Augustus Saint-Guadens

Every once in a while an exceptional artist comes along, and one who burst on the scene in the late 1800’s was Augustus Saint-Guadens. We crossed the covered bridge from Windsor VT to Cornish NH to visit the Augustus Saint-Guadens National Historic Site.

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Known for his tributes to Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War soldiers who fought to save the Union, he was instrumental in shaping the ideals of the American Renaissance.

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His attention to detail and his ability to capture the subject’s personality in intimate detail gave him early and resounding success as a sculptor. This bust of General Sherman demonstrates his mastery of the art form.

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He was just as adept at creating classical images, and often integrated them into historical memorials, as seen below in the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial. This most famous bronze bas relief (also on Boston Common) took 14 years to complete.

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His iconic “Diana” was first designed as a weathervane for Madison Square Park in NYC. She now resides in various venues, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina. This casting is in what is known as his “Little Studio.”

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His “Little Studio” is in itself a work of art.

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View from the studio

We carefully planned our trip to be in Vermont during peak leaf season, when the Green Mountains are ablaze with color. It’s been unseasonably warm, and without a frost to date, the Green Mountains are, well, green.

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In Memorium

We dedicate today’s visit to the Path of Life Sculpture Garden in Windsor, VT to all those who have suffered the loss of a loved one in recent days, especially our dear friends Annie, Sue, and Lisa.

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Heading North

We left the interstates for quieter Vermont byways as we traveled north toward Maine and the Bay of Fundy. The Green Mountains are still green in late August, with hardly a hint of the spectacle that’s to come.  We hope to catch the show on our way back through in a few weeks.

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Saddleback Campground, Northwood NH

A week ago we were in Charleston with 95º heat and oppressive humidity .  This afternoon, as we sit on our “porch” here in New Hampshire, the air is clear and crisp at 68º.  A perfect summer day, as far as I’m concerned!

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Vermont Escapade

We spent last week near beautiful Burlington Vermont at the Escapees RV Club’s annual Escapade, a gathering of +-1700 campers in +-800 rigs.  A majority of the attendees were full time RVers and driving the big Class A motor homes, but we found a quiet little corner in the boondocking area (no hookups) to settle in for the week.

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When we became interested in buying a travel trailer, one of the first resources we discovered was Technomadia, aka Chris and Cherie.  Ten years on the road have taken them from a 16′ teardrop, to a 17′ Oliver travel trailer, to the vintage 1961 GM bus conversion they now call home.  Despite their auspicious sounding name, they are a wealth of information spoken in language even we can understand, and generously share their knowledge via blogposts and YouTube.  We were happy to meet them at Escapade so we could thank them in person for all that they do for the RV community.

We spent most of the week going to seminars, learning the tricks of the trade for life on the road, but managed to get in a couple of days of sightseeing while we were there.  Of course we made the pilgrimage for the Ben and Jerry’s factory tour, followed by the nearby Cabot Cheese Store where they had a buffet of cheeses laid out for us to sample.

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We decided to stay an extra day so we could visit the Shelburne Museum, and were we ever glad we did!  Electra Havemyer Webb was a collector in a very big way (everything from dolls to buildings), and she had the vision and the means to create this wonderful place to display it all.  Housed in 38 buildings on 45 beautifully landscaped acres, the museum showcases Americana at its best, an impressive collection of Impressionist art, and the 220-foot steamboat, Ticonderoga.  We topped off the day with a ride and a kiss on the carousel.

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Kinetic sculpture by George Sherwood is one of the featured exhibits this summer

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