Monthly Archives: February 2013

EVENT OF THE WEEK:

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Ocean Voices Book Release:
Poetry Reading and Book Signing

To Be Held at New Bedford Whaling Museum.
Local poets whose work appears in Ocean Voices: An Anthology of Ocean Poems will read their poems at a book release event held in New Bedford Whaling Museum’s auditorium, Sunday, February 24, 2013 from 2-4 p.m. The poetry reading will start at 2 p.m. with a book signing following the reading. Ocean Voices will be available for purchase on that day. The event is free and open to the public. Ocean Voices: An Anthology of Ocean Poems is edited by Everett Hoagland and published by Spinner Publications.
 Readers scheduled are: Everett Hoagland, Laurie Robertson-Lorant, Claudia Grace, Susan Grace, Askia Toure, Ken Hartnett, Catherine McLaughlin and Maggie Cleveland._MG_9872

Ocean Voices is a collection of poems inspired by the sea. Walt Whitman is one of these voices, as are masters such as Melville, Dickinson and D.H. Lawrence. Celebrated twentieth-century and modern-day poets appear in the book, such as Pablo Neruda, Askia Toure, Amiri Baraka, Mary Oliver, Robert Francis, Derek Walcott, Lucille Clifton, Catherine McLaughlin and authentic fisherman poet, David Densmore. New England poets Claudia Grace, Laurie Robertson-Lorant, Susan Grace and former New Bedford poet laureates John Landry and Everett Hoagland also lend their voices.
Editor Everett Hoagland chose poems that speak directly about the ocean, using it as an evocative backdrop, poems written with a mix of autobiography, literary skill, and artful personification. “Since many of us in the New Bedford area live in or near a seaside community” explains Hoagland, “I put together this collection by poets from cultural backgrounds who variously give voice to the ocean’s impact on our thoughts and lives. The hope is that the anthology will help foster appreciation for the ocean and raise consciousness about the immediate need to care for it. As the ocean goes, so go we.”
In his Foreword, Hoagland advises us to hold this book to our mind’s ear, “just as we held sea shells to our outer ear during childhood visits to the seashore, and we shall hear the sea’s measured music…as well as moans from slave and convict ships.” In the book’s Introduction, Laurie Robertson-Lorant, noted author and Melville biographer, reminds us that although the ocean has been a source of creative inspiration and spiritual insight to human beings for millennia, human ignorance, greed and heartless disrespect for it have produced a continent-sized island of plastic known as “the Pacific gyre.”
Everett Hoagland is Emeritus Professor at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and former Poet Laureate of New Bedford, Massachusetts (1994-1998). He is the author of several books including This City and Other Poems, and Here: New and Selected Poems. Professor Hoagland is published in anthologies such as The Best American Poetry 2002, The Oxford Anthology of African American Poetry, The Body Electric, African American Literature (eds Wardi & Gilyard), Liberation Poetry, Bum Rush The Page, and many others. His periodical publications include The Massachusetts Review, The American Poetry Review, The UUA WORLD. He has read his work to audiences in Asia, Africa, Latin America and all over the USA.
Spinner Publications is a New Bedford-based, award-winning publisher of books, videos, and calendars focusing on the history and culture of southeastern New England. Among its most popular titles are Lincoln Park Remembered, A Picture History of Fairhaven, Drifting Toward the Southeast, Portuguese Spinner, Cranberry Cooking for All Seasons, Brick by Brick, Branded on My Arm and in My Soul and the Spinner anthology series, People and Culture in Southeastern Massachusetts. Perennial favorites are the two calendars, The New England Fisherman and Historic Southeastern New England.  For more information, contact Spinner Publications at (508) 994-4564, visit www.spinnerpub.com or look up Spinner Publications on Facebook.

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EVENT OF THE WEEK:

February 16th & 17th

HARRIFEST 2013
Celebrates the 10 year anniversary of the Tribute to George Harrison.Feb. 17 George Harrison

THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF GEORGE HARRISON TRIBUTE PRESENTS HARRIFEST 2013 a festival celebrating the music of the George Harrison and the Beatles, while raising money cancer support charities (Bristol County Visiting Nurses (Hospice) and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Performers include Octopus’s Garden, the Mockers, The Oh Nos, The Cryers, One Sweet Dream (McCartney Tribute), Glass Onion, Rattled (a Wilbury tribute), Thatcher Harrison, Loose Salute, Sherman and the Waybacks and more…… Special guests include Brute Force (the King of Fuh), Shaun Weiss, son of Nat Weiss, the Beatles lawyer, who attended both Ed Sullivan shows, the Shea Stadium show and the Apple rooftop concert, and more… Includes a free after party, singalong/playalong jam at the hotel restaurant, Seaport Grill. Venders include custom Beatle art by For You Glue (the lovely Kathy Joyce), Beatle merchandise from the Nevermind Shop, Liverpool Productions and Steve Freedman’s Beatle’s Collectibles. Saturday, February 16, 2013 the bands begin in the afternoon and run until 11:00 PM. Then everyone is a musician as we start the after party jam!! All players and singers of all abilities welcome to participate. The next morning we will have a special Beatle Breakfast hosted by Cha Chi of WZLX’s Breakfast with the Beatles. Cha Chi will tell stories and trivia, have giveways and show you some rare Beatles memorablia.

Saturday— Doors open at 1:30; Show 2:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Sunday- Breakfast with Cha Chi 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM

Seaport Inn & Marina, 110 Middle St, Fairhaven MA. More info: 774-319-3579

Fairhaven, MA is located 4 hours from NYC/NJ, 1 hour from Boston and this is a long weekend!! WHOO HOO! Special Hotel room rate at the Seaport Inn and Marina of $97.60 including taxes and fees !!!! www.seaportinnandmarina.com; Tickets and more information available soon! Please feel free to share this “invite” with all your fab friends!!!

Feb. 17 Harrifest

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MEET EncorENTERTAINMENT’S TEAM of EXPERTS

Now and again ENCORENTERTAINMENT will feature a
GUEST BLOGGER!
Our Encore TEAM includes EXPERTS in the fields of decorating, photography, video and many more creative areas. Our professional team will guarantee an outstanding party or event — one that you guests will remember with the fondest of memories!

Meet Madeleine Whitley, designerBT logo

Beautiful Things – My little boutique is where I can create to my heart’s content.  For as long as I can remember I have been drawing, painting, designing rooms, making displays, crafting, and event design.  It’s been said that if you look at what is on a person’s bookshelf you will discover what they are passionate about.  Mine are filled with all of the above.

While making a living as a restaurant manager my spare time was spent creating and reading everything I could about my passion.  About ten years ago I had had enough of the corporate world.  My husband, George, the wonderful man and free spirit that he is, wholeheartedly supported my decision to open my boutique.  This was so out of my comfort zone but I had to try and Beautiful Things opened its doors.

I discovered along the way that living a creative life was more than just creating, it was a whole new way of thinking.  I was learning that I had to work on myself and change my thinking.  Being an entrepreneur was much different that working for someone.  And, that started another journey that I have found, is just as important as running my business.   flower boxes
While my days are filled with greeting customers, working with brides planning their very special day, and of course shopping for beautiful things this creative journey that I am on is one of the best things that could have happened to me.  To be able to do what I am passionate about and bring beauty and design to someone’s day is something that I am thankful for everyday.

Love is in the air in February!

Madeleine offers some lovely tips on ways to bring more love into your life — by giving more Love!

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PERFORMER OF THE WEEK: ANIMAL ANTICS

Everyone loves Cuddly Baby Animals!

EncorENTERTAINMENT provides  a variety of animal programs for birthday parties, libraries, seniors, schools, festivals and other fun events!

Adorable baby animals, birds, cuddly hamsters, ponies, ducklings, chicks, baby goats all bring smiles to young and old.
Who doesn’t light up when they hold a cute kitten or puppy?
puppy & kitten

The Baby Farm

cute-baby-bunnyPerfect for  Birthday Parties, or small and personal get togethers.
The Baby Farm includes a lamb, baby goats, a piglet, chicks, ducklings and baby bunnies. Approximately 20-25 animals.  Great when space is an issue, and  the Farm can come right inside! There is always an attendant to help out with the animals and answer all  questions. As an added bonus, a professional Face  Painter or pony rides can be included.
A cute, lovable bunny or chick is just waiting to be cuddled!
Can anything be more adorable?

Miniature Animal Farm

Meet and pet full grown animals in miniature sizes. This farm includes a large fenced in area and approximately 10-12 animals. These animals may include Nigerian Dwarf goats, miniature sheep, a miniature horse, alpacas, dwarf bunnies, bantam chickens (tiny chickens) or call ducks (the smallest domestic breed of duck). Most of the animals from the Miniature Farm, started out in the Baby Animal Farm, so they are very used to being handled and truly love the attention
Petting Zoo goat

The Main Event

Perfect for large group parties, fairs, festivals, corporate events, and much more.  The Main Event may include any combination of the following, the Baby Animal Farm, the Miniature Farm, Professional Face painter, and 1 or 2 Ponies for pony rides. The Main Event is the complete package…twice the staff and all the fun!
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Animal Therapy

Whether it be a Nursing Home, Senior Day Care, Long Term Care or Special Needs Facility, what better way to do therapy than with baby animals?  Animals  may include baby bunnies, ducklings, kittens, and a goat or lamb.  Baby blankets are provided to hold the animals, and an attendant is present at all times to ensure safety and cleanliness.
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Living Nativity

The perfect way to celebrate Christmas!Living Nativity
Along with  Mary and
Joseph, the nativity is recreated with a donkey, Camelid, goats and
sheep. Fencing can be set up
in a variety of ways, to work
with your needs.

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