raise a glass

October 14th and 15th was Maine Craft Weekend, so Terry and I decided to take a drive out to Dresden to check out the goings-on at Tandem Glass! I’ve always been fascinated by the alchemy of the glass-making process, and I was happy to catch a demonstration during our visit. It was mesmerizing to watch Charlie and Terrill hard at work, moving bundles of glass rods from the 1,000 degree “garage” to the 2,000 degree furnace, shaping them with tools,  stretching them with gravity, and finally allowing the pieces to cool and break for future use as decorative bits in their absolutely gorgeous pitchers, tumblers, and bowls. Take a peek:

 

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To add to the festivities of Maine Craft Weekend, Tandem Glass was also displaying beautiful jewelry from Circle Stone Designs and fun, funky pillows by Christine DeTroy. Great stuff!

 

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If you weren’t able to make it to Maine Craft Weekend, you can still visit Tandem Glass, since the gallery is open year-round. The studio runs seasonally (you might have guessed that they close it in the summer, what with the 2,000 degree furnace and all), but we happen to be approaching the time of year when having a 2,000 degree furnace cranking along is a very good thing, so why not plan a trip?

 

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you wreck me

“Go after what you really love and find a way to make that work for you, and then you’ll be a happy person.”

 

A bright light has gone out.

 

What can I say that hasn’t already been said a thousand times by people more qualified than me? Tom Petty was a true artist, and even though I never had the pleasure of meeting him, I’ve spent the last few days actively grieving his passing. Tom Petty‘s music is Americana at its best. He was a gifted storyteller, with a knack for expressing deep, universal truths with a distinctive turn of phrase. Tom Petty was able to unify people through his music in a way that we are currently in desperate need of in this country: he spoke to all of us, and he spoke for all of us.

 

He was prolific, he was unique, his later work was just as relevant and strong (if not stronger than) his early work, and he did it all on his own terms. You might not be familiar with Petty’s later work (he went from being a radio darling to a radio pariah after releasing The Last DJ, a scathing attack on the music industry that resulted in his newer songs being largely ignored), but I urge you to seek it out. Highway Companion elevated Petty to elder statesman status, Mojo is a celebration of the blues, and 2014’s Hypnotic Eye is proving to be a prophetic take on the current climate.

 

Tom Petty made the world a better place through his music. In short, he achieved everything an artist hopes to achieve…and I’m eternally grateful for the gifts he’s left us.

 

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Please revisit this post I wrote back in March of 2016…I’m pretty sure I’ll be taking that Warren Zanes biography for another spin before too long.

i need to know

wave that flag

The Curtis Memorial Library “How-To Festival and Block Party” was on Saturday, September 16th, and if you were one of the over 800 people who attended, you already know how much fun it was! The four-hour event was packed with activities such as face painting, bubble making, weaving, live music, and all kinds of different workshops which took place both inside and outside the library. The warm, sunny weather combined with the fact that Middle Street was closed to traffic made the atmosphere truly festive.

My table was set up right outside the library entrance, and my workshop theme was “paint a community prayer flag”. I had a huge stack of different decorative papers that were primed and ready to go, a big plastic tub filled with acrylic paints, and a large selection of brushes of all shapes and sizes. People of all ages were encouraged to (and did) participate, but it seemed like the bravest ones who stopped by were the kids! These did not look like what you would call “traditional” prayer flags, but the intent was very similar: putting out positive energy into the community and beyond. Here are some photos from the day!

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Did you attend the “How-To Festival And Block Party”? If so, what did you think? Please let me know in the comments section!