FOG Event – This Saturday!!

Just a reminder that this Saturday, June 9th, FOG will be hosting it’s spring event.  This event is a tour through Greenlawn Cemetery featuring Artists, Authors, and Poets.  The Dickson Memorial Chapel will be open from 9:30AM-1:00PM for viewing, sales, and donations with the tour itself departing from the chapel at 10:00AM.

Items available for sale at the event can be previewed from our new FOG gear page here.  There will also be some paintings and a print by Debra Freeman Highberger up for silent auction (pictured below).

We hope to see you there!

 

Scenic painting of Greenlawn Cemetery
Painting of a quiet space in Greenlawn

 

Scenic painting of Greenlawn Cemetery
Painting of Sargent Pond

 

Fountain Pond
Print of Painting of Fountain Pond

 

 

 

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Birdwatching and Gardening in May

Guided Bird Walk

Despite being situated in the middle of a busy urban area, Greenlawn Cemetery offers a peaceful respite for many species of flora and fauna that one would typically not see this close to downtown.  Some of the more well-known inhabitants are of the feathered sort – the birds who make Greenlawn their home or their layover on a long flight home.  To date, Greenlawn’s most dedicated birdwatchers have seen over 100 different species within the cemetery.

Bright and early on May 13, 2018, Charlie Lipson led a group of folks through Greenlawn on a guided bird walk.  The skies were overcast but that did not deter the group from being able to catch over 25 different species of birds up and at ’em that morning.  The usual visitors were present – a Black-Crowned Night Heron (our mascot), a Double-crested Cormorant, a few Mallards, and some Red-Winged Blackbirds to name a few.  The group was also graced with a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird flyby!

 

FOG Guided Birdwalk - May 13, 2018
Early risers enjoying those on flight

 

FOG Guided Birdwalk - May 13, 2018
Dedicated watchers with their binoculars

 

Thanks to all who came out for the guided bird walk!  It was a successful event and folks got to learn a lot about birds, trees, and shrubs.

 

Conservatory Garden Clean-up

About a week later on May 19, 2018, a group of folks took to sprucing up the Conservatory Garden next to the Dickson Memorial Chapel.  Flowers were planted, mulch was laid, and weeds were pulled as volunteers helped to clean up the garden that lies where the old conservatory used to be.  Mr. Dickson would be proud of the work these folks pulled off!

 

Conservatory Garden Clean-up - May 19, 2018
Polly, Denise, Michelle, Denise, and Richard (not pictured) did a great job!

 

Conservatory Garden Clean-up - May 19, 2018
Mulch, mulch, and more mulch!

 

Conservatory Garden Clean-up - May 19, 2018
A view of the finished product

 

Conservatory Garden Clean-up - May 19, 2018
Another angle on work well done!

 

Thanks again to Polly, Denise, Michelle, Denise, and Richard for all their hard work cleaning up the garden!  Thanks also to the Sean and his Greenlawn Cemetery crew who keep the grounds looking good.  Oh – and thanks to those who worked hard last year planting bulbs so that we could enjoy their colorful blooms this year!

Notables Buried at Greenlawn: John Phillip Rilley

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Landsman John Phillip Rilley (or Riley) was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery during the Spanish-American War when he was just 21 years old. His citation notes: “On board the U.S.S. Nashville during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Rilley displayed extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action”

 

From www.homeofheroes.com: “The mission was a daring operation to cut undersea cables linking the Spanish fortifications at Cienfuegos with the rest of the world. Destruction of the cables was ordered to disrupt communications. In two boats, sailors from the USS Nashville and the USS Marblehead were joined by a Marine guard as they moved within 15 feet of the enemy shore, under fire from the hidden enemy, to dredge up and cut two such cables. During the 80 minute operation, the cable cutting party was under constant enemy fire from a short range, while they coolly dredged the cables across the bow of their boats, then cut through them with hacksaws.”

 

Mr. Rilley was born in 1877 in AllentownPA, and died in Salem November 16, 1950.

 

Hooded Mergansers and Buffleheads at Sargent Pond

Three pairs of Hooded Mergansers at Sargent Pond on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. This is a frame capture from video. One of the males had just put his “hood” up…..

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Here’s a still shot of the group, showing off some of the females….

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Here are some still shots of male Buffleheads…..

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…and a couple of frame captures of Bufflehead pairs….

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Road Trip to Mount Auburn Cemetery, Part 1

Lisa, Pat, and Leslie visited Mount Auburn Cemetery on Friday, July 27.

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We saw gorgeous landscaping…

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(Yes, that’s Pat taking a photo.)

Tagged trees…

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…and shrubs…

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Creative ground cover of all types — here’s one example (this is actually tall grass, photographed from a height):

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Here it is “in context,” looking straight down from the top of Washington Tower (95 steps to reach the top):

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(Yes, that’s Pat sitting on the bench below.)

We found Salem’s own Nathaniel Bowditch…

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…and another native son of Salem, Samuel Putnam…

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…sharing his wife’s family plot with James Russell Lowell:

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Nearby we found (after much searching) Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s resting place.

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We also came across that of George Angell (of Angell Memorial Hospital fame):

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Other noteworthy sights:

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(Especially handy for visitors who come when the Information Center is closed. Holds racks with maps and informational literature. Some is free; some are 50c or $1, paid on the honor system.)

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(One of several donation boxes.)

Signage is dignified and clear. Supplementing signs like these are information handouts and posters reminding people to treat the site with respect.

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More sights:

Paupers’ burial ground. This is one of just 60 cast-iron fences enclosing plots in the cemetery, down from about 1,700 in the 1850s. Maintenance issues and aesthetics led to the removal of most of these enclosures. The ones that remain are given special attention and protective treatment.

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This stunning tree has us stumped — anyone know what it is?

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And what about this bird, that we saw in Halcyon Pond? Possibly a juvenile cormorant?

Charlie or Cody, what do you think?

 

Finally, a view in Consecration Dell (site of the cemetery’s consecration in 1831).

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