Category: Local Attractions

A Country Road

North Brookfield and New Braintree, Massachusetts

Past the apple orchard….
By the traditional bales of hay….
Hydrangeas are in full bloom.
A willow tree has been upended by a recent storm.

Driving by spacious fields….
We must be getting close to …
A farm stand.
Do you like Butter and Sugar or Yellow Corn better?

“Chowdah” and More

Relaxed seaside eating on Cape Cod.

New England Clam Chowder
Lobster Features Prominently on Restaurant Signage.

Lobster Roll, Chowder, Slaw and….

Fried Clams with Onion Rings are popular.
Seafood Choices Abound!
Baked Scallops
Crab Cakes

Swordfish With Traditional Corn on the Cob and a Baked “Tater”
And for the “Landlubber”: Bourbon Beef Tips and…
Sweet Potato Waffle Fries!

Seaside decor adds ambience for both surf and turf.

Living Local

The town of Rutland is situated in the exact center of Massachusetts. Rutland State Park is a few miles from where I live. This 300-acre recreation area has facilities for fresh water swimming, picnicking, fishing, hiking and non-motorized boating.

Tree of Life: Birch Through the Ages

On display at the Museum of Russian Icons In Clinton MA.

“As far back as the Stone Age, parts of the birch tree have been used across Northern Europe and Russia. Craftspeople and homemakers learned to use the tree for wallpaper, lumber, medicine, tea, shoes, writing paper, and other creative applications. Birch wood and bark quickly became a common material for more decorative forms of folk art as well. Woodcarving adorned buildings across Russia, and even the homes of peasants were decorated with spectacular birch carvings.”

Birch Box
Birch Figure

Rattle

Siberian artist Vladimir Tulyak created highly detailed and delicately hued icons from layers of birch bark.

The Madonna and Child

Christ the Teacher

Donkey Hodie in Massachusetts

Alta Vista Farm, Rutland, Massachusetts

According to Wikipedia:

Inspired by the funny, quirky side of children’s television pioneer Fred Rogers, Donkey Hodie is set in the whimsical land of Someplace Else. The imaginative puppet series follows the adventures of Donkey Hodie, an enthusiastic and charming go-getter who takes on each day with curiosity, resilience, and sincerity, and her pals Purple Panda, Duck Duck, and Bob Dog. The social-emotional series is designed to empower children ages 3–5 to dream big and overcome obstacles in their own lives, to work hard and persevere in the face of failure, to be resourceful and discover they can solve problems on their own—and to laugh themselves silly along the way.

Uncovering the Past

The Ware-Hardwick Covered Bridge is one of eight covered bridges in Massachusetts. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Wikipedia states that:
At 137 feet, the Ware-Hardwick Covered Bridge is the longest covered bridge in Massachusetts.
Built in 1886, it spans the Ware River at Hardwick and Ware, Massachusetts.
The siding does not fully cover the sides, leaving a strip exposed for light, and extends partway inside each portal.

The bridge notably survived a major flooding event in the 1930s, when the textile mills in Hardwick were destroyed.