Set 1 of Wes Lavin's 2018 Festival Photographs
Bob Jensen at Trinity University 


My friend Wes Lavin is a better photographer than me.
Firstly, he has better equipment than me.
Secondly he travels all over northern  New England just to take pictures in different seasons.
Most of my photographs are closer to home, and I'm not really into photography
Wes in into photography as a retired school teacher

Wes loves to photograph are local festivals/fairs in northern New England
Small town festivals in New England are pretty much like small town festivals across the USA
These are filled with happy people who are enjoying their produce, crafts, patriotism, food, and talents such as music

Tourists stop at festivals to experience the local flavor of life deeper than that of simply viewing a village from inside a car
Locals participate in festivals to greet friends and acquaintances, to share a bit of gossip, and to find some laughs
Festivals are also a chance to let the children of all ages play and socialize and be noticed

Festivals vary greatly in entertainment
Some have animals for viewing and petting
Some have races such as harness races
Some have carnival machines
Some have band concerts
Some have dances
Some have featured professional entertainers
And some are simple small town events without much or anything special except local folks just getting together

The 2018 festivals that Wes photographed this year are pretty simple and low key
They were mostly market day festivals featuring food and crafts

In Set 1 Wes sent me photographs of the following:

Moose Festival in Canaan, Vermont
Wentworth's Market Day
Campton's Old Home Day
Plymouth Farmers Market
Longview Farm

She doesn't look like much to write about
But this time a year she will soon be the most popular female in the forest


Here's a Moose Man who would like to take her home and put her in the freezer


Moose feed beneath the surface in ponds like this


Trout lurk beneath the surface in waters like this


























What's a summer festival without fireworks?



A few years ago Wes sent me pictures of the Turbridge, Vt fair
That fair is a a bigger affair






In my youth I attended the Kossuth County Fair in Algona, Iowa almost every year
Below is a picture of my Grandmother Jensen doing a yarn spinning demonstration at that fair
I don't recall the year, but it was probably around 1948
She spun the yarn using sheep wool on our farm
Each year she knitted all her grandchildren colorful sweaters, caps, and mittens

Dad and his brothers hauled in her spinning wheel from a bedroom in our old farm house to the fairgrounds
She immigrated from Norway with her parents when she was a child 
Her husband died when my dad was two years old
As a widow she raised her five boys on a farm with horses, sheep, cows hogs, goats, and chickens
There aren't many farms in Iowa today with such a menagerie of livestock


This is a picture of her with four of her five sons on the farm
The oldest boy George at the time was married and lived on a nearby farm.
My dad is her youngest son pictured on the right.







More of Wes Lavin's Pictures


Wes Lavin's 2016 Autumn Foliage Part 1

Wes Lavin's Autumn Foliage Photographs:  Part 2

Wes Lavin's 2017 Autumn Foliage Part 1

Wes Lavin's Photographs From a Country Fair--- 

Some of Wes Lavin's June 2016 Photographs ---

Wes Lavin's Panoramic Pictures of Bob Jensen's Flower Gardens in 2015 

Wes Lavin's Winter Pictures (Set 01) ---

Wes Lavin's 2017 Summer Pictures Part 1

Wes Lavin's 2017 Summer Part 2 --- Sugar Hill Festival 

Wes Lavin's Misc. Festival Pictures ---

Wes Lavin's 2018 Maple Sugaring Pictures

Wes Lavin's 2018 June Part 1 --- Featuring an Old Split Tree in Our Wildflower Field 

Wes Lavin's 2018 June Part 2 --- Featuring Small Towns Fourth of July



Our Cottage's History

Sunset Hill House Resort History Set 01 ---   

Historic Photographs (Set 01) of the Sunset Hill House Resort Shared by Gunsmith Ron Resden from Vermont

Historic Photographs (Set 02) of the Sunset Hill House Resort Shared by Gunsmith Ron Resden from Vermont

Historic Photographs (Set 03) of the Sunset Hill House Resort Shared by Gunsmith Ron Resden from Vermont

After the Sunset Hill House Resort was nearly all demolished in 1973, our cottage (before it was ours)
was moved in 1977 from the golf course across a tennis court and up to where the former hotel site.
I show pictures of the preparation work prior to the moving the cottage and its four fireplaces

Next I show pictures of the move to the new site 

Next I show the pictures of a 1980 spectacular fire on one of the remaining three cottages

Iron Ore From Ore Hill and Historic Iron Works Operations in Franconia

Sunset Hill House Hotel:  The American Dream ---

Part 1 of the History of the Homestead Inn Torn Down in 2015

Part 2 of the History of the Homestead Inn 


More of Bob Jensen's Pictures and Stories 


Blogs of White Mountain Hikers (many great photographs) ---


 White Mountain News ---

On May 14, 2006 I retired from Trinity University after a long and wonderful career as an accounting professor in four universities. I was generously granted "Emeritus" status by the Trustees of Trinity University. My wife and I now live in a cottage in the White Mountains of New Hampshire ---


Bob Jensen's Blogs
Current and past editions of my newsletter called New Bookmarks ---
Current and past editions of my newsletter called Tidbits ---
Current and past editions of my newsletter called Fraud Updates ---
Bob Jensen's past presentations and lectures --- 



Our address is 190 Sunset Hill Road, Sugar Hill, New Hampshire
Our cottage was known as the Brayton Cottage in the early 1900s
Sunset Hill is a ridge overlooking with New Hampshire's White Mountains to the East
and Vermont's Green Mountains to the West



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