|A magical floating display of framed costumes.|
|Layers of the city.|
|Downtown rooftop ads from the 1960s.|
|Windows and roofs from rooftop window.|
|Over the River to Grandmother's House on Thanksgiving by Grandma Moses, 1943.|
|Easily identifiable as a Norman Rockwell, The Little Model (1919) is one I've never seen. It's a new favorite!|
|Not a well-known artist, but when we were at the national monument we saw many of Joseph Henry Sharp's 200 portraits of warriors who survived Little Big Horn, commissioned by President Theodore Roosevelt .|
|Crow's Foot, 1975, by my favorite artist, Andrew Wyeth, depicts harbormaster Forrest "Crow" Morris, one of many local community members Wyeth painted while in Maine.|
|Seven Deadly Sins by Robert Hite, 2007. Multi-media of found objects. I want to make something like this for the house!|
|Occasionally a piece makes me curious - "Why does this large photo look different?"|
|Up close I see the ground cover is actually vintage wallpaper - how? Groundspeed, 2001 by Rosemary Laing. Called a C-type photograph.|
|Snake Handlers, 1989 by Fred Webster. I'm a big fan of Americana. This would be Bill's favorite :-)|
The museum is well "paced" for however much time you wish to spend. I'm there about 90 minutes, but it can be enjoyed in an hour, or four! Downtown is busy including the first Saturday market I've managed to get to this summer. I don't get anything from the many booths, catching a few minutes of the street performers along the way.
|At 90 degrees the tree-lined streets are nice for walking.|
|The magician draws a nice crowd.|
|"Center in the Square" is a fun area of eateries, artisan shops and boutiques.|
And in California....
|Elliott - so happy.|
|Elliott - so cool :-)|
|A small place that smells like fresh baked biscuits.|
After Bill's lab tests and a grocery run on Monday, we wrap up our stay with a drive to the top of Mill Mountain. At just 1700 feet it's really a hill, but does give us a nice view of Roanoke Valley. The Roanoke Star was built in 1949, standing 100 feet tall including the frame. At night it can be seen from 60 miles away. It symbolizes the progressive spirit of Roanoke, the star city of the south.
|At 73 years old this metal structure is in better shape than many others in this climate.|
|7-year-old Ezra out for coffee with Daddy.|
I'm glad our Tuesday drive is a short one as we're meeting up with a wonderful friend who I'm so excited to see after too long!