In my last blog post, I revealed my “chauffeur secret” and that I was rarely The Lady Alone Traveler anymore. Let’s cross that secret off the list. In the early stages of any blogging endeavor, especially a “first person narrative” such as this, writers peel off secrets like the layers of an onion.
Slowly and sometimes with tears.
Last weekend, I took a trip to Kennebunkport. Lana Westcott and Brooke Sheldon organized a sweet road race, the Wicked 5K Fun Run. No! I didn’t run, but I volunteered and after the race, I took a stroll out to Walker’s Point. It was a glorious autumn day and as I passed The Colony Hotel, I saw this architectural “thingey” that caught my eye.
It looked like a giant chess pawn, but the name of it escaped me. Architectural adornment? Stone square topper? I spent hours putting such word combinations in various search engines but nothing revealed the word hidden in the cobwebs in my brain. Who could I ask?
Mr. Foreman writes a weekly column in The New York Social Diary, among other things. This column is devoted to “Big Old Houses.” I read it religiously every week because the truth is, I love big old houses. I love their heft and magnificence. I love their tiny intricate details. I love driving around and looking for local houses that were built under the influence of the big old houses John Foreman writes about.
I mustered up my best manners and shot an e-mail to John Foreman. Perfect gentleman, he responded within hours:
It’s finial in the shape of an urn.
Finial! That’s it, exactly!
Time is closing in on the season at The Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport and their finial. They wrap up a glorious summer season with their annual “Dog Friendly Weekend” from October 30 through November 1. Bring Fido or Fifi to stay at The Colony and he or she can take a dip in their pool, have a “beer” in the ballroom, or just rub elbows with other well-clipped dogs.