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Celebrate Longfellow’s Birthday This Saturday

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow of Cambridge

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow of Cambridge

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.

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Gore Place – Jane Austen – The Art of Romance

Jane Austen's house in Chawton

Jane Austen's house in Chawton

 

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.

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Anne Hathaway – Hasty Pudding Club Woman of the Year

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:

 

See also:

Renee Zellweger 2009 Hasty Pudding Club Woman of the Year

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Caring for the Modern House – Historic New England Workshop

Modernist House for Sale - 119 Park Ave, Arlington

Modernist House for Sale - 119 Park Ave, Arlington

Caring for the Modern House – Historic New England Workshop Owners of mid-century modern houses – or those who love them – will want to attend an upcoming workshop in Lexington, MA.  

Ask The Experts – Caring For The Modern House is scheduled for January 31, 2010.

A panel of experts will discuss the special challenges presented by caring for modernist houses.  Come with your questions and issues about preserving, restoring, updating, and maintaining your home.

Panelists include:

  • Brent A. Gabby, Simpson, Gumpertz and Heger
  • Katherine Mierzwa, Friends of Modern Architecture
  • Sally Zimmerman, preservation specialist at Historic New England

Sponsored by the Lexington Historical Society, the Friends of Modern Architecture, Lincoln and Historic New England.

The workshop will take place Sunday, January 31, 2010 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at the Lexington Historical Society, 13 Depot Square, Lexington, MA. 

Registration is required.  Call 781-862-1703

Admission: $40 for nonmembers. Reduced admission for members of Historic New England, the Historic Homeowner program, Lexington Historical Society or Friends of Modern Architecture.

Don’t own a modernist house but would like to?  The mid-century modern house above is my new listing in Arlington.  It’s open this Sunday, the 24th, from 1 to 2:30 or call me to schedule an appointment.

 

 

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Medford’s Civil War Photos

General Ambrose BurnsideIf you haven’t seen any of Medford’s collection of Civil War photographs or want to learn more about the collection you’ll get a chance at an upcoming lecture sponsored by the Winchester Historical Society and Friends of the Winchester Library

In a presentation titled Of the People: Faces of the Civil WarMedford Historical Society board member Jim Kiely and Barbara Kerr, Director of Collections, will talk about the history of the collection, how it was rediscovered, and what we can learn about the Civil War from the photographs.

The Medford Historical Society’s collection of Civil War photographs includes some 5400 prints and is thought to be the fifth largest collection of its kind in the world.

The lecture, Of the People: Faces of the Civil War is scheduled for:

Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 7 pm

At the Winchester Public Library, 80 Washington St, Winchester MA 01890

Admission is free

On a side note (no pun intended!) – the Civil War engraving above is just a random image I bought to illustrate this post. It’s of Ambrose Burnside, a Union Army general for whom sideburns are named.

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Weatherize Your Old House – Medford Class

Is this the right insulation for an antique home? Come to this Medford presentation to find out.

Is this the right insulation for an antique home? Come to this Medford presentation to find out.

Brrrr!! It’s nippy out!  Wondering how to weatherize your old house?  An upcoming Medford class is geared to homeowners of antique houses who want to make upgrades to save energy but don’t want to jeopardize the original character of their vintage home.

Greening the Older Home is sponsored by the Medford Historical Society.

Topics to be covered:

  • Insulation
  • Windows
  • Lighting
  • Exterior sealing
  • Renewable energy options

Panelists:

  • Sally Zimmerman, Preservation Specialist, Historic New England
  • Rebecca Williams from the Northeast Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Christopher Skelly of the Massachusetts Historical Commission

Greening the Older Home is scheduled for Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 10:00 a.m.

The program will take place at the Springstep building at 98 George P. Hassett Drive (next to Medford City Hall and the Route 93 Rotary).

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Medford Library Book Sale – Saturday December 5th

Medford Library Book Sale

Medford Library Book Sale

Medford Library Book Sale  While you may very well be at one of the many holiday house tours tomorrow, if you’re in town and want to do some of your holiday shopping or just pick up some great books at great prices – check out the Medford Friends of the Library’s Book Sale.

While this sale isn’t as big as the sale later in the year, the Holiday Winter Book Sale will feature gift-quality books, holiday themed books and other gift items. 

Local historian and author Dee Morris will be at the sale signing copies of her newly published book Medford: A Brief History

What could be better?  Save some money, pick up some presents or good reads for yourself, and support your local library at the same time.

Where:  Medford Public Library, 111 High Street, Medford, MA

When: Saturday, December 5, 2009  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

If you like to shop library book sales BookSaleFinder is a great site to keep tabs on upcoming sales.

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Somerville Christmas Lights Tour

Don't Miss the Somerville Christmas Lights Tour

Don't Miss the Somerville Christmas Lights Tour

This is the info for the Somerville Christmas Lights Tour in 2009. Here’s the scoop on the 2010 Somerville Illuminations Tour.

Tickets went on sale yesterday for the Somerville Arts Council’s annual Somerville Christmas Lights Tour.  If you’ve never been on the Illuminations tour you’re in for a real treat.  This year the tour takes place on Saturday, December 19, 2009.

Some of the houses in Somerville do it up for Christmas – completely over the top – and the Illuminations Holiday Tour takes you around by trolley car to see the best of the best.

The tour begins and ends at City Hall in Somerville at 93 Highland Avenue.  Coffee, hot chocolate and cookies will be served at City Hall.

How to Buy Tickets for the Somerville Christmas Lights Tour

Edited to add on Dec. 18th – the tour is sold out but once that happens the map is put on sale and you can have a do-it-yourself tour of the Somerville lights.

Maps of the route are available for purchase for $3 at:
  • Blue Cloud Gallery,  713 Broadway in Ball Square, Somerville
  • On the evening of the tour at City Hall, 93 Highland Ave. Sat., Dec. 19th, 4-9pm. 
  • And beginning on Monday, Dec. 21, at Magpie, 416 Highland Ave., in Davis Square

Ticket prices:

  • $10 adults
  • $5 children and seniors (12 and under / 60 and over)

The Blue Cloud Gallery, 713 Broadway, in Ball Square is the only place to purchase tickets.

Illuminations Holiday Tour of Somerville Lights

The tour takes about 45 minutes. Your tickets will be for a particular time slot and trolley.  Three trolleys go out for every tour time.

Tour times are:

  • 4:30 p.m.
  • 5:00p.m.
  • 5:45 p.m.
  • 6:15 p.m.
  • 7:00 p.m.
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • 8:15 p.m.
  • 8:45 p.m.
  • 9:15 p.m.

In case the weather is bad on the 19th the phone number to call is 617-635-6600 x2985 to find out about weather cancellation.

 

The Illuminations Tour of Somerville Christmas Lights is scheduled for Saturday evening, December 19, 2009 and leaves from Somerville City Hall at 93 Highland Ave.

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