Cheap seats, cheap beer, cheap ice cream, good time.


We caught a Lowell Spinners game tonight.

Lowell Spinners Minor League Baseball at Lelacheur Park, Lowell MA
Lelacheur Park’s a perfect place for summer baseball.

Mascots!  Lowell Spinners Minor League Baseball at Lelacheur Park, Lowell MA
The running of the mascots – The Canalagator is in the lead!

Rain delay!  Lowell Spinners Minor League Baseball at Lelacheur Park, Lowell MA
A 5th Inning rain interruption.

Lelacheur Park
Home of the Lowell Spinners
Boston, MA

Seven pictures of big concrete blocks.


On the way home tonight, I wandered around this public art storage area.

City of Lowell's Cultural Affairs and Special Events Office Block Project | Lowell MA

City of Lowell's Cultural Affairs and Special Events Office Block Project | Lowell MA

City of Lowell's Cultural Affairs and Special Events Office Block Project | Lowell MA

City of Lowell's Cultural Affairs and Special Events Office Block Project | Lowell MA

City of Lowell's Cultural Affairs and Special Events Office Block Project | Lowell MA

City of Lowell's Cultural Affairs and Special Events Office Block Project | Lowell MA

City of Lowell's Cultural Affairs and Special Events Office Block Project | Lowell MA

The artists featured here were selected by the City of Lowell’s Cultural Affairs and Special Events Office “Block Project” whose aim is to transform crowd safety concrete into festival-ready works of original art in preparation for the 2017 Lowell Folk Festival, July 28-30, 2017.

In the Prep Area
Between the Pawtucket and Hamilton Canals
Lowell, MA

Vibraphonia!


Tonight at Luna Sessions live jazz, Mike’s quartet featured his drums, and three new players on vibraphone, tenor sax, and big bass.

Luna Sessions at the Luna Theater, Lowell MA
The quartet

Vibraphone | Luna Sessions at the Luna Theater, Lowell MA
The vibraphone

Tenor Sax and Bass | Luna Sessions at the Luna Theater, Lowell MA
Tenor Sax & Bass

According to the guy on the vibraphone, most players tend to be percussionists. He’s a drummer.

Luna Sessions
Luna Theater
Downtown Lowell, MA

“Festive” is not a word you think of about Jersey barriers.


On the way home tonight, I saw this gentleman reworking a dozen Jerzey barriers into works of contemporary art.

Artist Bret Weese: Under contract for the Lowell Folk Festival.  Painting safety barriers.  Lowell MA

Artist Bret Weese: Under contract for the Lowell Folk Festival.  Painting safety barriers.  Lowell MA

He is Bret Weese, one of the artists selected by the City of Lowell’s Cultural Affairs and Special Events Office “Block Project” whose aim is to transform crowd safety concrete into festival-ready works of original art in preparation for the 2017 Lowell Folk Festival, July 28-30, 2017. Four other participating artists painted the giant concrete cubes in the background.

In the Prep Area
Between the Pawtucket and Hamilton Canals
Lowell, MA

“I do believe it; I do believe it’s true.”


The snow leopards and the goats share a rocky hill here.

Barriers are here for your protection. Do not cross. | Stone Zoo, Stoneham MA
What could go wrong?
 

Caution. Animals Can Bite. | Stone Zoo, Stoneham MA
No, really. What could go wrong?
 

Arctic Fox | Stone Zoo, Stoneham MA
Bite? This pretty little puppy would never bite.
 

Eagle and Owl | Stone Zoo, Stoneham MA
These little birdies couldn’t hurt anybody!
 

Nursing Monkeys | Stone Zoo, Stoneham MA
Oh my goodness! The momma monkey’s tits are showing!
 

The Stone Zoo
Stoneham, MA

At Lowell’s GLBT Pride Family Picnic


The Lowell Pride Committee held the second annual Lowell Pride Family Picnic today. In it’s honor, the weather changed from oppressive to perfect. There was live music, fabulous drag queens, and lots of local organizations. And this lady across the canal with her magic bubble fish nets:

The amazing bubble lady, Utopia Park, Lowell MA

 

The amazing bubble lady, Utopia Park, Lowell MA

 

The way this thing works is that she dips the big net into a bucket of soapy water, then holds the net up to the breeze. She also had a net that was just one big hole; it made person-sized bubbles that split and joined like magic.

UPDATE 07/07/2017:
The Lowell Sun ran a story about the bubble lady this morning. She is MJ Bujold, a Lowell artist.

Utopia Park
Along the Pawtucket and Hamilton Canals
Downtown Lowell, MA

No way I’m climbing up there.


The Tall Ships are in Boston for a week.
After work tonight, I rode over to the Charlestown Navy Yard to see the Coast Guard’s ship, the USCG Barque Eagle .

USCG Barque Eagle | Tall Ships | Boston MA
USCG Barque Eagle
 

Carved Eagle Masthead | USCG Barque Eagle | Tall Ships | Boston MA
Carved Eagle Masthead, USCG Barque Eagle
 

USCG Barque Eagle | Tall Ships | Boston MA
Flags, USCG Barque Eagle
 

Charlestown Navy Yard
Boston, MA

A campus (and a school) designed to make you jealous that you didn’t go there.


Not surprisingly, the College of the Atlantic is a much nicer campus than the state university where I got my degrees, or the Ivy League college where I work.

Whale Jawbone.  College of the Atlantic.  Bar Harbor, Maine
Whale jawbone.
 

Dumpster Marine Graffiti.  College of the Atlantic.  Bar Harbor, Maine
Even their dumpsters are more hip than yours.
 

Sculpture, lawns, gardens.  College of the Atlantic.  Bar Harbor, Maine
Sculpture, lawns, and formal gardens.
 

1895 Summer Cottage.  College of the Atlantic.  Bar Harbor, Maine
The 1895 Summer Cottage.
 

Book Sculpture.  College of the Atlantic.  Bar Harbor, Maine
One of several book sculptures in one of the gardens.
 

Nautical Stuff with view of Frenchman's Bay.  College of the Atlantic.  Bar Harbor, Maine
Nautical stuff and Frenchman’s Bay.
 

The campus dock on Frenchman's Bay.  College of the Atlantic.  Bar Harbor, Maine
The campus dock on Frenchman’s Bay.
 

The College of the Atlantic
Bar Harbor Maine

This is why I take US-1 instead of I-95.


Kitch!

US-1 in Maine: Bath Bicycle Shop, Bath ME

US-1 in Maine: Maine Tourmaline, Belfast ME

Along US Route 1
[1] Bath Bicycle Shop, Bath Maine
[2] Maine Tourmaline, (Next to Perry’s Nuthouse), Belfast Maine