks were on display for a limited time during the summer and fall 2008. We spent an afternoon there during a vacation trip in September.
They are life-size cast bronze sculptures. What great fun it was to strike a pose for the camera. It was not to be missed on our way out of Southern Vermont.

The place where I first saw one of J.Seward Johnson’s sculptures was at a park in outskirts of Washington, D.C. The sculpture is called “The Awakening”. It is of a gigantic golden hand and person seemingly coming out of the ground. The photo was taken some eight years ago before the use of digital cameras. (the photo will be posted at a later date.)
After that time, I learned of a place called Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, N.J. where a ever-growing group of artists have their sculptures on display along with J.Seward’s version of Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party” with himself and a friend cleverly added amongst the party. The park is open every day of the week with special programs,and a museum of changing exhibits. While in N.J., come visit this place.

Rainbow, The Italian Festival Arcobaleno, il festival italiano

What a beautiful sight!

What a beautiful sight!

Have you ever caught a rainbow?  A wondrous sight.   A rainbow appeared   at The Italian Festival in the fall of 2006.   I was thrilled and wanted to be in the photo, too.

Avete interferito mai un arcobaleno? Una vista meravigliosa. Un arcobaleno è comparso al festival italiano nell’autunno di 2006. Sono stato eccitato e voluto essere nella foto, anche.

The annual Italian festival is held the third weekend in September in Mercer County park.  Several years ago, my friends and I used to go to the Chambersburg section of Trenton for the Italian festival.  The streets would be festooned with strings of colorful lights much like the feast of San Gennaro in N.Y.C.’s Little Italy.  Many of my favorite Italian eateries would have a menu  on display of the tradional Italian foods.  My friends and I would get an Italian sausage sandwich or Penne with vodka sauce, and a bag of 6 zeppoles with the sweet powdered sugar to share.    We would visit the St. Joaquim church and say a prayer; this church  held the annual procession of the Blessed mother statue down the main street on Feast day.

Il festival italiano annuale è tenuto il terzo fine settimana in settembre nel parco della contea di Mercer. Parecchi anni fa, i miei amici ed io abbiamo usato per andare alla sezione di Chambersburg di Trenton per il festival italiano. Le vie festooned con le serie di luci variopinte tanto come la festività di San Gennaro in N.Y.C.’ s la poca Italia. Molti dei miei ristoranti italiani favoriti avrebbero un menu su esposizione degli alimenti dell’italiano di tradional. I miei amici ed io convinceremmo un panino della salsiccia o un Penne italiano con la salsa della vodka e un sacchetto di 6 zeppoles con lo zucchero in polvere dolce per ripartirsi. Visiteremmo la chiesa della st Joaquim e diremmo una preghiera; questa chiesa ha tenuto la processione annuale della statua benedetta della madre giù la via principale il giorno di festività.

In Mercer County park, we still enjoy walking around the grounds to the various tents while listening to the Italian music playing at two of the stages set up for entertainment.  Last year, I brought my cousin along.  She had always gone to the NYC one having grown up there as a child.

Nel parco della contea di Mercer, ancora godiamo di di camminare intorno ai motivi alle varie tende mentre ascoltano la musica italiana che gioca a due delle fasi installi per intrattenimento. L’anno scorso, ho portato il mio cugino avanti. Era andato sempre al NYC uno che cresce in su là come bambino.

  During the festa , there also is a building where Italian clubs set up displays of Italian culture and and photos of various Italian artists and composers.  There are several talks held throughout the day for example on Italian wine-making.

 

In italiano

Durante il festa, c’inoltre è una costruzione in cui esposizioni di messa a punto dei randelli dell’italiano di coltura italiana ed e foto di vari artisti e compositori italiani. Ci sono parecchie discussioni tenute durante il giorno per esempio sulla vinificazione italiana.

Photos of the Italian Festa: