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Belmont Hen House Tour

Hen House Tour in Belmont - Backyard Chicken Coops

Belmont Hen House Tour  I’m a huge fan of house tours but this is a new one on me!

This Saturday afternoon, October 30th, there’s a Hen House Tour in Belmont MA.  You’ll be able to tour eight backyard chicken coops in Belmont.   The owners will be on hand to talk about raising poultry.

Raising chickens in the suburbs and city is more and more popular nowadays. If you’re thinking about getting some backyard chickens of your own this tour should give you some great ideas.

The Belmont Hen House Tour is a benefit for the new Belmont Public Library.

Tickets are for sale at: 

  • Belmont Library, 336 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA 02478
  • Champions Sporting Goods, 53 Leonard St, Belmont, MA
  • Vicki Lee’s in Cushing Square, 105 Trapelo Rd, Belmont, MA 02478

Tickets are $20 for a Family – $10 for an Adult – $5 for a Student – Children under five are free

Maps of the chicken coop locations can be picked up on the day of the tour until 3:00 pm behind the Library at 336 Concord Ave at the “drive-by chicken coop”

The Belmont Hen House Tour is scheduled for Saturday, October 30, 2010 from 1 to 5 pm

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Arlington Historical Society Triple Decker Lecture

Triple decker lecture at the Arlington Historical Society

Triple decker lecture at the Arlington Historical Society

Arlington Historical Society Triple Decker Lecture   This Tuesday, Stuart Brorson of the Arlington Historical Society will give a talk on “The ‘Menace” of the Triple Decker” that will answer the question – if you ever thought to wonder – why there are so many triple deckers in Cambridge and Somerville but relatively few in Arlington and other nearby towns.

Brorson’s lecture will touch on architectural features of the triple-decker, public perceptions of this new style of building, and what the triple-decker can tell us about the period in which it was popular.

There’s relatively little information readily available about triple deckers so this is a not to be missed event for architecture enthusiasts or for anybody who’s ever called a triple decker home.

“The ‘Menace’ of the Triple Decker” lecture is scheduled for 7:30 pm on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at the Arlington Heights Nursery School, 10 Acton St, Arlington, MA 02476. 

Open to the public.  Admission is free for Arlington Historical Society members or $3 for non-members.

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Harvest Your Energy Festival In Medford

Harvest Your Energy Fair In Medford

Harvest Your Energy Fair In Medford

Harvest Your Energy Festival In Medford   Bundle up this Saturday and head on over to the McGlynn Elementary and Middle Schools in Medford for the 2010 Harvest Your Energy Festival.

The fair will take place at the base of the wind turbine allowing for a close-up view of Medford’s wind turbine.  In case of rain, the energy fair will be moved into the McGlynn School cafeteria.

Stop by on Saturday, October 23, 2010 from 1 – 4 pm

Harvest Your Energy Festival Activities:

  • Learn how to conserve energy and save money with home energy assessments
  • Check out an all-electric car
  • Talk to reps from Mass Energy about free home energy assessements and energy upgrade rebates
  • Meet Wally the Green Monster from 1 to 2 pm
  • Face painting, food and music

Medford Energy Fair Participants Include:

  • Big Belly
  • Diaper Lab
  • MassSave
  • Sun Bug Solar
  • Roots & Shoots
  • Pietzo Electric Bikes
  • Medford Recycling Committee
  • MassEnergy Consumers Alliance
  • Zipcar
  • Tufts Institute of the Environment
  • Eastern Massachusetts Solar Store

Harvest Your Energy Festival in Medford will be held at the McGlynn Elementary and Middle School, 3002 Mystic Valley Parkway, Medford, MA 02155 from 1 – 4 pm on October 23, 2010

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Windows On Water In Arlington

Windows On Water In Arlington

Windows On Water In Arlington

Windows On Water In Arlington  Didn’t learn enough about local water during Blog Action Day

On Thursday you’re invited to attend Windows On Water – an evening event in Arlington all about water and water sustainability in Arlington.

Sponsored by Sustainable Arlington and Arlington EcoFest, the event will include displays, discussion, short films, refreshments and door prizes.

Massachusetts State Rep Will Brownsberger and Arlington Selectman Clarissa Rowe are participating.

Windows on Water is scheduled for Thursday, October 21, 2010 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at 27 Maple Street, Arlington, MA.

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Massachusetts Archaeology Month

October 2010 Is Massachusetts Archaeology Month

October 2010 Is Massachusetts Archaeology Month

Massachusetts Archaeology Month  Last night I attended a lecture at the Jason Russell House in Arlington. The lecture was sponsored by the Arlington Historical Society and the Cyrus E. Dallin Art Museum.

Patricia Capone of the Peabody Museum at Harvard spoke on Unlocking Arlington’s Past: Archaeology and Native Americans of the Region.  Her talk focused on an archaeological project at Harvard where the remains of Harvard’s 1655 Indian College are being unearthed in Harvard Yard.

Turns out that October 2010 is Massachusetts Archaeology Month.  Events are offered all over the state this month.  Here are some of the free events:

Acton: Mapping Acton’s Development Using Early Surveys.  Wed, Oct 13, 2010 7:30 pm at the Acton Memorial Library

Acton: Faulkner Homestead Archaeology.  Sun, Oct 24, 2010 3 – 5 pm at 5 High Street

Billerica: Archaeological Investigations of the Ten Hills Bridge and Middlesex Canal in Somerville.  Thurs, Oct 14, 2010 7 pm   Middlesex Canal Museum, 71 Faulkner Street

Hudson: Tour of Gleasondale Railroad Junction.  Sun, Oct 17, 2010 9:00 am  Assabet River Rail Trail lot off Wilkins Street

Wayland: Mansion Inn Site Tour.  Sat, Oct 16, 2010  2:00 pm  Russell’s Garden Center on Route 20

This is just a small sample of the events offered throughout October for Massachusetts Archaeology Month. More information about these events and other offerings is available at the state’s website.

 

“Unearthing the Past” is the theme of  Massachusetts Archaeology Month October 2010.

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Cambridgeport History Day 2010

An If This House Could Talk Sign from the 1st Cambridgeport History Day in 2009

An If This House Could Talk Sign from the 1st Cambridgeport History Day in 2009

Cambridgeport History Day  Clearing skies are predicted for tomorrow’s Cambridgeport History Day. 

Charlie Sullivan, Executive Director of the Cambridge Historical Commission, will again lead a two-hour tour of the history of the Cambridgeport neighborhood.  The tour begins at Dana Park at noon.

One of my favorite features of last year’s celebration of Cambridgeport history was the If This House Could Talk project.  Homeowners created more than 70 signs with info about their house’s history. 

Cambridgeport residents, businesses and non-profits have been invited to display signs in front of their properties.  The If This House Could Talk signs will remain on display until 5 pm on Sunday, October 10th.  It’s a wonderful week to walk around Cambridgeport.

Here’s a map of 2010 If This House Could Talk sign locations.

Other events on Cambridgeport History Day on Saturday, October 2, 2010 include:

  • An exhibit at Gallery 263, 263 Pearl Street: My Cambridgeport: Personal Maps of the Neighborhood
  • Activities for the kids and family at Dana Park from 2 to 5
  • A potluck dinner from 4 – 7 pm hosted by the Cambridgeport Neighborhood Assoc with music by the Bagboys

More information about Cambridgeport History Day can be found on the Cambridge Historical Commission website.

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Battle Road House Tour – Minute Man National Park

Old North Bridge Concord Mass

Old North Bridge Concord Mass

Battle Road House Tour – Minute Man National Park  Are you a fan of house tours? Do you like to visit historic house museums?

Tomorrow, Saturday, September 18. 2010, the National Park Service is holding a house tour of historic houses in Minuteman National Park in Concord and Lexington.

Several houses, including some that are usually not open to the public, will be open. There will also be demonstrations of a variety of colonial crafts and trades including spinning, weaving, a tailor, a blacksmith and a cooper.

Restored colonial era houses open to the public include:

  • Meriam House
  • Sam Brooks House
  • Noah Brooks Tavern
  • Job Brooks House
  • Captain William Smith House
  • Jacob Whittemore House

Admission is free.  Hours are 10 am to 4 pm.

Tour info can be picked up a the North Bridge Visitor Center off Monument Street on Liberty Street in Concord or at the Minute Man Visitor Center, 250 North Great Road (Route 2A) in Lincoln, MA.

The Battle Road House Tour is scheduled for Saturday, September 18, 2010 from 10 am to 4 pm.

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Harvard Book Store Lectures

lecture podiumOne of the best benefits of living in a college town is that you can find interesting lectures and readings almost any day of the week. The Havard Bookstore in Cambridge always has a super lineup of appearances by authors, political figures and social commentators. 

When you’re driving through Harvard Square and see a crowd lining the sidewalk it’s often people waiting to get into a Havard Book Store event.  Many events are free, for others tickets are available in advance or at the door if  still available.  The tickets are very reasonable but many of the most popular speakers’ events do sell out in advance.

I’m going to hear Ariana Huffington on Monday night but the event is sold out. I missed getting tickets for Tony Blair and Tina Brown on Wednesday – won’t that mistake again!  Here are just a few of the upcoming Harvard Book Store lectures with tickets available as I write:

Mary Catherine Bateson speaks on Composing A Life: The Age of Active Wisdom on September 21, 2010 at the Harvard Bookstore (no tickets required)

Robert Reich will discuss Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future at the Brattle Theatre on September 24, 2010

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will discuss Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge’s View at the First Parish on September30, 2010

Oliver Sacks will discuss his new book The Mind’s Eye at the First Parish in Harvard Square on October 28, 2010

Be sure to check the Harvard Book Store website for additional information, ticket availability, and for many more upcoming events.

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