Short tours of a small city, Elmira, U.S.A., deep in the heart of Upstate New York. Click on photo for detailed view.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Weekday spring morning at the library

The corner of Main and Gray. Good place to start any tour in Elmira. Lady inside the Community Bookstore gots lots of info; what she doesn't have, her patrons do. Look for chatty pensioners and their pets. I began to wander about, looking for good photos. Posted by Picasa

Heh. But of course. Posted by Picasa

Went around the corner, to the Main Street side and some breakfast at "the" Cafe. Be very careful ordering here. The portions are huge, huge, huge! Best to select a couple of sides instead. Beats the heck out of the fast food places. Posted by Picasa

Just beginning to look greener here. Wisner park will be busier this summer, especially on Thursdays, when the farmer's market occurs. Posted by Picasa

Very shortly this entryway will be properly leafed out for spring. An inviting haven on a busy downtown day. Posted by Picasa

Familiar facade to any Church Street commuter. Other building nearby have been designed to complement the Steele. Just across the highway, though, the architecture goes back to Works Progress days, or even earlier. Posted by Picasa

Books and stuff. A perfect haven for many different types of people. Steele Memorial is a wonderful, short tour for a quick-pick-me-up on a weekday. Posted by Picasa

Not just for kites, but also flags. That's Quezacoatl, isn't it? The kites used to be strikingly colorful here, but now the decor is punched up with bright colors all around. Posted by Picasa

Halfway up the stairs, the kites are ubiquitous. With the broad floodplains and plenty of updraughts, the Elmira, NY area is excellent for kites, and famous for sailplaning. Posted by Picasa

Mean looking critter. The creator must be thrilled to have it so prominently displayed. Posted by Picasa

The back of the eagle kite. It's amazing anything that massive can float; but these are all working kites. Posted by Picasa

There's always a huge variety of anything being exhibited at Steele. Kites are a spring regular. Quilts are popular, too. Posted by Picasa

One more kite, just for fun. Note the display case below, full of tiny miniatures of a civil war battle. Also, get a load of the huge chess set! Posted by Picasa

Note the desk and the floor display rack for size approximations. There are books on the rack about kites and chess, naturally. Posted by Picasa

This popular activity is an everyday occurrence at Steele. Storytelling with a tour of the facilities. It's good to hear a non-hushed voice, although the adults are busily hushing the kids. Posted by Picasa

Survivor quilt, women's answer to "survivor guilt," donated by a lucky lady. The writing squares are well-wishes from family and friends. And so down the stairs, into the pretty spring sunlight. Posted by Picasa