Thursday, August 17, 2017

Benjamin F. Weary

There is a beautiful War Chapel built in 1875-6 in Akron's Glendale Cemetery for those that died from Akron and nearby. This is for the Union dead.

There are several windows from Scotland. Some colors are faded. There are symbols, portraits, and script. This is an incredibly poignant and sad story. The story is that like a novel, or a movie; something similar to All's Quiet on the Western Front. Two brothers-in-law are memorialised. One, Virgil J. Robinson, died at the confederate prison camp at Andersonville. Andersonville was a hideous destination where men wasted away from starvation. The other soldier, Benjamin F. Weary, was the first volunteer from Akron. Robert E. Lee surrendered on the 9th of April 1865, at Appomattox Court House Virginia, to Ulysses S. Grant. Later that day, Weary was shot dead.

I spoke to a friend about what i read that day on that window. He said, "that's war".  I said, "No, that is murder".

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Cardinal resting on a mortar

Glendale Cemetery Akron Ohio outside Civil War Memorial Chapel

Monday, August 14, 2017

2017 Miscellany #7

paddling in the mouth of the Cuyahoga
replicas of two of Columbus's 1492 caravels came to Lorain

car show St. Mary Polish National Catholic Parma

Saturday, August 12, 2017

drumming on the lake

I have seen, heard, and took pictures of this group before. Yume Daiko Taiko drummed at the lunch break of the Dragon Boat races. Their big drum has a tear on one of its drumskins. Sometimes both sides would be clubbed. Here the good end was beaten, and the rip flapped in and out during the percussions.
 some stitches have fallen

Wendy Dragon

The Dragon Boat races have moved from September on the Cuyahoga (click) to August on Lake Erie at Wendy Park. This was a great move: easier location to get to, better parking, free parking, easier boat loading ramp, no commercial boat traffic to interfere, dog friendliness, tree shade, some benches, closer viewing of the race, better atmosphere and scenery, more grass/less asphalt.This was the eleventh running in Cleveland.
It starts with a blessing of the Buddhas of the four directions, and painting of the dragon eyes. The Buddhist priest, Shih Ying-Fa, has done this for several years, and he has a good sense of humour. He referred to his robe as a parachute.

This was dog friendly. In the foreground are the three ceremonial dragon heads. A man is holding, Oscar, a ten month old dachshund. We met Lola the golden retriever, Melania the old English sheepdog-pitbull mix pup, Pippa the short legged pit bull mix pup, a barking Niko, and other dogs were also attending.
This year the heats had two boats paddle 250 yards, they used to have three go at 500 yards. Start was near where the harbor to the Coast Guard Station had been (this year, the structure has been repaired, and painted, received doors and windows, and some plantings in front).
 A crew has a drum beating coxswain, twenty paddlers, and a tillerman.
 People and hound viewing from the sandy strand, with the lighthouse in the distance.
 The coxswain here is dressed as a Roman legionnaire.
 Here a boat is paddling past the volleyball pits, toward the start.
There were two rounds of seven heats in the morning. Perhaps, when the first heat was loading, the dee-jay played "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald". I think, the last heat, a boat swamped itself before reaching the start. By this time, we were waiting for Yume Daiko Taiko Japanese drumming (next post). There was a third round, and a pair of trophy races in the afternoon.
Three of the teams were breast cancer survivors. This is a sport taken nationally by these groups of women. This woman was her team's coxswain. Her cape reads: Hell yes, they're fake. Our real ones tried to kill us.

Waterloo Road III

Well, twice before (1, 2) i posted fotos on this short stretch of road. They are trying to make it an arts district with places to eat and drink. Some of the art is good, some is hideous. The newest is pop art job on the vacant Society Bank building. Camille Walala came over from England to paint. I like it, but any union painter could do this semi Mondrian/pop art tribute.

There is a quote from Shel Silverstein on the front door. The inside is a shell that will be turned into a yoga studio, juice bar, and i think an art gallery?

On the column, a little more black paint for completion. What is more chic than two black greyhounds?

Monday, August 7, 2017

coin bank

This vacant bank building was built in 1917, in Elyria Ohio. The stone ornaments are of charachters on coins of the time. There is an Indian head, two eagles, and two buffaloes (one obscured by leaves and branches).

Friday, August 4, 2017

Needlework iconography

Elyria Congregational (UCC) was the first church in Elyria. This Sunday past, i visited for the second time on city wide church open house. They were most gracious and friendly. I had gone there originally to see the Tiffany stained glass. Pilgrim Congregational on West 14th Cleveland, also has Tiffany glass and a similar round seating plan.

The pews are rounded, and at progression to the back, the span of the benches become longer. All of them have a long seating cushion with scenes made with needlework. This was made by parishioners. Some scenes are flowers, others are Christian symbols, and scenes from the Bible. Some are dramatic, and not overly familiar to many people. Supra, is Jesus casting out a demon:

 And they entered into Capharnaum, and forthwith upon the sabbath days going into the synagogue, he taught them.  And they were astonished at his doctrine. For he was teaching them as one having power, and not as the scribes.  And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, Saying: What have we to do with thee, Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know who thou art, the Holy One of God.  And Jesus threatened him, saying: Speak no more, and go out of the man.  And the unclean spirit tearing him, and crying out with a loud voice, went out of him.—Mark i. 21-6.
I am always pleasantly surprised to see a post apostolic age Catholic saint depicted in a Protestant church. Often, it is Francis of Assisi. Supra, with stigmata and bird. Infra, Saint Augustine about to be told how ridiculous it would be of him to truly understand the concept of the Trinity.

The church is worth seeing and appreciating. My nephew was outside walking the hounds, and they were invited in. We were talking, and Captain found it a good time to lay down.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

female saints

 SS. Dorcas (Tabitha), and Lydia
Sunday past, the churches of Elyria Ohio had an open house in the early afternoon. The city is celebrating two hundred years since its founding. I made it to the three churches on the square and St. Mary's. Those churches were beautiful, and very welcoming.

I was very impressed with St. Andrew's Episcopal. Their diocese is also celebrating two hundred years. I very much was pleased to see their windows. They are of different vintages and studios. Many churches when they have saint windows, lean towards heavy representations of male saints, such as the apostles, evangelists, church doctors, and prophets. St. Andrew's has a small Andrew window, twinned with his brother, Peter. They have two windows of St. Dorcas (Tabitha).

Both Dorcas, and Lydia are mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles. Dorcas was risen from the dead by Peter, and Lydia of Philippi was the first Christian in Europe, she was a friend of Paul. St. Lydia's Day is August 3rd in the Latin Church, her day varies in other communions.

And in Joppe there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did. — Acts ix. 36.

And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, one that worshipped God, did hear: whose heart the Lord opened to attend to those things which were said by Paul. — Acts xvi. 16.

The Orthodox use the title “Equal to the Apostles” with Lydia. Looking for iconography, Lydia Purpuraria, i think would be dressed in purple; but not here anyway. Peter's keys, and Paul's sword are shown in the window to point their identities. Lydia here holds a light, perhaps this shows her 'lighting' the way in Europe?
 SS. Mary, and (her sister) Martha of Bethany
This pair is more familiar. Martha holds food for the guest, for she was busy and considered the guest's needs. Mary was the more contemplative, her hands are shown in prayer.
This is the most surprising church entrance. It was vacation Bible School time for children, and some decorations were for them.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Shiloh Baptist

I have been wanting to see the rotunda glass at Shiloh Baptist, and Saturday i saw it. Shiloh is the oldest congregation of black Baptists in Cleveland, and the second oldest black congregation in the city. At first, they worshipped with other Baptists in town. Not everyone at First Baptist Church was pleased with their growing numbers. A black mission church came in 1849.  The next year, they were independent. At several times since then, the internal politics had pastors leave to form new congregations.

Temple B'nai Jeshurun was built in 1906 on E. 55 & Scovill, and sold to Shiloh in 1923. In 1925 a march from the then church building to the present one occurred.  Many synagogues in Cleveland were sold to black congregations.
a view of the rotunda from Scovill
from one open window (on a hot day), the opposite window is visible
Greek columns of the portico
 There are two murals inside this former Jewish synagogue. One is the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan, and the second is the Last Supper.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

East 55 & Euclid

Murals are being painted around Cleveland. Some good, like this one. Saturday, at the moment i was the passenger saw a woman painting standing on a lift. To-day, Tuesday, it looks done.

Also at the intersection, this railroad bridge passes over, and its paint is holding. It has Kekule molecules, and the background color changes along the span. East 55th is a long straight road that comes out of the lake and crosses every important avenue on the east side. Euclid Avenue (once Millionaires' Row) is a damn mess. It starts from a corner of Public Square and continues outward. Before one gets out of downtown, one is ticked. Limited access, limited turns, consecutive red lights, bus lane, light train track in the median. Then to the Cleveland Clinic (which now calls many of the shots in town), then to Case Western and University Hospital and University Circle, and then new construction to Lake View Cemetery (buy now the train and bus lanes are gone), but then the bombed out zone of East Cleveland (perhaps you would want good shock absorbers).

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Lakewood's Macbeth

before the play
GeneralsMacBeth (L) and Banquo (R) before entrance
Assassins attack Fleance and Banquo
Macbeth sees Banquo's ghost at supper
MacBeth sees Duncan's ghost
Apparition of future king over invisible cauldron, and two witches
Lady MacBeth washing blood off hands in sleep
Gentle woman in waiting and a Doctor of physic
Macduff runs MacBeth through