Saturday, July 30, 2016

Edward Gorey and his cats

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The Cape Escape of 2016 has drawn to a close. The weather was ideal and I rate the vacation as a success since I avoided being sunburned or eaten by a Great White (multiple sightings).

One new venue for us was the Edward Gorey House in Yarmouth Port. I've always been a huge fan of his illustrations and probably scarred my children for life by reading them his Gashlycrumb Tinies .

It was obvious that Gorey had a great love of cats and bats as seen in his work and as described on the museum's website:


In 1979 Edward Gorey purchased the 200 year-old sea captain’s home at 8 Strawberry Lane on the Yarmouth Port Common, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. After his death in 2000 the house became a museum, dedicated to Gorey’s life and work and his devotion to animal welfare. The house and its annual Gorey exhibits are open to the public from April through December.
OUR MISSIONThe Edward Gorey House celebrates and preserves the life and works of Edward Gorey, an American author, illustrator, playwright, set and costume designer. In honor of his legacy, The House, owned and lived in by Gorey himself, displays his diverse and extraordinary talents and reflects his distinct personality. The House also honors Gorey's passion and concern for animals, raising awareness about local and national animal welfare issues. As a dedicated commemoration to Gorey, the House strives to educate and inspire its visitors, offering a unique introduction to Edward Gorey, the artist and person.
The Edward Gorey House is indebted to the generosity of the Highland Street Foundation who purchased the House in 2002 and enabled the museum to be established. The Highland Street Foundation is committed to addressing the needs and concerns of families throughout Massachusetts and California in areas of education, housing, mentoring and the arts. They have contributed more than $135 Million dollars to many note-worthy non-profit organizations, among them, the Edward Gorey House. Visit for more info.
ANIMAL WELFAREAs reflected through his works and his generosity to various animal welfare organizations, Edward Gorey was a great advocate of animals, large and small, all over the world. Through the Edward Gorey Charitable Trust, numerous animal welfare organizations receive funding. 

Front door of the museum

I loved this photo and the quote below