Three Kings

Today is Epiphany (or if you prefer it Three Kings Day), which commemorates the visit of the Magi (also known as the three wise men and the three kings).
These guys started off in another part of the village and over time moved to different locations. Here they stand next to the Congregational Church. Since I took this picture, they’ve moved again and they now stand next to a nativity scene on the other side of the church.
Since we’re supposed to have 4-6 inches of snow tonight, I wonder if they’ll make a final move into the church.
According to Bibleinfo:

“We really don’t know the names of the magi because the Bible doesn’t tell us. In fact, the Bible is silent on how many wise men visited Jesus. However, tradition has it that the three wise men who came to seek and honor the infant Jesus were named Gaspar, Balthasar, and Melchior.”

Unfortunately, I don’t know which one of these is which.

Taken with a Panasonic Lumx GX85 Panasonic Lumix 20mm f1.7

Christmas at Karen’s

Karen is my friend, and boss at the Briarcliff Manor-Scarborough Historical Society (BMSHS). She was kind enough to invite me to spend Christmas with her and her son, Robert. I had a great time.

The table awaits.

Festive Munchies.

Red Tulips.


Christmas meal. I made a chicken, bacon, mushroom, peas and leek pie.

Christmas wreaths.

Taken with a Panasonic Lumx GX85 Panasonic Lumix 20mm f1.7

Memorial Day in Briarcliff Manor 2023 – Lt. John Kelvin Koelsch Memorial

Briarcliff Manor’s Own medal of honor winner. During the Korean War, Lt.John Kelvin Koelsch volunteered to take his helicopter and rescue a pilot downed in North Korea. Unfortunately, just as he was picking up the pilot his helicopter was shot down. He, his Aviation Machinist’s Mate (ADM), and the downed pilot survived and managed to evade capture for several days, but eventually they were caught. His ADM and the downed pilot survived the war, but unfortunately Koelsch did not. He died in captivity from malnutrition and dysentery in 1951 and his remains were subsequently returned to the US. For his bravery and sacrifice President Eisenhower posthumously awarded him the Medal of Honor on 3 August 1955.

For more about Lt. Koelsch, how for years even though he grew up in Briarcliff, he was largely forgotten. And how his sacrifice was finally honored with this memorial see Briarcliff Manor’s Own Medal of Honor winner on the Briarcliff Manor-Scarborough website.

Taken with a Sony A7IV and Rokinon/Samyang AF 24-70 f2.8 F