#Farmington #Holiday Tree Lighting #Ceremony Dec 1st- Farmington #FirstNight Dec 31st

 

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The Farmington holiday tree lighting ceremony will be Friday, December 1st this year. The festivities are from 6:30 – 8pm and are located on Central Street. The Farmington Recreation Department will have hot chocolate and treats. There will be music performed by Farmington’s own Henry Wilson School and of course a special visit from Santa. The DeJulio family has planned to have a memorial table for residents to stop and share stories of Tom DeJulio. There is also a Santa meet & greet, Friday, December 15th, 6-7pm at the Farmington Recreation Department.

 

 

Farmington First Night will be December 31st, from 7pm-12am. Activities will include a bon fire, ice skating, movies, live entertainment, karaoke, food vendors, art/photography exhibit, photo booth, various activities for the kids are planned, and the Farmington Museum of History will be open with hot cider. Watch the ball drop and find out who won the baby new year contest, while sipping hot coffee or hot chocolate.

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Artist Gina Adams Honors History Of Broken Promises That Preceded Standing Rock

“What is happening at Standing Rock is directly connected to the treaties and the protection that they give to Native American lands and water. In the treaties it is stated that not the United States nor any other corporation or company would ever be allowed to alter the territory stated with in them.” Gina Adams Continue reading “Artist Gina Adams Honors History Of Broken Promises That Preceded Standing Rock”

#MixedMedia Sea Dragon in #Ink #Watercolor & #Acrylic

 

This fanciful sea dragon was done on card stock. It started out as a printmaking ink mono print, but as soon as I did the initial impression I saw the sea dragon and I knew I wanted to do the rest in watercolor and acrylic. It’s light and feels like summer to me; a great counter point to this time of year in New England. She’s just magical. One of my new favorites.

More Finished #Collage #Art!

 

An eclectic mix of different things. The first is a small acrylic painting. I’m fond of this one. The second is a set, which is acrylic and collage with both paper and tissue paper. The third is a mixed media collage; I was trying to draw out whimsy, which is really hard for me. The fourth is a paper collage with acrylic paint as a background and as accent. I’m partial to this one too. The fifth is crazy piece I was trying to convey anger and frustration. Fortunately, a fair amount of sadness comes through, which makes it even more haunting.

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8 Things You Didn’t Know About The Artist Vincent Van Gogh


Viewed thus, men don’t play a very noble role — well, but that is in fact the case. It doesn’t apply in general, though, because … does the candle burn for the sake of the moth? If one knew that — well then — it might well be worthwhile committing suicide that way. Vincent van Gogh

Rochester Writers Night- Thursday November 7th, 6PM

Below is the reminder letter from Pat O’Brien for the Rochester Writers Night- Thursday November 7th, 6PM. It’s always a great night, with a diverse set of poets, and Sue’s food at the Portable pantry is just grand.

Hi Everyone,

The next Rochester Writers Night takes place on Thursday November 7th at the Portable Pantry on 12 Hanson St in Rochester.

Sign-ups begin at 6 PM, followed by our feature performer at 6:15. After the feature we take a short break, and then begin the open mic portion of our program. Writers are encouraged to perform their original poetry, prose or music to a listening audience. There is a 5-minute limit per participant with extra rounds as time allows.

This month I will not be hosting the event. I will traveling and singing in Ireland! However, I have asked Doug Decker to do the honors, and he has graciously agreed. Please be patient, Doug’s getting older and he can get confused! 🙂

November’s feature writer is Jon Shutt. Jon has read for us before, and was met with great enthusiasm.

Jon Shutt has served twelve years in the Army National Guard as an Engineer. In 2004, he deployed with a Maine Engineer unit as an electrician where he spent most of his days doing construction projects around northern Iraq. In 2007 Jon earned his Bachelors degree in English Teaching from the University of New Hampshire and began teaching 5th grade in Lebanon, Maine in 2008. In late 2009 Jon put his teaching career on hold to deploy with a New Hampshire Infantry unit to Afghanistan. In Afghanistan he was primarily an assistant 240 gunner, but his Engineering skills kept him busy building tables, lofts, TV stands and other creature comforts in his off time. Upon returning from Afghanistan in late 2010, Jon found his love for building propelling him into teaching woodshop to young, eager minds and hands. Today he teaches 6th grade English Language Arts at Noble Middle School. He and his wife, Monique, live in Milton Mills, New Hampshire with their son.


Jon has published a book of poetry, Blood Red Dawn, which reflects the experiences of his deployments. His work is raw, edgy, and sometimes difficult to hear, but is a sensitive and frequently beautiful portrayal of his experiences. All profits from his book are donated to the USO. In honor of Veteran’s Day, please come to hear this talented young writer.

As always, the Pantry serves award winning food: homemade soups, artisan sandwiches, and sinfully delicious pastries! So, come early, enjoy the food, listen to our feature and read your own original work!

Hope you can make it!

Pat