SCAM (Salem, MA)

Date Of Visits: October 21, 2017 & February 10, 2018

Location: Essex St, Salem MA (shares the same entrance as Witch Tee’s at 173 Essex St)

Hours: Closed Mon – Thu, Fri: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sat & Sun: 12-7 (Hours may vary depending on the season)

Cost: Free

Parking: Street parking is accessible throughout Salem and at the parking garages on Congress St and New Liberty St

Handicapped Accessible: The first floor is handicapped accessible but the only way to the second floor is by using a stairwell

Dog Friendly: Yes

Website: SCAM

Highlights: art made by local artists


Beware! There is a scam in Salem.

But this scam does not involve some shady Nigerian Prince or a bug with your Windows operating system. No, this is an entirely different kind of scam.

SCAM (The Salem Collective of Artists and Musicians) has a wide collection of unique art from artists in Salem and the neighboring areas. I wen there on a whim. It was a busy weekend in Salem just before Halloween. So, I thought I would duck out from the foot traffic and stop in, And, was I glad I did!

I originally visited SCAM in October, 2017. The decor did have a Halloween or spooky theme in some areas and an early Christmas themed work of art.

The entrance way to SCAM is a shared entrance with Witch Tees on the pedestrian walkway on Essex St. Go to the right at the entrance to enter the art museum.

The first floor has a variety of art, novelty items and some merchandise for purchase.

My favorite pieces are the vintage art of celebrities from the past such as the art work with Marlon Brando and Leonard Nimoy. Little known fact: Leonard Nimoy was born in nearby Boston, MA.

I also liked the height chart that corresponded with the height of other celebrities. I was Keanu Reeves! Who knew Lady Gaga was so tiny! I also like how they have Matt Damon’s “crouching height.”


Most of the art is on the second floor. There is a variety of unique art and innovative items on the second floor of SCAM.

Watch out where you step when you go upstairs!


That is just one of them more offbeat pieces of art or entertainment at SCAM.

The works of art on the second floor of SCAM are very creative and impressive. Some of the art on display is for sale.

SCAM is not a very big art museum. You can easily go through the building and view all of the art in 20 minutes or so.

From the outside of the building was yet another innovative work of art!


SCAM changes up their decor and art from time to time. During a recent visit on February 10, I noticed there was a new set up in the front window. I love how they integrate action figures into different locations.

Below is a short video of the display at the front of SCAM.

Talcott Greenhouse At Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden (South Hadley, MA)

Date Of Visit: January 20, 2018

Location: 50 College St, South Hadley, MA

Hours: Mon-Fri: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m, Sat & Sun 1 p.m. -4 p.m. (hours may vary depending on the season)

Cost: Free

Parking: There is a parking lot for about 40 cars

Handicapped Accessible: Yes

Website: Talcott Greenhouse

Related Post: 2017 Spring Bulb Show At Smith College

Highlights: variety of plants in the Talcott Greenhouse at Mount Holyoke College


It may seem a little early in the year for New Englanders to be talking about our gardens and plants, especially since we just received 3 inches of snow in the Boston area. But, the Talcott Greenhouse is a great place to go for a preview of the spring planting season that will soon be here.

The greenhouse has a wide variety of plants

There were a variety of plants and flowers that caught my attention like this huge cactus!


The botanical garden is open all year. The plants are cared for by a friendly and knowledgeable staff. In fact, the person working there during my visit helped answer a few questions I had about some of the plants and flowers int eh garden.

This particular flower is an orchard. The banana-looking parts of he flower are actually where the plant stores water.


Below are a few of the plants and flowers that caught my eye.


Philodendron Erubescens (“Pink Princess”)


Begonia Brevirimosa

Microsorum Thailandicum


Sinning Bullata


Begonia Silver Jewel Dibleys


Cirita Keiko

and the rest…

I especially liked how the flowers were displayed throughout the botanical garden. The colors of the plants in each group seemed to blend so well with all of the other plants they were placed with.

The coolest part of the greenhouse was definitely this tree that was growing through a wall!

16th Annual Salem’s So Sweet (Salem, MA)

Date Of Visit: February 10, 2017

Locations: Throughout the city of Salem

Hours:Visible 24 hours a day, until they melt

Cost: Free

Parking:Metered street parking is available and there are two big parking garages on New Liberty St and Congress St

The Downtown Garage (New Liberty St) costs $0.75 per hour.

The Waterfront Garage (Congress St) costs $0.25 per hour.

Both garages operate from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM Sunday through Wednesday and from 7:00 AM to 2:00 AM Thursday through Saturday.

Public Transportation: The MBTA’s Commuter Rail has a stop which deposits its passengers right at Washington St. $15 for a round trip ticket from North Station (fares vary depending upon where you leave from and where you are going)

MBTA Commuter Rail

Handicapped Accessible: Yes

Dog Friendly: Yes

Website: Salem’s So Sweet

Related Post: 2017 Salem’s So Sweet

Highlights; 24 Ice Sculptures that have light fixtures attached to them that light up at night


What says “Happy Valentine’s Day” like chocolates, champagne and chunks of carved ice? That is what Salem served up this past weekend.

The festivities began Friday, February 9 with a special Salem’s So Sweet chocolate and wine tasting event.

Unfortunately for the sculptures, we experienced a spell of warm weather over the weekend. While it gave people a chance to roam around in t-shirts and, yes in some cases shorts, the 40 to 50 degree weather did not bode will for the ice sculptures. Yes, New England weather is so predictable and cooperative.

Although the sculptures are impressive in the daylight, they really come alive during the afternoon and evening after the lights attached to their stands are turned on. The lights were put on a little before 5 and then I hustled to get all of them photographed before it got too dark.

One of the really great things about the sculptures, besides the obvious beauty and intricacy of them, is that it is great platform for businesses in the area to market themselves in a tasteful and fun way. It is also great for the visitors to learn about businesses, particularly smaller businesses, they may not have been aware of before.

I noticed almost all of the sculptures were different but were in some ways similar to the sculptures they had last year (take notice, Journeymasters). I did notice that they had a certain similar theme with the ice sculptures from last year and this year, such as the sculptures located at the Salem Witch Museum, Bit Bar and Rockafellas.

I am posting the photos of the sculptures in the order they appear on the map from 1 to 24. I will also include a photo of the sculptures before and after they were lit. Not only do the sculptures light up, some of them change colors while they’re lit. I have showed different photos displaying the different colors of the sculptures as well as videos at the bottom to show them in all of their brightness.

The first ice sculpture on the map was located on Essex St near Lappen Park (where the Bewitched statue is). This sculpture didn’t make it to end of the day. Whether it was due to a careless spectator or the result of all of the melting that took place, the top part of the sculpture was not on attached when I came back to photograph it after it was lit.

Universe sponsored by The Journeymasters

Han Solo sponsored by Gulu-Gulu Cage. Rumor has it Han was supposed to be on display during last year’s ice sculpture festival but he didn’t make it there in time. I’m glad he could join us this year.

Snowflake sponsored by Laura Lanes Skin Care.

Tank sponsored by Army Barracks.

Kissing Fish sponsored by Adriatic Restaurant And Bar.

Piggy Bank sponsored by People’s United Bank.

Princess And Frog sponsored by Maria’s Sweet Somethings.

This sculpture did not make it too far into the day either.

Dragon sponsored by Coon’s Card And Gift Shop.

Page The Dog sponsored by Bella Research Group.

Lobsterman sponsored by Turner’s Seafood.

Love Potion #9 sponsored by The Coven’s Cottage, Emporium 32, Modern Millie, Pamplemousse, Salem Trolley and The Trolley Depot.

Basset Hound sponsored by a variety of shops that are part of the Witch City Mall

Cactus sponsored by Peabody Essex Museum.

Super Mario Brothers sponsored by Bit Bar.

Cauldron sponsored by The Salem Witch Museum.

Bakery sponsored by Coffee Time Bake Shop.

Financial Wizard sponsored by Saint Jean’s Credit Union.

Lion sponsored by Jolie Tea Company.

Mug sponsored by Notch Brewery & Taproom.


Waterfront Hotel sponsored by The Regatta Pub Restaurant at the Salem Waterfront Hotel.

This one made me laugh because while I was photographing it, a child who was with her mother, asked her mom, “What is rum?” Her mom was left speechless.

Rumson’s Rum sponsored by Pirate Dog Brand/Rumson’s Rum.

The Friendship sponsored by The Waite & Pierce National Park Service Information Center and Park Service. This is a sculpture of the boat, The Friendship, that is usually docked by the Pedrick House at Derby Wharf.

To celebrate the 350th anniversary of The House of the Seven Gables, 350th Anniversary was sponsored by House Of The Seven Gables and Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie.

Of course, with the warmer weather and the special attractions, there were many people walking their dogs. Whenever I go to Salem, which if you read my blog regularly you must know is often, I always see such a wonderful array of dogs and Saturday was no different.


Meko is a 2.5 year old Schnauzer/Yorkie rescue from Arkansas.


Augie is a 2 and a half year old Pug.


Marley is a 12 week old Lab mix.


Cookie (yes like the Oreo cookie) is a 12 year old Border Collie.


Ollie is a mixed breed shelter dog.


Darwin, who was named after Charles Darwin whose boats was named the DHS Beagle.

Below are two videos of two sculptures that had lights on them that changed colors.

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Ice Floes (South Hadley, MA)


Date Of Visit: January 20, 2017

Location: 1 Alvord St, South Hadley, MA (Brunelle’s Marina)

Cost: Free

Parking: Parking for about 50 cars is available in the lot next to Brunelle’s

Handicapped Accessible: Yes, although some areas may be inaccessible

Dog Friendly: Yes



New England’s bizarre weather has created yet another peculiar attracted that has peaked the interest of countless visitors; ice floes.

But, these icy chunks of frozen water are no ordinary ice floes.  These ice floes and ice chunks are so large some people have been seen lying on them, taking selfies on them and walking on them, cautiously (more on that later).

Although most of the ice floes and chunks of ice have surely melted with our recent warming trend, it is likely this may happen again this season or again next winter, although this was a fairly unusual event for this area.

The chunks of ice were stable in most areas.  But, not all areas.  Let’s just say I may know from experience.  So, do be careful if you do visit this icy attraction.

The slabs, caused by frigid temperatures have attracted large crowds.

Despite our downright balmy weather conditions this weekend, it has been a particularly cold winter.  But, hey that’s New England for you.

The ice chunks were often found bunched together, almost in a tectonic fashion.

The ice formed some very interesting shapes.

Another interesting aspect of the chunks of ice are the white and blueish colorful hues from the light shining through the ice.  The colors reminded me of crystals and diamonds.

A few of the visitors decided to make good use of the snow and made this snowman.  But, I’m not sure what the sticks in the head are all about.  it’s a little disturbing, actually.


The ice floes are also popular with dogs.

Princess is a 3 year old Maltese.



Winston, a 5 year old English Cream Golden Retriever, barked out his approval of the floes.

Below is a video of the ice floes floating and traveling down the Connecticut River.




Ice Sculptures (Greenfield, MA)

Date Of Visit: February 3, 2017 (Carnival is usually held annually the first weekend of February)

Location: Main St, Greenfield, MA

Cost: Free

Parking: I found metered street parking to be plentiful on Main St.  There is also parking available on the side streets off Main St.

Handicapped Accessible: Yes

Dog Friendly: Yes


  • the sculptures are lit up at night
  • there are several events and exhibits during the carnival (see the website below and the link to my post from last year’s carnival to see what other events take place at the carnival

Website: Greenfield Winter Carnival

Highlights: Ice sculptures from the Greenfield Winter Carnival

Well, we made it.  We’ve officially made it half way through the winter season.  Pause for collective groan. But, cheer up.  To celebrate this monumental milestone, Greenfield holds their annual winter carnival fair.  The fair includes a variety activities such as a parade of lights to kick off the carnival, face painting, a k9 keg pull a cardboard sled race among many other fun family friendly activities.  But, the highlight for many of the visitors to the Greenfield Winter Carnival are the ice sculptures.

Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the festivities this year.  But, I did post about it last year.

You can click here to view my blog post from last year’s winter carnival.

Unlike other ice sculpture exhibits where the sculptures are carved elsewhere and delivered, like the Salem’s So Sweet ice sculptures which are going to be on display this upcoming weekend, the ice sculptures at the Greenfield carnival are carved on sight on Main Street.  In fact, you may see some of the chunks of ice from the original blocks of ice in some of the photos below.

There were 11 total ice sculptures.  They are located on both sides of Main St.  We found 10 of them.  All of them are located on Main St. These sculptures are also lit up during the evening and some were already lit when we saw them during the afternoon.  The frigid and blustery conditions ensured the sculptures remained frozen despite the abundant sunshine.

The first sculpture on Main St (going from south to north) was created Sue O’Sullivan of Royalston, MA.

The second sculpture was created by Brendon Kellner of Cambridge, MA.  I think the figures are supposed to be dancing or about to embrace.  Or, they’re choking each other.  It is up to your particular interpretation today.  It may also depend on how your day is going, I suppose.

The next sculpture of a family of penguins (there is a little one in the middle of the two larger penguins) was created by Marc Cinamella of Palmerton, PA.

This sculpture was certainly one of the more popular ice sculptures and my favorite.  There were a group of photographers huddled around this sculpture.  Of course, waiting for the scene to clear out before I took my photo was less than pleasant given the conditions.  The intricate detail of the sculpture really is impressive.  The sculpture was carved by Mark Bosworth of Athol, MA.

Unfortunately, I did the shadow of this groundhog look a like sculpture.

This sculpture created by Chef Ben Pike and Franklin County Tech School Culinary students.

This snowflake is not any ordinary snowflake.  This icy snowflake was carved by hometown Greenfield citizen John Passiglia.

This howling wolf was created by Robert Markey of Ashfield, MA.  I’m not sure if it was done by design or if it was the way the sun was reflecting off the sculpture but I like how the wolf seems to disappear the father you look up on the sculpture in the second photo.


These humongous legs and feet were carved by Annaliese Bischoff from Leverett, MA.

David Barclay of Northampton, MA carved this dragon.  I love the scales on the chest of the sculpture.

The final sculpture we found (there was one more farther down the road we missed) of a certain Boston Bruins goalie was carved by Michael Legassey of Athol, MA.

In case you were wondering, yes there were many dogs attending the carnival festivities.

Andrew is a 3 year old Black Mouth Cur.

Bella, a 2 year old Shih Tzu was dressed for the cold temperatures.

Marcey, a rescue all the way from Chicago, is an 8 year old Shepherd mix.

Marcey’s sister, Zoie, a 5 year old Shih Tzu, showed off her talents.


MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA) Part V


Date of Visits: July 8 & 15, 2017

Location: 1040 MASS MoCA WAY, North Adams, MA


Fall/Winter/Spring Hours

11am–5pm, closed Tuesdays

Open January 1, 2018

Fall/Winter/Spring Tours

Wed.-Mon.: Two museum highlights tours: B6: The Robert W. Wilson Building and Buildings 4, 5, and 7 at 2pm
Summer Hours (begin June 2018)
10am—6pm Sundays—Wednesdays
10am—7pm Thursdays—Saturdays



Adults $20
Seniors / Veterans $18
Students with ID $12
Kids (6–16) $8
EBT/WIC Cardholder $2

They also offer 2 day and 3 day admission tickets

Parking: There are four parking lots in the museum parking area

MASS MoCA Parking Map

Handicapped Accessible: Yes

Website: MASS MoCA


Not all of the art at MASS MoCa is indoors.

This pole with mirrors on it is just one of the unusual work of art on the grounds of the museum.  This work of art is part of the Totally Totem exhibit by Marko Remec that was on the grounds of the museum in 2016.  Marko attached ready-made objects such as mops, brooms, safety mirrors, and rear-view mirrors to utility poles, transforming them into contemporary totems.


It’s a bird.  It’s a plane.  Oh, never mind, it’s just a trailer on top of a bridge.


This work of art, part of a three part art piece titled, “All Utopias Fell”, was created by Michael Oatman.  The trailer, called The Shining, is a 1970’s era Airstream mobile home that Oatman bought online from a dealer in Ohio.

The worst part of the exhibit for some may be the walk along some narrow steps inside a creepy boiler house, more on that later, and then a short jaunt along a bridge to the Airstream.

““The Library of the Sun”, the decorative interior of the Airstream is the second part of the exhibit.  Decorations, prints as well as a variety of other vintage and novelty items line the walls and shelves of the trailer.  Many of the items inside the Airstream are humorous relics of the past.  A rotary phone, a sewing machine, a workbench, books held into place with leather safety belts and even a photo of Guy Lombardo and real jars of preserved food. are just a few of the vintage memorabilia inside the mobile home.

The third and final part of the exhibit is “Codex Solis” which is a a solar panel project that Oatman has worked to create with the museum for the past 3 years.  The solar panels Every task light and video screen on the Airstream is powered by the solar panels according to Oatman.  According to their website, roughly 25% of MASS MoCA’s energy is produced on-site through solar panels on these roofs

The views from the exhibit are stunning.

The work of art is inspired by vintage era pulp aeronauts such as Buck Rogers, Tom Swift, and Tom Corbett: Space Cadet, as well as the works of Giotto, Jules Verne, NASA, and Chris Marker’s 1962 film La Jetée.  Slightly larger than my apartment, The Shining does seem like it could be a little cramped for most people.

These cans were strategically placed to form some artistic displays.


“All Those Vanished Engines” is an audio and visual exhibit by Stephen Vitiello.  Inspired by a commissioned text by novelist Paul Park, the exhibit uses both sound and visual arts to entertain its viewers.

The Boiler House was commissioned by Sprague Electric Company in 1947.  It was preserved by the museum as a relic of the great industrial age of carbon.  There are three boiler hoppers, coal hoppers, steam fittings and ash disposal conveyors.  Especially after viewing the solar panels on the roofs of some of the buildings, it is a reminder of how far we have come in our technology.  I couldn’t help but think Freddy Krueger was lurking around one of the corners.

There are a lot of strange works of art on th emuseum grounds.  I’m not sure what these are supposed to be.

Remind me to never bring my camera to MASS MoCA.  There is so much more art to share from this museum.  But, I may be taking a break from posting the art from this haven for art lovers.

I have some other interesting photos from places and events I have visited recently.  So, I am taking a short break from my MASS MoCA posts.  But, I will resume my MASS MoCA series after I post some photos of winter in New England!


MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA) – Part IV


Date of Visits: July 8 & 15, 2017

Location: 1040 MASS MoCA WAY, North Adams, MA


Fall/Winter/Spring Hours

11am–5pm, closed Tuesdays

Open January 1, 2018

Fall/Winter/Spring Tours

Wed.-Mon.: Two museum highlights tours: B6: The Robert W. Wilson Building and Buildings 4, 5, and 7 at 2pm
Summer Hours (begin June 2018)
10am—6pm Sundays—Wednesdays
10am—7pm Thursdays—Saturdays



Adults $20
Seniors / Veterans $18
Students with ID $12
Kids (6–16) $8
EBT/WIC Cardholder $2

They also offer 2 day and 3 day admission tickets

Parking: There are four parking lots in the museum parking area

MASS MoCA Parking Map

Handicapped Accessible: Yes

Website: MASS MoCA


One of the featured artists at MASS MoCA is artist, musician, composer, film producer and entertainer Laurie Anderson.  All of the art posted below was made by Laurie with charcoal.  These drawings feature dog Lollabelle and visions of the Tibetan afterlife as her inspirations.










Many of the exhibits at MASS MoCA have a social, political or other type of message.  This exhibit showcased some of the different aspects of the criminal justice system. The scanner like devices in the pink and blue lights had text that looked like police chatter on it.  Along the walls are fingerprints taken from people who have been arrested and reports that have been blocked out.

The exhibit also included a collection of documents from prisoners in Guantanamo Bay and some of the other holding facilities overseas.  Many of them, but not all were blacked out.  Some were entirely blacked out.  What struck me is how some things, like how an inmate injured himself or some other traumatic event, were explained so matter of fact.

This mural has the lyrics to the Graham Koxon song, “Fame And Fortune” in it.

Resist the temptation to sit on this bench created by Jenny Holzer.

Thank you for stopping by and checking out part IV of my blog post series on the art at MASS MoCA.  Believe it or not, yes, there’s more.  Part V of my series will include some of the outdoor art and some very interesting art from some unusual places at the museum.  Stay tuned.