Showing posts with label lowell. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lowell. Show all posts

Sunday, July 23, 2023

Lowell Folk Festival scheduled for July 28-30 - a great free event

Lowell Folk Fest (@LowellFolkFest) tweeted on Sat, Jul 22, 2023:
"Here's a schedule. 
Save it for a handy reference! Lowell Folk Festival July 28-30. #lowellfolk"
Visit the Festival page for additional info ->

My favorite way to spend a Saturday is to find a spot at Boarding House Park and enjoy the variety of music from noon to 6 PM.

Lowell Folk Festival scheduled for July 28-30 - a great free event
Lowell Folk Festival scheduled for July 28-30 - a great free event

Monday, July 25, 2022

Providence, Lowell & Boston offering free outdoor performances

Providence, July 28, 2022

Summertime is a good time for outdoor performing arts. And when the location is the Waterplace Park in Providence for a performance by Trinity Rep, put it on the calendar! 

"Meet the cast of "La Mancha!" This Spanish/English bilingual adaptation of "Don Quixote" is part of Teatro en el Verano, produced by @rilatinoarts in association with Trinity Rep. It features local Latinx artists, and is completely free to attend.

"Don Quixote" ... closes with a special performance on the Waterplace Park  in Providence on July 28. 
For more information, visit"
Spanish/English bilingual adaptation of "Don Quixote"
Spanish/English bilingual adaptation of "Don Quixote"

Lowell Folk Festival Returns July 29-31, 2022

The 35th Anniversary Lowell Folk Festival, a staple cultural event of the region since its inception in 1987, will take place in person on July 29, 30, and 31. The 2022 festival will feature close to 20 performing groups sharing their unique musical traditions on stages throughout downtown Lowell. The Lowell Folk Festival attracts more than 150,000 people for three days of music, food, and art.

Ethnic food vendors will serve traditional dishes representing over a dozen different cultures. In the Folk Craft Area, the theme is Crafting Sound: Making & Restoring Musical Instruments, which will feature demonstrations playing and building the instruments. The Foodways Area will explore comfort foods from an array of communities. Art In The Courtyard will offer the opportunity for visitors to view and purchase some of the finest art and craftwork. The Family Fun area is back on Shattuck Street.

Check this site to stay up to date on all Lowell Folk Festival updates.

The Lowell Folk Festival is produced by the Lowell Festival Foundation, the City of Lowell, Lowell National Historical Park, the National Council for the Traditional Arts, the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau.

For more information visit ->

35th Anniversary Lowell Folk Festival
35th Anniversary Lowell Folk Festival

Boston, through August 7, 2022

Shakespeare on the Boston Common -  Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) and Artistic Director Steven Maler are pleased to announce the return of Free Shakespeare on the Common in the summer of 2022 – William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian. Performances will begin on The Boston Common on Wednesday, July 20 at 8PM (with press opening on Wednesday, July 27 at 8PM) and end on Sunday, August 7.

Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s most popular and frequently performed plays. The plot revolves around two couples — witty Beatrice and Benedick, who publicly proclaim their disdain for each other but fall madly in love; and na├»ve Hero and Claudio, who fall quickly in love only to be thwarted and then reunited (in both cases, with a bit of help from their friends). But it’s more than just a comedic romp. The play tackles serious themes too: trust and betrayal, power and privilege, gendered expectations around chastity and violence. This is a comedy entangled with a tragedy, where love and justice nevertheless manage to prevail with vigorous joy — a perfect play for our uncertain times.

Shakespeare on the Boston Common
Shakespeare on the Boston Common

Monday, July 31, 2017

"there is some hope when it comes to partisan blindness”

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"UMass Lowell senior Hannah Daly helped conduct a nationwide political survey whose results were anything but surprising: the two major political parties just don’t trust each other. 
The results of the 1,000-person, nationwide survey offer a glimpse into how political differences skew our view on the founding principles of democracy. Through her research, she discovered that, over the years, opposing parties have lost faith in each other’s respect for core democratic values. In other words, political parties have trouble believing the opposing party will uphold the standards of democracy properly. 
“We were expecting to see something like the results looked like,” said Daly, a Franklin native.. “In previous work on democratic tolerance, commitments to values like free speech have been much higher percentage-wise, like, in the 90 (percentile). So, it was kind of interesting to see that our results were in the 80 and 70 (percentile).”

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For more info on the results of the UMass-Lowell polls, follow the link

UMass-Lowell polls
UMass-Lowell polls

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Lowell Folk Festival

The Saturday schedule at Boarding House Park in Lowell for the annual Lowell Folk Festival. The largest free folk festival in the US and it is in our backyard (so to speak).

Saturday, July 24Boarding House ParkSTEEP CANYON RANGERS12:00 noon
Saturday, July 24Boarding House ParkJOSHUA NELSON1:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 24Boarding House ParkMARIA DE BARROS2:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 24Boarding House ParkBUA3:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 24Boarding House ParkDE TEMPS ANTAN4:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 24Boarding House ParkTHE BRUCE DAIGREPONT CAJUN BAND5:00 p.m.

The Steep Canyon Rangers play bluegrass, Joshua Nelson sings kosher gospel, Maria De Barros sings Cape Verdian, the BUA group is Irish, De Temps Antan plays Quebecois, and Bruce Daigrepont is a Cajun Band.

Six different kinds of folk music over six hours in one place!

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