Welcome. Edgartown News was born from the simple fact that I have ink and Dektol in my veins and I need to write and photograph more than I need air or food, and from my love for this little town where I grew up and raised my family, the town I have left a few times but can't quite shake for good. Here you will find wanderings and musings, photographs and commentary; the people, places, and happenings - past and present - of a small island town: my home town.

Friday, April 29, 2011

The Town Clock Bell is Back

What luck. Good luck, that is. It just so happened that the town clock bell was re-installed on a day that I was in town; Friday morning, April 29, 2011, to be precise. It was fantastic to witness, too. The entire event, beginning with the perfect almost-May morning (following a few days of really nasty weather), to seeing some of the usual local suspects - on hand to photograph, ogle, admire, support, and report on this somewhat historic occurrence - to the precision with which the team raised the bell into the tower, was quite memorable. I even found the courage to climb up to the bell tower, something I had not done since I was a kid.

Related Edgartown News post, here

More photos, here




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Greg Blaine, the bell's restoration man.





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The crane approaches.





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Christian Thornton and daughter.





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Greg has unwrapped the bell, revealing shiny, newly-polished brass.




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John Anderson was in charge of restoring the bell's large rope-pulley wheel.




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A small crowd gathers.




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The bell rope's newly restored rope-pulley wheel.





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Greg and Steve Ewing talk shop.





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Readying the crane.




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Father Nagle's porch offered a fine vantage point.





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The bell will be carried aloft within this box and carefully inserted into the belfry.





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Doris Ward





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Up, up, and away.




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Almost home...





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...closer...





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Ah...




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Dicky Brown




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Gears





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Home again.

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Yours Truly, by Greg Blaine.

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Photo by Greg Blaine.

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Greg Blaine couldn't be more pleased with the results of this project, or prouder to have been a part of it. Well done, Greg. I'm sure Greg's dad, the late Jim Blaine, who passed down his metal-working skills to Greg, is smiling down on him.





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The view down Main Street from the bell tower, to the court house, town hall, and beyond to the harbor.





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Done.



Re-installing Edgartown's Town Clock Bell from Sara Piazza on Vimeo.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing this beautiful historic moment for Edgartown, Massachusetts!!

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