At the end of August we sat down with Mary Wade to gather some of her knowledge of Essex, New York’s bygone days. We’ll be sharing some of her nostalgic memories (and stories about her Essex art!) in the future—so keep an eye out!
While we were visiting, we passed Mary one of our sketchbooks and a pen and asked her if she would doodle us something—anything to do with Essex! She thought for a moment, and then put the pen to the paper for less than five minutes and handed us the completed doodle you see above!
We watched the doodling process, and the wall with its spires was instantly recognizable as Beggs Point in Essex, but I wasn’t completely sure what Mary was drawing until she added the first of the little ice fishing shanties atop her frozen Lake Champlain waters.
She shared many stories with us during our visit, but one of her frequent and favorite memories from childhood was ice fishing with her father and brothers. Mary began sketching out her doodle while telling us that what she was drawing was something she wished to do again before she is gone.
It has been a while since the whole of Lake Champlain froze over in winter. Do you remember the last time that the bay at Beggs Point was frozen over enough to safely ice fish?
Does this doodle inspire you? Create your own doodles of Essex activities that you have done or want to do and send them to us!