George Eastman House

We went to the George Eastman House this past week to see The Dutch Connection:



Note the Aeolian Pipe Organ in the conservatory:



After getting our eyeballs full of spring flowers, we saw a video on the North Organ, donated by Dr. Richard Zipf.  Here’s a quick history of the Aeolian Pipe Organ at the Eastman House.  I would love to hear organ music in the Eastman House!






We went to go into the Dawn of Technicolor exhibit, and somebody started feeling ill, I won’t mention any names, but I had to take Thursday off from work because I still wasn’t feeling well.  Much better now, but I missed the exhibition!!  However, there is a book. . .

This is the wall of bottles of dyes outside the Technocolor exhibition, it is SO cool!!



Tales From the Crypt. . .

This isn’t really about a crypt, but I like the title, so I’m sticking with it.

OHA had its annual Ghostwalk at Oakwood Cemetery, and this year included a trip into the Oakwood Cemetery Chapel, as a surprise to our guests!  Everyone always asks “can we go inside the chapel?”  And this year they did.  Well, I did, too, before the Ghostwalk started, and without any lights on – in complete darkness in the vault in the back, I snapped flash photos –  not knowing what I was pointing at.  The inside of the chapel wasn’t much better, but at least it had a couple of windows so I didn’t go falling into the holes in the floor.  This chapel was designed by architect J. Lyman Silsbee.

Here is the inside of the chapel, looking from where a priest would stand to the doors leading to the outside:
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Going up the wall toward the ceiling – mind these were taken in darkness, so they are not all lined up beautifully like I like:
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Here’s one side of the chapel:
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And the other side:
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And towards the front of the chapel – don’t mind the nervous actor in the photo:
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And the front of the chapel towards the ceiling. Yo, I need to clean that camera’s lens!
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More details. I love Silsbee. Did you know Frank Lloyd Wright worked for Silsbee?
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This place needs some serious TLC!
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Floor details at the front between the chapel and the vault (keeping in mind I could not see anything while snapping photos!):
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Cool door, I hope there was more of a door than this between the chapel and the vault. Ack!
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Light fixture between chapel and vault:
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And the vault:
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Hallway leading out of the vault – to the light of day!
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And now I know what the inside looks like – and so do you. Here’s a stone on the outside of the building:
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I love Silsbee’s details:
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I’ll leave you with the beautiful garden planted in front of the chapel:
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George Eastman House – ‘The Dutch Connection’ and ‘Ag H2O’

On Tuesday we went to the George Eastman House to see The Dutch Connection and Ag H2O. The Dutch Connection had just opened, so the flowers were wonderful.

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Seriously, if you point your camera in any direction and shoot, you can’t get a bad photo.

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The smell of the flowers – I wish I could share it with you, as I’m sharing their beauty. It was wonderful!

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These flowers are just amazingly beautiful!

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I just love the flowers in the various places:
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And I love the orchids all over:
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What’s not to love about flowers this time of year, and what’s not to love about the George Eastman House!
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It is so gorgeous! And the Ag H2O exhibition was very interesting. Check it out for yourself!

Sonnenberg Gardens on Mother’s Day

We have been going to Sonnenberg Gardens since the 80’s, and we are really happy that the state took it over and are restoring it.  It was a beautiful, sunny day, for a switch, (Mother’s Day is usually cold and rainy) so we had an enjoyable day. The first thing we saw, were geese and their goslings. Like we need more geese, but the goslings are so cute!

Turtles soaking up the sun after this l-o-n-g, c-o-l-d winter:


A frog as green as the slime he is floating with:








Repair work in progress:




Repair work completed:
I was so excited they’ve fixed the collanade that bisects the old fashioned garden!



The mansion now is wheelchair accessible:

There were vintage fashions on display throughout the mansion:


And displays of stereoscopic cards and other old photographs:

And, of course, some flowers:


New York State Fair

We went to the New York State Fair on Sep 5th, and had a great time, for the most part!  The first thing I had to do was to see the sand sculpture in the Center of Progress Building:


The Beatles! This was amazing!




Next, we had to go to the Women’s Building to see the organ from Syracuse’s Keith’s Theatre, which was torn down and the organ was saved. Somebody was playing it, so we sat for a while and listened to him!


All of the pipes are hidden, unfortunately! I would love to see them!

Then we went to the Horticulture Building, which was a HUGE disappointment. I haven’t been to the fair in years, and the Hort building used to be all about veggies, fruits, flowers, honey and maple syrup. Now there is way too much commercialism.

Then we went to the Railroad museum where we saw several old cars, engines and a caboose:



Old Amtrak engine with a panograph! Cool!


James Strate left this car here in Syracuse!






We then went to the Dairy Building to see the butter sculpture:


Then we walked all of the way to the other end of the fairgrounds to see the tractor pull:

Lotsa smoke, cough cough!

And then to see the James Strate train used today – I like the older car better!


Side of the semi truck cab:

Then we went to the midway:

Got something to eat at P-Z-O’s:
P-Z-O's - now only available at the State Fair!

Saw a horse show in the Colliseum which was boring – it was just a bunch of people posting. Then we saw some baby pigs – don’t you love their little black rumps?

Saw many other things but didn’t take pics of everything. There’s so much to see. I can’t wait ’til next year – where I may have to go twice!

Festival of Sail, Port of Oswego

Saturday night we went to the Festival of Sail at the Port of Oswego.  The sky was overcast so there weren’t very many people there, but I enjoyed it – it was the perfect temperature!


The Lynx was sitting beyond the break wall for a while.


Here’s the Pride of Baltimore II:



And the Tallship Unicorn:




The Syracuse of Syracuse, NY:


And the LT-5 Tug Major Elisha K. Henson:




A derrick on land:


The Lynx heading back, motoring because there wasn’t much wind.  I was disappointed because I wanted to see the sails!





We had sweet potato fries – these seem to be becoming more popular!  Then we went swimming in Lake Ontario – well, I hung my feet in the lake, because the lake kind of grosses me out – while others went swimming.

And then we went to Rudy’s Lakeside Drive-In – I was so hungry I forgot to take pics!  But we sat next to Lake Ontario eating our fish sandwich, mmmm.

We then walked around Oswego, but it was too dark to take any more photos, but we’ll be going back!

Camillus Erie Canal Park

This past weekend the Camillus Erie Canal Park had a Grand Celebration to dedicate the restored Nine Mile Creek Aqueduct, but since I work on the weekend, we couldn’t make it out there until Sunday after work, after all of the festivities were done.  It doesn’t matter, because I don’t really enjoy crowds, anyway!  And by the time we got there (after eating Luigi’s  pizza, mmmmm), the sun was in that perfect place in the sky to shed an orange glow on everything.

Here’s a replica of the Sims’ canal store, now known as Sims’ Museum, which wasn’t open. I do want to go back when it is open, soon!

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A long bed of iris along the canal bank were all so beautiful!

This is an old lock:

As we were examining the lock, Midnight, the resident kitty, came over to greet us, and then to perch himself underneath one of the bottom valves of the lock:

Buoy Boat 159 is on display here:


This is a replica of a Lock House:

We then went a mile down the canal to Nine Mile Creek Aqueduct:

If you click on this Nine Mile Creek Aqueduct link, you can see progress pictures of the restoration:

This looks great!

The aqueduct over Nine Mile Creek:

Of course, we had to walk down to the little waterfall of Nine Mile Creek:

Assuming that this is the old wood which was taken out and replaced with the brand new wood:

There is a steam engine exhibit that we need to come back and see sometime, soon, too! This is one of the steam engines outside of the exhibit area:

The back wheels are taller than me!

I took this shot of the sign for the hours, so we can visit when the museum is open:

And the last thing I noticed was this wildlife refuge sign!
I always love to see areas for wildlife!


Yesterday we went to the Memorial Art Gallery to see the ‘Fashioning Kimono: Art Deco and Modernism in Japan’ exhibition. I really didn’t know what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised at their beauty! It made me want to buy one in the gift shop, except they’re very expensive!  I couldn’t take photos since it isn’t a permanent exhibit, but here’s some photos here:

This is something like what we saw, but the ones we saw were pressed nice and smooth.

From the website:

Nearly 100 extraordinary examples of kimono created between the 1890s and the 1950s tell the story of how Japan’s traditional national dress was influenced by technological advances in silk production and exposure to Western cultures. Included are everyday garments; intricately embroidered ceremonial robes; boys’ kimono stenciled with cars, airplanes and battleships; and colorful examples with Art Deco patterns that heralded the emergence of Japan’s “new woman.” All are drawn from the famed Montgomery Collection in Lugano, Switzerland.

From the press release:

ROCHESTER, NY — Well into the last century, Japan’s traditional national dress—the
kimono—was worn by men, women and children of all social classes. Deceptively simple in
concept—a one-piece, front-wrap garment with a straight silhouette—the kimono lent itself
to endless variations in color, pattern and design that signaled age, gender, status, occasion,
even the change of seasons.
A nationally touring exhibition that opens January 31 at the Memorial Art Gallery features
nearly 100 extraordinary examples from the famed Montgomery Collection in Lugano,
Switzerland. Fashioning Kimono: Art Deco and Modernism in Japan brings together everyday
garments; intricately embroidered ceremonial robes; boys’ kimono stenciled with cars,
airplanes and battleships; and colorful Art Deco patterns heralding the emergence of Japan’s “new woman.”
All were created between the 1890s and the 1950s, a dynamic period when technological advances in silk making and the influence of Western styles resulted in an explosion of bold and vibrant designs.
This period was also to be the last era of the “living” kimono. After World War II, more affordable Western
clothing became the norm, though the kimono continues to be worn for formal events such as weddings and funerals, and increasingly as a fashion statement.
Fashioning Kimono is organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, VA. Support for the national tour and catalog has been provided by The E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. In Rochester, the exhibition is made possible by the Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery and the Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Fund.

George Eastman House, Dutch Connection 2010

Today we went to the George Eastman House to see the Dutch Connection 2010, where at any one time there are over 2,000 blooms on display.   The bulbs selected represent the bulb order placed by George Eastman of 100 years ago.

I absolutely wish I could send the wonderful smell of these blooms to you, because I couldn’t get enough of it the whole time we were there.









The orchids were beautiful, too:








‘The Printseller’s Window’

Today I went to the Memorial Art Gallery because working in a museum the days I do, I don’t *ever* get to visit a museum unless I have the right day off. I wanted to see the exhibit last fall on The Printseller’s Window since this is an interesting painting, but I didn’t get to see it. I found out they published a book based on the exhibit and a print which I purchased.

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The Printseller’s Window by Walter Goodman

I was asking the very nice, helpful lady in the museum’s gift shop where I can purchase CD’s at wholesale for OHA’s gift shop, and she gave me the names of three places. And then she gave me a “reciprocal” discount for my purchases. Turns out, if I show identification that I work at a museum, I can receive discounts at other museums, and sometimes even get in for free! This is so cool to me, because I plan on visiting more museums on vacation!

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