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13th Annual RiverFest, June 20th through 22nd, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized by News Staff at 8:44 pm on June 13, 2014
Framingham, MA - Sudbury River - 13th Annual RiverFest, June 20th - 22nd, 2014

13th Annual RiverFest, June 20th - 22nd, 2014

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Celebrate our Wild and Scenic Rivers at the 13th Annual RiverFest, June 20th through the 22nd, 2014 -- a rare opportunity to enjoy a full weekend of activities free of charge! RiverFest, which celebrates the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Wild and Scenic Rivers, includes 45 events in nine communities and is open to all who want to experience the beautiful rivers flowing through our communities.

RiverFest Events on Saturday, June 21, 2014 in Framingham:

  • Discovery Walk: 10 a.m. -- Join the Framingham Conservation Commission on a discovery walk on the Carol Getchell Trail. We'll "go there and back again" and look for tracks and emerging plants along the banks of the Sudbury River as spring turns toward summer. Meet at the end of Little Farms Road. Please call 508-532-5460 or e-mail mnw@framinghamma.gov to register and for directions and trail conditions.
  • Self-Guided History Walk: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- Join the Friends of Saxonville for refreshments and a self-guided history walk in Saxonville, the oldest part of Framingham. Meet on the historic Danforth Bridge for your map. For more information, contact Lynne at lynne@damianosphotography.com
  • Family Walk Along the River: 1 p.m. -- Join the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) Rx walk especially for families with young children starting at the Danforth Bridge. For more information, contact Libby at lsdeegear@outdoors.org

In the MetroWest area, from Framingham to Lowell, events will be hosted on and along the rivers highlighting all the things that make these rivers so special. The offerings are diverse, suitable for young and older people, those who are adventuresome and want to be on the water, as well as ...[read more]


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]


Saxonville's Athenaeum Getting a Little Help from its Friends

Filed under: Around Town,Arts / Culture by News Staff at 10:26 pm on September 4, 2013
2013 Discover Saxonville's Athenaeum Hall (Fundraiser / Benefit)

Discover Saxonville's Athenaeum Hall, Saturday, October 5, 2013

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Discover Saxonville's Athenaeum! The Athenaeum is getting a little help from its "Friends".

Join The Friends of Saxonville for community, culture and cuisine -- a reception and concert to benefit the Restoration of The Athenaeum Community Hall at 7:00pm on Saturday evening October 5th, 2013

Although the exterior of Athenaeum has been restored, the interior is in complete disrepair. Our event goal is to raise $10,000 to help with construction costs, provide furnishings and accessories, (i.e. media equipment and kitchen necessities), and provide operating expense support.

Event Highlights include delectable Hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar of fine wine and beer, a brief review of the planned restoration of The Athenaeum Community Hall, a concert of Baroque Period selections for Harpsichord and Flute by The Hunt Trio and the event is topped off with decadent desserts, coffee and tea.

Event Venue is generously donated by ...[read more]


Framingham State Name Change

Filed under: Schools & Education by News Staff at 11:06 pm on November 4, 2010
Framingham State College changes name to Framingham State University

Will a degree from Framingham State University look better than one from a mere college? And what to do about those who routinely shorten the name to "FSC" ? , (initials which no longer fit!)

FRAMINGHAM, MA - "Framingham State University" is now the official name of the school which has sat atop Bare Hill since 1853.

The school was originally founded in 1839 as a state-funded "Normal School" to standardize, (or "normalize"), the training of teachers in America.

The Normal School was first located in Lexington and then Newton, MA and after outgrowing both locations moved to Framingham where it has flourished and grown for more than a century and a half.

An act which became effective October 26, 2010 changes M.G.L. Ch. 15A, Sec. 5, and creates sub-sections of the law which in addition to renaming (6) colleges, breaks the state's system of higher education into three segments;

  • (i) the university of Massachusetts segment
  • (ii) the state university segment
  • (iii) the community college segment ...[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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