Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sharon Santillo's Family Stories Through Art

Maynard had one of the most amazing teachers working for the elementary school system, Mrs. Sharon Santillo. This year she officially retired. Now she gets to make art for pleasure and she gets to teach beyond the 5–10 age range.

Sharon has been teaching classes in story making through art. In her courses she encourages people to write a little of their family history and work on making some accompanying art.
If any of you have ever seen the end-of-year art displays that Mrs. Santillo put up at ArtSpace, then you sense that the kids were truly inspired to be creative. I'm guessing the same happens with her adult students too.

Monday, September 29, 2014

New Exhibit at ArtSpace Maynard Highlights Artist Christiane Corcelle's Tea Works

The ArtSpace Gallery is pleased to present A Better Cup of Tea, an exhibit of artwork by Christiane Corcelle, who uses tea bags, their wrappers and their labels to create her artwork. Her pieces are not planned, but rather have been a spontaneous response to the materials she collected. In doing so, she is able to explore variations in composition, repeating patterns, and recurring elements in a deeper way, and from a greater variety of perspectives.

The exhibit runs from October 8 – 31. Gallery hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Admission is free!

The public is also invited to attend the opening reception for the exhibit at the ArtSpace Second Saturdays event on Saturday, October 11thfrom 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. which will also feature a mini-open studios from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.. Free!

ArtSpace is wheelchair accessible.
The ArtSpace Gallery is located at 63 Summer Street in Maynard.
For more information go to www.artspacemaynard.com or call (978) 897-9828.

The Indian Restaurant is Closed (but for how long?)

Apparently there's a sign up at Savoring Indian Cuisine (always a mouthful) that says they're closed for remodeling. If you call their phone number there's a message saying they're closed, but it doesn't mention remodeling, they just say to call their other locations.

If you know what's going on, can you post in the comments? Let's hope they reopen soon.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

ArtSpace Maynard is Having Open Studios This Weekend: 9/27, 9/28, Noon – 5:00

It's time for ArtSpace Maynard's annual Open Studios. This is your chance to see what happens in that old middle school on Summer Street. Walk around, poke your head into the various studios, and say hello—all studio doors will be open.

Think your kids are going to be bored to tears (or screams)? Think again. Many artists are gracious enough to have things that kids can touch (but it's always a good idea to ask artists if their work is too fragile for kids to handle, just in case). In a time where art and creative time is being removed from the classroom, isn't it nice to be able to show them some of the creativity that bases itself right here in Maynard?

In the gallery you'll find the annual group exhibit. Every artist is invited to submit a piece for the show, so if you start there you'll get a visual sense of the talent in the building. It might even help to spur you in the direction of a particular studio.

If you come on Sunday and hang out till the end at 5:00, you'll get the privilege of hearing the music group The Farewells play a set in the ArtSpace Gallery (one of the members is also a visual artist at ArtSpace).

Whatever day you come in, please know that we are so happy that you are interested enough to come and visit us.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Yard Waste Collection Dates

I got this from the Town of Maynard's Web site:

"Updates from the DPW

Fall Drop Off Center is scheduled for Saturday, September 13, 2014 and Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to noon.
Fall leave curbside pickup with be held the week of October 13-17 and the week of November 10-14. Please place leaves, grass, wood chips and all other easily raked materials in paper yard waste bags, Please have them curbside on your regular trash day before 7:00 a.m. Also note that Monday, October 13 is a Holiday and all trash, recycle and yard waste will be a day late.

The Department of Public Works has contracted with Prowler Water Conservation Company to conduct a leak detection survey in town that is mandated by the DEP. Prowler should be finished with this survey in three weeks. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Water/Sewer division at 978-897-1317."

Here's the link if you need to check it out for yourself. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Schedule for Next Week's MaynardFest

The Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce presents the

22nd Annual Maynard Community Fest

Saturday, September 27th, 9am - 3:30pm 
Downtown Maynard

Free Family Entertainment, Over 110 Vendors & Nonprofits,
Audubon Animals, Alpacas, Balloon Artist, Pumpkin Painting... 

...celebrating community, culture, and commerce, since 1992.

Fest to Go On: Rain or Shine! 
 Free Entertainment @ Memorial Park
The Movement Center (9 am), Nightwalk (9:30 am), Keith Jacques & Joy Walsh (10:30 am), Mister Vic (11:30 am), MA Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (12:30 pm), Transistor Kings (1 pm), L & M Rhythm Kings (2 pm),
Mike Rush & Jen Howard (3 pm).
@ Memorial Park
Twillingate Farm Alpacas, The Memorial Park Soundstage, Vendors...

 @ the Maynard Public Library
Fantastic Used Book Sale. Sat (10-3), Sun (12-3)
Audubon Animals, Location: TBA (10-12)

 On Nason Street
Balloon Artist @ Middlesex Savings (10-1)
Baked Goods Galore w/ Hobson's Homemade @ Serendipity
On Summer Street
Inflatables in the Walgreen's Lot with the Boys & Girls Club
Maynard Fire Department Open House
Complimentary Healthy Snacks @ McDonalds
ArtSpace Maynard Open Studio (12-5) both Sat & Sun

Out and About
The Happy Wagon, Finz (Worcester Sharks)

On Main Street
Maynard Community Band @ The Congregational Church (11)
The Maynard Farmers' Market @ the CVS
Pumpkin Painting (10-2) and WAVM (9 to 12:30) at Prudential Prime Properties
Pig Roast & Beer Garden @ The Pleasant Cafe

TONS of free & modestly priced activities for all!  
Plentiful Parking in the Clock Tower Garage.

Follow the Links Below to Check Out Our Fantastic Sponsors!

Baystate Municipal Accounting Group

Maynard Litter League, and The Little Rug Co.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Maynard's Downtown Trick-or-Treat to be Held October 30th

Every year Maynard's downtown businesses and the Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce team up to host a downtown trick-or-treat event. Citizens big and small get decked out in Halloween costumes and head down to fill up their bags with treats provided by the local businesses.

According to someone I know in the Maynard Business Alliance, the event is scheduled for Thursday, October 30th. She thinks the start time is 4:00, but keep your ears out in case I'm wrong.

Plan your driving accordingly because they shut down Nason Street, and on Main Street there will be lots of people walking and crossing the street.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Wait, What!? Erikson's Might be Closed by Friday, September 19th?!?

A friend was at Erikson's yesterday, and an employee told her that they may be ready to close for the season by Friday, September 19th. Get over there and get your last cookie dough or chocolate chip, and mop up your tears with a Wet Nap. Then we'll wait for April 2015!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Halloween Costume/Exchange on 9/20 to Benefit Open Table

This is coming up!

It's not too early to start thinking about Halloween! Before you go in search of the perfect costume -- look no further!  The MFA is sponsoring a Halloween Costume Exchange/Sale to benefit Open Table on 9/20 at the Maynard Farmer's Market.

-Donate a costume or dress up item
-Exchange your gently used costume for another one ($3)
-Buy a gently used costume ($6)
-Exchange, buy, or donate Halloween accessories

Costumes may be donated in advance. Please let the costume team know if you have any questions. If you put a comment on this blog post I'll get you to the right person. 

Don't miss out on this opportunity to find a costume and support a great organization!

Thank you!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Maynard's Oktoberfest will be on September 20th

Every year the Maynard Rotary Club graces the community with a wonderful fireworks display and beer garden. I'm not much of a beer drinker, so I can't say that I've attended the latter, but the fireworks have become a tradition in this Maynard household.

One of the things that we really appreciate is that the fireworks are held at a time of year when it gets dark out early enough. That means little kids in and around Maynard get to see a fireworks display without losing hours of their precious sleep.

The Oktoberfest event starts at 3:00 and included kids activities and music, followed by fireworks sometime around 6:30 or so. (If anyone hears otherwise, let me know.) It all happens in the millpond parking lot on Main Street, with the fireworks being shot off over the water. Here's a link that I found for the event.

Happy Maynard Oktoberfest!

Local Tigers Football

Just heard about this and thought I'd post. 

Tomorrow Sunday the 14th our own Maynard Tigers football teams will be playing at Alumni Field (aka Maynard High School).
2nd/3rd grade kick off at 9 am
4th/5th grade start at 10 am
6th grade start at 12 noon
The weather is to be beautiful, so come over and cheer on the players, the awesome cheerleaders, and the coaches. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

"Hell's Kitchen" Participant Hails from Maynard!

I got word today that this season's (2014) FOX reality TV show "Hell's Kitchen" has a participant hailing from Maynard, Massachusetts. How could we not have heard about twenty-eight-year-old Aaron Lhamon sooner?! Technically Lhamon grew up in Beverly, but Maynard is where they say he's from.

I wish we could all wish him the best of luck, but the taping for the season is probably all done in advance, and he probably knows where he stands. Aaron Lhamon, if you're out there, congratulations on getting as far as you did!


Since posting this, I've heard that Aaron is living in Orlando.

Monday, September 8, 2014

September Happenings at the Maynard Public Library

First, on Wednesday, September 10, Friends members are invited to the Acme Theater dress rehearsal of their latest play, God of Carnage. This performance is of a Tony-winning drama right here in Maynard for the bargain price of $5! Plan to be seated by7:45.
Here's the description from the Acme website:
A playground altercation between eleven-year old boys brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses, and the rum flows, tensions emerge and the gloves come off, leaving the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters.

Then, on Tuesday, September 16, we will welcome cookbook author Clara Silversteinto the library at 7 pm. Clara has written three lovely collections--A White House Garden Cookbook, The Boston Chef's Table and The New England Soup Factory Cookbook. Come learn some new recipes to enjoy the bounty of the fall! Books will be available for purchase and there will be a tasting of some selected recipes. This event is co-sponsored by Open Table and we hope you will consider bringing a food item for the Open Table pantry.

Save the dates for upcoming events:
Tuesday, Sept 23 @ 7 pm Book Launch for Julie Berry
Saturday, Sept 27 from 10-3 and Sunday, Sept 28 from 12-3 Maynard Fest Book Sale

See you at the library!
Sally Thurston
Friends of the Maynard Public Library

If you'd like to get involved in planning events with us, the next Friends meeting isMonday, October 6 at 7:00. Please join us!  

Maynard Senior Center to Move

Sounds like the Maynard Senior Center is going to be moving from Clock Tower Place to the building at the Maynard Country Club. If I hear anything more, I'll let you know.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Something New at Mascarelli's?!?

I got the word today that Mascarelli's might be getting a new tenant. Can you imagine?!? That just seems impossible. Carmen, the woman who owns Flawless Hair Design mentioned to a friend that Porfino is thinking about taking over that space. 

You may recall that I had a post about Mascarelli's getting a new paint job. That move was prompted by the very same Carmen. Her shop is on that corner, so she's a tenant of the people who own that whole building. Apparently all she had to do was ask.