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Massachusetts

Barbara Sinotte Hunter Publishing ePub

Childe Hassam. Theodore Robinson, J. Alden Weir. John Twachtmann. Nearly one hundred years ago, these artists and other like them perhaps like you today were attracted to Connecticut for its beauty and charm.

They brought with them world-class training, extraordinary talent, and a rare appreciation for the stirring landscapes that are Connecticuts alone. Some stayed and some did not, but the very best helped to create on canvas (and in some cases on door panels and walls) what has become known around the world as American Impressionism.

Now American Impressionism can be seen in a way that dramatically heightens both appreciation and enjoyment. When you set out on the Connecticut Impressionist Art Trail, you will experience more than a guided visit to 11 museums boasting some of the finest American Impressionism in the world. You will also discover the places where it all was born a countryside whose beauty still inspires and a country life whose simplicity still renews.

From the West, your first stop on the Impressionist Art Trail is the Bruce Museum. Just off I-95s exit 3, the Bruce is near Greenwichs four-star restaurants, hotels, and shops.

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New Hope

Mycek, Shari Hunter Publishing ePub

In his book Michener and Me (Running Press, Philadelphia and London, September 1999), Bucks County author Herman Silverman, who shared a 50-year friendship with Michener, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, reminisces about some of the old New Hope luminaries:

"In the summertime during the late '40s, on most Saturdays our house was bustling late into the night with show-business people who were performing at the Bucks County Playhouse, which was going full tilt in nearby New Hope, or at the Music Circus, a summer theater just across the Delaware River in Lambertville, New Jersey. Ann and I would spread the table with cold cuts and snacks and open up the house. The theater crowd was drawn by the food, the fun and our swimming pool, one of the few around at the time. The "big shots" (Hammerstein, Kaufman, Hart) weren't frequent guests at our parties but the "little shots" were. Then-aspiring actors such as George C. Scott, Walter Matthau, and Janis Paige would join us at the gatherings. Jim (Michener) often showed up at these late-night parties. But few knew much about him, as he had not yet won the Pulitzer Prize."

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Hanover County

Norman Renouf Hunter Publishing ePub

A Railroad Town Sets the Stage for Romance

Located about 15 miles north of Richmond and 85 miles south of Washington, DC is a county both rich in history and typically Virginian.

The history of this area's original inhabitants is recalled by the Pamunkey River on the county's northern boundary. It was named for the Indians who still maintain a reservation on the lower part of the river in neighboring King William County. In the late 17th century, English colonists patented this land and developed warehouses here to house the area's tobacco crop. During the 18th century, Hanover County was at the very center of Virginia's "Great Awakening," which was led by the Reverend Samuel Davies, founder of the Hanover Presbytery. During this period - in 1749, to be exact - Newcastle was incorporated as Hanover's first town. (It only narrowly missed becoming the state capital!) The county was also the birthplace of two great orators - Patrick Henry and William Clay - both of whom who helped shape this country's early history. Hanover's strategic location just north of Richmond made it the site of numerous battles and skirmishes during the Civil War. After that, the residents settled down to a quiet, rural life - until the coming of the railroad.

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Siracusa & the Southeast

Joanne Lane Hunter Publishing ePub

Siracusa should be on your travel itinerary. Many agree it's Sicily's most beautiful city - stunningly located on a small peninsula with sea views from almost every winding street. These alleys are punctuated with piazzas and age-old churches. There are also fantastic markets, fine seafood dining and access to innumerable archaeological sites.

Siracusa was once the cradle of Greek civilization in Italy and a rival to Athens as the most important city in the Western world. The archaeological treasures here date back 2,700 years. The Greeks and Romans left their mark and there's also a fair amount of Spanish and Byzantine. The island of Ortigia was settled in the 13th century BC by Siculian tribes. Its two natural harbors, fresh springs and access to fertile plains on the mainland naturally attracted other settlers. The Corinthians seized Ortigia in 734 BC and expanded inland, eventually breaking its colonial relationship with Corinth and trading in its own right. As it grew in power it became a rival to the Mediterranean powers of Athens and Carthage. Gelon, the tyrant of Gela, seized the city in 485 BC and continued the city's expansion. Gela, Akragas (Agrigento) and Siracusa inflicted a heavy defeat on the Carthaginians in 480 BC. By 415 BC the Greeks had been provoked enough by the city's ambitions and sent an enormous fleet to deliver Siracusa into Athenian hands. However, the fleet was destroyed and the prisoners were incarcerated in quarries that still exist today. The cruelty of this drew condemnation from the Hellenistic world.

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Arriving at Victoria Falls

Annya Strydom Hunter Publishing ePub

  

 

 

We decided we had more than enough of the cold wet weather in England. So one evening Tony, my husband, took out the map of the world. He spread it on the table, closed his eyes and stuck his finger on a spot on the map, saying "This is where we will go!" It turned out to be Africa, Zambia to be exact. So we began scanning all the newspapers for jobs in his field in Zambia. It wasn’t long before we found one in Lusaka. Tony applied and we were soon on our way to London to be interviewed. The job was with Ford Motor Company and they would be giving us an apartment in Lusaka.

It was decided Tony would leave first to arrange everything at that end and I would pack up what we wanted to take with us and sell the car and furniture, etc. Then in a month or so the boys and I would join him. We held a going-away party for all of our friends. When his departure day arrived the boys and I stayed with my in-laws and we took him to the airport. It was around six weeks before I managed to sell everything. Then I packed our boxes and they were picked up ready to ship out. My in-laws looked after the boys for me while I went shopping for new clothes for us all and then we were back to the airport once more and, after tearful goodbyes, we were off.

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