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Articulture (Artworks Westfield, Westfield, MA)

Date Of Event: May 4, 2019

Location: The Episcopal Church of Atonement, 36 Court St, Westfield, MA

Cost: Free

Summary: Artists from Westfield and the surrounding area showing off and selling their art.  The Westfield Fair conducts various events throughout the year to bring attention to various artists and their causes throughout western MA

Website: Westfield Artworks

For the past 3 years, the Westfield ArtWorks organization has been showing off some of the work of the talented artists from the area.  The event in May was no different.  The Episcopal Church of Atonement was bustling with the work of a diverse group of artists.  The first art display I noticed caught my attention because of the cause it supports.

Steve Jones, a veteran, uses his experience and his knowledge from his studies as an art therapist to help other veterans express themselves and provide a positive outlet through the Warrior’s Art Room organization.  Sometimes veterans have a hard time expressing how they feel and often don’t have people in their lives who can related to them on such a personal level.  The Warrior’s Art Room works to give them an opportunity to relate to other veterans.  Steve is standing next to his wife in the first photo.  One of the volunteers at his organization is painting in the second photo (from left to right)

 

You can find out more about Steve and his organization here.

One of the more unique authors I met at the fair was Westfield, MA, author Rhonda Boulette

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Rhonda writes children stories that children in Haiti can read.  Her book “Wolfgang Lost His Whistle” as a gift to the children of Haiti who do not have access to books.  The book is bilingual and she donated 50% of the book sales to the children of Haiti.

Jeff Bellefleur displayed his bear chainsaw carvings (he’s the one on the right).

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Shannon Chiba,  an ArtWorks Westfield board member, showed off her painting for me.

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There was also a space in the basement of the church for artists to show off and sell their work.  As I was looking over the art from all of the artists, I found this talented artist who was painting from a photo on her phone.

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There was also entertainment at the event.  The Berkshire Mountain Boys provided a bluegrass feel to the event.

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This shoot was not too hard to photograph.  I used AV (Aperture value, or aperture priority) except when I was photographing the band because of their movement (I used a setting of 500 or 1/500th of a second for my shutter speed which was enough to avoid any blur).  I also noticed I had my ISO up a bit (around 400 or 500 in some photos).  I have an awful habit of forgetting to reset it back to 100 after I increase it.  So that is some food for thought.  Every time you take a new photo, always check your settings as the lighting and the movement of your subject can warrant a change in all of your settings.  I’ve actually been using manual almost exclusively because it makes me more disciplines about always checking all of my settings.  Oh and the photos tend to look better too!


Rose Kennedy Greenway Part III (Boston, MA)

Dates Of Visits: August 12, 13, 18, 19, 2018

Location: Various locations in Boston, MA

Hours: Open daily, 7 a.m. until 11 p.m.

Cost: Free

Parking: there is some street parking available at some parts of the Greenway (particularly on Atlantic Ave) and several parking garages in the area. There are also several MBTA train stations within walking distance to the Greenway such as South Station

Trail Size/Difficulty: 15 acres, 1.5 miles/easy

Handicapped Accessible: Yes

Dog Friendly: Yes

Highlights: flowers,scenic,dog friendly, historic

Websites: Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Overview

Good Historical Overview Of The Greenway Project

Related Posts:

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Part I

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Part II

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The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway is not just known for its beautiful art and flowers. The Greenway also has a lot to entertain all of the people who visit.

With its water play areas, swings and carousel, in addition to all of the other attractions along the way, it is possible to spend an entire day on the Greenway.

One of the biggest perks of the Greenwayis the free Wi-Fi. I tried it and it does work!

The biggest attraction of the Greenway is the Greenway Carousel. It is open during the spring summer and fall and part of the winter, specifically during the holiday season.

The Greenway Carousel is a handicapped accessible ride that children and parents, aunts, uncles and friends can ride together. All of the characters on the carousel are based on animals that are idengenous to the area.

I especially like the attention to detail in the art work on the carousel

Anther fun attraction for kids and adults are the water play areas. There are two water splash parks on the Greenway. One of the fountains is on Milk St . The other one is located at the Hanover and Cross St in the North End.

There are also small patches of grass for people and dogs to play on. They also show film at on of the larger grassy fields. Or, if movies aren’t your thing, you can just play some corn hole with friends.

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If you need a little rest or if you want to spend some time chatting with one of your loved ones, the swings in the North End section of the Greenway are a great place to sit and enjoy some good conversation and fun.

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The Greenway has lots of animal activity, particularly at night. I spotted this rabbit during one of my nightly visits to the Greenway.

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And I saw these cuties during one of my daytime visits to the

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Harley is an 8 year old part Shepherd and Spaniel mixed breed.

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Max, a 2 year old Pit/Lab mix, loved the water play areas also.

Thank you for joining me on my visits to the truly special place!


History On The Homefront: The Power Of The Poster (Springfield, MA)

Date Of Visit: September 5, 2017

Location: Springfield Museums, 21 Edwin St, Springfield, MA

Parking: There is free parking in the main parking area for about 50 cars and an overflow lot across the street

Website: History On The Homefront

Highlights: posters from the World War I era

Tips:

  • The exhibit is no longer on display (it ran during the summer of 2017

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War and propaganda have gone together for as far back as America itself.   In fact, the currently prevalent “Don’t Tread On Me” flags you may often notice at rallies and on bumper stickers was originally a propaganda piece created by Benjamin Franklin and adopted by the Continental some 240 years.

Propaganda, as a weapon, may be just as an important tool as any bomb or bullet.

Springfield (MA) Museum’s “History On The Homefront” exhibit, on display during the summer of this year are evidence of the importance and the effect of propaganda.

The posters, on loan from some museum patrons, do not just to promote America’s efforts in the war, they were also meant to promote helping the soldiers abroad.

What struck me most while I researched this post was just how connected people were at this time with not only the military but also the government.  Not only did just about every fit male of service age serve, if they did not serve, everyone seemed to know someone who was serving.  And those that could not or would not serve often volunteered in other ways.  Their service, “voluntary rationing” and volunteerism for the war effort is very impressive.

The posters were created by such artists as James Montgomery Flagg, Marie D. Page and, in the photo below, Charles Buckles Falls.

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Book Wanted For Our Men In Camp And Over There by Charles Buckles Falls.

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Hey Fellows by John E Sheridan.

The call to donate books was met by the public.  According to the literature from the exhibit, the American Library Association (ALA) distributed 7 to 10 million books and magazines that were generously donated by the public to more than 500 locations including military hospitals.

You can still donate books to soldiers by visiting the aptly named website, Books For Soldiers.  Or at the website Operation Paperback.

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Food Is Ammunition by John E Sheridan.

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Save…, Wheat… by Frederic G. Cooper

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With many of the people who would have worked on farms away overseas and food shortages becoming prevalent, it was evident that people needed to cut back on their food intake. In what is for many of us a “world of plenty”, it is often hard to realize just how much a food shortage could affect a country.  We often take this way too much for granted.

Instead of implementing food rationing, which President Roosevelt thought would lower morale, President Roosevelt decided to work with the Division of Pictorial Publicity to encourage people to voluntarily cut back to help with food shortages.  Themes like “Meatless Monday” (some of us still do this) and “Wheatless Wednesdays” (yum) were announced.  People were also encouraged to eat local and even grow their own food.  Many people followed this suggestion and created their own “Victory Garden.”  One of the rallying cries from the effort was “Food Will Win The War.”

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Eat More Corn, Oats and Rye Products by L.E. Britton

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He Can Win by Dan Smith.

This poster by Dan Smith was a tribute to the Red Cross.  Looking for a way to help those fighting overseas, people turned to the Red Cross to make donations and volunteer.  President Wilson appointed a War Council to help raise funds and expand the organization and people responded.  It is estimated that at its height 22 million women joined the American Red Cross during the war.  The most popular means for helping the red Cross was by knitting goods.

The American Red Cross still helps people in the military and military families to this day.

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Building For Health by Marie D Page

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At the Sign of the red Triangle – the YMCA keeps the home ties from breaking by John F. Butler.

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The last evidence that anybody cares by John F. Butler

To maintain morale and keep the men serving overseas mentally and emotionally stable, the Department of War asked 7 community organizations such as the Knights of Columbus, the YWCA and the YMCA to provide social, health and welfare services to the people serving overseas.

During World War I, the YMCA provided 90 percent of all welfare work to the troops of the American Expeditionary Forces in Europe.  They operated rest and recreation leave  centers.  They also served 8,000 troop trains, provided 4,000 huts for recreation and 1,500 canteens and post exchanges.  At their centers, the YMCA volunteers offered religious support, entertainment and miscellaneous items such as trading cards and books.

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The Soldiers by Harold J Rabinovitz

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The World Cannot Live Half Slave, Half Free by an unknown artist.

This poster (above) was made by the Committee of Public Information which was headed by (in)famous muckraker George Creel.  The committee was tasked with “selling” the war.  The committee created posters and other propaganda related items to portray the kaiser as a barbarian and spread sensational stories of German soldiers committing atrocities against innocent civilians.  These stories of atrocities would later be discredited.  Yet, the committee proved to be effective in their efforts.

 

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I want you for U.S. Army – Nearest recruiting station by James Montgomery Flagg.

While this image may be the most recognizable image of Uncle Sam, it is not the first.  In fact, legend has it the first use of the Uncle Sam personality was during the War Of 1812 and the first use of Uncle Sam in formal literature was in a book written by Frederick Augustus Fidfaddy, Esq in 1816.  Nevertheless, this remains the most popular use of the Uncle Sam character.

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He is Getting Our Country’s Signal – Are You?  Join The Navy by an unknown artist

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And they thought we couldn’t fight – Victory Liberty Loan by Vic Forsythe.

There was also a display of items from World War I

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The helmet in the photo is a U.S. Army Helmet Model 1917.  This helmbet was modeled after the British Army Helmet (called a “soup bowl” helmet).  The binoculars to the right in the photo were used by the Troops of the 104th during World War I.  In the middle of the photo are a prayer book, personal information card and holy medal which were carried by Francis Lynch.  Lynch is the man shown in the photo to the left.  Lynch’s photos may have been chosen because he was a Springfield (MA) native (the same city as the museum’s location).  Francis lied about his age and joined the U.S. Army in 1917 at the age of 16 using his older brother Daniel’s name.

 

 

 

 


Five Days Of Foliage Day #3 – Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary (Topsfield, MA)

Date Of Visit: October 21, 2017

Location: 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield, MA

Hours:

November–April:
Tues-Sun & Mon holidays, 9 am-4 pm
Closed Mondays

May–October:
Tues-Fri, 9 am-4 pm
Sat, Sun, & Mon holidays, 9 am-5 pm
Closed Mondays

Trails:
Tues-Sun, & Mon holidays, dawn to dusk
Closed Mondays

Cost:

Members: Free
Nonmembers:
$4 Adults
$3 Children (2-12)
$3 Seniors (65+)

Parking: There is free parking for about 30 vehicles

Handicapped Accessible: No

Dog Friendly: No

Website: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Original Post: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

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Located only half an hour north of Boston, MA, Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary offers 12 miles of trails, diverse wildlife and some pretty good foliage.

I visited Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in July, 2016 (the link to this post is posted above).  But, like many of the places I have visited more than once, I found some hidden gems that I missed the first time.  Specifically, during my initial visit I missed out a cute walkway cut out of rock which I found during my recent visit.  I have considered revisiting places I have already photographed in the upcoming year to make sure my posts are much more comprehensive than they have been in the past.  It’s very easy to miss things if you don’t do your research beforehand or if you have a difficult time with the conditions.  In any event, it’s an idea I’m tossing around.

Since I had already visited Ipswich River Sanctuary and I was focusing mostly on foliage photo opportunities, I walked along the Ipswich River along some boardwalks, fairly easy trails and a few side trails.  There are lots of birds to photograph and the wildlife seems to be pretty friendly.  In fact, a chipmunk greeted me and came within inches of me.  I think they are used to seeing people and people may often feed them.  Unfortunately for the little fella, I was all out of acorns and nuts.

I have also seen deer at Ipswich River Sanctuary during both of my visits.  Actually, I have seem them multiple times during both of my visits.  During my first visit, I spotted two bucks drinking from the river.  They got away before I could photograph them.  But, I saw a deer later during my visit which I was able to photograph.

During my most recent visit, I saw a few deer running off into the woods.  But, again, I saw them later.  Except not in the sanctuary.  This leads me to my next observation.  I took a wrong turn, more accurately I missed a turn, on my drive back from the sanctuary.  I ended up on Central St where I found a mom deer and two of her little ones grazing on the side of the road.  After stopping abruptly and making sure she didn’t charge, I quickly grabbed my camera from the back seat without leaving the vehicle and took some photos of the deer family.

It was both exciting and shocking to see the deer by the road.  I know this happens often but I had never been so close to any animal on the road.  Not for one second did the momma’s eyes look away from my car.  You can also see how she is shielding one of her babies in the photos I took.

There was a lot of color at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary.  However, my issue was more with lighting and shadows.  The weather was nice and there are lots of places to explore at the sanctuary.  But, I couldn’t stay long as I was going to Salem to do some Halloween photography.  So, I couldn’t stay too long.  I had to work with what I had.

Read more about my visit to Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary here…


It’s Alive! Part II (Salem, MA)

 

Date Of Visit: October 8, 2017

Location: Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA

Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 – 5:00.  Closed Monday

Cost:

Adults $20, seniors (65 and over) $18, students (with ID) $12, Youth (16 and under) and Salem, Mass. residents (with ID) admitted free*. (*Does not apply to youth in student/tour groups.) For late nights, $12 after 5 pm.

*events and some exhibits may be have a separate fee*

Parking: there are several parking garages in Salem ($20 to park the entire day this time of the year),  The best one to park at for this exhibit is the Museum Place Mall parking garage on Church St as it is directly across from the Essex St entrance of the mall.  You may also find limited street parking if you’re lucky for .75 an hour, 4 hour max.

Dog Friendly: No

Website: Peabody Essex Museum

Highlights: collection of movie posters and memorabilia from vintage sci-fi and horror films, videos and music of Kirk Hammett and Metallica

Tips:

  • The entrance is on Essex St (not Charter St)
  • You can view the impressive Yin Yu display at the museum for an extra $6 a person charge.  It is worth the extra fee (and you will see why soon)
  • This exhibit is running until Nov. 26, 2017

Welcome to the second installment of the It’s Alive! exhibitif you dare.

There’s no better way to get yourself in the Halloween spirit than being in Salem, MA and viewing horror/sci-fi movie memorabilia.  It doesn’t hurt when you have the melodic sounds of Metallica playing in the background.

If you missed Part I you can find it here.

Now that we’ve covered most of the notorious movie villians (Dracula, Frankenstein, et al),  let’s get to view some heroes of these film genres.  Just kidding, here’s more villians!  Below are some famous stories with a different twist.

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In this unusual take on a Shakespeare story, Hamlet (1921) has a more violent twist.

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Belle at la Bete (Beauty And The Beast) (1946).

Cats, especially black cats, play a significant role in horror movies, and not usually in a good way.

From left to right: Tomb Of Ligeia (1965) and Mysteriet Svarta Katten (“The Black Cat) (1941)

These movie posters all have a unhealthy relationship (for instance, Norman certainly loved his mom).

Clockwise from the top left: I Married A Monster From Outer Space (1958), Psycho (1960), The Horror Of Party Beach: The Curse Of The Living Corpse (1964), Island Of Lost Souls (1932), The She-Creature (1956) and The Disembodied (1957)

The following movie posters all seem to deal with the demonic or demented

From left to right: Repulsione (1966), Rosemary’s Baby (1968), The Exorcist (1973), Whatever Happened to Baby Jane (1962)

The following movie posters have to deal with sci-fi and alien monsters

Clockwise from left to right: Barbarella (1968), It Conquered The World (1956), the original art work for The Day Of The Triiffids (1963) The Day Of The Triffids (1962), Doctor X (1932)

These movie posters are for Creatures (people from New England, especially Massachusetts and New Hampshire, may remember from the Creature Double Feature movie shows on channel 56 on television) .

From left to right: King Kong (1933), Mothra (1962), Tarantula! (1955) and (of course) Godzilla, King Of The Monsters! (1956)

These zombie movies came out before the current Walking Dead craze began.

Clockwise from the top left:  The Walking Dead (two movie posters from 1936), White Zombie (1932), Zombies: Dawn Of The Dead (1980), Night Of The Living Dead (1968) and  I Walked With A Zombie (1943)

The remainder of the movie posters fell into a “miscellaneous” category.

Clockwise from the top left: The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari (1920), The Beast With 1,000,000 Eyes (1955), The Crawling Eye (1958), Metropolis (1927), The Old Dark House (1932), The Whispering Shadow (1933), The Invisible Ray (1948), King Kong Vs. Godzilla (1977), Murders In The Rue Morgue (1932), Mystery Of The Wax Museum (1933), Attack Of The 50 Foot Woman (1958), I Was A  Teenage Werewolf (1957), Barnum (Freaks) (1932), The The Return Of Chandu (1934) and Notre Dame de Paris (circa 1924)

Now, lest how you think that is all that is on display at the It’s Alive! exhibit, think again.

There are also a number of statues, figures and oh, well, I don’t want to give it all away straight away.

Similar to the movie posters, the prints and artwork of the movies are displayed in a separate section.  Now, these, to me, are the real art of the exhibit.  While the movie posters are impressive and cool, the prints have so much detail and you can see the craftsmanship involved.  I loved them.

Clockwise from the top left: The Mummy by Basil Gogos, 1969, Lon Chaney as Phantom Of The Opera also by Basil Gogos, 1958, Dracula by Basil Gogos, circa 1970,  Vampyr by Erik Aaes, 1932, Dead Of Night by Frank Frazetta, 1964, The Berserker by Frank Frazetta, 1967 and Dracula Meets The Wolfman by Frank Frazetta, 1966

There are also suits and clothing from these vintage movies as well as life-like, real sized statues of movie stars and characters.

The mannequin above is a statue of Bela Lugosi.  The mannequin is wwearing the jacket and vest Bela wore in The White Zombie (1932).  The figure of Bela Lugosi was made of silicone by Mike Hill in 2010.

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What a scary suit!  This prop suit was from the movie Invaders From Mars (1953).  It was made by Norman Koch, Olive Koenitz and Gene Martin of the Western Costum Company.  It is made of plush cotton, zippers, metal, painted papier mache and wool.  It is 7 feet in length.

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This “saucer-man” figure from Invasion Of The Saucer-Men (1957) was made by Monster Effects in 2011.  It is made of paint, metal and fiberglass.  Paul Blaisdell created this pop collar on the suit.

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Mike Hill created this Boris Karloff figure in 2010 out of silicone.  The suit is the same suit Karloff wore in The Black Cat (1934).

Quite a collection, huh?  Well, believe it or not, there’s more!  Please join for the third and final installment of this series coming soon!

Salem was teeming with dogs during my visit (you’ll soon see why).  I saw Bella (on the left), a 1 and a half year old Akita, dressed as Batman and Seger (on the right), a 2 and a half year old Cattle dog mix, dressed as a prisoner after I left the museum.

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Below is a video of the It’s Alive! exhibit courtesy of Derek Millen.  He’s a pretty funny guy!  The video portion of the It’s Alive!  exhibit begins at around the 3:13 mark of the video (I have set up the video to start at the It’s Alive section of the video).


2016 Ethan Howard Memorial Charity Rig Race (Auburn, NH)

 

 

Dates Of Events: Nov 12 & 13

Location: Little Lake Massabesic, Depot Rd, Auburn, NH (about an hour north of Boston and 30 minutes south of Concord, NH)

Cost: Free to attend, registration fees apply if you participate in the event

Parking: Ample parking was provided on the grounds and there are additional lots on Depot Rd

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Highlights: sled dog races

Web Sites: Ethan Howard Memorial Rig Race

New England Sled Dog Club

Named after the late Ethan Viktor Howard,  the Ethan Howard Memorial Rig Race is an 2 day annual dog racing event held in Auburn, New Hampshire.  In addition to working for Manchester Water Works (which is located near the venue of the race), Howard was an avid sled dog musher and outdoor enthusiast.

The Ethan Howard full day racing event includes racing rigs of 2,4 and 6 dogs.  There were also races with bicyclists and their dogs.  The racing rigs raced first because of the weather conditions.  The colder weather conditions, which are more evident in the morning, affect the cyclists more than it affects the rig racers.  As the weather warms, it is easier for the cyclists to race.

Some of the rigs used for racing are shown below.  Whips or any other devices are not used to encourage the dogs.  Lead dogs respond to the vocal commands of the racer.  Many of the racers encouraged their dogs with phrases of appreciation such as, “good girl/boy” and other chants.

I was able to photograph from the sides of the racing trails.  But, with my telephoto lens, I was able to take a few photos while I stood on the trail and still had time to get out of everyone’s way.

Some of the dogs looked as though they were looking at me and mugging for the camera as they ran by.

Little Lake Massabesic is a wonderful park.  The  trails were pretty even with some slight inclines. It is perfect for runners, hikers and cyclists as well as the occasional sled dog racer.  The distance of the trails for each race was different.  But, they ranged from 1 to 3 miles.

You could see evidence of how hard the dogs were working on the trail.

Indie, the black and white spotted dog on the left, and Virgil, the brown and white marked dog on the right, were particpating in the race later that day.  I thought the markings on Indie and the shape of Virgil’s ears were very striking.

There is a misconception about sled dogs and their guardians.  It is one that I, too, used to think.  Some people think the dogs are mistreated or abused.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  The guardians of these dogs love them as much as we love our pets.  The dogs also enjoy racing and are bred and raised to race.  Much like how a horse or human runner likes to compete and run, so do these dogs.  And the connection between the dogs and guardians couldn’t be any more obvious.

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Not all of the cute dogs I saw were competing in the races.

Theo is a 5 year old Wooly Husky.

Henry, a 15 month Husky, Pointer and Greyhound mix, was very excited to go to the race!

Lexie is an 8 month mixed breed.  I think I see some Retriever in her.

A few more dogs I saw at the event.

Video of one of the 8 dog sled racing teams.


Kennard Park Sculpture Trail (Newton Centre, MA)

Date of Visit: September 24, 2016

Location: 246 Dudley Road, Newton Centre, MA (there is also an entrance on Farina Rd)

Hours: open daily, dawn to dusk

Cost: Free

Parking: There is a designated parking area for about 6-8 cars.  People park on the side of the entrance when the regular spots fill up (see below for photo of parking lot)

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Park Size: 100 acres (conservation area is 32.2 acres)

Trail Difficulty: Easy

Highlights: Easy trails, sculptures displayed around the park (until Nov. 11th, 2016), wildlife, pretty trees and flowers

Lowlights: small parking lot

Web Site: Friends Of Kennard Sculpture Trail

Trail Map: Newrown Conservancy Trail Map

As if Kennard Park wasn’t pretty and interesting enough on its own, sculptures have invaded the park.  The Kennard Park Sculpture Trail is a diverse display of art with social , personal and political messages.  But, hurry if you want to view it.  It is scheduled to be on display until November 11th of this year.

I want to give credit to 52 Sundays-Halpern Blog for posting a blog about this amazing exhibit.  Stop by and check out halperns’ blog!

The sculpture trail includes sculptures from 15 different artists.  There are sheets of paper hanging from the exhibits or near the exhibits which give information about the artist and some of his or her inspiration behind the sculptures or art.  The sculptures may not seem to go in order numerically if you start the trail from the parking area because there are several sculptures and works of art on the front lawn.  I am listing the sculptures and pieces of art in numerical order based on the map key which is available at the park.  Free handouts for the trail are located on one of the tables at the entrance.

The first sculpture by Jean Blackburn is called Kennard Web.  She states she is fascinated by the age of trees and their ability to adapt or effect their environments.  She also states she would like to create a “weave of connections” through this art work.  The work of art would make visible the singular configuration of the community of trees at this time and place.

The second set of sculptures, by Paul Walker, are called the Nattural Balance Benches and Bridge Bench.  These tables and bench are a combination of rough and refined, accordiing to Walker’s write up.  They are natural and hand made.  They are comprised of black walnut is in Newport Bay and sediment stone with stainless steel posts.

Murray Dewart’s sculptures are the third work of art on the trail.  His sculpture entitled, “Pavilion Of The Sun” is meant to convey something aspirational, both spiritual and monumental.  The Sun Pavilion has the promise of something ceremonial and celestial, open to the sky.

The welded aluminum 15 foot gate is powder coated and installed in three sections.  On the inner face of each column inside the pavilion is a mirrored surface of stainless steelthat reflects the sunlight with the faces and bodies of the visitors.

Dewart also has a bright red aluminum gate as part of his exhibit.

The Propeller Bench by Kit Clews is the fourth exhibit on the sculpture trail.  The Bench Propeller is an ultralight cooling station.    Kit imagined a tree branch with a gently spinning propeller in place of leaves which are create cooling breezes whilst they lounge together under the kinetic propeller tree.  As the spinning wheel turns, visitors are free to visualize “whirled peace” and perhaps, someday, “the wheel thing.”

The fifth exhibit is a “Reflection on the Ornithology of Naturalist-Conservationist Frederick Kennard and Memorial to Extinct Species” by Charlet Davenport.  As the name suggests, the exhibit honors Frederick Kennard’s interest in birds and to the extinct species of birds who used to roam these woods.

The exhibit includes eggs with names of extinct species on them (the very same eggs, except they are not real, that Kennard would collect) as well as porcelain forms in the shapes of Japanese lanterns which are meant to mimic the paper lanterns which were used as ornaments during the times of Frederick Kennard.  A stoneware birdbath is located next to each tree.

Biomimicry Rain Harvester by Allison Newsome is the 6th exhibit on the trail.  Her sculpture is made of steel, cast bronze rain chains, aluminized steel culvert and garden hose.  It is a functional sculpture that harvests rain water.  It holds up to 700 gallons of water and it has a hose attached that can be used for gardening and help in conserving the use fo town water by using the water it collects instead.  Biomimetrics is the immation of nature to solve complex human problems.  Biomimetrics is a combination of “bios” which is Greek for life and “mimesis” which means to imitate.

Marek Jacisin’s “Visual Playground” (the 7th exhibit) is meant to transform that part of the park into a visual playground.  The sculpture recreates elements of a board game.  The pieces of the exhibit are the player pieces of the game and the park is the board, according to Jacisin.  Jacisin was aiming (no pun intended) to provide a stark contrast with the black and white spinning circles and the asymmetrical shapes.  Jacisin goes on to explain that “nothing is ever as it seems.”

Once your eyes refocus, you can make your way to the next exhibit (exhibit number 8).  Zoe Friend’s exhibit may be hard to find if you don’t look hard enough.  Somewhat off the main trail, past the parking area and closer to the office, Zoe Friend’s exhibit “Bromeliads” is a tribute to her mother.  While researching charm bracelets, Zoe came across her mother’s old charm bracelet and she wanted to create something that would showcase some of the things her mother loved such as fuschia flowers.  Specifically, Zoe remembered how the rain cascaded off the flowers and how they clung to the very ends of the stamens after a shower, cementing them as the perfect crux between the rain chain and the her mother’s charm bracelet.

The ninth exhibit by Caroline Bagenal is called “Strata.”  If, like me, you begin the trail at the area closest to the parking area, this may be the first sculpture you see.  The elements of the Strata sculpture were inspired by the park itself.  Bagenal states she was first attracted to the land of the park and the apple trees in front of the house as she first came into the park.  She was also attracted by an old well on the corner of the property and the old stone walls she passed by while walking through the park.  She also learned part of the park used to be used as a landfill which lead her to the idea of making an exhibit with levels of both “man-made” and “natural” levels.   As you can tell the sculpture includes natural things as well as man made materials.  Layers of thought, time and place are included in her sculpture.  She specifically chose the perennial garden to display her art because it suggests a clearing but with encroaching woods.  Even the books she chose to include in the sculpture such as a book by Robert Frost and a building construction book seem to add meaning to the exhibit.

“Color Notes” by Anne Spalter is the tenth sculpture on the trail.  Spalter’s exhibit includes three pieces; digital wallpaper, video work and exterior sculpture.

Digital Wallpaper is meant to be a main conference room with a large-scale kaleidoscope composition that integrates images of the wooded area during winter.  The video work is a “color piano” video that uses color notes from winter and fall creating an abstract piece that calls attention to the changing seasons.  The exterior sculpture aspect of the sculpture are meant to highlight the transparency of the “keys” with the colors of nature showing through.

Peter Diepenbrock’s sculptures are the eleventh part of the trail.  Peter’s art consists of four pieces.  His collection, called “Buddhati’s Dream: The Transference”, includes

“The Lost Boy”

“Spirit Ship”

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Spectral Shift II

and “Pegasus”

Peter’s intent was to create a strange otherwordly environment of alien-esque artifacts with fragments of alien intelligence or presence set in an otherwise perfectly quiet, natural environment.

To my surprise and delight, Peter was there to discuss his art and some of the details about his sculptures.  In fact, the artists may be appearing from time to time at the park to meet people and discuss their works.

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The twelfth exhibit is “Totems” by Deborah Putnoi.  “Totems” is in part an interactive exhibit.  Rocks and signs with words and phrases of good advice such as “breathe”, “imagine and “be open” are strewn throughout the trail and on trees.   People are encouraged to draw their own art based on the nature they see on the totems and on paper which provided.

Putnoi, who grew up in Newton and presently lives there, wanted to make a piece that is subtle and doesn’t detract from the nature.  The stones are meant to reflect aspects of the layered and embedded history in the toen as well as the history of the trail and space.

 

The next exhibit (number thirteen on the sculpture tain) is by Marco Vargas.  Marco’s sculpture was inspired by Ehecatl; the Aztec god of wind whose breath gave movement to the sun and gives life to the lifeless.  His love is symbolized by a tree that grows in the place where Ehecatl arrived to Earth.  Since Kennard Park is a natural zsetting, Vargas wanted to use natural materials to his sculpture.  He used red mud where graffiti hexagons draw the god of wind.  He also used branches and logs.

The fourteenth exhibit on the trail is “Sacred Space” by Carolyn Kraft.  Carolyn’s work of art is a reflection the beauty of nature and how we can appreciate it in our life.  She loves to make dwellings of nature from nature.  Carolyn thinks we can find contentment and be more connected to earth through her art.  Inside the hut are chairs made of stone with moss on them.  The beads which hang in the area change color based on the direction of the sun.

The fifteenth and final work of art is “Silent Spring” by Mary Dondero.  As the title would suggest, Mary’s art is based largely on Rachel Carson’s ground breaking book, “Silent Spring” which revealed the indiscrimate use of pesticides and how it affected our environment, particularly birds.  Mary’s exhibit includes 200 shimmering white objects at the base of the tree, all silent.  Most of the bird objects are clustered near an almost dry brook or stream.  She included ceramic hands in the stream-bed.  The hands may appear to be ripples of water when the water returns to the area.  Her goal was to imply that it is by our own hands that these songbirds have diminished in population.  Although it is explicitly explained in the paper explaining the art hanging near the exhibit, I interpreted the cloths on the rocks on the ground to be dead birds, perhaps due to the use of pesticides and other detrimental human made causes.

Besides, the works of art, there were many other pretty and interesting things at the park.

And, of course, there were dogs at Kennard Park.  With its easy trails and spacious areas to roam, Kennard is an ideal place to take your dog for a quick walk.

Frederick, a 4 year old Chihuahua rescue, had to take a big stretch before he began his walk..

Sally, a 3 year old Golden retriever, walks the trail almost everyday.  She was more interested in playing with her stick than looking at the art.

Truffles, a 6 year old Italian Waterdog, lied down and took in the art at the park.

Pika is a 12 year old Border Collie.  The name Pika is derived from the name of the pica font style.

Below is a video of Peter Diepenbrock’s Spectral Shift sculpture.  In the background, you can hear him discussing his art.