Monday, October 16, 2017

The Lorton Reformatory in Fairfax County | "Changes in Lorton, Virginia"

I took these photos just about two years ago, on a cool afternoon in late October. These photos aren't great, as they were taken on a previous-generation cell phone, but but I hope they are able to convey at least a small hint of the beauty found on this property. I titled this picture "What Was", as the fading light turned skies over the former barn to shades of peach and orange. It's evolving into a new stage of life as the complex nears the completion of it's transition into a place of inspiration, art, history and culture.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Beach Towns of Delmarva | Sights and Signs of Fenwick Island, Delaware

The town of Fenwick Island is nestled along the Delaware coastline, just north of Ocean City, Maryland. A small town with a big presence, this quiet little place is a favorite of countless visitors and summertime guests. While it is home to only about 200 year-round residents, during the warmer months people from all over flock to the charm of a coastal community by the sea. This is the second set of images I'm posting, just casual snapshots of familiar places and area businesses. You may have seen some before, some might be new to you and I've tried to include the name and website (and/or Facebook page) of the business if possible. To see the first part of Fenwick Island, Delaware click here and check out the links at the end of this post to see more of our beautiful Delmarva Peninsula.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Made in America | Manufacturing Day '17 is October 6th

This Friday, October 6th, will mark the sixth annual Manufacturing Day across America. I'm passionate about jobs, our economy and products which are made locally, so I was eager to see what would be listed here on the Delmarva Peninsula. Manufacturing Day was created in 2012 by Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International, a founding partner of the National Association of Manufacturing, and recognizes the businesses which produce goods in each state. From airplane interiors to food processing, clothing and modular homes to government contracting agencies such as Northrop Grumman, seafood and more are all encouraged to participate.

It's described as "an annual celebration of modern manufacturing during which manufacturers invite their communities - including students, educators, business people, media, and politicians - to their facilities in a collective effort to educate visitors about manufacturing career opportunities and improve public perceptions of manufacturing". The event has grown each year since it's launch in 2012. Here's the top portion of the infographic from (since it's long I encourage you to visit the website to download and view it).

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Vintage Images from Coastal Delmarva | Fenwick Island, Delaware (Part Two)

These are old postcards and/or vintage advertising which I don't believe were included on the first blog post for images of Fenwick Island, DE. Located just steps away from the Maryland beach town of Ocean City, and nestled on the coastline by the Atlantic Ocean, the town of Fenwick Island is loved by many and holds a special place in the hearts of countless visitors, guests, tourists and residents.

Libby's Restaurant closed (maybe around 2000 or a little before?) but the place stuck with me and I was pleased to find a few old postcards at various shops and flea markets.
I always wondered what happened to the horse statue that was out front.

Friday, September 22, 2017

A Maryland Landmark for Over 100 Years | the Ocean City Fishing Pier

The pier has been part of my life for decades. It's familiar and comforting, a landmark and a location that makes me feel I'm home again. First enjoyed as a child during occasional visits to the Maryland coastline, I now cherish the opportunities to go photograph it, stroll on the sightseeing portion and take in the stunning views of Ocean City - after all, as the sign says, "Ocean City's best spectator view - Only 50 cents". It is beloved by many and as with most local landmarks, it has history and evolution spanning decades of beach vacations, visitors and summers. Beat up and damaged by numerous storms, the town continues to rebuild it after each nor'easter or hurricane sweeps along the coastline with high waves and angry seas that pummel the structure.

Friday, September 1, 2017

"The Things in Life That Matter" | Dumser's Dairyland, an Ocean City icon

I wrote this several weeks after the news stories began chronicling the issues surrounding the southern boardwalk location of Dumser's Dairyland. It's complicated and so I will just refer you here to the newly created group on Facebook, titled "SAVE DUMSER'S ON THE INLET AND NATHAN'S BUILDING IN OCEAN CITY, MD". See the end of this post for links and additional photos.