My local NPR station (WNYC, New York) was having its Fall Fundraising Drive so you all know what that means. I pledge my various dollar amounts to support listener-funded radio for another year and I head out of town.
Actually, I had made a dentist appointment. Because there’s really no difference between listening to an NPR Fundraising Drive and the ear-piercing whine of a dentist’s drill.
My dentist happens to be in the town of Sea Cliff, Long Island — so after the dental awfulness was done for the day I took myself afterwards to my favorite museum on all of Long Island:
The Sea Cliff Museum. It’s housed in the old rectory of the old Sea Cliff Church. On the main floor there’s a fireplace that I long to illustrate —
I think this is one of the finest fireplaces on Earth.
I always judge a museum by its gift shop. The Sea Cliff Museum has a swell gift shop (even thought I couldn’t find anything to buy). It stocks books by local authors, one who is a sketch artist and one who is a poet.
The focus of the Sea Cliff Museum are exhibits of relics of local life such as swimsuits fromf 1900 —
— from the times when the local lasses were noted for their high spirits:
Ancient household items include a push button phone from the 1970s.
And the preserved rectory kitchen c. 1929.
In an alcove there is a collection of dolls from the 1940s – 1970s on loan from a local resident.
But the star of the show is a scale model of a well-known Sea Cliff house called the Connor Cottage:
Which they say is this house (below), but I think they have the wrong house.
The model house was a project of Ed Knieriem, who started it in 1939 and worked on it until his death in 1969. It was Ed Knieriem’s wish that the model be given to the Sea Cliff Museum, where it is exhibited as a village treasure.
The interior of the house is decorated as the actual house looked in 1937.
What is it about miniatures?
Even in this CGI world, there is something irresistible about miniatures — so familiar, but so other-worldly.
I want to have tea in this miniature house.
I want to have sweet dreams under this lace bedspread.
I would LOVE to invite all my itty bitty dear readers into this itty city home to have an itty city cup of tea.
Happy Weekend, everyone. Occupy Everywhere.