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February 22nd, 2013 Dr. Evermor’s Amazing Forevertron

NORTH FREEDOM, Wisc. (Feb. 22, 2013) – My friends insisted I didn’t want to trek out to Tom Every’s amazing  futuristic garden of welded wonders. It was snowing, it was cold and it was getting near dark, but I said I couldn’t come this far into the northern hinterland without seeing what very well may be the most amazing display of folk art in the state.  The centerpiece, pictured here, is called the Forevertron, a 40-foot tall, 320-ton compilation of scrap, built single handedly by Every.  Steampunk fans will love this place. It’s a science fiction masterpiece, some of it from up-cycled  NASA Apollo decontamination units. All the large pieces have names and a back story, and I was told Every used to show up a lot more than he does now. It’s still a work in progress and it’s truly an alien carnival of outsider art.  See more of Every’s creations in my photo gallery.

September 14th, 2012 The Tale of Paul Bunyan & Babe

RUMFORD, Maine (Sept. 14, 2012) - I have always loved the tale of Paul Bunyan and how he found Babe the Blue Ox.  On our Oct. 8 episode of Ripley Radio (, our contributor Chad Lewis talks about Paul’s ties to Wisconsin, Minnesota and Maine.  I guess all three states are proud to claim him.  Here is how the Maine legend goes.

One cold winter’s night near Bangor, Maine, it was SO cold, the snow turned blue.  While Paul Bunyan was in the woods he found a baby ox that was so cold that it had turned blue. Paul saved him, took him back to the camp and warmed him up. But he never lost the blue color, so Paul decided to name him Babe the Blue Ox and they became friends forever. 

As I was driving through Rumford, Maine on vacation, I first spied this great statue of Paul, then as we drove up to Rite Aid, who should we see? I think the drug store sign in the background adds a great deal of flavor to the photo.  Now we know.

June 15th, 2011 Chihuly Glass Exhibit Highlights Color and Texture

NASHVILLE (Summer 2010) – Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art is an amazing place in its own right, but this summer, they hosted the glasswork of Dale Chihuly and it was one of the most amazing exhibits I have ever seen – anywhere!  Colorful glass objects popped up throughout the acres of gardens, many that you didn’t see until you were right on top.  Seeing the glass in contrast with the greenery made the glass even more brilliant.  I went several times and this photo gallery is a compilation of my favorite outdoor pieces.  Shine On!

May 16th, 2011 The Artistic Trashcans of the Coney Island Boardwalk

CONEY ISLAND, NY (May 2011) - As I took my annual May stroll along the wondrous boardwalk of Coney Island, New York, I found myself paying more attention to the colorful array of trash barrels lined up on the boards than the ocean or beach itself!  I couldn’t resist pulling out the ole Nikon and spending an hour chronicling this unexpected view of New York’s playground!  Take a look.

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