Wait… There’s an ocean here!


It was time to officially play tourist today, starting at Bar Harbor’s Oceanarium.

Lobster Hatchery | Oceanarium | Bar Harbor, ME
Lobster Hatchery | Oceanarium | Bar Harbor, ME.
 

Lobster Hatchery | Oceanarium | Bar Harbor, ME
Lobster Hatchery Tanks | Oceanarium | Bar Harbor, ME.
 

Starfish, Horseshoe Crab, Moon Snail | Oceanarium | Bar Harbor Maine
Starfish, Horseshoe Crab, Moon Snail | Oceanarium | Bar Harbor Maine.
 

Sea salt vs table salt | Oceanarium | Bar Harbor Maine
Sea salt vs table salt | Oceanarium | Bar Harbor Maine.
 

Oceanarium
Route 3
Bar Harbor, Maine

Worth the Second Look


Between Thomaston and Rockland, next to the Knox County Airport, is Maine’s best collection of bikes, motorcycles, wagons, cars, racers, and planes.

Bigfoot with Seven Toes | Owl's Head Transportation Museum | Owl's Head Maine
Bigfoot with Seven Toes.
 

Tricycle with Hefty Drive Chain | Owl's Head Transportation Museum | Owl's Head Maine
Tricycle with Hefty Drive Chain.
 

1887 Safety Bicycle with handlebar-mounted brake lever | Owl's Head Transportation Museum | Owl's Head Maine
1887 Safety Bicycle with handlebar-mounted brake lever.
 

1887 Safety Bicycle: handlebar-mounted brake | Owl's Head Transportation Museum | Owl's Head Maine
1887 Safety Bicycle: close-up of the brake.
 

Hood ornaments | Owl's Head Transportation Museum | Owl's Head Maine
Hood ornaments. My Honda Fit needs one of these.
 

Owl’s Head Transportation Museum
Owl’s Head, Maine

Screw the witches. There’s too much else to see.


We went to Salem Massachusetts for the Peabody Essex Museum’s special exhibit of horror movie memorabilia.

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA | “Blackula” movie poster
Marlin hamming it up with the “Blackula” movie poster | Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA.
 

Outer space alien | Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA
Please do not touch the exhibits, Tom! | Outer space alien | Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA.
 

Carved wooden figures | Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA
Carved wooden figures | Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA.
 

Light and Shadows | Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA
The amazing Light and Shadows Room | Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA.
 

“AIN'T NO PLACE FOR HATE IN MY TOWN OR STATE” | Downtown alley, Salem MA
“AIN’T NO PLACE FOR HATE IN MY TOWN OR STATE” | Downtown alley, Salem MA.
 

“REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS WELCOME HERE. NO MUSLIM BAN. NO BORDER WALL. OUR CITIES STAND TALL.” | Ugly Mug Cafe, Salem MA
“REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS WELCOME HERE. NO MUSLIM BAN. NO BORDER WALL. OUR CITIES STAND TALL.” | Ugly Mug Cafe, Salem MA

Men's bathroom art | Gulu Gulu Cafe, Salem MA.
Men’s bathroom art | Gulu Gulu Cafe, Salem MA.
 

[1,2,3,4] Peabody Essex Museum
[5] An alleyway
[6] The Ugly Mug cafe
[7] Gulu Gulu Cafe
Downtown Salem, MA

Celebration of Southeast Asian Culture in New England


One of the largest Southeast Asian River Festivals out of Asia happens every year in August on the Merrimack.

Lowell Southeast Asian River Festival - Music and Culture
Music and culture.
 

Lowell Southeast Asian River Festival - Boat Races.
The boat races – competitive (and controversial!)
 

Along the Merrimack River
Lowell MA

It takes hundreds and hundreds of volunteers every year…


This weekend is the 31st annual Lowell Folk Festival™.
And tonight was the annual orientation meeting for the hundreds of volunteers who handle recycling, music logging, transportation, backstage duties, donation collections, performer guides, swag sales, and more in preparation for over a hundred thousand visitors.

Lowell Folk Festival volunteers orientation meeting, Lowell MA

 

LNHP Headquarters
Downtown Lowell, MA

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 – Our beloved 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
Lowell, 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