Recently, the presence of a Very Important Visitor (a.k.a. Mom) inspired local sojourns of a kind we don’t take as often as we should. The weather was with us, sunny and fine, without the high humidity that comes with summer months. The post office lady, in one of her more affable moods, extolled a Hudson River Cruise that embarks out of Kingston. With two lighthouses in the bargain—the Rondout and Esopus—that became a must-do trip.
I wasn’t sure we could top the river cruise until I remembered covered bridges we’d once spotted in western Connecticut. Off we went on another perfect-weather day to see three: Bulls Bridge, Kent Falls, and West Cornwall, all on a route that follows the Housatonic River’s curves.
At Kent Falls, we had an unexpected bonus: clusters of plein air painters out in force to paint the falls. From one of the plein air painters, we learned that New Milford and Kent, two towns in Connecticut, were having Open Studio days.
As part of the festivities, the New Milford Garden Club, celebrating its 90th anniversary, had an “Art in Bloom” exhibit on at the Historical Society.
We stopped in at smithy Peter Catchpole’s studio on the way, and our Very Important Visitor treated us to lunch at the green granary. Another perfect day.
Spotify playlist: En Plein Air
Paul Ben-Haim Pastorale Variée For Clarinet Solo, Harp and String Orchestra, Op. 31b
On Youtube (piano reduction of Ben-Haim)
Christian Lindberg The World of Montuagretta (part 1)
Jennifer Higdon Trumpet Songs (mvmt 1)
Bonus Track (well, depending on your point of view; I’m inclined to stay with Ben-Haim, Lindberg, and Higdon . . .): Had we been at the green granary a couple weeks before, we might have caught up with Comedians (Jerry Seinfeld and David Letterman) in Cars Getting Coffee (at about 6:15):