|Earliest: March 14, 2003||Latest: August 29, 2018||Total: 68|
|August 29, 2018|
The Henry Knox Trail is a set of roads and paths that trace the route that the team of soldiers, led by General Henry Knox, to deliver artillery to George Washington. The artillery was used to help win several key campaigns in the Revolutionary War. In particular, it helps free Boston from the British troops.
In Framingham, there's a monument to celebrate that General Henry Knox actually passed by here:
Through this place passed GENERAL HENRY KNOX in the winter of 1775-1776 To deliver to General George Washington At Cambridge The train of artillery from Fort Ticonderoga used to force the British Army to evacuate Boston erected by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 1927
|August 22, 2018|
If you graduated from Fitchburg State College in the late 1990s, your parents might have gotten a promotion to purchase a commemorative brick. The brick would be placed as a walkway in the Hammond Plaza area.
A few years ago the small grass area in front of Thompson Building was removed and cement bricks were put in place. This was to allow the school to make better use of the area for events.
The before the picture was taken with my FinePix F601. The after a picture was taken iPhone 6s Plus. While putting together today's blog postings, I noticed that the pictures taken that day with my FixPix actually look better than ones taken with my iPhone. I'll have to do a side-by=side comparison of the two.
The bricks were not destroyed. They are still on campus.
The bricks were moved to an area behind the Alumni Center off of Highland Ave. Some people may remember the building by the former name - the Newman Center (Also known as the Chapel).
To get to the location from the old site:
From the Hammon Plaza, head to Highland Ave, and walk down the street towards the "New Halls." Just before the street ends you'll see the former Newman Center - now named Mazzaferro Alumni Center. Walk along the path between the parking lot and the Mazzaferro Alumni Center, you'll see a brick patio in the back.
Mazzaferro Alumni Center Patio Area
The bricks were not put together in the same order. So it may take time to find your brick. There is no guide to help you, simply walk row by row to find your brick - who knows you may find some names of old friends.
Favor: If you're attending Fitchburg State University, can you take a better picture of the Hammond Plaza Area? I would like a better before/after photo.
|August 19, 2018|
If you're attending an event at the TD Garden, you should know about your parking options.
First off it's very expensive to park at the North Station Garage, from the TD Garden website:
With the most convenient parking for every game and show, the North Station Garage, located directly underneath the TD Garden, offers a flat event rate of $50 when you enter 2 and 1/2 hours prior to the scheduled event time. Elevators located in the parking garage will bring you directly to the main concourse in North Station.
If you're new to Boston, you should know that you do have many options which are just a few blocks away from the station:
Cheapest Option - Public Transportation. The Northside of the commuter rail and North Station T stop is just a few steps away from the TD Garden. The TD Garden Website has all the details on getting there using public transportation.
Government Center Garage - Event Rate is only $35, garage is a 10 minute walk to the TD Garden.
Pro Park Garden Garage - Event Rate is $40 ($10 Cheaper than the "offical parking" lot). The garage is located directly across the street from the Garden.
Longfellow Garage - About a 5 minute walk. Event Rates vary from $20 to $50.Center Plaza Garage - No event rates published, Saturday or Sunday rates are $11.
|August 15, 2018|
This past week we visit the Great Wolf Lodge in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, otherwise known as Great Wolf New England. We spent 2 days at the Waterpark and having fun with the MagiQuest.
We had Dinner and breakfast at the Lodge Wood Fired Grill. Eating out can be a challenge with a seven-year-old that needs to eat Gluten Free.
The Lodge Wood Fired Grill had a dinner buffet, but when we went up to see what was being served, we didn't really see anything that was safe and decided to stick to the menu.
When the server came to our table, we told him about my daughter allergy and he told us that it was the restaurant policy to have a chef come and talk to us about our options.
A couple of minutes later, the chief came over and talked to my daughter about what she wanted to have for dinner. It was nice that they started that way to allow my daughter to pick what she wanted. She wanted Mac & Cheese, Chicken Nuggets, and french fries. Basically, the same thing that her friend was having.
The chief told us that he would be able to make all of that gluten-free, the Mac & Cheese would take a bit because they need to boil a fresh pot of water. He would get the chicken nuggets and fries out as soon as possible.
The chicken nuggets and fries did come out pretty quickly - just before the adult's meals. About 10 minutes later the Mac & Cheese came out.
My daughter was very happy to have her Mac & Cheese and other things that she wanted. She didn't feel left out from not having the same thing that her friend was having.
My daughter got a lot of food, she enjoyed it and was very happy.
We went up to the buffet and picked things that we knew were safe for her to eat. We did meet a chief at the buffet and they came to see us at our table to explain other options - including making a special plate of Potatoes because the ones at the buffet were deeply fried not in a dedicated fryer.
Breakfast was good. She got a lot of potatoes, she probably only need 2-3. She was happy to have lots of options and enjoyed the sausage and bacon too. (We noticed that the bacon wasn't all that salty.)
Interesting Message on the Dinning Page:
ALLERGY AWARENESS: At Great Wolf Lodge, all our culinary teams are well versed in common food allergies and dietary restrictions. We are more than happy to accommodate your needs, and we encourage you to speak to your chef, so your meal can be prepared safely from the very beginning. Great Wolf Lodge dining facilities do not serve peanut or tree nut products, but some of our products may be manufactured in facilities that also process nuts.
|August 8, 2018|
The Playhouse at the Breaker's Mansion is an often overlooked attraction when visiting the popular mansion. It is located near the exit as you walk around the property.
Pictures taken shortly after it was built vs today.
|August 1, 2018|
The North Conway's 5 ⊄ and 10 ⊄ store is a great place to visit to take a step back to when lives were simple. Here you'll find lots of long ago items and plenty of penny candy for the kids to enjoy.
In the 80s, I stopped by here whenever we visited North Conway. I can remember going through the store and looking at all the unique souvenirs and toys. It was something that I looked forward to on every trip to North Conway.
Last year we were back in North Conway and I got to share the experience with our nine-year-old daughter. The store was a bit different, but it still had plenty of old toys and souvenirs that kept it's charm.
What can you expect when you walk in the store? You'll find Lots of unique items that have made the store such as success over the past 79 years. There are lots of hard to find "penny candy," North Conway souvenirs - including my favorite maple sugar candy. Yes, in 2018 you can still buy some candy for 5 ⊄ and 10 ⊄!
The store got listed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 5, 2004. The listed number is 03001282. You can get more information about the registration on the Digital Asset Page.
On the North Conway's 5 ⊄ and 10 ⊄ store official website, they have the following statement:
In this present day of fast-paced internet sales and instant gratification, we ask you to pause a moment. You are walking through a piece of history. Take time to enjoy your neighborhood store and the memories it has to offer. After all, we've seen the best part of a century. You never know just what you might encounter when you step back in time.
The North Conway 5 and 10 Cent Store is located at 2683 S Main St, North Conway, NH 03860
|July 25, 2018|
There's nothing spending a nice summer week on Cape Cod and enjoying the wonderful beaches and golf courses. The only thing that should make the day better is a nice ice cream before heading home.
In Orleans, most people will go to Sundae School to get their frozen treat. That's a good choice. But you should consider going to the Ice Cream Cafe near the Christmas Tree Shop.
The Ice Cream Cafe has a larger selection of ice cream flavors than Sundae School. They even have Vanilla and Chocolate soft serve ice cream.
One of the nice things to see is they have Gluten Free Cones. They have both the sugar and regular cones. My seven-year-old daughter was very happy to have choices. It's the first ice cream stand we visited where they have Gluten Free Cones.
When we place our order, we told the server about her allergy and they not only made sure that the scoop was well cleaned. They scooped the Ice Cream from an unopened container underneath the regular container.
Clearly they understood the risk of cross-contamination - after all they had two different types of gluten-free cones. They probably served a lot of allergy users.
The Ice Cream was good. She liked the cone and glad she found a place where she can enjoy ice cream like her friends.
The server gave my daughter a lot more than she could handle. She really enjoyed the chocolate chip ice cream.
We'll be back for more summertime treats! My daughter gave it a rare one thumbs up because her other hand had the Ice Cream Cone.
The Ice Cream Cafe is located on 5 S. Orleans Road in Orleans Ma. They are located next to Cooke's Seafood.
|July 18, 2018|
This past weekend we took a tour of the Breaker's Mansion and the Marble House in Newport, RI. It was a fun tour to learn about the history of the two mansions. http://www.newportmansions.org/explore/the-breakers
After the trip, I looked at some photos and videos and I noticed something interesting in a video that I took at the Breaker's Mansion. There appears to be writing on the top of one the Vanderbilt paintings.
This is the first painting of Cornelius Vanderbilt II that you see on the tour, it's located near the famous staircase.
Watch this video clip and see if you can see what appears to be some writing on the top left of the painting:
The video is good to watch because you can that the text outline only appears when you look at the painting from a certain angle.
Here's a screenshot of where to look for the writing in the video:
What do you think? Was there writing on the painting or is it just some weird brush stroke pattern?
|July 11, 2018|
Walking through the Framingham's Church Hill Cemetery, you may encounter many strange old gravestones. However, one stands out a bit more than others - its the gravestone of Joan Buckminster Marcy
There isn't a whole lot of information on her. I did find her obituary in the Buffalo NY Courier Express (Page 7):
Miss Joan Marcy Dies in Vermont
(August 19, 1942) Joan Buckminster Marcy, fourteen, younger daughter of William L. Marcy, Jr. and Mrs. Heinrich F. F. H. Hause of 62 East 78th Street, New York City, died yesterday morning at Guilford, VT., after an Illness of eight months.
Born July 14, 1928, Miss Marcy had made her home with her mother in New York since 1935. She attended school in Darien, Conn.
Funeral services will be held tomorrow at Guilford.
Besides her parents, Miss Marcy is survived by a sister, Constance of New York City.
In addition, someone posted some information in a feedback section on the ThisIsFramingham website, I am not sure it's talking about same person:
Comment by Sarah - October 14, 2008
Someone was interested in Joan Buckminster Marcy, buried in the cemetery at Framingham. She was my great aunt and a great beauty if I do say so myself. I inherited her portrait, done in oil. It's beautiful and hangs in my sister's house in Washington State.
She was married to a Spanish diplomat.
She died in Egypt after an ectopic pregnancy; medical technology was not what it is today, obviously. She was still in her twenties when she died.
I never knew her, but I knew my grandmother, her sister, very well indeed.
Couple of Notes about the above comment:
The whimsical bronze turtle does stand out from all the other classic gravestones.
One possible reason for the turtle is its Indian meaning - The turtle symbol signifies good health and long life. The turtle has great longevity living up to 150 years. (Could also be that Joan had a special thing for turtles)
I am not sure if Sarah comment is correct.
If you have any additional information about Joan Buckminster Marcy, please put it in the comments below. Also, I couldn't find any information on why she was buried in Framingham. Se spent her whole life in Connecticut and New York. Why was she buried in Framingham?
|June 27, 2018|
If your visiting Downtown Concord, make sure to stop by the Famous Concord Cheese Shop for delicious cheese and sandwiches.
Local Tip: Pick up a sandwich here and enjoy your sandwich at the Old North Bridge or at Walden Pond (One of America's Best Parks for Picnicking). They have some of the best sandwiches in the area and worth the stop! (Local Favorite!)
If your entertaining special guests, stop by the Concord Cheese Shop and pick up some unique Cheese and Crackers.
According to their website, here are all the different types of cheese available:
Abbaye de Belloc, Beaufort, Bleu, Asiago, Bitto, Camembert, Chimay, Comté, Crottin de Chavignol, Butterkäse, Explorateur, Formaggio, La Serena, Livarot, Manchego, Ossau-Iraty, Pecorino di Filiano, Robiola di Roccaverano, Raclette, Reblochon, Taleggio, Tomme de Savoie, Valle d?Aosta Fromadzo, AND MANY MANY MORE, including Cheddar, Jack and Swiss.