Celebrate the Fourth of July in Lowell at the Sampas Pavilion on the north bank of the Merrimack River. Here’s the schedule of music and fireworks.
Coming to the Sampas Pavilion on the Vandenberg Esplanade along the Merrimack River in Lowell on Saturday, August 13: The Merrimack Valley Jazz Festival. Read all about it on weshareacommonthread.org
Speaking of Canada Day, bbc.com today has a Travel article about the cultural district in downtown Montreal, which covers one square kilometer and is home to 80 cultural venues and hosts 40 festivals each year. The Montreal Jazz Festival that draws hundreds of thousands of people is on this weekend. Read about the mix of fine and popular art forms, from multimedia installations to circus acts.
From the UMass Lowell Public Affairs Office:
UMass Lowell strengthened its reputation as a hot-spot for creative economy research in the state when all of its proposals seeking funding from the UMass President’s Creative Economy Initiative were approved this spring.
Faculty from UMass Lowell scored big in the 2011 round of Creative Economy Initiative grants from the UMass President’s Office, collecting seven of the 10 grants awarded systemwide for a total of $182,900 in project support.
English Dept. Associate Prof. Diana Archibald’s 2012 Charles Dickens exhibition and events will be partially funded through the UMass President’s Office’s Creative Economy Initiative.
College of Management Asst. Prof. Yi Yang’s project will help entrepreneurs use online resources in their business plans.
My nephew Philip Marion is a writer, illustrator, and practitioner in other media. He invented a comics universe called “Spoon & Packet” that he describes as “a miniature parable fora larger world”—
Meet Spoon and Packet, the unlikely duo whose rebellious spirits cause them to journey from a 1950′s diner through Hell to the center of the Earth in search of ancient truths with only a lab rat and a corkscrew to guide them.
Check out the website here. It’s of interest because comics, graphic novels, and the like have a huge following. Philip is a graduate of Lowell High School and Emerson College. He lives and works in the Los Angeles area with his wife, Luna, a musician, and a cat or two.
The Brush Gallery & Studios at Market Mills has an exhibit about the art of graphic novels coming up this fall. The show runs from Sept. 17 to Oct. 22. The exhibit will feature artists working on graphic novels, comics, and cartoons. Visit this page for details on submitting work and more info about the show.
This video speaks for itself…Yes, that’s LeLacheur Park in Lowell.
Today is Canada Day! Canada Day is celebrated on July 1st across the country. July 1st marks the anniversary of the formation of the union of the British North America provinces in a federation under the name of Canada. While celebrations complete with fireworks, parades, fairs, folkfests, concerts, athletic events take place across the country, the main events occur in Ottawa. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people visit Parliament Hill, Major’s Hill Park, Jacques-Cartier Park, and other locations in the surrounding areas of the capital city of Ottawa to celebrate Canada. This year marks Canada’s 144th birthday – and this year, the special guests are Prince William and Princess Catherine (Kate), who will be visiting as part of the Royal Tour.
Akin to the 4th of July/Independence Day festivities being kicked-off here in the United States, the celebration of the federation is a time of national pride and special celebration. Happy birthday to our neighbors to the North.