White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Saturday, June 23, 2018

A Cloudy Day Walk, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

When it's 70+ degrees in New England, even a cloudy day is a good time to take a walk.....

.....or a sail.

Bulldozer season has ended until fall, most rock walls have been stabilized, the sand has been raked smooth.....

....and the relentless tide rises high again. Time for me to get off the beach and enjoy the day elsewhere.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Beatles Fest, Spire Center for the Performing Arts, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

On February 9th, 1964, "the Beatles" first appeared on the Ed Sullivan television show in the United States. Now, more than 50 years later, my generation and many others still celebrate and enjoy the music these four Englishmen brought to the world.

The recent Beatles Fest at the Spire Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Plymouth brought three bands to the stage to perform various parts of the Beatles' catalog of music for a mostly Beatles-era audience like myself.

We were not disappointed. The first band pictured above was "The Silver Hammers." (This image does not include the entire group).

Next up was the local ever popular band, "3rd Left." They are not just a Beatles tribute band but play a wide range of musical styles and formats. Tonight though, it was only Beatles.

The headliner was "Studio Two," a look-alike, sound-alike, talk-alike, play-alike four member band playing the same instruments and parts as the originals. If I closed my eyes during some of the tunes, it sounded like the Beatles were right there with me in the room.

I particularly enjoy the Spire stage setting with that former chapel ambiance. And having purchased a front row center seat for the show was pretty cool, too.

A New England based group, "Studio Two," enjoys widespread success and a full calendar on the road with their Beatles tribute performances.

Note the "Beatle boots."

Another great live performance in downtown Plymouth at the Spire Center for the Performing Arts! If you haven't been - go - if you have - go again - support live performing arts in our community.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Springtime Views, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

I enjoy wandering around, sometimes to the same places I just wandered to recently, observing the differences and similarities and the evolution of life through the seasons.

We never know how many seasons we have left - only that the number is not getting larger.

Green, green, and more green.

A boat in a garden.

It was a stunning sky and this arcing panoramic image captured much of it, albeit with a certain amount of distortion.

Flamingo statuary at the pond - there is also a live Great Blue Heron perched in a tree but not visible in this view.

Nice views for the last day of spring in New England!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Rhododendrons, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Predominately an Asian plant/flower including recognition as the national flower of Nepal, the rhododendron is also popular this time of year in this area of New England.

Another springtime reward for living through the winters here. A stunning natural beauty.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

"Guys and Dolls," Priscilla Beach Theatre, Priscilla Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Priscilla Beach Theatre (PBT) owners, guardians, and producers Bob and Sandy Malone along with their able staff are busy behind the scenes getting ready for the third major production of this season - the classic Broadway hit, "Guys and Dolls." The four folks above will carry the lead roles. The production will open on July 5th and run until July21st. If you don't have tickets yet, better not dawdle. It will sell out. Contact PBT at 508-224-4888 or online for tickets.

The original show premiered on Broadway in 1950, ran for 1200 performances, and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. It's had several successful additional theatre runs as well as a film adaptation in the mid-1950's.

"Guys and Dolls" promises to be another stellar offering from PBT.  Come out and support live theatre and the performing arts in our community!  We are very fortunate to have such a venue and a talented and committed team of professionals to perform these shows on our local stage.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Low Tide, Manomet Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

It is such an idyllic setting here in Manomet on Cape Cod Bay in the warm and green months of the year. And at low tide, it's a delightful place to walk and try to achieve my daily 10,000 steps. (No - I don't always get that many - sometimes it's closer to 6000 or 8000 - I have the goal but not always the discipline).

Memories of the harsh winter of 2018 are increasingly distant as repairs to the bluff and stairways continue to progress.

All is not healed yet - sand stream trails flowing down the bluff during recent regular rains are still visible.

A rebuilt stairway to the sand. Now, if the water would just warm up - it's still about 58 degrees F - too cold except for kids and dogs and other less whiny creatures than an old man.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

A Neighborhood Walk, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

I don't really think of myself as a particularly creative photographer. More a recorder/observer type.

The value of photography to me is that it focuses my attention on the visual world. Like seeing these blooming rhododendron bushes along the road as I walk through the neighborhood.

It helps me to pause and look and appreciate moments and places that might otherwise be overlooked.

Like this view of the sky and arc of Cape Cod Bay at Manomet Beach - just plain lovely on a warm and sunny spring day.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Three Weeks of Growth, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

These two images were made about three weeks apart. Once spring gets underway, the growth is remarkably fast here in New England.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Clematis, Bartlett Pond, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Who would have guessed that the Clematis, known as a queen of the flowering vines, is a member of the broader buttercup family. 

In this part of the country, it usually blooms in late May and early June.

They are stunningly beautiful every year!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

"The Drowsy Chaperone," Final Dress Rehearsal, Priscilla Beach Theatre, Priscilla Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Bob and Sandy Malone, owners, guardians, and producers of Priscilla Beach Theatre (PBT) brought their second major production this season to the stage with the opening of the riotously funny, "The Drowsy Chaperone."

"The Drowsy Chaperone" tells the story of a die hard theatre fan who plays his favorite cast album and the characters come to life in this hilarious musical farce. The original run was a winner of five Tony Awards!" (Source: PBT).

The Barn Stage, a 240-seat venue, is in its 81st season and is cited as the oldest summer stock barn theatre still operating in America. The original barn was built in 1875 and much of that structure remains in place today.

Owners, Guardians, and Producers: Bob and Sandy Malone
Director: Robert W. Schneider
Production Manager: Joshua Patino
Stage Manager: Heather Radovich
Assistant Stage Manager: Tara Brennan
Choreographer: Stephanie Heroux
Sound Designer/Engineer: Chris Hendrik
Lighting Designer/Engineer: Olivia LoVerde
Costumer: Kathryn Kilger
Director of Public Relations: Barbara Baumgarten
Musical Director: Christopher Ricci

Director Robert Schneider is an award-winning director and concert producer whose work has been seen throughout the United States and Europe. This is his first production at PBT.

The following images are from the final dress rehearsal before opening night and are in order of appearance in the show. (Click on an image for a higher resolution version if your device supports that action). And yes, I included way too many images but, the performers and their family and friends usually appreciate it anyway.

Support local live theatre in our community! Contact PBT at 508-224-4888 or online at this link for tickets and information.

The major shows for this season:

"The Last Five Years" in May,
"The Drowsy Chaperone" in June,
"Guys and Dolls" in July,
"Bye, Bye, Birdie" in August,
"Damn Yankees" in September, 
"Dames at Sea" in October.

The children's workshops for this season:

"Beauty and the Beast" in May
"Honk Jr" in June
"Kamp Kaos" in July
"Twinderella" in July
"The Snow White Variety Show" in August
"Annie Jr" in August