Friday, August 1, 2014

A Post Card from Historic Newburgh, Indiana

This summer, I've been really busy and as much as I am ashamed to admit it...this blog has suffered from "blog-lect." Blog-lect is the act of neglecting one's blog for an extended period of time.  I plan to get back on the blog-wagon though and wanted to share this little post card from my new hometown.
 
 
On a whim, I pulled up, and moved back home to Newburgh, Indiana from Phoenix, Arizona.  I'd only lived in Phoenix for a couple years, and it just wasn't right for me.  So rather than stay in a job that wasn't working for me, in a climate that can only be described as harsh and unbearable...it only made sense to come home so I could be close to my family and enjoy the pleasures of small town living in the Midwest. 

 
It seems the folks in our town have a real love for things that are old...after all,  our little village has been around since 1803 and still has some structures from pre-1850.  Our town recently celebrated it's 211th birthday...there was a little parade, ice cream, cake and punch, guided tours to visit the historic homes and buildings, and a vintage car show.  It was awesome...the sense of community, the pride for our town, and the real connections between the residents who call this place home. 

 
I wanted to share just a few shots, or a postcard of some of the vintage autos.  They were so lovingly restored and in perfect condition.

 
Our town has also had a calliope since the old days...they bring it out for parades and special occasions.  It seems calliope music has been part of the town's tradition since the middle of the 19th century.  Newburgh first became prosperous as a river port, and the big steam boats that docked at our port had calliopes as part of the on board entertainment.  Hearing calliope music in the distance signaled that a paddle wheeler had docked on our shore, and was the "call" to go to town to see what the excitement was all about. It's amazing to me that someone in our town, has lovingly restored the calliope and keeps the tradition alive.  Here's a little video snippet of what calliope music sounds like.  It has a sound all of it's own. 
 
 
 
Over the next few days, I'll share a few more postcards and glimpses into life in my new hometown...thanks for stopping by.
 
Ken
 
 

4 comments:

  1. Wonderful post, Ken! We are very excited about coming to visit you! Looking forward to your next post!

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  2. Home is where the heart and family are and you can't be anything more than happy to be back where you belong. Good for you! Love seeing the post cards. Your home town seems like a great place to visit, too.

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  3. I miss our home town too, after my husband retired from the Air Force we stayed here were he got a civilian job on base, but we do get home for visits, sounds like you made a good decision for you, wish you all the best!

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  4. Love the calliope music. TFS!

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