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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


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).


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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.



Food Is Ammunition by John E Sheridan.


Save…, Wheat… by Frederic G. Cooper


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.”


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


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.


Building For Health by Marie D Page


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


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.


The Soldiers by Harold J Rabinovitz


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.



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.


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


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

There was also a display of items from World War I


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


Tues-Sun & Mon holidays, 9 am-4 pm
Closed Mondays

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

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


Members: Free
$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


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


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


  • 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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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)


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”


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.


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.

Scott Tower (Holyoke, MA)

Date Visited: July 30, 2016

Location: 8 Scott Tower Rd, Holyoke, MA, behind the Community Field Park at 51 Community Field Park, Holyoke, MA

Hours: Open everyday, no hours listed but it can be dangerous at night

Cost: Free

Parking: Roughly a couple of dozen parking spots are available at Community Field

Dog Friendly: Yes

Time To Allot For Visit: Between half and hour and an hour

Highlights: the tower, pretty views of West Springfield and the surrounding area, wildlife, plant life, easy mile hike

Lowlights: Graffiti all over the tower (all. over), a lot of broken bottles and other litter on the premises, some stairs to the top of the tower have holes in them or are missing, tower not accessible by car

Fun For One: Yes


The walk to the tower is an easy mile walk with a few moderate inclines.  An easy way to locate the trail to Scott Tower is to look for the overpass.  Walk directly under the overpass and stay on the asphalt trail.  There are a lot of side trails and trees, plants, graffiti and remnants of what looks like used to be a waterfall or wall.  Now, the party days are way behind the Nomad but zig zags and 4:20?  Well, I guess things don’t change that much after all.  You crazy Holyoke kids.

Below is a side by side comparison of what the tower reportedly looked like in its heyday (July 16, 1972), a photo of what it looked like in May 31, 2004 and what it looks like now (July 30, 2016).  Yes, it’s pretty cringe worthy.

As a footnote, the tower was originally built in 1942.  Also, there used to be a fence around the tower which you can see at the bottom of the second photo taken in 2004.  The fence seemed to work as there is very little if any graffiti on the tower in the second photo.  Of course, the fence was torn down (presumably by visitors) and the graffiti and vandalism escalated.

There was also a lot of rustling in the brush from squirrels, chipmunks and other types of wildlife.  The vulture on the pole we saw on the way to the tower seemed like a bad harbinger.

Once the main attraction of Craft Hill at Anniversary Hill Park, Scott Tower is now a shell of what it once was.  Graffiti and litter cover the tower and it appears to be in disrepair.  In fact, you can see some remnants of what look like what used to be tables or shelters.  Even with all of the graffiti and litter, the tower is still impressive.

Not all of the graffiti was just messy chicken scratch.  Whenever I go to a landmark in MA, especially Western MA, there is bound to be some artistic renderings.  There wasn’t anything too artsy there but these images did catch my eye.


Scott Tower has two areas for observation.  There is an observation deck on the second floor and there is an enclosed area at the top of the tower.  The tower offers views of nearby Mount Tom and the Holyoke area.  The views are pretty sweet.  Just be careful if you  do go to the top.  Some of the stairs are missing or have holes in them.

It’s pretty far down from the second floor of the tower.


The tricky thing about accessing Scott Tower is you have to park at Community Field Park (use the entrance off Cherry St).  The entrance is behind the park.  There is usually a gate up that you can easily navigate around.  You will have to pass under an overpass on your way to the tower.  It is about a mile walk to the tower.  You will see many side trails on your way to the tower but stay on the main trail for the easiest, most direct route.

While I was at Community Field Park before we began the walk to Scott Tower, we saw this beautiful dog.  Remy is a 4 year old Black and Tan Coonhound


Below are some videos of a walking tour of the tower.  I really had to watch my step in the first video.  So, it’s mostly a video of the stairs and me wheezing.

I had to stop the second video so I could take some photos of the openings in the tower and the walls.

Just as an aside, I am regularly updating my categories at the top and bottom of my posts.  The “fun for one” category at the top simply means it can be fun to do by yourself.  Being a single person, I often take this into account before I decide to photograph or visit places.  I went with my mom this time so it was a lot of fun but it was something you could do by yourself or, better yet, with a dog!

Similar places in New England I have visited:



Poet’s Tower, Greenfield, MA


Bancroft Tower, Worcester, MA

Similar places in New England I have not visited (yet):


Scargo Tower, Dennis (Cape Cod), MA


Newport Tower, Newport, Rhode Island


2016 Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival (Revere, MA)

Dates Of Event: July 22-24

Location: Revere Beach, Revere Beach Boulevard, Revere, MA


The hours of the sand sculpting festival were:

July 22 and Sat. July 23 from 10AM to 10PM and Sun. July 24 from 10AM to 8PM

Revere Beach is open 365 days a year

Cost:  No Admission Fee

Parking: One website states there is free parking on Revere Beach Boulevard where the beach is located.  But, I noticed signs said read there is a 4 hour parking limit on the boulevard during weekdays.  Parking is free on the boulevard during weekends and holidays.  If you can’t find parking on the boulevard there is a $5 parking fee at the Wonderland Greyhound (1300 North Shore Road, Revere MA).  You can also park at Suffolk Downs (525 William F McClellan Highway, Boston MA) about 20 minutes away.  A free shuttle can take you to the beach on the weekends  There are literally hundreds of parking spots on the boulevard.

Time To Allot For Visit:  About 30 minutes to an hour to view all of the sand sculptures

Dog Friendly:  Yes, on the sidewalk but not on the beach

Highlights: Sand sculptures, pretty beach, long, well kept beach




Each year, sand sculpting masters come to Revere Beach from all over the world to test their skills at the International Sand Sculpting Festival.  The family (and dog) friendly event is usually held the 4th weekend of July.  In addition to the intricate works of art and pristine beach, there are also many activities and vendors for the entire family to enjoy.  The theme of this year’s main sand sculpture pictured above was “Hands On The Wheel” (a not so slight jab at texting while driving I would gather) and the gracious sponsors.


Being the early riser than I am (have become), the shading and sun was tough to work with.  It’s actually easier in some ways to shoot when the sun is higher or when there is cloud cover, I have learned.

The big winner in the solo competition at this year’s festival was Melinage Beauregard of Montreal, Canada, for her “Go With The Flow” sand sculpture.  This is the second year in a row Melinage has won this competition.  She won both the overall competition voted on by the audience and she also won the sculptors choice award which was voted on by the fellow sculptors.

One thing I have noticed about these impressive sculptures is the subtle things that still must take an inordinate amount of time to create but make a huge improvement, like grading on the side of a sculpture.


Second prize in the solo competition went to Italian sculptor Leonardo Ugolini for his work “Together.”  Ugolini paid close attention to detail in his sculptuure.  In the front, just above the astronaut’s head he etched “We Are Alone”.  On the back of the sculpture, he etched “We Are Alone” backwards.



The third place winner in the solo competition was Guy-Olivier Deveau of Montreal, Canada, for his sculpture “Carcass.”


In the duo sand sculpting competition, the team of Dan Belcher of St. Louis, Missouri and Marianne van den Broek of Key West, Florida for their sculpture, “Body Art.”


One of the interesting things about this sculpture is there is supposed to be a hidden image if you look at it from a certain angle (straight ahead),  As the arrow and instructions in front of the sculpture directs you, you should see a frog in the sculpture.

Do you see it?  Me neither.

Second place in the duo competition went, appropriately enough, to Abe Waterman of Prince Edward Island, Canada and Morgan Rudluff of Santa Cruz, California for their piece “Le Numero Deux” (the number two).  This sculpture looks innocent and harmless enough until you take a closer look.

Well, you get the jist of it.

Third place in the duo competition was awarded to Deborah Barrett/Cutulle of Saugus, MA, and her partner Steve Topazio of Tiverton, Rhode Island.  They also took home the People’s Choice Award.  As a side note, you may notice that some of the sculptures seem grainier than other sculptures, this is because it rained Saturday night and when I took the photos on Sunday there was a different texture to the sand.  I included a closeup of the sand in this group of photos for a better perspective of how the sand looked.


The other contestants'(there were 20 contestants total including the duo and solo artists) sculptures are posted below.

“I Love You So Much” by Marielle Heesels from the Netherlands.

“Always Connected” by Pavel Mylnikov from Moscow, Russia.

“Peaceful Dreams” by Nikolay Torkov of Moscow, Russia (maybe not so peaceful dreams?)

“The Last Flight” by Benjamin Probanza from Acapulco, Mexico.

“Redemption” by Jonathan Bouchard (aka “Jobi”) hailing from Montreal, Canada.

“How They View Us” – an interpretation of the Statue of Liberty holding a weapon.  This was the only sculpture with any inkling of a political theme.


“Fractal” by David Durcharme of British Columbia and Enguerrand David from Brussels, Belgium.

“Little Owl”by Paul and Remy Hoggard of Bulgaria.

They also held a children’s sculpting lesson activity for ages 5 to 12.  I am sure there were some future sand sculpters in that class.

Dogs like the sculptures also.  Revere Beach is a great place to walk your dog.  The long walkway along the beach will wear out even the most active dog.

Here are a few of the cute pooches I saw during my visit.

Neelix is a 4 year old pure breed Keeshond.  Neelix is named after the Star Trek Voyager character and he is so cool he even has his own Facebook page which you can like and follow here.  I did.

Darby is a 14 year old Boston Terrier Lab.

Lucy is a 10 year old Labradoodle.

James, a 6 year old French Bulldog, preferred to ride with his mom on her bicycle.

Below is a short video of one of the sand sculptors working on his sculpture.

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Below is a video of the sand sculptors explaining their sculptures and what they mean to them.