Monday, March 10, 2014

Just returned from a lovely week long visit to  Colonial Williamsburg, as well as historic Yorktown and Staunton, Virginia.  Highlights included an unexpected snow storm, music and theater performances at the Raleigh Tavern, playing the harpsichord at the Cabinet Maker's, a behind-the-scenes tour of the archaeology lab, an organ recital at the historic Bruton Parish Church and just walking, walking everywhere.  Staunton is home to the American Shakespeare Theater which is housed in a modern building next to the Stonewall Jackson Conference Center.  Inside the theater is a replica of the old Blackfriars Theater, London.  We saw Timon of Athens.  Blackfriars is celebrating 25 years and Timon of Athens completes the Shakespeare canon for them.  Must say I was very glad to see this obscure (to me) play performed by such an accomplished repertory troupe.  At the Black Swan used book store, I found two vintage photography books.  More on those later.

Morning after the snow storm looking toward the Governor's Palace

Two days after the snow storm.  All the snow in front of the Governor's Palace seems to have been rolled up into a snow family.

Bassett Hall in Colonial Williamsburg.   This was a favorite home (spring and fall)  of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and his wife Abby Aldrich Rockefeller.  Abby was always interested in art and co-founded the Musuem of Modern Art in New York City.  In later life she became interested in folk art and started collecting.  Examples of her collection are on display in Bassett Hall and in the Abby Aldrich Folk Art Museum.  You can read more about Bassett Hall here.

On display at Bassett Hall are several examples of mourning art.  The top image is done in watercolor with embroidery.  The bottom is watercolor.   Can't help but think of the artist, Ed Gorey, when I look at these.

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