White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
Storm Tide, White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Monday, September 15, 2014

Old Sandwich Road, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Plymouth, even though geographically it's the largest municipality in the State of Massachusetts, only has about 60,000 people. Much of the town is not heavily developed and trees and a rural feel are common. The Old Sandwich Road is supposedly the oldest public road in the United States. It is along the route of a well travelled walking path that was used by the Native American Wampanoag tribe before the arrival of the pilgrims.

Sometimes I walk along and with no other traffic, it seems like I am the only one on the planet. There is barely a sound except an occasional birdsong or a light breeze whispering through the pines to break the silence.

Some folks want the road paved and some don't. While that debate continues, I'll continue to enjoy slowly walking or driving along its bumpy rutted length and seeing the light slicing through the forest.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunset at Plymouth Rock, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

These three similar images were made over the brief period of time at sunset. Plymouth Rock is under the columned structure at left.

The two-master vessel Mayflower II is visible at right.

The end of another beautiful summer day in America's Hometown.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Priscilla Beach Theatre Restoration, Priscilla Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

The Priscilla Beach Theatre (PBT) restoration continues with rapid progress.  This view is the southeast and southwest sides of the theatre. Now in their 78th year, PBT is the oldest barn theatre still in operation in the United States. The renovation will be completed in time for next summer's performance season - "Fiddler on the Roof," and "Chicago" are already scheduled. My previous blog update on the ongoing restoration is at this link.

This detail of the southwest side shows the sill and lower wall construction completed.

View of the entire southwest wall.

Work on the final portion of the southwest wall is now underway.

The northwest wall is the back of the stage and prop storage area and is ready for final exterior finish. 

I captured the next series of images two days after the batch above.

Southeast and southwest sides.

Southwest side.

Southwest side.

The northeast side.  Note the plywood sheathing for this area of the roof has been installed.

This poured foundation by the northeast wall will house the new restroom complex. 

The entire project has been driven by the vision and oversight of Owners and Guardians Bob and Sandy Malone and watching it unfold has been a fascinating experience for me.  To see a piece of history preserved and restored in this day and age is not the norm in my view.  Too often, a wrecking ball is the solution.

The barn restoration speciality and structural work has been performed by Colonial Barn Restoration, Inc. of Bolton, Massachusetts. Overall project general contractor is Kelleher Fine Builders, Inc. of Kingston, Massachusetts.  


Friday, September 12, 2014

An Observation, White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

As I wander along the beach as I often do, I will sometimes see a beleaguered dad sitting in his beach chair with a toddler at his side begging him to come play - build a sand castle, play in the surf, throw a ball, come on daddy, come on daddy, come on daddy, play with me........

But daddy just wants to sit and relax. I have walked many miles along many beaches and seen this same story play out many times. 

I wonder if daddy realizes there will come a day when he would give or do anything to have those moments back and to be able to make the choice to play instead of sitting in his chair - to build a memory of involvement and participation.

The youthful years of our children are so fleeting but we don't always note that fact while it is happening.  It's only with hindsight that we realize it's gone and will never return.

Dad's behavior is not through neglect nor mean spirit but dad is tired from the work week and just wants to sit and rest a bit. The kid on the other hand, is raring to go.

Maybe that's one of the reasons why grandparents are often so sweet and doting - trying to make up for their own behavior when they were parents.

I want to walk over and tell daddy all this and help him see the future but, I know my advice won't be received well. Twenty years ago when I was sitting in that chair, I wouldn't have received that advice well either.

White Horse Beach at low tide. (Panorama - click to view full width).

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Squirrel-on-the-Cob, Bartlett Pond, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Lately, we have taken to putting out corn cobs for our yard squirrels after we cut off most of the kernels for our own meal.  They are a hoot to watch handling and gnawing on the fresh corn. I wanted to write something clever about this post but, "squirrel-on-the-cob" was the best I could think of. In this image his head is slightly blurry because he was chewing so rapidly. 

A different day, but maybe the same squirrel?





Many people don't like squirrels but I continue to find them an endless source of amusement.  They are also incredibly smart, agile, and determined.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Waterfront Festival, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

The 2014 Downtown Plymouth Waterfront Festival featured hundreds of product vendors, food stalls, and children diversions on this beautiful summer day. Thousands of shoppers and lookers crowded the busy stalls and concourse.

Having these portable pop-up awnings for each vendor sure makes setting up and taking down a display booth more convenient than using the old style tarps and ropes. Plymouth Rock is at the far left and Plymouth Harbor in the distance and behind the trees. (Panorama - click image to view in full width). 


The particular attire of the man on the left, a seersucker suit with straw boater, I normally think of for Charleston, South Carolina rather than Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Turns out he was a local politician stumping for votes.


The food concourse was ever popular.  Many Americans do love their high fat, high sugar, high salt, deep-fried treats such as fried dough, fried corn dogs, fried potatoes.......

....they even sold fried twinkies, fried oreos, and fried chocolate bars! I passed on all of it - I already have heart disease.

It didn't fit under a white tent but this airplane made a great advertisement for a flight school and scenic aerial tour provider.

And the kids sure loved climbing in the cockpit and pulling on the yoke and turning and twisting all the knobs and switches.

Posing for a photo with a large gecko was fun for some.  (The gecko is a mascot for a popular insurance company in the United States).


Monday, September 8, 2014

Barn Show, Holmes Farm, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Here's the setting for the Barn Show Music Series  at the beautiful Holmes Farm in Manomet. The musical performance area is at the left. The Barn Show Music Series continued its six outdoor concert summer series at the Holmes Farm on the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences property just off Manomet Point Road. The series is co-presented by Hayley Sabella and Brewster Productions and tonight featured performers Thomas John Cadrin, Laney Jones and her band, and headliner 3rd Left. My post from the show before this one is at this link.

This is the fifth of six shows in the series. Folks are just arriving. The evening was cloudy with a threat of thunderstorms slowly approaching from the west.  The rain did finally arrive so the show ended a bit earlier than planned but we still enjoyed a couple good hours of music before the rain.

This image is from an earlier blog post at a previous show on a sunny day.

Opening performer was Thomas John Cadrin.

Followed by Laney Jones and her band.

The bass player of the headliner band "3rd Left."

The lead singer and guitarist of  "3rd Left." 

Just before the show was rained out, the lead singer brought up the father of the drummer to sing a couple songs. It was one of those special moments in a live show - an older, unassuming guy ambles up on the stage with young rockers and you don't quite know what to expect until he starts singing.  And when he did, he brought down the house with a rousing rendition of the Stephen Stills tune, "Love the One You're With."  I'd say this was the crowd favorite of the night!  

This was the first year for The Barn Show Music Series and it has been a great addition to live, local music in Manomet.  Only one more show remains this year on October 12. I hope they schedule a second year of concerts next summer! There are few better ways to spend a New England summer evening than sitting outside and enjoying live music in a beautiful setting.


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Great White Shark Attack, White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA



It is said that prudence is the better part of valor. I went down to White Horse Beach to see what was happening after the town prudently closed the beach to swimming following the recent shark attack nearby off Manomet Point and, lo and behold.........



..... after waiting just a few short minutes, darned if I didn't see a Great White Shark right there hopping up the boat access road at White Horse Beach - who would have thought.........I didn't know they could use their fins and tail to hop like that. You learn something new every day. I did think he would have been bigger though. Maybe this was just a juvenile scouting future meal locations. (My invisibility cloak protected me from being seen and kept me out of harm's way - safety first is my motto).


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Priscilla Beach Theatre Restoration, Priscilla Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA




The restoration of Priscilla Beach Theatre (PBT) continues. Now in their 78th year, PBT is the oldest barn theatre still in operation in the United States. The renovation will be completed in time for next summer's performance season - "Fiddler on the Roof," and "Chicago" are already scheduled. My previous blog update on the restoration is at this link.


To set the stage (no pun intended), the PBT campus includes a number of complementary elements - left to right -  the tent for summer outdoor shows, the barn, the former actress dormitory, the box office and concession stand, the indoor black box theatre, and the farm house.



The barn isn't the only structure receiving improvements. A new roof and other exterior repairs have been completed on all these buildings - the box office and concession stand, the black box theatre with new ramp and step access, and the farm house.  Exterior work on the dormitory building has been completed as well.



And now that the final outdoor performance of the season has been completed, the outdoor stage has been dismantled and the tent will be removed soon - until next year.



And on the barn, the southwest wall foundation has been poured and awaits sill and lower wall reconstruction.


The braces support the wall until the sill and lower support is rebuilt upwards to fill the gap.



Using my trusty pocket knife for scale (2 inches), these laminated beams will span the stage area.

Looking from the audience area toward the stage area.





Upstage looking toward the audience area.

The workmen are up and down these ladders a gazillion times a day - view from downstage right.

Bit by bit, board by board, the restored theatre continues to take shape - view from down center.



It is a fascinating process to watch these restoration experts keep what is worth keeping and repair/replace/restore everything else.




The edge of the stage is at lower left.  It still amazes me to watch the steady progress as these craftsmen breathe new life into this building - I have fallen under its spell. This is a remarkable project PBT owners and guardians Bob and Sandy Malone have taken on - to save this piece of Americana.