Quarry Hill Creative Center, Vermont's hip refuge for the unusual and artistic-- founded 1946 by Irving and Barbara Fiske, writer for the WPA/poet/playwright/freelance writer, and cartoonist/artist/painter/visionary.
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Quarry Hill Creative Center in Rochester, VT, founded 1946 by Barbara and Irving Fiske, is Vermont's oldest alternative community and at one time was probably also its largest. In the 60s -80s, as many as 90 people lived here. It was and is visited each year, often in summer (but in every season, really) by visitors from all over the world. We welcome interesting and creative people who are peaceful, bring no weapons, don't believe in hitting children or killing animals, and enjoy the beauty of Vermont and of themselves. Most of us do not adhere to any particular dogma or religion, though many do find Eastern philosophy closest to our own thought (some of us are also members of the Quakers/Society of Friends). We value the individual, particularly people who are energetic and have a sense of humor. Visitors are welcome-- and prospective residents, too. There are some places for rent, others for sale. If interested, get in touch! And, please follow the Blog and comment whenever you like!
"The symbol is the enemy of the reality, and the reality is ever one's true guide, true friend, true companion, and true self." Irving Fiske, 1908-1990
Ellias is beginning a new teleconference on the Age of Aquaria(us) today, as I understand it. I wish him all the best, and a happy birthday tomorrow.
He is the father of my daughter, Joya, a great and brilliant being, as we knew she would be.
Info on Irving, his life, birth, and death. Interestingly Rex Harrison was born the same day and died the same year, though I'm not sure if it was on April 25-- the full moon day this year-- when he died, as it was with Irving.
Irving has become quite famous on the Internet. Good.
To make up for its foolish error about St. Marks PL by taking characters (and US) to the Electric Circus, which was a sort of dance and groove out joint on St Marks Pl (It had been a Polish hall for celebrations called the Dom and some other things).
They showed a light show that I assume may have been meant to be The Joshua Light Show... but I am not sure. I saw the light show at The Electric Circus once. Never had money to go to things that cost anything.
All around me was the Village, with all the culture and all the energy-- I never went to a single Rock concert, however-- No Fillmore East. I went twice, that's wrong. Went to see "The Enlightenment of the Buddha" by Timothy Leary (a light show of another kind) and to hear my beloved Incredible String Band play.
"All the world is but a play,
Be thou the joyful player!"
Mad Men has no sense about the Sixties as it related to people who were -- either on purpose or because they had no choice-- living without money.
The Hip world is a mystery to them. The only part they have done well is the Hare Krishna episode, though I never saw anyone like "Mother Lakshmi" among them. I once had an argument with their leader, the Yogi on 2nd St and 2nd Ave. (I can't remember his name-- their main man?)
about Buddhism vs. HInduism....
I was 15 at the time. Irving was there too and very proud of me.
I realize now that I actually didn't have much reason to argue with the yogi, but I felt that chanting was a way of driving the person away from enlightenment. No peace and silence in which to reveal it.
This was when we had the Gallery Gwen on E. 4th and 2nd Ave...
"Off St. Marks Pl." as a friend of mine said today, is what? "On 2nd Ave?" That is what is "off St. Marks."