Posts Tagged ‘Lincoln’

Bell ringing for the great emancipator

February 11, 2009

Tomorrow, February 12th, is Lincoln’s 200th birthday.

To celebrate, Vermonters will be ringing church and meetinghouse bells across the state for 10 minutes, starting at 2:12 pm. Nobody knows the actual time of day Lincoln was born.

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If I had my druthers, I’d ring the bell (if there is one) here, in the Meeting House in South Strafford.  This may be one of the most beautiful buildings there is.

stannardOr just the bell in the Stannard Church, maybe with my dad.  Here it is in it’s pre-preserved, pre-re-painted, and low resolution form.

historyOr maybe here, at the meetinghouse in East Montpelier.  Then the snow would be gone, we’d put on our 60s glasses and have a luncheon.

coventrycongregationalchurch-3Or more realistically, up in Coventry?  Photo from this great blog.

250px-calais_town_hall_vermontOr just Calais…..and it’ll be summertime…..

And by the way, day 3 of no coffee is going better.  It helps that I slept in until 10:30, and I’ve been drinking expensive rooibus tea with expensive milk and honey and pretending that’s enough.  It’s not, but it still tastes good.  Apparently someone has developed and patented a rooibus expresso.  Sounds like i can’t believe it’s not butter to me.