A Bicycle Tour of Block Island

July 20, 2016

Select of 2003 summer photos for the Block Island Conservation story. Aerial view of Block Island.

If you’ve never visited Block Island, east of Long Island, this summer is the perfect time to do so, and get some exercise in the process. It’s the Block Island Bicycle Tour, a 16-mile ride with 12 stations along the way. At each station you can watch a one minute video on your phone which describes the area you’re at. It’s a great way to enjoy a piece of New York!

Make a weekend out of it by spending a couple of nights in Newport, Rhode Island, and catch the ferry there to Block Island. Get more info at http://www.blockislandinfo.com/island-events/block-island-bicycle-tour. Enjoy!

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Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

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My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

The World’s Greatest Indoor Miniature Village

July 12, 2016

Roadside America

Years ago we visited Reno, Nevada and were greeted by a sign that read “The Biggest Little City in the World.” Now we found another sign in Pennsylvania that reads “The World’s Greatest Indoor Miniature Village,” and we just had to check it out. It’s Roadside America, located along Interstate 78 in Shartlesville, about halfway between Allentown and Harrisburg.

Opened in 1941, the village is a model of an American village, complete with houses, trains, cars, animals, and anything else you’ll find in a typical village. The layout reminds me of the Panorama in Queens, and although you can spend as long as you like there, it takes about an hour to go through it, reading all the markers and notes. If you’re a fan of Americana, it’s well worth the visit.

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

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My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Happy Fourth of July!

July 4, 2016

Fourth of July

I think that most Americans know enough about our country’s history to realize that today is a celebration of the signing and approval of the Declaration of Independence, beginning our fight for independence in 1776. But I also think that most of us take the holiday for granted, and view it as just another day off from work, particularly this year when it creates a long weekend for many of us. But few of us know much else about the holiday; in fact, I learned a lot as I researched it, such as:

  1. In 1778, General George Washington gave his troops a double ration of rum to observe the date. Fortunately, they were recovering from the Battle of Monmouth and didn’t have to prepare for another battle.
  2. In 1779, July 4 was on a Sunday, so the celebrations were held on Monday…perhaps that set the precedent for what we do today.
  3. In 1781, Massachusetts was the first state to make it an official state celebration
  4. The first time July 4 was referred to as Independence Day was in 1791
  5. It was made an unpaid holiday for federal workers in 1870
  6. It was finally declared a paid federal holiday in 1938
  7. The oldest continuous July 4th celebration has been held in Bristol, Rhode Island since 1785.

So whatever you do today, remember the intent of Independence Day as you celebrate!

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

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http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

More About the Auto Pub

June 29, 2016

Randolph Mase Blogging Tips 2

One of the most popular blog posts I’ve made was about the now closed Auto Pub in the GM Building. Many readers have asked if I have any photos, but alas I did not…until now! Reader James Pontolillo sent me a link to a You Tube video; in James’s words, “This video on You Tube is part of a documentary from the 1970s. Go forward to the 34 minute mark and you can watch economist John Kenneth Galbraith walk into the Autopub, walk around inside a little and then sit down in one of the booths and continue his narration.” NOTE: The lighting in the video is not too good, but you’ll get an idea of what the pub was like.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2mf1AUIskM

Thanks again, James – and enjoy, everyone!

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Questions to How Well Do You Know New York State?

June 23, 2016

Randolph Mase Blogging Tips 2

Here are the questions to the Jeopardy! answers about New York State in the category I posted a couple of weeks ago:

  1. Prospect Point provides excellent views of this attraction; Queen Victoria Park does the same from the Canadian side. – What is Niagara Falls?
  2. At Sunnyside, near Sleepy Hollow, New York, home of this “Rip Van Winkle author, he designed the home & grounds himself & wrote , “It is a beautiful spot, capable of being made a little paradise.” – Who is Washington Irving?
  3. Want to see the National Baseball Hall of Fame? Head to this village in Otsego County – What is Cooperstown?
  4. I got my first taste of stargazing as a 9-year-old kid in New York City when I took a trip to this facility at the American Museum of Natural History; later I took classes there & today I’m its director. – What is the Hayden Planetarium?
  5. What could be more serene than a visit to this resort in the Adirondacks, the USA’s first winter Olympics host? – What is Lake Placid?

I guess I know my state well, as I got all of them right! How did you do?

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Tour a Haunted Restaurant

June 16, 2016

Old 76 House

In September 1780 British Major John André was captured by American soldiers near Tarrytown, New York. The soldiers found in André’s possession papers related to the surrender of West Point to the British, so he was arrested as a spy and taken to the Continental Army Headquarters. Shortly thereafter, he was imprisoned at a tavern in Tappan, New York, and was tried, convicted, and hanged within the week.

That tavern is now the Old 76 House restaurant (and where my wife and I got engaged many years ago), and people have reported unexplained noises and falling glasses, leading some to believe that otherworldly guests reside there. And now you have an opportunity to see for yourself on a Ghost Hunt USA tour. Their website states that “many voices, full blown apparitions have been experienced and witnessed coming from rooms were no-one is in situ and many guests have been touched and many have felt the cold spells that simply come and go.”

You can get more info at www.ghosthuntsusa.com.   If you decide to check it out on your own, make sure to see Table Two (the area where André was imprisoned); you may hear falling glasses or feel extremely cold, so beware…

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

How Well Do You Know New York State?

June 9, 2016

Randolph Mase Blogging Tips 2

One of the categories on a past Jeopardy! episode was “A Visit to New York State,” so I’ll venture beyond NYC and include it in my blog. Here are the answers; just come up with the correct question for each. I’ll give those questions in a future post:

  1. Prospect Point provides excellent views of this attraction; Queen Victoria Park does the same from the Canadian side.
  2. At Sunnyside, near Sleepy Hollow, New York, home of this “Rip Van Winkle author, he designed the home & grounds himself & wrote , “It is a beautiful spot, capable of being made a little paradise?”
  3. Want to see the National Baseball Hall of Fame? Head to this village in Otsego County.
  4. I got my first taste of stargazing as a 9-year-old kid in New York City when I took a trip to this facility at the American Museum of Natural History; later I took classes there & today I’m its director.
  5. What could be more serene than a visit to this resort in the Adirondacks, the USA’s first winter Olympics host?.

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Enjoy Stars in the Alley

June 2, 2016

Stars in the Alley

You can celebrate Broadway tomorrow with the free Stars in the Alley concert in Shubert Alley between Broadway and Eighth Avenue. From 12:30 to 2:30, Sean Hayes and Mo Rocca will host the concert which includes star appearances, performances from 30 Broadway shows, and 1 live 12-piece orchestra. Get more info at https://www.broadway.org/info/stars-in-the-alley/. Enjoy!

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

It’s Memorial Day – A Time to Remember Our Veterans

May 30, 2016

Jeff Jones Funeral

Most of us think of Memorial Day as another Monday holiday, another day off from work, and baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie. But the real purpose, as the name implies, is in memory of our men and women who died while in the military service.

I had an experience that reinforced this purpose for me. Several years ago I attended the burial of a classmate from West Point who died of brain cancer after serving 30 years in the Army. Although I had visited Arlington National Cemetery before, I had never attended a funeral service and burial there. It was a somber but rewarding experience.

It started with a memorial service in the Old Post Chapel on Fort Myer adjacent to the cemetery, with probably more than 300 people in attendance, including many of our classmates.

Following that, we walked to the gravesite; as it turns out, it was about a mile. The clear sky, moderate temperature, and soft breeze made it more bearable (although the uphill return walk was a challenge). What made the entire event more memorable were two things: the casket was transported on a horse-drawn wagon, and at the gravesite, 12 white doves were released into the air, flying in unison for several minutes.

So even though I’d prefer not to have to attend another similar funeral, it did make me pause to remember those who have given their lives for their country. Colonel Jeff Jones, rest in peace…

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Look Who’s Four!

May 22, 2016

Evan and Noah May 27

Four years ago today, my wife and I welcomed our second grandson Noah into the world. This is a picture of older brother Evan holding him shortly after he was born.

Fast forward to today, and he is now an active 4-year-old with a great sense of humor, never at a loss to say or do something that makes us laugh. As our daughter Jen says, “He’s a funny guy.” Happy birthday, Noah, and many more funny things to come…

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale


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