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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Really Good Music for a Really Good Cause- Benefit Concert for Tom Zajac

The greater Boston community of Early Music folks is coming together tomorrow night to do something that, in my many years here, is pretty much unprecedented.  We’re getting together to give our time, talent, and treasure for the benefit of another musician.

Tom Zajac is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and teacher.  He’s a musical powerhouse and also just a really nice guy.  As it sometimes happens with the vagaries of nature, he’s had a series of totally necessary medical procedures and uncomfortable surgeries that have left him unable to keep up with his usual number of gigs, teaching assignments, and concerts.  That means that despite what insurance is covering, he’s facing an income gap.

We’re trying to fix that.

Tomorrow night at 6:00pm as a part of the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Concert Series friends of Tom Zajac will present Battaglia d’Amor: A Benefit Concert for Tom Zajac, an All Star Lineup of groups in concert at First Lutheran Church, Boston.  For those of you playing along at home, that’s 299 Berkeley Street Boston, MA 02116 in the heart of the Back Bay.

Are you ready for this?  This is the list of performers.  It’s like a rock star list of the early music groups from Boston and beyond.  Here they are, in no particular order:

If you’re planning on attending, please RSVP here.  We’re expecting this to be completely sold out and SRO.  Admission is a suggested donation of $20, though you’re welcome to give more if you are able.  All money will go directly to Tom.  Everyone, all performers, staff, the venue, and the publicity from BEMF, is all being donated on his behalf.  Everything.

If you can’t attend and would still like to help out, there’s a GoFundMe page set up here.  We’re almost at our goal.  If you can help out, please do.  Ideally we’d like to smash that goal to pieces.

I’ll be there tomorrow night working front of house on behalf of Cappella Clausura and Meravelha.  In advance I’d like to thank you for your help and for being a part of this fantastic community effort.

~Kelly

 

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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Cappella Clausura BEAUTIFUL AS A DOVE 3/14 & 3/15 *special offer*

Calling all blog readers! Cappella Clausura is having two concerts in March and because we’re celebrating surviving all of this snow, YOU get a discount.  Check it out:

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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

 

Miracles can happen

With Christmas a week away there is a lot of talk of Santa, wishes, and miracles happening.  This time of year can be tough for people who don’t have a lot or who want something special for someone else in their lives.  I feel lucky to have witnessed two really interesting and spontaneous acts of miracle making on the internet lately that have helped me to remember that there are truly good strangers out there in the world.  That’s the easiest thing to forget during this time of hustle, bustle, insanity, and chaos.

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Last Two Jewelry Shows of 2014 – Buy Local!

It’s that time of year again, crunch time for shopping for friends, family, roommates, and that annoying Office Yankee Swap.  Have no fear!  I have your solution.

December 6th, 2014

I have two shows coming up, my last two shows of the year.  The first is 11:00am – 5:00pm at First Church in Jamaica Plain.  This show has been going on forever and is beloved among JP residents.  Get there early, the good stuff goes fast!

Craft Fair ad 2014Also, the good people at First Church will be doing a canned food drive as well as a drive for gloves, hats, scarves and new men’s socks for patrons of the food pantry.  If you have any of those items, no other clothing items please, bring them with you to help brighten someone’s holiday.

I am really looking forward to my first show with the good folks at First Church in JP.  I hope to see you on Saturday.

December 13th, 2014

Then, on Saturday December 13th, I’ll be in a completely different venue and there will be free wine.  That’s right, I’ll be at the Brookline Liquor Mart and there will be wine tastings all day as well as a group of local craft vendors selling all sorts of items from 1:00pm – 5:00pm.

BLM2014The folks at Brookline Liquor Mart have added this Art Fair to their extensive list of December offerings.  Come by and check us out.  It’s sure to be a great time.  And, I’ll have wine charms for sale.

I hope to see you at one or both of these great events!

~Kelly