An offer - but 2 at a time, please....

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  1. Bill Hahn

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    Here is my chance to give something back to NE APUGers. Gene was generous taking me and others to photograph at the Quabbin; I will now reveal one of my favorite photographic sites.

    I am at a disadvantage compared to many other photographers, I spend 3+ hours a day commuting, and my precious vacation time is absorbed with family matters (elderly parent). Thus most of my photography has been done locally, and probably too much of it has been done at....

    The Fruitlands Museums in Harvard MA. (www.fruitlands.org).

    Attractions: from Prospect Hill Road you can see to the "mountains" Wachusetts and Monadnock, miles away. Nothing compared to some of the views Gene showed me, but still pretty inspiring for eastern Massachusetts. When you can see for seven miles, with cloud shadows moving over the valley from big cumulus clouds, and red-tailed hawks spiraling in the sky, it can be very pretty.

    Some of you may remember me showing strips of medium format film (taken with my Pentax 6x7) at one of our first meetings at the VPC, where was I was asking everyone which frame they liked best. There was a red farmhouse (built in the early 1700's) in the picture. It's where the 10 year old Louisa May Alcott suffered through her father's attempt to establish a utopia....

    (And at the very first meetup of NE APUGERS at Whitey's school, I showed some 16x24 photos of the same farmhouse.)

    There is an art gallery at Fruitlands, that shows a lot of canvases by Hudson Valley school painters. There is a wonderful huge canvas done by Robert Walker Weir, of the Hudson River near West Point, where he was a drawing instructor for many years. (I came across his name in a biography of Stonewall Jackson - Jackson had a hard time passing his course.)

    Other museum attractions include the Shaker community at Harvard and Native American artifacts.

    While photography is not allowed inside the museums (Suzanne Revy can tell you about this) they are used to large format photographers, thanks to my frequent appearance there.

    My offer: Any Saturday thru October (when the museum closes) I will be glad to guide two NE APUGers through this site. Since I've been photographing there for 6+ years, I know some of the "sweet spots". There are some advantages to having me with you:

    1. I'm a patron member, and I can get two people in free.
    2. The dozents know me. (I've already discussed this offer with them.)
    3. I can show you nearby historical sites. (E.g., google for "Mary Rowlandson" - she wrote the first best seller on this continent in 1683. I can show you where her homestead was in 1675 in nearby Lancaster.)

    I'd like to restrict this to two people per Saturday. Preference will be given to manjo (because I showed him Fruitlands back in March) and phong (because we discussed it before).

    Please PM me if you're interested. Those of you who take me up on this offer are welcome to add your comments, negative or positive, to this thread for the next few months.

    Cheers, Bill Hahn
     
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    Hi Bill,

    Thank you for a most gracious offer, which I will take up. It will be nice to see you again in person, after all these years ! I will PM you my schedule, etc.

    - Phong
     
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    Bill - how about some Sat in late July, say the 22nd. And I'll be on the look out for any illegal, unethical, immoral, unofficial, covert or otherwise naughty initiation rites!! :rolleyes:

    gene
     
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    Gene,

    The 22nd it is. Please remind me with a PM when the date gets close....and remind me that I owe you a book of photographs of Jazz greats. Do you have a DVD player? Have you seen the movie "Jazz On A Summer's Day" by Bert Stern?

    Cheers, Bill
     
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    Thank you for reminding me about the book. :D
    And yes I have a DVD (or Deeee-Veeee-Deeee as my wife calls it) player and no I haven't seen the movie.

    gene
     
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    Gene, FYI:

    Bert Stern was a busy still fashion/advertising photographer in the 1960's. One of his claims to fame was that he did the last photo shoot with Marilyn Monroe, a few weeks before she died. "Jazz on a Summer's Day" was the result of his experimentation with a movie camera at the 1958 Newport Jazz festival. It's a frustrating movie for jazz fans, because Bert seemed equally fascinated by the America's Cup Yacht Race going on at the same time....but with the magic of the DVD menu you can go right to the jazz performances. Anyway, Gene, I'll include the DVD with the jazz book as a gift.

    My favorite story about this movie was that Anita O'Day denied that she performed at this festival until she actually saw the footage....

    Now, with the generous offer of the book, and DVD, you can only begin to imagine what devious initiation rite I have prepared for you... :smile:

    -Bill