The hallway of the lower level of the Ridgefield Library recognizes donors in the most library-like way.
A snowbird shows photos from southwest Florida (Naples) and southwest Connecticut (Ridgefield) and New England and other places he goes.
Friday, December 31, 2021
Thursday, December 30, 2021
The Ridgefield Library shows art of local artists in the corridor of the library's lower level.
The exhibition that ended yesterday was perhaps two dozen oil paintings by Ridgefield artist Trish Wend.
What seemed unusual to me about Wend's paintings is that they actually look like things!
Wend is unapologetically a representational painter. Her flowers look like flowers. Her vases and ginger jars look like vases and ginger jars. Radical for an artist in 2021, I know.
Wednesday, December 29, 2021
Tuesday, December 28, 2021
The Old Homestead
Monday, December 27, 2021
Holiday Train Show
Yesterday the daughter and son-in-law treated the family to a visit to the annual Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden. Fascinating! There are 175 small buildings beside the tracks, made of natural materials, with model trains continuously running past.
Sunday, December 26, 2021
The Fountain Again
Ridgefield's symbol, the Cass Gilbert Fountain, is festive in the holiday season with a host of bright red poinsettias and red and gold balls under its winter glass case.
Looking across Main Street at the display is the town's newest inn, the Fountain Inn.
Saturday, December 25, 2021
'Twas the Night Before Christmas
Friday, December 24, 2021
The people of this town love to decorate their homes and businesses for the holidays. A competition for best decoration raises money for various town activities. I drove around to see some of the competitors.
Our neighbors have won in previous years and, once again, won the 2021 competition. Their display stays on 24/7. I showed it on November 30, while the display was still being completed.
Here is their final and winning product. The display is extensive, filling the whole yard, including 40,000 bulbs in many lit trees and lights along the stone wall in the front. This is just the central part.
My daughter tells me that next year I will have to up my game so I don't pale so much in comparison.
Thursday, December 23, 2021
Ho Ho Ho!
Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Monday, December 20, 2021
Several buildings have murals promoting the town. Have I shown them before? I don't remember. Probably. Sorry . . .
Linked to Monday Murals.
Sunday, December 19, 2021
In-person church attendance is plummeting everywhere, but this Presbyterian church on U.S.Route 41 (Tamiami Trail) in Naples amazed me a few years ago by adding the huge wing on the right.
Now my amazement is doubled as the church adds a matching huge wing on the left.
Saturday, December 18, 2021
A Beautiful Gingerbread House
Yesterday I showed some details. Here is the whole gingerbread house in the lobby of the Ritz Carlton.
Friday, December 17, 2021
The Ritz Carlton Hotel in Naples has a tradition of making a big, well-decorated gingerbread house in the hotel's lobby. I went yesterday to see this year's version. It did not disappoint. Loved the details!
Thursday, December 16, 2021
Two young women bedecked in Santa hats and Christmas lights paddled toward the start of the Bonita Springs Christmas Boat Parade.
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
I Think I Will Sit for a While
A new wide view pool cage was installed last week.
And I just finished planting 85 feet of pollinator friendly plants on the outside, to attract and feed bees and butterflies. Firebush, salvia, penta, lantana, plumbago. Some foxtail ferns for a different texture. And 25 feet of milkweeds on the sides; monarchs eat them to the ground so I gave them less visible spots.
Time for a rest! Maybe a dip later.
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
This fellow heard me sneaking up on him.
He turned fast and plunged into the water, but not before my camera and I memorialized him.
Monday, December 13, 2021
Sunday, December 12, 2021
First Presbyterian Church of Naples
One block north of Fifth Avenue South, this church on Sixth Street North features fine stained glass.
Saturday, December 11, 2021
Budweiser's famous Clydesdale horses are making appearances in Southwest Florida this week. I went to see them at the Mercato, a shopping center in North Naples.
Friday, December 10, 2021
Cindy has been a hostess at Brio's Italian Restaurant in Naples since it opened fifteen years ago.
The hosts, bartenders and wait staff at Brio's are required to wear black. Cindy has an exemption.
Thursday, December 9, 2021
New York Yankee Idols
Jay Baker is an exceptionally philanthropic resident of Naples. There is currently an exhibition at Baker Museum (named after generous gifts from Jay and his wife Patti) of New York Yankee memorabilia collected by Jay Baker. It was fun to see, although a bit painful for this Boston Red Sox fan.
Rooms of memorabilia were organized around five Yankees: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Derek Jeter.
The Babe Ruth room featured a video of the Babe's farewell ceremony and a photo of him wearing a batting championship crown.
The highlights of Lou Gehrig's room were a photo and video of his memorable goodbye speech ("Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth").
Jeter's memorabilia were organized around a wall-sized photo taken at his retirement ceremony.