Sunday, November 07, 2010

Weekend in Connecticut

I had the privilege of being invited to attend a gathering at the home of a friend who is writing and producing a musical for my friend Eric Kunze. It was a small gathering of cast and her local friends at her 1700's home in Wethersfield, Connecticut, a delightful and historic town. It was whirlwind trip: In on Friday, back on Saturday night. But a lot was packed into it.

I was able to tour the Mark Twain house in Hartford and learned some really interesting things about him, one of which was the origin of his name. In his early years he was a steamboat captain. "Mark Twain" meant safe water - 12 feet above the lead, two leather strips are woven in. Another thing struck me. Over the fireplace in the great room was a plaque with this quotation attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson: "The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it." I'm going to adopt that as my favorite quotation of the month!

In addition to the party, I was able to tour the town and take some photos.
(Click on the photo above to be linked to a large screen slideshow)