|What's New 2018 - 2019|
Table of Contents
New Glass - CMOG October 18, 2019
Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Raptors September 14, 2019
Rochester, NY, Mystery Tour August 20, 2019
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, July 2019
Toronto & Come From Away, October, 2018
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada, July, 2018
Canadian Eastern Provinces, In Search of Three Pines, May 2018
|New Glass - Corning Museum of Glass, October 18, 2019|
New Glass - Corning Museum of Glass , October 18, 2019
On a cold, wet windy Thursday we visited the CMOG (Corning Museum of Glass) to view the New Glass exhibit. Of the 100 pieces on display three were particularly intriguing. You may not agree with my choices but since I built the web page, in the words of a White House chief of staff, "Get over it"! In the photo above, left, R & D VII by Raymon Elozua. Top right, Copper Pour by Christine Tarkowski. Bottom right, The Wild One by James Akers.
Photos courtesy of Joyce W.
Responding to overwhelming public demand a second collage of photos from the New Glass exhibit has been added. Above, upper left art for the sweet tooth. Gâteau au fromage et chocolat, Gâteau au fromage et la framboise, and Tarte aux mûres (Cheese and chocolate cake, cheese and raspberry cake, and blackberry pie) by Shayna Leib. Lower left, Hugged To Death, Creeps, All Wound Up, From The Series " Little Monsters " by Austin Stern. Right, Lustre Gothique Aux Saphirs ( Gothic Luster At Sapphires ) by Frida Fjellman,
|Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Raptors, September 14, 2019|
Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Raptors, September 14, 2019
In the photo above top left, Joyce points the way to the lab's annual Migration Celebration. Upper right, a handler goes eye-to eye with a Golden Eagle. Bottom right, meet Bob, an American Kestrel, at the size of a large Robin the it's smallest American raptor. Hand raised from birth Bob imprinted on humans, so why the ball and chain? Bottom center, the raptor line up. Bottom left, a Turkey Vulture. Disregard the staring, beady eyes. She'll wait patiently until you die before coming for lunch.
|Rochester, NY, Mystery Tour August 20, 2019|
Photos courtesy of Joyce W. Rochester, NY, Mystery Tour August 20, 2019
In the photo above, upper left, Joyce stands before The National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House in Rochester, New York, an early and vigorous women's rights advocate. An ardent supported of votes for women sadly she did not live long enough to celebrate the passage of the 19th amendment to the constitution on August 18, 1920. Our docent, who must've lead this tour a thousand times, kept it fresh and interesting.
Lower left, the Sacred Heart Cathedral, seat of the Rochester diocese of which Ithaca is a member. The current Ithaca pastor had previously served at the cathedral. In the photo above, lower left, one of the main stained glass windows of the cathedral.
In the photo, upper right, our third and last stop at the Schoen Pl., Pittsford, NY. to board the packet boat Named for Sam Patch, America's First Professional Waterfall Jumper. We sailed one mile north from Pittsford to lock #62 and were lifted to the canals next higher elevation. After coming about we reentered the lock and were lowered to the Pittsford landing water level. To recover from the day's grueling schedule we repaired to the Artisan Gelato & Espresso shop.
|Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, July 2019|
|Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, July 2019|
On a vacation trip to England we scheduled an two day overnight stay at a hotel near Dulles International Airport. The hotel offered shuttle service to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at airport. I hadn't been to the Udvar Hazy Center for some time and was looking forward to seeing new additions. In the photo above, upper left, like a giant size crib mobile, aircraft of differing size, function and color festoon the museum overhead. Upper right,a somewhat worse for wear P-38. The P38 was the brainchild of "Kelly" Johnson of Lockheed and proved its' worth in the Pacific theater. Lower left, a F4U Corsair a mainstay of, initially, U.S. Marines. After Britains' Royal Navy solved a series of carrier related landing problems the F4U served with distinction at sea. Under license several aerospace companies built versions of the F4U. My mother Maryann, helped build the Goodyear F2G-1 Super Corsair in Akron, Ohio. Right center, the space shuttle Discovery, looking smaller than I imagined. While with IBM Federal Systems I wrote test software for a (very small) portion of the IBM AP-101B flight computers. Lower right, an interior shot of the Saturn 5 IBM Instrument Ring. I had the pleasure of working at IBM FSD Owego with senior engineers who designed the unit in Huntsville, AL.
|Toronto & Come From Away, October, 2018|
Joyce recommended reading The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland. The Day … tells the story of how the city of Gander and the people of the Newfoundland Island hosted nearly 7000 stranded passengers when U.S. airspace was closed. We bought tickets soon after learning the stage show was playing in Toronto.
Arriving in Toronto we checked into the Hilton Garden Inn, photo above, center. Toronto is a city of just under three million dwarfing our upstate NY hometowns. I played the tourist with conviction gawking at skyscraper after skyscraper condominiums and office buildings and the CN tower, photo, lower left. After a short walk from the hotel we reached The Royal Alexandra Theater, photo above upper left and lower right. The show exceeded expectations.
|Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada, July, 2018|
For several years we've traveled to Stratford, Ontario, Canada for The Stratford Festival. This year though the plays on offer didn't justify the long drive to reach them. Joyce found The Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake with a play bill that was to our liking. We saw three, Stage Kiss, Of Marriage and Men - The Man of Destiny & Oh What a Lovely War.
King & Queen Streets intersect in the heart of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Old Town, one block from our B & B. Restaurants, art galleries, high end jewelry stores and low end souvenir shops line the streets. The art galleries in particular called out " buy me, buy ME ! ". I was easy prey. The photo above is just a sample of the color riot on Queen street.
Splashes of color flit in front, behind, below and above you so quickly it's impossible to keep up. The photo above shows jusr a small example of the more colorful inmates. Stand still and it won't be long long before one of them lands on your head, hands or shoulders. In the photo above, top center, Joyce provides a landing pad for a colorful inhabitant. I could've stayed all day.
|Canadian Eastern Provinces, In Search of Three Pines, May 2018|
Joyce and I are fans of Louis Penny's Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mystery series. They feature the fictional town of Three Pines in Canada's Eastern Townships in the province of Québec. Joyce treated us to a long weekend at an elegant resort and a Three Pines tour led by Danielle, the owner of the Purple Valise.
Luxury marks every aspect of Manoir Hovey from the valet service parking our car on arrival, dining in the "Gentleman will wear jackets" dining room to extricating the car from a blocked in parking space as we left. Manoir Bellechasse in A Rule Against Murder, the fourth book in the series, is loosely based on Manoir Hovey.
In the photo above, upper left and lower center, Joyce enjoys the view of Lake Massawipp from our suite's balcony. Upper right, a gentleman can relax in the Le Tap room. Lower right, a king sized coffee cup in the living room or a tub? Neither of us chose to try it, concerned about getting out! Lower left, Louis Penny's mysteries in English & French.
Three Pines Venues
Three Pines Venues
Photo above, top, center left, We visited Abbaye St-Benoit-du-Lac in Saint-Benoit-du-Lac Qc. Brother Patrick welcomed us to the Abbey. The Abbey supports itself by producing ciders and top quality cheeses. While we were there it hosted a large group of Canadian Forces veterans who arrived for a blessing of their motorcycles. The Abbey in The Beautiful Mystery, book 8, is inspired by Abbaye St-Benoit-du-Lac
In the photo above, top center, right, The Hadley House on Lake Memphremagog, scene of a séance and murder is introduce in book 3, The Cruellest Month and is inspired by the The Old Mansion House in Georgeville, Qc.
In the photo above, middle left, on the Three Pines tour we ate lunch at the Le Relais Restaurant Bistro in Knowlton Qc. One of several eateries inspiring Olivier's Bistro in Three pines, though not nearly as grand, no couches, soft chairs and the smell of fresh brewed coffee and croissants. A strangers body's found in the Bistro and, after all this is a murder mystery, the victim of a brutal attack.
In the photo above bottom left, in the mystery series the book store, introduced in How the Light Gets In book 9, is operated by Dr. Myrna Landers, a former psychologist. The fictional book store is based on Brome Lake Books in Knowlton, Qc.
In the photo above, bottom right, the La Rumeur Affamee Boulangerie (bakery) is introduced in The Brutal Telling, book 5 inspiring this home of fresh bread and pastries, the Three Pines Boulangerie.