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24 May 2016 @ 10:39 am
The email below the cut was sent to Davis Square business owners late yesterday.  There is necessary utility infrastructure work to be done by Eversource in support of the grocery tenant coming in to 240 Elm St.  DPW was able to negotiate a schedule that will also allow water main work to be done in the same area, to avoid having to rip up the roadway twice in that spot. Work will begin this evening (5/24/16) at 6:00 PM and is scheduled to be completed by Thursday morning.Read more...Collapse )
 
 
This year's Taste of Somerville will be held outside at 50 Holland Street on Wednesday June 8th from 5:30pm-7:30pm. It features local food and brews along with live music. Check out the current list of participants here: http://www.tasteofsomerville.org/

Proceeds from this year's event will benefit Somerville CAN. Somerville CAN is a collaboration of 11 local organizations that work independently and in partnership to: feed the hungry, train and educate vulnerable youth, improve health and eliminate racism. Somerville CAN is fiscally sponsored by Community Action Agency of Somerville.

Somerville CAN Members include: Community Action Agency of Somerville, Groundwork Somerville, Boys & Girls Club of Middlesex County, Respond, Inc., Somerville Community Access Television, Somerville Community Corporation, Somerville Home, Somerville Homeless Coalition, Somerville Local First, Second Chances, The Welcome Project.

Buy tickets: http://bit.ly/1s1FUY9
 
 
Current Location: 50 Holland Street
Current Mood: Hungry
Current Music: The Crystals
 
 
I got email from Kristen Stelljes <kstelljes@somervillema.gov> saying that the Prospect Hill Tower opening ceremony, originally scheduled for tomorrow evening, is postponed due to a forecast of rain and scattered thunderstorms. They haven't yet announced a new date.
 
 
22 May 2016 @ 05:33 pm
DATE & TIME:
Sunday, June 12, noon-6 pm
LOCATION:
Seven Hills Park at Davis Square
ADMISSION FEE:
FREE
WHAT’S HAPPENING:
The Somerville Squeezebox Slam is a celebration of accordions, button boxes and other free reed instruments that we’ve come to know and love. Accordionists of all sizes, shapes, skill levels and musical genres are invited to stroll around the neighborhoods of Somerville, sharing their melodious sounds, and like pied pipers from an alternative fairy tale, beckon all to come and follow them as they head to Davis Square for a concert of some of New England’s finest squeezebox players. So dust off your grandfather’s squeezebox that’s been sitting in the attic and join us for an afternoon of pumping the bellows!
Presented by the Nave Gallery and the Somerville Arts Council; produced by Michael McLaughlin.

Full details: http://navegallery.org/wp/squeezebox-slam-2016/

 
 
22 May 2016 @ 02:15 pm
I'm in the last stages of cleaning out my apartment and I have a bunch of things in great condition that I don't need anymore. If you're interested, just reply to the craigslist ads. I'm in Davis. I'd love to see these get some use by people who will appreciate them! If you can pick them up by Thursday I'll give you a discount, too.

Glass casserole dish: http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/hsh/5597828494.html
Unused pie pan: http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/hsh/5597828020.html
Garlic press: http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/hsh/5597829849.html
Rosenthal studio-linie dish: http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/hsh/5598390625.html
Clear dish with flowers: http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/hsh/5598391108.html
Kenneth Cole messenger bag: http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/clo/5598413020.html
Forecast carry-on luggage: http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/hsh/5598390380.html
Cast bag: http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/for/5598390103.html
Vintage Ohrbach's black beaded 1960s purse: http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/atq/5598389835.html
 
 
 
Five other greater Boston communities are having their own Porchfests this spring and summer. The closest one to us is East Arlington, on Saturday, June 11.
 
 
The national World of Beer chain, which tried and failed to open at 240 Elm Street in Davis Square in 2013, is opening soon at CambridgeSide Galleria, in the spot vacated by California Pizza Kitchen.

World of Beer will have two beer gardens at the Cambridge River Festival on June 4. This year's festival will be along Cambridge Parkway and Lechmere Canal.
 
 
From the Globe:

Come next year, Somerville residents won’t have to go far to pick up a bottle (or two) of their favorite Two Buck Chuck.

Next summer Trader Joe’s plans to open its 19th Massachusetts location at 133 Middlesex Ave. near Assembly Square Marketplace, the grocery chain said Friday.

It’s Trader Joe’s first foray into Somerville, whose next-door neighbor Cambridge currently boasts two branches.

In addition to TJ’s fresh-baked breads, Arabica bean coffees, and its many frozen entrées, Somerville foodies will have another reason to smile: the 12,500 square-foot grocery will also carry beer and wine.

Just five of Trader Joe’s Massachusetts stores sell such libations; three of them—Brookline, Peabody, and the Foxborough Trader Joe’s at Patriot Place—carry liquor in addition to beer and wine.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2016/05/20/somerville-first-trader-joe-open/rrQ0nXX08TtkyNfoA561WK/story.html

 
 
That's tomorrow!

From 9 am til noon the Medford Garden Club will be selling plants at insanely low prices at it's annual plant sale.  The location is the Medford Library parking lot (behind the library), 111 High Street.

Hint: get there for the beginning of the sale, and lurk outside the roped off area until we drop the rope at 9 am.  It's a hoot, watching people run for the plants.  Most of the best ones are gone by 9:30, but since there's so many plants, and people often bring more throughout the morning, there's always something to get.  I'm bringing lots of tomato seedlings of many varieties, as well as some other veggie seedlings.  Most of the plants are outdoor perennials of all kinds, dug up from Garden Club members' yards because they are too dern healthy and need to be thinned/separated.  
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I was saving up the cardboard tubes that paper towels come wrapped around for a craft project of my own, which then I solved another way. So now I have about three paper bags full of paper towel tubes, in good shape, that I no longer need.

Anybody want them? I'll just recycle them if not, but I figured there may be some crafty person or some art/craft organization that would want them.

They're in North Cambridge. Because I have an injured knee and am trying, largely unsuccessfully, to minimize walking on it, it would be great if they could be picked up from where I am, not far from XKCD (Williams) Park, near the Greek Corner restaurant on Mass Ave.
 
 
 
Via Somerville By Design email:

We want your feedback! The draft of the Winter Hill Neighborhood Plan has enough substance that we felt it was important to offer you another opportunity to provide feedback. Click this link to download the plan. To provide us with your comments, questions, or concerns email us at [mem: redacted just to not encourage spammers]. The comment period will end on Friday, June 24th.

*Also, don't forget Porchfest and the Magoun Square Food & Dance Festival tomorrow!*


This is the "click this link" url, a PDF: http://www.somervillebydesign.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/2016-05-20-PUBLIC-REVIEW-DRAFT.pdf
 
 
from CNN: Sports Authority to close all remaining stores. They tried and failed to find a buyer after declaring Chapter 11 bankruptcy. They have not yet announced when the going-out-of-business sale will begin.

This comes just a few months after City Sports went bankrupt and closed all of its stores.
 
 
19 May 2016 @ 06:29 am
Hi all
Our band has an out of town gig this Saturday night and even though the timeslot for the Davis Porchfest is from 4-6, the officials have graciously allowed our porch to open from 2-4. Everyone is welcome to come by then and at the end of the set, you'll be already in place to hear the rest of the great bands in Davis!
Should be a fun Somerville weekend :) 161-163 Elm Street (between Posto and Ace Wheelworks)
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18 May 2016 @ 11:08 pm
The Subway store has a "for rent" sign in its window.

I guess it isn't coming back from the flood (or whatever pestilence was directed towards it (low foot traffic?)).

I wasn't a fan but some here were. I was more of a "wow... it has survived this long??" observer.
But then I feel the same about that Dominos pizza venue down the street from it which has been around for... 10 years??
Who buys pizza at "Dominos"? But hey, some people think Olive Garden is fine dining... so go figure (as we say in the midwest).
 
 
18 May 2016 @ 09:46 pm
I know nothing else about this, but Miko's owner has postered the area near Linnaean pretty thoroughly and I figure it's worth sharing in case anyone spots Miko around Davis.

Flyer under the cutCollapse )

ETA: More details available via Reddit.

Edit 2: Found!
 
 
 
17 May 2016 @ 08:29 pm
Theatre@First invites you to join the cast of The Spanish Tragedy!

AUDITIONS
May 25 & 26, 7-10pm
By appointment only

Directed by Mary Parker, this fun, fast-paced version of Thomas Kidd's classic revenge play will take place in Tufts Park at Powderhouse Circle on August 19-28. Come play in the park with the Spirit of Revenge in this madcap and murderous romp!

For more details and to schedule your audition, please visit:

http://www.theatreatfirst.org/shows/spanish_tragedy/auditions.shtml
 
 
17 May 2016 @ 06:28 pm
I have no connection to this event but....

I remember Somerville Lumber. It seemed a warren of connecting rooms... filled with "stuff".
I'd just arrived in Somerville, I don' think Home Depot was here yet (late '90s).

Plus history through a business lense (or any alternate lense) is always interesting.
Would love to see a history of "Lechmere Sales" – the "Best Buy" of my youth...


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Historic Somerville Presents

The History of Somerville Lumber, a Very Special Place

a Talk by Harold Cohen, co-found of Somerville Lumber

Session 1:  Sunday, May 22nd, 2-3PM
Session 2: Sunday May 22nd, 3:30-4:30PM

at the Somerville Museum
One Westwood Road, Somerville
parking is on the street

$8 General Admission; free to Historic Somerville members and to former associates of Somerville Lumber.

Seating is limited and reservations are recommended.
To reserve online or to renew your membership click here to go to historicsomerville.org
To reserve seats by phone, call 917 572 8780
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Come join me up the road/path in Arlington on June 1st for an evening of films from Spain to Germany to Bolivia and beyond! You don't have to be a cyclist to enjoy these tales of two-wheeled adventure. Ciclismo Classico proudly presents this one-of-a-kind film festival, the ONLY film festival in the USA to celebrate travel by bicycle.

See what happens when a bored businessman skips work and just keeps pedaling.
Watch the protagonists of our films as they encounter everything from llamas to cranky border patrols to mountaintop thunderstorms.
Be inspired by two families who bring their kids along for the ride - and make sure the Easter Bunny doesn’t forget their campsite!
Get an inside look at Cuba’s vast bike culture, including a man who built an 18-ft tall bike!

In addition to the 8 fantastic and inspiring films on tap, the Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival begins with a social hour (6:00 - 7:00 PM) and the famous Cookie Showcase, an all-cookie buffet featuring the best bakeries of Arlington and beyond! Every attendee will be entered into a drawing to win a trip to Italy with Ciclismo Classico! You can also win a beautiful bike jersey as part of our Great Jersey Giveaway!

Special guests for the evening are Jim Sayer, Executive Director of Adventure Cycling Association (when you hear him speak, you’ll be ready to quit your job and go biking!) and Charles Scott, the “family adventure guy” and filmmaker of our 2016 Grand Jury Prizewinning film.

It's a great time, and proceeds benefit Adventure Cycling Association and MassBike. Tickets available now ($15 in advance; $20 at the door) at http://regenttheatre.com/details/the_7th_annual_ciclismo_classico_bike_travel_film_festival

Additional dates have also been added further afield:

Thursday, June 2nd, Newburyport, MA
Friday, June 17th, Danbury, CT

More info at http://www.ciclismoclassico.com/filmfest
 
 
EDIT 5/23: This event has been postponed due to a forecast of rain on Tuesday. The city has not yet announced a rescheduled date.

according to an alert on the city's web site.
Join Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Ward 3 Alderman Robert McWatters, the Community Preservation Committee and Community Preservation Act (CPA) project implementers on Tuesday, May 24, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for a celebration to mark the reopening of Prospect Hill Tower. The stabilization of Prospect Hill Tower is the first project to be completed with Somerville CPA funds. Attendees will gather at 5:30 p.m. at the Prospect Hill Tower for a short speaking program followed by the opportunity to climb Prospect Hill Tower on a guided tour led by local historian Larry Willwerth, who will share the lesser known history of Prospect Hill. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about other ongoing Community Preservation Act projects from project implementers who will share information about their projects at tables around the Tower. Light refreshments will be served.
 
 
An e-mail from the Somerville Arts Council:

Roger Miller, the Somerville Arts Council, and the Somerville Public Schools Music Department seek local musicians to become a part of a “Davis Square Symphony.” Roger Miller of acclaimed Mission of Burma has produced a 25 minute score and silent film derived from impressions of Davis Square during four seasons and five locations.

Richard Romanoff, SPS music teacher and conductor, will lead this public symphony which will perform to the silent film.

Specifically, we need community members to join High School performers to create a “Davis Square Symphony” for this special score and occasion. This orchestra welcomes all levels of performers. The score is accessible and we envision this as a fun and collaborative experience.

We need violins, violas, cellos, basses, clarinets, alto sax, flute, French horn, trumpet, trombones, and percussion. Will you join us in this adventure?

Under the esteemed direction of Richard we will hold three evening rehearsals in June leading up to a public performance on June 17th in Davis Square/7-hills Park.

Rehearsal will be in held in the band room of Somerville High School, 81 Highland Ave, on Thursdays June 2nd, 9th, and 16th from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Will you participate in this fun and exciting opportunity? You can DO IT.

Please email Gregory Jenkins at the Arts Council to confirm your participation and assured fame at: gjenkins@somervillema.gov
Please email your name and instrument. We want to secure performers by May 26th.

For more information on Roger Miller and Davis Square Symphony go here:
https://rogerclarkmiller.com/the-davis-square-symphony/
 
 
 
13 May 2016 @ 01:48 pm
I found a long-haired, two-tone wig lying on the sidewalk on Summit St this morning. While it'd be great for my Halloween costume this year, I'd like to return it to its rightful owner. Send me a note if it's yours, or if you know someone who lost a wig recently.
 
 
Current Location: between Davis and Tufts
Current Mood: amusedamused
 
 
It's time once again for Somerville's semi-annual ResiStat meetings, where city officials make a short presentation and then take comments and questions from the assembled residents.

The Ward 6 meeting will be this Monday, May 16, at Somerville Community Baptist Church, 31 College Ave. Pizza and refreshments start at 6 pm, followed by the meeting from 6:30 to 8 pm.

See this link for a schedule of meetings in other wards. (Wards 1 and 7 have already had their meetings.)
 
 
The city of Somerville has over 100 abandoned bikes, in a variety of conditions, that are being offered for sale.
When/where: Saturday, May 14, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the former Powderhouse Community School, 1060 Broadway

(Source: an e-mail newsletter I just received)
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Anyone have information on what's going in where either of these businesses were? (and bets on how long anything new will stay open!) I notice work being done in both.
 
 
The Union Square Farmers' Market opens this Saturday, May 14, 9 am to 1 pm.

The Davis Square Farmers' Market starts next Wednesday, May 18, noon to 6 pm.

Both markets will run weekly through Thanksgiving.

Assembly Row will not have a farmers' market this year, according to e-mails I received from both the market management company and Assembly Row.
 
 
 
11 May 2016 @ 05:18 pm
The city is removing 155 trees because of ash borers. There's a public hearing about this issue on May 25 at the DPW building, 17 Franey Road, 5:30 PM.  I hope the city will replace the trees, but the person I talked to at 311 didn't know if this would occur.

Here's a list of trees slated for removal:
http://www.somervillema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Advanced%20Site%20Listing%20Ash%20tree%20Poor.pdf

Here's information on what Cambridge is doing:
https://www.cambridgema.gov/theworks/ourservices/urbanforestry/emeraldashborer

Now that I'm looking at this list of trees, I don't think it is complete. There is a tree at 268 Willow that is marked for removal, but it is not on the list.

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Somerville Garden Club May Meeting: Urban Gardening
Gretel Anspach, a Lifetime Master Gardener and frequent speaker, will give a talk about urban gardening on Wednesday, May 11.

Gretel Anspach, member of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Board of Trustees, will give a talk about urban gardening. She will cover alternatives to the standard sources for light, water, and nutrients that plants need for people who don’t have much space, or perhaps no yards at all. Her talk will also touch on container gardening and hydroponics.

Gretel Anspach is a Lifetime Master Gardener, the education coordinator for the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association (MMGA), a Trustee of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and a recently-retired systems engineer. She has served as the President and as the Certification Coordinator for the MMGA. She is a frequent speaker for the MMGA Speakers' Bureau and Mass Hort. Gretel helped to establish and maintain two food production gardens that have provided fresh produce to the Marlboro Food Pantry for the last six years.

All Somerville Garden Club meetings are free and open to the public.
Tufts Administration Building, (TAB), 167 Holland Street, second floor, wheelchair accessible.
Parking is available, and the building is a ten-minute walk from the Davis Square MBTA stop.

Meetings start at 7pm. Light refreshments are served.
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10 May 2016 @ 08:37 am
Bomb threats on a day finals are scheduled aren't that unusual, but someone setting a car on fire, supposedly as part of the same action, is.

https://www.facebook.com/SomervilleCity/posts/1134831323236418?fref=nf
https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/05/09/car-fire-tufts-university-under-investigation/9ABrl92ou4rT5gOvcm5wsO/story.html
http://announcements.tufts.edu/item/?id=1567

The car was apparently parked behind the Tufts Student Health Center at 124 Professors Row and belonged to an employee at the health center. A note was left which referenced labor issues between Tufts and the SEIU, which represents their janitors. The student group which is organized around the labor issues denied any connection to the events.
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Summary of today's MassDOT Board and MBTA Fiscal and Management
Control Board meetings regarding the future of the Creen Line Extension project on Wicked Local Somerville:
http://somerville.wickedlocal.com/news/20160509/glx-gets-crucial-go-ahead-vote-but-with-strict-conditions


The presentation + full report given to the MassDOT Board and MBTA Fiscal and Management
Control Board by the interim GLX team:


http://www.mbta.com/uploadedfiles/About_the_T/Board_Meetings/GLXReviewFinalPresentation05082016.pdf

http://www.mbta.com/uploadedfiles/About_the_T/Board_Meetings/GLXBOARDREPORTFINALv2.pdf
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OK, so this is a weird question, but my life would be much improved if I could look up when the periods of lots of airplanes flying over Somerville were going to be.  Is there any way to do such a thing?

Thanks!
 
 
 
06 May 2016 @ 07:06 pm

On our increasingly hip Winter Hill, the newest biz to open is Tipping Cow.

https://www.facebook.com/tippingcow

http://www.tippingcowicecream.com/

I tried the "sweet corn" tonight--I never had corn ice cream before. It's super creamy, and delightfully corny. I assume because of the corn that it means it's a serving of vegetables, right?

[due to our increasing hipness, we may need a Winter Hill tag now.]

 
 
Ward 5 Alderman Mark Niedergang sent me this and said I could repost it here (and on NextDoor). It's a response to this earlier post.

Over the past few days, I've spoken with a bunch of people including the Chief of Police Dave Fallon (daily), Mayor's aide, and several of the owners of properties right near the site of the shooting and other neighbors who live right in the area.

Here is what I can tell you at this point.

First, and foremost, I understand neighbors' concern about safety in the area and share their concern. But I do not believe that concerns about safety in the Lowell Street area going forward are warrented.

The Somerville Police Department has said that this was not a random act. The parties involved were known to each other. They are not from Somerville, do not hang out here, and are no longer here.

Chief of Police Dave Fallon assured me that there will be a heightened police presence in the area going forward.

I am asking the SPD to have an active presence at the Albion Street playground in that are for at least the rest of May to talk with parents and address any concerns they have. I have also asked for a communication from the City to the neighborhood.

The police will be sharing more information with the public once an arrest is made.

Yours,

Mark
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Full statement: http://www.thesomervilletimes.com/archives/67215

Snippet:


....It is our understanding that the new cost estimate for the GLX will retain core program elements including seven light rail transit stations including a spur to Union Square, a Vehicle Maintenance Facility, a Community Path, and related utility upgrades. With that clear understanding, it is our intention as Mayor of the City of Somerville and City Manager of Cambridge to recommend to the Somerville Board of Aldermen and the Cambridge City Council that our cities commit to underwriting project costs for specific, tangible elements that would deliver meaningful public safety and quality-of-life benefits for our residents.

After discussions with the state, the needed value of new financial participation in the GLX for the City of Somerville is projected to be $50 million and the value of the City of Cambridge’s contribution is projected at $25 million, including financial contributions from the North Point developers, to close the funding gap. Again, any contribution will be subject to Board and City Council approvals....



The page also has a link to a letter from our state legislators who are miffed that tonight's final GLX meeting was cancelled.
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from Wicked Local Somerville: Boston man hospitalized after shooting on Lowell Street in Somerville.

It happened Sunday around 3:20 pm outside 228 Lowell Street. That was right in the middle of Somerville Open Studios, so there were probably lots of folks walking around. Did any of you see this happen?

I'm surprised that the police haven't made robo-calls (or, if they did, maybe I just live too far away). How sure are they that the shooter isn't still in our neighborhood?
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03 May 2016 @ 09:56 am
Eat at Flatbread in Davis Square TONIGHT, Tuesday May 3rd to benefit the Save Our Homes Walk to Prevent Homelessness.

In addition to eating pizza, you can sign up to join the 5K Save Our Homes walk which will happen on May 22nd.  It is organized by the Somerville Affordable Housing Organizing Committee (AHOC). AHOC is an advocacy coalition comprised of Somerville residents and community organizations including Somerville Community Corporation (SCC), Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS), Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services (CSLS), and Somerville Homeless Coalition (SHC). Organized in 2001 by SCC, AHOC continues to pursue the vital mission of preserving affordable housing, increasing affordable housing opportunities, and stabilizing Somerville’s existing communities.

More info here: www.saveourhomeswalk.org
 
 
 
I just saw a sign on Teriyaki House (on Broadway near Powderhouse; used to be Doo Wee & Rice, and East Asia before that) saying "closed during transition" and "Mint Indian Eatery". I will miss their marinated rice plates, bao baos, and crispy chicken hearts! Anyone know anything about the new place?
 
 
02 May 2016 @ 04:09 pm
I'm cleaning out and I'm getting rid of some things. I'd love to see this go to someone who will appreciate them. I've got a carry-on bag, a messenger bag, 2 pretty/decorative dishes, and a vintage purse. If you're interested, you can message me through the craiglist ads (which have photos!)

Dish 1:
http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/hsh/5563616275.html

Dish 2:
http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/hsh/5563615879.html

Messenger bag:
http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/clo/5563617195.html

Vintage purse:
http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/atq/5563616900.html

Carry-on bag:
http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/hsh/5563616684.html
 
 
 
[I asked permission to take photos at every studio pictured in links from this post.]

Before I went to open studios this morning I had the vague idea that I should try to find some new ones or go to a part of the city I don't usually explore during SoS weekend. Once I got there and picked up a map, my idea morphed: Why not spend the whole day going only to studios I'd never been to before - or so long ago that I didn't remember ever having been to them?

stiltwalker tricked me, by switching from displaying at his own place to teaming up with a few other artists and displaying at one of their homes! :) But I think his was the only work I saw today that I'd seen at past Somerville Open Studios, and it worked out really nicely. A majority of what I saw, I liked a lot, and I found several new favorites. Including, to my surprise, a few very close to Davis Sqaure. If you go Sunday, and haven't been to them, by all means visit:

#23 Nave Gallery Annex : https://goo.gl/photos/n74ue9oGHRXCYwpc8

They've got an exhibit of fiber art work by a variety of artists, many of them 3D. In the photos above are pieces by Emily Brodrick, Chris Motley, Ayelet Lindenstrauss Larsen, Gin Stone, and Jodi Colella.

#24 Darkmatter Park : https://goo.gl/photos/o2jddhMqA3an24Hv5

Katharine VanBuskirk has been here for nearly 20 years, and done almost every SoS, yet I've somehow missed it in the 10+ years I've gone to open studios. She and her husband collaborate on an elaborate garden of perennials, trees, pools, rock arrangements, paths, sculptures, and flowers. They've got some dogs even I, not at all a dog person, think are cute :) She told me they also have a couple of nuthatches that nest nearby and visit often, but I didn't see them.

#26 Ceramics in the basement on Willow Ave : https://goo.gl/photos/DY8KweVUrdyxbVnK6

Julie Peck, Sara Shelton, and Eileen de Rosas, really packed this small basement! Recognizably different styles, though they all go together well, and I appreciated how all of them worked birds into many of their pieces :)

#27 Julie Murphy : https://goo.gl/photos/jYG6SXJPoA7gtNxj6

This was her first time ever displaying her work in a public show or event... and I was the first person to ever buy one of her pieces :) It's the bluish one with trees, bees and nautilus shells at lower right in the third photo, so you won't see that one there, because I have it. But you should totally go and see the rest in person!

#44 Miller Street Studios : https://goo.gl/photos/hNt7DuT5v1LwScxPA

Almost 50 artists at this studio building, but very few participate in SoS. Only two listed on the SoS guide, though there were actually three open, and they have shared studios so you can see their studiomates' work, plus there's a bunch of stuff on the walls, making you wish you could go past some of those closed doors.

In that photo album you can see pieces by or studios of Sandra Allik (mixed media paintings often including wood), Christopher Pullman (who did some really intriguing paintings of a bunch of old potatoes!), Linda Lichtman (glass), and Leo Muellener (large paintings), as well as some of the art-strewn hallways.

A couple of the artists I spoke to said they want to entice more of their neighbors to participate in SoS, and one of them (Sandra Allik, if I remember correctly) was collecting a list of people coming by who hadn't been there before. If you haven't been there before, go and sign her book!

Edit: Although her studio at Miller St is not open for SoS, I just learned that Jodi Colella - one of the artists displaying at the Nave annex - made the large fiber pieces in the hallway at the beginning of this photo set.

#49 60 Park Street : https://goo.gl/photos/erMXkmm7oWSx7Hct6

In this album are some of Brad Carreiro's wood lamp light things, Rachael Holmes' intriguing knit bags and shapes, and whimsical robot-themed paintings by Pecan, as well as the delightful front of the house with its cornoctopus in the yard. If you go in person you'll also see work by a couple of other artists.

As a bonus, here's a nifty plant arrangement by Thomas Fraley at #28 : https://goo.gl/photos/oCg7HtcmpzAvzuCe7 - plants aren't what he's displaying, but he works with professionally and I hope he displays a garden in the future. He'd never seen Darkmatter (#24) so I suggested a visit.
 
 
From the Assembly Square newsletter:



Summer Yoga
Join us next Saturday, May 7 at 9am for our first session of Free Summer Yoga Saturdays. All you need is your mat! Registration is required, and you can sign up online beginning at noon each preceding Friday. Day of registration will be available only if space permits, so don't forget to reserve your spot!




I love this. It's a great way to start your Saturday. There are times in July where there's gotta be 100 people there. The registration piece is actually handy, then you don't have to fill out the waiver on site. I set a noon reminder on my calendar for Friday to be sure to remember to sign up (they really don't open the registration until noonish Friday). Then you go to the Assembly Row site, click the "Play" navigation, and on Fridays a sign-up link will be available under the yoga section.