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

Monday, November 28, 2011

You missed it this time, but next year you should take in the North Quabbin Garlic & Arts Festival

I don't know if it still happens, but when I was starting my so called professional life in the big city, a small detachment of youngish folks would come into the office bearing some merchandise (usually leather goods, if I remember correctly) and tell us that their boss wanted to help us out by giving us a good deal or some such palaver. One Friday afternoon, it was always Friday afternoon, such a crew came into our offices bearing copies of paintings that you have probably seen prints of, but might not know the names or titles, though the term impressionist could cross your mind. No one bit and they headed toward the elevator to leave as I was going in the same direction to get to our other floor. I was cornered as the leader of the pack began a strong sales pitch on his one victim.

Now, I am ashamed to say, as a young man, I was a rude and obstreperous fellow. In one area of my life, however, I have always tried to be unfailingly polite. Telemarketers, salespeople and the like I have always done my best to indulge. Call me up at dinnertime and offer me a mortgage and I will apologize that mine is paid off and wish you every success. I know such people are not earning big bucks and for some reason unknown to myself, feel compassion for them.

Trapped as I was, I wanted to escape with manners intact. So when the pitch got to the point where I was actually asked if I wanted to buy, it would be important to not hurt their feelings while ending the sales pitch. My response, "Nah, I hate art."

Their first reaction was a look of shock. I am certain no one ever had said that to them before. We are a nation of philistines, but it is criminal to admit it. As I kept a wide grin on my face, they quickly realized I was having them on and each actually let out a small guffaw and I was able to exit the elevator on good terms.

In truth, I don't hate art, but I am no savant. I do enjoy visual spectacle to the best of my ability. If you asked me to choose between Picasso and a dish made with a plethora of garlic, well, I know what I would choose.

Fortunately, every fall here in Nova Anglia, we don't have to choose.

NQ Garlic and Arts

Saturday, November 26, 2011

I know there something missing this morning. Oh yeah, The Amherst Farmers Market!

Above: A warm summer day at the market

For about a month and a half now, I've been getting up on Saturday mornings to travel up to Amherst Farmers' Market to sell honey and eggs and anything else the garden had produced. I've been doing this for about 20 years now and can't stop. I yield to no one in my dislike of early rising, but the Amherst market is worth it.

I wouldn't be so upset if today's weather were a howling snow storm (but we never have one of those this time of year). Unfortunately, today will be beautiful and warm, perfectly Indian Summerish. Ah but last Saturday was the last week.

The Amherst FM is like a festival. Okay, you may not be able to get everything there, but there is a lot. Vegetables are in colorful profusion, but there are crafts (see video below) as well. There is my breakfast, a jalapeƱo ciabatta (don't laugh) and then a pesto roll from the two bakeries selling.

Where there is also a hole in my day is across the street. Once set up, I go over to Amherst Coffee and get a large extra caffeine to go. Now the coffee we have during the week is not terrible, but it is not in Amherst Coffee's league. Man does not live by bread alone, because there is coffee.

Market Manager, Sarah Berquist, has been there a few hours already before I get there. We have had many good managers since I've been going there and she is in that Stalwart mode, unfailingly so.

Fortunately, winter will not last forever. Already, I've received some seed catalogues. Time to start planning.

Not only does everyone at the market love Justamere Tree Farm. They were featured in Martha Stewart Living Magazine.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Are some Sturbridge based filmmakers going off the deep end? Maybe

The team making Dudleytown Curse – the 49th Key are traversing ground that few dare to tread. Who knows, maybe they will solve a mystery, or all this paranormal stuff is the work of overheated minds? Then again, they may be playing with a fire that will char them body and soul. In that case, the least we can do is give them one heckuva wake. Their press release is below.

Red Barn’s Dudleytown- “Scariest Horror Film on Earth”–Interviews Paranormal Investiagtor

Red Barn Media completed interview with paranormal investigator/author Thomas D’Agostino for indie feature horror film “Dudleytown Curse – the 49th Key” - about the cursed village of Dudleytown, Connecticut – Watch the Video!


PRLog (Press Release) - Nov 15, 2011 -
Red Barn Media, a Massachusetts production group, announced today it has completed an on camera interview with paranormal investigator and author Thomas D’Agostino in connection with its indie feature horror film called “Dudleytown Curse – the 49th Key” - about the infamous and cursed village of Dudleytown, Connecticut – a place Dan Aykroyd reportedly called the “scariest place on Earth”.. The indie horror film, based on a story which Red Barn Media calls the "utterly terrifying incidents" at Dudleytown, Connecticut, began shooting in November, 2011.

Thomas D’Agostino has written nine books on the subject of the paranormal in New England, and has also written about the history and legend of Dudleytown. A Spokesperson for Red Barn said: “We are so pleased to have the opportunity to interview Thomas D’Agostino who has been investigating the paranormal in New England for over thirty years and has written extensively about the subject”! Red Barn Media has released online a snippet of the interview with D’Agostino in a video on YouTube called: “Dudleytown Woods – Actual Footage – Paranormal Activity Caught on Tape?” In the video, the paranormal investigator, Thomas D’Agostino, appears in the interview as crew members from the Red Barn team film actual footage of Dudleytown Woods from a public road. A Voiceover in the Video asks the viewers to judge for themselves as to whether any paranormal activity is caught on the actual footage from Dudleytown. Supernatural or not? Red Barn asks to let the viewers decide for themselves. The paranormal investigator talks about the reports of negative energy associated with Dudleytown and theories that it could be a vortex or thin region which allows entities to pass more freely between this world and something else. The Video on YouTube which includes the interview and asks whether the viewer can see any paranormal activity near a blue light which appears in the video can be viewed on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qTOQz31wtM

The Legend of the Dudleytown Curse says that Dudleytown is damned, the legacy of a “Curse” placed on the Dudley family by King Henry VIII and his demonic minions nearly five hundred years ago in England. The sons of the cursed family are said to have fled England and settled in Dudleytown, Connecticut where the “Curse” is said to have followed them.

For further information regarding Dudleytown Curse – the 49th key, visit www.dudleytowncurse.com. The Indie Film also has a Facebook Group at: http://www.facebook.com/groups/124889004194600/#!/groups

Please contact Doug Kirkpatrick at production@dudleytowncurse.com or (310) 804-8450.

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Red Barn Media, a Massachusetts production group, has performed many years of exhaustive research, investigation, overcome many obstacles. It is shooting its indie feature film - “Dudleytown Curse – the 49th Key” - about Dudleytown, Connecticut.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

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

So November came in with a catastrophic freak snowstorm. If we have an asteroid hit in December, who is going to be surprised?

Better news, the Sturbridge Times Magazine is out and I have some pieces to shamelessly self-promote.

On Page 10 is my review of Willpower, Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Tierney and Baumeister. This is not a self-help tome, but there are some good insights.

I was at the first North Quabbin Garlic & Arts Festival and several others. It is a great early fall take in up in Orange, and is covered on Page 16.

My column is on Page 20. I am no fan of Scott Brown, but Liz Warren is not quite ready for prime time.

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