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Silent Movies Pianist Won't Be Quiet at Library

Filed under: Arts / Culture by News Staff at 1:44 am on October 24, 2013
Charlie Chaplin, ''The Kid'' (1921)

Silent era film classic, ''The Kid'' (1921), will be featured at Framingham Library's Friday Night Films, November 8th, 2013.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - In the USA in 1920's, on any given Friday night there's a good chance you would have gone out to see a silent movie.

But, the theater would be anything but silent. A pianist played "mood music" along with the films.

On Friday, November 8th, 2013, slip into the past at the Framingham Main Library.

The library's Friday Night Film will be a Silent Movie Show featuring Richard Hughes, Silent Movies Pianist who will set the mood as black & white films flicker on the screen.

Richard Hughes, Silent Movies Pianist

Richard Hughes, Silent Movies Pianist

Hughes, who began classical piano training at age 7, spent over a decade researching and scoring "mood music" pieces to recreate the original period sound of the 1920's "silent movie" houses.

He writes on his website, "Every time I screen another old silent film and prepare a musical score for it, I feel like a geologist who has just discovered a rare find hidden deep in ancient layers of rock. Many of these films are gems and my mission is to reacquaint, introduce, educate, and entertain audiences of all ages to the silent ...[read more]


Halloween in Framingham 2010

Filed under: General Interest by Randy Harris at 2:22 am on October 22, 2010
halloween scene

Oct. 30th -- Rediscover Pinefield Shopping Center and join in the fun with a children's costume parade, crafts (at McAuliffe Library), a Classic Car and Antique Truck Show, safe store-to-store Trick or Treating and more! (Event sponsored by Robinson's Hardware and other Pinefield merchants).

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Below is a list of just some of the Halloween activities taking in place in Framingham during the week leading up to Halloween ..but first, a little history about the origin of this wickedly fun holiday.

It's been a couple thousand years since the ancient Celtic people celebrated Samhain, a holiday occurring on the last day of October which marked the end of summer and time for harvest -- a time when the Celts believed the line between the living and the dead grew thin and spirits of the dead could return to Earth, (as ghosts).   The Celts would dress in costumes and light bonfires as part of the rituals.

Conquered by the Romans, the Celtic harvest rituals were combined with two Roman holidays, Feralia, (a day to commemorate the dead), and Pomona, (a day to honor the godess of fruit and trees). As Christianity became more widespread, All Saints Day, (called "Alholowmesse" in early English), was celebrated on November 1st to honor Roman Catholic Saints and martyrs, and "All Souls (Day)", to honor all departed souls was celebrated on November 2nd.

Eventually Alholowmesse become known as "All-hallows (Day)".  Since the Celtic holiday of Samhain was celebrated the night before, it became ...[read more]


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