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The first day of 2015 was one I will always remember. I was asked by the Sharon 250th Anniversary Comittee to be the official photographer for the events during the year. The kickoff event was a celebration of the first day of the year, January 1st in the town center. I love to photograph this picturesque and historic town, so I was honored that they selected me.
I am also a Sharon history buff. I can't get enough of it. As a third grade teacher in Sharon, I spent many years teaching Sharon history. It is part of the third grade curriculum.
Now for the really exciting part, I was given permission by the wonderful pastor of the Unitarian Church, Rev. Jim Robinson, to climb up in the steeple of the Unitarian Church and take pictures of the celebration going on below. My husband had the idea to ask him. I was beside myself with excitement.
The above picture was taken at about 4:00 pm just before sundown.
My husband and I climbed several different ladders with my two cameras. Here I am sitting under THE BELL!!! The bell cast by Paul Revere! The bell weighing 960 pounds made by Paul Revere and sons in 1811! The bell that I have talked so much about with my students. The bell that is one of 2 Paul Revere bells in Sharon! (The other one is in the Congregational Church.)
Some may not think the bell is so exciting, but think of what it represents in history. Bells were used as a way to communicate. They rang for time keeping , on the hour and sometimes on the half hour. They called people to worship, they rang out for meeting times and many other alerts. In fact, Paul Revere's job as a teenager was as a bell ringer in the Old North Church in Boston. He actually didn't start casting bells until he was 57 years old, and that was only by a twist of fate.
*for more reading on this....http://www.newenglandhistoricalsociety.com/ring-revere-bells/
The above picture was taken through a little hatch door in the face of the clock. I had to be careful not to touch the hands of the clock, for it is still keeping time for Sharon.
There are clocks on both sides of the steeple. You can see Eastern Savings bank and South Main St, through this side.
This is a photograph of the front clock hatch door. The extensive gears that operate the clock were so interesting.
This picture was taken on a different day, but it shows the little door that I never noticed before.
Another picture from the face of the clock. Can you guess what time it is? If you guessed 4:20, you would be right.
My husband, my protector and encourager.
In my glory, doing what I love!
This is the picture I took looking back to show where we had been right after we climbed down. What an awesome way to start 2015!
1/6/2015 02:23:32 pm
I lived in Sharon from 1953 - 1977. It was, and still is, my favorite place to live. Now I am in Virginia, but still call Sharon home. Thanks for the great pictures! It is so different. When I left, there weren't any traffic signals in the town at all! Now there is one in the square! I guess that's progress.
1/9/2015 01:24:02 am
1/7/2015 01:44:44 am
you are my hero, A-M :)
1/9/2015 01:26:06 am
1/14/2015 11:54:39 am
Would love to reconnect with you. I have an exciting story to tell you! Please contact me if you can, ok?
1/7/2015 04:09:54 am
Fantastic Pictures!!!!! Good Luck in your new career.
1/9/2015 01:25:20 am
Thanks Mary. I hope you and your family are all well.
1/7/2015 01:37:50 pm
Ann-Marie, these are beautiful! I grew up and raised my family in Sharon. (My daughter Anne was in your first third grade class:-) although I'm only ine town over now, I still consider Sharon home. Thanks for sharing the celebration in photos. I wish you the best in your new career!
1/9/2015 01:30:09 am
1/7/2015 02:32:42 pm
Awesome pictures! Very talented! Best of luck in your new career!
1/9/2015 01:31:17 am
Thanks Carol. You are very kind.
Laurie Lapidus (Kalis)
1/9/2015 02:30:47 pm
love the pictures of the square and the church. It looks exactly the same except where is the penny and candy store?
Bonnie Marcus Moore
1/11/2015 03:19:13 am
What great pictures! I too grew up here, 1952-1970, and loved your unique view of modern-day Sharon. It is indeed a beautiful town.
1/11/2015 11:42:07 am
Thank you for these outstanding photos. I also grew up in Sharon - it is a beautiful town - great angles and interesting aspects.
Jean Leavitt Goodwin
1/12/2015 09:32:29 am
I grew up in Sharon (1948-1971) until I moved to Boston, and from there to Boulder City, Nevada, and then to Prescott Valley, AZ. I don't recognize very many things. You may be interested in an oil painting my mom did for the small bank in town that is brick right in town there. It depicted (through hours of research), Sharon as it was before cars. There were horse stalls. There was also a watering trough for the horses in the middle of town. For family reasons, I am back in New England.
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After 31 years of teaching, I have decided to retire and start a new chapter of my life as a photographer. It has been my passion for about 7 years now.