Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Maine Memories

Frances Perkins Homestead, Newcastle, Maine

Frances Perkins was the first woman member of a Presidential cabinet. She served as FDR's
Labor Secretary and we are very proud to claim her as a Mount Holyoke graduate. 

Note: I've been editing and re-editing this post a dozen times. While it's still autumn and before the promised holiday decor pictures begin tomorrow, I'm going to do this post without my usual collection of links and historical notes.

 One of the high points of the fall was my Mount Holyoke College class mini-reunion in Maine this fall. Although it's only slightly more than a month ago, mid October seems to be slipping further and further into memory. Before this wonderful visit slips entirely into memory, I'm happy to share the promised photos. Just for reference a mini-reunion is not a formal reunion at the college. My class has been fortunate to have classmates put together wonderful weekends all over the country and the Maine one last month was superb.

The view from Prout's Neck, Maine that inspired Winslow Homer's paintings. We had the most perfect sunny and clear October day and toured Winslow Homer's studios and also spent time touring the grounds. It was all fascinating, but my favorite part was this view. 

The harbor at Damariscotta

We are very fortunate that one of our classmates lives in Damariscotta, about an hour north of Portland, and definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. It is one of the loveliest towns on the Maine coast. We had a very interesting tour of the Damariscotta River and learned about the sustainable oyster farming on the river, and yes, we were blessed with another perfect autumn day.  

I know autumn doesn't end for another few weeks, but as of tomorrow we are officially moving on to Holiday season 2019. There may be a few other posts -- romance is in the air -- but otherwise it's decorations and holiday events from now until the end of the year. Wow! Can't believe I just wrote "the end of the year." But until then, let the lights and decorations begin. 

Thanks for visiting and thanks for all you contribute
 to Buttercupland and your friendship. 

Happy Thanksgiving!


Chatty Crone said...

Oh my goodness - how I would love to go to Maine one day. The scenery looks so beautiful! Happy Thanksgiving.


Maine is gorgeous. Loved my visit there years ago. HAPPY THANKSGIVING. Have a wonderful day.

Theresa said...

Oh what a beautiful place that I would love to visit! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving dear friend, HUGS!

peggy said...

It looks so peaceful. Happy Thanksgiving!!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Here I'm watching the parade there in NYC. What fun! I'm ready for the Christmas season and will pack away fall today as far as my decorations go and start getting out the Christmas ones. You did have a great visit and lovely weather, though, something worth remembering. Time does fly when we are having fun.

Laurel Wood said...

I have always wanted to visit Maine in Autumn. Your pics are gorgeous. What a wonderful time you all must have had.