Monday, August 27, 2012

Ever heard an owl?

I woke up in the middle of the night last night (or I should say really early this morning) and heard an owl. 

He would make several warbling sounds I can't quite describe, followed by "hoo, hoo, hoo." 

I started counting the seconds between the end of one group of sounds and beginning of another: one, one-thousand, two, one-thousand...and I'd get to five before he started up again. He was in quite a rhythm.

Eventually it seemed to stretch to six seconds between outbursts, then suddenly all was quiet.

Did he go to sleep or catch his prey? Hmm....

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Ah, autumn ...

"I'm dreaming of less humid weather ... just like the kind depicted here... (to be sung to the tune of "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas").

Took this photo on a fun road trip in October 2010 with my travelin' friend Linda, of "Are We There Yet?" fame, who since then has started a wonderful travel blog, The Distracted Wanderer and now a second one, Travels with Nathaniel.

I urge you to check them out ~ especially if you like American history, traveling, and living vicariously. (grin)

The scene is just across from the old-fashioned Green in the center of Norfolk, Ct.  

Join the fun! See lots of interesting shadowy photos from around the world at Shadow Shot Sunday 2.

Monday, August 13, 2012

A day for memories, popcorn, and pizza

Monday, August 13, 2012

Movie tugs at Valley heartstrings

 'Hope Springs' features truck owned by late Ansonia resident

Jean Roslonowski, right, greets friends before they walk the red carpet. Photo by Patricia Villers

On Sunday morning I attended a Hollywood premiere-style event for the newly released comedy/drama, "Hope Springs."
 It stars Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, and Steve Carell.

Ansonia resident Jean Roslonowski hosted the event at Entertainment Cinemas in Seymour.

She held the premiere in memory of her fiance, John Guardiani, who died in February.
Guardiani, 66, drove his tractor trailer in scenes during filming in Mystic. Although he did not appear in the film, his truck (shown below) was visible in two scenes.
A now-famous big rig outside Entertainment Cinemas in Seymour. Photo by Patricia Villers

Derby resident Markanthony Izzo, a local actor who has worked in TV, film and live theater,  appeared briefly in "Hope Springs." Scenes from the movie were shot in several Connecticut locations.

Izzo says in an e-mail, "I worked a day (17 hours) as an extra (background) and one of the scenes I worked in got used.  Meryl Streep's character walks in towards a bar and I walk out..."

I had forgotten he told me he was in the film so I certainly was startled when I saw him walking out of the bar! It was fun to see a familiar face on the big screen.

Congratulations go out to Markanthony Izzo for landing the role in this fun film.

And big thanks to Jean Roslonowski for inviting me to be a part of the Hollywood premiere, as well as the pizza party afterward held at the Italian Pavilion in Derby. It was a memorable experience! I truly enjoyed myself.

I'm only sorry I never met John Guardiani. He clearly was loved by many.

Note: I posted this today on the New Haven Register's View from the Valley blog.    

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Bloggin' in circles

I posted this on the Valley Arts Council's Brush Strokes blog and on the New Haven Register's View from the Valley blog earlier today, so I guess I might as well post it here on LBB ~ because I can. 
I've been doing a lot o' linkin'.

Circle celebration set at Gallery@37

"Once In a Blue Moon"

Whoooo is going to be at the Celebration of the Circle opening reception today?

This eclectic piece graces the window of the Gallery@37. It's the creation of Valley Arts Council member BillieJo Scharfenberg, who is a talented stained glass artist.

Come see lots more pieces that pay homage to the lowly circle at 6 p.m. today at Gallery@37, 37 Elizabeth St., Derby.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Circles, we see circles

The theme of the next show at the Valley Arts Council's Gallery@37 in Derby, Ct. is circles, and this is one of my three entries. I had the photo printed on canvas, just for fun.

I took the photo for my work blog when I was featuring the new Ansonia Farmer's Market and then realized that it contained several circles. Perfect!

Come one, come all to check out the artwork at our "Celebration of the Circle."

The show opens next Saturday with a 6 p.m. reception where you can meet the artists and see how they interpreted the circular theme.

The address is 37 Elizabeth St., Derby. See you at the gallery!

Shadow Shot Sunday 2 ~ Ralph in shades

I snapped this photo at last week's Dr. Ya Ya Dirty Rice Revue R&B concert on the Derby, Ct. Green.

Ralph (Airhead 55 for the uninitiated) also used photos from the concert for his Shadow Shot Sunday offering today.

In the background you see the stately Sterling Opera House, one of my favorite buildings ever. 

See lots more shadowy photos from all over the world at Shadow Shot Sunday 2.  

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Going in circles around here

Since I seem to be fresh out of ideas about what to write, I decided to share one of my three entries into the Valley Arts Council's next show.

This was posted earlier this week (by moi) on Brush Strokes.

 Artists: Have you come up with a piece of art featuring circles yet for the Celebration of the Circle? 

The Valley Arts Council's next show that pays homage to the lowly circle is fast approaching.

See you at the Gallery@37, 37 Elizabeth St,, Derby, for the opening reception at 6 p.m. Aug. 11. 

Consider yourself reminded! 

 Reservoir Ripples is what I call this entry. It reminds me of flying saucers somehow.