Sunday, November 23, 2014

NEW ENGLAND 2014: a bright sunny day’s walk to Rota Spring Farm…


I took a walk today and I ended up going to Rota Spring Farm as my journey and back. It was very warm for this time of year. I found that I had dressed for a cold day when in fact it was much warmer.

I waived and walked on and as I did the dogs came barking; there were two, with one coming closer to where I was by their gate. I simply walked on and observing/taking in for the moment what I could of this balmy day.

Two neighboring farms viewed along the way:

Rota Spring Farm




Rocky Acres Farm

  
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Saturday, November 22, 2014

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

This fair was held in Marlborough, MA.

“Art is not static; fine art and contemporary craft often overlap. Artists by nature, experiment with many different ideas and material.” ― Unfinished

 
I received in the mail a post card to attend this Paradise City in Marlborough, MA at the Royal Plaza Trade Center. I was able to attend because my husband took me to see this show once more. We attended their show held last month in Northampton.  

Among the art media included are works in studio furniture, art glass, large-scale sculpture, ceramics, jewelry and painting. Learn more at: www.paradisecityarts.com/

These were some of the artists that I spoke with while in attendance at the Marlborough fair:

I took these following photos:
 
The Sculpture Garden as seen upon entering the show is an oasis of meditative beauty. Louis Pomerantz is an architect and a renowned sculptor of stone and water. He has installed his Zen fountains carved of indigenous New England stone in private and public landscapes throughout the region and beyond.



Dwight Baird lives on the border between Canada and New York State, but his heart resides in the tropics. Baird is known for work that combines intricate detail with broad brush strokes and a dynamic use of color; light and shadow, and his painting series depicts daily life in Havana and rural Newfoundland, and the mysterious depth of night.


This piece is title: “Duet”, an extraordinary pair of dancing figures that stand seven feet in the air. Berkshire artist David Bryce has formulated a sculpture medium that can live indoor or out.

Vicki Thaler Designs Fine Jewelry


Lori Austill Beeswax Paintings


Agnieszka Winograd Jewelry design



Brooklyn Bridge photos by Andrew Sovjani


Tim Christensen Ceramics


This was a lovely way to spend an afternoon; as this included live jazz performance and luncheon delight in their café area. A lovely time is to be had by all.







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Thursday, November 6, 2014

NEW ENGLAND 2014: Ghosthunting: Science of the Paranormal, a discussion at the Beaman Memorial Library in West Boylston, MA

Ghosthunting: Science of the Paranormal
Join us for a general study of and basic training in investigating otherworldly phenomena with the Agawam Paranormal Team. Stories, examples and time to talk after the program; suitable for teens and adults.  There will be a raffle for an “Agawam Paranormal” logo black t-shirt (short sleeve).


I spend more time at libraries, so much so that others might think that I reside in them; if they were to wonder of where I live. But they don’t, nor do others see me. Anyhow, The Beaman Memorial Library is a place that I spend time in; and this is how I came to be attending another of their in-library talks. I saw the sign up sheet and put my name and thus starting the list for this event.

The presenter was a man by the name of Rob Geoff II, Sr. with his assistant Jeff; he made mention of having a wife and four children who all partner with him to form The Agawam Paranormal Team. This is “a hobby”, said Mr. Geoff II, Sr. So I wandered where his earnings came from since he is not paid for his lectures or for the ghost-chasing that they do.

Anyhow, his presentation was lengthy and weighty like his character. He began with the lovable ghost that many young and old know of as Casper the Friendly Ghost and went on to explain that not all ghosts are as transparent as Casper.

Ghosts and spirits are neither black nor white but more a shade of grey; they are not as transparent; they can be malicious and good, and he prefers to address them nicely and calmly so as not to arouse their bad side.

There are ghosts, spirits and ogres. If I understood the history of the paranormal that was presented.  It was a very detail presentation of their history and importance in the world and is as important as lore, legend and myths.

The Agawam Paranormal Team is a family of Investigators who deals in the realm of paranormal. To learn more visit them at: http://agawamparanormal.com/

This was a most informative presenter who can go on and on passed library hours, for they had closed and we were still listening to Geoff’s revels. He enjoys his subject or do I mean abstract of what is real and unreal. Just know; if in need of ghost busters per Se, call the folks at Agawam Paranormal.

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

NEW ENGLAND 2014: 13th Annual Art at the Library

Nevins Memorial Library: “Red Brick and Stone” Art Exhibit and sale of original Fine Arts and Crafts from the Arts Institute Group of Merrimack Valley, Inc.

 The 13th Annual Show and Sale of Arts in the Great Hall of the Nevins Library is dedicated to promoting of the Arts in the community. This show was open to all artist and they invite you to browse the aisles and enjoy of their work. The community is implore to come meet the artists and take the opportunities to purchase and own affordable, original art.
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Eileen Byrne is the resident artist for the Brush Gallery and Studios for more than 20 years, and as a Board Member.  The Brush mission is several fold: to nurture the working artist; keep visual arts alive in Lowell’s historic district; to demonstrate through exhibitions and cultural programming Lowell’s diverse and rich heritage; and to help make Lowell a destination city.

I did not know of this event, I happened to have stumbled upon it during a visit to the library today and I took advantage to viewing of the arts upstairs and took the following photos. This knack of mine is merely a hobby. 








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Friday, October 31, 2014

NEW ENGLAND 2014: Halloween in remembrance of those gone...

Mourning are those left behind for the ones who have passed on, leaving us to wonder how could they?

“Be silent in that solitude,
Which is not loneliness—for then
The spirits of the dead, who stood
In life before thee, are again
In death around thee, and their will
Shall overshadow thee; be still.”—Edgar Allan Poe’s Spirits of the Dead


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Mayor Thomas Menino (1942-2014) was a Massachusetts politician who served as 53rd Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts; from 1993-2014. He was the city’s longest-serving mayor. Before becoming mayor, he was a member and President of Boston City council. He died on October 30th, 2014 he will surely be missed by the citizens of the Commonwealth, for he was loved by everyone. If you rode the Blue line surely you must have noted the seated gent in the neutral colored raincoat homeward bound after a long day of politics.

I was in Copley Square some years earlier and I was surprised to see a crowd gathered near the steps of the Copley Square Library and as I approached closer and closer to try and hear what was being said, I found that it was Mayor Menino, promoting cycling to work and around Boston for the saving of energy etc.

I quickly took several photos of him and added them unto my Facebook page with heading of unexpected sighting.

He was a good mayor and a good man. None is made better for this generation and possibly ever. Thank you for being our mayor and for the loveliness of the Blue Line trains. I attribute this to him, others might disagree.

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Robert Beland (1934-2014) was my father-in-law, who walked me down the aisle to marry his son Chris. I remember him as being a quiet person; who was not a talker but could be if needed be. He did not like my taking of pictures and that I could not hold employment; he warned me about thinking that I am better than others when not.

I do not drive, I often walk to and from; I remember him having to retrieve of me one night from the library as they were closing early. So I phoned the house and his wife Connie, my mother-in-law said that ‘dad would come to get you…’ and he arrived a short time later and I got in the back seat. Feeling dumb and not really paying attention as he drove on. As I relaxed, I began to notice him driving as he was at ease, maneuvering of the vehicle like he was the machine; he was wearing these long dark overalls; with hood., I remember thinking that he looked that Grimm reaper, that one read about; or some person who steals you unto the night…and we drove on and reached the house. I got out the car and I think I said thanks and went in the house…etc.

I do not know how many would agree with me about those long dark overalls that my father-in-law sported around at times. When he wore them nothing fazed him, ever. They were like armor and him the knight.

I am sorry, I trust in time that all can be forgiven. I pray you God speed with reuniting and residing in the maker’s kingdom. Amen! 
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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.
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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

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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.


 



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