What's Going On? (the calendar)
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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):
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).
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)
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!
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.
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.
I've never been (something always seems to come up), but I hear the food is great!
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.
Bedford Library is having a book sale this weekend:
April 11 - 13;
Fri 1-4:30, Sat 9-4, Sun noon-3
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. . .
This is one of the largest book sales in the area.
I am innocent of all charges!!
See the halo....the guilty don't have a halo...;-)
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.
There are ALOT of library sales everywhere this weekend. I think we may go apple-picking instead. . .
(oh, I may have missed the huge Chelmsford Book Fair....clearly, I'm not paying attention...)
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...)