I left the house yesterday morning in a snow storm that had my car sliding about, and arrived home with the window rolled down and slight sweat on my brow.
Such is life in the Northeast.
Despite the bipolar weather, my day yesterday was simply uplifting. I love immersing myself in new ideas and places, gathering inspiration through what I see and hear, and I did just that by yet another trip to the Springfield Museums.
Before getting to the main chunk of my day, I stopped by the North Hadley Sugar Shack because it’s Maple Weekend here in the Pioneer Valley! Well, I should say it’s throughout the state, as sugar houses are opening the doors for tours and restaurants are peppering maple-centric dishes into menus. It’s the beginning of the maple syrup season and also the first sign that the spring thaw is about to give way to the agricultural life picking up again.
While North Hadley does a wonderful breakfast every weekend, I went just to shop around the market and came out with all locally made product: chocolate milk that tasted like ice cream, maple donuts that melted in my mouth and rich, amber maple syrup, the flavor of which was deep, the consistency thick, without being too heavy; the perfect pancake topper.
The main reason I ventured to the museums was to see “Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami.” Unfortunately, I couldn’t take photos inside that particular part of the museum but I did take a ton otherwise. Also, that exhibit sparked my interest in doing origami at home – but I’ll get into that in another post.
So, prepare yourself for photos – if you love art or just learning new things, you may want to stick around.