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

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Polearm Productions, LLC-Making movies out in Warren!

Hollywood in Sturbridge began with the purpose of supporting movie production in Surbridge, The Brookfields, Charlton, Holland and Wales as well as adjoining towns.  There have been some bright spots, but it has hardly been one long string of triumphs.  It is with some excitement we note, there is a production company in Warren.  Who'd a thunk it?

Warren, Massachusetts is about as rural as you can get east of the Connecticut River. In truth, we were completely surprised that an outfit making films could arise in such an out of the way area. Make that happily surprised.

That there is a film outfit in the hinterlands is less surprising than how it came to be. Colleen Connelly Gauthier and Dave Gabanelli are the co-impresarios of Polearm Productions, LLC. They have been living in Warren for about 12 years. Had they no daughter, they might have been just enjoying life along the Quaboag River. They do have a daughter, Savannah, and she got the acting bug at a local school production. Savannah has been in quite a few movies, most recently in the currently filming Backmask.

If you’ve ever had kids, and they took up a sport or dance or orchestra, you know what it is to travel. Colleen and Dave, being the good parents they are, took Savannah to auditions and shootings. Moi, I was never tempted to be a manager or conductor or choreographer. Colleen and Dave must have absorbed a lot because they took it to another level.

Adding friend, Mike to the team, Polearm Productions, LLC has resulted. Not only that, but a movie is on the way as well. It appears there is an aspect of destiny here. When Dave was 16 years old, he wrote a poem. He had heard of the theory that the brain lives on for six minutes after death. The poem was a short meditation on one’s thoughts in that brief period concerning how life had turned out. The poem was published in a magazine to a fair amount of acclaim.

Dave has grown up, but the poem was not forgotten. It has inspired him to turn it into a script for a short film. That screenplay will be made into the movie, Lonesome Thoughts. There is a lot one could do with the concept and it will be interesting to see what Colleen, Dave and Mike and Polearm Productions do with it.

Meanwhile, support film where they could use it, out there in the provinces. You can like the facebook page by clicking here.

Watch this space for more developments.

Friday, June 8, 2012

the Village Hotdog

The Village Hotdog

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steamed because, per Greg, “being from the Midwest, there is no other style.”

With all that is for sale at the Village Dog, one might think they have a lot on their plate.  Still, they are looking for ideas for other offerings to carry, items that would please the customer.

Which is what Greg wants to do.  He wishes the Dog to be close to the clientele it serves, and takes pride in knowing as many patrons as he can by name.  There is a customer loyalty card that gives a free dog after the 12th purchase.  When asked about a goal, he said the operation should be known for “cleanliness, quality and consistency.”

Those who can remember childhood, also recall that no matter their taste now, they probably loved hot dogs.  The younger customers receive special treatment from Greg and crew.  If they wear their team jerseys on Saturday, they get a free bag of chips.  There are also free stickers and tattoos with the logo. Don’t worry mom and dad, you won’t need laser treatment. Soap and water will do.

The Village Dog may not provide children a role model, but it does give them someone to look up to.  Frank, the mascot is tall in the hot dog suit.   Kids love him.  It helps that he has a lot of personality.  Frank showed up at opening day for the team the Village Hot Dog sponsored in the Girls’ softball league and he was a big hit.

The shop is located next to Yankee Spirits and is managed by Southbridge resident, Amanda Hausammann.  On a pleasant day, you can sit outside on the deck as you eat.  The Village Hotdog is open every day at 11:30 a.m. closing at 3:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. On the web, villagehotdog.com will take you to the facebook page.  

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

THIS SATURDAY! The “SIXTH” Annual Socks For Siberia Spring Family Festival

Save the Date!
Saturday June 9, 2012 from 10am to 6 pm

Click for Registration by Mail
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Online Registration is now closed, but you can still register for our 5K Trail Race and One Mile Fun Run/Walk on June 9th at 9am!
NEW THIS YEAR – Attendance Prize of the CENTURY!!!!!!!
Just register your email or postal address to receive future news updates and upcoming events at our Information Booth at the Festival in person on June 9, 2012  between 11 am and 5 pm and be entered in a FREE DRAWINGto win a pair of tickets to see Roger Waters production of “THE WALL” at Fenway Park, Boston, MA on Sunday, July 1, 2012 at 7:30pm! Prize includes round trip transportation to and from the event. Drawing  held at the Festival at 5:15pm, Sat, June 9, 2012
Winner need not be present to win. Socks For Siberia never sells, shares, or donates any personal information you provide to us. Must be 18 years of age or older to win this drawing
We Need Your Help!!!
Please consider selling Festival raffle tickets; volunteering time helping with the Festival; or donating goods or services for our Raffles or the Silent Auction!
Please forward this page, post on your Facebook and spread the word to family, friends, and associates!
Thank You for your support!!!

The “Sixth” Annual Socks for Siberia Family Festival

SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 2012    10:00AM – 6:00PM
You can find and friend Socks for Siberia on facebook here.

Official website is here


Sunday, June 3, 2012

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

After yesterday's rain, the Sun is shining, and the warmth is comfortable with little humidity.  Okay, everybody, outside and enjoy the day.  When you come in this evening, you should take up your copy of the Sturbridge Times Magazine and read it from cover to cover.

Moi, I have three pieces this month and I hope you shall peruse them.

On Page 4 is the story of a psychologist who works with dogs.  He has special empathy for his patients because he has no problem getting down on four legs himself.  Marko is a German Shepherd who can heal your dog.

Then again, some dogs have no legs.  You can find them and taste them at the Village Hotdog, profiled on Page 20.

Is your kid not ready for college?  Needs space to find the path?  Like Tony and Maria, there's a place for him.  It's called Community College.  It may not work for everybody, but it does work for those who want it to.  See my column on Page 24.

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