White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

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

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Loud, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

I saw this vintage MG parked in Manomet recently.  The owner said it was not restored but, was in fact, an original.  He had purchased it from the first owner who said the car spent 40 years or so in a museum. It had a manual choke and the original AM radio in the dash.  And yes, it was loud.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Barn Show, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

The Barn Show Music Series continues its summer season of outdoor concerts at Holmes Farm in Manomet. Holmes Farm isn't quite on the scale of Yasgur's Farm (and there's no mud) but the spirit of good music outdoors still exists today. Co-presented by Hayley Sabella and Brewster Productions, the concert series features the best in up-and-coming original music, with everything from folk to country to rock, and much more in between.

The stage is at right in the red former vegetable stand.  The audience (estimated by me variously between 200-500 patrons), spreads out on blankets and beach chairs to enjoy local, live music.

It's is hard to believe that this rural, pastoral setting is only a mile from White Horse Beach and less than a mile to Manomet Beach.  The Holmes Farm property is a working farm and farmstand during its non-music life. The music series offered four concerts this summer season.  The final one is on September 4th.

These two Icelandic Sheep seemed pretty happy to be here, too.

This one even sports a friendly smile.

Though I do love to see sunflowers, they are bittersweet - it means the summer season is winding down and the days are getting noticeably shorter.

The bees sure do like the sunflowers, too.

This one is heading right for the bullseye. (Not Photoshopped).

With wings moving too fast to see, these bees look like oddly shaped blobs with antennae.

Oh yeah, this post is about music........the opening act, The Meadows Brothers, is not doing a Blues Brothers imitation - rather the sun, low on the horizon, was shining directly into their eyes.

The next band was Honeysuckle.

As daylight faded, the headliner act, Dietrich Strause, took the stage to close out the night.

The area in front of the stage was popular for dancing kids and dogs.

What could be better than playing live music before a mellow and happy crowd of New Englanders enjoying the combination of live music, outdoors under the stars, and 75 degree temperature.

It is such a treat that Hayley Sabella and Brewster Productions have the gumption and drive to make this happen. I hope it continues next summer!

You can find my previous Barn Show blog posts at this link.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

After the Rain, A Morning Walk, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

A storm cold front passed through the area in the darkness of early morning. Strong winds, horizontal rain, buffeting doors and rattling windows - a powerful display of mother nature. After it passed, I went out for a walk and the rain was still dripping from the trees, the air bright and clean, the entire world felt fresh and new.

Even these boats were hanging up to dry.

I love to stand at this spot in the early morning (early by retirement time - 9am or so), and stare across the Bay at low tide, the Pilgrim Monument visible 20 miles distant in Provincetown on the tip of Cape Cod. It is a glorious spot.

It wasn't very crowded today at low tide on the beach. Perfect for a brisk walk in the fresh breeze.

That is, it was perfect until the earth momentarily deformed in a radical way. It reminded me of the musical group, "Walk Off the Earth," who had a viral You Tube hit a few years ago called "Somebody That I Used to Know," wherein all five members of the band are playing one guitar simultaneously.

Life is good in Manomet!

Note: All images with Samsung Galaxy 5s smartphone.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

"A Midsummer Night's Dream," Final Dress Rehearsal, Priscilla Beach Theatre, Priscilla Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Priscilla Beach Theatre (PBT) recently completed the last of five shows in the 2016 Children's Summer Workshop Series with a production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." This classic tale features the Shakespearean comedy with a mix of magic and merriment.

This production was directed by Ross Magnant.  Ross, an accomplished performer in his own right, also served this summer as the Stage Manager for both main summer shows on the Barn Stage, "A Chorus Line," and "It Happened on the Way to the Forum." 

The Children's Summer Workshop Series is produced by Bob and Sandy Malone, owners and guardians of PBT. The following images are in order of occurrence in the show. ( Click on an image for a larger and higher resolution view if your device supports that action).

PBT will produce one more children's show this year in late October, "Music Man Jr," also to be directed by Ross Magnant.

PBT's website describes it as follows:

"Master showman Harold Hill is in town and he's got "seventy-six trombones" in tow. Can upright, uptight Marian, the town librarian, resist his powerful allure?

The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize. The catch? He doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, whose belief in Harold's power just might help him succeed in the end in spite of himself.

Based on Meredith Willson's six-time-Tony-Award-winning musical comedy, The Music Man JR. features some of musical theatre's most iconic songs and a story filled with wit, warmth and good old-fashioned romance. The Music Man JR. is family entertainment at its best - a bold, brassy show that will have the whole town atwitter! " 

Contact PBT online or by phone at 508-224-4888 for tickets or information. Come out and support local live theatre in our community or, wherever you live in the world!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Clouds on the Pond, Bartlett Pond, White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

The garden may be green from hand-watering but, the grass is turning more brown with each passing day. Southeastern Massachusetts is way below normal rainfall amounts for the year. Plymouth may have more than 350 ponds but, not much water has fallen from the sky. We are officially in a moderate drought now and neighboring areas to the north and west around Boston are in a severe to extreme drought.  (Classifications by the United States Drought Monitor on 8/16/16).

I liked this small patch of calm water by the dock which made for a great cloud refection.