Monday, October 22, 2012

CORNundrum Winner!


Congratulations to Christina Eliopoulos, winner of this week's CORNundrum Grand Prize Drawing. Moyra takes home a quart of Gaines Farm Maple Syrup, along with full honors for finding all 10 maze check posts with our corny CORNundrum pictures.

Each week a winner is chosen at random from among the completed CORNundrum challenge form.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Vengeance


Mark this: the day of October the 15, 2012 draws closed the first century of wicked tidings here on the Gaines Farm. 

It has been one hundred years since the disappearance of our neighbor, Lester Kallikak the imbecile son of Guilford's learned gentry, and for one hundred years we have endured his curse upon our lands.

Lester was a man-child more disposed toward the wretched farm beasts and swamp creatures than the citizens of this county. As if his imbecilic mind dwelt not upon the earth, but in the cryptic spaces of the reptilian, canine, feline and bovine psyche. A place unseen to the eyes and unworthy the mind of rightly thinking men. Lester had never been a friend to people.

And still most pitied this tortured soul and considered him a genuine orphan at the time of his parents' passing from Consumption in 1911, though Lester himself was aged 50 years. But among his neighbors could also be found those of malignant temperament, dastardly character and murderous proclivity, whom also coveted the inherited fortune of a man unable to recognize the ripened fruit of gold dangling before his vacant oculus.

And indeed the day came when the constable begged the eye of my father and his brothers to search for the millionaire imbecile who had been reported missing these three days. Now, my father had a genuine affinity for Lester and his way with the animals, and reckoned Lester had contributed, in some inscrutable way to the disposition of his flock. Lester's disappearance was a dire matter, and father left with the constable that late evening, and every evening for the next 6 months, in search of Lester, or, Lord forbid, Lester's remains. 

As we approach a century hence the disappearance of Lester Kallikak the evidence explaining his disappearance remains undiscovered. His body remains undiscovered. And his fortune remains unclaimed. 

That Lester endured a gruesome fate is to be certain, for it is this fate with which we must reckon once again. And though details we have not, we know only that, in the autumn of a year that saw the rise of Fenway Park and the fall of a Titanic ship, a pall was cast upon our lands and all whom dwell upon it, man, woman and child. The origins too of the curse are unknown, be it Lester or some fiduciary spirit.

What is known, with the certainty of sunrise and death, is that each year, on the date of his presumed demise, a most sordid posse of ghouls will return to take vengeance upon the valley that so wantonly failed Lester. 

- Weber Q. Gaines
b. Oct. 4, 1912 




Monday, October 1, 2012

Wet & Wild on Weekend #3


Many thanks to Chris Benoit, Jerome Coogan and Lesley McCord Cogswell, who sent us photos from their Gaines Farm adventures this weekend. We are very much obliged.

Another Winner!!!


Congratulations to Brayden McCord, winner of this week's CORNundrum Grand Prize Drawing. Moyra takes home a quart of Gaines Farm Maple Syrup, along with full honors for finding all 10 maze check posts with our corny CORNundrum pictures.

Each week a winner is chosen at random from among the completed CORNundrum challenge form.