Photo by Peggy Sturdivant
Lizette Graden shows off her parting gift from NHM curatorial staff.

At Large in Ballard: Something old, something new

By Peggy Sturdivant

Months before the Nordic Heritage Museum ceded its Chief Curator Lizette Graden to the lure of Stockholm’s Royal Museums she asked me to moderate an event in distant October called “Ballard: Best Place Ever.” The special October 23rd evening will showcase what’s best of new and old in Ballard in conjunction with Tod Dangler’s The Color of Time: Ballard from Dusk to Dawn photography exhibit.

Flash forward to the week before the event and as is the way of Ballard, and life, there have been changes. For starters I’m trying to write a column about Ballard while in the foreign country of my family on the east coast. I always say that it’s almost impossible to think in “Ballard” while I am surrounded by Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, people togged year-round as part of ‘Red Sox Nation’ and my kinfolk.

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Pat's View: Marriage is a good idea, even if somebody else suggests it

by Pat Cashman

“Marriage is like a dull meal with the dessert at the beginning.” Henri, Comte de Toulouse-Lautrec, French painter (1864-1901)

Someone once asked a famous WW2 general, “What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?”
He replied, “To marry the girl I did.”
“And who gave you that advice?”
“She did.”
My wife gives good advice. And so it came to be that on an October day many moons ago, she decided that we should get married. While I was crazy about the woman, I had cold feet. She suggested thicker socks. That seemed to do the trick.

The wedding was to take place in a beautiful catholic church here in the Northwest. Unfortunately, the beautiful Catholic Church was yet to be built---and so the service was set for the parish’s temporary quarters: A school gymnasium.

Further mention of that gymnasium in a moment.

It seems like in recent years, a number of my acquaintances maintain that the idea of getting married has become rather quaint. What used to be called “tying the knot” has changed to “tying the square knot.” According to them, it just isn’t very hip.

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Photo by Peggy Sturdivant.
Tod Gangler and Charles Berger.

At Large in Ballard: Dusk to Dawn Love Letter to Ballard

by Peggy Sturdivant

After attending the opening of the Nordic Heritage Museum’s new photography exhibit “The Color of Time,” with Ballard as its subject, I was torn about how to do it justice. “Are you going to write about it?” neighbor and original NHM member James Hafterson called out to me after the event, “because I think it’s the best exhibit I’ve ever seen there.”

For the last four years Tod Gangler has been walking through the streets of Ballard at night, a neighborhood he thought that he already knew, using tri-color photography and a color carbon printing process that returns to the origins of photography circa late 1800s France. Like Daguerre in his day Gangler photographs with long exposures, as long as an hour at a time, for each of three separate black-and-white photographs which he later prints through a process that takes eight days (after having a single negative made in Portland).

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