Monthly Archives: February 2012

America @ Work: New Exhibit at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum

Picture of the Mural Story of Cotton (1937) by Charles Ward

Story of Cotton (1937) by Charles Ward done for the Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina Post Office

The Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, CT is opening a new exhibit America @ Work: New Deal Murals in New London and Beyond on March 8, 2012. The exhibit will run through June 9, 2012.

The aim of America @ Work: New Deal Murals in New London and Beyond is to bring attention to often overlooked local treasures in the context of New Deal murals in other states. The government funded hundreds of murals in federal buildings across the country, typically providing artists with a list of topics pertinent to local history. The artists were then free to choose their own content. Thomas La Farge was quick to identify whaling as an apt theme for murals in New London, a city long known as the “Whaling City.” Other artists in the exhibition chose topics such as the cotton industry in North Carolina, corn harvesting in Georgia, onion farming in upstate New York, processing steel in Ohio, and pioneering and mining in Idaho.

Although the artists included in America @ Work: New Deal Murals in New London and Beyond are from distant corners of America, they share a focus on working Americans. More notably, they espouse an uplifting message of pride in American ingenuity and a belief that the country’s economic woes could be overcome through hard work – this in the face of the stark realities of life in America, a country suffering from significant hardship and unemployment during the Great Depression.

The exhibition has been organized by Guest Curator Barbara Zabel, Professor Emeritus of Art History at Connecticut College.

Special programming for the exhibition includes:

  • Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 5:00 PM – The Exhibition opening with a reception and a gallery talk by guest curator Barbara Zabel, Professor Emeritus of Art History at Connecticut College.
  • Thursday, March 29 at 5:00 PM: “From Ship to Shore: The Whaling Murals of Thomas LaFarge,” a reception and a gallery talk with Robert Richter, Director of Arts Programming at Connecticut College and Connecticut College student Elizabeth Petersen.
  • Thursday, April 5 at 5:00 PM – “Painters. Politics & Propaganda: The W.P.A.’s ‘Paint America’ Project – An Ongoing Legacy,” a reception and a lecture by Philip Eliasoph, Professor of Art History at Fairfield University.
  • Saturday, April 7 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM – Free afternoon admission, free art activities, free snacks each month, and a hands-on mural making project in the studio for children of all ages.

Picture credits: Story of Cotton (1937) is an oil on canvas mural study for the Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina Post Office done by Charles Ward. It measures 16 1/2 by 24 1/2 inches. The picture was provided by the Lyman Allyn Art Museum and is courtesy of D. Wigmore Fine Art, Inc. and the Estate of Charles Ward.

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Newport Winter Festival 2012

Save the dates February 17 through 26, 2012 for the 24th annual Newport Winter Festival in Newport, Rhode Island. This week long festival has a little bit of everything for everyone, including:

  • Music – Beatlemania, a Beatles tribute band, and Another Tequila Sunrise, an Eagles Tribute band
  • A Chili Cook- Off
  • A Chicken Wing Competition
  • A Comedy Show
  • A Children’s Fair
  • An Ice Sculpting Demonstration
  • Family Events
  • Festival Day at Easton’s Beach
  • . . . and much more . . .
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February School Vacation in Mystic Country, CT

It is always a challenge to come up with fun and entertaining things for the kids to do during school vacation week. The folks at Mystic Country have sent us some wonderful ideas of what to do with the kids during February school vacation week…

You may also want to see our list of the Top 10 Things to Do During 2012 February School Vacation Week. We list many ideas in Connecticut and throughout New England…

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An Interesting Read for RV Fans – America’s Highway US Route 1

Picture of the Cover of the Book "America's Highway A Journey of Discovery Along US Route 1"This caught our eye and we thought we would share it. For those of you who like traveling by motorhome, Tony Capasso’s account of his epic Journey along US Route 1 is worth a read. Of course we realize that Route 1 goes from Maine to Florida. We thought that New England fans might find the first five chapters (ME, NH, MA, RI, and CT) interesting.

Tony’s journey started in Fort Kent Maine, the northern terminus of Route 1 as well as the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. As many of you may be aware, Fort Kent is also home to the annual Can-Am Crown Sled Dog Race. But this book is really the story of the of the people and the communities along Route 1.

The book is available in electronic form as a Kindle book from Amazon.

You can learn more about the book from Tony’s Facebook page. You can also learn more from this video:

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Black History Month 2012 in Massachusetts

February is Black History month in the United States. This Fox 25 interview with Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism Communications Director Lisa Simmons gives a nice overview of things around the Commonwealth celebrating Black History month.

To learn more also see:


Black History Month: MyFoxBOSTON.com


Also see: Black History Month at MassVacation.com

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Three Big Early 2012 Season Long Distance Road Races in Massachusetts

Long distance runners and spectators of long-distance races take note of three upcoming long-distance races in Massachusetts.

2012 Hyannis Marathon

The Hyannis Marathon has been an annual event since the first marathon in 1978 when only 170 runners participated. The 2012 edition of this race is coming up on Sunday February 26, 2012. There are actually three races – the marathon, a half-marathon, and a marathon team relay. All races will start at 10 AM.

2012 Stu’s 30K Road & Relay Race

Stu’s 30K Road & Relay Race is a 30K individual, and four-person relay race held in Clinton, MA. It will start on Sunday, March 4, 2012 at 11AM at the Clinton Middle School in Clinton, MA.

2012 New Bedford Half-Marathon

One of the premier half-marathon events in New England, the New Bedford Half Marathon will take place on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 11:00 AM.

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Dartmouth Winter Carnival 2012

It was first held in 1911 and the 2012 Dartmouth Winter Carnival at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire will be the 101st. The carnival will be held from Thursday, February 9th through Sunday, February 12th and is a much anticipated event both at the college and in the Hanover community.

The carnival will feature:

  • A town wide skating party
  • Horse drawn sleigh rides
  • A polar bear swim
  • Human dogsled races
  • Skiing events
  • . . . and much more . . .
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Top 10 Things to Do During 2012 February School Vacation Week

In New England, February school vacation week is typically either the week of President’s Day, or the week after. Every year the week presents parents with the challenge of what to do with the kids for the week. Following you will find some ideas of what to do throughout New England during February school vacation week:

1. Go to an Aquarium
A visit to an aquarium is a wonderful way to spend a day. There are several aquariums in New England, including:

2. Go to a Children’s Museum
New England has many fabulous children’s museums, including:

3. Go Dog Sledding
How about something very different and fun. Try out a dogsled tour for a real outdoor winter adventure. See New England Dogsledding for a round up of places that offer dogsled tours.

4. Go to a Hall of Fame
There are three sports halls of fame in New England. The most well known is the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA. But don’t forget the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, RI and the Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke, MA.

5. Check out the Higgins Armory Museum
For a very different kind of museum experience, check out the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, MA.

6. Check out the New England Air Museum
Do you have kids who are into planes? If so, the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT is just the ticket for a day of fun.

7. Go Ice Skating
Of course there are numerous indoor rinks, but take a skate on the wild side and head outdoors. See our round-up of outdoor ice rinks throughout New England for the place nearest to you.

8. Go to a Science Museum
There are numerous science museums and planetariums throughout New England to keep the kids interested and happy:

9. Go Skiing
February vacation week is always a big week for families to get in some skiing. The ski areas of the Berkshires, and especially up north in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont are very popular destinations for school vacation week.

10. Go Snow Tubing – This is a great outdoor activity. There are too many places to go tubing to list them here. A quick Internet search will help you to find a place near you.

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Ten Things to Do for Valentine’s Day in Mystic Country, Connecticut

We have already done a Top 10 Suggestions for a Romantic New England Valentine’s Day post. The kind folks at the Mystic Country have shared with us their top ten list of things to do for Valentine’s Day in and around Mystic, Connecticut.

  1. Visit a Bed and Breakfast or an Inn. Some great suggestions would include:
  2. Head to the shore. Some ideas of where include:
  3. Do a little bird watching. For great bird watching head to:
  4. Visit with some denizens of the deep. For the hardy and curious hit Fishers Island Sound by research boat for some Seal Watching. For the simply curious there is Mystic Aquarium.
  5. Explore a museum such as the:
  6. Take in a show. Some suggestions include the New London Winter film Festival at the Garde Arts Center (January 25 – March 2, 2012), or a Stage performance also at The Garde. Or perhaps take in something at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Connecticut.
  7. Visit an historic pub such as the Daniel Packer Inne Restaurant and Pub in Mystic or the Dutch Tavern in New London.
  8. Visit a winery such as the:
  9. Enjoy a wonderful dinner for two. Some suggestions include the:
  10. Browse some unique shops and galleries such as: the Book Barn in Niantic; Celebrations in Pomfret; Pinc! in New London; Whyevernot in Mystic; and many more.
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Winter Weather Causing Postponements, Cancellations, and Moves

The lack of cold and snow this winter is playing havoc with some winter events causing many to be rescheduled, cancelled, or moved. The casualties thus far:

So the winter of 2011/2012 continues to be difficult. If you want to read about what is causing this no snow spring-like winter see:

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