Wings of Freedom WWII Aircraft – Sept 23-25 2016


The Wings of Freedom Tour of World War II Aircraft run by the Collins Foundation is coming to Worcester, Massachusetts on Friday, September 23rd, 2016 through Sunday, September 25th, 2016.

The hours each day are:

9/23/2016 – 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM
9/24/2016 – 10:00 AM until 4:30 PM
9/25/2016 – 10:00 AM until 4:30 PM

The entry price is:

$12 Adults / $10 Children 12 and under.

Let us know if you’re interested in going out! We are planning our Boston street photography session on that Saturday 9/24 but that still leaves Friday as a plane visit day and then Sunday as a backup rain date!

More details:

Wings of Freedom Facebook Page

Boston Street Photography Sept 2016

We’re planning an excursion into Boston to do some street photography. The plan is for Saturday, September 24, 2016 with a rain date of Sunday, Sept 25.

The plan is for late afternoon street photography in Central Square and early evening shooting under the Zakim Bridge from parks on the Cambridge side of the Charles.

North Point Park and adjacent Paul Revere Park.


The idea would be to leave at 2 pm from a meeting point near here and shoot in Central Square from 3 pm to 5:30 pm +/-. Then we would travel to the park (not even 15 minutes to get there), and shoot the bridge and the skyline as sunset happens and the lights come on (sunset = 6:30 per the internet). Heading back home 7:30/8, finishing the day at the local rendezvous approx 9 pm.

Dinner? Bring a sandwich, which we would eat below the Zakim. That way we don’t spend the nice-light part of the evening sitting in a restaurant.

A bonus is that Blick and Artist & Craftsman Supply, both major league art-supply retailers, are in Central Square, so a few of us will sacrifice some shooting time to browse, I bet.

Another bonus is that the Lynch Family Skatepark is under the Zakim, too, right next to the parks.

Let us know if you’re interested!

Field Trip to Worcester Historical Museum

On August 5, 2016, the Blackstone Valley Art Association took a field trip to the Worcester Historical Museum for their Free Fun Friday event. It was a blast! Here are just a few photos. If you have some to add from this event please let us know!

Free Fun Friday – Aug 26, 2016

a11Where did the summer go? It’s the very last Free Fun Friday of 2016, on Friday August 26th. Here are the options:

Franklin Park Zoo, Boston
Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge
Freedom Trail Foundation, Boston
Museum of African American History, Boston & Nantucket
Normal Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge
Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield
Ventforth Hall Mansion, Lenox
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Brewster

Last year we went to the Franklin Park Zoo on their free fun Friday and it was an absolute MADHOUSE. We also went to Sturbridge Village (they were on separate days last year) and while that was busy, it was manageable. The sunflower photo is from that trip.

What would you like to do this year?

More about the Highland Street Foundation, who funds these free days –

Free Fun Friday – Ecotarium in Worcester

Greetings, everyone!

The votes are in and the Ecotarium in Worcester it is. We’ll meet on Friday 8/19/2016 at 2pm in the main plaza area with the big sundial. There are a number of lovely walking paths with views of a lake, a Japanese pavilion, and more. There are also a variety of animals there to draw or photograph.

To meet up with the group, contact Lisa any time after noon (she sleeps late). Her contact info was sent to all active members via MailChimp.

Entry is wholly FREEEEE thanks to the Free Fun Friday program.

Here’s the Ecotarium’s website with directions and other details:

Weather looks awesome! Come on out and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of creativity and art!

Free Fun Friday – August 19, 2016

The Highland Street Foundation has its penultimate Free Fun Friday of 2016 coming up on August 19, 2016!

Here are the options:

The Institute of Contemporary Art – Boston
USS Constitution Museum – Boston
The Discovery Museums – Acton
EcoTarium – Worcester
Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River – Fall River
New England Historic Genealogical Society – Boston
Fuller Craft Museum – Brockton
Griffin Photography Museum – Winchester

Let us know which one you’d be interested in visiting!

More details:

Free Fun Friday – Aug 12 2016

The Highland Street Foundation is graciously paying for free admission to the following locations on Friday, August 12, 2016 – find one to enjoy!

MIT Museum, Cambridge
The Museum of the NCAAA, Boston
Concord Museum, Concord
Garden in the Woods, Framingham
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington
Naumkeag, The Trustees, Stockbridge
Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst
The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, Boston

For more information visit the Highland Street Foundation website –

Free Fun Friday – August 5, 2016

Another summery week, another Free Fun Friday to enjoy! Thanks to the Highland Street Foundation for these amazing opportunities.

The Friday opportunities for free entry on August 5, 2016 are:

Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge
The Old State House, Boston
The Greenway Carousel, Boston
Springfield Museums, Springfield
Historic Deerfield, Deerfield
Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield
The Old Manse, The Trustees, Concord
Worcester Historical Museum, Worcester

Last year we went to Springfield. Would anybody like to visit the Historical Museum this year? Or would we like to plan a trip out somewhere further away?

Full details about the Free Fun Fridays:

Free Fun Friday – July 29, 2016

Here’s the list of museums which are completely free this coming Friday, July 29, 2016!

John F Kennedy Library, Boston
Commonwealth Museum, Boston
Battleship Cove, Fall River
Marine Museum, Fall River
Sandwich Glass Museum, Sandwich
Nantucket Whaling Museum, Nantucket
Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Boston

Let us know which you’re interested in visiting!

More details: