Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Arden School House

Orange County has so much history!
I am constantly amazed about what we have here for the viewing.
I found this little school house on my travels in Arden and Tuxedo.

So beautiful slate roofs and stone. Can you imagine going to school in this quaint little place?

If the walls could only talk!


Monday, August 29, 2011

More Aftermath of Irene.....

This is what it looks like here in Orange County....the first two pictures are from Goshen....the last one is in Warwick....this type of scene is all over Orange County....we really got hit~

Aftermath of Irene

This picture shows how the storm shook all the apples out of the trees and now they are floating in the water standing in the orchard! Hopefully they can be salvaged for sale. Otherwise what a terrible loss for the growers!

Friday, August 26, 2011


In my scouting around in
Tuxedo after I took a picture of
the Furnace I found this little
tranquil spot on the shore line
looking out into a very vast pond.

So pretty. What you can't see
because of the lighting....is a very
small bridge with an Asian feel.
I may have to come back at a
later time and try and capture the
bridge through the trees with a
different light.

Peace reigns here!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

News On Red Apple Rest

So interesting that I posted over the weekend about this old favorite of mine...
today's local newspaper printed the article below.....Guess you would know this makes me happy! Yea a new Life for a very cool place!!!!

Brits might reopen old eatery

The Red Apple Rest on Route 17 in Southfields, a hot spot in the 1940s and early '50s, is an eyesore now, but a London-based group is considering reopening it as a motorcycle-themed restaurant.Times Herald-Record/JEFF GOULDING

SOUTHFIELDS — It's been sitting vacant for years now, a shell of its former glory as a beloved pit stop on the way to the Catskill Mountains.

The signature apple still rests on top of the eatery, long since condemned because of extensive roof damage. The Red Apple Rest is far from the icon it was during the heyday of the Borscht Belt.

But the landmark in this hamlet in the Town of Tuxedo might soon be bustling once again.

The Ace Cafe of London, a motorcyle-themed joint, is looking to open its first location in North America, and officials have their eye on the Red Apple.

"I think what is really intriguing is the close proximity to New York City and the idea that this is a gateway up to the mountains and lakes," said Mark McKee, managing partner for Ace Cafe's North American operations. "This is a great riding area, along with the history of this roadside diner, which is how the Ace Cafe in London started."

2012 eyed for opening

The Ace Cafe was built in 1938 in London as a 24-hour roadside cafe, a rest stop of sorts for truck drivers and other motorists. It soon attracted motorcyclists, and by the 1950s, it became an icon to bikers, a go-to spot for people to meet, grab a bite to eat, listen to the jukebox and mend their bikes.

The Ace Cafe closed in 1969, but its legacy lived on. After several reunions, it reopened in 1997.

McKee is looking at all corners of the country to find the right location for the eatery, which he would like to open in 2012.

He is looking for a place with a deeply entrenched culture for motorcycles and cars.

Town a magnet for bikers

Tuxedo Supervisor Peter Dolan is not getting his hopes up. He knows the Red Apple is up against locales across the U.S. He also knows how much rehabilitation it needs.

That said, Dolan thinks it would be the perfect location. The town conducted a study recently and found that about 17,000 motorcycles travel through Tuxedo during the summer months.

"I think it would just be a cool thing for the town," he said. "It fits the town's profile perfectly. It's nostalgic and a cool concept. Everything I can do as supervisor I will do to get Ace Cafe there."

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Brady & His Clan....

My friend and Boss had a
birthday this Sunday. What do
you get the guy who has everything?

I decided to go through
pictures I had taken and co-opt
out of everyone of his kids
face book accounts some pictures.

Once I found the ones I was pleased
with, I was able to make this
collage for him using pictures of
his three sons, their wives and
children and some special pictures
of him and his wife.

He was surprised and pleased!
Made me happy!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Abandoned Stone House

In my travels on Saturday to
the Sterling Furnace, I drove
and scouted around the area
and found this incredible
shell of a stone house. I
just happened to look up and
on a hill above the roadway
there it was.....if it could only
talk. It had amazing lines....
wonder what it's story was....

Monday, August 22, 2011

Livin' on the edge.....

Found these geese on my way down
Route 32 Saturday Morning. They
were extremely content just hanging
out on the edge of this waterfall which
was draining off a pond. The traffic
whizzed by and they were oblivious...

Gives new meaning to living life on the edge!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sterling Furnance

Inspired by a picture which
was posted by my friend
Shawn Dell Joyce of the Wallkill
River Art School, I had to find
this to take pictures. I think it
is amazing!

The Structure has been here for

This Sterling Furnace was the first.

This furnace forged the "great Chain"
used and commissioned by then
General George Washington to be
placed in the Hudson River near
West Point to prevent the British
from coming further up the Hudson
River to fight with our troops.

Here is a plaque near the furnace
very cool bronze and just there in
the forest near the furnace.

A story board erected for the history
so all who visit understand the purpose
of the furnace.

I have to back again in the fall after all
the foliage dies to get a better picture.
I think it was awesome and loved the lines of the furnace. I am inspired
by the fact that it is still here! Gotta love history, and we have so much
of it here in the Hudson Valley!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

More on the Red Apple Rest....

You can google and find just about
anything these days. I typed in
Red Apple Rest and came up with a
bunch of information and pictures.

This one depict the stations of where
you went to choose your entree etc

A great shot of the outside

A black and white...it was always
busy and so much fun....

We don't have anything like this now
a days.....a lost era! Sad!

The Red Apple Rest

I can remember when I was a kid
the trip the the "country" from
Brooklyn every week. We would stop
at the Red Apple Rest which was a wonderful
Cafeteria style restaurant. It was such fun.

I can remember walking around the
different stations to choose our food.

Driving past it today saddened me...
This was such a wonderful place to
break up the drive. I have long wished
when seeing this in it decrepitude that
someone would purchase it and bring it
back to the glory days of it's past!

They say you can't go home again....I do so
wish that someone would take care of this
cool place and bring back the nostalgia of it!
I bet others out there feel the same way I do!

Friday, August 19, 2011

The Emperor's New Clothes

My favorite Star, Sarah Wilson
was the princess in the Emperor's
New Clothes which was performed
at the Lycian Theater in Sugar Loaf
This past week for the children's

Another great job was done by
all that participated.
Their director Paul should be very
proud of all his students.

First Stage kiss for the
Princess and "Pony"

The Pretty Princess sings

The Princess shows us all how
to do the Mango Chutney wave!

The Emperor and the Princess
do the Mango Chutney wave!

Great Job everyone!!!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Sweitzer Memorial Soccer Tournament

Rory Brady devised and chaired
this wonderful event! So many
people turned out and he did
a fantastic job!
Here he is defending his position!

His brother Damian also participated
He is kicking the ball in this picture.

Grandpa Bernard (father of Rory &
Damian) turned out with his grandson
(Rory & Beth's son) to watch the
tournament. I got to hang out with the
boss and learn some very valuable pointers
on the game.

Great Day! Great job done by Rory!!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Storm King Art continued....

This is called appropriately:

I liked this new installation which
didn't have a name plate as yet.
It reminded me so much of Tim
Holtz feel. I loved reading some
info that a man dedicated this to
his deceased wife. Special.

This one is called mermaid, they
say that it actually was in the
world up competition. It was
really cool and almost looked like
it was sitting in the pond.

This one is called one.
It was cute and interesting!

This was a great afternoon. I
think I am going to go again real soon!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Scrapped Clip Board

I loved making this clipboard with
scrapped leftovers for fun!

It looks great and is so practical to
have in my craft room!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

More Pictures from Storm King Art Center

Endless Column
Really liked the
look of this piece.

Sea Change this is a really
interesting sculpture. There
are two views that I am
showing here.

This sculpture has the two
tenticles that revolve and turn
and never touch! So cool!

Sea Change


Just love the name
of this one.

Kiss....very appropriate.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

More on the Hobbit!

Bilbo and Gandolf
from Friday's nights

Sarah's performance

Sarah describing the
history of the swords
which were gotten
by the trolls and the

Good job everyone!

Monday, August 8, 2011

The Hobbit

A few more pictures of the
kids who performed in Friday
& Saturday at the Lycian Theater
in Sugar Loaf entertaining us
with the "Hobbit".



Sarah & company

More of Sarah &

A job well done!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

More on my Favorite Star!

I had a wonderful evening on Friday
Attending the "Hobbit" at the Lycian
in Sugar Loaf. My friend Sarah Wilson
and the Student Company of the Lycian
Theater put on a lovely version of
the "Hobbit".

The Students re-wrote several versions
to suit their needs in performing it!

One of the many "Sarah" faces....

Bilbo & Company studying the Map
to see where their quest would
take them!

Another of the "Sarah" faces!

A job well done!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

My Favorite Star!

"My favorite Star" Sarah Wilson! She
is absolutely wonderful. Very self
assured when performing, whether it is
in the High School Play, Summer Stock for
the Rec Theater or Performing at the Lycien,
she is amazing! I was fortunate enough to get
some great shots of her in her recent starring
Role as Alice in Alice in Wonderland for the
Children's performance. I put together this
collage for her! I had a blast making it and lucky for
me she enjoyed getting it!