Scott, I remember the first time I'd ever painted plein air and it was because you'd shared the outing was going to be at Mary Erickson's and I packed up and joined you and the group. Was wonderful. The next opportunity I could seize was in Gaston County at the South Fork River. Had no idea what was in store. The third time was at Freedom Park in Charlotte! Since then, have been out on my own several times with a couple of friends. BUT NOW, AS TIME ALLOWS I want to be with THE CHARLOTTE PLEIN AIR PAINTERS. I will be at West Point NY the weekend of October 24 celebrating my eldest grandson's 21st birthday. He's a junior at West Point, plays football for America...#15, I call him #1...anyway that's where I'll be in October. Let me know "how" I can help going forward. Thanks again Scott for all you're doing to bring attention and joy to this wonderful adventure we're on together. Mona

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Hey Mona, that sounds exciting! The is a beautiful area along the Hudson River and some of what inspired the Hudson River Painters. The colors should be real nice. Bring us back some pictures. Scott
Will do.
Indeed where I'll be, West Point of the Hudson River, is beauty incredible, not only to the painter, but to our beloved nation's freedom. Freedom is beautiful! To Christians, our eternal freedom is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

A Brief History of the Academy

West Point's role in our nation's history dates back to the Revolutionary War, when both sides realized the strategic importance of the commanding plateau on the west bank of the Hudson River. General George Washington considered West Point to be the most important strategic position in America. Washington personally selected Thaddeus Kosciuszko, one of the heroes of Saratoga, to design the fortifications for West Point in l778, and Washington transferred his headquarters to West Point in l779. Continental soldiers built forts, batteries and redoubts and extended a l50-ton iron chain across the Hudson to control river traffic. Fortress West Point was never captured by the British, despite Benedict Arnold's treason. West Point is the oldest continuously occupied military post in America.

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