Susan and Craig Scott stopped by our house on their morning walk today. We owe them for introducing us to Chautauqua and they always know what’s going on. We have to take our seat cushions back for them to store at their condo before we left the grounds today. (those benches in the Amp are tough on the tush and the backbone, too)
Lunch at Brazill’s in Westfield (10 miles from the village and almost to Lake Erie; 5 miles from the entrance to our Route 90 road to the Buffalo Airport). Saw our favorite waitress again…Alex. She’s getting married in the fall and relocating to Richmond, VA. We are trying to hook her up with Amy’s college pal, Crystal, in Richmond to look for a job.
The Staffords tend to be let’s just say “concerned travelers” and we got to the Buffalo airport about 2 hours before their 5PM flight…a little closer than they’d like, but it’s an easy airport. Their Southwest counter was mobbed. We went to US Air and checked in for our 5:25PM flight to Philly. We planned to meet them inside the terminal…after the TSA check.
Well, there was some snafu in DC with planes that messed up the whole east coast…their flight was cancelled. They just called and are driving to Pittsburgh (about 2 hours) to get a flight tomorrow. Maybe they’ll have another meal at Brazill’s on Main.
Here are some real last thoughts on our trip.
We may have mentioned the organ music…it’s a big part of the Amphitheater’s aura – both sight and sound.
We haven’t mentioned much about kids…but, they are in abundance attending a lake-oriented summer camp on the grounds. Here’s just one example…
Religion is alive and well at Chautauqua although it is much more about learning in the broadest sense as you can tell from our content this week. Many faiths are in evidence on the grounds through “houses” which welcome visitors; usually with overnight rooms for the faithful.
Most of you know that Nancy and I have a “thing” about labyrinths. We found one just being built as we first arrived here in 2005. It is finished now. We had some work to do for some of our dear friends who are facing challenges – Susie Howard, Kathy Morris, Dick Plumeri, et al. – so, we walked on Wednesday. Time stands still on a labyrinth, but it takes only 8 minutes to walk to the center and out again on this 35 foot diameter/7 circuit layout. Very soothing, calming and peaceful pursuit we recommend to you and your psyche and your soul. You can find one near you at http://www.labyrinthlocator.com.
Travel News flash…the Staffords have made it to the Pittsburgh Airport for their 6PM flight to Denver (by way of Chicago)…it’s Sunday at 1PM now. All the best to them for making it home to Steamboat Springs, CO by Monday night. They did eat at Brazill’s again and found a Bed and Breakfast nearby for the night.
Public art embellishes the Victorian Era architecture in a pleasing and sometimes whimsical way. These ladies below are about 6 feet high.
Here is a good-bye shot of the ladies, headed to the main quad.
Finally, I wanted to give a you a throwback photo that my sister, Christy, just fished out of the archives. Yesterday, she visited with her best buddy, Susie, and shared this with her. She sent it to me, since it was right around this time when Butch Stafford came to live in our town…we have been best buddies since then. How sweet it is.
So long until next journal hits the airwaves.