Friday, June 02, 2006

Cole Porter Summerfest

Next week the Cole Porter Summerfest will be in full swing. There will be something for everyone. The festival celebrates the music and life of Peru native--Cole Porter.
Cole was born in Peru, Indiana June 9, 1891 and Died October 15, 1964.
It's amazing to me that Cole's music has survived all these years. That tells me what a brilliant songwriter he was.
Several movies have his songs:" De-Lovely" which was shown on the big screen in 2004 contained Begin the Beguine, I Get a Kick Out of You, In the Still of Night, It's De-Lovely, Just One of Those Things, Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love, Let's Misbehave, Love for Sale, Night and Day, and True Love.
"What Women Want"-2000-I've Got you Under My Skin and Night and Day
"There's Something About Mary"-1998-I've Got You Under My Skin
"Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom"-1984-Anything Goes
"Blazing Saddles"-1974-I Get a Kick Out of You
"The Snows of Kilimanjaro"-1952-You Do Something to Me, Just One of Those Things

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Adventure in Peru

More on the roadtrip Betty and I took--We went to the Clayton and Godfroy Cemetery. The Clayton cemetery is in a beautiful setting-quiet and serene- but, here again there are a lot of stones down.Then we went to the Godfroy cemetery. Only the descendents of the Miami Indians can be buried here. It was very well kept and peaceful. Across the road from the cemetery is the remains of the old Godfroy trading post--The house is non-existant today. So many remnants of history are gone forever. Looking at the old trading post, one can imagine the indians going there to buy their goods.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Cemeteries in Miami County

My friend Betty, went wandering with me over the weekend to see all of the history in Miami County. We started by going to the Tillett Cemetery. You have to drive up a steep hill to get there. My van did a little slipping and sliding but we made it to the top. It is so quiet and serene there but we both were very saddened by graffiti on stones, toppled over stones, and some leaning against trees. I have always felt a cemetery was very sacred and I do not understand what pleasure anyone would have by defacing something sacred. A particular stone of Betty's family member is no longer there. How sad.
We went to Stony Point School. The school was abandoned in 1914. Mostly indians attended this school. It is not too far from Godfroy's trading post. In 1929 Mrs. General Jones bought the Stony Point Schoolhouse and lot, and moved there to live. Soon after they moved in the house Mrs. Jones became ill. They had no doctor to care for her and the result was death. She was buried east of the schoolhouse just south of the door where her body still remains. More tomorrow--

Monday, May 29, 2006