Tuesday, September 30, 2008
For a few weeks I am working a second job so my posts will be a bit sparse. I have an interesting trip planned for this coming Sunday so early next week should be at least two or three days of "Adirondack Travel" news and photos.
Columbus Day weekend will be my last camping trip for the season and that should also give us some interesting photos and a travel report. I promise some Canada geese, St.Lawrence River, and Adirondack history all in the near future.
But for now,.. back to work!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
I do hope that the foliage isn't past peak next weekend when I travel to Blue Mt. Lake. I would love to get some brilliant photos to share with you. Stay tuned....
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Looking up to the tops of the pines,...
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
After dancing for many years, the group officially formed in 1934. That year the Ed Larkin Contra Dancers performed in front of the log cabin on Antique Hill at the Tunbridge Fair. They went on to appear at the 1940 New York World's Fair.
Here today's Ed Larkin Contra Dancers group takes the dance floor to the cheers of a large crowd. Note the top hats and period dress!
The group performs such old time dances as "Hull's Victory", "Portland Fancy", "Petronella", and "Green Mountain Volunteers" among others. The following video was taken this past Saturday. I will bet that before it's finished your toes will be tapping!
This gentleman will be 90 years old in a few weeks. He was the fiddler for Saturday's performance and still fiddles regularly for the group.
And now the performance is over and the dancers parade off the dance floor, waving goodbye in Tunbridge for another year!
If you want to visit the Tunbridge World's Fair check the website http://www.tunbridgefair.com/ as summer draws to an end. The fair is always held in early September. While on the grounds don't miss the Ed Larkin Contra Dancers performing in the tent on Antique Hill. You can still obtain a copy of Ruth Sher's book there. Also if you check out the exhibits in the Floral Hall on the fairgrounds, you may still be able to find copies of the book "History of the Tunbridge World's Fair" by Carol Moller.
See you there next September?
The big and the small alike,...
After the hot and dusty parade animals were treated to a drink of water in the river behind the barn.
What is a fair without a sales pitch? These chamois clothes were interesting, but I saved my money.
I even resisted buying a box of fudge for the ride home!
Tomorrow will be my last post about the Tunbridge World's Fair. I have saved my favorite thing for then. If technology works for me I will have a special treat for you!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
The General Store was my favorite. I loved the little guy in the middle in the old fashioned hat. The fellow on the left is cutting cheese from a large wheel and is weighing it prior to selling it to a person walking through the museum. These are truly examples of "living history!"
Here rug hooking is being demonstrated. Not "latch-hook" with yarn that is precut,... she is cutting her own strips of fabric and choosing her own colors to make her pattern.
Behind the lady demonstrating hand quilting are several antique quilts from the area. She told me they were from more than 100 years ago.
Monday, September 15, 2008
The first fair on the present grounds was in 1875. Prior to that fairs had been held at various farm fields in the area. The fair in 1875 was held for two days. The following year it was lengthened to three days and remained so until more recent times when it has been held for four days.
On Saturday the traffic was backed up towards South Royalton for nearly two miles.
Upon arrival I headed for "Antique Hill".... here is the view back towards the parking fields.
This mural on an exhibit building on Antique Hill describes the flavor of the fair. It has all the modern rides, games and food, but is truly an "old time" fair in overall mood.
There are many demonstrations on the hill. Here antique gas engines run various old pieces of machinery.
This man is demonstrating how to make hand hewn roof shingles.
Ladies in period dress are sitting on the porch of the museum building.
Civil War re-enactors have set up a small tent village,...There is a display of Civil War era items. What do you suppose this Civil War soldier is saying to his lady?
There is much to see at the fair, I'll share more with you tomorrow!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
The leaves are starting to turn shades of orange and red. The foliage is far from peak colors yet but the hint of what is to come had its own beauty.
There must have been a geological upheaval at one time to leave this tell-tale mark.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Within a minute they had gathered and were clucking their way quickly off into the woods!
This morning it is 40° ... yes, fall has arrived.