Fine wine and antiques….
: Sakonnet Vineyards Compton
Imagine a pristine strip of Rhode Island, right across the Sakonnet river from
joining . Here are miles and miles of green farms, neat
slate fences, and fine old homes.
Everything in order—not a blade of grass is out of place. This is Little Compton, summer refuge for
wealthy old Massachusetts Providence
In the middle of this rolling green paradise are Sakonnet Vineyards, with acres of immaculately groomed grapevines.
Marty and I took part in a very nice antiques show last weekend, under tents right in the middle of Sakonnet Vineyards.
The opening event was a reception with elaborate hors d’œuvres and lots of glasses of Sakonnet’s proudest products, like Vidal Blanc 2010 and Petite White, America’s Cup Red and White, and Cabernet Franc 2010.
There’s nothing like a glass of crisp Petite White to make you appreciate antiques, and these fine people were excellent customers. I still have a picture in my mind of ladies in filmy, summery dresses, followed by gentlemen in their salmon-colored trousers and loafers, many with rosy cheeks from the Petite White.
Brian Ferguson and Tom D’Arruda, who own an antiques shop on
Wickenden Street in Providence, have been the Little Compton
antique show’s promoters for ten years, and they do it with style. This show benefited Preserve Rhode Island.
As an indication of “doing it with style” I was amazed at the roach coach that they brought to the antiques show. Plouf Plouf Gastronomie appeared in a bright red truck. This very French, very elegant, upscale mobile eatery was not into plebian American hot dogs and hand sandwiches. Mais, non! This truck sold escargots, duck confit, and crème brûlée, goat cheese and beet salad, poulet rôti with mushrooms and a side of pomme frites.
The truck usually sells its cuisine near the
University campus, at Thayer and
Waterman streets in Providence.
Boston have a food truck
Plouf Plouf Gastronomie truck
Center of our booth at Sakonnet Vineyards
On the way to the show: Friday, August 3rd, I picked up a rental van from
Enterprise and commenced to load it. Son Mark helped with this. It was a hot day, in the 90s, and by the time
the truck was loaded, I was dripping with sweat. Ahead of us was a two-hour drive to Rhode Island, then two
to three hours of unloading* and putting our booth together for the show.
Marty ordered me to take a swim, while she finished her preparations. I took seven minutes to swim at
in that beautiful, 66-degree water, and that was enough to make me forget all
the heat and the sweat. Front Beach
*Son-in-law Ted Mocarski came over to Little Compton to help us unload.
We’re doing our next antiques show Thursday, August 16th down at Osterville, MA on Cape Cod. Osterville is a beautiful little enclave near
That is a one-day show, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Located on the grounds of the Osterville
Historical Society, the show benefits the Society.
Our booth, with Ginger Jars at left, water color by Mary Robbins Murphy in center, and antique silver at right.
The Personal Navigator offers these books and papers:
American Mercury, The, A Monthly Review Edited by H.L. Mencken & George Jean Nathan, January 1924; Vol. I No. 1, First Issue Mencken, H.L., Editor 1924
: Alfred A. Knopf. With Mencken as editor
one might expect brilliance, and this inaugural issue has it. The
Editorial announces the intent of the new magazine to devote itself pleasantly
to exposing the nonsensicality of hallucinations of utopianism and the
lot. The lead article "TheLincoln Legend" by Isaac R. Pennypacker, gives a
new and more robust look at the life of President Abraham Lincoln. His
forefathers were iron-masters, capable leaders in their communities, giving a
lie to the myth of the simple railsplitter. As a war leader, Pennypacker
compares him with Jefferson Davis, and New
York, NY comes up far superior. "The Drool Method in
History" by Harry E.
Barnes is a humorous attack on purveyors of "pure
history" --- the
superiority of the Aryans, the discovery of America was by well-meaning religious
people; the sole cause of our ancestors' embarking upon wintry seas to come to
the New World was religious freedom; Loyalists in the Revolution were a gang of
degenerate drunkards and perverts, etc. "The
Tragic Hiram" by John W.
Owens is contemporary political commentary, about Borah, La Follette, Lincoln and Harding-- but skewering
Johnson. 144 pp. 17 x 25 cm. Magazine, writing on advertisement, first
page of magazine: "Ruth
Schliveh's shower Jan. 19, 1924"… and "Bill Paxton Brown U.
1924." Very good.
(7663) $76.00. Literature/History Hoover
Cuban Scouts Going on Outpost Duty
Rough Riders at
Cannons and Camera: Sea and Land Battles of the Spanish-American War in Cuba, Camp Life, and the Return of the Soldiers; First Edition Photographs and Narrative by Hemment, John C.1898.
: D. Appleton & Co. This book has been
widely reproduced. In this book War Artist John C. Hemment has captured the War
York, NY in excellent, sharp photographs and
accompanying text. Introduction by W.I. Lincoln Cuba Adams.
Hemment had earlier photographed the Battleship Maine extensively, and when he
arrived inCuba he found she had
just been blown up. His description of the Spaniards and the Cubans is colorful
and portrays the sharp enmity between Americans and Spaniards. Interesting and
detailed photos of recovery of parts of Maine, life in American soldiers' camp, off to the
seat of war in by
seagoing transport... Life with General Shafter and his staff.
Description of photography and developing of film, etc. under combat
conditions. Firing on Santiago Morro Castle. Among the Cuban pickets. About mules
in the campaign. Siege of . The Charge at
El Caney. Our Bold Rough Riders.and Colonel Roosevelt. Return of the
Rough Riders. With appendix and index. . 282 pp. 13.5 x 20 cm. Red cloth
on board with decoration on cover showing a sailor cleaning a naval gun; gilt
lettering. Edges worn, binding weak, spine faded. Inscription dated 1898 on
ffep. Fair. (5261) $42.00. History/Spanish-American War Santiago
Our Katie; or, The Grateful Orphan, A Story for Children , with three illustrations by Myers, Sarah A. 1859
New York, NY:
Carlton & Porter, Sunday-School Union. Author writes of her childhood and poor Katie,
whose mother died, then her father. Author's family took in Katie…Katie in
Disgrace….Katie's Reward. Morality tale. 90 pp. 10 x 15.2
cm. Dark cloth on board with
blindstamped design and gilt lettering on spine. On front free endpaper is
"No. 41 Chesterfield Facty S.S. Jan. 1868" 2 cm piece missing from
rear spine. Good. (8196) $40.00. Children's
Sweden: Vägvisare Sundsvall och dess Omnejd-- Almänna Norrländska Industri-och Landtbruks-Utställningen I Sundsvall, 1882 [General Northern Industrial and Agricultural Exhibition,
1882] 1882 :
P.A. Norstedt & Söner. Folded map and program for Almänna Norrländska
Industri-och Landtbruks-Utställningen I Sundsvall, 1882 [General Northern
Industrial and Agricultural Exhibition, Stockholm, Sweden , 1882]. Includes price for
tickets to events, local points of interest, map of Exhibition grounds, City
and area in Sundsvall, Sweden Sweden including
northern part of Gulf of Bothnia, also ads for hotels and other tourist
services. In Swedish. 18 panels 9 c 17.2
cm. Paper on cloth,
lightly soiled, very good. (8211) $38.00. Maps/Travel
Ponkapog Papers, First Edition by Aldrich, Thomas Bailey 1903 Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Co. Former editor of Atlantic Monthly published this delightful, if scattered, collection of thoughts, comments and witticisms, written on former Indian reservation near Boston. 195 pp. 11 x 19 cm. Cloth on board, excellent. Ex-lib: Oak Grove School Library. (1242) $28.00. Humor/Literature.
Rejected Addresses: or the New Theatrum Poetarum, Tenth Edition 1813
John Miller, 25, Bow-Street. Collection of bizarre "addresses" on the occasion of the reopening
of London, England , completely rebuilt after a
fire. Funny, disrespectful, shameless humor. It is interesting to see how
much of this is still funny, nearly two centuries later! In "'Hampshire Farmer's
reference to cheap soup: "soup
for the poor at a penny a quart, ...mixture of horse's legs, brick dust and old
shoes." ' Drury Lane Theatre is a large earthen-ware pipkin.
John Bull is the beef thrown into it. Taxes are the hot water he boils in.
Rotten boroughs are the fuel that blazes under this same pipkin..." 127 + 5 pp. adv. 10 x 16.2 cm. Quarter
leather, marbled boards, worn. On front pastedown is bookplate (oriental motif)
of Russell Gray pasted over fine signature of Henry Wilkinson, and on front
free endpaper is name, "Russell
Gray 1883--" [Russell
Gray was Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, noted for his ruling granting
citizenship to the children born in the U.S. to Chinese immigrants working on
the railroads.] Good.
(5246) $30.00. Humor England
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