Monday, March 1, 2010

New Hampshire and Maryland

Another search for color in mid-winter. Our table with primrose plant, multicolor pepper, and tabasco sauce. That is not a real cat sitting on the table, but a miniature clay sculpture. I love cats, but not on the table.

The red barns look even more colorful in the winter. We pass this barn every day. I chose to draw it this day because of the snow pattern on the roof. You can see the mountain and the frozen lake in the distance.

I am fascinated by the variety of architecture in this area of New Hampshire. This brick and granite building, Pillsbury Memorial Hall, was constructed in the village of Sutton Mills in 1891. The interior is lined with beautiful charcoal portraits of village elders, all in place since 1891. It is used as local government offices and community space. Note the small scale of the surrounding buildings in comparison. Yes, its name comes from the family that started the flour company in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Originally from New Hampshire, they have been generous contributors throughout this area.

Sutton is a spread out town, just south of New London. This building is a general store in North Sutton. Notice the community bulletin board to the right of the door. The signs say “Live Bait, Pizza, Kimchee.” General stores, a relic from the horse and carriage era, sell everything imaginable.

The Opera House in nearby Newport, New Hampshire. Another grand edifice, this one built in 1886. We have attended plays and concerts here. There were about ten such Opera Houses built throughout the state at this time for the edification and enjoyment of the mill employees. Our goal is to visit all of them.

This Opera House is in the town of Claremont, west of New London near the Vermont border. The statue in front is from 1869 and commemorates local men who fought in the Civil War.

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