Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Heritage Festival - trolley

I missed the parade but I did see the trolley.

The passengers seem to feel like they are in the parade.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Heritage Festival - Knights

The Knights are a big part of life in Middletown. Here are some of their cheerleaders.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Heritage Festival 2

Middletown is just across South Mountain from the site of the Civil War battle of Antietam. The town provided various forms of refuge for soldiers from both sides and Mt. Zion church was used as a hospital.

The church was open during the festival yesterday. There were displays aftifacts from the era as well as photographs. During the was, the pews were removed to make room for cots for the injured.

A reinactor points out various features of a mannequin dressed like a wounded soldier.

Visit my other photo blog for more pictures in the church.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Heritage Festival

Sorry for the late post. The Middletown Heritage Festival was held today and I wanted to post a picture from the event. I heard that the rain started during the parade this morning. When I arrived around 11:30, the rain had stopped and the sun was out off and on for the next three hours.

Here is Main Street, filled with people instead of cars.

History reinactors Tiffany and Andrew are regular visitors to this blog. It was nice to meet them in person.

A cannon firing demonstration. Yes, I know there is motion blur. I jumped a little as the cannon fired.

More pictures tomorrow.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Hay and Cows

This is just north of town, looking east (there's that tower again). I shot it from the car; one day I'll find a place to park so I can take some better pictures of this farm.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Skyline at Sunset

Some of my sunset savvy is returning.

I used to be pretty good at this with film, but I've been struggling with getting a good digital sunset image. I'm starting to figure it out.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Friends of the Library

This building does have a use, at least once a year ... the annual Used Book Sale put on by the Friends of the Library.

Here is another shot of this building I posted a couple of months ago.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Water Restriction Warning

Actually there are no water restrictions right now, but I think this sign serves as a warning during times of drought.

Monday, September 22, 2008

A Tiny Hint of Fall

It's September and these trees have a tiny tinge of yellow. A few leaves are on the ground - a hint of what's to come. I've lived in Middletown Valley for six years but I don't think I've seen Middletown Park during the fall season. I can't wait!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Valley Looking East 2

This is looking east from just east of Safeway, slightly to the left of the similarly-title photo posted a few days ago.

Friday, September 19, 2008

At The Mall

This is the biggest concentration of "typical" retailers in the Valley. I believe the CVS and the Safeway (obscured by the tree) and the Starbucks inside the Safeway are the only national chains in this plaza. The dentist, restaurant (Italian) and the cleaners are local. The ice cream place is new and I don't actually know if it is franchise or local but the people sitting in front of it seem to think it is good. There are also two banks on this property, one local and one regional.

That restaurant delivers pizza (a weekly ritual at our house). I wonder if my wife has discovered the ice cream shop yet (ice cream is a shared addiction).

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Fountain of Youth?

OK, it's just one of the fountains in Middletown Park. I'm fascinated by how different these fountains look from each angle at various times of day. I excitedly await this scene in the fall when the leaves change colors.

Monday, September 15, 2008


A cat stalks who-knows-what in the field east of Safeway.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Cemetery Sunset

I probably mentioned before that although I have been an avid photographer for decades, I am relatively new to digital photography. I finally learned how to shoot a good sunset about 15 years ago ... on film, with a beat up Nikon F3. But I'm still at the early part of the learning curve when it comes to getting my digital camera to see what my eyes see.

Thursday, September 11, 2008


The terrorist attacks of September 11th happened seven years ago today. It is not a day or event to celebrate but I believe it is one we should never forget.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Life and Taxes

Remember that old saying - the only two things that are certain are death and taxes.

This tax preparer shows off some very colorful 'life' next to the office.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Traffic Lights and Traffic

I think there are four traffic light intersections in Middletown. Sometimes there are actually traffic jams, but usually it isn't any worse than this. Not bad, ey?

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Tropical Storm Hanna Visits Middletown

Tropical Storm Hanna dumped a lot of rain on the East Coast yesterday.

If your entire impression of Middletown Valley is based on the photos you've seen on this site, you'd probably think it is always sunny here. Not so. I just don't want to get my camera wet.

I'll post one more shot tomorrow and there are a few more on my other photo blog.

Saturday, September 6, 2008


This blog has been mostly photographs of things and places. I'm trying to take more pictures of people.

This groups of kids were playing in Middletown Park last weekend, when the sun was out. Hurricane Hanna is visiting this weekend, so it'll be wet and windy. I'll try to photograph that too and post the results in a day or two.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Yard Sale Season

There have been several yard sales in Middletown during the past few weekends.

I saw the signs for this one but missed the sale.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Corn Field In Town

I posted a picture of this cornfield a few months ago, closer to the beginning of the season. This is near the end.

And this field really is in town. The shot below was taken across Green Street from the shot above.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Welcome Back To School

Schools have been open for more than a week, but I'm jsut getting around to posting this picture.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Going Down

In mid-July, regular gas at this station climbed to over $4 per gallon. By the end of July it had dropped to $3.91.

I took this picture on Sunday (8/31). Do you think it'll drop some more or will the effects of Hurricane Gustav send prices soaring again?

Monday, September 1, 2008

Closed For Labor Day

I love the idea that we celebrate work with a day off. Happy Labor Day!