Friday, April 18, 2014

NEW ENGLAND 2014: The story of Ezra Beaman

As told by way of a squirrel sharing of the name Ezra.

West Boylston Historical Society
I visited with the historical society and posted photos of the visit. I discussed my small purchases. Now, I wish to share the little treasured book that I purchased title:
The Tale of Ezra Beaman by Benjamin A. Fancy

It is the story of the stone Trough and how it came to be where it is now. Beginning a glance at the plaque’s dedication;
The Watering Trough was erected in 1808 at the Beaman Tavern by Major Ezra Beaman, The Founder of West Boylston. It was relocated by the Citizens of West Boylston in 1930.

Ezra was the son of an inn-keeper who came to own a big piece of the town of West Boylston, not so named then. His father’s tavern burn down and he built another with his own money. He built a mill, and went into business making cloth. The town was prosperous because of Ezra geniuses and hard work.

It was decided, however, that part of the town would be filled in to serve as a reservoir to provide drinking water for the city of Boston. During this time, the reservoir was a thriving manufacturing community with several mills (six mills in all, eight schoolhouses, four churches, and three hundred homes occupied by 1700 hundred people) all had to be moved or destroyed.

As a result, many lost their jobs, and were forced to move to other areas.  All of this moving was to ensure that the water would not be polluted. The only building left standing was the Old Stone Church.

Another valuable item saved from the reservoir was The Stone Trough; it was 200 hundred years old, and as old as the town itself. The writing/ inscription reads that Major Ezra Beaman was the founder of West Boylston and the library named after him was given to the town by his grandson in 1912 and having it named after his grandfather, this famous ancestor.

When the Revolutionary War began, Ezra marched to Concord on Patriots Day as a lieutenant and before the war was over he was proclaimed a major. He was a success at all he tried to do.

Ezra was also a church going man and he tired of having to attend church all the way to Boylston every Sunday as he wanted something a bit closer. There appear to be disagreement from other town’s parishioners and since Ezra did not like to disagree, he decided that he would build his own church.

He accomplished this as well. He built a meetinghouse right where the Congregational church is today; thus began the separation from the town of Boylston. And many years before he had help the town of Boylston to separate from Shrewsbury, MA.

The squirrel who shared the named Beaman was fascinated by the story his grandfather was relaying to him. And Beaman (the squirrel) was asked to retell of the story so as to keep the tale alive and in appreciation of this great legend; larger than life figure.
 I encourage readers to learn more of this family and of the Tavern, now a home / holdings for the Historical Society’s url:

Thank you Donald Goodale for reminding me of this little treasured book that I had purchased during my visit with the Historical Society. I had forgotten that I did posed such a question as to what happened to the town, in that it was moved and pushed along to where it stands today. All for Water, (H2O), the stuff we cannot live without. 

If one is to believe in Ezra Beaman, than one should believe in Ben Franklin who is father to us all and his self-made man concept. I think that Ezra demonstrated all of this during his lifetime.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

NEW ENGLAND 2014: A visit to the Historical Society of West Boylston, MA.

from tavern to Historical Society

West Boylston Historical Society
West Boylston Massachusetts Historical Society

I spend time at the West Boylston, MA library and I was invited to take a tour of the library when they were next open on Thursdays from 9:30 am until noon. 

I did as such today and arrived early and since it was a cold day they offered to give me a tour prior to start time. 

West Boylston Historical Society is a home maintained for one of the earliest settlers in West Boylston, the family name is Goodale and they were farmers. The man who gave me tour of the house was named Norman Goodale; a distant cousin. I kept joking about the term 'Kissing Cousins' and he said "no not that". Norman enjoyed showing me the many fire place they had (5 in all) but I thought there was one more.

I got to view this very large family bible which held the Goodale family births and death recordings.

Fire places to be found in the house

They have quite a collection of irons; I figure since I am graying folks take to making fun. All of the iron supplements in the world cannot get rid of my grays. Stress and my lifestyle are graying me as well as the lack of proper nutrition. The marriage is killing me; but then what was I doing as such prior to marriage-Dom.

Enough on this derailment of thoughts. 

Aside with the many irons and fireplaces they have; they also have old clocks, meat grinders, butter churns, sewing machine, shoe and dolls display case and an old beds with ropes forming a bed frame instead of metal.  By frame I mean the thing that keeps the mattress from sinking into the ground. 

In all it was a good tour and I was allowed to take some photos which I am happy to share with readers of this blog.

I encourage readers to learn more of this family by visiting this url:
Thank you Norman for the tour and my small purchases (post card of quilt of the surrounding area of West Boylston, MA; and of the Beaman Library small illustration booklet; I think it is more for children). 
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

NEW ENGLAND 2014: Baldarelli & Sons

a Sunday’s long walk.

I took a long walk and viewed the Baldarelli & Sons trucking and sanding company. I did not realize that this was them as I have seen of their lovely home in Sterling, MA and today I noticed their signage or such. Impulsively, I took these photos from a distance.

Baldarelli and Sons

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Friday, April 11, 2014

NEW ENGLAND 2014: Vendor opportunities at Antiques and Flea Market event

Antiquing in New Hampshire. 

I received of this email and wish to share this opportunity with readers.


This summer Depot Square is planning to bring back the Sunday Antiques & Flea Market and we would like to invite you to participate as a vendor.  We would like this market to have a flavour that sets us apart from the “traditional” market offerings and are looking for dealers who are passionate about antiques both traditional inventive.   

The Sunday Antique & Flea Market will begin June 29th during a Depot Square weekend long event which will be widely published within our demographic area.  The kick-off weekend promises live music, bbq & other curbside events to attract locals and residents abroad to attend.  We will also continue to enhance all future Sunday Market dates with similar events to encourage people to visit us again & again.  

The Flea Market will take place in Depot Square along our sidewalks & adjacent parking spaces.  These spaces will be large enough for vendors to park their vehicle if necessary or you may choose to use the generous space to spread out your merchandise.

We are asking for commitment and payment in advance.  You do not need to commit to all the dates, but it is to your advantage to participate as many as possible so you can establish a presence & clientele.  We are suggesting that you pre-register for a minimum of 6 Sundays , however you may choose as many as you’d like.  Payment is due upon registration and is non-refundable.  If a market date is cancelled due to bad weather you can re-schedule for another day.  

Here are some details:
Every Sunday (Beginning June 29th - August 31)
7:00 am - 1:00 pm
20.00 per Sunday

The Sunday Dates are as followed:
June 29
July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27
August 3, August 10, August 17, August 24, August 31

This is a great opportunity to introduce yourself to a new & fresh market and promises to be a fun and interesting event for years to follow.  I hope you will join us!

For More Information call Kathy @ Bowerbird & Friends 603-924-2550 


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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

NEW ENGLAND 2014: Surrealism and Dr. Sherwin’s trove

More on Surrealism.

Having received several of these newsletter from London sent to me via email has me taking a keener interest in the art of surrealism and as viewed some of them are really fantastic if not on the offensive nature or that awe-ism moment of seeing something that is oddly put / presented.

The retired doctor with a surrealist art treasure trove--By Ian Youngs

A retired GP and councillor from Leeds has amassed what is thought to be the largest collection of British surrealist art. It normally adorns his home but is now going on public display.

Every wall of Dr Jeffrey Sherwin's house is crammed with frames containing bright colours and contorted shapes. More pictures lean up against the walls, waiting for space.

On the floor, they jostle with all sorts of strange sculptures. There is a pair of legs leading up to nothing but a steel bucket. This turns out to be by artist Richard Niman.

It is surrealist art, obviously, but it is also a little strange to find it in the suburban home of a former doctor and Conservative councillor.
He is a pillar of the community, albeit one with a collector's obsessive nature and perhaps a mildly eccentric streak.

When asked: how many works are in the collection. "Too many for the size of house," replies Dr Sherwin's wife Ruth.

'Intimidating' galleries’

The couple began collecting after seeing an exhibition at Leeds Art Gallery in 1986, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first surrealist exhibition in the UK.
"Ruth and I went around and thought, 'Wouldn't it be rather nice to have one or two examples in our own home?' " Dr Sherwin says.
He had, he says, "a little spare cash" after selling a health centre he had built in Leeds, so visited a specialist gallery in Cork Street, London.

"I have to say we felt rather insecure," he recalls. "It looked the sort of gallery where you'd have to count your fingers when you came out. But one of the directors made us feel at home and we felt more relaxed."

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Monday, April 7, 2014

NEW ENGLAND 2014: Surrealism art works


Newsletter from London sent to me via email made me aware of this series coming up for viewing at the Museum of Modern Art.

British Surrealism Unlocked: Works from the Sherwin Collection
11 April - 21 June 2014

This exhibition comprises key British surrealist works from the extraordinary collection of Dr Jeffrey Sherwin, a GP by profession, who has built up the largest collection of British surrealist art in the country over a period of more than 25 years. What is most remarkable about the collection is the diversity of styles and imagery - unlike other key artistic movements, surrealism has never had a single overriding visual aesthetic, and has constantly reinvented its means of poetic expression.

Although unified most strongly as an official movement in Britain in the 1930s and 40s, this exhibition will show that surrealism continued, and continues, to infect the work of modern and contemporary artists, from

Desmond Morris and Conroy Maddox to Eduardo Paolozzi, John Davies and Damien Hirst.
Launching alongside the exhibition is Dr Jeffrey Sherwin’s new book, British Surrealism Opened Up, in the words of the author, an ‘everyman guide’ to British Surrealism. The book is an easy-read history of the movement from its beginnings in Paris to its arrival in Britain. Exhibition special price £10, available at the Gallery or on mail order.

British Surrealism Opened Up

Dr Jeffrey Sherwin’s new book, British Surrealism Opened Up is, in the words of the author, an ‘everyman guide’ to British Surrealism. The book is an easy-read history of the movement from its beginnings in Paris to its arrival in Britain, including biographies of the British Surrealist artists and others who have included surrealist imagery in their work, as well as over 300 colour images. It also features sections on surrealist techniques and artist groups, as well as a chronology written by art historian Michel Remy. Jeffrey Sherwin has included autobiographical anecdotes and photos of the artists he has met including Henry Moore, Damien Hirst, Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, Sir Peter Blake, as well as key figures of British Surrealism such as Conroy Maddox, Toni del Renzio, Anthony Earnshaw, Desmond Morris and George Melly.

There are pages that will make you smile, and there are not many art books that can do that!
156 pages plus covers   Exhibition special price £10 (RRP £15)

Available from the Gallery during the British Surrealism Unlocked exhibition and via mail order. Postage and packaging £3.

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

NEW ENGLAND 2014: Friends of Shrewsbury Public Library

Books sale event at the Shrewsbury Public Library

I volunteered at the friends of Shrewsbury Public Library for the day and while there I found some more books to treasure and enjoy during these trying times in my life. I did not enjoy this volunteer experience as I was tired and troubled. I gave of my day to others and yet felt unworthy or such. I did take of these photos and somehow, I didn’t enjoy doing this either. This is because all that I do is deemed wrong somehow.

The Friends of Shrewsbuy Public Library in attendance at book sale event.


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