Friday, October 21, 2016

Look What I Saw at the Green Center - Halloween Edition

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Look no further than the Green Center for all your Halloween decorations and costumes.

Dress up in flowing white or clown around with a tie and vest

Parker with a rainbow of color

There are many styles of wigs

One ugly face


The seasonal section has just what you need

A touch of Autumn

Whatever this is


This hat has gone out and returned multiple times, a popular accoutrement for formal events

Whatever this is

Monday, October 17, 2016

Pumpkin Regatta

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Curcubita maxima is a variety of squash that can exceed 2000 pounds. Every Autumn the New Hampshire town of Goffstown sponsors a Pumpkin Regatta featuring a race of the giant gourds in the Piscataquog River Reservoir in the center of town.

The festivities start with a pumpkin weigh off for the state championship. There is a drop of a giant gourd from 70 feet into a swimming pool, a road race, firing apples from sling shots and as a finale a race of the giant pumpkins piloted by folks in costumes. This year the theme was superheroes.

Students from Emerson College are making a documentary about the Regatta, more photos can be seen on their Facebook Page
Catwoman prowls the reservoir

Each pumpkin is numbered in a raffle, the first one to cross the finish line was supposed to be the winner. However the drought has slowed the current so a boat assist was required to herd them over the line.

Film Crew

We have a winner, over $1000

Sound crew and drone operator for the documentary

Boo! Target for apples by slingshots

This pooch was not watching the festivities

The race is on

Battling for first place

Taking the early lead


Sponsored by various groups

Look it's ANTMAN

Crowd gets splashed too

The Hulk

Doctor DOOM

It was a warm day, everyone gets wet


Eyes in the sky over the event

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Fall Foliage Art Studio Tour 2016 - Torch and Palette

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The annual Fall Foliage Art Studio Tour was held the weekend of October 8th & 9th, 2016. The studios are all located in the Monadnock region. The Torch and Palette Studio is located in New Ipswich, NH. Artwork displayed are those of painter Danielle M. Le Bris and her husband sculptor Gerry Friedman.

Gerry working on one of his skeleton pieces in 2010. A number of these appear in the front yard

Danielle M Le Bris, painter - photo taken at the 2011 Fall Foliage Tour

A familiar sight to motorists driving past the studio. Usually this "guy" is holding a flower pot

Inside Damielle's studio. Primarily she works creating Encaustic paintings

Note the large self portrait of Danielle on the right side of her studio

Encaustic paintings are created with beewax and pigments. They have a three dimensional quality which cannot be captured in a photograph and really should be viewed in person.