Greetings one and all! It is a very nice fall day here, perhaps even a touch of an Indian Summer. Signs of shimmering color hide themselves within the trees as the leaves slowly begin to change with the season.
This Sunday we will have our October Open House from 1-5 p.m. featuring retired Oliver Ames High School teacher, baseball and golf coach Leo Duggan. He will be traveling up to Easton from Connecticut to speak about his teams including the 2007 Division 2 State Championship team. Leo is a member of the Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Class of 2012. His career includes 351 wins, five Hockomock League championships, and the aforementioned State championship. He was also selected Coach of the Year by the Boston Globe in 1993. Leo will speak at 2 p.m. This week we hosted two wonderful events. The first one, on September 30, was a talk and tour for the members of the Oliver Ames High School Class of 1967. Those in attendance had a meet and greet time over light refreshments, followed by a look at Easton during the last 50 years led by Hazel Varella. She afterwards led a tour of North Easton landmarks including the Lincoln Street school which was the Junior High School for this class. It was a great time of renewing friendships, and for me, it was a wonderful time meeting so many members of this special class. On Thursday, we hosted a group from Art House, Detroit, Michigan. Art House is a Victorian era house museum for art and architecture, and they run a lot of tours both domestic and international for their supporters. Forty people arrived in North Easton to tour the Richardson buildings and Unity Church. I assisted Ed Hands with the tour. The group was well prepared to see Richardson's work and appreciated the talk Ed gave on stain glass windows at Unity Church. It was a long day for these people, who flew out of Detroit about 7:30 a.m., and came to Easton upon landing at Logan Airport. A nice lunch at Oakes Ames Memorial Hall provided much needed nourishment! Many thanks to Frederick Ames and Oakes Ames Memorial Hall, the Ames Free Library, Unity Church, and Mrs. Oliver F. Ames and family for their assistance with making this a memorable day. It is interesting that we are being "discovered" by other groups across the country. Just in the past two months we gave tours to this group and a group from the Glessner House in Chicago. I think it speaks volumes about the people of Easton who work so hard to preserve our heritage. They deserve a well earned thank you for making us a special destination. Hope to see you Sunday! Frank