hog islander

Appledore Hotel, Isles of Shoals, Maine. 1901.

Appledore Island, Maine, (formerly known as Hog Island) is the largest of the Isles of Shoals located about seven miles off the Maine/New Hampshire coast. It is part of the Town of Kittery, in York County.

It was originally settled by Europeans in the colonial era, when the ease of transport by water made farming on island economically efficient. A church was established in 1640. Near 1700, the entire settlement on this island moved to Star Island in New Hampshire to escape taxes imposed by Massachusetts (of which Maine was then a province).

The heyday of the island was the artists salon that thrived there in the late 19th century, before the advent of artists’ colonies as we know them today. Celia Thaxter reigned over an impressive group of friends who were also the leading artists, musicians, and writers of the day. These included Edward MacDowell and his wife; American pianist William Mason, son of Lowell Mason, who played the grand piano in her salon daily; and John Knowles Paine, America’s first serious composer of note. Childe Hassam painted Celia’s magnificent garden in a style similar to Monet’s Giverny paintings. This rarefied atmosphere ended with Thaxter’s death in 1894. 

The hotel burned in 1914, bringing down the final curtain on this heyday in American arts. A charming small original daybook from this time period was re-published in part, in 1992, titled The Isles of Shoals Remembered, by Caleb Mason.

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サンフランシスコでは4度クラムチャウダーを食した。

お店それぞれのテイストでどれも美味しかったけどこのお店が一番美味しかったなー。

写真のお店はEmbarcadero地区のHog Island Oyster Company(Ferry Building店)。

3年前、カキにあたってドエライ目に遭ってからカキを見るのもキツかったけど、

なんかノリ?で 生牡蠣もいったったーー!うまいーーー!

とかテンション上がってたら、となりで飲んでた青年が話しかけてきた。

ドイツ人でGoogleの研究員。出張でSF滞在中なんだって。

しばしの間、お互い翻訳アプリで会話。笑

出張で東京の浅草に行ったときの写真見せてくれたりして、楽しいひと時だったなあ。