Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day 2017

East Lyme remembered those who have died for our country with their annual Memorial Day Parade.  Unfortunately the weather didn't really cooperate and it rained throughout the parade.  It didn't dampen anyone's enthusiasm, however.

Honor Guard

East Lyme HS Marching Band


New London Firefighter Pipe and Drums

Uncle Sam

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Ledge Light

New London, CT

Way out on the horizon, looking pretty small is the Ledge Light, which marks the entrance to the Thames River, and harbor at New London.  I don't think it's operational anymore, or if it is, it is totally automated.  I've never driven by during the night to see if the light works or not.  

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Globe Spirit Shop

New London, CT  2017

There is no shortage of liquor stores/package stores in New London, or any other town in Connecticut for that matter.  In Connecticut these type of stores sell not only beer and wine, but other "hard" liquors as well.  I find each store very unique and colorful in how they display their products and what is on sale.  This one is pretty typical.  

Friday, May 19, 2017

Waterfront Dining

Niantic, CT  2017

In another week or so, this place will really be busy. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Now Open

New London, 2017

Something is now open.  I just don't know what.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Lobster Dock?

Niantic, CT  2017

I'm not sure what this is.  I've noticed it for quite some time now, sitting in the middle of the Niantic River.  It doesn't move from it's spot, has a little shelter of some sort, and a pile of lobster pots.  I haven't seen any activity around it, but then again I just might not pass it at the right times to see any activity.  It's not a boat, or a barge, and I can't really call it a dock.  It's just there. 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Vanderbilt Grace

Newport, RI  2017

Newport, RI is famous for it's mansions which were all built towards the end of the 1800's and early 1900's by some of the wealthiest families in America at that time.  They were often used as summer homes and as such might only be occupied during the summer months.  This mansion was built in 1909 by Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, one of those Vanderbilts.  The mansion has been restored and now operates as a boutique hotel in Newport, featuring a number of luxury suites.  I'm not sure what the room rates are to stay an evening here, but I guess if I have to ask, I probably couldn't afford to stay here. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Lunch Time

South Freeport, ME  2017

One can't visit Maine without having some lobster.  This is just one of many lobster pounds/seafood places one can find in Maine.  It's located right on the water and had just opened for the season when I drove through Maine a couple of weekends ago.  I was a little disappointed in my lunch however, since their lobster rolls used cold lobster meat with some added mayo.  I've heard that this is the traditional "lobster roll", especially in Maine.  Readers of this blog might recall seeing some pictures I've posted here featuring Abbotts Lobster in the Rough, a famous lobster pound not too far from where I live in Connecticut.  There you can hot lobster rolls which are made with hot lobster meat and are drenched with butter, not mayo.  I prefer my lobster rolls hot.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Gale Force

Gale Force, Moncton, NB

Gale Force, from Moncton, NB won the quartet contest with their renditions of the songs, "Memories" and "Nevertheless".  Congrats, guys.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Port City Sound

Port City Sound, Portland, ME

The highlight of the quartet contest was the performance of this quartet, Port City Sound, from Portland, ME.  They were competing out of their own Division just to obtain a qualifying score for the next higher level of competition and as such were not eligible to win this contest.  This quartet regularly competes at our International Contest as a Seniors Quartet and brought the house down with their parody of the song "The Masquerade is Over" which poked fun at themselves for being old.  

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Valley Harmony

Valley Harmony, Kentville, NS
Novice Quartet Champions

This quartet has only been singing together for about 6 months.  They have never competed together as a quartet, and was awarded the novice quartet championship.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Men of Fundy

Men of Fundy
Janet Kidd, Director

In what was considered to be an upset, the Men of Fundy from Saint John, NB won the chorus championship in this contest.  They were far from the largest chorus in the contest which goes to show you you don't have to be a big chorus to win, you just need to sing well.  They deserved to win

Thursday, May 4, 2017

City of Lakes Chorus

City of Lakes Chorus
Paul Stubbington, director

You might be more familiar with barbershop quartet singing, and there are clearly a lot more than 4 guys on stage here.  Even though the ensemble is larger, they still sing 4-part harmony in the barbershop style.  This chorus from Dartmouth, NS placed second in the chorus contest.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

River Valley Chorus

River Valley Chorus
Christine Freeman, director

I'm a long time member of the Barbershop Harmony Society and have sung in many choruses and quartets over the last 40 plus years or so.  This past weekend I attended one our divisional contests in Fredericton, NB, Canada and since I was not competing or had any other official duties for the weekend, I thought I'd try to capture some of the competitors.  We strictly prohibit the use of flash photography during our contests, so I was limited to use the available lights on stage.  I think I got some good but not great shots.  It's hard to judge exposure.  This particular chorus not only competed, but organized the convention and served as our hosts for the weekend.  They did a great job both on and off  the stage.  

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Authentic Indian Cuisine

Branford, CT  2017

I've had Indian cuisine on a number of occasions, but can't say it is one of my favorite cuisines.  I have not tried this restaurant though. 

Monday, May 1, 2017


Niantic, CT  2017

This mermaid caught my eye standing in front of an antiques shop in Niantic.  I think she has seen better days.