A Landlubber’s Weekend

Friday morning we woke up early (for us) to drive the hour and fifteen minutes to the north side of Baltimore. Why? To meet up with old friends whom we last saw at least fifteen years ago. Mark and Roxanne were not only members of a church I pastored in Berwick, but they have been wonderful friends to us. Mark and I enjoyed many conversations of a spiritual and/or theological nature in the past, intermingled with some great tennis matches. It was so good to see them again. We were able to spend about 3 1/2 hours over breakfast at Bob Evans recollecting and reconnecting.

Careys and O'Reillys

Careys and O’Reillys

Since we were already on the other side of Baltimore, we decided to make a full day of it. Our first stop was the Baltimore Museum of Art. It was there that 15-20 years ago, I was introduced to what has since become a passion with me, the world of fine art. Our first visit to this museum was for a special Paul Cezanne exhibition. Since then, Cindy and I have been graced to visit some of the greatest museums of the world.

The front steps of the Baltimore Museum of Art

The front steps of the Baltimore Museum of Art

Jackson Pollack

Jackson Pollack

The BMoA has a wonderful collection of ancient Antiochian Mosaics, this one with a nautical theme.

The BMoA has a wonderful collection of ancient Antiochian Mosaics, this one with a nautical theme.

A work by the French traditionalist, William-Adolphe Bouguereau

A work by the French traditionalist, William-Adolphe Bouguereau

Can you guess this artist? (Picasso)

Can you guess this artist? (Picasso)

And this one?  (Van Gogh)

And this one? (Van Gogh)

After spending an hour or two at the Baltimore Museum of Art, we drove downtown to the Walters Art Museum, hosting a wonderful collection amassed by a father and son during the mid-19th century, William T. and Henry Walters. The museum, in my estimation, is every bit as good, if not more so, than the Baltimore Museum of Art. We were pleasantly surprised to view excellent works from ancient times through the 19th century.

This young lady is restoring/conserving a 15th-century Quran from India.  Pretty awesome.

This young lady is restoring/conserving a 15th-century Quran from India. Pretty awesome.

Manet

Manet

Delacroix - Christ and his Disciples on the Sea of Galilee

Delacroix – Christ and his Disciples on the Sea of Galilee

Cindy before a large altarpiece

Cindy before a large altarpiece

A large 13th century Italian Crucifix (Florence)

A large 13th century Italian Crucifix (Florence)

The Madonna of the Candelabra, 1513 (Raphael and his workshop)

The Madonna of the Candelabra, 1513 (Raphael and his workshop)

An unusual "Penitent Magdalen"

An unusual “Penitent Magdalen”

Inside the Walters Art Museum

Inside the Walters Art Museum

After dinner at the Cheesecake Factory on Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, we drove to the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall to enjoy an evening with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The highlight of the evening was Olga Kern’s performance of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. What a beautiful piece performed so well by Ms. Kern and the orchestra! And, what a powerful emotional release with the revelation of that 18th variation!

Cool Methodist Church, 1843, a block from the Walters.  A plaque on the church mentions that Francis Scott Key died on this site.

Cool Methodist Church, 1843, a block from the Walters. A plaque on the church mentions that Francis Scott Key died on this site.

The Baltimore Inner Harbor.  We debated on bringing Beatitude up into the Inner Harbor, but visited by car instead.

The Baltimore Inner Harbor. We debated on bringing Beatitude up into the Inner Harbor, but visited by car instead.

The U.S.S. Constellation, 1854, the last sail-only warship designed and built by the Navy.  She took part in the African Slave Trade Patrol, disrupting the Atlantic Slave Trade.

The U.S.S. Constellation, 1854, the last sail-only warship designed and built by the Navy. She took part in the African Slave Trade Patrol, disrupting the Atlantic Slave Trade.

In our box at the Baltimore Symphony

In our box at the Baltimore Symphony

Ready for a little Rachmaninoff

Ready for a little Rachmaninoff

The virtuosic Olga Kern

The virtuosic Olga Kern

On Saturday, Cindy and I spent two or three hours painting with Acrylics in Beatitude’s cockpit. Viewing all that wonderful art inspires us to explore our own creative sides. We finished up in time to drive to the local Buffalo Wild Wings to sit in front of the big screen to watch Georgia’s annihilation of the South Carolina Gamecocks, 52-20. In so doing, Georgia’s beleaguered transfer quarterback, Greyson Lambert, broke the all-time college football record for completion percentage in a game, completing 24 of 25 passes. Wow!

Untitled - Cynthia Carey

Untitled – Cynthia Carey

Sunday, Cindy and I attended worship at St. Anne’s Church in Annapolis. We’ve attended here previously, and always leave encouraged and challenged. The music, liturgy, and message were all well done and edifying. After lunch, some shopping, and a haircut, we returned to Beatitude for the rest of the evening. Today, we will receive another special visit by family. Donnie and Judy are coming to spend three of four days with us!

Cindy waiting for laundry to finish

Cindy waiting for laundry to finish

Laundry time at the marina

Laundry time at the marina

Sunset from aboard Beatitude

Sunset from aboard Beatitude