"The Oak" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Oct 04, 2009
Oct 20, 2009
Full day! Long walk to the cove in Old Wethersfield and back. Took Jack to his art class at the senior center, then drove to the Hartford State Capitol where we were given a private tour with our guide, Alice Hinchcliffe, who was very knowledgeable and entertaining. One of her bits of trivia was the story of how the "charter oak" got its name by the charter of Connecticut being hidden inside an oak tree to escape being surrendered to Sir Edmund Andros, the royal governor general at the time, 1687. The charter oak was published on the back of the CT state quarter. After the tour we drove around a bit more, then picked up Jack, lunched at home, then went to the New Britain Art Museum in Walnut Hill Park. The building was very modern and every bit as dynamic as the collection. Jan fixed sole for dinner and we were all in bed by 10:00.