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What's Going On? (the calendar)

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1avaland
feb 26, 2008, 10:14am

A place to pass on some of the great things happening in your area of New England. Going to an interesting fair, show, concert, contradance, cruisenight, horseraces...etc...?

2vpfluke
feb 28, 2008, 11:11am

Isn't Readercon a mid-July New England event?

3Irisheyz77
feb 29, 2008, 11:47am

There is talk starting in the Green Dragon group of having a meet up day

http://www.librarything.com/talktopic.php?topic=30968

4avaland
Redigerat: mar 1, 2008, 8:50am

>2 vpfluke: yes, there were a fair number of us who met up at Readercon last year. Some of us will be there again this year (guests of honor this year: Jonathan Lethem and James Patrick Kelly). Perhaps as it gets closer we could set up a meet up time outside the convention, in case there are those who aren't interested in the convention but would like to meet up (decent Indian food in the Burlington Mall food court. . . ). If not, we can find a spot within the convention to meet, I think.

Right up your alley, Irisheyz (check out the 'guests' under the guests tab, but scroll down to see the long list of authors other than the guests of honor):

http://www.readercon.org/

5vpfluke
mar 1, 2008, 9:46pm

Readercon is July 17-20 in Burlington (Marriott), MA.

6Irisheyz77
mar 2, 2008, 12:38pm

If anyone likes clambakes my dad's volunteer fire department hosts one the last Sunday of August every year. Its their major fundraising event of the year. If anyone is interested PM me closer to August and I can send you details on ticket costs, time and location.....the general area is Warren, RI.

7avaland
Redigerat: mar 6, 2008, 8:54am

btw, pencil in on your calendars, the Chelmsford (Massachusetts) library sale - usually in September and runs from a Friday morning through the weekend. It's held in an old gymnasium behind the town hall, and the gym is FULL of books. Best shopping is Friday morning at 9am when doors open although this is also when the dealers are the thickest. Just the stage (yeah, it's one of those old gymnasiums with a stage on one end) area is fiction hardcovers and trade paperbacks.




This is clickable for a larger picture. The view from the stage looking down. The picture seems very foreshortened and doesn't really give one the true sense of the size of the room. Some years there is as much stuff under the tables in boxes as there is out. Then it can get a bit dangerous (I wouldn't recommend bringing young children, strollers etc during early hours).

8LydiaHD
Redigerat: mar 6, 2008, 10:42am

Ooh, definitely tell us when you know the date for this year, Avaland. It would be very easy for me to go there after work on Friday morning, since I work in Cambridge and go off-shift at 8am.

The biggest rummage sale I know of is on April 5 this year at the Unitarian-Universalist Church in Wayland - at the intersection of Routes 20 and 27&126. Lots of books, tons of clothes, and all sorts of other stuff. I think it's 9am to 1pm. And if you want to get to get rid of stuff, they'll take it Monday through Wednesday of the week leading up to the sale.

(edited to correct bleary-eyed mistakes)

9Irisheyz77
mar 6, 2008, 11:51am

I hate library book sales...I always walk out with too many new(ish) books!!

I used to go to the one at the Thomas Crane Library in Quincy, MA. Those friends of the library are very dangerous. Offering to give you bags or boxes to help with all the books in your hands....then when those are full they say let me hold those at the front for you. Evil enablers - the whole lot of them! But its so hard to resist when most books are being sold for pennies on the dollar!

10LydiaHD
mar 6, 2008, 12:25pm

Yes, library sales are such a great opportunity to try out authors you've never even heard of. At two or three paperbacks for a buck, it seems foolish to hold back.

11vpfluke
mar 6, 2008, 1:13pm

Long Island and New York City libraries tend to have on-going sales. My most recent acquisitions were a Haitian novel (for the March Reading Globally read) and an atalas that I have wanted to buy for several decades, but could not afford Commercial Atlas and Marketing. The latter includes state maps of New England, and a special section at the rear of Vol 1 with town outline maps.

12avaland
mar 6, 2008, 3:54pm

Yes, there are libraries in NE doing the same thing: Worcester, Lincoln, Framingham are three that come to mind. Everyone should know about booksalefinder.com, if you don't already.

13Irisheyz77
mar 7, 2008, 11:16am

Here's a link to various festivals that will be going on in Newport, RI this year

http://www.newportfestivals.com/

14Irisheyz77
mar 7, 2008, 11:32am

Speaking of festivals...every July the town of Warren, RI has an Italian Festival and a Quahog Festival. Last year these both occurred during the 3rd weekend of the month.

They are both great fun. The Italian Festival has lots of great Italian Food and is usually held near St. Jean Baptiste Church...and the Quahog festival has tons of great seafood along with a large art & craft fair, this is held in Burr's Hill Park.

15vpfluke
mar 7, 2008, 12:38pm

#13

The site referenced only lists Newport's 'waterfront' festivals.

I went to a site: http://www.festivalnetwork.com/ and got the dates for the Newport Folk Festival (Aug 1-3) and the Newport Jazz Festival (Aug 8-10)

There is also a Newport Music Festival, July 11-27, being held in 60 mansions on various dates. It seems mostly classical.

GoNewport lists lots of things, but is a bit clumsy to use.

16avaland
mar 7, 2008, 1:48pm

Also about the same time is the Lowell Folk Festival:
http://www.lowellfolkfestival.org/

I've never been (something always seems to come up), but I hear the food is great!

17LydiaHD
apr 4, 2008, 4:42am

According to the Bostonians group, the Copley Square BPL is having their “spring cleaning” book sale tomorrow, April 5, 10-4.

And as I mentioned earlier, my favorite rummage sale is also tomorrow, at the Unitarian Universalist church in Wayland, MA, at the intersection of Route 20 and Routes 126 & 27, 9am to 1pm.

18avaland
apr 6, 2008, 8:03pm

Bummer, guess I missed it.

19avaland
apr 10, 2008, 7:56am

THIS WEEKEND

Bedford Library is having a book sale this weekend:
April 11 - 13;
Fri 1-4:30, Sat 9-4, Sun noon-3

20vpfluke
apr 10, 2008, 12:20pm

I guess I'll miss the Bedford sale by a week. My wife and I will be in Stow the following weekend and will also visit my sisters living in Harvard and Concord.

21avaland
apr 11, 2008, 9:42am

There's one in Andover soon also:-)

http://www.booksalefinder.com/MA.html

Fruitlands in Harvard does a fantastic Sunday brunch buffet. It's a bit pricey ($20 ea) but a nice treat (and all you can eat, of course). The views are wonderful and one can walk the grounds and tour the museum buildings afterwards.

http://www.fruitlands.org/

Their lunches are also wonderful. . .

22vpfluke
apr 11, 2008, 3:13pm

My sister has worked on and off at Fruitlands, and has done some original research on Shakers who lived in Harvard. I've enjoyed the few times I've eaten at Fruitlands.

23avaland
apr 15, 2008, 9:31pm

There's an informal meetup in Cambridge, Sunday at 5pm. See the Bostonians group for details.

24vpfluke
apr 16, 2008, 10:06am

Thanks for the heads up. Maybe, I can go.

Bob Campbell

25avaland
apr 17, 2008, 8:59am

We're going, as are AsYouKnow_Bob and MaggieO, Eurydice...others.

26avaland
apr 19, 2008, 2:33pm

Will see some of you tomorrow in Cambridge:-)

27LydiaHD
maj 12, 2008, 7:22am

avaland, thanks for mentioning http://www.booksalefinder.com/MA.html. I felt the need of a library sale on Saturday, and was able to find one conveniently located in Weymouth.

28avaland
maj 15, 2008, 7:28am

You're welcome, LydiaHD. Hope you found some great goodies!

29avaland
jun 4, 2008, 7:19am

The Concord Public Library (Massachusetts) is having a book sale this weekend. I know it's supposed to be hot, but so should be the books!

30avaland
jul 14, 2008, 3:38pm

Readercon is coming up this weekend in Burlington, Massachusetts. www.readercon.org

31avaland
sep 3, 2008, 4:37pm

Chelmsford library sale coming up September 26, Friday, 9 am (also Saturday and Sunday). See message #7. Older auditorium FULL of books, best time is Friday, of course, but you have to maneuver around the dealers. If you need directions, give me a holler.

This is one of the largest book sales in the area.

32Irisheyz77
sep 4, 2008, 6:07pm

you are such an enabler to book addicts Avaland...

33avaland
sep 7, 2008, 5:25pm

ha ha. It takes one to know one!

34Irisheyz77
sep 8, 2008, 6:05pm

me??

I am innocent of all charges!!

0=)

See the halo....the guilty don't have a halo...;-)

35avaland
sep 19, 2008, 5:21pm

Bedford, MA library sale this weekend. It started this afternoon. I got all the good stuff in the fiction section (ha ha)

36avaland
nov 6, 2008, 7:35am

The Toadstool Bookshops in Keene, Peterborough and Milford, New Hampshire are having their pre-Holiday sale next week. 20% off everything in the store. Doesn't include gift cards and cannot be combined with other discounts. See store for details.

37avaland
mar 24, 2009, 9:37am

While watching television, I saw that Ghost Hunters were doing an episode at "The Mount", Edith Wharton's estate in Lenox, Massachusetts. I was appalled, of course, but I know they need the money. It was either airing this Wednesday (or was it last Wednesday? Hmmm.)

38avaland
apr 11, 2009, 9:22pm

I was in the Berkshires on Friday and stopped in to see a building where I lived some decades ago. It's now a museum and was featured in the movie "Cider House Rules" (funny, I didn't recognize it then).

Ventfort Hall and Museum
http://www.GildedAge.org

It was built by J. P. Morgan's sister in 1895 and is in the process of being restored. A good part of the first floor has been renovated. What luxury. And it's an interesting comparison to "The Mount" which is just down the street.

They currently have an exhibit called "Les Petites Dames de Mode" (The Little Ladies of Fashion) which features 60 29-inch tall models that portray women's fashion from 1855 to 1914 (roughly the years of the "Gilded Age"). It took John R. Burbidge, a retired, notable fashion designer thirty years to create all these. The outfits are incredibly detailed and required extensive research. Burbidge, btw, designed Tricia Nixon's wedding gown.

39avaland
sep 22, 2009, 9:47am

This weekend is once again the HUGE Chelmsford (MA) library sale (see #7 above). Begins Friday morning at 9 am and runs through Sunday. It will be heavily picked over by Saturday, but if you are just looking for random things to read, it will still have a lot.

40avaland
sep 26, 2009, 9:09am

>39 avaland: Well, I was a bit disappointed this year with the above mentioned library sale. There was almost no trade paperback fiction because, I am told, they sell it all year in the library. Lots of hardcovers which I select carefully because they take up far more room in the house. . .

There are ALOT of library sales everywhere this weekend. I think we may go apple-picking instead. . .

41avaland
sep 23, 2010, 10:33am

http://www.pioneervalleybookfair.com/ I think no words are necessary here:-)

(oh, I may have missed the huge Chelmsford Book Fair....clearly, I'm not paying attention...)

42avaland
sep 23, 2010, 10:43am

No, actually I haven't.

http://www.chelmsfordlibrary.org/friends/booksale.html

Worth it if you are within driving distance. Friday morning for the first hour or so is a bit of a nightmare with all the dealers, but otherwise it's fine.

See picture in post#7, although that is taken from the stage where most of the general fiction is (picture looks terribly foreshortened...)

43avaland
okt 24, 2010, 7:18am

The American Textile history Museum in Lowell has reopened after a long shut-down for renovation.
http://www.athm.org/