Archive for August, 2016

A morning walk at Weather Hill

August 23, 2016 |  by  |  No Comments

Yesterday morning dawned cloudy and humid with a light southerly breeze. I decided to forgo a light coat as the weather has been quite warm and humid recently and the thought of getting caught in a shower wasn’t an unpleasant one. As I walked along the lane, I was struck by the difference in sound the wind made as it swept through the leaves of various species of trees. I found that Shagbark Hickory leaves have a heavy, lusty sound to them as the southern wind blew through the limbs, while the leaves of the Grey Birch presented a sound much like a whisper. Both sounded different than that of the Cherry tree. Each was special, different; each with a distinct sound resulting from that southerly breeze. It struck me that, much like a connoisseur of classical music, each tree sounded different. Each difference was important. A connoisseur of classical music can listen to an obscure piece of music a few seconds in duration and, having never heard the piece, can identify it as written by Bartok or Schuman. I wonder if it is the same for trees. As I walked along towards Weather Hill, the breeze stiffened, the clods thickened, and rain began to fall. Perhaps the most harmonious sound I heard on my morning walk was the rain water falling from the roof of a nearby barn. The farmer had seemingly never installed gutters on the barn’s roof, so the rain rolled of the edge of the roof and fell unimpeded some 30′ before reaching the ground. There it fell into a small trough created over decades, I suppose, by thousands of rains. The sound it made was so distinct, so lyrical, so magical. Just as beautiful as any symphony.

Eric Sloane and the apple tree

August 23, 2016 |  by  |  No Comments

Here is small example of the apples growing in Weather Hill’s orchard.  Eric Sloane wrote of and illustrated the apple tree and “apple industry” a great deal in his books and paintings.  Apple cider (most often of the ‘hard’ variety) was used as a type of currency in America’s infancy.  Apple trees of any variety were considered vitally important to the early American homestead.  We feel no different about ours.20160813_170856-3

August 11, 2016 |  by  |  No Comments

On behalf of the Eric Sloane Museum and Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum, we would like to thank the many artists who participated in our fourth annual community based art show. With your participation, we were able to fill the gallery space with your wonderful and varied “apple” art. This art show allows us to follow the mission of the museum and connect to Eric Sloane, his interests and work. Apple trees were frequently included in his artwork and he wrote about them in a few of his books.

Next year’s theme is “Noah Blake and his Wonderful Cabin”. The Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum plan to restore the cabin in 2018 and next year there will be events leading to that restoration process. For inspiration, you may want to see Eric Sloane’s 1974 book Diary of An Early American Boy: Noah Blake 1805.

 

Thank you!

 

August 27th event on the grounds of the Eric Sloane Museum

August 10, 2016 |  by  |  No Comments

          Hope to see you Saturday August 27th, where we will be making   our own walking stick using cuttings from Seek-No-Further apple trees from the area around Dudleytown Mountain, an area that Eric Sloane described in his A Reverence for Wood.  This is a free event sponsored by the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum, but you must RSVP.  Please call the museum at 860-927-3849.  Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum.

Congratulations to our artists who displayed their work at the Eric Sloane Museum

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Congratulations to our artists who displayed their work at the Eric Sloane Museum

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The Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum congratulate artist Mateo Martinez, voted Best Under 18 for his work “Feast for Me”. Way to go, Mateo!IMG_2893 image001-6

Congratulations to our artists who displayed their work at the Eric Sloane Museum

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The Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum congratulate artist Lorraine Ryan, voted Best in Show for her work entitled “Daffodils and Apples”. Way to go, Lorraine!IMG_2896

Congratulations to our artists who displayed their work at the Eric Sloane Museum

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The Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum congratulate artist Liz Tobin, voted Best Non-Professional artist for her work entitled “Persistent Apple Tree”. Way to go, Liz!IMG_2756-2