I call this a hippy hat because it was popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when the hippy, anti-establishment movement embraced nature, the western frontier, and historical or historical-inspired clothing. I have not found this style in my books yet, but I love the look. I bought it at Log Cabin Shop in Lodi, Ohio.
I added a link for the website of Swaine Adeney Brigg, the London firm that made the original Indiana Jones hat. The company still sells the hat. Click on the link at right or here.
I bought this Capas top hat on Sunday, Oct. 13 at The Hatterie in Akron. I added the beaded band and pheasant feather to make it look like top hats that western Indian chiefs wore. White negotiators liked to give fancy hats and military coats to chiefs while coercing them into signing treaties that stole Indian lands. It’s a beautiful hat, and if I want to make it more formal I can easily remove the band and feather. Read the rest of this entry »
Because of the federal government shutdown, all national parks are closed and National Park Service Web pages are not operating. For more information, go to www.doi.gov.
I saw that message last week when I tried to check the National Park Service website, the day after I attended the Battlefield Band concert on Oct. 2 at Happy Days Lodge in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Oct. 2 was the day the national parks closed, thanks to our wonderful “representatives” in Washington, D.C., but the concert went on as scheduled only because the sponsor is the Conservancy For Cuyahoga Valley, which rents the building for its Heritage Concert Series. Read the rest of this entry »
Here are photos of cool western hats from movies and TV shows.
When my nephew Brian and I visited Gettysburg in September, our first stop before visiting the national park was the hat store near the city square — Dirty Billy’s Hats. I had my mind on a dress hat of the type worn by civilians during the Civil War, a hat worn by John Hammond’s character, John Geyser, in the miniseries “The Blue and the Gray.” John Geyser is an artist correspondent, and I am a word correspondent. Read the rest of this entry »
I like fringe on moccasins and frontier clothing, so this caught my eye when it arrived in email from Merriam-Webster.
The Word of the Day for October 3 is:
fimbriated \FIM-bree-ay-tud\ adjective
: having the edge or extremity bordered by slender processes : fringed
“While the animal is underwater, a fimbriated tail is adaptive in preventing rolling and tends to stabilize body motion while swimming.” — From Joseph F. Merritt’s 2010 book The Biology of Small Mammals
“The 2- to 3-foot plant blooms twice a year with pastel flowers with a beautiful fimbriated (fringed) lip.” — Bruce Rogers in an interview with the San Jose Mercury News, February 23, 2008
“Fimbriated” comes from Latin “fimbriatus,” meaning “fringed.” In English, “fimbriated” can function as a synonym of “fringed,” and it is commonly used to describe anatomical features that are bordered by slender processes (prominent or projecting parts of an organism or organic structure). Latin “fimbriatus” is derived from “fimbria” (“fringe”). The plural of “fimbria,” “fimbriae,” gave rise to Vulgar Latin “frimbia” (notice the alteration of the spelling), which was then adopted by Anglo-French as “frenge.” Middle English borrowed “frenge” in the 14th century, and it was this word that evolved into the modern English “fringe.”
This giant outdoor cuckoo clock resides in the village of Sugarcreek, Ohio. It formerly resided at Alpine Alpa cheese house on U.S. Route 62 southwest of Wilmot. The business closed a few years ago, and someone bought the clock and donated it to the city, which calls itself the Little Switzerland of Ohio and hosts the Ohio Swiss Festival each year at the end of September. Moving the clock cost $3,000, and restoration was necessary. The name on the drum, the Swiss Hilltoppers, is that of a former group from the Sugarcreek area. See http://www.villageofsugarcreek.com/visit-sugarcreek/. Read the rest of this entry »
The small stoneware mugs in front are 1/20th-liter Krugs made in Germany and bought at the stein and decanter store in Sugarcreek, Ohio. The owners also operate a museum, which I’ll visit next time. The website is http://collectorsdecanterssteins.com/. The glass mug in back is a one-liter Seidel from the Spaten brewery in München (Munich), Bavaria.