Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Friday, October 24, 2014

"Why Do Fools Fall in Love," Priscilla Beach Theatre, Priscilla Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

"Why Do Fools Fall in Love" is a four-woman cast production of the rockin' musical that features great tunes from the 1960's such as the title song, "Why Do Fools Fall in Love," "I Will Follow Him," "He's a Rebel," and "Goin' Out of My Head," to name just a few.  It's an uplifting show offered in the intimate Geronimo Black Box Theatre on the Priscilla Beach Theatre (PBT) campus.
Left to right: Kasey Bishoff, Sarah McClellan, Kerri Wilson-Ellenberger, and Maggie Irvine. These first three images were taken at the beginning of rehearsals.  The rest during the final dress rehearsal. The show opens today. Contact PBT at 508-224-4888 for tickets and info.

The show is produced by PBT owners and guardians Bob and Sandy Malone, directed by Conni DiLego, Musical Director Chris Ricci.

Director Conni DiLego.

The following are from the final dress rehearsal in chronological order of performance.

Support your local community theatre - wherever you live in the world!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fall, Bartlett Pond, White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

A peaceful country lane beside Bartlett Pond where the annual drama of fall is beginning.

Sometimes the simplest of things can make an interesting image - like this fall wreath of berries and the shadow it casts on the door.

Or a fat frog hiding under a stone bench next to the last wilting flower of the season. Soon enough, there will be "cold and ice and snow, oh my!" That's the weather equivalent of "lions and tigers and bears, oh my!"

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fall at Wachusett Reservoir, West Boylston, Massachusetts, USA

It was a beautiful fall day so I drove inland a few hours to try to catch the peak fall leaves in the Wachusett area. Wachusett Reservoir, (and mountain, ski area, and state park), is located about 45 miles straight line due west of Boston.

The view above is in the section of the reservoir where Route 12/140 cross the water. In the image above, the Old Stone Church (built in 1892) is visible on the point. The gull was a lucky fly-by.

It is pretty special wandering around through the New England fall, experiencing the kaleidoscope of colors exploding against the bright blue sky. This view is on the grounds of the Old Stone Church. 

Looking back at the Route 12/140 highway bridge.

A classic New England church scene - The Oakdale United Methodist Church in West Boylston.

The same church.

Typical topography in the area.

Although many times when I walk out my door, I have a good idea of what a particular blog post is going to be about and how it will look, just as often I don't. Therein lies the challenge - to find images, pair up some text, and make it coherent for the reader to experience in about one minute. For this one, my only goal was to capture spectacular fall colors. I think I succeeded.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Holmes Farm, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Always good advice.

Holmes Farm in Manomet is our local "Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)" farm where we've enjoyed buying fresh locally grown produce through the summer and now into the fall.

Whether for carving or eating, it's that time of year.

It's nice to remember that food comes from people who work hard on the land - it does not come from plastic trays and packages.

I like to support my local farmer.  I always remember that bumper sticker I've seen on the car in front of me while sitting in traffic - "No Farms, No Food." 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod, Truro, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA

I don't know about you but I've never really thought of New England as a wine growing region. Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod, however, has been producing wines for ten years in the sandy soil of the outer cape. On this mid-October visit I found the vines bulging with ripe grape clusters almost ready for harvest.

The Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod are easy access off Route 6. They offer tastings, tours, special events, a wine club, a gift shop, or, you can just walk along the vineyard and enjoy the setting as I did.  It's a hands-on family business and it feels good to visit.

Looking across the vineyard at their processing and central business area. (A peek of Route 6 is at the upper left corner).

I am not much of an oenophile but they had multiple grape varieties growing on the south facing slope.

I am not much of a farmer either, but I liked how well-kept and orderly everything was - well-tended rows, sturdy supports, efficient drip-irrigation system, and all the vines and grapes covered in mesh to protect them from the critters.

There is a signpost in the main area that points to France's Loire Valley 3500 miles to the east........

...... and California's Napa Valley is 3100 miles away to the west.

Look at that sandy Cape Cod soil! I find it fascinating that the popular wine region of northern California is just below latitude 42 degrees north, southern France is just above 42 degrees north, and central Italy is also  just above 42 degrees north. Truro and much of southern New England is right at 42 degrees north - who would have thought? Maybe we're poised to be the next great world wine producer.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Priscilla Beach Theatre Restoration, Priscilla Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

The restoration of  Priscilla Beach Theatre has made great progress to have most exterior work complete before the weather turns wintry. The intensive construction work began in late May of this year. 

The stone revetment has been completed on the northeast side and the fill dirt leveled. Coincidental but, I like the matching sugar maple and construction tractor, too.

Priscilla Beach Theatre, now in their 78th year, is the oldest barn theatre still in operation in the United States. The ongoing restoration work by Owners and Guardians Bob and Sandy Malone will be completed in time for next summer's performance season - "Fiddler on the Roof," and "Chicago" are already scheduled. You can read my other blog posts about the construction progress and stage performances by typing "Priscilla Beach" in the search box in the right side column of this blog.

The latest addition inside is the construction of this apron extension to the stage - it will provide more space for the performers to perform!

The new 8-foot apron (I drew red lines around it) as viewed from above the main stage - for orientation, the stage is at lower right, the audience area is at upper left.

The restroom complex is ready for electrical and finish plumbing before the walls, floors, and ceilings are closed in.

Support local theatre - wherever you live. Without the creative performing arts to enrich our lives, we will all turn into automatons who can only bury our face in our cellphones - though it might already be too late for some. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Out and About, Manomet, Chiltonville, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

It was a beautiful day for a walk in Manomet instead of dodging the high tide at White Horse Beach. Here's a spectacular view overlooking Cape Cod Bay from Manomet Bluff - and an obliging Amy in her fuchsia sweater and trademark hat! The tip of land at the right is Stage Point.  

On days when you can see the horizon clearly, the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown at the tip of Cape Cod is just visible twenty miles away straight across the bay (75 miles if you have to drive on the roads across the entire cape). (Panorama - click on image to view in full width).

Earlier in the day at lower tide and before the beach was covered in the shadow of the bluff.

And just a few hundred yards away at a small pond, this adult Red-shouldered Hawk was perched on a dead tree looking for lunch.

Since I was inside and making this image through dirty double-paned glass he didn't fly away at my movement. Of course, it's not very sharp for the same reason.

I didn't see any hawks here, but fall colors were looking good on Bartlett Brook.

And in the neighboring community of Chiltonville, these old beech trees grace the approach to Bramhall's Country Store. 

Behind the store is the Chilton Congregational Church, the ninth offshoot of the original Church of the Pilgrims.