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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Oh Christmas Trees!

This past weekend was busy on 107 and 1A as people flocked to their various favorite Christmas Tree locations to scoop up their favorite fir. It's an exciting and beautiful time of year as Lynn starts to light up in holiday spirit. The Item has kicked off what is sure to be another successful year for Item Santa and the holiday pop up shops have opened in the Lynn Museum and at LynnArts.

Tuesday night begins the tree lighting events with the tree on the Common at 5PM. After the tree is lit, the Lynn Auditorium will offer a free showing of A Christmas Story projected on a large screen in the auditorium.

On Thursday night, there will be a World AIDS day human ribbon at City Hall at 5PM and the tree lighting in Central Square will also be going on at 5PM.  Central Square festivities continue until 8PM with Santa, stockings for kids, wreath raffle, and holiday music at LynnArts.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

A Time for Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I could sit here and ramble on about all the things I'm thankful for, but they all boil down to one thing... you! You're the ones making all of this possible. Whether you're the politican reading this blog to see what I'm saying about you, or the new resident looking for things to do, or a life-long Lynner looking for a new perspective on this town, it's you that I am thankful for.

Without you, there would be no one attending auditorium shows, Arts After Hours events and buying products in local stores. Without you no one would be going to the restaurants downtown? Without you no one would be speaking up at City Hall and voting to build a stronger government.  Without you, no one would be fighting for a stronger Lynn!

We have a lot to be thankful for this year, but as I've said before... lists always get me in trouble.  I'll let you make the list. Leave something in the comments below for which you are thankful.



Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tree Lighting and Free Movie Night at the Auditorium on November 29th


NSCC Performing Arts Council brings Panto*mime to LynnArts

Check this out. Matthew Woods brings back to the stage something the entire family can enjoy this winter. I haven't been able to find a description online, but i did find this review from a 2010 mounting of this work on Larry Stark's Theatre Mirror


North Shore Community College Performing Arts Council presents

The Fantastic Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor

A Winter Panto*mime





Written and directed by Matthew Woods


December 1, 2, and 3 at 7 p.m., also December 3 at 3 p.m.


At The Neal Rantoul Vault Theatre

At Lynn Arts, Inc.

25 Exchange Street, Lynn, MA 01901


Tickets: $7 general admission

$5 students and seniors (with ID)

children 10 and under free

Friday, November 18, 2011

Open Studios - Saturday November 19th

I love this day in Lynn, MA. Last year it was so much fun to meet everyone in their studios and see some pretty amazing work being created right here in Lynn.

This is the best opportunity of the year to get very unique gifts for the holiday, see some incredible work and meet the artists that put it all together. This year Lydia Pinkham, Walnut Street Cafe, LynnArts, Arts After Hours, and the Lynn Museum all have interesting things to share on November 19th.


LYNNARTS - 25 Exchange Street
Holiday Art Studio Open House
November 19, 11-4pm 

In conjunction with the opening of the Holiday Sale and the Lydia Pinkham Open Studios, LynnArts will be hosting an Open Studios on Saturday, November 19 from 11-4.  Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to meet the artists, musicians and performers that make LynnArts their home.

WALNUT STREET CAFE - 157 Walnut Street 
November 19th, 10AM-2PM 
Henna body painting, paintings, knit ware, books, local authors and musician's books and cd's and more! And of course, the amazing coffee, soups, sandwiches, tea, etc... 10am - 2pm!

LYDIA PINKHAM - 271 Western Avenue 
November 19th,  10AM-4PM
Open Studios is a great opportunity to find unique gifts for everyone on your list. Open Studios takes place this Saturday (November 19th) from 10am-4pm at the Lydia Pinkham Building. Don't miss this great event!

ARTS AFTER HOURS  - 25 Exchange Street 
Open  Rehearsal
November 19, 1-4PM @LynnArts in the Rantoul Black Box Theatre
 I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change open rehearsals. We will be working on scenes from our upcoming musical. http://artsafterhours.com for more details on the show and to purchase tickets. Code EARLYBIRD gets you $10 if you purchase during the month of November.

LYNN MUSEUM - 590 Washington Street 
Shoppertunity Openhouse Saturday, 
November 19, 12-4pm  
Join the Lynn Museum for free admission to the museum and enjoy the exhibitions while you shop the pop-up shops from local artisans inside the museum galleries.  
 Haute Holiday is here! Shop locally at the Lynn Museum for your holiday gifts. This festive season features a Holiday Pop-Up Shop starting November 12 when you can shop inside our galleries for your favorite gifts from: Absolutely Creations, Bestbeading, Couture Planet, I Heart Arm Warmers, LD Designs, M and Zen, Treasure Beach and more!!  


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Pavlo's Kouzina - Step Inside!

244 Washington Street - Across from Richdale near the Courthouse

I could be the last one to this party, but I just discovered Pavlo's Kouzina. Yeah, yeah, I've driven by it a million times. I always wonder what it looks like on the inside, but it wasn't until today that I finally discovered this gem of a lunch location.


Fairly standard fare with your normal assortment of wraps, sandwiches, salads, and soups. They had a Thanksgiving sandwich on special today and I believe some clam chowder.  I always like to test my Greek sub shops (of which there have to be five million in Lynn) out by getting a version of a kabob something or other. I went with a kabob wrap. Fantastic! Nicely packed with feta, lettuce, tomato, chicken, and fantastic greek dressing. It was delicious.

I can only hope that their breakfast is as good as their lunch. I'm hearing amazing things about his steak sub omelet. Only open until 12 on Saturday which will make it tough for us yuppies to get out of bed in time, but I'm certainly going to try.

Check out Pavlo's Kouzina on Facebook to see pictures of the interior, the food, and the staff.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Connecting Downtown Lynn to the Highlands - High Rock Stairs Dedication


High Rock Stairs connecting Essex Street to High Rock Tower

Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy stands proud with kids from local middle schools and Girls, Inc.

Kids get a photo op

Jamie Marsh, head of the Office of Community Development, the office that made it happen.

Incredible views of Lynn and the Boston skyline from High Rock Hill




Kids enjoying cider and getting to meet Jamie Marsh and Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy


Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy meets some students working on a Future City project!

Downtown Lynn, just gorgeous!

You can't tell me that's not a beautiful downtown.



Congrats and Thank you to the Mayor of Lynn, Judith Flanagan Kennedy, Jamie Marsh and the Office of Economic and Community Development, The Highlands Coalition, and the Lynn DPW for taking another part of Lynn and making it all that more special.  Nice work!



Saturday, November 12, 2011

November Brings Pop-up Boutiques, and Wearable Art to The Lynn Museum

November 12 thru December 23, museum hours Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 12-4pm, Thursday 12-8pm. 

  Haute Holiday is here! Shop locally at the Lynn Museum for your holiday gifts. This festive season features a Holiday Pop-Up Shop starting November 12 when you can shop inside our galleries for your favorite gifts from: Absolutely Creations, Bestbeading, Couture Planet, I Heart Arm Warmers, LD Designs, M and Zen, Treasure Beach and more!!  

Shoppertunity Openhouse Saturday, November 19, 12-4pm
Join the Lynn Museum for free admission to the museum and enjoy the exhibitions while you shop the pop-up shops from local artisans inside the museum galleries.  

Wearable Art’s Fashion Night Out Wednesday, November 30, 6pm 
  Enjoy a casual night out of fashion and fun as the Lynn Museum hosts an informal fashion show presented by Infinity Boutique and Jos A. Bank of Swampscott. Enjoy wine, cheese, holiday fashions and an opportunity to shop locally and support local vendors. $20 donation to support educational programs at the Museum.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

News from LynnArts - Open Studios on Nov 19th

There is a lot going on this month and it's all starting on NOVEMBER 19th!!! Lydia Pinkham Studios on Western Avenue will be open for those of you who wish to meet the artists and purchase some great items. This is one of the few times they open their doors to the public for this very unique opportunity. Also on this date, The Lynn Museum will have their pop-up holiday shops open. This year, LynnArts, at 25 Exchange Street in Central Square Lynn will also be opening their studios to the public. Arts After Hours is taking part this year by offering an open rehearsal from 1-4PM of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change in the Black Box theatre. Come on by and check out the musical in it's very initial stages of creation. It's going to be a great day for the Arts & Cultural District. Mark it on your calendars and spend the day with us! 



LynnArts Fabulous Holiday Show & Sale
November 19-December 30
Opening Reception, Saturday, December 3, 2-4pm

This December, LynnArts, Inc. is once again sponsoring a holiday exhibition and sale featuring fine arts and crafts.  The galleries will be filled with a selection of beautiful and affordable paintings, photographs, pottery, sculpture, cards and more, with many pieces priced at under $100.

The exhibition and sale runs from November 19 through December 30.  Gallery hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10 am-5 pm, Thursday 10 am-8 pm and Saturday 11 am - 4 pm.

The opening reception will take place on Saturday, December 3 from 2-4pm with live music provided by the Erinn Brown Duo.  So come enjoy holiday cheer, fine art and friends and pick up a few one-of-a-kind gifts for your family, all while supporting local artists and your local arts agency.

LynnArts, Inc. is located at 25 Exchange Street in Lynn’s Central Square and is easily accessible by public transportation. Wheelchair access is available at the rear lower-level entry with prior notice. For more information on the LynnArts Fabulous Holiday Show & Sale or other LynnArts programs and events, please call LynnArts, Inc. at 781-598-5244


Holiday Art Studio Open House
November 19, 11-4pm

In conjunction with the opening of the Holiday Sale and the Lydia Pinkham Open Studios, LynnArts will be hosting an Open Studios on Saturday, November 19 from 11-4.  Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to meet the artists, musicians and performers that make LynnArts their home.



Tuesday, November 8, 2011

VOTE TODAY, November 8th by 8PM!

Today is election day and it's an important one. It's time to get out there and be heard. There are a couple of statements I expect to be made today.

It's going to be a close battle for the top of the ticket in the Councilor At-Large race.

It's going to be the first time in many years where we're not looking at a row of white men. A white woman is about as far as we got in the past decade.

It's going to be the first time that we will be looking at a person on the council that is not a "life long Lynner," an annoying phrase used by so many. I even find myself gong into how my ancestors have been in Lynn since the 1700s. Blah Blah Blah. Who cares?

May we please inform ourselves so the best men and women win in today's election. Please click the links to the left on this blog to read what I have on Councilor At-Large and School Committee. Head over to LynnHappens.com and watch one debate at least. They are so short.

Then get to the polls before 8PM and be heard. Elections are close around here. The 4th spot in the At-Large race will be a tough race. The top spot on the At-Large race will be a tough race. School Committee is even harder to predict. Your vote does matter.

See you at the polls.

-Corey

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Saying Goodbye to My Little Friend

For those of you who have been to Fernando's website, you are greated with the picture of a Cuban sandwich and the slogan, "Say hello to my little friend."  While in Scarface, it's a reference to a sort of grenade launching machine gun, at Fernando's it was a little Cuban sandwich, that if you ever tried, you would understand why the slogan makes sense. It packed the most powerful punch in all of Lynn's Lunch places. Over the last 24 months, Juan has cooked delicious food yes, but more importantly, he was incredibly involved in the local community, and that was noticed and admired by many, including me.  I only wished I worked days in Lynn so I could have been there every single day.

I know Juan, and I know this isn't the last we're going to see of this brilliant chef. I look forward to new projects and hope to still get to taste his delights out at the Lynn events around town. While foot traffic and an incredible maze of one way streets are still our primary issues Downtown, we're making progress on at least one front. The new VNA building will be done soon, more artists lofts will be going in in Central Square and hopefully we'll see the next RCG project underway at 14 Central Ave.  Unfortunately for Fernando's it's too little, too late.  For Juan's next stop on this journey, the timing will be just right!
Juan Gonzales at Culturefest, his annual event on Munroe Street



Juan's message on Facebook read as follows:

Beloved Friends and Clients,
The last 24 months that each of you gave to us, for bringing you food made 100% fresh, each of our plates made ‘a la minute’, gave us a preference to taste our food. Today I gladly inform you that in search of finding perfection in the business and attention of client, Fernando’s will temporarily close its doors. The new Chef and owner will bring in different attitudes in the Gastronomical area. Don’t forget of supporting small and local businesses, and thank you for your support and preference.

Thank you very much for you preference.
Juan Gonzalez
Owner and Executive Chef.
 
Head on over to the Fernando's fan page on Facebook and give Juan a shout out!!
So, I'll say goodbye to my little friend for now (the Cuban, that is), but I'm not saying goodbye to Juan Gonzales and his amazing food. I know the best is yet to come.
Juan Gonzales at Arts After Hours Back Yard Bash 2010
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Insomnia. No Problem - Try this Net and Cahill Lullaby

I was having trouble sleeping last night and I did what any other hyperlocal blogger would do, I started overthinking the upcoming election. I started thinking, "what if it doesn't work out in the best way for Lynn's future?"

I wrote this soothing lullaby to the tune of "Rock-a-Bye Baby" You know the tune.

If you're having trouble sleeping, try singing this to yourself. Or if you know a Lynn voter who is having trouble sleeping, call them and sing this to them:

Hong Net, Dan Cahill
(rock - a ,  bye - baby)
Dan Cahill, Hong Net
(uh-on the, tree top)

Hong Net, Dan Cahill
Dan Cahill, Hong Net

Hong Net, Hong Net
Dan Cahill, Dan Cahill

Hong Net, Dan Cahill
Dan Cahill, Hong Net!


Sing this every night before sleep to make sure you check the right 2 boxes on November 8th.

-Corey

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