Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Happy Valentine's Day
Today my 11-year-old daughter's fiddle group played at Sonogee, a local nursing home. It was once part of a row of grand mansions lining the shore, back in the days when the cream of Gilded Age society summered here and threw elaborate balls during the Bar Harbor Season. Most of the mansions burned in the great Fire of '47, and others were sold off when the income tax was introduced and the old ways were no longer practicable. Sonogee still has a couple of fancy neighbors to the northwest, but to the southeast, the remaining mansions have been absorbed into the College of the Atlantic and various hotels. The entrance hall is still rather posh, with a sweeping staircase and arched niches and marble floors. There is also a lovely dining room with elaborate coffered ceilings. The wings that have been built on to either side of the original building for the residents' rooms are more standard nursing home style; hospital-like and practical.
P.S. The photos are from the Next Step Chocolate Festival we went to last Saturday. My husband plays trumpet in a Dixieland band, and they've been playing for this fundraiser for at least ten years. The kids and I never fail to come and show our support.