Russian Icon & Tower Hill Ride

August 23, 2014

On a fine August morning 13 Miatas met at Main Street Auto in Clinton, MA for a drivers meeting and to being a day of local sightseeing (and of course Ice Cream).

We drove the few blocks to the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton. The street was blocked off so we could all park together on the street in front of the museum. Nice touch, Bob and Janet!

The interior of the museum had been recently renovated and the architecture was quite spectacular. A tour guide gave us some basic information about Russian icons and how the museum happened to be in Clinton, MA. You will have to visit it to find out the story, but here’s a hint: it is across the street from the NYPro plastics plant. There was an extensive collection of Russian icons of various religious leaders and saints, from people’s houses, churches, all very old. There was also an exhibit of cold war era Russian propaganda posters: it was interesting to see how the US was portrayed during that time to the general Soviet population.

Upon leaving the museum we drove a picturesque and circuitous route to go the short distance to the Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA. When we arrived we were served a box lunch and then had time to walk around the property and gardens. It was a perfect day for this: warm but not too sunny (and hot). The flower displays were at their peak and many found the vegetable garden most interesting.

At around 3:30 we left the gardens and drove another picturesque and circuitous route to go the short distance to Rota Springs Ice Cream, a club favorite. For most of us, that was our dinner. Yum.

We then said our farewells and headed to our homes after a perfect summer day. Thank you Janet and Bob Baylis!

Jon Weinberg

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