Franconia College Reunion Weekend Aug 14-16, 2015

A re-gathering of the tribes who populated a vibrant experimental college—flourishing from 1963-78—convened in Franconia, NH, Aug 14-16. A student there from 1973-77, I made best friends, studied philosophy, religion&literature, and participated in the College's self-governance.

  1. Thursday Aug 13, heading for the North Country.
  2. My Amtrak ride from NY's Penn Station to White River Junction, VT, beginning before noon, kicked off after just a few minutes with stunning views of Manhattan from Queens, as the train took a route I had never before traveled out of the city. I eagerly shared the view below on Instagram. More stunners below it, all taken on my iPad.
  3. On @Amtrak to White River Jct, VT, arriving early evening, then picking up a rental car FRI am and driving up the CT River valley to Franconia, NH. Delighted I'll be in the north country for my Franconia College reunion this weekend. My view of Manhattan from Queens as we leave NYC.
    On @Amtrak to White River Jct, VT, arriving early evening, then picking up a rental car FRI am and driving up the CT River valley to Franconia, NH. Delighted I'll be in the north country for my Franconia College reunion this weekend. My view of Manhattan from Queens as we leave NYC.
  4. That's a tower of the Triboro Bridge, aka the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge.
  5. I arrived in White River Jct around 6:30, almost on time, having arranged to pick up a Hertz car the following morning for the rest of my trip to Franconia. The Hotel Coolidge provided splendidly minimal and clean lodging for the one night. I found a good dinner at a nearby Turkish restaurant called the Tuckerbox Cafe, and walked around the town in the early evening light.
  6. Hotel Coolidge--a good place to spend the night in White River Jct, VT.
    Hotel Coolidge--a good place to spend the night in White River Jct, VT.
  7. In part, White River Jct still feels like it's a town in the 1940s, with signs like the one just below.
  8. What more do you need?
    What more do you need?
  9. And yet, White River is a definitely a modern town with appealing cultural amenities, like the Center for Cartoon Studies, @cartoonstudies.
  10. It's #TheCenterforCartoonStudies in White River Jct, VT. Friends like Calvin Reid and Steve Conte probably know about or have been to the center, an independent source of education and resource collection in comics. What a great idea.
    It's #TheCenterforCartoonStudies in White River Jct, VT. Friends like Calvin Reid and Steve Conte probably know about or have been to the center, an independent source of education and resource collection in comics. What a great idea.
  11. Friday, Aug 14, arriving in Franconia for Reunion Day I.
  12. Arriving in Franconia before noon, I left my luggage at a friend's house where I'd be spending the next three nights, then headed out again, curious to see the cabin and land where I lived in 1976-77, the last two years I attended Franconia College. This is the view I had from the cabin, where I lived with my black Lab Noah, and wrote my thesis. That's Mt Lafayette in the distance on the left. See below for pics of the cabin itself.
  13. The view from the cabin in Franconia, NH that was home my last 2 years of college, where I had my black Lab Noah, and wrote my thesis. That's Mt Lafayette in the distance. See next pic for the cabin itself.
    The view from the cabin in Franconia, NH that was home my last 2 years of college, where I had my black Lab Noah, and wrote my thesis. That's Mt Lafayette in the distance. See next pic for the cabin itself.
  14. With my black Lab Noah, along NH's Kangamagus Highway, circa 1975.
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  16. If you like stories of dog adoptions that forestalled euthanasia of the dear dog, you may later read the post on my blog, "How I Came to Have as a Companion a Black Lab Named Noah."
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