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Residents of the Somerville Home, a retirement home on Summer Street in Somerville, have been writing their life stories and memoirs in a class funded by the Somerville Arts Council.
On Wednesday, May 5, 2010 residents will will read from their work in an event that is free and open to the public. The evening will be hosted by workshop leader and Somerville writer, Cam Terwilliger. Free refreshments will be served.
From the time I was little I’ve always been fascinated by older people’s stories so I’m really looking forward to this.
The reading is scheduled for Wednesday, May 5, 2010 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.
The Somerville Home is located at 117 Summer Street, Somerville, MA 02143
Mark your calendars! See you at the Somerville Home!
I grew up in Concord so today is one of my favorite holidays – Patriots Day. And happily, in the age of the Monday holiday, this year Patriot’s Day falls on the “real” day – April 19th.
Today marks the 235th anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord. There will be reenactments and parades in Lexington and Concord.
In Massachusetts the Monday holiday is also Marathon Day – today is the 114th Boston Marathon.
Last year when I was just starting this blog I went out in search of Obama bumper stickers. Along the way I kept seeing these mysterious stickers and wondered what does 26.2 mean?
I remembered coming across those inexplicable “420 friendly” references in Craigslist postings but since most of these bumper stickers were on cars in the Whole Foods parking lot I figured it meant something else entirely.
Sure enough – 26.2 is a bumper sticker for marathoners. A marathon is 26.2 miles in length. Yikes. Good luck to all the runners and Happy Patriots Day to everyone!
Boston Is Getting Ready For the Marathon I had to drop off some paperwork at the Coldwell Banker Real Estate office in Brookline yesterday.
The office is on Beacon Street – part of the Boston Marathon route – which I was reminded of when I saw all the signs posted.
The marathon is Monday but preparations are well underway.
There are shorter races scheduled for this weekend, lots of carbo loading, and last minute training.
Runners are pouring into the city though not all may make it. I heard on the news this morning that it’s possible that up to 10% of the runners won’t make it to Boston because of the volcanic ash cloud in Northern Europe making air travel difficult.
What fun to have a front row seat to it all!
C.S. Manegold, author of the new book, Ten Hills Farm: The Forgotten History of Slavery In the North, will speak tomorrow night, Monday, March 1st, in Newton.
The talk is part of the lecture series Encountering Slavery and Race in New England and is funded by the Foundation for Racial, Ethnic & Religous Harmony.
Ten Hills Farm was a six-hundred acre farm that stretched across parts of Medford and Somerville. The farm was owned by three families – the Winthrops, the Ushers, and the Royalls – all of whom owned slaves are were tied to the slave trade. The Royall House and slave quarters, built in the 1730s, is close to Medford Square.
C.S. Manegold will speak at the Myrtle Baptist Church, 21 Curve Street, West Newton at 7 p.m. on March 1, 2010. Admission is free. For more information please call Historic Newton at 617-796-1450.
I just bought Ten Hills Farm last night and look forward to an eye opening read. I’ll post about it when I’m done.
In honor of Black History Month, there will be a free gospel music concert at the Chevalier Theatre in Medford this Saturday.
Presented by the Somerville Community Baptist Church, the Community Gospel Choir will perform with a live band and other instrumentalists accompanying. Joe Fitzgerald, Boston Herald columnist, will be master of ceremonies.
The Community Gospel Choir is a volunteer group with members from several area churches. Stacie Clayton, Choral Director at the Somerville Community Baptist Church, is the choir director.
Admission is free. Donations accepted.
“We’ve Come This Far By Faith”, a gospel music concert, will take place Saturday, Feb. 27. 2010 at 5 p.m. at the Chevalier Theatre, 30 Forest St., Medford MA.
The theatre is between the Post Office and the Medford High School condos.
This Saturday, Feb. 27th is Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s birthday. Longfellow was born on Feb. 27, 1807. He lived for many years in Cambridge on Brattle Street and is buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery.
Mount Auburn Cemetery is celebrating the Cambridge poet’s birthday with an event that also marks this year’s 150th anniversary of Longfellow’s poem “Paul Revere’s Ride”.
Longfellow wrote the poem in 1860 and it was published in the January 1861 issue of The Atlantic Monthly. “Listen my children and you shall hear of the midnight ride of Paul Revere …”, the poem has long been a favorite of school children who learn a version substantially shorter than the original.
The poem was also a favorite of the late Ted Kennedy who narrated the poem for the Boston Landmarks Orchestra’s premiere of “Paul Revere’s Ride”.
The birthday celebration at Mount Auburn at the Story Chapel will include a multi-media presentation of Kennedy’s narration. Coffee and tea will be served at 9:30 a.m. Following the presentation a wreath will be laid at Longfellow’s grave, and then birthday cake will be served at the Chapel.
Admission is free.
The Longfellow birthday celebration will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. at Story Chapel, Mount Auburn Cemetery. 580 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA.
For information call 617-601-1981.
Looking for something different to do for Valentine’s Day?
Gore Place, a Federal Period historic house museum in Waltham, is offering Jane Austen Tours – The Art of Romance in the Austen Era – next Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 13 and 14, 2010.
A guide in period costume will use Jane Austen’s words from her letters and novels to describe life in a country house of the period.
The tour costs $12 for adults and $8 for children ages 5 to 12. Attendance is limited and reservations are suggested.
For tickets call 781-894-2798.
The Jane Austen tours will be held Saturday, February 13, 2010 and Sunday, February 14, 2010 at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm at Gore Place in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Gore Place is at 52 Gore Street, Waltham, MA 02453.
Anne Hathaway – Hasty Pudding Club Woman of the Year for 2010. On Thursday, Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Club honored actress Anne Hathaway as its Woman of the Year. The traditional parade through Harvard Square was held despite the snow and followed by a roast and presentation of the pudding pot at the New College Theatre.
The parade and pudding pot ceremony for the 2010 Hasty Pudding Club Man of the Year, Justin Timberlake, is scheduled for this Friday, February 5th.
Here’s a look at Anne Hathaway and the Hasty Pudding Club: