Thursday, July 21, 2005

42nd Annual Historic Home Tour

“The Marshall, Michigan Home Tour is in its fifth decade of offering exquisite private homes and businesses for public viewing and enjoyment. The tour will feature eight vintage homes and will include five historic museums covering diverse specialties such as unusual architecture, antique home furnishings, Civil War memorabilia, and a restored antique post office. To close out the tour's sixteen structures will be three businesses from Marshall's well-maintained historic business district. Marshall's Home Tour was voted the Best Home Tour by the readers of AAA's Michigan Living magazine.”

Of special interest to fans of John Bellairs is the inclusion of the Cronin House (407 North Madison), the landmark inspiration for The House with a Clock in its Walls.

When: September 10-11, 2005
Time: Saturday 9:00 to 5:00, Sunday 10:00 to 5:00

For more information, including cost, please contact the Marshall Chamber of Commerce or Marshall Historical Society.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Bibliofile: The Curse of the Blue Figurine

John Bellairs' first three Johnny Dixon novels – The Curse of the Blue Figurine (1983); The Mummy, the Will, and the Crypt (1983); and The Spell of the Sorcerer’s Skull (1984) – were published by British publishing house Corgi in the mid/late 1980s. David Langford comments on the foreign edition’s translation:

Thursday, July 7, 2005

Gorey: The Gashlycrumb Tinies Come Home

In cooperation with the Edward Gorey Charitable Trust, the The Edward Gorey House is very pleased to announce a major exhibit for 2005: the original art for Edward Gorey’s The Gashlycrumb Tinies.

This major Edward Gorey exhibit encompasses the pen and ink drawings for The Gashlycrumb Tinies and Mr. Gorey’s original typescript draft notes for the text. Also featured will be the five pen and ink panel drawings for Gorey’s slipcase for The Vinegar Works (three volume set includes The Gashlycrumb Tinies, The Insect God and The West Wing). The exhibit is scheduled to run from June 23 to September 5, 2005.

Friday, July 1, 2005

The "Welcome to My Garden" Tour

Jon Caulkett passes along a story from the Battle Creek Enquirer about the Marshall Area Garden Club's 15th annual "Welcome To My Garden Tour," showcasing some of the community's private and public gardens. On this year’s tour is the Zaharion House, formerly owned by the Cronin family, the house that is the inspiration for Bellairs’s The House with a Clock in its Walls. The tour is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 9 and 10. For more information visit the Marshall Chamber of Commerce.
While trimming back some overgrown plants at 407 N. Madison St., Tom Zaharion found a stepping block with the name J. Cronin Jr. etched into it. And then he found a post to tie up horses near it.

"I believe it was for the ladies to use to step into the carriage," the self-employed builder-renovator said.

And among the trees, he noticed a concrete path that led nowhere.

"I always wondered about that until we had a woman who was in her 90s over," Tom Zaharion said. "She was a friend of the Cronin sisters and spent much of her time at the house. She said the path used to lead to an outhouse. I plan to have one reconstructed for that spot."

Before the Zaharions — who are only the second family to own the home — moved in, the house was vacant after owner Virginia Cronin, age 97, passed away in 2002. Her sister, Elizabeth, died in 1989.

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