Friday, December 27, 2019

2019: The Year in Review!

A BUSY YEAR, A YEAR of CHANGE!


After 38 years of teaching, I entered #RetirementJoy on July 1st and haven’t looked back.
Three years ago I started seriously building my Bev Tabet Photography business and I must
say it is peaking at the right time. I now have time, energy & creativity to go out and
photograph when and where I choose.


January/February 

I participated in the NHSPA (New Hampshire Society of Photographic Artists) annual
Members Exhibit at the Exeter Town Hall Gallery and gave a Gallery Talk on my
Maine-Canadian Maritime Road Trip. It was a full house with lots of friends including a
surprise appearance from my Upstate New York friends, Tess & Dave Leach! 


I visited Ocean Point with Joan Libby the last week of February and had lunch at Brady’s with
the Boothbay Retired teachers. I was practicing for my own retirement! I only got out to take
a few photos. It was really cold & super windy.  I actually had to drive the car up on the frozen
lawn and go out Joan’s back door because the northwest wind was preventing us from going
out the front door! Weren’t sure we’d get back in after dinner at the Dudley’s! 


March/April


In March I photographed the Croteau’s 50th Anniversary with their family before they headed
out for a celebration.



In April, I displayed some of my photos at Emmelynn’s Family Farm Market in Seabrook. I
sold a metal print and some photo pillows, but sadly they closed later in the summer. The
space was just too large for the traffic they were getting. 


I spent a weekend with my old college roomie, Purr, Gow Whalley, in Hull at the end of March. 
We had fun exploring, eating, and photographing the area. 



I hit a milestone in April, my 65th birthday, and celebrated in Rockport, MA with my 10-day
older college roommate. I got a beautiful sunrise photo at Long Beach in Rockport to
commemorate the occasion!


May/June


Mother’s Day weekend I took Sandy Linberg to the Wicked Tulip Flower Farm in Johnston,
Rhode Island. They have 600,000 tulips from Holland. We were going to go during April
vacation but with the weather they were 3 weeks behind schedule.  In 2020 we can go at
peak because I’m RETIRED! The picking garden was picked over, but the show garden was
absolutely beautiful. We topped off the afternoon with lunch at Tallulah’s Taqueria in
Providence, my friend Jake Rojas’ place (from the Inn of the Seventh Ray).  


  



In May I traveled to Ithaca, NY to celebrate Kat Greenan as she received her Masters degree
in Speech and Language from Ithaca College.. I’d attended every graduation since
Kindergarten so couldn’t miss this one! 





Memorial Day weekend I took an extended weekend trip to Lubec, Maine with Hildy Johnson.
We stayed at The Inn on the Wharf and had a great time exploring Lubec and Campobello.
We ran into Boothbay friends, Pete and Mary Ripley, at West Quoddy Lighthouse while there
AND had dinner with Cathy Coulombe from Exeter! It’s a small world after all. I dropped off my
photo calendars, prints and pillows at Ocean Point Inn for the start of the season. 




June was a month of Retirement celebrations and a trip to Fairhaven for Old Home days and
my former French teacher’s Lifetime Achievement Award induction to the Fairhaven High
School  Hall of Fame. Mr. Dufour was always a lot of fun. I remember laughing in his class at
his Morale de l’histoire and our fun trip to Old Quebec City with the French Club during my
18th birthday. At 93 years old, he resides in Fort Myers, Florida year round and still plays
tennis three times a week! 



July/August


On July 13th, I photographed Erin Kelly and George Kaplan’s wedding at Linekin Bay Resort in
Boothbay Harbor.  Erin & George were maid-of-honor and groomsman when I photographed
Molly and Bryan Ender’s wedding in Boothbay in 2016.  It was a beautiful day and a fun
wedding to photograph. After being on my feet for 9 hours, climbing up and down stairs and
rocks I said, “I think we’re done and got everything you asked for!” George said, “Stay and
get out on the dancefloor!”  Ha Ha! All I wanted to do was put my feet up . . . and look at the
photos from the day of course! #Not25Anymore




In mid-July, my old college roomie, Purr Gow Whalley hosted our Annual Alpha Xi Sister
reunion. It was well attended with many of us staying overnight to give us more time to catch
up with each other. Always nice to see our sistahs! Even Frieda, the Golden Labradoodle,
wanted to get into the photo! It's hard to believe we graduated from UNH 43 years ago!




I joined the new Creative Community Space in Epping.  Vandy Leigh opened it and as an
inaugural member I thought I would teach some classes there. We had an Open House and
I taught a class later in the year. 


At the end of July I went to Bar Harbor for the Grand Slam Lighthouse Tour with Bar Harbor
Whale Watch. It was fabulous! It left at 9 a.m. and returned at 7 p.m.. It was a calm, beautiful
day. They fed us clam chowdah, sandwiches and cookies. They stopped at each lighthouse
for 8-10 minutes and a historian or former light keeper gave the history of the lighthouse and
told stories. They also spun the boat so all on board could get great photos. We saw 18
lighthouses between Maine and New Brunswick, Canada along with two humpback whales,
birds and puffins!






I also fit in some sunrise photos on top of Cadillac Mountain. Joanie
Greenan joined me on the trip and hung out in Bar Harbor while I took the lighthouse tour. 





The first weekend of August I took a Road Trip to New Brunswick, Canada with Jeanne
Tonon to check on her family land. We stopped halfway in Pocologan or New River Beach
(about 40 minutes south of St. John) and it was a fabulous spot right on the Bay of Fundy.
We stayed at the Clipper Shipp Motel one night on the way up to Hopewell Rocks and one
night on the way back. All  the rooms all had full kitchens and a deck with a gas grill. We even
cooked on our second night there. We visited Alma, Hopewell Rocks, and went to a Pow
Wow at Fundy National Park. Jeanne gave me the local tour and I got some great photos of
her land which she had me prints for Christmas gifts for her family. 


 
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I had an awesome extended family photo session with Kelly Vrooman, her Mom, sisters & 
brother with their families in Rockport, Massachusetts on August 10th. The photos were taken
on a friend’s property with Thatcher Island and the Twin Lights in the background. Twin Lights
have a special meaning to the family and it was one of my most fun sessions yet.  My prize
bag was a hit with the kids and I joked I need an adult prize bag with “nips” in it!





I normally would return to school around August 15th with school starting around the 22nd for
teachers. But this year, at the end of August I held my first Mid-coast Maine Photo Experience
with guest instructor & photographer extraordinaire, Kathy Tarantola.  We were based out of
Ocean Point Inn and visited Burnt Island Lighthouse, Monhegan Island, Boothbay Harbor,
Hendrick’s Head Lighthouse, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and a special 3:30 a.m.
wake-up for a trip to Pemaquid Lighthouse for sunrise. I bribed them by promising a stop at
Moody’s diner for breakfast after sunrise. It worked and was worth the trip! Tessie & Dave
Leach came from upstate New York and we went to Pemaquid Lighthouse for Milky Way
photos on the night after it ended since there was not a cloud in the sky and we were staying
an extra night. 




I finished August off with some sunflower photos at Colby Farm in Newbury, Massachusetts
and a family photo session for Zoe Polychronopoulos at Long Sands Beach in York, Maine.






September/October 


I thought things might slow down in September, but NO! Here’s where the Retiree luncheons
started and Senior Portrait Photo Sessions ramped up for September and early October.  



I attended my first TFAL luncheon at the 110 Grill  who with the Exeter High teachers I started
my teaching career with and another lunch in October.  TFAL = Teachers Free at Last! It
warms my heart and there's a special feeling when with these colleagues! I also
attended the Main Street School Retirees Luncheon at the Sea Dog Brewery in Exeter. 


At the end of October my Lubec Photo adventure roomie, Debbie Gracy, and I headed to Bar
Harbor and Lubec with an off road adventure to see the blueberry barrens when they turn
red in the Fall! 



We explored Seal Harbor, Acadia and caught a sunrise on top of Cadillac
Mountain.



 

And what's a trip to Lubec without chocolates from Monica's?



The blueberry barrens were awesome to see even though they weren’t at peak.
We had fun in Lubec. We stayed at the West Quoddy Light Station in “The Cabin” and took
side trips to Campobello and Eastport to round off our diner Trifecta with the WaCo Diner
after having been to Moody’s and Helen’s!


On the way home we stopped at BlueBird Ranch Family Restaurant  in Machias and then
stayed at Ocean Point Inn and went on the Santa Maria which was docked in the Harbor.
We had a great Roomie Trip! 


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I taught a 4 week “Beginner DSLR Photo Course” at the Creative Community Center in
September. My 6 students enjoyed learning new techniques. 


I spent Columbus Day Weekend at Ocean Point Inn and collected my goods that didn’t sell. 
I have a very good year selling calendars, prints and photo pillows at OPI in 2019. 



November/December


At the beginning of November I went to Hyannis to the Cape Cod Click 20-19 Photo
Conference. Tess & dave Leach also attended and it was very enjoyable. I especially enjoyed
Steve Koppell’s session. We photographed sunset at Gray’s Beach and explored Boardwalk
Beach and the Brewster Flats. There was a great sunrise spot right outside my window at the
Tidewater Inn in West Yarmouth. I’d recommend this nice little conference for any
photographer.




In November and December I hit the Craft Fair circuit.  I participated in the Lane Memorial
Library Show, The Victoria Inn Sip & Shop Night, the Lincoln Street School Staff Fair, Main
Street School at lunchtime and the Bunglaow Club at Exeter.  They were all unique and I sold
different products at each, but overall I sold calendars, cards, pillow and metal prints so I’d
say it was worth it. I’ll do a few things differently next year, but I think I might look for a few
Summer/Fall fairs to take part in, too. 

I took a Retiree Gals Road Trip to Gardens Aglow with Pam McDonough, Nancy Rowe and
Kathy Houlihan.  We left Wells and stopped at Sarah’s in Wiscasset for a late lunch before
enjoying the lights. 





I had another TFAL lunch in November and a Holiday lunch at York Harbor Inn in December.
MSS and LSS also held Holiday lunches at Sea Dog and the Galley Hatch. We went to
Exeter’s Festival of Trees following the MSS luncheon. 



I am displaying some of my photos at Senator Tom Sherman’s office in Concord, NH as part
of the Hampton Arts Network installation. The other senators call his office “The Gallery!” 



I went to Portsmouth Festival of Trees for the first time with Debra Vasconcellos and attended
her Voices from the Heart Concert in Portsmouth in November. 



I had a quiet Thanksgiving and having time to bake, I attended Susan Scannell’s Cookie
Swap this year.   I ate my way through Christmas Day with the Scannell-Flemings and it felt
like home being back on Cass Street where I lived for 5 years after moving Back East from
California! 


I continue to cheer on my CELTIC boyz in GREEN and  am ready for knitting season again! 


I continue to write the monthly newsletter for the Hampton Arts Network (HAN) and I still write
the Blog for Ocean Point Inn. I will be exhibiting my photos at the New Hampshire Society of
Photographic Artists(NHSPA)  Member Exhibit weekends 12-4 p.m. from January 5th through
February 2nd. I am excited to become involved with the new Lane House Art Space opening
this Spring in Hampton. I also sold several canvas and metal prints around Christmas from
people contacting me outside of the craft fairs. 


I am excited to “Think out of the Box” and do some “In the Box” Photo Sessions in 2020. A 
BIG shout out to my friend, Lou McGovern, for building the 48" square box for me. Just
waiting for it to get painted now. Google “Photos in a Box” to see what I’m talking about! 
Valentines Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Birthdays, Families! The endless possibilities are only
limited by your imagination . . . and mine! My examples will be coming as soon as we get the
box painted.

I won’t be traveling as much in 2020, but am looking forward to some local trips around New
England as well as enjoying some down time to enjoy the beautiful area where I live. I've met
some nice local photographers this year in my travels (Don Gargano and Chris Lutton)
and look forward to meeting more in 2020.

LIFE IS GOOD!


May 2020 bring a clear vision, lots of LOVE and much PEACE to your lives!  I am looking
forward to seeing what the new year brings! 


HaPpY New Year . . . from the rhythmz of my heart,
Bev