Monday, September 9, 2013

A Hyde and Hudson Sunday

On Sunday afternoon, the Handsome Husband and I headed up to our former home town, Glens Falls (NY) to visit the Hyde Collection. For those who don't know it, the Hyde Collection is an art museum, the likes of which few small cities could ever hope for.

We visited the Hyde Collection many times in the years that we lived in Glens Falls, but never once have I seen a line waiting to get in. There was a line this Sunday, however. Why? Because there is only one week left of the special exhibit of Georgia O'Keeffe's Lake George works. It has been a very popular exhibit since it opened in June.

We had a pretty good deal. Our Malta/Round Lake library lends a museum pass to the Hyde Collection. Had we paid full price admission to the museum and exhibit, it would have cost us $24. With the library's pass, nada.  A very nice perk for library patrons. I am told that many libraries do this now; that is, lend passes to museums in their area. Check out your local library for similar deals.
The O'Keeffe exhibit closes next Sunday, September 15, so if you haven't seen it yet, I recommend going.

After we viewed the O'Keeffe works and toured the rest of the museum (many of those paintings are like old friends to us by now) we strolled around back to see the new butterfly garden that has been put in.  
I couldn't resist trying to take an O'Keeffe-like close-up of an impatiens blossom.  How do you think I did? I think I came pretty close to the painting in the banner above.
The little garden is lovely and it has an unusual view. The Hyde house and its amazing art collection grew from money made at the Finch Paper Mill (formerly Finch Pruyn) in Glens Falls. The families that owned the mill built their houses overlooking it. We always rather liked the juxtaposition of the fine art and the rugged industry that financed it.
That's part of the wood yard, above, where the logs are brought in to be cleaned of bark and then chipped before it becomes pulp.
The two large silos on the left are for wood chips: one for soft wood and the other for hard wood. Once they are mixed to the desired percentage, they travel across the canal to become pulp, and eventually, fine paper. How do I know all of this? My youngest son works there.

We left Glens Falls in the late afternoon and began to follow the Hudson south toward home.
We stopped first at the Fort Edward yacht basin where one good-sized boat was tied up for the night. This part of the river is also part of the Champlain Canal system.
A little further south, we veered over onto Fort Miller, a quiet island in the Hudson with lovely old homes and pastures.

Well, it used to be quiet, anyway. I am not sure how things are there now with the Hudson River dredging project still not completed. We saw lots of dredging barges anchored off the southern end of Fort Miller, just north of Schuylerville. This has been a dragged out, controversial project to remove PCBs from the upper Hudson.

Back on the mainland, we continued south along the river to Schuylerville and stopped at a restaurant that was new to us.

The Kitchen is a small-ish place, adjacent to a bed and breakfast inn on the main street in Schuylerville. It was cheerful, the food was good, and a little fancier than the name implies. I liked the roasted zucchini soup I started with. Delicious! The HH* and I both agreed that The Kitchen was a restaurant we would happily go to again.

After dinner, as night drew in, we left the banks of the Hudson and headed west across the still rural areas of Saratoga County toward home.  Really, it was quite a nice way to spend a September Sunday.

*HH=Handsome Husband