Thursday, August 30, 2012

Brian Maes & Foreigner at Lynn Auditorium


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Downtown Happenings

Wanted to share an email from Mike Crounse about what's going on in the world of Downtown Lynn over the next few months.  Some of it's important, most of it is fun! Hope to see you out in Downtown this month! Even if you don't run the 5K, come to our Post Race Party in the Museum Park and enjoy one of the remaining nights of summer with AAH. As Mike says, we could use volunteers for almost all of this. If you want to help out with any of the AAH events, contact

Hi Folks,

I know some of you get the updates via Facebook or or but figured I'd send this out as well, there's a lot going on in the next few months, please spread the word!!
  1.  City Council meeting on Sept. 11th  to discuss "Nighthawk's Acquisitions" aka Mayo's plans to renovate their property on Broad Street  This should be interesting to follow!!
  2. Friday Sept. 14th History of Hops Beer tasting at the Lynn Museum - Always a fun time!
  3. That same night Go Out Loud is having and Out night at Cirque (aka 47 Central).  Kevin Sampson has joined forces with other Towns Out programs to form this great North Shore Out Team.  They recently had 80+ people for a dinner at The Ox.  Here is the event
  4. Thursday September 20th is the Central Square 5K, "Clock to the Rock".  I as well as many other DTLers are running it this year.  There will also be an after party hosted by AAH in the Museum courtyard with food, drinks, music and prizes.  All the info is here  You don't have to run to go to the party and show your support!  Foreigner is playing that night at the Lynn Auditorium as well!
  5. AAH is putting on Evil Dead, the Musical at Lynn Arts from 10/18-10/28 and a Halloween Show on 10/31.  There will be an event in conjunction with the Lynn Arts Haunted House on Thursday Oct. 25th.  Also in the works is a Haunted House at High Rock Tower followed by a Zombie walk to Lynn Arts and party.  Tickets are already flying out the door for the show, especially the splatter zone seats  This could be huge for the downtown, don't be left out!!\

If interested in helping out with the race after party or with the events surrounding Evil Dead please let me know.  I think that covers it for now, please spread the word and hope to see you at some of these events. Change doesn't happen over night and we need everyone's support!!

Take Care,

-- Mike Crounse

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Centerboard Announces Comedy Night at Olde Tyme Italian Cuisine

The latest fundraiser for the Centerboard Fall Arts Programming is a comedy night starring three local comedians. It will take place Thursday September 27th from 7-11pm at Olde Tyme Italian Cuisine located at 612 Boston Street in Lynn.Admission is $20 and there will be a cash bar. The performers include:

JERRY CARUSO co-founded “Comics for a Cure”, which raises money for worthy causes all over Massachusetts. He does stand up, celebrity impressions and songwriting. Jerry has appeared at Comedy Factory, Comedy Connection Mgt. and North Shore Comedy Productions' comedy clubs. He has opened for Larry ”The Cable Guy”, Lisa Lampanelli and Anthony Clarke.

LARRY LEE LEWIS is a piano player, singer, comedian, and variety performer who mixes Henny Youngman, Milton Berle, and Rodney Dangerfield style comedy with 1950's-60's classic signature American roots songs. Larry has hosted his own show on Boston’s 1510 The Zone and has opened for Bobby Rydell and Lenny Clarke.

CARL PHILLIPS is one of the hottest acts on the Boston comedy scene, playing clubs all over New England. He has appeared in “Joey & Maria’s Comedy Wedding” and “The Soprano’s”. He is an avid performer for “Comics for a Cure” and the winner of the Kowloon’s Comedy Contest 2010.

Tickets can be purchased at
All proceeds benefit Centerboard Arts’ Fall Programming.

ABOUT CENTERBOARDCenterboard seeks to unleash the power of Lynn’s residents and infrastructure by investing in community and human development in under-optimized areas and in so doing to help build the strong, sustainable communities we all want to live in.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Clock to the Rock 5K - Central Square Lynn

Race Course Starts and Ends in Central Sq. Lynn – (includes scenic route along Atlantic Ocean) – Entry Information: $17.00 Pre-entry Registration must be received by September 15th -$20.00 Race-day Registration – All Race Proceeds go to fund future events. Click here for registration form. Send checks to:Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce c/o John Olson, 583 Chestnut St. Unit 8, Lynn, MA 01904. For more info call 781-715-0921. Prizes:  Awards to top male and female runners overall and top two in the following groups.  19 and Under  20-29   30-39   40-49   50-59   60-69   70 and over

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Hold the Mayo...

Accountable.... This fall we have an opportunity. On the 11th, Mayo will go before City Council for a great reason. They are taking one of their slums and improving it. Woohoo! This is good, more than good. The section along Broad Street and an old dilapitated building behind it will see improvements and another section of Broad Street facade will look better. Hurrah!

So now, where is the opportunity? Well... When the sprinkler systems in Keith building were the wrong rating for the attic, who should have caught that?  When electrical wiring is so beyond dangerous an electrician will not go into your attic, who should catch that? When temporary fixes to plumbing in basements are used to the point where there is almost a major flood, who should catch that? When an occupancy permit is given on a building on Munroe Street with an unfinished ceiling (not Mayo's), who should have caught that? 

So, I have an idea that might help. Whomever is responsible should actually go to this project once or twice. Like, actually go inside.  It seems you forgot to do this in 2004-2006, but that is ok, it's a different time now. After all, now you have us watching.  We promise to help as much as we can.

Forget that everyone in City Hall is friends with John McGrail. "He's a great guy." "He's my friend." Yada yada. You all never lived in one of his company's buildings. When you have, then you get to make us forget how his company made our first few years here a living hell. It's all documented, yet still no one ever seems to side with the residents. The ones who are still here and the ones who gave up on Mayo and left. 

So, forget that you didn't find all of those problems with all the existing lofts in Downtown. You're lucky I stopped my list. I didn't even mention the cabinets falling off the walls in every 5th floor unit of one of Mayo's buildings. That one I'll let slide. How were you to know they used 1 1/4" screws not into studs?

You could ask a few questions. You could hold them to local ordinances, even laws. You could, dare I say, hold them to building code. You could, but will you? That's the opportunity. It's all in what City Hall does with it.  If our goal is to change the perception of Lynn in the public eye, than perhaps we start with making sure people have a great first experience when they come to live in one of her Downtown buildings.

But that's just me, what do you think?


Thursday, August 16, 2012

KAYA's Lynn Out Loud Performance Showcase

At the Lynn Auditorium
August 22, 2012

This year's Lynn Out Loud event will be their second ever. Lynn Out Loud is a Youth Peace and Performance Showcase. The star of the show? Positivity and Creativity of our local teens!

The theme is "Stepping Stones," a sequel to last year's "Breaking Barriers." The concept is that all goals need a plan to get there. In Lil Craze's words, "don't follow your dreams, LEAD them."

The event is organized by the Lynn Y/Lynn Community Health Center's Kaya program and community partners.

In addition to our sponsors Partners HealthCare, the US Office of Refugee Resettlement and MA Dept. of Public Health, Lynn Community Health, Lynn YMCA, Catholic Charities, and HPRT, we are excited to partner with Raw Art Works, LYSOA Inc., North Shore Community College, Highlands Coalition, the City of Lynn and others to make this happen.

The event will be FREE admission, though donations to help us cover costs are always gratefully accepted.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Centerboard Lobsterfest to support Internet Radio Station Programmed by Lynn Youth

Friday August 10th, 5-8pm

The first Annual Lobster Fest!

Proceeds benefit Fall Programming for Adults and Children, most notably Centerboard's Internet radio station that is run by Lynn high school students!

The Dirty Floor Boards, made up of 4 talented Lynn teens will be performing. They will also be raffling off an official MLB bat signed by Jarrod Saltalamacchia of the Boston Red Sox!!

Click here to purchase tickets.

Price includes two whole lobsters, corn on the cob, salt potatoes and a roll with butter.
Come enjoy a delicious meal, cash bar, entertainment, and good company at their new headquarters in City Hall Square!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Annual Member’s Exhibition at LynnArts

For the month of August LynnArts presents two concurrent exhibitions. The Time Warner Gallery will host the Annual Member’s Exhibition and Inside Out features the work of TANYA and Pamela Perkins in the Willow Community Gallery from August 4th – August 25th. Both exhibitions will be celebrated with a reception on Saturday, August 25th from 2:00pm – 4:00pm.

The annual member’s exhibition, which is always open to any LynnArts member 18 years and older, will feature the artwork of twenty-five artists working in a range of styles and materials.  Members of LynnArts receive a number of benefits, including participation in this annual exhibition, while helping to support the non-profit which hosts a number of art related exhibitions, classes, and events.

TANYA and Pamela Perkins will be exhibiting together in the Willow Community Gallery in the exhibition “Inside Out.” Their work “enjoys a similar sensibility – a focus on process and clarity of vision; the interplay of positive and negative elements; a sensuous luminosity, present both physically and metaphorically; and the range of possibilities inherent in the broad use of mixed-media.”

Meet the artists during the reception for these two exciting exhibitions on Saturday, August 25th from 2:00pm – 4:00pm at LynnArts. LynnArts is located at 25 Exchange Street, Lynn MA. For questions regarding these events and more, contact Jennifer Ashworth at or call 781.598.5244.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Arts After Hours brings Shakespeare to Lynn Woods

Arts After Hours will present the 1st Annual Shakespeare in Lynn Woods with a production of Twelfth Night August 9-19, 2012 at Lynn Woods Pennybrook Road off of Walnut Street in Lynn, MA. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students/seniors. Add a picnic from the Walnut Street CafĂ© for just $10. For show times, ticket information, and directions please visit or call the box office at 781-205-4010. The show’s content is considered PG.

Lynn Woods Rose Garden and Ampitheatre lend themselves beautifully to the world of Twelfth Night. From Olivia’s palace, set in the Rose Garden to Orsino’s manor in the hills beyond the Ampitheatre, the woods provide a backdrop of timeless beauty. The audience will get to enjoy many of nature’s treasures while experiencing a 90-minute version of Shakespeare’s classic, Twelfth Night. Guided place to place by Feste, all knowing in every way, even beyond the fourth wall and set in the Victorian era, this production will explore a world at its simplest - a non-digital world where human connection and relationship are paramount.

This marks Arts After Hour’s first collaboration with Thomas Martin, current student in Boston University’s Masters program for Directing. “Arts After Hours is one of the most exciting theatre companies I have come across in quite some time,” says Director Thomas Martin.  “It is one thing to bring theatre to an underrepresented area, but Arts After Hours goes above and beyond that impressive goal as they work to transform and excite an entire community. As a theatre artist, I cannot imagine a better place to come and play!”

Thomas Martin brings a wealth of knowledge in both Shakespeare and directing and is working with Lynn native, Rye Gentleman (Dramaturg and Assistant Director) to bring this story to life in a way even first timers to Shakespeare will love. The production will feature full Victorian costumes, props, and furnishings as well as original compositions by Gina Naggar which will be performed by live musicians throughout the woods. “We wanted a play that would let us tell a story of love, humor and beauty, while we explored the natural beauty that is Lynn Woods”, says Martin. “Shakespeare's Twelfth Night affords us that exact opportunity.  Please, join us as we follow foolish lovers, and loveable fools through some of Lynn Woods' most beautiful and accessible locations.”

The phenomenal cast features many new faces at Arts After Hours including Carly Waldman (Viola), Eric Hamel (Orsino), Cassandra Meyer (Olivia), Andrew Winson (Malvolio), Meredith Stypinski (Maria), Jason Myatt (Sir Toby Belch), Mathias Goldstein (Sir Andrew Aguecheek), Alan White (Feste), Danny Belford (Sebastian), Janelle Mills (Curio), Michael Barry (Fabian), Zack Murphy (Antonio). “We had so much incredible talent come out for this production,” says Corey Jackson, Arts After Hour’s Artistic Director. “There is a real excitement about both the play itself and the process of creating a world outside the confines of the theatre.”

Parking is available at Lynn Woods Pennybrook Road entrance. There will be attendants and a box office setup at the entrance for ticket and picnic pickup. Arts After Hours staff will guide you from there for your complete Shakespeare in Lynn Woods experience. There will be a moderate amount of standing and walking from place to place for the audience. For those audience members enjoying a picnic with us, you will pick up your picnic at the box office up to 1 hour prior to show time and our ushers will guide you to the picnic area. Please bring blanket and/or chair for your picnic comfort.

For more information, the public can contact Arts After Hours by emailing or by calling our Box Office at 781-205-4010.

Would you like some MAYO with your beer?

Read this article I totally understand those that think any development is good for Downtown Lynn, but this one is NOT! I've kind of stopped with my ranting and raving as of late. Some might call me a changed man. Or maybe it's just that we haven't had an election in a while to get me all worked up. :-) I think you all know about my opinion of the Mayo Group. If not, a quick google search will reveal what I think. I've heard from many people I respect that McGrail is not a bad man. I've never met him so I can't comment on that. I can only say, I won't be lining up to get in to Stadium.

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