Tuesday, October 28, 2014

NEW ENGLAND 2014: Shakespeare’s Greatest hits with actor Richard Clark at The Beaman Memorial Library.

What's not to love about Shakespeare; perhaps Richard Clark's lecture will either make us dislike Shakespeare all the more, or liken him lots... 

“Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits” patrons and friends were invited to come and share some of the most memorable moments in dramatic literature: twelve different characters, twenty-five monologues and soliloquies from the Bard’s most famous plays. This solo performance by actor Richard Clark is supported in part by a grant from the West Boylston Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
What's not to love about Shakespeare; perhaps Richard Clark's lecture will either make us dislike Shakespeare all the more, or liken him lots were my thoughts as I sat in the audience to await his presentation. I must say that with this actor’s wonderful performance it is a toss up for loving the Bard’s genius while disliking some of his stances on the sexes.
Richard Clark was formidable in his rendition of Hamlet, Richard III, King Lear, Anthony and Cleopatra and several of Shakespeare’s Sonnets. In all the audience was at awe of this great actor. I must say that I disliked his rendition of Romeo and Juliet as it came across as sarcastic; that joy of youth finding true love and seeing none more fair than Juliet seemed quite dour to this listener. As well as Mr. Clark’s rendition of Much Ado about Nothing…as he portrayed Benedict having heard of Beatrice love for him; and so Benedict must decide if he should marry of Beatrice and give up bachelor-dom.

There was much laughter and applause for Mr. Clark; his audience I think was truly pleased. When asked: If he was ever over taken by a role; or got carried away by a character so much and once it took hold of him, how did he let go (shook it off) and not succumb to the melancholy or somberness of lets say; a play like Hamlet?  He said; he simply takes the roles as far and they will allow him, he gives of himself fully to the characters; he particularly likes playing the villains as opposed to the good guy. Villains have more depth, allowing the actor more room to grow and develop.

It is evident that Richard Clark is indeed a fine Shakespearean actor who savors every morsel like a fine meal with all of the trimmings. Thank you for the experience and for sharing of your craft with the world.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NEW ENGLAND 2014: New England Chronicler-Journalist and Author Ted Reinstein visit the Beaman Library.

Chronicler, Journalist and Author opening remarks is to let us know of his discovery that it is in West Boylston that the Farmers Almanac originates.

“The Chronicle is not unbiased: there are occasions when comparison with other medieval sources makes it clear that the scribes who wrote it omitted events or told one-sided versions of stories; there are also places where the different versions contradict each other. Taken as a whole, however, the Chronicle is the single most important historical source for the period in England between the departure of the Romans and the decades following the Norman Conquest.”— Wikipedia.org


TED REINSTEIN visited the Beaman Library in West Boylston, MA on this rainy evening to discus of his book “New England Notebook” and to make mention of his latest book project which is due out sometime in June of next year.   He regaled us with stories from his travels in finding the hidden gems with some fascinating people in New England (of places like Maine and Rhode Island) where he sees of many things that are beatific and celestial even.  

He has a new book in the works and made mentioning of this as well. It is to do with some of the not so known feuds that some may not know about. His challenge to historian and other genre readers will be to look past what is already known (The Battle of Lexington, The Wright Brothers Flight, Bunker Hill Monument…etc) vs. some lesser known that may actually be the true records in history. I think his up-coming book may make for good reading-discussions as well.


It was delight to be in attendance of this Chronicler. Thank you for sharing.

Monday, October 13, 2014

NEW ENGLAND 2014: White Dog Gallery (West Boylston, MA).

A visit with Winthrop Handy owner of White Dog Gallery--

“To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night, the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.”--William Shakespeare
Artist being true to none but their selves is showcased at White Dog Gallery
White Dog Gallery is home to gifts, tea shop and cards; showcasing the photography of Winthrop Handy, owner. This gallery was open today and I was fortunate to be given a tour of the shop’s interiors. 

I took some photos and wish to share them with viewer of my blog. 

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

NEW ENGLAND 2014: Paradise City Fairs of Fine and Functional Art.

This fair was held in Northampton, MA.

“Functional art refers to aesthetic objects that serve utilitarian purposes. The genre is remarkably inclusive: encompassing everything from furniture and lighting to dishes and even books.” ― 

A post card was given to us for this event and we had not attended or heard of this prior. So we took a long drive to find out what it is all about. It is artist showcasing their talents under tents and indoors of fields in Northampton, MA grounds.

Anyhow, Paradise City's shows are highly competitive, and showcase the works of some of America's most prominent craftsmen and artists.
Its shows provide artists with a sophisticated marketplace for cutting-edge work, and are an important resource for serious collectors, homeowners, galleries and decorators. Among the many art media included are works in studio furniture, art glass, large-scale sculpture, ceramics, jewelry and painting. Learn more at: www.paradisecityarts.com/

I always take more photos than need be taken; I hope some of which shown here are ample of such that the appetite is pleased and wanting for more.

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

NEW ENGLAND 2014: A Walking tour of West Boylson.

Walk around the Common and Environs of West Boylston, MA.

The walk began at the Ezra Beaman Memorial Trough which is a watering trough is all that is left of the original Beaman Tavern which was located at the far side of the Reservoir to the right of the causeway as viewed when heading towards Sterling along Route 12.; viewed also was the Beaman Memorial Public Library dedicated in 1912 in Memory of Ezra Beaman; this was the first public library in West Boylston. We viewed the Odd Fellow Hall which a Centennial Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows established in 1871; Dr. Nicholas Jenks House was a home for 'unruly boys from Worcester'; we also viewed several other houses (all viewed only from the outside): Goodell House, Deacon Murdock House; The Murdock Lot; Central Market; The Frank Baldwin House; Hyde House/Congregational Parsonage and the Congregational Church; which ended our tour on Church Street slightly adjacent to the library. It was interesting enough and thanks to the Friends of Beaman Library and the library’s Director Louise Howland, who did most of the lecturing talk.

More can be learning of the Ezra Beaman family by visiting: 
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NEW ENGLAND 2014: spending some quality time in parts of Vermont cont’d.

Our stay included viewing of this Taftsville Covered Bridge!

I take from you
You take from me.
If you take more than I take from you—
Winner you are by default.
 Who’s to blame!
Taftsville Covered Bridge
This is the oldest covered bridge in Windsor County, the Third Oldest and Second Longest bridge in the state of Vermont.

The bridge was built in 1836 by Solomon Emmons III. It stretches 194 feet across the Ottauquechee River (An Indian name meaning “Winding Water”).

It was built completely from local forests and stone at a cost of $1800.00. Eight huge trees were cut to 90 feet & made into four spliced “stringers”…timbers that pan the distance and hold the bridge together. There is a stone pier in the middle for support and the style of construction is canned “Queen Post” Design.

On August 28th 2011 the furious flood waters of hurricane Irene damaged and destabilized the bridge and it was closed for repair for two years. September 7th 2013 the bridge was officially reopened.

 — All of this we experienced while lodging in Vermont.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

NEW ENGLAND 2014: spending some quality time in parts of Vermont.

We spent time taking in some of the Shelburne Museum, a visit to Ben & Jerry’s Ice-cream in Waterbury, and a late visit to Montpellier (the state capital) where many things were already closed and so we returned the next day and found that it was on holiday for the Battle fought at Bennington.  Weird only to me!

Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering - because you can't take it in all at once.”— Audrey Hepburn

A visit to Shelburne Museum

Touring the Ticonderoga...

Ticonderoga’s  massive engine, four decks, pilothouse, galley, and crew’s quarters.

Short films about Ti’s move and her renovation are shown continuously on board. Listening stations provide reminiscences of the Ti’s years of service.


About the Ticonderoga

The Ticonderoga, a National Historic Landmark, is the last of her kind in the world. The hundred-year-old vessel is a side-paddlewheel passenger steamboat with a walking engine.
The Ti was built in Shelburne, Vermont, in 1906 and operated as a day boat on lake Champlain, serving ports along the New York and Vermont shores until 1953. She was the last commercially operating steamer on Lake Champlain.

In 1955, the Ticonderoga was moved two miles over land from Lake Champlain to Shelburne Museum in a remarkable engineering effort that stands as one of the great feasts of maritime preservation.

Some of the other exhibits at Shelburne Museum:

Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education

Circus Building and Carousel

Viewing of the Lighthouse and its interior

The Round Barn and more views of Shelburne Museum buildings

Beach Gallery (1960) Lock, stock and barrel: The Terry Tyler Collection of Vermont Firearms

A visit to Montpellier, Vermont and discovering that their state house was closed due to honoring of the Battle at Bennington, read more at http://www.benningtonbattlemonument.com/


A visit to Ben & Jerry’s

From a renovated gas station in Burlington, Vermont, to far-off places with names we sometimes mispronounce, the journey that began in 1978 with 2 guys and the ice cream business they built is as legendary as the ice cream is euphoric.

Libraries’ visited while in Vermont and one of their post-office where I viewed of this mural and how can I forget The Vermont Spot Country Store at Quechee. 

 — All of this we experienced while lodging in Vermont.

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