Day Tripper Dispatches

ROCK ON! Celebrating Stone in the Garden
August 14, 2006, 3:21 pm
Filed under: adult activities, classes, education, indoor activities, outdoor activities

New England Wild Flower Society’s Garden in the Woods features 37 stone sculptures by top New England artists in a glorious 45-acre garden setting now through October 15. Sculptural and environmental works by Curtis, Hoffman, Kuyper, Mazur, Phillips, Rudnicki, Stanley, and Wheelwright surrounded by 1,500 wildflower species on garden trails and in natural areas. Fruits, foliage, and berries highlight the season. Kids and adults can make their own sculptures at the Interactive Mini-sculpture Park. Special events like Meadow Madness on Aug. 26-27 run rain or shine throughout the show, check the website for schedule.

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North Shore Children’s Museum Update
August 8, 2006, 7:34 pm
Filed under: education, museums, pre-school activities, theater

A reader discovered several changes took place during last year’s move of the North Shore Children’s Museum in Salem. The famous 50ft. tugboat and a few of their other old favorites were not moved to the new location, but the new spot now features a cool fire truck, some computers, a tide pool, ball activities, an indoor play structure, pretend stage complete with TV and costumes, a pretend diner, dentist office and post office. Admission is a reasonable $4.50. Thanks to Linda de Valpine for this update!

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Organic Pickings at Old Frog Pond Farm
August 6, 2006, 5:18 pm
Filed under: arts and crafts, education, farms, gardens, ordinary magic, organic, you-pick

At Old Frog Pond Farm in Harvard, a giant stone tortoise (photo) is just one of a fascinating array of installations by sculptor/farmer Linda Hoffman. This fall, visitors can pick their own organic raspberries, apples, and get a tour of Hoffman’s sculpture studio (call ahead). The 2-acre apple orchard was certified organic in 2006 and raspberry certification is expected in 2007.

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Construction Site Builders’ Expo
August 4, 2006, 2:32 pm
Filed under: animation, indoor activities, pre-school activities, robotics, toys, trains
You’ll be amazed and inspired by some of the creations made by builders of all ages at the 2005 Builder’s Expo at the Construction Site in Waltham. Come in and sign up for the next one! The Construction Site is a great stop for a hot or rainy day and if it clears up like it did today when I was there, you can walk the very accessible trail along the Charles River – I spied a Great Blue Heron fishing in the Moody St. Falls within eyesight of the store! Watch for a Perfect Day Trip feature on Waltham, coming soon!

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Eye Wonder at DeCordova
August 2, 2006, 1:50 pm
Filed under: arts and crafts, classes, fine art, museums

Eye Wonder is a free family program that focuses on “seeing” and “doing” in the DeCordova Museum, in Lincoln, just about 10 minutes from routes 2/128. For more information call 781/259-3632.

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