Posts published in August, 2010

Tobin First Prize Center

Posted on August 26, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Tobin First Prize Center

I can see its looming smokestack every day on my way to work. I can make out the sign, bold, all-caps letters against the sky: FIRST PRIZE CENTER. I even approached it last year, shying away from a shady tunnel down its crumbling structure at the last moment. I wasn’t going to let you taunt me much longer, my friend. A few weeks ago, B and I finally made it in, explored this industrial maze and came back with a ... Continue Reading

Material World, Nimoy, Coyne and LeWitt at MASS MoCA

Posted on August 23, 2010 at 6:20 pm

Material World, Nimoy, Coyne and LeWitt at MASS MoCA

Rain rain rain. Last Sunday was a great day to spend a few hours at MASS MoCA, one of my favorite art institutions within driving distance. The current exhibitions at The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art include work by Leonard Nimoy, Petah Coyne, Sol LeWitt & Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle to name only a few, though a couple of installations are worth the trip alone. I don’t think my English is good enough to articulate what I feel about modern art, but ... Continue Reading

U.S. Water Ski Show Team in Scotia

Posted on August 19, 2010 at 10:01 pm

U.S. Water Ski Show Team in Scotia

Summer is almost coming to an end but there is still time to grab some fun-nuggets close to home. A few days ago I checked the U.S. Water Ski Show Team in Scotia, NY with some friends. This all-volunteer, non-profit, family oriented organization has been around for the past 40 years. They are performing throughout the summer months at their home base along the Mohawk River waterfront behind the iconic Jumpin’ Jacks Drive-In. That’s a combo right there. Bring a ... Continue Reading

Hudson Cement Factory

Posted on August 16, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Hudson Cement Factory

Back in May, Darren and I spent a hot afternoon exploring an old cement factory near Kingston, NY. According to the studious people at hudsonvalleyruins.org, this plant dates back to the 50’s, when the Hudson Cement Factory decided to exploit vast limestone deposits in this 300-acre site. It was previously occupied by brick yards which went out of business like numerous others by World War II. Many of these white silos, up to 300 feet tall, appeared along the Hudson ... Continue Reading

What happens in Monticello…

Posted on August 1, 2010 at 9:37 pm

What happens in Monticello…

... stays in Monticello, but I can tell you anyway. I enjoy exploring abandoned buildings, sharing those time capsules with people, but every now and then we get kicked out rather unceremoniously. This was such a time in the small town of Monticello, NY, where I was chased down a few blocks after pushing my luck a little too far. Don't get me wrong, it has happened before and will happen again. It's not completely undeserved, if you know what ... Continue Reading