- Christmas in Colonial Williamsburg
- A Look at Collecting The Beatles
- Christmas at Fairfax: English Traditions in a Georgian House
- Goddards of York: An English Arts & Crafts Mansion
And much more…
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In My Opinion
Color Me Red
Caliente Red and Indian Red – well, at least the two colors have the word “red” in common: for everything else, they couldn’t be further apart. Indian red, I’m sure you’re familiar with: it was the most easily made and the cheapest paint available in the early years of New England. It is totally familiar and is still popular, nearly 400 years after its first use. Caliente red, on the other hand, is Benjamin Moore’s “upcoming color of the year.” If you want to be up to date and ahead of your neighbor, use it in 2018 and all heads will turn in your direction.
Barbara Miller Beem
White lights in every window. Houses festooned with live greens and fresh fruits. The groaning board. Every year, thousands of tourists pour into Virginia’s second capitol city, joining residents in marking the holidays. Charming historic houses and stately public buildings provide the perfect backdrop for traditional activities: It’s Christmas in Colonial Williamsburg.
The Beatles, collectively and individually, put out a lot of records, and they have gained worldwide recognition. For The Beatles enthusiast, it means narrowing the focus of your collection. There’s simply too much out there to collect everything.
The Beatles collecting usually groups itself into several time periods, and into several areas.
The Georgian period in England began in 1714 with the accession of George I and lasted through the reigns of three more Georges until 1830. It was a time of urban prosperity and has left a gracious architectural legacy in many cities – notably Bath, as chronicled in the novels of Jane Austen. In the city of York, 250 miles to the north-east, the urban landscape was similarly gentrified, as Fairfax House testifies.
Goddards of York: An English Arts & Crafts Mansion
All Gold Chocolate
Terry’s of York (of All Gold and Chocolate Orange fame – confectionery names to conjure with in UK) was a family firm established in the 1820s, when Joseph Terry took over a business he had shared with George Berry, the son of a York confectioner. A pharmacist by training, Terry developed many new products and made full use of the burgeoning rail network to distribute his wares. His sons carried on the business and, in the 1920s, their descendants Frank and Noel Terry took over. The Terrys all achieved local recognition and office in their time. Joseph – later Sir Joseph – was Lord Mayor of York in 1874, 1885-86 and 1890. Sir Francis Terry (Frank Terry) was High Sheriff of Yorkshire in 1945-46 and Peter Terry, son of Noel, was High Sheriff of North Yorkshire in 1980-81.
One of the many reasons why I’m so drawn to early antiques is that their makers had to work very closely with nature – there was no other source for their materials or for the energy they needed to work them. That’s two of my main boxes checked – antiques and renewable energy.