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North Adams, MA - Local historian Paul W. Marino has announced the next in his series of local history walk for 2009, a walking tour of Hill Side Cemetery. The cemetery walk will be held on Saturday, September 5 at 2:30 pm. It will cover the north section only.
At 211 years old, Hill Side is North Adams’ oldest municipal cemetery and the permanent residence of many of the city’s earliest movers and shakers. These include the personal friend of two U.S. Presidents, a world-famous archaeologist, the only local woman to have a school named for her, and the very first local educator to have a school named for him. There is also an industrialist who lent his name to a school, a bivouac, and a troop of Civil War soldiers, as well as an eye-witness to President Lincoln’s delivery of the Gettysburg Address, an attorney who invented a railroad braking system, and a blacksmith who died a hero’s death during the construction of the Hoosac Tunnel. Hill Side Cemetery is also home to some stunning examples of the stone carver’s art, including several statues, the John Henry Haynes monument--most likely the only one of its kind in the world--and the breath-taking Isbell monument.
Whether your taste is local history or fine stonework, the Hill Side Cemetery Walk is sure to please. Marino conducts his Walks with a fine sense of showmanship, a sense of humor and an eye toward historic accuracy. This particular walk was designed with children in mind and ends with a treasure hunt; Marino especially encourages people to bring children on it. “Local history,” he says. “Is the story of where we come from as a community, and it’s very important for children to hear it. Local history is interesting for adults, but it’s essential for children.”
The Hill Side Cemetery Walk starts at 2:30 pm at the top of the hill off Brown Street. Interested persons are advised to dress for the weather, wear sun block, a good pair of walking shoes and a hat with a wide brim. They should bring children, carry a canteen or bottle of water and be prepared to have their ears talked off. Rain or high wind cancels. For information, Marino can be reached at 413-207-1344.
North Adams, MA - Local Historian Paul W. Marino has announced the next of his historical Walks for the summer of 2009, a tour of the Veazie Street neighborhood, set for Saturday, September 19.
In addition to being a residential area, the Veazie Street neighborhood holds a significant amount of local history. Named for an entrepreneurial carpenter (more than half of his original development still stands), Veazie Street has been home to two schools, a surprisingly generous---and unlikely---philanthropist, a Baptist chapel, a machine shop, and the largest private hospital in the nation for the treatment of cancer. Nearby Johnson School contains one of only two remaining examples in all of North Adams of the once state of the art Mahoney System of Ventilation; it still works. In addition, the neighborhood still possesses a large number of architectural treasures, from fine woodwork to stained glass windows, original front doors, transoms and decorative slate roofs......not to mention an English garden.
Marino leads his tours with a refined sense of showmanship, a sense of humor and an eye toward historic accuracy, backing up what he says with photos, drawings and maps. People who go on his Walks are assured of having a good time while learning a great deal about North Adams and its heritage. He is especially eager to see children on his Walks. “Local history is interesting for adults,” he says. “But it’s essential for children. The history of North Adams is their own history, and they need to hear these stories.”
The Veazie Street Walk starts at 2:30pm at the corner of Veazie and River Streets. Interested persons are advised to wear sunblock, a good pair of walking shoes and a hat with a wide brim. They should carry a canteen or bottle of water, bring children, and be prepared to have their ears talked off. Rain or high wind cancels.
Music by The Beeline Ramblers September 2 at 7 pm at Bascom Lodge
"Live Music: Americana folk and Roots style music" by Fran Mandeville and Lisa Burnstine. Acoustic music live in Lodge at 7pm, with dinner to follow. Free and open to the public. Check out Fran and Lisa's music at: http://thebeelineramblers.com/music.html
North Adams, MA - Attention Playwrights! Main Street Stage is now accepting submissions for its Second Annual Short Play Festival. All plays must be original, unproduced works, 15 to 30 minutes in length. Playwrights may submit more than one play.
Please e-mail submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Main Street Stage P.O. Box 137, North Adams, MA 01247 no later than October 31st, 2009. For any questions or concerns, contact Eric K. Auld at (518) 610-2574 or e-mail email@example.com.
The First Annual Short Play Festival ran two weekends last January to sold out audiences and featured four original plays by writers from both Berkshire county and New York. Main Street Stage is a non-profit theatre company located at 57 Main Street in downtown North Adams, Massachusetts. This fall, Main Street Stage will celebrate its ten year anniversary by continuing to support new, original work by living writer, by creating community access to the classics and by being an artists’ playground.
North Adams, MA - The Sixth annual Autumn Arts and Craft Festival will be held on Saturday, October 3 from 10-3 pm on Main Street. Crafters and artists are encouraged to join the festivities. The art or craft must be hand made by the vendor. Those interested in participating should call Sharon Leary at 413.664.5404 or Rod Bunt at 413.664.6180 for an application.
North Adams, MA - On Saturday, August 29 at 8 pm in the pavilion or in Club B-10, depending on the weather, MASS MoCA hosts Balthrop, Alabama; a clever coordination of music and art. Call 413.662.2111 for tickets.
North Adams, MA - The world famous Hermann’s Lipizzan Stallions have returned to the Noel Field Athletic Complex in North Adams, and will stage three performances on Friday, August 28 and Saturday, August 29 at 7 pm and Sunday August 30 at 2 pm. Tickets are available locally and are good for any of the performances. Call 413.662.3133 or on-line http://www.naplibrary.com
North Adams, MA - On Thursday, August 27 at 8:30 pm in the courtyard or Club B-10, depending on the weather, MASS MoCA hosts a Labyrinth Sing-a-long. The 1986 fantasy stars David Bowie. Call 413.662.2111.
North Adams, MA - The Grooove, a teen-led concert series, will end the summer with a hardcore show featuring Dressed in Red, Warsynium, Heal These Wounds, and Enigmatic Heart. Performances are at Mass MoCA, Club B-10 on Wednesday, August 26 at 8 pm. Tickets available at the door and from the MoCA box office at 413-662-2111.
Adams, MA - On August 26 at 7 pm at Bascom Lodge, Paul Rapp, a specialist in copyright laws for the creative sector, will address the ins and outs, the dos and don'ts of copyrights for artists. Dinner to follow. Call Bascom Lodge atop Mt. Greylock at 413.743.1591.