Ron Marvin and the Ferry Ride on TV

When my friend Ron Marvin, a New York City based interior designer, reached out to me and asked if I would donate to his Design on a Dime vignette for Housing Works thrift shops I said Yes immediately. Ron is a terrific friend and Housing Works does great work. It's a win-win. I needed to get the vintage brass antelope sculpture mounted on a marble base to him. And quickly. At this time I was living in Massachusetts and tt just so happened that I was heading to NYC for the weekend. With an overnight bag on my shoulder and a big sculpture in my arms I hopped in a taxi to the waterfront to take the ferry to the train station in Boston. Anyone else thinking trains, planes and automobiles? It was the almost end of the Winter of 2014 - 2015 and folks on the South Shore were still digging out from a record snowfall of about 10 feet. There was a TV news crew on the ferry who were interviewing folks about their commute and giving away free coffee and donuts as a way to say, 'hold on - Spring is around the corner'. As you can imagine, the early morning ferry full of commuters were less than enthused about the camera crew, the giddy news reporter or even the coffee for that matter. They had all endured a brutal Winter of long commutes, delayed transportation and slippery floors. But, I on the other hand, was equally as giddy as the reporter and more than happy to be interviewed on live morning TV. I think it was the antelope that got his attention! We chatted, the camera recorded and the news reporters in the studio were equally as fascinated with the antelope. I 'may' have said that I brought it everywhere with me… No, just kidding. I shared how it was being donated to a charitable event in NYC through Ron's beautiful design. Another win-win. Funny story for morning TV and a nice plug for the event. The remainder of the trip, this leg by train, was uneventful in so far as news crews, but I did have some great conversations! Here's a pic of Ron's Design on a Dime vignette:


The antelope is placed on top of a stack of books on top of the fall front desk. Of course the vignette was a sell out and a huge fundraiser for Housing Works. I'm so happy that Ron asked me to participate!

Here are a couple fun pics of the commute…

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