Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Pember

Last night I attended the First Friday event at the Pember Museum in downtown Granville. Over twenty local artists had their work on display. There was wine and good food and live music by a fiddle/hammered dulcimer trio that sounded like my old haunts in Dixie. All of this was going on just a half hour north of Cold Antler. It's one of the things I adore about Washington County and the people drawn to it. It's the kind of place where you can spend the morning gutting and dressing the deer you shot and then talk about still-lifes over Pinot Noir the same night... in your camo jumpsuit.

The Pember is a gem. The downstairs is a big, media-rich library and the the second story is a bonafide Natural History Museum. All of it one man's 19th century collection of taxidermy, eggs, fossils, and random bits of historic miscellany. There are over 10,000 specimins. It's nuts.

There, above the town of Granville you can look a Brown Bear in the eye, count toenails on a crocadile, and see how big Emu eggs really are. You can see extinct animals, nearly endangered ones, and learn about animals you never even knew exited. Last night I discovered the Lyrebird and the Chuck-Will's-Widow. These guys and thousands of others are overflowing the space at the Pember. It is a Steampunk/Victorian fan's fieldtrip worth the bus fare...

6 Comments:

Blogger Ellen Rathbone said...

You forgot the platypus! That's been the Pember's claim to fame for years!!!

November 3, 2012 at 3:30 PM  
Blogger Deb Naydan said...

That looks awesome!

November 3, 2012 at 3:35 PM  
Blogger Brenda London said...

this is the county where your husband can stop at a yard sale(I am always on the lookout for vintage fabrics, he's good scout) and he arrives home so very excited over his day's catch: a bunch of hollowed out emu eggs, one for us, some for friends(and yes they did like them). there it sits in a bowl surrounded by little wooden eggs and all I can think of is the kids' book Guji Guji ! Need to find a taxidermied chicken to sit on this nest; time to send dearheart back out yardsaling. I confess we haven't been to that museum, sounds like something we need to explore.

November 3, 2012 at 3:57 PM  
Blogger rabbit said...

Next trip down, I'm there! (and submitting my resume ;) )

November 3, 2012 at 5:46 PM  
Blogger Jedediah said...

To appreciate the lyrebird in all its awesomeness, take a look at this video

November 3, 2012 at 6:26 PM  
Blogger kwdiving said...

When my sons read this, they will be packing the house up in seconds! Just the word steampunk would do it. For me, I can't wait! I love places with eclectic mixes of places, people and things. You have found a gem of an area!

November 4, 2012 at 5:15 AM  

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