Celebrating the Community

Geoff and I may not live in Cambridge anymore, but we still work there and it is my heart-home.  That’s why when a giant fire blew up in the middle of the city at the end of 2016 it felt not only like a giant slap in the face, we anxiously watched as people we knew, first responders primarily, fought to save the community we love.  Some of the people displaced by the fire turned out to be from MIT.  Nobody we knew personally, but the MIT and Cambridge communities rallied around them.

Collective memories are short, especially for tragedy.  That fire was at the beginning of December.  Other things have happened since then, and this next week is going to be a busy one in the US.  Happily, there are still benefits happening in and around Cambridge for the 125 people displaced by those fires.  Displaced is a really clean, clinical term for, “lost everything in a raging inferno from HELL.”  I know, I had to deal with the aftermath of the fire that killed my grandmother.  Once you’ve been through a fire you never, ever forget.

This weekend, if you’re around Cambridge and you can, help these folks out.  I can pretty much promise you they had the worst holiday of their lives, and they’re going to be rebuilding for years.  Here’s a really enjoyable way to lend a hand.

Cambridge Fire Victims Benefit Ryles 212 Hampshire Street Cambridge, MA 02139 Jan 15th 5-11pm

There’s even going to be time to go, enjoy yourself, and get home in time for the Sherlock S4 finale.

See you there.

~Kelly

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It’s my last show of 2016!

And thank goodness for it.

I like doing shows, don’t get me wrong, but I’m just glad that 2016 is almost over.  We can count it in days now, people.  So let’s celebrate with my last market of the year.  Somerville Local First is presenting their Holiday Marketplace on Sunday December 11th from 10am-4pm.

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#ShopLocal – Small Business Weekend Shows

This weekend isn’t all about Turkey, Black Friday, and football.  It’s also about Small Business Saturday & Sunday, sometimes called Plaid Saturday & Sunday.  These days are the exact opposite of what Black Friday is all about.  They’re about shopping at local stores, shopping handmade, and keeping your holiday spending in your local economy where it will do the most good.

As it so happens, I have two Small Business Weekend shows this weekend, and they’re going to be a wonderful antidote to Black Friday insanity, indigestion from eating too much, and Forced Family Fun Time.

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Old Schwamb Mill Craft Show & Sale Saturday 11am-7pm Arlington, MA

For the second year in a row I am proud to participate in the Old Schwamb Mill Craft Show and Sale.  This Saturday from 11am-7pm, thirteen artisans will be on site at the Old Schwamb Mill to sell hand-made arts and crafts.  The Mill will be open to the public and a portion of all proceeds will go toward the preservation and conservation of the historic mill building.

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Friday November 11th, 2016 7:00pm @BU CFA – A FREE Concert Featuring Me!

It’s that time of year again.  The When Patients Heal You concert is back.  Only this year we’ve moved out of the lecture hall at the BU Medical Center and we’re back at my alma mater, Boston University.  In fact, we’ll be performing in the concert hall where I did my undergraduate recital lo these many years ago.

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It will be much like years past, all the performers will be neurology patients of Boston Medical Center and many of them will be epileptics like me.  We’ll all get to perform two pieces and probably bring the house down at the end with big sing a long with Denise at the keyboard.

There’s usually a reception afterward with tasty food and a chance to mingle with the performers and the medical staff who not only provide us with excellent care, they sometimes even perform with us.  Please join us on Friday night for a great concert and a lot of fun.  This is a free event.  Tell your friends.

~Kelly

Meravelha’s at it again – Daydreams & Desires

If you haven’t actually gotten it together to go see Meravelha perform yet, well, I have no idea what you’re waiting for.  They’re reprising their signature concert for two performances this month.  Do your best to go and see, you don’t want to miss this.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Reupholster

Even semi-regular visitors around here know that Geoff and I like old stuff.  And by old stuff I mean antiques.  We have a lot of them around the house.  (To be fair we have a reasonable amount of old rocks too, but most of them are set into jewelry.)  Some of the antiques we own come to us in rough shape.  Some of it we’re good at restoring ourselves, but sometimes we need to involve a professional.  Note that you’ll never see an antique piece of furniture painted “shabby chic” or with chalkboard paint in our home.  NEVER.

But, you will see furniture with good bones get reupholstered.  Reupholstery is part of restoration, sometimes the fabric on a piece isn’t original or is but is too badly damaged to salvage.  That’s where a really good upholsterer comes in.

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