Saturday with Santa

As he has been doing since 1979, Euclid Farnham visited children at the Tunbridge Public Library as Santa on Saturday (Priscilla, Euclid’s wife, usually attends as Mrs. Claus but she was not feeling well). It’s impressive to see how he treats each visitor with such kindness and respect. Follow this link to see more and to order prints and device downloads in the Galleries section of my web site (profits will benefit the library).

 

Newsies

This weekend was bittersweet for my daughter and her senior year classmates at Sharon Academy, as they were part of their final play performance at the Chandler Music Hall in Randolph, Vt. Interim, where the entire school works together to produce a musical, was yet another success with Newsies! Follow this link to see more of my favorites in the Galleries section of my web site (print and download profits will benefit the school’s Annual Fund).

Campus California

We just returned from a whirlwind visit to the Golden State, looking at four colleges with our daughter, who is a senior this fall at Sharon Academy. Flying into Los Angeles and leaving from San Francisco a week later, we had a great time getting a feel for what it’s like to be a student in California. Here’s favorites from the visits (and a few side trips!):

From top: The William H. Hannon Library at Loyola Marymount University overlooks the Westchester area of Los Angeles; our daughter photographs the view, enhanced by the sea breeze from nearby Playa Del Rey; She takes a walk with other visitors on the campus trails at University of California-Santa Cruz, on 2,000 acres overlooking Monterey Bay – I said if she went to school there, she’d not only walk a lot, but be a Slug as well (the school mascot!); One of the campus bulletin boards at UCSC reflects the popular use of staples; scenes at dusk from Santa Monica Pier, including the Hot Dog Stick stand and a slackliner; The town of Locke, population 75, was built in 1915 by Chinese immigrants near Sacramento and now has several museums, including the Dai Loy Gambling House Museum; A customer enjoys a drink at Al’s Place in Locke; Dusk sets in at the end of the road over Monterey Bay in Santa Clara.

So Much Funnery

The Chelsea Funnery staged two performances over the weekend of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Town Hall in Chelsea, Vt. The Funnery is two-week camp where over two dozen actors from ages 12 to 18 learn their lines and performances from scratch. Our daughter’s been going for a half-dozen years and it’s totally amazing to see what they accomplish! Follow this link to see more and to order prints and downloads (proceeds will benefit their scholarship fund).

Early Season

I’ve been making regular visits to Tunbridge Hill Farm in part to do photography updates for their website. It’s also great to catch up with my neighbors and admire their handsome work! Here’s a few of my favorites from the early season:

From top: Wendy Palthey brings in Swiss chard she harvested at the farm to sell at market the next day; Tomato plants are ready to be removed from a cold frame and to be planted or sold at market; Jean Palthey tills soil with the tractor to plant carrots; Morel mushrooms were found by Wendy Palthey under one of the cold frames at the farm; Fiona Milchman harvests beet greens for market; Wendy Palthey, left, and Fiona Milchman unload and install 300 stakes for 600 tomato plants growing at Tunbridge Hill Farm; Tomato blossoms grow in the morning sun; Zea Palthey washes red leaf lettuce in a sink of water in the barn; From left, Wendy Palthey, Milchman and Sam Ketchum weed a row of carrots early in the morning before the heat of the day sets in; A song sparrow made a nest on top of rolled-up fencing.

Prom Portraits

Sharon Academy held their annual prom over the weekend and I was asked back to portraits in a photo booth set-up for the fourth year. The event is open to every student in the school – it’s great being there as a volunteer to see my daughter, her friends and all of the others enjoying themselves! To see more and to order prints and downloads, follow this link (profits will benefit the school’s Annual Fund).

Tall Tale

The other day, I said something to my wife that caught her attention as a writer. It doesn’t really matter what I said — the point is that it she wanted to use it as her own. “I might use that,” she said. “As long as I get credit,” I said. The conversation jogged my memory about a photo I made for the Valley News in May 1990, a Saturday Night Live skit I saw in Nov. 1991, and SNL comedian Dana Carvey.

At a meeting in Hanover, N.H., I photographed a man speaking about the history of a non-maintained town road a family wanted to use for their new home. I thought he looked like one of Dana Carvey’s character’s on SNL, and sent a print to Carvey saying so.

Over a year later, I happened to see a skit on the show with guest host Kiefer Sutherland. His character’s name? Geoffrey Hansen (or maybe it was Jeffrey Hanson). Could be a coincidence, but the name of the game show was Whose Ass Should I Kiss?

Rock of Ages

On Friday night our daughter and her Sharon Academy classmates put on a stellar performance of the musical Rock of Ages, a nostalgic celebration of 1980s music in Los Angeles. Once again, the all-school performance is impressive! Follow this link to see more of my favorites in the Galleries section of my web site (print and download profits will benefit the school’s Annual Fund).