Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The latest painting is the best!


It's been a while since I blogged about my sister's live event painting business. This is her latest completed painting and I think it's her best. I love the colors, the venue and of course the pose of the bride and groom.


Here's a close-up of an incomplete section.  It's fun to look back at the progression of the piece.


See how empty it looks without the table of people in the back.


The section to the right of the bride will be filled in with the table full of wedding guests.


This was the painting on the night of the wedding. The background was filled in and the placement of the tables began. Guests will come and go as the painting develops. Something may look good but then it could change based on the overall flow of the painting. It takes weeks to finish one painting. The painting starts at the venue and is finished in the studio.


Prior to the wedding, my sister and I took a field trip to the venue which was in Foxboro, Massachusetts, home of the New England Patriots. She bribed me by saying I could visit Gillette Stadium if I took a ride with her. She always likes to scope out the place so she has a sense of the room she will portray on canvas.


The town of Foxboro was actually very quaint. The town common had a lovely stone church in the middle of it. A very old graveyard stood next to the church and there was a cannon on the green as well.


It looked like many of our towns in New England, old stone churches on commons.. Snow just added to the charm in Winter.


And I got to see the very impressive Gillette Stadium. No Patriots were there but it was great to see where they play.

If you would like to commission my sister to paint at your special event in New England please contact me at chatelaine08@gmail.com.






Friday, February 3, 2017

2016- the year in review


It's been a long while since I posted to my blog. Not quite sure why I didn't post too much last year. Actually I do know that Google and Picasa wreaked havoc on my photos and I could not post any pictures to the blog and I can't blog without photos!

So this is a wrap up post of some of last year's activities.  My Dad turned 90 in January of 2016 and we went to Bunratty Tavern to celebrate. He did not want a party.


My friend Karen and I attended a Titanic themed afternoon tea in February. It was great fun.


 The food at the Wenham Tea House was spectacular that day!


The World Figure Skating Championships were in Boston in March 2016. I bought my sister a ticket to the Ice Dancing Final as her Christmas present.

 We both enjoyed the competition and remembered how fun it was to watch figure skating in person. We used to go to the professional competitions every year.

In  April, I visited Bedford and watched the annual Polecapping.


May was National Historic Preservation Month. Myself and my fellow condo owners took a group photo outside our building for the This Place Matters Campaign. Even Tucker, the dog, joined in.


In June, I did a small business challenge. I visited a different small business every day and I made a purchase at each shop or restaurant. I posted photos and stories of my travels to Facebook.


July is the month for the Summer Stroll in Melrose. I took photos of the event for the Melrose Chamber of Commerce. We were blessed with perfect weather.


In August, the Hartshorne House in Wakefield had an ice cream social fundraiser. I did my part to support this historic home.


The Vintage Bazaar at Pettengill Farm was held in September. My sister and I admired all the artisan's works and displays.


October was lovely and one of my favorite months. I attended the twilight graveyard tour in Wakefield.

Stevie Nicks came to town in November. My friend Jan and I had great seats and enjoyed the performance.  I also hosted Thanksgiving for family and friends.



I had a busy December and Christmas season with decorating, parties and shopping. This is a favorite store, Nesting on Main in Concord.

Well, now you are all caught up. Now for 2017... stay tuned.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Twilight Tour of the Old Burying Ground


Tonight I attended the Wakefield Historical Society's Twilight Tour of the Old Burying Ground. It had rained yesterday and some of today so I wasn't even sure the event would happen. It turned out to be warmer and drier than expected this evening.

We started out by the First Congregational Church by the lake and proceeded down to this structure. It was used centuries ago for holding bodies during the wintertime. If the ground was frozen, the graves could not be dug. Consider it a weigh station until Spring. It is covered with moss now but still quite an interesting building.



Even after the wind and rain of the past few days, we still had some pretty foliage to view.

 
Gravestones and foliage, a perfect pre-Halloween evening.




Some of the stones were from the 1600's.
 


When darkness arrived, we had to use flashlights to see the faded writing on the gravestones.


The fallen leaves gave the burying ground an eerie effect.


I know this is a terrible photo. This gravestone was under the tree and then the tree grew over and around it. The name of the person buried in the grave? Underwood and yes, it is in Ripley's Believe It or Not.


View of the church from the graveyard.



Our guide, Nancy, was well versed in the history of Wakefield and it's residents and of course, the stories of those buried in the Old Burying Yard and Puritan gravestone art.


This stone was the most ornate at the graveyard.

This event was free to the public and I was happy to see so many in attendance. I will have to put this on my to do list for next Fall.
 
 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Sudbury Colonial Faire and Muster of Fyfes and Drums


Today my sister and I drove out to Sudbury, Massachusetts to attend the Sudbury Colonial Faire and Muster of Fyfes and Drums. We love historical events.

My sister plays the fife and she was a member of the Lincoln Minutemen. They were in attendance today and my sister saw some of her old friends.


We listened to a number of groups from Massachusetts and Connecticut.


This guy was the center of attention for the game Soak the Bloke. He was soaked from having water soaked sponge balls thrown about his head and face.


This man made some beautiful items and showed us how he makes spoons.


I enjoyed seeing all of his work.


Another man crafted 18th century reproductions. I loved those lanterns but a reenactor was just paying for them as I arrived at the booth. I got some cool candlesticks which will be a gift for a friend.


Here is the lantern maker. His name is Larry and he lives locally.


I always love to look at pottery shops and to see a potter in action is even better.

 
The potter explained how he creates his pieces.


I loved the attire for the Ancient Mariners. This man was smoking a pipe when he noticed I was taking his photo. He put the pipe down and I told him I liked the pipe and the smoke. So he made sure I had smoke in my photo!


They start them young in the world of colonial fifers and drummers.


Here's another shot of the Ancient Mariners. They were having so much fun.


This group, the Middlesex County Volunteers, was phenomenal. What a commanding presence! I love watching them. I had seen them perform at the Bedford Polecapping and I was so impressed.


After browsing at the booths and listening to the various groups, we decided to take a lunch break at Longfellow's Wayside Inn.


I ordered the Nantucket Lunchbox which consisted of clam chowder and a lobster slider. Yum! It was delicious. My sister had the healthier option, the Harvest Salad with Roasted Chicken.

Unfortunately, the trees were not showing their Autumn colors yet. Too bad, it would have been a pretty drive to the Inn. My sister reminded me that we could always come back. Yes we can, it's not that far.

Already planning my next visit!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

An Impromptu Afternoon Tea at Jolie Tea Company





I love spontaneous trips. Well, yesterday's "trip" to Salem was not really a trip, more like an outing. My friend Debbi and I went to Salem for the afternoon.

One thing I love about Debbi is she is always up for anything. I told her the destination was a mystery as I headed north on  Route 1.



Jolie Tea Company used to be located in Hamilton, MA but they have since moved to Salem. I had not been to their new location yet but friends said it was adorable. After visiting this tea salon, I have to agree with them.

How inviting is that banquette? Love the marble top tables and the mini Vivenne in the corner. Vivienne, for those of you who don't religiously read my blog, is my dress form who is accessorized seasonally.

I must also mention that the ladies room had the cutest wallpaper on the walls. A vibrant green with rabbits and mushrooms on it. I knew I had seen it before and sure enough, I checked the Anthropologie website and there it was! I knew these people at Jolie Tea were cool.

Anyway, about the tea. The tea selection is immense. Black, green, white, rooibos, you name it they have it. You can even take some home. I bought some earl grey lavender and two specialty teas, Sophia and Hawthorne.


Debbi had a honeybush tea with an orange blossom macaron and I had Doctor Zhivago tea and a dark chocolate macaron. I bought lemon scones for later.


This tea salon or café is housed in the childhood home of Sophia Hawthorne, wife of Nathaniel Hawthorne. Such history in this building! I am glad some of it is still preserved.


I am planning a small tea for some friends in September so this will be just the spot for that gathering. Jolie Tea Company has high tea, petite tea and tea flights (a sampling of three teas in demitasse cups).

Impromptu adventures often turn out wonderfully as this one did yesterday afternoon. I highly recommend Jolie Tea if you are in the North Shore area of Massachusetts!

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