Archive for August, 2014

August 27, 2014 |  by  |  No Comments

      I met so many nice people during the August 23rd event For Spacious Skies: A Day to Celebrate the Sky!  The weather provided a dramatic “sky backdrop” to all of the events – a typically beautiful Northwest Connecticut sky throughout the day.

new friends banner

The photograph above is of the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum tent several hours before opening, complete with our brand-new banner hanging above.  A nice selection of drinks and snacks were awaiting visitors to the Eric Sloane Museum who came out to celebrate the sky.  And celebrate we did!

greeting mike

An impromptu “fan club” quickly surrounds guest meteorologist Mike Cameron from Channel 3 WFSB in Connecticut.  Mike provided a great in-depth look at the difficulties in forecasting the weather of Northwestern Connecticut, something echoed by Eric Sloane some 40 years ago when he was writing of weather patterns of the same geographical region – “…if you don’t like the weather now, just wait a few minutes”.

john making a cloud

john making a cloud2

John Pawlowski was so kind to come over and fix the attention of everyone in the audience by creating a cloud in the gallery of the Eric Sloane Museum.

working on the cloud mural

    Some of the many children in attendance at the event working on a cloud mural together.

young pilots

A number of young pilots assemble their balsa gliders and rubber band-powered planes to take part in the flight competition held on the grounds of the Eric Sloane Museum.

aiden and edith

Getting ready for a test flight….

flying planes

The afternoon sun begins to wane as the pilots test their skills…

giving weather station

At the end of the day, the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum presented Barbara Russ with a new weather station to be used in the museum.  Barb requested the weather station through the friends as it would allow the museum to become a weather reporting location and it can be used with school tours and children and young adults to make weather observations and data-driven meteorological prediction.

From Left:  Meteorologist Mike Cameron, James Mauch, founder of the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum, and Barbara Russ of the Eric Sloane Museum.

jack and mike

       Internationally acclaimed meteorologist Jack Borden, who launched the “For Spacious Skies Project”, steals a moment with confirmed fan Mike Cameron.  Mr. Borden spoke with participants about becoming more aware of the sky and all that it has to offer to us.

psrking lot on august 23

The day is winding down and the parking lot is beginning to thin out after the August 23rd event For Spacious Skies: A Day to Celebrate the Sky!  Throughout our journey home, the panorama of the sky at dusk reinforced what excites, motivates, and encourages people like Jack Borden and Mike Cameron.  Look at the sky, folks…you won’t ever be disappointed.

It was a wonderful day, full of enthusiastic and curious people who ranged in age from 2 years old to 91 – more about my new-found 91 year old friend in my next post.  He absolutely made the day for me…

August 27, 2014 |  by  |  No Comments

Our thanks to the newest members of the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum:

Daniel and Linda Palmer, Sponsor

Dianne Lang, Individual/Volunteer

Thank you!  Your support of the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum helps to ensure Eric’s legacy by preserving and promoting the Eric Sloane Museum.  The Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum is a 501c3 non-profit organization.

August 17, 2014 |  by  |  No Comments

Congratulations to Caroline Nelson, winner of the “Best Artist Under 18 Years of Age” category in the 2014 “The World Above: Artists Celebrate the Sky” Contest, Exhibit and Sale at the Eric Sloane Museum for her entry “Mount Haleakala”.  Caroline was the recipient of a $50.00 gift certificate to Kent’s House of Books, sponsored by the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum.

under 18

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Congratulations to Herb Kroeger, winner of the “Best Professional Artist” category and the “Best in Show” category in the 2014 “The World Above: Artists Celebrate the Sky” Contest, Exhibit and Sale at the Eric Sloane Museum for his entry “Approaching Storm”.  Herb was the recipient of a $100.00 gift certificate to Kent’s House of Books and $100.00 gift certificate to Kingsley’s Tavern in Kent for winning both categories. Both prizes were sponsored by the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum.

approaching storm

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monica          Congratulations to Monica Rosenberg, winner of the “Best Non-Professional Artist” category in the 2014 “The World Above: Artists Celebrate the Sky” Contest, Exhibit and Sale at the Eric Sloane Museum for her entry “Murmurations”.  Monica was the recipient of a $100.00 gift certificate to the Fife n’ Drum Restaurant in Kent, sponsored by the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum.

August 14, 2014 |  by  |  No Comments

edith with chicks

Who knew baby chicks came in the mail via the United States Post Office?  I recall reading a biography of Robert Frost in which the poet had a ill-fated experience with starting a chicken-raising operation.  It sounded rather funny, in that gruff, New England sort of way…

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edith with emmy

     Happy girl, happy sheep!

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double rainbow

3.25″ of rain at Weather Hill the other day, but we were treated with a double rainbow after it all subsided.

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moth

     This handsome fellow landed on our barn yesterday.

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farmstand

The young entrepreneur at her farm stand.  Ms. Edith decided that this was the year she wanted to operate her own farm stand and she has been quite responsible as CEO.  She sells flower bouquets, tomatoes, potatoes, lettuce, blackberries, red and black raspberries, zucchinis, onions, and cucumbers.  No sprays, synthetic fertilizers, or chemicals are ever used.