White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

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

Thursday, July 20, 2017

"Project Arts Harborfest," Day 1 of 2, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

The day dawned cloudy which is good news and bad - one doesn't have to worry so much about sunburn with the overcast but, that glorious blue sky, bright sun, boats bobbing in the harbor kind of day is always preferred.

In this panorama (click on image to view in full width if your device supports that action), from left to right, the monument that houses Plymouth Rock, Plymouth Harbor at center, and the crafter's tents of the Project Arts Harborfest at Pilgrim Memorial State Park.

Project Arts Plymouth, led by Mike Landers, in addition to sponsoring this Harborfest, also brings free music entertainment every Wednesday evening throughout the summer months to the Amphitheater on the waterfront in Pilgrim Memorial State Park. My previous posts at this link.

Here, of course, is the mighty Plymouth Rock, the date 1620 engraved on its surface. This rock marks the area where the original Pilgrims landed in 1620 at what became today's Plymouth.

The first tent belongs to the Plymouth 2020 folks.  They are tasked with organizing all the hoopla as we approach the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims landing in Plymouth.

The tent forest of craft vendors occupies much of the park area.

Chakulla (at right above) and his musical associates entertained the crowd before and between the headliner acts.

It is fascinating how many diverse sounds these three men can generate. The "effects" guy (foreground) chose from the table top at lower left for a wide range of percussive sounds.

Chakulla's music is described as folk, world, jazz, and Americana. Additionally, he is also the operator of "the Hunger Bus." The mission is to feed hungry children/people. He carries his message throughout concert venues accepting and distributing donations and/or non-perishable contributions.

If the kids don't like the music they can make their own by ringing the bell and/or siren on this 1936 fire truck. The owner had stripped the original down to the bare frame and lovingly rebuilt it back to what you see here. The kids were welcome to swarm all over it - which they did.

Just a couple blocks away from the waterfront, life in downtown Plymouth continues at its summer weekend pace. Life is good in "America's Hometown."

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A Rural Church, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

A cloudy, drizzly day sometimes makes me reflective. I find a rural church like this, barely inches from the dirt road, to be indicative of days gone by when people walked to their local house of worship for both religion and camaraderie.

This one has been here for almost 150 years.

I added this special effect - the church bursting out of the trees or, falling into them depending on your perspective.

And speaking of trees, surprising to me, I've read that there is more tree coverage in Massachusetts today than in past centuries. Back then, most land had to yield crops for survival. Today, we receive much of our food from elsewhere so former cropland has reverted to its natural forested state.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

"Barn Show," Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

The Barn Show Music Series is now in its fourth summer season of providing live music on the rolling hills of Holmes Farm in Manomet. It was another perfect summer evening to enjoy the outstanding musicians that promoter/organizer Hayley Sabella booked for the event. (Click on an image for a higher resolution view if your device supports that action).

According to Barn Show's website, "Hayley Sabella is a singer-songwriter / local farmer / earnest truth-seeker / independent woman / dork, who originally did her thing in her hometown of Plymouth, Massachusetts and is now doing her thing in other places, too. Her debut full-length album King Solomon was released in April 2014."

Holmes farm isn't just for edibles - they have some mighty fine flowers, too!

"Holmes Farm is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm located on the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences grounds, and grows organic cranberries, blueberries, and operates a fully stocked farm stand.

The Edible Yard is dedicated to bringing local food to the marketplace and promoting a humane, sustainable agriculture system for the South Shore region. The Edible Yard and Holmes Farm operate a farm business on land owned by, and work collaboratively with, Manomet Center For Conservation Sciences. Manomet’s mission is to conserve natural resources for the benefit of wildlife and human populations. Through research and collaboration, Manomet builds science-based, cooperative solutions to environmental problems." Source: barnshowmanomet.com

But on with the show.......Sam Moss was the lead off performer........

........followed by The Wolff Sisters.

The shadows grew longer and the anticipation built for the headliner act.....

......Chris Ross and the North.

As the evening deepened......

....the young folks took over the area directly in front of the stage to dance, cartwheel, and just generally carry-on with delight in front of the band and the audience. It's that kind of venue - kids, dogs, adults just having a great time listening to top quality live music.

There is just nothing better than listening to top quality live music, outdoors, on a perfect New England evening.

Thanks to Hayley Sabella and her team for bringing this great event, "Barn Show," to Manomet. I think I've been to all of them and blogged about most of them. Here's a link to previous blog posts.

The final two shows this season are on August 19th and September 2nd - mark your calendars and plan to come out and enjoy!  Tickets are available online or on site. Support this local event so it can continue in the future.

Monday, July 17, 2017

A Great Blue Heron at Green Heron Pond, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

It's been raining buckets lately but, when I got home and looked out the window, a tiny ray of sunshine was on the pond.....

....and sitting in that spot of sun was this Great Blue Heron. This pond is informally called Green Heron Pond after the pair of Green Herons that live here and are sighted and heard often. This Great Blue is unusual.

Normally, he would have spooked and flown by now with my movement visible through the glass but he was annoyed by the dragonflies buzzing around his head. Actually, he wasn't annoyed.....he was hungry.....

....and, in the blink of an eye, snatched a juicy dragonfly snack right out of the air. Yum. Then he flew away - the heron, not the dragonfly.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

"Simes House Dedication," Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

It's been a long time coming. I've passed by the Simes (pronounced "sims") House in Manomet hundreds of times over the past 17 years.  I have even been inside there a few times for fundraisers and outside for Santa Clauses.  But today is a special day.

Against long odds, challenging construction obstacles, funding issues and internal bureaucracy - today it is time to celebrate the opening and dedication of this building as a resource and focal point for the Village of Manomet.

This succinct sign tells the story of what the finished product will contain.

Supporters and local residents arrived to witness the dedication ceremony.

And so it began.......

....with Ken Tavares, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen for the town of Plymouth, leading off the speechifying for the appreciative crowd who came to witness the event.

Everyone crowded onto the walkways to give the fledgling newly seeded grass lawn a better chance to grow well.

Once the grown-ups were done talking it was time for the ceremonial ribbon-cutting and self-guided tours throughout the house.

Above, the ribbon-cutter with his grandparents Randy and Mary Ellen Parker. The Parkers are longtime local forces and visionaries who, throughout the years, worked hard to keep this project moving forward to completion. Randy served as the first President of the Simes House Foundation beginning way back in September 2010.

Although there was drama over the past seven years involving the different parties and ideas (at least that's my outsider's observation), when the dust settles and the emotions fade, everyone who helped move this project forward can be proud to realize that this community property will serve as a valuable center for the Village of Manomet for generations to come.

The restored stairway from the first to second floor.

An exterior detail.

As the saying goes, "it takes a village." In this case, the Village of Manomet.

Here's a link to the dozen or so blog posts I've published about the Simes House over the past seven years.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Cape Cod Canal, Bourne, Massachusetts, USA

A bicycle/walking path parallels the entire Cape Cod Canal (about seven miles long). It is open year-around and a great place for outdoor exercise with the added benefit of seeing all manner of vessels traversing the waterway. Here's a link to my blog post last year when the Mayflower II went through.

The Sagamore Bridge, completed in 1935, is one of two bridges that spans the canal allowing access from the mainland to Cape Cod.

An artsy midday image from beneath the bridge.

Inquiring minds want to know, "is it correct to walk on the left facing traffic or, walk on the right with the flow of traffic? This man chose a third solution........right down the middle!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Dreams for Sale, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

If I were a creative writing teacher, I would like to take this picture into my class and assign the students to write a story about the three main objects: the sailboat for sale, the yellow pedestrian crossing sign, and the white regulatory traffic sign.

Boats for sale along the highway are neither frequent nor infrequent around here. But each time I encounter one, I am drawn into an imaginary world. Personally, I never advanced to captain anything beyond a little Sunfish in my Red Cross training class in my youth but, I've been a passenger on enough other sailboats to imagine the romance of the sea life and be captivated by the idea.

I don't know the owner of this boat nor its actual history. I prefer to believe the fantasy I have imagined: that she traveled the world in style and comfort in an intimacy that only a small sailing vessel can offer. Sailboats are places where dreams and romance are alive. Regardless the reality of hard work and endless maintenance and danger, a sailing machine is a living dream on the water, free to travel anywhere and everywhere one's imagination can go, or, to just stay tied up at the dock for a while.

Seeing this boat, I imagine that I see someone's lifetime of adventurers up for sale (pun intended) - a parting of sweet sorrow I expect - the excitement, the romance, the dream, the sunsets, the gentle lapping of waves, the raw power of strong force winds and high seas - all that sits quietly now on those support stands awaiting a new owner.

So, that's what happens when I drive by a sailboat listed "for sale," I might stop and take a moment and imagine.........a life path not taken.......and at 65, the likelihood of starting down that path now is remote..........hmmmm........but not impossible..........

....it was a dark and stormy night, the wind-driven sheets of rain rippled across the bow like drying laundry whipping and snapping on a prairie clothesline............

Thursday, July 13, 2017

"A Broadway Musical Review," Priscilla Beach Theatre, Priscilla Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Priscilla Beach Theatre's (PBT) 2017 Resident Company recently presented a Broadway Musical Review featuring tunes from such classic favorites as "Carousel," "Mame," "My Fair Lady," "The King and I," "Oklahoma," "South Pacific," "The Pajama Game," "Wish You Were Here," "West Side Story," and "On the Town."  These talented young men and women actors, actresses, singers, dancers, musicians, and performers lit up the stage and the evening with their talents.

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Pictured above is event Producer and Host: Michael Caizzi. Musical accompaniment on piano was provided by Nathan Urdangen.

The planned selections.

Although the original intent was an outdoor event, it was moved indoors to the Barn Stage.

The Barn Stage is always a great choice. Many of the performers can be seen in the currently showing "West Side Story" and/or the upcoming show "The Producers."

The following images are in order of occurrence during the evening.

The entire group performed "Somewhere" from "West Side Story" to close out the evening.

The performers acknowledge their piano accompanist to end a delightful evening of live musical entertainment at PBT.

Support local live theatre in your community - wherever in the world you call home - and especially PBT if you live near here!