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Grapes for Sale

September 2, 2011

Grape JamboreeGeneva, Ohio© jan albers | all rights reserved
© jan albers | all rights reserved

Geneva, Ohio

Some 1,500 acres of grapes are grown in the Geneva area. Conditions are ideal in the narrow stretch from the Lake Erie shore to about 10 miles inland, since the lake protects vines from damaging frosts on either end of the growing season.

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Checked Out

August 25, 2011

The Checkerboard Diner Pittsfield, Massachusetts  © jan albers | all rights reserved© jan albers | all rights reserved

Pittsfield, Massachusetts

The Checkboard Diner, on Housatonic Street in Pittsfield, Mass., apparently had at least two previous incarnations as diners: Miss Pittsfield and Lizi’s Miss Pittsfield, after being moved to the town from its original location in nearby Dalton. It now appears to be destroyed.

The Checkerboard DinerPittsfield, Massachusetts© jan albers | all rights reserved

Diner

August 11, 2011

Diner© karen e. titus | all rights reserved© karen e. titus | all rights reserved

Idaho Falls, Idaho

When you’re on the road, you often want to pull off for a cup of coffee or a bite to eat. Once you do, the road starts to beckon again almost immediately.

Through the Grapevine

August 5, 2011

Grape JamboreeGeneva, Ohio© jan albers | all rights reserved© jan albers | all rights reserved

Geneva Ohio

The Geneva (Ohio) Grape Jamboree celebrates all things grape. Held the last weekend of September, it features wine tasting, various competitions (including waitresses balancing glasses of wine while racing down Route 20) grape stomping, and two parades, as well as the crowning of Miss Grapette.

Heading Downtown

July 27, 2011

Heading DowntownWaterloo, New York© karen e. titus | all rights reserved© karen e. titus | all rights reserved

Waterloo, New York

Three blocks away from the excitement of Main Street.

Revolutionary War Cemetery

July 22, 2011

Revolutionary War CemeteryBecket, Massachusettes© jan albers | all rights reserved© jan albers | all rights reserved


Revolutionary War CemeteryBecket, Massachusettes© jan albers | all rights reserved© jan albers | all rights reserved

Becket, Mashachusetts

The West Becket Cemetery includes the graves of Revolutionary War soldiers. The headstones, tilted this way and that by time, seem to mimic the surrounding hills and Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts.

Through Albany

July 17, 2011

Road Through AlbanyAlbany, New York© jan albers | all rights reserved© jan albers | all rights reserved

Albany, New York

This is as urban as it gets along Route 20 in New York, as it passes through the state capital of Albany. Here it runs along the Empire State Plaza, home to the offices of state legislators and executive branch agencies. More compelling, perhaps, is the egg-shaped structure called, appropriately enough, The Egg, a performing arts center that descends six stories below ground level.

Road Through AlbanyAlbany, New York© jan albers | all rights reserved© jan albers | all rights reserved

Modern-day Albany is a far cry from its early days. It was first settled as the Dutch trading posts of Fort Nassau (1614) and lays claim to being the longest continually chartered city in the United States (chartered in 1686).

Sod House: Museum of the Fur Trade

July 7, 2011

Sod House--Museum of the Fur TradeChadron, Nebraska© jan albers | all rights reserved© jan albers | all rights reserved

Chadron, Nebraska

This sod house is part of the Museum of the Fur Trade, in Chadron, Nebraska, built on the site of a trading post for the American Fur Company that was established in 1837. The post was in ruins by the mid-1880s, and it was reconstructed in 1956 on its original foundation stones.

Patriotic Spirit

July 4, 2011

Patriotic SpiritAuburn, New York© karen e. titus | all rights reserved© karen e. titus | all rights reserved

Auburn, New York

This girl must be in her mid- 20s by now. Surely she’s performing on stage, wherever she is.

Shaker Village

June 22, 2011

Shaker VillageMount Lebanon, New York© jan albers | all rights reserved© jan albers | all rights reserve

Mount Lebanon, New York

A settlement designed to fail. Which it did, in 1947, when the last seven members of the community left this site.


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