Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Ski Jumping, Salisbury, Connecticut, 1961

Here are some photos from our archives from 1961of the annual ski jumping event in Salisbury (in the northwest corner of Connecticut), held in February.

The ski jumping continues today  although the old, wooden ski jump was recently replaced by a shiny new metal one.  And the wool sweaters and leather gloves have been replaced by "performance" materials, inevitably visually dramatic.  Snow making machines often enough replace Mother Nature.  And even skiing goggles will increasingly be augmented with heads up displays for the skiers  showing altitude, wind-conditions, ranking, Twitter feeds, and what nearby restaurants still have open tables.

So yes, Plutarch's Ship of Theseus comes to mind.  If you have replaced the handle of your grandfather's axe twice, and its head four times, is it still your grandfather's axe?

Many people have fond memories of downhill skiing.  The week between Christmas and the start of the new year has traditionally been reserved for many families' pilgrimages

Skiing is a relatively new sport.  But to some it has inverted from a meditative place to get away from the crazy of the rest of life to a breeding ground for a whole new kind of crazy.

(See also Reggie Darling's Nordic sweater post here.)

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas

Christmas includes a celebration through music.  (This can cut both ways;  some people have a standing contest each year to see who can avoid hearing The Little Drummer Boy the longest.)    But a Christmas without music just wouldn't be Christmas. And the day so far has provided a full range.

Christmas Eve began with a quiet dog walk through Central Park.

Everyone knows the names of the dogs, but not their owners.

Madison Square Park, in the Flatiron District, is the home of the original Shake Shack.

The Flower District 
Where the Cabs Fill Up
A Bit of Ice

A highlight of so many Christmas seasons is Evensong at Saint Thomas.

Saint Thomas

The crowds were extraordinarily thick...

....but the view worth savoring before heading back. 

Her childhood  Steinway, made in 1908, is signed by a slew of famous poets.

All talk, while waiting, always turns to sailing.

. Ray Cohen and Dennis Buck, on the nose-to-nose pianos, take breaks from holiday music to "play in" some of the accomplished guests with signature pieces as well as inside jokes.

Comedy writer ("Laugh-In") Lesley Davison and architect (Los Angeles Museum of Art) Hugh Hardy

It is already an evening of great performances with bassist Tom Hubbard and pianist Tedd Firth.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

 For those who like jazz, here is a pre-carol warm up: