August 23rd, 2011

sculpture show in Acton, MA

http://articles.boston.com/2011-08-18/news/29901768_1_international-artist-new-hampshire-institute-sculpture

This is not the sort of thing I would ordinarily blog about, except it is. One of the people coming runs the art institution in Mayberry, where we used to live. And of course the article says this:

"The streets that delineate this North Acton neighborhood bespeak its earlier history: Granite Road, Quarry Road, Ledge Rock Way. There was a time in the late 1800s when this was primarily an industrial zone, its granite used to manufacture sign markers, fence posts, and gravestones."

From industry to arts in a little over a century. This is New England, so everything happens slowly, but it's sort of like the greyfield that preceded brownfield, rather than the other way around.

I'm particularly impressed with the fortitude described here:

"Obtaining the necessary permits to set up the operation was no small feat, she said, recalling that in 2006, she attended 56 meetings with town committees and officials. But now, she is proud of what she and her cohort of artists have created." That is passion and dedication on a grand scale.

If I get out to take a look around, I'll blog a review. It looks cool.

earthquake

We felt it here in South Yarmouth. Post is locked friends-only until we return from our trip.

News coverage says it was 5.8 or 5.9 and centered near Richmond and Charlottesville in Virginia. Parts of DC government buildings evacuated and stuff fell down, swayed, etc. Coverage also says that the Obama reporter entourage felt it on Martha's Vineyard. [ETA: My sister's neighbor had some stuff fall off the walls in northern Virginia.]

R., who is visiting from Seattle, was sitting on a kitchen stool (classic for noticing weak quakes, in my limited experience). R. was standing over by the door and couldn't feel it at all. I was sitting at the table and noticed it in a chair (so stool not necessary, just helpful). However, I was initially wondering if maybe we were falling into the ocean, since we are in a cottage right on the beach (hey, I'm really paranoid). Once I established that that wasn't going to happen and there was no nearby heavy machinery, we started looking for a local, weak quake. Boy was that theory wrong.