In October of 1997, our research group held one of its occasional two-day retreats at Talbot House, an MIT-owned retreat in South Pomfret, VT. This is a lovely old farm house, donated to MIT by the Rockefeller family, in one of the most beautiful spots in the world, across the road from the Suicide Six ski area. In October, the justly famous Fall foliage of Vermont made the scenery especially spectacular.
One of the main attractions to me was the Woodstock Library on the Woodstock Green, next to the Woodstock Inn. Touring in text order, this bank stands at the main intersection of the town. The imposing stone building stands by the side of a stream crossing the main street, and must have served as a mill before it became a haven for costly artsy businesses. The Middle Bridge is recent, the original having been destroyed by fire about thirty years ago. Its joinery and all-wooden construction, however, date back to the origins of this human attempt to save bridge surfaces from the devastating effects of severe winters. Woodstock is rich and whimsical, as the selection of goods and prices at the Huneck gallery attest. The town is also endowed with a number of bells cast by Paul Revere, one of which is admired by Pete Szolovits, Fearless Leader.
The photo below serves as an index to other pictures, at least for those who stuck it out at the meeting to its closing moments. Others are accessible via the attractive photo of Phil Greenspun's Alex, the Samoyed.