Bob and Shirley's Great Adventure 2011-12 travel blog

Norman Rockwell Gallary and museum

HIs studio

Inside the studio

Inside the studio

Inside the studio

Red Lion Inn Stockbridge Mass

Main St. Stocbridge

Main St. Stockbridge

Ryan and Kristina

Wally World

Our camping buddy

If you can imagine we stopped at yet another historical museum yesterday in the rain. This time it was the FANTASTIC Norman Rockwell Art Gallery and museum in Stockbridge Mass. WOW! Rockwell is my (along with millions) favorite artist. My earliest recollection of art was when I was about 4. I would take naps in the second bedroom of my grandparents house in Freeport NY on the water. In that room was a picture that always caught my attention. Yesterday I found out it was the Oct. 2 1937 cover of the Saturday Evening Post by Norman Rockwell. He still is catching my attention. We spent 5 hours there and in the village of Stockbridge. There is the famous Christmas Rockwell painting of a small town at Christmas. The town is exactly the same as when the painting was made. We even got to tour his studio! Original works of his art and all 323 covers. We then headed to NY with the rain pouring down. We decided this should be our first Wal-Mart parking lot night. We were about 20 or so minutes from where Ryan Orilio and his fiancee Kristina live so we called them and they came out for dinner at Applebees just across the parking lot. Ryan is one of two sons of our friend Don and Jeanne who have been mentioned here often. We had a great time. Our overnight was pleasant and without incident, and our fellow campers included another RV and several trucks. Western NY here we come. Enjoy the pics

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