Friday, December 16, 2011

Arts + Culture events 12.16 - 12.23

An Introduction to Birding in Plymouth: South Plymouth Ponds
Sat., 12.17, 1PM - 3PM
Free from Mass Audubon
Register by phone by 4:30PM today: 781.837.9400

Kiln opening @ Hatchville Pottery
Sat 12.17, 10AM - 4PM
Sun 12.18, 11AM - 4PM 
494 Boxberry Hill Road
Hatchville, a neighborhood of Falmouth

The Christmas House
Presented by Plymouth Community Theater
Friday 12.16 at 8PM
Saturday 12.17 at 3PM AND 8PM
Sunday 12.18 at 3PM 
@ Blue Room, Memorial Hall
83 Court Street, Plymouth
Tickets: $20 all shows, general admission

A Christmas Carol 
Presented by Hat Trick Theater Group
Dec. 16 + 17@ 8PM 
Dec. 18 @ 4PM
Adults: $20., Under 16, $15.
@ Kendall Hall, First Parish Church

The Book Shack 
Kingston/Independence Mall
Staged reading (in period costumes) of A Christmas Carol
12.17, 2PM + 8PM
12.18, 2PM
$10, Adults $7/Students with ID
Purchase tix online

The seals are back!
Visit Manomet Point at low tide to see seals and less usual migrating ducks. Bring your binoculars and cameras.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

What we saw + heard...

Recently, at The Guyer Art Barn in Hyannis, MA~
An installation by Tessa D'Agostino. It'll be up thru November 6.
The artist (Tessa) will offer an Intuitive Art Making workshop there on 11.5.11 from 3PM - 6PM. ($45/email

Robert Peters told stories and read from older and forthcoming books at Han Dun Gallery in Mashpee, MA. What evocative stories about people from the area. He read in The Wampanoag Authors series - on 11.5, Earl H. Mills will be reading from 2PM - 4PM.

AND, a new bookstore will open near us - The Book Shack will go in where Borders was in The Independence Mall (Kingston, MA). They were setting things up last weekend and hope to be open very soon. The owners plan to have a cafe with seating, book readings and other events. Let's support them and all the arts and artists in any way we can - whether it's by setting time aside to attend a reading, attending a show and leaving comments in their book or buying a ticket...

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Arts + Culture events 10.20 - 10.27

Call for art
Submissions accepted from all artists through Nov. 6

The Sketchbook Project 2012  
Signup deadline 10.31.11

10.21 - 10.23

A Bioneers by the Bay Conference Presented by the Marion Institute
New Bedford, MA 

10.21 + 10.22
Provincetown Dance Festival

10.21, 10.22
Native Plymouth Tour
Tours from a Native American perspective
(Given only thru November 27, 2011)
Fridays + Saturdays, 5:30PM
Other days possible by reservation 


Farmers Market/Plymouth
9:30AM - 1:30PM
Courthouse Lawn

Han Dun Gallery
Learn to Spin Yarn  W/ Mary Lou E. Ricci
Saturday Sessions from 9AM to 11:30AM
October 22, 29 and November 5 & 12
10.22: Discuss how to select a raw fleece and much more...

Wampanoag Author Series
Robert Peters
Book Signing & Reading - Da Goodie Monsta: 2PM - 4PM 

October 21-23
Providence Fine Furniture and Woodworking Festival 
Rhode Island Convention Center
Hall A
Providence, RI 

Through  Dec. 11, 2011
A Collaboration Between 22 Cape Cod Painters and Fiber Artists
(America the Beautiful:  Artwork inspired by Katherine Lee Bates’ Song)
Inspired by lines from the anthem written 100 years ago by the Cape Cod writer
Cape Cod Museum of Art
60 Hope Lane,
Route 6A, Dennis, MA
Gallery Talks and Demonstrations:
October 23: Anne Garton and Sue Pellowe, 2PM
October 30: Shawn Nelson Dahlstrom and Janet Rice, 2PM

A Taste of Africa 
6PM Dinner  8-9 Performance
$35-$75 Sliding Scale or $10-$20 for Performance only
An organic dinner featuring traditional flavors and dishes from Zimbabwe followed by a drumming performance by Master Djembe Drummer, Issa Coulibaly. 
Sponsored by Cape Cod Dare and proceeds benefit IHC Tatenda.
Preservation Hall, Wellfleet

Plymouth Town Meeting
Open to all
Plymouth North High School
41 Obery Street  

Fiber + Artists Meeting 
1PM - 3PM  Free and open to all
Manomet Branch/Plymouth Public Library 

Plymouth Zen Group
Meditation 7PM - 8:30PM
Every Wednesday
$5/suggested donation
Open to all

Taste of the Town
(To benefit The Plymouth Public Library)
7PM - 10PM 
Radisson Hotel
180 Water Street, Plymouth, MA

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Oyster Fest was a great event!

Wellfleet is straight across the bay from Plymouth, MA and about an hour and a half drive by car. OK, so it's not just around the corner, but this event is soooooo worth driving to! So, put Wellfleet OysterFest on your calendar for October 2012!

Of course, there are oysters and all manner of seafood (and great corn!) Freshfreshfresh!!!

 All kinds of art, craft and music scattered over the festival area, lots of people watching opportunities. We ran into Ron Wilson, wonderful photographer. One can see his work at his gallery, Wilson & Heywood, in Plymouth. 
Ron Wilson
Lamp Maker

Crafting a wooden duck
Preservation Hall/Wellfleet
Doors - Preservation Hall

Demonstrations, educational opportunities and all manner of fun is built into the weekend. Plenty of dancing while a variety of bands played - we were there for The Rip it Ups. One could be amused for quite awhile.

And we continued up the coast to PTown to catch rough winds blowing the ocean around. Perfect Fall day, all around.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Arts + Culture events 10.13 - 10.20

 (For events in calendar form, go here)

10.12 - 10.14
Plymouth Rock Comedy Festival
Oct 13 He Said/ She Said, Battle of the Sexes at the Radisson Hotel
Oct 14 Raw Comedy at Cabby Shack

RI: A Distant Mirror/E Driscoll
10.15 Saturday
RI Artists In Context 
All day event: Connected and Consequential Rhode Island
Providence, RI

A couple of events today at
HanDun Gallery
387 Nathan Ellis Highway
Mashpee, MA

Learn to Spin Yarn W/ Mary Lou E. Ricci:
Five Saturday Sessions from 9AM to 11:30AM
Wampanoag Writers Series
2PM - 4PM
Book Signing & Meet the Author: Joan Tavares Avant
People of the First Light: Wisdoms of a Mashpee Wampanoag Elder

10.15 + 10.16
Wellfleet Oyster Fest
Wellfleet, MA

Through October 30
RISD Reunion: Todd McKie, Richard Merkin, Karen Moss, Leigh Palmer, Phyllis Gay Palmer
South Shore Art Center
119 Ripley Road Cohasset MA

10.17 Monday
Harlow House Fiber Guild 7PM - 9PM
Meets in Plymouth
For directions, email
(Replace AT with @)

10.19 Wednesday
Plymouth Zen Group
Meets every Wednesday in downtown Plymouth
7 - 8:30PM
$5 suggested donation 

10.20 Thursday
Fiber + Artists Meeting
Free and open to all, 1PM - 3PM
The Manomet Branch of The Plymouth Public Library
12 Strand Ave., Plymouth (Manomet)
Artists, Knitters, Spinners, Weavers!
...And quilters, needleworkers, surface designers - an informal group meets to talk, spin, weave, crochet, knit, sketch, make what we make. Bring a portable project to work on and/or share a recent project.
(Not limited to fiber arts.)

Heads up for 10.21
Friday, Oct. 21, 4-5pm

FREE Artist's Talk
Laurie Anderson
discusses her life's work and inspiration.
@ Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Martinos Auditorium
154 Angell Street, Providence
Seating is limited - to reserve call 401-421-4278
(Ms. Anderson is doing a number of events in Providence.
Check here for info.)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Out IN it!

Wanted to post some images + info about some of the events listed from last week...
Mashpee Oktoberfest 2011

Mashpee Oktoberfest 2011
Mashpee's Oktoberfest was a fun time  - lots of people, good music, great sunny day. Check it out next year (2012)~
Herring Pond River Singers

On Sunday, The Wampanoag Herring Pond River Singers and Drummers and other groups performed at a cultural festival at the Plymouth waterfront. You can hear The Herring Pond River group here.

Poetry Reading
Jack Scully brought Poetry: The Art of Words to Plymouth again, as he does monthly. Look for it again on Sunday, 11.14.11. Jack also publishes a good list: South of Boston Poetry Trail. Reach him thru his group.
Chapbooks to purchase or borrow

And we lucked out - it was the last day that boats were going to be out for the season...
Looking toward Long Beach

Seagull catching a breeze 

The Driftwood Music/Folk Cafe had Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams for a really wonderful night of music. You can listen to them here, and catch them when they come round this way again! The Driftwood will offer up another great musical evening on 11.19.11.
If you haven't been, just go~support these local projects when you can so we can keep enjoying them for years to come.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Arts + Culture events 10.6 - 10.13

(See events in calendar form with more info)

Lunch and Learn:
The Witch & The Saint: Strong Women in Early New England,
Talk by Vicki Oman
12 - 1PM
Plimoth Plantation

Plymouth Farmers Market
2:30 - 6:30 PM
Stephens Field

10.7 + 10.8
Native Plymouth Tour
Tours from a Native American perspective
(Given only thru November 27, 2011)
Fridays + Saturdays, 5:30PM
Other days possible by reservation

Saturday, 10.8 (Rain Date: Sunday, 10.9)
Mashpee Oktoberfest
10AM - 5PM
Location: Mashpee Commons Village Green

South Shore/Food + Sustainable Living event
Marshfield Fairgrounds, 10am-4:30pm
$3/person, $6/family

10.8 + 10.9, 10 - 4PM
Cranberry Harvest Celebration
Wareham, MA

Plymouth Farmers Market
Courthouse Lawn
9:30AM - 1:30PM

Providence Roller Derby
RI Convention Ctr
The Mob Squad vs The Old Money Honeys
Doors: 6PM, Bout starts 7PM

Driftwood Folk Cafe
(music plays automatically @ link)
Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams
Doors 7:30PM, Show 8PM
They usually sell out, so get your tix in advance~

The Art of Poetry/Monthly Reading
Readers: Elizabeth Hanson + Jadene Felina Stevens
Begins at noon with music by Colette O'Connor, featured readers, then open mic
Great poetry event - there are books and magazines to browse and borrow, anyone can read hir poetry or a poem that you love. Mingling and snacks~

Cultural Celebration
Plymouth Memorial State Park
Noon - 5PM
Music, drumming and dancing by The Wampanoag Herring Pond River Singers and Drummers and more, including Irish Step Dancers, West African drum and dance...

Hot Club of Cowtown
Payomet Performing Arts Center
7PM @ First Congregational Church of Wellfleet
Wellfleet, MA

Fiber + Artists Meeting 
1PM - 3PM  Free and open to all
Manomet Branch/Plymouth Public Library

Plymouth Zen Group
Meditation 7PM - 8:30PM
$5/suggested donation
Open to all, every Wednesday

Oct. 12 - 14
Plymouth Rock Comedy Fest
Tonight's event: Martini's Bar and Grill at 8PM, Free

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Art + Culture Events 9.28 - 10.5/2011

In Plymouth and nearby towns, lots of arts, culture and nature events~many available on calendar

9.28 Wednesday
Plymouth Zen Group
Meditation 7PM - 8:30PM
North St., Plymouth
$5/suggested donation 
Open to all, held every Wed.

9.29 Thursday
Plymouth Farmers Market
2:30 - 6:30 PM
Stephens Field

Manomet Library
12 Strand Ave, Plymouth/Manomet
Writers Group, free, open to all 
Monthly Thursdays, 7PM

Share a short piece (100 - 180 words) on the month's seed phrase - this month it's "To tell the truth..."

9.30 - 10.2
Farmstand @ Holmes Farm
127 Manomet Point Road, Plymouth (directions)
Farmstand Hours:
Fridays Self Serve 2-5PM
Saturdays 10-5 PM
Sundays 12 noon-3 PM

9.30 + 10.1
Native Plymouth Tour
Tours from a Native American perspective
(Given only thru November 27, 2011)
tickets or meet at Plymouth Rock to purchase
Fridays + Saturdays, 5:30PM
Other days possible by reservation 

9.30 - 10.1
Manhattan Short Film Fest
Wellfleet Preservation Hall
Wellfleet MA
Friday, September 30 @ 7:00 & 9:30 pm and
Saturday, October 1 @ 5:00 & 7:30 pm  $9

10.1 Sat.
Farmers Market/Plymouth
9:30AM - 1:30PM
Courthouse Lawn 

10.1   8pm
First Works - Providence, RI
Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts
Brooklyn Rider
In concert (listen/watch a clip here)

Cape Cod Spinners Guild
Wool Fest
10 - 4PM
Dennis Village Green (map)
+ just around the corner on the same day...
Dennis Memorial Library's Fall Fete is on October 1, 11AM - 4PM.
Hand woven rugs, hand knit items, jewelry, and other crafts.
1020 Old Bass River Road, Dennis.
For more information call 508.385.2255

10.1 Sat.
Lakeville Arts Fest
Saturday 10.1 10am-4pm
Old Town House
2 Precinct Street
Lakeville, MA (map, directions)
AND, they're having a pie baking contest - make the pie from scratch and drop it off the day of the festival :) Info in this PDF
Pies need to be dropped off at the Old Town House between 11 – 1:30 pm on 10.1.

10.2   4PM
First Works - Providence, RI
Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts
Brooklyn Rider
Educate your ear

Arts by the Bog
58 Pond St. Carver, MA
(map, directions)

Edible Foraging Walk (scroll down at link)
with Russ Cohen
Sponsored by South Shore Natural Science Center and North & South Rivers Watershed
Cost:  Members: $10/person
Non-members: $15/person
Sign up online
Meet at Willow Brook Farm, Pembroke. Directions available @ link.
"Willow Brook is home to many diverse habitats such as woodlands, wetlands, and meadows. So in addition to foraging for edible species, the group will see local flora and fauna found in each distinct habitat."
Limited parking available (carpooling advisable). Additional parking available at Herring Run. Wear comfortable shoes. Program suitable for families with children ages 10 and older.

10.2 - 2 Events
Fascinating Fungi with Dr. Lawrence Millman
Sponsored by Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
Sun, Oct 2, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Registration not required

Magnificent Mushroom Walk
Sponsored by Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
Sun, Oct 2, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Instructor: Lawrence Millman - mycologist, author
Fee: Adults $7.00m/ $9.00nm, Children $7.00m/ $9.00nm 

, held in Boston 9.30 - 10.3 also has a Providence aspect!
(See 2009 video here and slideshow here and get to Boston to partake, if you can!)
Or get to Providence for...
Monday, 10.3
4 – 6PM
Performances at India Point Park, overlooking the Bay
Parade down Wickenden Street
7:15 – 10PM
Showcase performances on the Providence River
(video of past performance here)

[The MA Cultural Council (MCC) allocates money to many local arts councils in MA, which local councils award, based on proposals sent in to them.
Postmark deadline: Oct.15, 2011
Application guidelines
Send finished/filled in applications to local council(s) directly:
Plymouth Cultural Council, P.O. Box 1785, Plymouth, MA 02362-1785] 

You may attend an info meeting with MCC representatives to get info on the grants and how to fill out forms. Here's one:
Mashpee: Tues., Oct. 4
Registration/Networking - 6:00 PM
Workshop - 6:30-8:00 PM
Mashpee Public Library, 64 Steeple St., Mashpee, MA

Artists Meeting/Open to all, free
Artists Makers Desperadoes
6PM - 8PM
Plymouth Public Library/Main Branch
132 South Street, Plymouth, MA (directions)
Discuss grants, art happenings, shows...with other artists

Plymouth Zen Group
Meditation 7PM - 8:30PM
Every Wednesday
$5/suggested donation
Open to all

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Street Music

If music feeds your soul, I'd like to encourage you (once again!) to see PASSIONE at The Plimoth Cinema. It's on only til 9.29, just 6 more opportunities, since it shows @ 4:30 and 7PM. It's all music, movement, art and absolutely alive - it mixes fado, rai, flamenco, jazz and portrays vividly how they all mix it up together to create a musical portrait of Naples. The following clips give an idea of the energy of the film:
Director John Turturro and some excerpts
Pistol Packin Mama  - great performance with many characters
Indifferentemente by Misia

Music on the street can be like these bursts of color suddenly seen in a sidewalk crack. It's great to come around a corner and hear surprising sound and music. Sometimes Plymouth's streets do breathe music....we ran into Hayley, singer, student and sometime barista at Kiskadee with a little crowd at the bottom of Coles Hill.
Town Brook

On Saturday night, Trillium, an open mike at Middle Street Music had a good crowd inside, but I guess they will hold their last one on Saturday, 10.29.

On many days and some nights, pass by The Metacomet, 58C Main Street (Plymouth) to hear a welcome blast of music - anyone from  Rahsaan Roland Kirk to CSNY - John keeps a steady stream of records/sound going while people browse books in his shop. Live music is an occasional treat.
Downy Woodpecker

Lots of nature sounds, too - their own music - from Town Brook and the random warbler or woodpecker. Hope that there will be much more music on the streets...