Wow, it's been a whirlwind of traveling, teaching and what-not, for the last several months. I know you guys are still out there. I SO appreciate you hanging in here, with me! So, I traveled up to New York and Connecticut, a couple of weeks ago to teach at the fabulous art venue, Art is You.
Btw, Art is You, along with several other art retreat organizers, is conducting a donation drive for those affected by Sandy. I teach for several of these wonderful folks, including Adorn Me and Vivi Magoo Presents. They're lovely, generous, professional people to work with and I love what they're doing with this drive.
Anyhow...I discovered that Number Two is going to Hogwarts for chefs. Look at this place. And this shot is just the back of the building! I'm telling you...it's Hogwarts, inside and out. Gorgeous.
I tried to capture the front of the building with the panorama app on my phone. This just doesn't do it justice.
We were there on a rainy late afternoon and got to see our kid, briefly...
I present to you...Chef Jaron. Well, not quite a chef yet but working on it. Don't I look goofily happy to see him?
The inside of the school is beautiful and majestic. It used to be a Jesuit seminary, St. Andrew-on-Hudson Jesuit novitiate. The student cafeteria is actually in what used to be the "chapel." It's an incredible, domed ceiling room with amazing, huge stained glass windows. You can still feel the hushed holiness of it. Potter-esque looking, no? There was even this sign, in the restaurant:
I told Number Two that Hilde must surely have been a relation of Harry, somehow. He scoffed at me. Imagine.
Speaking of dreams, I never dreamed I would visit this phenomenal place...Niagara Falls. I know it seems a bit cliche but I thought it would be good to stop in, since we were in the neighborhood. I'm so glad we went. It's one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen.
Of course, we had to ride the Maid of the Mist, which is the little tour boat you see in the photo above. It takes you right to the base of the falls and allows you to get drenched by the spray. It really feels like you're in a storm...wind, rain and all.
I didn't realize this but the falls are not just the Horseshoe Falls but also the American Falls, that you see here. Both are amazing.
The falls empty out into one of the most churningly fierce rapids anywhere (behind us) and they dump into a giant whirlpool. So amazing!
This was such a fun group of people. Isn't Kecia adorable?
Of course, all good things come to an end and we were back on the plane, headed for home, before I knew it. And, before I knew it, getting ready for the next venue...The Prairie. I've got lots of great photos from that place. Editing, editing, editing...
See you here, soon...