In our final days in NY state we lounged by the patio and went antique shopping in Nyack. I fell in love with all the gems and this little black sheep doll.
Later we attended a play in town that Alan directed called:
In the audience was the still fascinating Arlene Dahl. She was in "Journey to the Center of the Earth" and once had a torrid affair with J.F.K. She still had the fiery red hair that made her a siren in the day.
Uncle Alan is having a fab house warming party later this month. My favorite thing in his house is this pastel portrait that someone made of him in the late 70's:
We left the lush landscape of Rockland County and headed for our favorite sleepy town in PA called Stroudsburg. This is the place we stayed on our last Ohio tour. We ended up at a Church Rummage Sale/ town festival with the locals (seemed more like a scene from Deliverance) Toothless townies and sausage faced kids.
After eating a fried feast and buying crafts we were back on the road and driving
for 10 hours to Ohio. Lucky for us the rental car had a navigating computer system. As we drove in the darkness past my sisters 6 acre homestead...it simply stated "You have arrived".
We unfortunately were staying furthur up the block at the sleazy moist motel.
The Low down :
BOB EVANS- Biscuits and gravy for G.P. Smoking in Diners still exists, obesity is the new fad.
Jim's Kitchen- Super small old diner- 50's that I've been going to since I was like 4. All the waitresses
still know me and G.P has a luxurious burger with onions.
Chagrin Falls: The infamous 1920's town with the waterfalls behind the old time popcorn shop
Drive- In Movie-- That's right 5 minutes away from my sisters place there is a huge Drive-In where you
pay $15 for a car load. We were eaten alive by bugs but had a good time draped in
4-Wheelin'/mini bikes: G.P and I rode around the lawn on mini bikes racing across the 6 acres- This
is more exciting then one could imagine. Especially the narrow bridge to the back
yard -in the pitch black darkness with creeks and tall reeds-
The VFW Bar We officially want to be members. Where else can you get top shelf scotch for $3
along with Chicken Paprikash special dinners? We played pool and talked to
the locals- G.P. loved the smoke filled room.
Hillbillies -- We stumbled upon this tiny road behind my sisters place that took us by this old
house with a sign that said "free puppy" . In the drive was a ratty old fluffy dread
head doggy that was adorable. We stopped and called out to him and then a dozen
puppies ran out and surrounded the car and followed us for awhile. Furthur down we
noticed this amazing sunset clearance through the willow trees. Flowers floating on top
of the lake- so serene. Seemed Jason would jump out at any time and kill us
Old Trains- Everywhere trains running along the roadside-
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:
Bob Dylan- retrospective... Sid Vicious blood stained SEX shoppe t-shirts-, his pirate
Viviene Westwood strappy boots, Jimi Hendrix's early paintings of football players
(Henry DArger style) Janis Joplins love beads and gods eyes. So many cool outfits of
JEfferson Airplane (a suede cape with a naked couple fornicating as the clasp out of
brass) The MAMAS and PAPAS embroidered dresses, Beaded fringe vests of Sly and the
Family Stone, etc...
The fact that they won't let you take pictures in that place gave me a broken heart.
Lunch with Dad: For those who know me- it should be obvious how that went down, right?
We ended up taking these new band photos against the brick wall-
Ohio Farmland & houses: amazing to see horses in yards. little lakes and wild flowers
Ryder- My nephew - (he's 1 1/2 years old- loves handbags and Madonna gloves)
We drove down to Columbus-Ohio to visit the new family--Danielle Mike and Lucas.
Of course we ended up at Katsingers so GP could test the Pastrami on rye
He declared the Deli ranked in his top 5 all time favorites.
I love the way all the Ohio houses have sweet porches -especially Danielle's with the birdhouses
This is the street in Victorian Village where I used to live while attending Ohio State University-
We had a great time hanging with the parents. Danielle and I visited our old haunts- the local dive bars where GP was elated to order $20 dollar scotch for $7. Here he is on a rant about smoking being banned from bars. He wandered off outside and made friends with visitors from Spain. I recognized a girl in the bathroom that once modeled nude for me in my fine art classes.
Danielle and I stayed in and took pictures while watching Project Runway--
GP and Mike went out on the town til the bars closed. They could barely form a sentence- when they returned- and seemed as thick as thieves. They both are experts on food and drink but not so good at keeping their stories straight about the evening activities.