|From Bowery St. you can see the Sagadahoc Bridge|
|A newly painted Queen Anne shouts "Take my picture and remember me!"|
A few doors down from the Queen Anne, we spotted a bright blue Thanksgiving door on a nineteenth century, historical home which also boasted a river view. When I saw the cornucopia over the door, I was reminded of my grandmother’s favorite centerpiece and felt a wave of nostalgia. In a comforting way, gratitude seemed all around us. As we approached the corner of Bowery and Washington, I couldn’t decide where to aim the camera first because there were so many delicious images waiting to be snapped.
|This eye catching home has a fabulous backyard view|
I found myself standing next to one of my favorite houses, a gray one that once belonged to Mark Sewall, the son of the legendary Edward Sewall. From the backyard of this stunning home, you can see the Sagadahoc Bridge in all of its glory. Joe and I stopped for a while to enjoy the view, and Joe made a French connection because he was thinking about Paris. If we were living in the 1750's, we would be looking across the Kennebec River at French territory! We paused, and I thought of Walt Disney's famous line: "It's a small world after all." When we resumed our walk, our thoughts brightened again. Joe focused his lens on York Hall, a Georgian Revival built for William D. Sewall in 1897. This timeless beauty, once featured in a Kevin Costner film, was recently purchased by a Bath couple with a talent for restoration. Moving north to the corner of Edward and Washington Streets, I could see my friend’s old, but lovingly restored home with its bold orange door. Many of the homeowners along Washington Street have received awards from Sagadahoc Preservation, Inc. They certainly deserve applause!
|York Hall at the corner of Edward and Washington Streets|
|A view of the Sagadohoc Bridge from Bowery Street.|
Despite all of the architectural wonders of Bath, the Kennebec’s natural beauty still comforts me the most, so Joe and I circled back to walk along Front Street. For some mysterious reason, the fast flowing Kennebec River tends to ease our anxiety and renews our hope that in time the world will right itself again. Many people feel that gazing at water has a healing effect. I know it works for me!
|Doors open at the Mulberry House|
As Joe and I made our way home, we marveled at the updated Mulberry House, which was once the home of Galen C. Moses, one of Bath’s most prominent citizens in the late 1800's. The new owners, Bill and Diane Racine, have added an extra measure of grace to this High Victorian/Italianate and its surrounding property. Last summer it was a featured stop along the Art Walk, and next spring it will be available as a Bed and Breakfast for special events. By far, my favorite addition to the Mulberry House is its new “garden shed” or “play house,” which matches the color and personality of the main house perfectly.
|The Mulberry House has a new "play house!"|
Whenever I return home to Bath, I am humbled by its unique, enduring beauty and its rich history, but it’s the people who live and work in Bath who have truly lassoed my heart. I miss them when I leave, and I try to hurry back because I hope to see them, and I want to praise them for their imagination, creativity and hopefulness. They fill me up, and for that I will be eternally grateful.
On Monday morning, a few hours before I was due to leave Bath, Kathy Harris, a local artist and the owner of the new wood, glass and oddities shop, Kharris B, called to tell me that my custom order I had requested on Saturday was ready. I was surprised that Kathy could find an image of a green finch and incorporate it into hanging glass that fast, but when I picked it up I was even more stunned. Not only had Kathy finished the piece in record time; like a magician, she made me smile. I believe artists grow in beautiful places, and I have proof that artists grow in Bath! Kathy's artwork is hanging in our sun room as a constant reminder that good people are adding beauty to our world every day.