Bare Foot in the Fountain Fun

Bare Foot in the Fountain Fun
Christopher Columbus Park
Boston, Massachusetts

Christopher Columbus Park, Fountain, Boston, Massachusetts, fun
Photo: Doug Peabody

Thursday Challenge is a weekly thematic collaboration of bloggers. This week’s (2 of 2) challenge is “fun.” For more fun photos click here for Thursday Challenge.

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Summer Fun Fountain

Summer Fun Fountain
Christian Science Plaza
Boston, Massachusetts

Christian Science Plaza, Fountain, Boston, Massachusetts, fun
Photo: Doug Peabody

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Hot Lights

Hot Lights
Peabody Essex Museum
Salem, Massachusetts
Photo: Doug Peabody

Posted for Thursday Challenge a weekly thematic collaboration of photo bloggers. This week’s challenge (2nd of 2) is “warm.” For more photos using this same theme click here for Thursday Challenge

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Chinese House Shadows

Chinese House Shadows
Peabody Essex Museum
Salem, Massachusetts

Chinese House, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, shadows
Photo: Doug Peabody
Our 2000th post!

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Christmas Tree Bonfire – 2017

Christmas Tree Bonfire – 2017
Dead Horse Beach
Salem, Massachusetts
Christmas Tree, Bonfire, Dead Horse Beach, Salem, Massachusetts, warm, hot
Photo: Doug Peabody

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Happy Patriots Day – Transforming an Old State House

If a building could talk this one could speak volumes. This week’s photo prompt at Sepia Saturday has what looks like some store fronts. Looking through my collection of postcards I couldn’t find many obvious storefronts. But I did come across a postcard of the Old Statehouse in Boston and recalled a photo I had seen when this building was not a glamorous state house but simple building containing many businesses.

The Old Statehouse has a rich history. Built in 1713 it was the seat of the Royal government in Massachusetts Colony.  Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and James Otis among others met there discussing the many issues which led up to the revolution. The Boston Massacre occurred at it’s front steps and the Declaration of Independence was read from it’s balcony.

When the state government marched up Beacon Hill to it’s new house in 1798, the old place was turned over to the City of Boston to be used as City Hall. The city then moved over to a new city hall and she was turned over to be used as businesses. Henry Ford nearly bought the old State House and moved it to Chicago where he was amassing a treasure trove of historic buildings.  When wise Bostonians got wind of this they formed a group to look after the old lady which continues to carry on this labor of love. It is now a museum.

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The Old Statehouse today is surrounded by high rises and is restored to it’s former glory. It seems surreal to see the antique in the middle of modern architecture. From the modern photo you can’t see, but there is a very busy subway lobby in the basement / street level. It’s rather surreal to exit from a busy subway lobby and see this old building through which you just walked. The lion and unicorn, symbols of the monarchy, were restored bringing it back to it’s pre-revolution look, and the Declaration of Independence is still read from it’s balcony every Fourth of July.

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Rail Shadows

Rail Shadows
Weirs Beach – Lake Winnipesaukee
Laconia, New Hampshire

Weirs Beach, Railroad, Tracks, Station, Laconia, New Hampshire, shadows
Photo: Doug Peabody
The ice is almost gone from the lake and the trees won’t be bare to much longer.

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Gifts From a Queen

A quick Google search of “communion sets gifted by Queen Anne” shows that this was a common practice of her’s. Her reign of Great Britain and the colonies lasted from 1707 until her death in 1714 at the age of 49. She gifted these communion sets to many churches in the colonies to gain their favor. Imagine if you will your church seeing a beautiful silver and pewter communion set arriving from England, from the Queen herself! There must have been quite a lot of excitement in Salisbury Square in Salisbury, Massachusetts Colony that day.

Queen Anne, communion set, 1st Parish Church, Salisbury, Massachusetts
Photo: Peabody Essex Museum – Salem, Massachusetts

The old church, then known as the First Parish Church of Salisbury, was according to church history “built of logs at the southern end of the Salisbury Square two years after the establishment of the colony.: It most likely wasn’t known as a “church” per se as the early puritans didn’t believe in having a special building dedicated as a church. Early worship was held in members homes. Later “meetinghouses” were constructed. Even today the successor to the First Parish Church is known as the East Parish Meeting House.

Photo: Peabody Essex Museum – Salem, Massachusetts

Puritanism was never an official recognized as a protestant denomination. It was more of a strictly disciplined worship and lifestyle. The early Salisbury church was most likely of the Congregational denomination as were other churches of the Massachusetts colonies. Congregational churches were official state churches funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts until 1833.

Photo: Peabody Essex Museum – Salem, Massachusetts

In 1723 when a new “church” was built on the site of the present day meetinghouse, at the north end of Salisbury Square. The precious communion set traveled there with the congregation.

Photo: Peabody Essex Museum – Salem, Massachusetts

According to church history:

“After visits to Salisbury by several Methodist circuit riders, among them Jesse Lee and Francis Asbury, the first Methodist Society in Salisbury was established on June 21, 1811 and a chapel was built on Lafayette Road opposite Forest Road.”

Photo: East Parish United Methodist Church – circa 1865

In 1833 the two denominations voted to combine and build a new meetinghouse. In 1834 the church you see above was built, which still stands today. (below) As a child I remember an oft told tale that the pastor at the time of construction wanted the church built before winter set in. In order to motivate workers to finish the job quickly he set a cask of rum on the site to be rewarded to the men that completed the task. I find this ironic as neither denomination were accepting of the consumption of alcoholic beverages. This story could be just an urban (or rural in this case) legend.

Photo: Doug Peabody

When the 1723 structure was pulled down the church’s furniture and communion set were brought to members homes for safe keeping. A lot of these items never returned to the church but instead languished in people’s basements and barns for years. It wasn’t until 1945 that the communion set was donated to the Essex Institute by a Miss Margaret W. Cushing. The Essex Institute is now the Peabody Essex Museum.

Photo: Wadsworth Athenaeum

The communion table you see, considered an excellent and valuable example of colonial church furniture of the period, was donated to the Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford Connecticut. It was built of native oak in Salisbury. The altar cloth is also in the care of the Peabody Essex Museum although it is unclear if that was gifted by Queen Anne.

Special thanks to the Peabody Essex Museum for having this collection professionally photographed for the purposes of this blog post.

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From Photograph to Portrait

The photograph of the Lynch Park lions below was recreated into a portrait by Judi Jorge. She has her own business, Creations by Jorge, painting many wonderful and lovely pieces. After contacting me for permission to recreate this photo she explains below how she processes her works like this:

Lynch Park, Lions,  Beverly, Massachusetts, portrait
Photo: Doug Peabody

Judi:

As for commentary, I would say that I was originally inspired by your photo because of the beautiful use of light, and wanted to try and capture the same light effect using paint. I worked from a grid, gridding a copy of your photo and the canvas to lay in all the elements in the same exact location. I don’t always work this way, but when I have the photographer’s permission I like to be as exact as possible. I start the actual painting by laying in a unifying ground color. Once I’ve gridded in the canvas and am happy with the positioning of the elements, I do an underpainting of darks and lights, then add values. Finally I go back and add the details, highlights and darkest elements.

Portrait: Judi Jorge

I would have to say that the final product has a soothing effect. The portait seems softer compared to the harsh reality of the photograph. Great job Judi!

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Shadows on Tennis Court

Shadows on Tennis Court
Obear Park
Beverly, Massachusetts

Snow, Obear Park, tennis court, Beverly, Massachusetts, shadows
Photo: Doug Peabody

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