If Thornton Wilder had looked a little farther west, he might have set his Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Our Town" not in Grover's Corners, New Hampshire but in the Adirondack Mountain village of Bloomingdale. In the 1840s, the banks of a humble stretch of brook, a tributary of the Saranac River, gave rise to a settlement that flourishes---quietly and soulfully, in the vein of "Our Town"---to this day. Bloomingdale has had its ups and downs. Yet from its children's playground and ballfield behind the fire house to its once-grand Main Street to its two placid cemeteries, this is a place where people live, love, raise families, grow old, and return to the Earth with dignity, sustained through it all by a genuine and touching love of home and neighbors.
Check out author Ed Kanze's latest book Adirondack: Life and Wildlife in the Wild, Wild East. The Wall Street Journal says, “Mr. Kanze’s way of circling back on himself, wondering if he is crazy to try to live in this place in this way, is oddly reassuring … We root for the Kanzes when freezing trees crack like rifle shots all night long, when hard frosts in July and August turn their carefully tended tomato plants to sad mush. We wonder how and why they do it, even as we wonder why we do what we do and live where we live. And we are comforted, knowing such brave and capable people wonder too.” Learn more by clicking here.
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