The noted photographer Edward Steichen lived on a 400 acre farm on Topstone Road in Redding from 1928 until his death in 1973. Before he died, Steichen donated most of his farm to the town, reserving 12 acres on a pond for his Mid-Century Modern glass and stone home. It is visible below, from the road.
A snowbird shows photos from southwest Florida (Naples) and southwest Connecticut (Ridgefield) and New England and other places he goes.
Friday, September 30, 2022
Thursday, September 29, 2022
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Make Believe Farm
Tuesday, September 27, 2022
A Little Fair in the Park
While the giant pumpkin weigh-off took place at one end of Ballard Park, a nice little fair took place in the rest of the park.
And four Suzuki violin students demonstrated the skills they have learned.
Monday, September 26, 2022
Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off
The 10th annual giant pumpkin weigh-off took place yesterday at Ballard Park.
A farmer loaded his three entries onto a trailer after they were weighed and left the park.
I also left before the results were announced.
Sunday, September 25, 2022
More From The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze
Saturday, September 24, 2022
The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze
I went to this wonderful event in Sleepy Hollow for the second year. It is fun to see what can be created with carved and lighted pumpkins lashed together.
In the section celebrating famous artworks, we learn why Edvard Munch's character screamed.
The headless horseman was in pursuit.
Frida Kahlo. With that headless horseman chasing Ichabod Crane over her shoulder.
Jeff Koons' balloon dog was a natural for pumpkins, but where on earth did they find huge and perfectly formed pumpkins like this?
There is lots of local lore celebrated. This is the Headless Horseman Bridge.
And a terrified Ichabod Crane racing to escape the headless horseman.
Friday, September 23, 2022
These two were in a small paddock in Ridgebury, the northern part of Ridgefield adjoining Danbury.
Thursday, September 22, 2022
Gilbert and Bennett Company
Georgetown's Gilbert and Bennett Company began in the early 1800s, making sieves from horsehair. In time they adapted to metal wire products, transitioning their sieves and sifters to wire. They eventually put their wire-making skills to use in manufacturing window screens and fences.
But, like many industrial companies. they faced competition and decided in the 1970s to relocate their manufacturing, first to lower cost places like Georgia and eventually China. But, the company folded around 1990 and their huge brick manufacturing facility in southwestern Connecticut was abandoned.
Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Georgetown School of the Arts
The school offers a wide range of classes for all those with a desire to begin or continue their art education. One-on-one attention is also available through private instruction. Fine arts include drawing, painting, watercolor, printmaking and sculpture. Crafts include weaving and woodworking.