Displayed: September 3-29, 2019
PHOTOGRAPHY by Bob Cooke
We should be asking ‘where in the world is Bob Cooke’, our current artist? To answer the question, he is out of the country on another photography safari somewhere.
Join us to view Bob’s most recent photography collections featured at Nancy’s Air Field Cafe! Bob’s work will be displayed at Nancy’s July 3 – 29th, 2019.
Morris Dancer troupe will perform on the central grass area from about 10:45 am – 12:15 pm on October 5.
About the Muddy River Morris dance troupe: The Muddy River Morris dance troupe held its first practice at Wheelock College in Boston in 1975 during a time of resurgent enthusiasm for folk dancing. Muddy River women were among the first to challenge the notion that only men should dance Morris! More than thirty-five years later, two original team members remain. Nearly 100 women have danced with the team while they lived, studied and/or worked in the Boston area. The composition of the team is dynamic with many comings and goings but the group continues to be a community of women of all ages and diverse backgrounds. A vibrant group of younger dancers who are high schools students, college students and recent college grads have joined most recently bringing new energy and excitement to our dancing.
Morris dancing is a form of folk dance originating in the Cotswold region in England. It is considered to be a ritual dance, originally performed exclusively by men, presumably as a fertility rite in an agrarian society. The tradition goes back at least to Shakespeare’s time. It nearly died out but was rediscovered and re-introduced in the early 20th century. Today Morris dancing is done throughout England and “the former colonies” by both men and women. Individuals of all ages are drawn to the dance, the music, and the welcoming community.
Nancy’s traditional ‘A Toast to Robert Burns’ dinner is on this SATURDAY, JANUARY 25TH 6PM-9PM! Come join us for a specialty Scottish dinner menu designed by Nancy and paired with a nice selection of scotch(s), and the best hosts in town!
Reservations are REQUIRED so please call the cafe at 978-897-3934 and leave a message (the staff will call back to confirm your reservation.) Don’t miss out on this one – it’s one of Nancy’s specialty events that is looked forward to all year!
Robert Burns was born in 1759, in Alloway, Scotland, to William and Agnes Brown Burnes. Burns was a tenant farmer. However, toward the end of his life he became an excise collector in Dumfries, where he died in 1796; throughout his life he was also a practicing poet. One might say that Burns remains the national poet of Scotland because Scottish literature ceased with him, thereafter yielding poetry in English or in Anglo-Scots or in imitations of Burns.
His poetry recorded and celebrated aspects of farm life, regional experience, traditional culture, class culture and distinctions, and religious practice. He is considered the national poet of Scotland. And his humble, agricultural background made him in some ways a spokesperson for every Scot, especially the poor and disenfranchised. He was aware of humanity’s unequal condition and wrote of it and of his hope for a better world of equality throughout his life in epistle, poem, and song—perhaps most eloquently in the recurring comparison of rich and poor in the song “For A’ That and A’ That,” which resoundingly affirms the humanity of the honest, hard-working, poor, man: “The Honest man, though e’er sae poor, / Is king o’ men for a’ that.”
Burns, however, has been viewed alternately as the beginning of another literary tradition: he is often called a pre-Romantic poet for his sensitivity to nature, his high valuation of feeling and emotion, his spontaneity, his fierce stance for freedom and against authority, his individualism, and his antiquarian interest in old songs and legends. Learn more about Robert Burns here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/robert-burns
Wildlife Photographer by Local Talented Teen
Artist Name: Martin Culpepper
Artist Reception: Sunday, Jan. 26th at 3pm (Martin will perform live music for the reception also).
Martin is sixteen years old and an aspiring wildlife photographer. As a Junior in H.S. he now has his goals set on majoring in Biology at college, hopefully near Wyoming to take advantage of the wildlife in the Yellowstone area. Martin admits to being obsessed with learning about wildlife since his earliest memory and typically spends hours a week walking through local woods and beaches looking for his favorite subjects including bears, owls, raptors, song birds, water birds, moose, deer, weasels, foxes and marine life. Although Wyoming is his favorite place, Martin was fortunate enough to travel to Alaska with his parents this past summer and captured coastal brown bears living off the shore to add to his collection. Martin was recently a finalist in National Geographic Student Expeditions 2019 photo contest.
Through his photos and presentations Martin hopes to inspire people to spend more time outside and to work toward protecting nature & wildlife. In his spare time, Martin is a Boy Scout and enjoys camping, hiking, and fishing. Martin is also a musician and will be playing live music at his reception. Join us this Sunday to see, and support this talented young artist.