Posted by: David Giacalone | September 26, 2009

colorful & classy Stockade Walkabout

Walkabout 2009 - balloon distribution on misty Front St. - 8 AM - 26Sept09

– early Walkabout preparations included balloon distribution  –

Walkabout 2009 - southside of Washington Ave. west of Front St. . . Congratulations and thanks to all who made the 50th Stockade Walkabout a historic success — those who opened their homes, the many volunteers on the Walkabout Committee and Stockade Association, sponsors, supporters, costumed characters and docents, and the all-important ticket-purchasing public.  Beautiful early-autumn weather, a sprinkling of red-leafed trees, and a large crowd made the atmosphere festive and bright (despite a neighborly tiff over road-closure issues that might be revisited next year).

Walkabout2009 - list of sponsors, supporters, committee volunteers

click for the list of supporters, sponsors, volunteers from the tasteful Ticket/Guide –

Docent duties and two balky sets of camera batteries greatly limited by photographic activities today.   Unable to get to more than a handful of locations, I decided to concentrate on a few splashes of color, which will have to stand in for all the people, sights and sites that made the 2009 Walkabout such a satisfying experience.   [As always, click on an image for a larger version and scroll over it for a brief description.]

Walkabout 2009 - balloons and sign in from of 43 Washington Ave., the Robert Sanders House

Walkabout 2009 - entertainment at Lawrence's Circle …..  Walkabout 2009 - strolling singers stop at the Teller House, 121 Front St.

– joyful voices were heard throughout the Stockade –

Walkabout 2009 - balloon greetings from 1st Reform ChurchWalkabout 2009 - entry to 1st Reform Church, Union St. at No. Church St.

Walkabout 2009 - ladies in period dress on Front Street …   Walkabout 2009 - the front door of the Stockade Inn, No. Church St. at Union St.

Walkabout 2009 - student from SCCC's Community Archeology Program explains project Searching for the 1680 Stockade wall, at 32 Front St. home of Robert Woods

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Walkabout 2009 - Community Archaeology Project to find original Stockade wall explained to Walkabout group (trench behind 32 Front St.)

Walkabout 2009 - horse carriage passes by Lawrence the Indian

Walkabout 2009 - entryway to 1st Reform Church, Schenectady …….. Walkabout 2009 - St. George's Episcopal Church welcomed visitors

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Walkabout 2009 -19 Washington Ave.

Walkabout 2009 - 201 Union St., The Carmichael House (built late 1870s; home of Glenn Houston and Elena Alvarez) . . . Walkabout 2009 - 29 Front St (home of Anne and Ray LaRoche; built 1752)

Walkabout 2009 - 142Front Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

If you were out and about early this morning near the River (perhaps moving your car), you got a free fog show along the Mohawk:

Walkabout 2009 -morning Mohawk fog as seen from Washington Ave., near Cucumber Alley . . . Walkabout 2009 - Riverside Park in the fog, near Washington Ave.

– for more fog photos from earlier this week, click here

Walkabout 2009 -wilted balloons in the driveway of 12 1/2 North Ferry St.p.s. With depleted batteries and a weary old body, I seemed to miss a lot of shots today.  Indeed, thanks to a healthy breeze, even the balloons were uncooperative — see this example.  I was quick enough, however, to capture a car-full of smiling traffic scofflaws.


Responses

  1. Once again, you’ve captured the essence of all that made this year’s walkabout so special. Thanks, David.
    –B

    • Once again, you are too kind, Beverly. The people — visitors and volunteers — were the real essence of the day, but I couldn’t begin to do them justice with a few snaps. I hope you are recuperating with your usual low-key high style.


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