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What's Going On? (the calendar)

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Fev 26, 2008, 10:14 am

A place to pass on some of the great things happening in your area of New England. Going to an interesting fair, show, concert, contradance, cruisenight, horseraces...etc...?

Fev 28, 2008, 11:11 am

Isn't Readercon a mid-July New England event?

Fev 29, 2008, 11:47 am

There is talk starting in the Green Dragon group of having a meet up day


Editado: Mar 1, 2008, 8:50 am

>2 vpfluke: yes, there were a fair number of us who met up at Readercon last year. Some of us will be there again this year (guests of honor this year: Jonathan Lethem and James Patrick Kelly). Perhaps as it gets closer we could set up a meet up time outside the convention, in case there are those who aren't interested in the convention but would like to meet up (decent Indian food in the Burlington Mall food court. . . ). If not, we can find a spot within the convention to meet, I think.

Right up your alley, Irisheyz (check out the 'guests' under the guests tab, but scroll down to see the long list of authors other than the guests of honor):


Mar 1, 2008, 9:46 pm

Readercon is July 17-20 in Burlington (Marriott), MA.

Mar 2, 2008, 12:38 pm

If anyone likes clambakes my dad's volunteer fire department hosts one the last Sunday of August every year. Its their major fundraising event of the year. If anyone is interested PM me closer to August and I can send you details on ticket costs, time and location.....the general area is Warren, RI.

Editado: Mar 6, 2008, 8:54 am

btw, pencil in on your calendars, the Chelmsford (Massachusetts) library sale - usually in September and runs from a Friday morning through the weekend. It's held in an old gymnasium behind the town hall, and the gym is FULL of books. Best shopping is Friday morning at 9am when doors open although this is also when the dealers are the thickest. Just the stage (yeah, it's one of those old gymnasiums with a stage on one end) area is fiction hardcovers and trade paperbacks.

This is clickable for a larger picture. The view from the stage looking down. The picture seems very foreshortened and doesn't really give one the true sense of the size of the room. Some years there is as much stuff under the tables in boxes as there is out. Then it can get a bit dangerous (I wouldn't recommend bringing young children, strollers etc during early hours).

Editado: Mar 6, 2008, 10:42 am

Ooh, definitely tell us when you know the date for this year, Avaland. It would be very easy for me to go there after work on Friday morning, since I work in Cambridge and go off-shift at 8am.

The biggest rummage sale I know of is on April 5 this year at the Unitarian-Universalist Church in Wayland - at the intersection of Routes 20 and 27&126. Lots of books, tons of clothes, and all sorts of other stuff. I think it's 9am to 1pm. And if you want to get to get rid of stuff, they'll take it Monday through Wednesday of the week leading up to the sale.

(edited to correct bleary-eyed mistakes)

Mar 6, 2008, 11:51 am

I hate library book sales...I always walk out with too many new(ish) books!!

I used to go to the one at the Thomas Crane Library in Quincy, MA. Those friends of the library are very dangerous. Offering to give you bags or boxes to help with all the books in your hands....then when those are full they say let me hold those at the front for you. Evil enablers - the whole lot of them! But its so hard to resist when most books are being sold for pennies on the dollar!

Mar 6, 2008, 12:25 pm

Yes, library sales are such a great opportunity to try out authors you've never even heard of. At two or three paperbacks for a buck, it seems foolish to hold back.

Mar 6, 2008, 1:13 pm

Long Island and New York City libraries tend to have on-going sales. My most recent acquisitions were a Haitian novel (for the March Reading Globally read) and an atalas that I have wanted to buy for several decades, but could not afford Commercial Atlas and Marketing. The latter includes state maps of New England, and a special section at the rear of Vol 1 with town outline maps.

Mar 6, 2008, 3:54 pm

Yes, there are libraries in NE doing the same thing: Worcester, Lincoln, Framingham are three that come to mind. Everyone should know about booksalefinder.com, if you don't already.

Mar 7, 2008, 11:16 am

Here's a link to various festivals that will be going on in Newport, RI this year


Mar 7, 2008, 11:32 am

Speaking of festivals...every July the town of Warren, RI has an Italian Festival and a Quahog Festival. Last year these both occurred during the 3rd weekend of the month.

They are both great fun. The Italian Festival has lots of great Italian Food and is usually held near St. Jean Baptiste Church...and the Quahog festival has tons of great seafood along with a large art & craft fair, this is held in Burr's Hill Park.

Mar 7, 2008, 12:38 pm


The site referenced only lists Newport's 'waterfront' festivals.

I went to a site: http://www.festivalnetwork.com/ and got the dates for the Newport Folk Festival (Aug 1-3) and the Newport Jazz Festival (Aug 8-10)

There is also a Newport Music Festival, July 11-27, being held in 60 mansions on various dates. It seems mostly classical.

GoNewport lists lots of things, but is a bit clumsy to use.

Mar 7, 2008, 1:48 pm

Also about the same time is the Lowell Folk Festival:

I've never been (something always seems to come up), but I hear the food is great!

Abr 4, 2008, 4:42 am

According to the Bostonians group, the Copley Square BPL is having their “spring cleaning” book sale tomorrow, April 5, 10-4.

And as I mentioned earlier, my favorite rummage sale is also tomorrow, at the Unitarian Universalist church in Wayland, MA, at the intersection of Route 20 and Routes 126 & 27, 9am to 1pm.

Abr 6, 2008, 8:03 pm

Bummer, guess I missed it.

Abr 10, 2008, 7:56 am


Bedford Library is having a book sale this weekend:
April 11 - 13;
Fri 1-4:30, Sat 9-4, Sun noon-3

Abr 10, 2008, 12:20 pm

I guess I'll miss the Bedford sale by a week. My wife and I will be in Stow the following weekend and will also visit my sisters living in Harvard and Concord.

Abr 11, 2008, 9:42 am

There's one in Andover soon also:-)


Fruitlands in Harvard does a fantastic Sunday brunch buffet. It's a bit pricey ($20 ea) but a nice treat (and all you can eat, of course). The views are wonderful and one can walk the grounds and tour the museum buildings afterwards.


Their lunches are also wonderful. . .

Abr 11, 2008, 3:13 pm

My sister has worked on and off at Fruitlands, and has done some original research on Shakers who lived in Harvard. I've enjoyed the few times I've eaten at Fruitlands.

Abr 15, 2008, 9:31 pm

There's an informal meetup in Cambridge, Sunday at 5pm. See the Bostonians group for details.

Abr 16, 2008, 10:06 am

Thanks for the heads up. Maybe, I can go.

Bob Campbell

Abr 17, 2008, 8:59 am

We're going, as are AsYouKnow_Bob and MaggieO, Eurydice...others.

Abr 19, 2008, 2:33 pm

Will see some of you tomorrow in Cambridge:-)

Maio 12, 2008, 7:22 am

avaland, thanks for mentioning http://www.booksalefinder.com/MA.html. I felt the need of a library sale on Saturday, and was able to find one conveniently located in Weymouth.

Maio 15, 2008, 7:28 am

You're welcome, LydiaHD. Hope you found some great goodies!

Jun 4, 2008, 7:19 am

The Concord Public Library (Massachusetts) is having a book sale this weekend. I know it's supposed to be hot, but so should be the books!

Jul 14, 2008, 3:38 pm

Readercon is coming up this weekend in Burlington, Massachusetts. www.readercon.org

Set 3, 2008, 4:37 pm

Chelmsford library sale coming up September 26, Friday, 9 am (also Saturday and Sunday). See message #7. Older auditorium FULL of books, best time is Friday, of course, but you have to maneuver around the dealers. If you need directions, give me a holler.

This is one of the largest book sales in the area.

Set 4, 2008, 6:07 pm

you are such an enabler to book addicts Avaland...

Set 7, 2008, 5:25 pm

ha ha. It takes one to know one!

Set 8, 2008, 6:05 pm


I am innocent of all charges!!


See the halo....the guilty don't have a halo...;-)

Set 19, 2008, 5:21 pm

Bedford, MA library sale this weekend. It started this afternoon. I got all the good stuff in the fiction section (ha ha)

Nov 6, 2008, 7:35 am

The Toadstool Bookshops in Keene, Peterborough and Milford, New Hampshire are having their pre-Holiday sale next week. 20% off everything in the store. Doesn't include gift cards and cannot be combined with other discounts. See store for details.

Mar 24, 2009, 9:37 am

While watching television, I saw that Ghost Hunters were doing an episode at "The Mount", Edith Wharton's estate in Lenox, Massachusetts. I was appalled, of course, but I know they need the money. It was either airing this Wednesday (or was it last Wednesday? Hmmm.)

Abr 11, 2009, 9:22 pm

I was in the Berkshires on Friday and stopped in to see a building where I lived some decades ago. It's now a museum and was featured in the movie "Cider House Rules" (funny, I didn't recognize it then).

Ventfort Hall and Museum

It was built by J. P. Morgan's sister in 1895 and is in the process of being restored. A good part of the first floor has been renovated. What luxury. And it's an interesting comparison to "The Mount" which is just down the street.

They currently have an exhibit called "Les Petites Dames de Mode" (The Little Ladies of Fashion) which features 60 29-inch tall models that portray women's fashion from 1855 to 1914 (roughly the years of the "Gilded Age"). It took John R. Burbidge, a retired, notable fashion designer thirty years to create all these. The outfits are incredibly detailed and required extensive research. Burbidge, btw, designed Tricia Nixon's wedding gown.

Set 22, 2009, 9:47 am

This weekend is once again the HUGE Chelmsford (MA) library sale (see #7 above). Begins Friday morning at 9 am and runs through Sunday. It will be heavily picked over by Saturday, but if you are just looking for random things to read, it will still have a lot.

Set 26, 2009, 9:09 am

>39 avaland: Well, I was a bit disappointed this year with the above mentioned library sale. There was almost no trade paperback fiction because, I am told, they sell it all year in the library. Lots of hardcovers which I select carefully because they take up far more room in the house. . .

There are ALOT of library sales everywhere this weekend. I think we may go apple-picking instead. . .

Set 23, 2010, 10:33 am

http://www.pioneervalleybookfair.com/ I think no words are necessary here:-)

(oh, I may have missed the huge Chelmsford Book Fair....clearly, I'm not paying attention...)

Set 23, 2010, 10:43 am

No, actually I haven't.


Worth it if you are within driving distance. Friday morning for the first hour or so is a bit of a nightmare with all the dealers, but otherwise it's fine.

See picture in post#7, although that is taken from the stage where most of the general fiction is (picture looks terribly foreshortened...)

Out 24, 2010, 7:18 am

The American Textile history Museum in Lowell has reopened after a long shut-down for renovation.