The Kitty Convict Project #KittyConvict

Regular readers know that we’re animal lovers here. We have cats and dogs here at Casa Dachshund, despite the name, and we love all animals.*  That’s why this new project by Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal fame is so cool.  This is, as he explains on the website, a form of cat atonement (catonement) for recently Kickstarting a super successful game called Exploding Kittens.  Really.

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Shop Local- your holiday shopping calendar

As much as I try to pretend otherwise, it is November.  And while this does mean that there is a lot of really good music happening this month, it also means that it’s time for Holiday Craft Show Season to really get underway.  My schedule is packed with great shows.  If you need gifts for people who are interesting, quirky, hard to shop for, or just want something one of a kind, look no further.

Seriously, click on that link below.  It’s right down there.

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Cappella Clausura & Back Bay Night Out – 9/10/15 – 5:00pm-8:00pm

Come join Cappella Clausura and Emmanuel Church and we participate in the 3rd annual Back Bay Night Out.  Retail stores, restaurants, and all sorts of other organizations will be participating in an event that will stretch from the Public Garden, down Newbury St. and throughout Copley Square and the Prudential Center.

Stores are offering everything from discounted shopping to free beauty consultations, gifts with purchase, and more.  Check out the schedule of events for the Prudential Center here.  The Back Bay Association lists some of the other participating retailers here.

With the warm weather it’s the last gasp of summer so don’t miss your chance for some amazing fun!

~Kelly

P.S.  And if you like keeping your dollars local, there’s still time to advertise with Cappella Clausura for the upcoming season.  Click here to check it out!

When memes jump the shark, or, artistic integrity at the pet store

I’m not sure where in the mists of Internet history the Jesus riding the dinosaur to church thing first happened.  To me it’s felt like it’s been around as long as the Westboro Baptist Haters or the crazy doomsday prophets on the street corners.  That is, always.

Today, however, I think the meme jumped the shark… as it were.  Today, it showed up in Petsmart.

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Newton, Brookline, Boston, and local businesses!

If you want to appeal to a local audience and support the arts, check this out.

Regular readers of this space know that I’m the General Manager for Cappella Clausura.  Aside from looking for volunteers for our group, running front of house, and doing all the other things I do, one of my other responsibilities is to find advertisers who’ll help defray the costs of keeping the doors open and the lights on.

That’s where you come in, dear readers.  Do you own a small business that would benefit from advertising in Cappella Clausura’s programs?  Would you benefit from buying linkspace on our website?  If the answer is yes, (or even maybe) then I have all of the details below to help you contribute the arts and drive customers to your door at the same time.

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Apparently, Dash does not like the Grateful Dead

Or, perhaps, it’s more accurate to say that he’s not a fan of tie dye.   He is, however, a fan of play.  And of stuffed toys.  And of absolutely killing stuffed toys while playing.  And, unlike Rerun, he doesn’t eat the stuffing.  WIN.

Which bring us to tie dye, dancing bears, and the Grateful Dead.

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Cambridge Open Studios is this weekend! Don’t miss it!

If you haven’t gotten a Mother’s Day gift yet (and what are you waiting for, I mean really) or a graduation/birthday/yay winter is over gift then this weekend is the perfect time.  Cambridge Open Studios is happening all over Cambridge from 12-6 tomorrow and Sunday.  Check out the downloadable guide here.

There’s even a free shuttle to get you from place to place.  Yep, free.

Cambridge Open Studios 2015

I’ll be exhibiting in the same place where I was last year, the gallery at Cambridge College at 1000 Mass Ave.  There will be music, free food and drink, and we’ll have dancers who will be demonstrating their art throughout the day as well.  We’ve also got some student artists from Cambridge Rindge and Latin showcasing their photography which is super cool.

Come on by, invite a friend or three or bring your mom.  It’s going to be a beautiful weekend.

See you there!

~Kelly

 

 

Support Cambridge Local Businesses and Win Great Prizes!

I received this email from Cambridge Local First and I think it’s GREAT idea.  Certainly this winter weather, now record breaking, has been hard on all of us.  But it has been especially hard on local business who don’t have a national or international infrastructure over which they can spread the cost and losses.

Join Cambridge Local First in this innovative and fun way to bring some of the lost revenue back into our local community.  And, if you’re one of our readers who isn’t local to the greater Boston area, give your own local businesses some love.  Shop, eat, bank, and do business locally!

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Don’t forget! Local is for Lovers is Sunday 2/8/15!

I know I mentioned it before, but Geoff and I will be vending at the Somerville Local First Local is for Lovers Show on Sunday February 8th from 10am-3pm at the Armory.  This is always a great show, snow or not!  Please come by and check out our stuff.  We’ll also have our make your own items for the kids.

Click here to check out the Facebook event.  See you there!

~Kelly

Somerville Local is for Lovers Valentine Market

After a small break in January, we’re back at it, this time in time for Valentine’s Day.  Geoff and I will be vending at the Somerville Local First Local is for Lovers Market at the Armory in Somerville on Sunday February 8th from 10:00am – 3:00pm.  (For those of you scurrying to check your calendars, this is the Sunday after the Superbowl.)

This will be our first market with SLF since Singing Stones Jewelry became a part of Cambridge Local First.  I, for one, am really excited.

We’re also going to be back showing with the ever fantastic Gravestone Girls, Erica from Esoterica and Smiley Baby Hats, Q’s Nuts, and the good folks at Next Step Living.  This is, as always, a full on family event with Knucklebones there to entertain and enlighten the kids while the adults shop, listen to great music, and check out the hard cider vendor Far From the Tree Craft Hard Cider.

We really hope to see you there!

~Kelly