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Des Moines as location for high fashion shoot – see last week’s T Magazine (NYT)

A red Headed man with white beard smiling. He wears a red bandanna, a black shirt and a red, white and blue guitar strap.

Nelson performing at Farm Aid in 2009

I’m used to seeing old country music stars shilling for men’s wear designers – so I wasn’t that surprised to see Willie Nelson fronting for John Varvatos in a spread in last week’s NYTimes T magazine men’s fashion issue. Nor was I surprised to see him accompanied by two fashionable young men who looked like models – but are also Nelson’s 20-something sons. (Is Willie really 80??) But I was surprised to see the location of the shoot prominently displayed – especially given the location, i.e. Des Moines Iowa. Really? Really. I’m guessing Varvatos’ marketing folks, by publishing the location, were hoping for a “huh?” reaction. Or at least some turned heads. They certainly turned mine. I also correctly guessed the specific location in Des Moines – the grand Salisbury House, a 1920’s pile that recreates an old English manor. Apparently Willie was performing here in May when the shoot was done. Here’s the DMRegister’s scoop on this (which I missed because it ran when i was out of town) Willie Nelson fashion shoot in DSM

Salisbury House (Des Moines, Iowa) is located in Iowa


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Whither Shakespeare on the Lawn at the Salisbury House in Des Moines?

During the past few summers, we’ve enjoyed going to see a Shakespeare Play performed by the talented performers involved with the  Repertory Theater of Iowa, staged on the sweeping  lawn of the Salisbury House in Des Moines, with the elegant Tudor mansion as a perfect backdrop.  But this year, it doesn’t appear to be happening. I can’t find any sign of it on the Salisbury House or  Repertory Theater website. Tis a pity.

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A site to see in Des Moines – the Salisbury House, now with new leaders.

I’m having a small (blogosphere) world moment. Reading about the new leaders of  Des Moines’ Salisbury House in in the Register this morn,  I thought one of them looked familiar. Turns out he’s someone I’ve met through blogging –  we’ve exchanged a comment or two. He’s J. Eric Smith,  formerly of Albany, N.Y. (not far from my favorite upstate NY town, Ithaca) and now Salisbury House’s new executive director. Good luck to him. The Salisbury House is an unexpected treasure tucked in the woods south of Grand  –  a museum full of old stuff in what was built in the 1920s as a stone-and-brick mansion modeled after a 13th century manse (in, you guessed it,  Salisbury, England).  My kids used to get a kick out of the suits of armor on display. More recently, my husband and I have tried not to miss the annual “Shakespeare on the Lawn” performances on the gorgeous grounds of  Salisbury House (perfect backdrop for Shakespeare) by the Repertory Theater of Iowa.

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