At last ! Updated
Picture pages !
Due to work, health issues, and the sheer volume of pictures that came
out really well, I admit I have been laggard in uploading pictures from
2003's trip to New England and the Brooklyn Festival, not to mention
dozens of new cemetery photos.... Well, little by little, I will be
remedying this sad state of affairs.
I now present the first part of the story.... Essex, Newport, and
beyond ! I'm trying a new index format here, with an actual story.
Unfortunately, my first roll of pictures of the Lockwood-Mathews
Mansion and cemetery in Norwalk, CT. did not re-wind properly, and
apparently was spoiled when I tried to remove it (darn the cameras that
don't have back-up manual re-winders.) However, I was soon back
in business, as long as I stuck to using brands of film that seemed to
catch the gears correctly. Next year, I PROMISE to go digital at
least part of the time.
*We open with some pictures of the historic gathering of DS fans at a
at the Griswold Inn in Essex. The mural in the background had a
machine inside that churned it up and down, like looking out the window
of a real riverboat. Too cute. We also posed outside,
which, in this picture group, you can see we also did at the Black
Pearl in Newport. We kind of ate a lot on this trip, which you
can also tell from the lower left hand corner, taken at the Newport
Creamery ice cream restaurant.
However, we always managed to walk off our dinners. We toured downtown
Essex, set up as a pedestrian paradise, which included a pretty
Church (something you never saw on DS), the Connecticut River Museum,
and the river itself. We enjoyed the architectural
uniqueness. Why are most of the buildings white?
However, there are some red brick buildings of prominence--- the Post
Office, used as the "police station" on DS, and the "Foot of Main"
Street, which also had a matching birdhouse ! And Essex has a lighthouse---
not just for seafarers, river boaters needed "light and life." In
picture, one can really see how long the Griswold Inn is, and the
name of the antique store is SO DS. My picture of the red, white
and blue street stripes in the middle of the street didn't come out
well--- you'll have to check
Bob's site for a good shot of that.
Afterward, it onward to Newport. While in Newport, we passed a church
with quite the biggest rosary
draped over it. We had dinner in the Commodore Room
of the Black Pearl, rather pricey. However, we soon arrived at
our true destination, the Mecca of DS, Seaview,
for the traditional "virgin initiation" of new fan visitors, complete
with soundtrack. Unfortunately, we weren't able to get in that
night, but ended up spending two
entertaining afternoons there. Here's a little mix
of pictures of the group (the lower right one was taken while still in
We were urged to take as many pictures of Seaview as possible, due to
its deteriorating condition. Of course _I_ followed this advice
obsessively. Henceforth, this will add to my already considerable
historical documentation of this most unique of the Newport
"cottages." Sides of the building
seldom seen even on other websites... Outdoor carvings
and windows, lesser tower and archways,
end" wing. I tried to capture the ballroom
ceiling, had somehwat better luck with more colorful
to utilitarian doors, to wrought-iron in the
oddest places, wall decorations....
carved by skilled artists and artisan who are now fated to remain
anonymous.... A different, fancy window
in every niche of the house, and even in the big tower....
It will be a shame if this building, which is the bone of contention in
a war of attrition between the owners and the college that leases it as
a dorm, is ultimately lost due to the inability to settle these
conflicts in a spirit of co-operation.
On the third day, the small group I was with, which included Bobubas,
Gooie and BuzzHackett. broke off from the others and headed for Salem,
Mass, home of witches both falsely-accused and real, and afterward,
Gloucester. We spent one day in each place.