Day Tripper Dispatches

Beekeeping Classes at Crystal
December 21, 2012, 5:06 pm
Filed under: Blogroll, Resources

This is the time of year when we start to prepare for our beekeeping classes. Vin and I are on the committee for the ECBA bee school. We also teach classes at North Shore Community College and at Crystal Bee Supply. Right now, the schedule looks like this: from February sometime until mid April, every Monday 7-9 PM, Tuesday 7-9 PM, Thursday 7-9PM and Sat 2-4pm. It is a busy time. The classes fill up quite quickly.  Essex County’s bee school has 65 students and always sells out early. The classes we hold at our store only have up to 12 students each class. We like small groups for more individual attention. We are about half filled up already. If you really want to take a beginning beekeeping class, sign up soon. I do give crash courses in April and May. But learning about beekeeping before you have the bees is a much better way. But if you can’t get in at any bee school anywhere, call us at Crystal Bee Supply and we can try to see what we can do for you. We are getting a bunch of calls at our store about beekeeping classes, beginner kits and packages of bees as Christmas gifts.

I advise that if you are thinking about giving the beekeeping as a gift, make sure the person really wants bees. You can’t really return them. Its kind of like giving someone a 200 lb Saint Bernard as a gift. Well, not really. But you get the point. The people who received beekeeping as a gift last year were all really excited to start beekeeping. The youngest student was William. He was 11. I didn’t ask the older people how old they were. But their hair was fairly white. So, beekeeping can be a great new hobby for anyone, young or old.

via Beekeeping Classes at Crystal.

Take that, potholes! Begone, graffiti!
December 21, 2012, 4:45 pm
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SeeClickFix is a new, innovative app for municipalities across Massachusetts

The City of Boston and the state of Massachusetts just announced the Commonwealth Connect smart phone application. Developed originally for use in the City of Boston by Mayor Menino’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, the expanded app allows residents to report quality of life problems, such as graffiti and potholes, directly to the appropriate local government for resolution. Secretary of Administration and Finance Jay Gonzalez joined local officials at City Hall to announce details about this new application, available to thirty-five participating municipalities.

New app empowers residents

via SeeClickFix, City of Boston Introduce Innovative App for Municipalities Across Mass.

Adaptive skating – it’s the coolest!
December 4, 2012, 4:43 pm
Filed under: accessible activities, active sports, adaptive, adult activities, all ages, rink, skating

The DCR’s Universal Access program is the coolest! Use your wheelchair, an ice sled, or conventional skates on the ice! There’s no describing the feeling as you spin, slide, race, slalom, socialize and play gently competitive games with others! Ice sleds and conventional skates available. For more information or to register, call 617-626-1294 to register or email Gigi Ranno. To volunteer, contact Marcy Marcello.

Cronin Skating Rink
850 Revere Parkway
Revere, MA (781) 284-9491

Tuesdays: 11:30am – 1:30pm
Dec. 11, Feb. 19, March 12, April 12
Fitzpatrick Skating Rink, 
575 Maple Street
Holyoke, MA (413) 532-2929

Sundays: 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Dec. 2, Jan. 20, Feb. 10, March 10
Thursday, Feb. 21 2:30pm – 4:30pm

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King Richard’s Faire
October 15, 2011, 7:49 pm
Filed under: accessible activities, adult activities, all ages, festivals, history, re-enactments

Every year, King Richard’s Faire comes to Carver on week-ends from September through the end of October. Our Divas went on Sept. 3rd, the first day of the Faire, when Carverites can attend for free (admission is usually $26.). Once you are within the gates, everything is quite expensive. Reading reviews about the Faire, we can understand why some people feel it’s “outrageously overpriced.” But if you don’t eat at the Faire, you can save quite a bit and still enjoy the sights and entertainment. – from Elizabeth Evans via Gather.

The Paper House ~ Recycling in the 20’s

After a morning adventure in Bear’s Neck, Rockport, Massachusetts, a friend and I went on a quest to find DogTown, ” a deserted village taken over by evil crones and toothless witches” in the early-19th century nearby. After roaming around for a good hour, we gave up on our quest and decided next year, we’ll take the tour offered at the Visitor’s Center. Then it was on to The Paper House, a cottage built entirely of newspapers by Elis F. Stenman and his family in 1922.

The walls are made of 215 layers of newspaper. Most of the exterior layer type is completely readable, and if my friend and I had the time and inclination, we could have spent hours perusing classic headlines and snippets of articles. Needless to say, neither one of us has that kind of patience. A highlight was the writing desk made from accounts of Charles Lindbergh’s transatlantic flight, and a radio cabinet plastered with news from Herbert Hoover’s presidential campaign.

— by Elizabeth Evans (a DayTripper Diva from

(See more photos on Gather blog)

Horsing Around at Sweet Meadow Farm

In August, we headed out to celebrate a friend’s birthday party at Sweet Meadow Farm in Sherborn (where my daughter and her friend Anna blissfully attended camp this summer). Owner Patty Michaud starts birthday parties at the barn and kids get to work with ponies, then tack up the horses. Each guest gets to ride and feed the horses. Then everyone heads up to the pet store at the Michauds’ house, where they can observe and handle the guinea pigs, kittens, birds, and other small animals. Finally, guests enjoy a small party at the farm house or the new indoor barn, which includes a Sweet Meadow gift for the birthday girl. It’s a bit pricey at about $30 per guest, but we are huge fans of Sweet Meadow. The Michaud family gives back to their community by donating equine therapy, and they do a great job of educating kids about animal care and enjoyment. (Grownup Alert: Sweet Meadow is also near the Natick Mall if you want to drop off!)

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Piling it on at Kitchen Little
February 8, 2010, 11:25 pm
Filed under: maritime, ocean, refreshments, seaside dining, toddlers, waterfront

“You need to add Kitchen Little to your list for places to eat in Mystic/Stonington,” writes Jenny, a DayTripper contributor. “Excellent, excellent breakfast! Tiny, tiny place, but a nice outdoor seating area (you’ll share a table with other diners outside) right on the water so kids can watch the boats going by. Outside, the ground is just rocks, so my 3 1/2 year old was infinitely entertained sitting under the table making rock piles while we waited for our delicious food! Coffee’s pretty good, too.”

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