Paschal Full Moon

The paschal full moon (the first full moon after the vernal equinox used to determine the date of Easter) seen from Skyline Park distorted by the Earth's atmosphere and smokestack exhaust. April 6, 2012.

WPA Walking Tour – Water Standpipe

To count down the days to the end of summer, I will be taking you on a virtual walking tour of Arlington–the same one outlined in 1937’s The WPA Guide to Massachusetts. Each entry will include an excerpt from the book about each site visited. Hopefully this will give us a little insight as to how things have changed in the past 73 years. This post brings us not only to the last stop on the tour, but the last day of summer 2010.

“The Water Standpipe (open to visitors each second Sun.) rises 50 feet above the loftiest point on Arlington Heights, emphasizing

the great difference between the lowest and highest altitude of this town. From a balcony near the top,

Boston and the harbor are visible to the east; to the west Mt. Monadnock and Mt. Wachusett are dim blue shapes on the horizon.”

The Park Avenue water tower on July 22, 2010.

WPA Walking Tour – Site of the Deacon Joseph Adams House

To count down the days to the end of summer, I will be taking you on a virtual walking tour of Arlington–the same one outlined in 1937’s The WPA Guide to Massachusetts. Each entry will include an excerpt from the book about each site visited. Hopefully this will give us a little insight as to how things have changed in the past 73 years. Though I wasn’t able to locate the tablet mentioned in the entry, stop number fourteen is the site of the Deacon Joseph Adams House.

“A tablet at 840 Massachusetts Ave. identifies the Site of the Deacon Joseph Adams House, from which

British soldiers stole the communion service of the First Parish during their retreat from Lexington and Concord.”

This apartment building (and a bus stop) now occupies 840 Massachusetts Avenue. September 5, 2010.