Archive for August, 2010

Craft Fair at the Wenham Museum

Fishing and fly tying (and saltwater fishing plug making) are my passions outside of work. I love the artisty of making the flys and the incredible beauty of being out on the water fishing in the early morning.  Fishing helps to keep me sane by giving me a few quite moments in an otherwise busy life.

Tomorrow I will be at the Wenham Museum for the 38th annual Craft Fair exhibiting my flys. I’m looking forward to sharing my passion for these small works of art. I am also excited to exchange stories about fishing in Massachusetts.  Stop by and say hello!

Saltwater Fly used for fishing for Blues and Bass

One of the reasons I love to fish – sunrise at Crane’s Beach

Here are the details about the Craft Fair from the Wenham Museums website:

Saturday, August 28th, 10am-3pm

Rain Date August 29th

Wenham Museum open until 4pm

Admission to fair and Wenham Museum galleries free

Wenham Museum will host their 38th Annual Craft Fair and Family festival in conjunction with The Wenham Fire Department, and Wenham businesses on Saturday, August 28th with a rain date of Sunday, August 29th.

The Wenham Museum Craft fair will feature over 60 new and returning artisans showcasing jewelry, pottery, photography, charcoal artist, silhouette artist, accessories, glass, decoupage, cards and more. Families will enjoy traditional children’s games and crafts, a guided tour of the local cemetery, a children’s sing-along, a doll clinic, a bouncy house and tours of the Museum’s Claflin-Richards House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Decorate your bike, doll carriage or wagon for the Wenham Museum Transportation Station Parade at 10 am.

Treasures from the Forbidden City

The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is a beloved local resource for people living on the North Shore. The museums history can be traced back to 1799 and the founding of the East India Marine Society.  Society members included Salem ship captains that brought finds back from the northwest coast of America, Asia, Africa, Oceania, India and elsewhere.

This exquisite permanent collection is enhanced by an eclectic mix of special exhibits. The next scheduled exhibited is titled The Emperor’s Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City.  This exhibit will be on display from September 4, 2010 through January 9, 2011.  As you can see from the photo and description below this exhibit should be outstanding.  We encourage you to enjoy a day in Salem and support this local treasure.


Photo credit Peabody Essex Museum

Never before seen by the public, the contents of an Emperor’s private retreat deep within the Forbidden City will be revealed for the first time at the Peabody Essex Museum.

An 18th-century compound in a hidden quadrant of the immense imperial complex, the Qianlong Garden (also known as the Tranquility and Longevity Palace Garden), is part of a decade-long, multimillion-dollar conservation initiative undertaken by the World Monuments Fund in partnership with the Palace Museum, Beijing.

Ninety objects of ceremony and leisure — murals, paintings, wall coverings, furniture, architectural elements, jades and cloisonné — unveil the private realm of the Qianlong Emperor (r.1736-1796), one of history’s most influential figures. In his time, he was among the richest, most powerful men in the world. A connoisseur, scholar and devout Buddhist, he created a luxurious garden compound to serve throughout his retirement as a secluded place of contemplation, repose and entertainment.

Click here for admission details.

White Pine Camp: The 1926 Summer Office of President Calvin Coolidge

Every year, Sally and I try to take in at least one Great Camp during our stay in the Adirondacks. The camps afford a very special window through which to have a glimpse in to the lives of the wealthy industrialists who had these camps designed and built as summer homes at the end of the 19th century and early 20th century. To me, they speak of an era of great wealth, optimism, initiative and leisure.

Built in 1907, White Pine Camp is unique in that it does not reflect the conventional notion of an Adirondack Great Camp, with it’s rustic log framing, bent branch railings, etc.  The architect, Massarene, clearly understood how to use light to its full advantage and his use of roof lines, clerestories, windows at building corners, asymmetry, etc. make the buildings feel much more contemporary in character.

White-Pine-Dining Room

White Pine Dining Room


Bedroom where President Coolidge stayed


Guest Cottage


Guest Cottage


Guest Cottage



boardwalk to the boathouse

Boardwalk to the boathouse

brainstorm clapboards

Clapboard Detail

I found two very good articles written about the camps history written back in 2006: Two Camps on Osgood Pond Part 1 and Part II.

The camp’s cottages are available for rental. What a place to stay!

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