It is time again for the Lowell Folk Festival. These images are from the opening procession on Friday night, led by the Aqua String Band, followed by groups representing various ethnic communities in the city.
We really enjoyed the gardens at the Marsh – Billings – Rockefeller National Historical Park. Our favorite part was the sailboat sundial. Neither of us had seen anything like this before.
Wednesday, we went to the Marsh – Billings – Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock, VT. The park is dedicated to the memory of three men who lived in the home (Marsh, Billings and Rockefeller) and who were dedicated to conservation and ultimately helped to preserve lands in our country’s national parks. Across the street is the Billings Farm and Museum, a working dairy farm that is open for tours and shows the history of farming.
The photos show two Tiffany stained glass windows. One is called “Passing the Torch” and is very fitting to the idea of conservation as it moves from one generation to the next. The other is in the music section of the parlor. The text reads, “Here will we sit, and let the sounds of music creep in our ears; soft stillness, and the night, become the touches of sweet harmony. Merchant of Venice Act V”
Last weekend, we were sitting overlooking Marblehead Harbor when we saw the two men in the dinghy trying to paddle into the harbor. Clearly, their motor had quit. It was slow going until the powerboat came by and gave them a tow.
BTW…The title of this post helps to confirm my theory that the wisdom of the world can be summed up in Beatles songs.
The Saint Gaudens NHP is also showing some modern sculpture on the grounds this summer, including this work by Michael Alfano. These two images show opposite sides of the same sculpture.
Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site preserves the home, gardens, and studios of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, one of America’s foremost sculptors of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This was his summer residence from 1885 to 1897, his permanent home from 1900 until his death in 1907. He is described as being the sculptor of his generation “who most embodied the ideals of the “American Renaissance”. He is best known for his public sculptures of US Civil War heroes and US coins that he designed.
Source: Adapted from Wikipedia
We spotted this church as we were driving the other day. It was picturesque enough that we stopped to make a few images.