A blog about movies and the Sturbridge area, including The Brookfields, Brimfield, Charlton, Holland, Wales, and Spencer as well as adjacent towns.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Amherst Farmers Market-Great to be back, but boy was it cold

Up there in Amherst, they know how to make a farmers market work, but oh was it chilly. It was great to see everyone back doing business at the same place, today. Thanks to Sarah, the market manager, for being so organized.

Above, Ann Starbard on right is the goat cheese queen of New England

Above, SideHill Farms smoothies are to die for.

Above, put some of Sunset Farm's Rhubarb with strawberries and you've got a pie.

Above, I finally got a grown up tent, but really didn't need it today.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Scandal in Ware-Theater may still be saved!


It appears Fred McLennan has been doing some homework. The town of Ware awarded a demolition contract that might have a problematic history. Fred sent by registered mail to Nancy Talbot a copy of the 2008 OSHA Fine. Info included: 15 violations including a death in Holyoke (2008) on Main St when three men who were not properly trained were injured in a roof collapse, one died. Other records were included. Maybe not Watergatem, but we should all know who we are dealing with.

Below is my posting on yesterday's Examiner.

One last chance to save the oldest movie house in the country

The Town of Ware awarded a contract to demolish what is arguably the oldest movie house in the country. It looks bad for impresario Fred McLennan, but there is a glimmer of hope, your assistance is needed.

There is a petition before the Governor on releasing Mass Historical Commission emergency funds (that were applied for two years in a row) 
and half of Your Ware Selectmen were willing to give a stay, while a Connecticut Cinema Corporation made a bid on the Casino this week. 

So, if you want to help, please make a phone call to state and town.

 Phone contacts from Fred: Nancy J Talbot Town Clerk/Selectman Chairman of Selectman
(413) 967 9648 ext 101
. It could be easier to use Nancy's email; NTalbot@townofware.com.Governor's Office on release of Secretary of State Galvin's Emergency fund under his role as head of The Mass Historical Commission (617) 725 4005 or 888 870 7770

Please be polite. Tell Nancy you support the stay of execution and The Gov's office you support preservation of the historically important Casino.

This is a Hail Mary pass situation. The odds are still much against success. Still, a community theater is important for everyone interested in film in the region. I’m still dreaming of the Quabbin Film Festival.

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Mexican is coming to Spencer


The Sugden block will have a new tenant. the former Trumbull Bar & Grille space is to be the Mexicalli Grille. The restaurant will be operated by Mr. David Brambila of Sudbury. Mr. Brambila is a native of Mexico and has extensive experience in the Mexican restaurant business.

One can only wish Mr. Brambila all the best. Of course, south of the border cuisine has not done too well around here. As has been observed previously, this was not because the denizens are afraid of spicy food. Playa del Carmen was very bland. So, Dave, hurry up. We are waiting impatiently for you. Just make sure the food has some bite.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Restaurant Week-Kaizen is exquisite




The long awaited Sturbridge Restaurant Week is here. The other night, we went to Kaizen for the first time. We have been missing out. Not one bit of disappointment in the night from any of our party.


The Restaurant Week special menu had choices of appetizers. I started with Tuna-Tataki which paired with the wasabi and ginger at the side, made a great start. My wife ordered the Gyoza, that is the Japanese dumplings and, family being family, I sampled with pleasure.

Okay, I'm not a big sushi person. My daughter, Bríd, who was with us is better acquainted with the genre, and I ordered what she ordered. You got to choose the sushi entree from the regular menu. They had some cutesy names like Red Sox and Sturbridge. All I remember is I chose the one with salmon in it. What else was in it? Who cares? It was great.

Robin got the chicken dinner. I tasted that and it was good, but did not compare to my choice.

As we arrived late, all that was left was the Fried Ice Cream. Robin and I got the coconut and Bríd, the Green Tea. I had no inclination to share.

People had been telling us for the longest time to try Kaizen. Many say that it is the best place in Sturbridge. As an intellectual exercise, I am working up a rebuttal. It will take a long time.

Their website is http://www.kaizen479.com/

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Restaurant Week Comes to Sturbridge Area-It's about time!



Alright, who am I to complain. Still, this is an event that has been wanting for some time. One has to compliment the Central Mass South Chamber of Commerce and its tourism committe, the Sturbridge Townships for stepping up to the plate. Click here for the link to the participating restaurants and their menus.


For those who have never patronized restaurant weeks elsewhere, it works like this. A prix fixe menu of specials is provided at an attractive cost. For our restaurant week it will be 3-course menus for lunch and dinner, two options per course offered, priced $11.11 and $20.11 respectively.

So this is a chance to sample some of the area's eateries you have not yet been to.

Bon Appétit!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Sturbridge Times Magazine is out, Shameless Self Promotion-April edition



April, that cruelest of months, is here with another issue of the Sturbridge Times, that kindest of magazines. It has been sent out and is on newstands. Moi, I have not been all that industrious for the first issue of spring, having but two items to tout.

On Page 23 is the account of my visit with AJ Comerford. You've seen The Green Boys trucks around town. AJ is one industrious lad who will go far.

My column is on Page 20. It's on Term Limits. Term Limits is an idea worth considering as a constitutional reform.

There are many other good articles so look for it on a newstand. If you don't find one, you can download a pdf at http://sturbridgetimes.com/