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“Happy Halloween” by Nancye Tuttle

Nancye Tuttle returns with a grandparent’s observations of Halloween. Be sure to check out her own blog, Nancye’s World:

Is there a more fun holiday for kids than Halloween?

I think not. After all, who doesn’t love dressing up in costumes, parading around the neighborhood, getting free candy and even getting a little scared?

Halloween is second only to Christmas now for partying and decorating. But it’s also gotten more expensive, especially wih the elaborate costumes kids tend to wear each year. Looking back, in the good old days when I was in my trick or treating prime, we made our costumes from what we had on hand, or draped a sheet over our heads, cut out eyes and went as a ghost.

But it’s still more fun than ever and I’m looking forward to watching Jack head out as a ghoul, Molly as a pink power ranger and Claire as Strawberry Shortcake tonight. I’ll be at the door, witch’s hat on and candy bowl in hand, to pass out the goodies to the neighborhood kids. But I’m keeping most of the Reese’s peanut butter cups to myself. After all, every good witch deserves a treat, don’t your think?

“Lowell Moments” by Nancye Tuttle

Nancye Tuttle writes about some upcoming events in Lowell. Be sure to check out her own site, Nancye’s World:

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted, but that doesn’t mean I’m slacking off on my duties in observing the Lowell scene.

No excuses, but I have been busy with freelance chores (see today’s Sun and Boston Globe), plus teaching my ever-interesting students at Middlesex Community College and keeping up with three active grandkids

But I do want to point out a couple of events and activities I’ve been a part of over the past couple of weeks that are worth noting and getting involved in.

First, Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s production of Four Places, which runs through Sunday, Nov. 7 , is a well-directed, expertly acted one-act play that speaks to all of us, especially those dealing with aging parents or adult children. While it may hit too close to home for some, it offers great food for thought at coming to grips with the challenges many face. And the acting alone makes for a worthwhile evening of theater that speaks to the child in each of us.

Sculptor Mico Kaufman was honored two weeks ago with the first James McNeill Whistler Distinguished Artist Award from the Whistler House Museum of Art. A worthy recipient, Kaufman’s work is in such institutions as the Smithsonian and the British Museum. He’s made several presidential medallions and hundreds of other collectible medallions. Continue reading

“Bandstand Days” by Nancye Tuttle

With some prompting by Dean Johnson of 980 WCAP, Nancye Tuttle recalls her relationship with American Bandstand on Nancye’s World. Here’s what Nancye wrote:

Listening to Dean Johnson interview Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon today on WCAP took me back to my teen years when I was an American Bandstand fanatic and loved Freddy, Bobby Vee and all the rest of the oldies but goodies stars appearing on Saturday night at a salute to the oldies show at Lowell Memorial Auditorium.

And, truth be told, I didn’t just love Bandstand, I lived it, breathed it and danced on it. Yes, it’s true. I lived not too far from Philly and had a doting dad who didn’t mind piling my pals and me into the old Dodge wagon to transport us to the show. We loved getting tickets and we loved every minute of it, from mingling with the regulars to dancing in the spotlight dance and watching the up and coming stars. Those I saw included Sam Cooke, Frankie Avalon and Bobby Rydell.

Great memories of a great time. Thanks, Dean for bringing them back today with Freddie.

“Lowell Open Studios” by Nancye Tuttle

Nancye Tuttle writes about this weekend’s Lowell Open Studios art extravaganza. Besides checking out Open Studios, be sure to visit Nancye’s blog, as well:

Arts abound

This is the weekend for artists and art lovers in Lowell with the 10th annual Lowell Open Studios taking place both Saturday and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

Where to begin? That’s hard to say, since there are over 120 artists, plus Lowell’s major museums and galleries participating. Here are a few places I suggest you don’t miss.

Western Avenue Studios is a warren of activity with half of its 200 artists participating – and I wager a bet that the others will throw open their doors for a piece of the action when the weekend rolls around. I stopped by Mark Fisher’s nifty space the other day, and you won’t want to miss it. He’s created innovative sculpture from found pieces. And they are reminiscent of the Tin Man from Wizard of Oz fame. He calls these pieces his Metal Men and they each seem to have a distinct personality. Fun and funky, to be sure. Also observe his graphic designs, some of which he’s made for Antiques Road Show on PBS. I’d love posters of all this art to hang on my walls.

Also don’t miss the interesting glass studios popping up at WAS or the photographers, including Meghan Moore at Mexpix, who will be doing her painless sitttings on Sunday, complete with make-up advice from a Saks Fifth Avenue pro. Fun and painless, for sure.

Also visit Ashlee Welz Smith, Jay Hungate, Bill Bradbury, Don Sullivan, Friends Fabric Art, John Cascio, all among my favorites at WAS. The Space is open both days for lunch and snacks, yummy!

Downtown bustles, too, with long-time Lowell artist Janet Lambert Moore showing her work at the Whistler House Museum of Art. Also visit the Brush with its resident artists. And sculptor Patrick Pierce re-opens his studio on Market Street for the first time in a couple of years.

There’s a block party at the Brush on Saturday evening, plus brunch there on Sunday, starting at 11 a.m. so you can munch and browse. Lowell’s restaurants are open and the vibes should be positive, fun and definitely artsy.

Shuttles run between the National Park Visitors Center on Market Street and Western Ave. Studios. Check out my story in the Sun’s Steppin Out on Thursday or visit www.lowellopenstudios.org.

“Maine Musings” by Nancye Tuttle

Nancy Tuttle writes about the start of school and Merrimack Valley-Hollywood connections in the following post which originally appeared on Nancye’s World:

It’s been several weeks since I’ve posted, but it isn’t because I’m lazy, just particularly busy as school got underway.

Right now, I’m enjoying the sunshine and bright blue ocean in Kennebunkport, Maine, where my daughter and son-in-law have a cozy abode that’s a perfect getaway, even on a chilly September weekend. Amazing how a couple of space heaters warm up a cool room on a nippy night.

So, here’s a few things I’ve noticed, enjoyed or thought about since last posting:

Back to school always fills me with excitement and a bit of nostalgia. I guess it’s because my mother was a teacher and my daughter is a teacher and the call of the classroom always beckons me, too. I love the anticipation of new books, backpacks, lunch boxes and friends. And I feel truly blessed and honored that for the past six, almost seven, years that I’ve been able to teach at Middlesex Community College. I met my new students last week in my Film, Video and Society class. They seem like a bright, inquisitive bunch and are already into the semester, sharing their thoughts and insight on film. We’ve started with the movie School Ties, shot in Lowell, Concord, Groton and Acton 19 years ago. It’s a well-made small film, accurately depicting the 1950s at an elite prep school, where prejudice was the norm. I like to think things have changed on that front, but sadly, I don’t think it’s that much different. It’s always fun to point out local “locations” in the movie, though, including Danas’ Market on Gorham Street in the opening segment. If you haven’t seen School Ties, I recommend it. And, hopefully this time next year, I’ll be recommending The Fighter as another great example of a locally made film. Continue reading

“Lowell Spinners fun” by Nancye Tuttle

Nancye Tuttle visited LeLacheur Park today and made the following observations on her website, Nancye’s World:

It was hot and muggy, but worth it this afternoon when I enjoyed the Lowell Spinners with my daughter and grandkids at LaLacheur Park.

I’m embarrassed to admit that it’s been awhile since I’ve been to the Spinners. My beats at the Sun took me to darkened theaters and art galleries, not ball parks.

But attending the game reminded me again what a treasure the team and park are to the city of Lowell – and all the towns around. We sat with a whole crew from Acton, who’d gotten tickets through the Recreation Department there and a raffle at the McCarthy-Towne School, where my daughter teaches.

The kids and adults had a blast. We enjoyed all the fun stuff a Spinners game involves – the Frisbee dog, doing the Chicken Dance and Macarena with the Canalagator, free T-shirts and balloon sculptures, lots of sinful treats (I admit I gorged on pink cotton candy, don’t tell my dentist) – and the tickets were only $5 each. Kids under 4 are free and no one minds when you bring in a stroller. The bathrooms are clean and neat, even at the end of the game. And everyone exudes friendliness and warmth, a perfect family outing.

The guys looked good, too, and won 7-6, so that was a plus.

Thanks to the Spinners and the entire organization, from Drew Webber on down, for a great experience for families throughout the Merrimack Valley.

The final game is Thursday and includes fireworks.

And now that I am semi-retired, I promise getting to games will be on my must-do list next year, no kidding.

“Hotlanta Report” by Nancye Tuttle

Fellow blogger Nancye Tuttle just returned from Atlanta and posted the following report on her own blog, Nancye’s World, and has allowed us to repost it here:

I recently returned from Atlanta – or Hotlanta as my brother-in-law calls it. Indeed, it was hot and steamy there last week. But our recent spate of muggy, humid weather had prepared me for it, sort of. So I managed to get out and about, enjoying the culture there, if only for a few short days. Here’s a couple of quirky things I discovered that made the Atlanta suburbs distinctly different than our world up North.

First, they think I talk funny. “I can tell y’all are from somewhere that’s not here,” remarked one good ole boy, as I wandered around an antique emporium. Gee, I thought I sounded pretty normal, aside from my nasal Jersey “a” that I can’t get rid of no matter how long I live in New England.

Second, you can get iced tea anywhere, but forget iced coffee. “We don’t sell iced coffee,” said a pert waitress in a coffee shop on a hot Saturday morning. The signs said iced tea, though, in two versions, plain or sweet tea, another Southern tradition. But we told her it was pretty easy to make it – just put some ice cubes in a cup and pour the coffee and milk over them. Voila, iced coffee.

Third, biscuits are standard fare in the bread basket at restaurants, even national chains. And these biscuits are melt in your mouth good. Up here, we get rolls or ciabatta or baguette. Down South, it’s biscuits. And they’re to die for.

Fourth, here we have consignment shops, there they have antique malls, expansive emporiums, where dealers rent space and display their wares creatively with flair. And what stuff they had in these spaces. More proof that one person’s trash is another’s treasure. And, since I’m trying to downsize, I resisted temptation and said no to a few tempting items. Besides they wouldn’t have fit in my bag.

Fifth, The Atlantic Journal Constitution is a good read.

Sixth, groceries are much cheaper there than up here. Is it the fact that produce doesn’t have to be shipped so far? Not sure, but the prices were decidedly lower than our supermarket deals. And you can’t beat a Georgia peach. Delicious.

It was a nice trip, the people were friendly. But I was glad to be back North when my plane touched down at Logan. It’s here I feel comfortable and where I want to call home.

Restaurant Showcase Week

The second annual Merrimack Valley Restaurant Showcase Week presented by the Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau continues through this Sunday. Information about the great deals available and a list of participating restaurants are available on the CVB website.

Nancye Tuttle took advantage of Restaurant Showcase Week to dine at Cobblestones earlier this week. Here’s what she wrote about that experience on her blog, Nancye’s World:

Had lunch yesterday at Cobblestone’s and indulged in a luscious fisherman’s stew, a generous bowl filled with shrimp, mussels, salmon, haddock and more in a rich, carrot and tomato-infused broth.It reminded me of some of the best bouillabaisse I’ve ever enjoyed. The dish usually goes for $18.99 on the regular menu, but through Sunday you can enjoy it, along with an appetizer and dessert (yummy creme brule) for $12.10. What a deal! It’s all part of Restaurant Showcase Week, sponsored by the Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau. Nearly 20 restaurants are participating, the food is great and you can’t beat the price. Enjoy!

“All wrapped up” by Nancye Tuttle

Nancye Tuttle writes about this weekend’s Lowell Quilt Festival on Nancye’s World and has given us permission to repost her article here:

It’s less hectic than the Lowell Folk Festival, to be sure. But the annual Lowell Quilt Festival promises to be a cozy event this weekend for lovers of all things bright, beautiful and creative. It kicks off Thursday morning, 8/12, at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, when the Heroes quilt, an art quilt stitched in honor of someone from each state who has died during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, is brought into the LMA’s Hall of Flags with full honor guard. Images 2010, a huge juried show, opens there, too. And vendors, classes and quilt appraisals take place all day, too. Thursday evening, enjoy Gallery Night from 5:30-8 p.m. when all the participating partners – New England Quilt Museum, Brush Art Gallery, Whistler House Museum of Art, ALL Arts Gallery, and the American Textile History Museum, throw open their doors. Friday, more classes, high tea at the Whistler and a live auction of quilts, plus wine, cheese and chocolate, at the Merrimack Rep. On Saturday, more quilts, classes, artists receptions, and Quilt Candy, an outdoor array of sewing, fabric and quilting offerings in the courtyard by the Brush. The weekend is not-to-be-missed by anyone who marvels at what talented quilters can do with fabric, thread, trims and their imaginations. Visit www.lowellquiltfestival.org for more details.