An Artist’s View With Mary Anne Lund – Thanksgiving’s Glow

Written By: KPN - Nov• 22•14

“Landing in Fall”
Watercolor by Mary Anne Lund

Thanksgiving’s Glow

My artist eye has beckoned me many times to the scene at Landing Park. Its majestic pine trees and wild-by-nature environment captures the essence of a passage of time gone by and the beauty of the landscape in and around our hometown.  “Landing in Fall” depicts a postcard view so reminiscent of Americana and the weeks just preceding our Thanksgiving celebration.  I can just taste the hot apple cider, smell the baking pies and feel the leaves crunch under my feet. The house has a fragrance of pine needles and cedar from scented candles.  As you plan for your family’s favorite traditional holiday dishes, you go over in your mind what you will need. My family loves my butternut squash soup, and homemade cranberry, banana walnut, and zucchini spice tea breads served with orange butter. Make them ahead – they are quick and freeze well.

In late autumn, I welcome the crisp air on my cheeks and long walks. Some of my favorite places are the woodland paths of Sunken Meadow just east of the picnic area, or the path of the Kings Park’s Hike and Bike. Walks along the water’s edge of our shoreline, as well as strolls around Short Beach or a hike in the David Weld Sanctuary in Nissequogue – all are a nature lover’s dream and an artist paradise.  One of the perks of living in Kings Park is the opportunity to steal time away from your busy schedule and have a physical and mental “getaway” at the spectacular views of the mouth of the Nissequogue River and Long Island Sound at Old Dock. Beginning with Thanksgiving, you may relish that little time away because the holiday season has officially begun with all the preparations for Christmas, Hanukkah and the Kwanzaa celebrations.

If you have family or friends staying with you over the Thanksgiving holiday, why not spend a leisurely afternoon with them at one of Long Island’s arboretums. Bayard Cutting, while on the South Shore, is the most convenient to Kings Park by parkway. The beautifully year-round landscaped grounds were created as an ‘oasis of beauty’ with tours available fall, spring and summer. The Carriage House is a venue for classical music in the winter, outdoor concerts in summer, and art shows held at different times of the year.  The many paths afford you wonderful walks along the many faces of the arboretum and around the Connetquot River. Before leaving, visit the Manor House and the Hidden Oak Café where you may find fresh spinach bread, unusual soups, pastries and special teas or coffees and enjoy them while you sit outside on the veranda with a view of the river (weather permitting), or in the manor house dining area with an ambiance of old world charm. The State Park is open year round and closed on selected holidays. Check ahead. With so many talented photographers in Kings Park, don’t forget to bring your camera.

This Thanksgiving holiday, as the aroma of that basting turkey is cooking, your TV is also “cooking” with children watching the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade early in the day, and your football folk loving the 3 NFL games being broadcast throughout the day.

So now that your table is festively set, the turkey, stuffing and all your family’s traditional side dishes awaiting – the feast begins!  As an opening prayer or toast is said, look around at the miracle that surrounds you in the faces of your family, your friends, your children and your children’s children, and witness the miracle. For an instant, that “warm and fuzzy” feeling you may all be experiencing is, I believe, gratitude for all the many gifts in your lives. From my family to yours – wishing all a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Is anyone ready for the desserts?

Mary Anne Lund is a fine art impressionist landscape painter specializing in watercolor and oil painting renderings of seashore, wetlands, marshes, and other scenic and historical sites of Long Island and, more recently, Connecticut. She has studied with noted accomplished artists through the years and is a member of the Art League of Long Island, Dix Hills, NY, Wet Paints Studio Group, Sayville, NY, Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT, Mystic Art Center, Mystic, Ct., and East Hampton Art Association, East Hampton, Ct. Mary Anne, a native Long Islander, has a home in Kings Park on the North Shore of Long Island, New York, from where she has drawn much of her inspiration and compositions.

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