July 22, 2014

Roadside Reunion

Verona, Wisconsin, July 1, 2014. She's not interested in the mail.

Fishing Reflections

Suburban Chicago, August 1963. There aren't any fish in the shallow water, but it's fun to spend the afternoon under a Weeping Willow.

Exchanging Portraits (Part 31)

Kaunas, Lithuania, about 1932. I don't know the identity of this fellow; his image appeared among the "new batch" photos I received from my Kaunas Cousin.

Thanks to my Kaunas Cousin for making this photo available to us.

July 21, 2014

Sweet Dreams

Raganų Kalnas (the "Hill of Witches"), Juodkrantė, Lithuania, August 2011. Some of the monsters will keep you up at night.

Thanks to my Toronto Cousin for making this photo available to us.

We conclude the window-shopping trip.

Oakbrook, Illinois, August 1962. My Mom and my paternal Grandmother, Tatjana, stand with me near the Bonwit Teller store during our first visit to Oakbrook. I don't like to shop, but Oakbrook is one thing I've missed since I stopped living in the Chicago area. Oakbrook was a destination: even on a Sunday, when stores were not open.

(Here's that fountain in the Spring, and here it is in the Autumn.)

Related by Marriage: A Dance Festival, in Three Takes

Thirty years ago this month, the city of Cleveland, Ohio, hosted the Seventh World Lithuanian Dance Festival. Founded by Lithuanian Displaced Persons in 1957, the Dance Festival had convened every four years in Chicago through 1980. The Cleveland event was the first festival hosted outside of Chicago. 
Cleveland's ties to Lithuanian immigration and its tradition of preserving language and cultural practices paralleled Chicago’s. The city's decision to host the 1984 festival seemed like a natural extension of the Dance Festival tradition.
Mr. Irene was among the 2,000 folk dancers at the 1984 festival. He was the newest member of the Connecticut-based Lithuanian dance group, Vėtra. Mr. Irene had joined the group just three months before its festival debut in Cleveland. 

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Cleveland, Ohio, July, 1984.  Mr. Irene arrives in Cleveland in his rental car, a 1984 Pontiac Fiero. The car Mr. Irene originally had reserved car was not available, so the car-rental agency offered him the sports car at no additional cost.

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Cleveland, Ohio, July, 1984. Vėtra members perform at the Dance Festival.

July 20, 2014

July 19, 2014

It's "bambi season" again.

Verona, Wisconsin, August 2011. We saw our first fawn of the summer in our backyard last week. Several ago, we had twins.

Dad approves, too.

Suburban Chicago, November 1963. Dad takes his turn at modeling with the new living- and dining-room furniture. He's wearing one of those zippered cardigans* again.

*Zippered cardigans were fashionable in the 1960s. I don't recall Mom ever knitting a buttoned sweater for Dad, and Mr. Rodgers wore zip-front cardigans every day because his mother knitted them. I can't imagine a knitter would prefer sewing in a zipper over working buttonholes. It's much easier to knit a buttonhole than to sew in a separating zipper. Zippers had to be a male preference. Men in the 1960s must have found zippers more manly than buttons.

Okay; let's give it a try.

Door County, Wisconsin, June 1980. Mom agrees to follow her best friend, Donna, on a bicycle ride.

July 18, 2014

Red Squirrel

Lake Nipissing, Ontario, July 1965. My Dad liked to photograph red squirrels because they reminded him of Lithuania. He had no interest in taking snapshots of the brown or grey ones.

The Piano Teacher

Maywood, Illinois, April 1965. I never enjoyed piano lessons. It's really a pity: if I had focused on the keyboard as much as I did on the knitting needles, I'd be pretty good by now. Although I never took to the instrument, I adored my piano teacher, Mrs. M. I wasn't her favorite student, but she was very kind and patient with me. As a result, I count her among my favorite teachers.

Floating into the Weekend

Near Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1961. My Toronto Cousin and her Dad, Kadis, rent a dinghy.

Thanks to my Toronto Cousin for making this photo available to us.

July 17, 2014

A Young Oriole, in Three Takes

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Verona, Wisconsin, June 2014. Looking for Mom?

A Photographed Hike

Lake Nipissing, Ontario, Canada, July 1965. Here's another image from that day.

Birthday Girl

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Suburban Chicago, July 1961 or 1962. It's my childhood Best Friend's birthday. Happy Birthday!

(I was a guest at this party, but I didn't make it into these snapshots.)

Thanks to my Best Friend for sharing these photographs with us.


This performance by the Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra is from 2009, but the story is new.

July 15, 2014

Swallow Reunion

Verona, Wisconsin, August 2009. Several swallow families return to our backyard each summer. They build nests under our decks. The birds came back in the last week. Soon we will have chicks.

Three Friends

Seligenstadt, Germany, March or April 1948. I earlier posted images from this outing here, here, here, and here. The child is my Mom's goddaughter, and the woman in the center is Angele.

Camp Blues

Camp Aušra (later Camp Kretinga), Ontario, Canada, August 1962. My Toronto Cousin doesn't look happy, but her Mom—my Dad's twin sister Jonė—encourages her to endure the visit.

Thanks to my Toronto Cousin for making this photo available to us.

July 14, 2014

Turkey Vulture

Verona, Wisconsin, July 2014. He's looking for a chipmunk snack.

Walking Lesson

Suburban Chicago, July 1959. My paternal Grandmother, Tatjana, watches as Dad trains me.

Exchanging Portraits (Part 30)

Kaunas, Lithuania, about 1932. A friend of my Dad's older cousin, Henry, sits for a formal portrait.

Thanks to Henry's Granddaughter—my Kaunas Cousin—for making this photo available to us.

July 13, 2014

July 12, 2014

Assumption of Risk

Circus World Museum, Baraboo, Wisconsin, July 9, 2014. Read this before you ride a pony.

Stepping Carefully

Glacier National Park, Montana, July 1970. We've reached Sperry Glacier.

A Weekend Spot

Probably near Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada, July 1957. My Toronto Cousin and her Dad, Kadis, enjoy a good spot.

Thanks to my Toronto Cousin for making this photo available to us.

July 11, 2014

"The World's Cutest Sheep"

""My girlfriend showed me a picture and I laughed because I didn't think they were real."

A Scottish farmer takes measures to protect his Valais Blacknoses.

Swiss Browns, in Three Takes

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Near New Glarus, Wisconsin, July 8, 2014. Sometimes they notice when you pull over.

Full Field

Camp Aušra (later Camp Kretinga), Ontario, Canada, about 1959. Everyone can play.

Parry Sound Puppies

Near Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada, July 1959. My Toronto Cousin last night recalled the Collie puppies born one summer near our families' rental cottage. (The puppies' mom appeared here.)

July 10, 2014

A Summer Visitor

Verona, Wisconsin, July 2014. Check the area around the basket before you water the plants.

Related by Marriage: Beach Fashions

Probably Lake Geneva, about 1938. Mr. Irene's maternal Aunt, Martha, wears the latest fashions: a swimwear playsuit and saddle shoes.

Vacation Chores

Wasaga Beach, Ontario, July 1960. My Dad's twin sister, Jonė, and my paternal Grandmother, Tatjana, tidy around the cottage.

July 9, 2014

Revisiting the Rock

Near Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada, July 1960. Dad must have favored this spot.

The newlyweds will reside in Chicago.

Chicago, Illinois, Summer 1952. My Best Friend's Parents, Louis and Dolfo, move to the States.

Thanks to my Best Friend for making this photo available to us.

Roadside Lunch

Lakeview Park, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, July 1980. We used to stop at this rest area on our way to Door County. Interstate 43 hadn't been completed yet, and our drive hugged the Lake Michigan shore. This was the summer we took both Dad's VW Rabbit and the (new-to-me) Buick Skylark.