As a child, I was captivated by the work of Edward Gorey as soon as I saw it. My parents were great readers and frequenters of book stores new and used and somewhere along the line I found his tiny, dark and mysterious paperbacks like The Hapless Child.
and went to every signing they held for Mr. Gorey and I also managed to infect my dear friend Anthony with Goreymania and we two teens discovered he was in the phonebook! So was his address! We would make the occasional pilgrimage to his NY apt. and sort of linger around. I guess this would be considered stalking, but we were young and cute back then and being young and cute you can get away with a lot!
|(me and Anthony in our cute years)|
|(the skirt of the leotard is hand colored)|
|(his NY apartment looked pretty much like this)|
I also knew, from my extensive research, that Edward Gorey attended all of the NY City Ballet's performances and loved George Balanchine and stated if Mr. Balanchine ever died he'd leave NY and move to Barnstable, MA.
Which brings me to why I am writing this now. It was a sad occasion when Edward Gorey passed away. Later, I read about his house in Yarmouth Port, MA, had been turned into a museum.
Paul Giambarba is an illustrator, cartoonist and designer of the iconic Polaroid box designs:
Ted Goff. I have corresponded with Paul and been an admirer of his work for many years. He started an early blog about the history of illustration and knowing how much I liked Edward Gorey he sent me a link to a story he did that was an interview with Gorey and included photos he took! What a connection! (Paul's interview with Edward Gorey).
|(Edward Gorey photo by Paul Giambarba)|
We stayed at the Colonial Inn which turned out to be a charming old inn with a lot of personality and great food. Dinner and breakfast are included in the price!
The Gorey House was fantastic!
John and I ended up spending two hours with the docent and would have spent another two except they closed and we were already there past closing. They had a lovely exhibit of the originals of "The Gashlycrumb Tinies" :
and many other originals and items from his own collections of things and his coat, which was a bit sad to see behind glass
We met Paul and Fran for lunch at a local pub and had the best time talking cartooning (and politics!) and it seemed like we'd known them for ages, which, online, anyway, I have known and admired Paul for ages!
|(Paul and I)|
|Paul and Fran|
So, Yay! We had a most fabulous time and will look forward to making another trip to the Cape sometime in the near future!