Showing posts from May, 2017

Quincy Quarries Reservation - A Multi-Colored, Open-Air Museum of Sorts!

While working on a feature for Norwich Magazine recently, I spent some time wandering around Quincy, Massachusetts, Boston's immediate southern suburb on the opposite side of the Neponset River. Now known as the "City of Presidents" being that John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and John Hancock - a President of the Continental Congress and the first signer of the Declaration of Independence - were all born there, once upon a time Quincy had a different nickname.  Home to a thriving granite industry and also the site of the Granite Railway, the United States' first commercial railroad, for many years Quincy was known as "The Granite City" from more than a century.

The use of granite in Quincy began when English colonists utilized granite from the gray stone ledges in town for the building of foundations, wharves, doorsteps, stone walls, and even King's Chapel in Boston which was constructed in 1754 from granite boulders that had been dug up in Quincy then sp…

"Ocean Liners: Glamour, Speed, and Glory" at The Peabody Essex Museum Explores the Golden Age of Ocean Travel

When Lynda Rose Hartigan, Deputy Director of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, delivered a few words during a recent preview of the museum's newest exhibition it was like she had been in my head poking around. "Truly still among the largest moving structures ever built, ocean liners allow people to dream and aspire to a cosmopolitan lifestyle they might not otherwise experience on land."  Whoa. The woman had been reading my mind!

For years I've fantasized about the ultimate dream vacation that would start with me being welcomed aboard an enormous ocean liner (note that I said 'ocean liner' and not 'cruise ship') preparatory to experiencing a leisurely sail across the Atlantic watching the waves go by from a well-placed deck chair, enjoying leisurely Afternoon Teas in a classy and comfortable lounge, and dressing up for dinners served in an elegant dining room filled with lots of other nattily dressed strangers. I would spend time in m…