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

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

"An Evening of Celtic Chamber Music" at the Merriam-Gilbert Public Library


No, it's not going to be fight songs of the Boston basketball team or a Glasgow soccer squad.  It will be a duo of accomplished musicians playing traditional music.  The announcement is below.

New England-based duo Samantha Gillogly & Tim Maurice perform Celtic Chamber Music, a crossover genre combining the haunting, dynamic melodies of the Celtic tradition with the grace and lyricism of Classical-style chamber music. At once contemplative, uplifting, and energetic, their concerts are a conversation between violin and piano through the rich landscape of the Celtic spirit.

This concert is free and open to the public. Please visit the Merriam Gilbert Public Library's circulation desk or call (508) 867-1410 to register to attend, as space will be limited.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Date: Thursday, May 24, 2012
Venue: Merriam Gilbert Library, 3 West Main Street, West Brookfield, MA 01585

Monday, May 21, 2012

Life is good, the West Brookfield Farmers Market opening day is this Wednesday!

Yes, it's back.  It's a wonderful time on our common, and worth a trip even if you don't live in WB.



Sunday, May 20, 2012

Large crowd at Asparagus Festival

Living way up on Long Hill, I don't get downtown as often as when the kids were young and not scattered to the four winds, well three.  The Asparagus Festival is a good reason to go and catch up.  Lots of folks from town were there, but they were a minority as the rest of humanity descended on the common.  Or so it appeared.

It was colorful to say the least.  It would have been so if Stacia Caplanson and her Rainbow Kids Tie Dye had been the only tent.

The lines for food were long.  I was hoping to get some of the Salem Cross' asparagus soup, but the line never receded.  Pig Park Barbecue could not keep up.  Five Loaves sold out.  Fortunately, the Congregational Church line was not so bad, and I was able to get some of there wonderful pie.  

 The 60s will never die while Stacia lives
 Interesting Bird Houses
 Kim, for once not at Flapjack Willy's
 Sangita the Henna Lady
Socks for Siberia
Amy Dugas & Co. did a great job as usual.

Friday, May 18, 2012

the weather will be glorious for the Asparagus Festival tomorrow. Don't punish yourself by missing it.

It will be on the West Brookfield Massachusetts Common from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Sun will be out, the Asparagus will be fresh.  What else could you ask for?

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

This has gone viral!

It's from the high school my daughter went to.  I make no editorial comment.


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

It's coming, the Asparagus and Flower Heritage Festival in West Brookfield

You want to save the date for this one.  On Saturday, May 19th 2012 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  the Asparagus and Flower Heritage Festival returns to the West Brookfield Common.  Our little town celebrates itself for being the place asparagus cultivation began in the US.  Hollywood in Sturbridge is not going to go on and on about what a wonderful day it will be because there is now a blog dedicated to the event.  It's name is, oddly enough, the Asparagus & Flower Heritage Festival and the link is here 

In the interests of self promotion, I shall below post the article I did for the Sturbridge Times Magazine a few years back.
Asparagus Festival

Monday, May 7, 2012

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

The weather is beautiful today at the end of the first week in May, but the drought continues.  More rain coming tomorrow, but sunshine is here in the form of the Sturbridge Times Magazine, May issue.  I have a couple of articles this edition.

On Page 28 is my column discussing the popularity of Downton Abbey and our society compared with the "Golden Age."  I have a contention that we refuse to grow up, sartorially.  The picture below from Failblog bolsters my contention.  If you look, his sunglasses were probably cheap.  They didn't seem to help much.

Res Ipsa loquitur.





On Page 29, the Sturbridge lakes and the good work of Dave Mitchell and the Sturbridge Lakes Association are profiled.  The lakes are a great resource and the town is lucky to have a team of volunteers monitoring  the waters.

there are many other articles in the Sturbridge Times Magazine and you should pick up a copy, if one was not delivered.  They are at all the best establishments in town.  The web version should be up soon at http://sturbridgetimes.com/http://sturbridgetimes.com/