July 18, 2012

Mid-Town Plaza: Clock of Nations!

My dearest friend, Brian, sent me a birthday treasure! The fact that he found this at all is a marvel.

I must explain: For those of you who remember the Mid-Town Plaza in Rochester, NY, you might have super fond memories of the magical clock tower that used to sit center stage there. If so, you will appreciate the present I received.

AH! Where did he find an old paper bag from that bygone era? Well, he does dumpster dive (well, curb dive, really.) But STILL!

For those of you who do NOT know, there once was a beautiful department store in downtown Rochester that had an amazing clock tower in the center that, at the strike of the hour, would open and puppets representing various countries of the world would dance and twirl. Childhood glee! Then, at noon, all twelve would open at once and every country would shine in all of it's colorful splendor!

Take a look:

Crazy, right?! So very 1960's, right? I loved it and it had a profound impact on me....uh, dolls? Also, I find myself drawn to certain Russian architecture that has similar color chaos, that somehow works.

So, with the construction of malls outside the city and the demise of downtown, so went Sibley's and the magical clocktower.

Or did it?

Imagine my utter, utter surprise and bewildered joy when I recently went to the Rochester airport to catch a flight and lo! There it was in all it's glory!

And by some glorious quirk of fate, I was there when the clock struck noon....

The hopeful news is that some wonderful people are restoring it and potenially having it installed at the Children's Hospital. That would be wise.
P.S. Thank you to Anonymous for correcting me about exactly where this clock was located. In looking it up, I also discovered it's name. All of my memories of this mall and clock are beautifully blurred as I was very young at the time. 

July 11, 2012

Kojito's Birthday present

Kojito gave me the gift of Beaster-Eggs!
Breaking open the Beasters was difficult, until I recorded each one digitally.
Then I had no problem eating them up, well, except for leaving some of them in the heat.
Those have journeyed to the compost and are having conversations about deconstructionism.

July 8, 2012

Birthday Bash!

The day was hot, the trees full of green leaves, a breeze was gently blowing, and Jim put up the tent.  Inside the house, Jen was cooking up healthy and delicious yummies to eat. Under the tent was a table filled with crafting materials! Ah, what potential! We all waited for the friends to arrive.

And they did!

Many wonderful things were made. I have to say, the pom-poms and sparkly pipe cleaners seemed to be the most inspiring, and soooo, yes, Beasts were created:

Some of them flew!

Then suddenly, some of the expatriates from the Emerald Isle showed up en masse! My goodness, what fun those Beasts and Beings are!

The Craft table was filled with all manner of magical stuffs, as Burlie did discover.

Paradoxy went WILD with all the potential for personal decoration! Particularly intrigued with the BRIGHT! and the DAZZLING! she created some new pieces for herself in a kind of bawdy 1920's style.

Whimsy discovered a feathered headband that Doxy had put aside. All's fair in Love and a Craft party!

Yolanta made a new friend. They were remarkably alike for being different types of Beings.

It was wonderful to see all of the creations gathering around, newbies being born and having fun. And for me, I was beyond happy, surrounded by wonderfully kind, intelligent, funny and caring friends. Thank you to all for making this day one for the record books - a true blessing.

The Birthday loot.