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Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover

Hiking & Drawing at Phillips Academy, Andover, MA

With Evan’s open-heart surgery cancelled, Kendra and I have suddenly found ourselves with a lot of unplanned free time this week. Her mom, Jane, flew up here to help take care of Addison and Kate while we were in the hospital, and is with us until January 4th. Having spent the last three weeks in […]

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Lowell Folk Festival 2014

Lowell Folk Festival: A Celebration of Culture

I was a 14-year-old seasoned Junior Park Ranger when the first Lowell Folk Festival was held in 1990. It was a spinoff of the National Folk Festival, which was held in Lowell from 1987-1989. Bringing huge crowds, music, ethnic foods, and folk crafts to the city, it helped revitalize my urban hometown. Though festival organizers […]

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Review: Blue Man Group – Boston

This show was epic. Awesome. And the best part? Addie loved it! Kendra and I had both seen Blue Man Group in the past, but watching it with Addie was like seeing it for the first time. Each time she giggled and leaned over to tell me the Blue Men were silly, I smiled. Never […]

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Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, MA

Visiting the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA

Last week Addison and I visited the Addison Gallery of American Art on the campus of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. It was not our first visit to the gallery – we love it because of the great artwork, the proximity to our home, and the free admission. Kendra and I love taking Addie to art […]

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Mommy, Addie, and Mama in the Hammond reservation in Andover, MA

Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013!

2012 was an exciting year for us. We took Addie overseas for the first time in February, along with 18 of our inner-city students, spending time in both London and Paris. The highlights of our trip were Warwick Castle, the Tower of London, and the Louvre. Addie proved to be a great world-traveler, and in addition […]

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La Farge stained glass at the Boston M.F.A.

Exploring Art and Printmaking at the Boston M.F.A.

One of the perks of being teachers is that Kendra and I get school vacations to spend with Addison. We try to take advantage of this time, using it to take her on new adventures or experiences. With Kendra’s parents in town for the holidays, the five of us had a special adventure to the Museum of Fine […]

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Addie checking out the art at the Western Ave Studios in Lowell, MA.

Exploring Art at the Western Ave Studios in Lowell, MA

Last spring I took my students to the Western Avenue Studios in Lowell, MA. It was a great experience, as they had the opportunity to speak with working artists about pursuing a career in the field. This weekend, during the holiday open studios, we took Addie to explore this amazing mill-building turned artist studios. Open artist studios […]

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Addie exploring at the Museum of Science in Boston, MA.

5 Tips for Taking Toddlers to Museums

I know what you’re thinking. Toddler + Museum = Potential Disaster. Oh the things that could go wrong – a temper tantrum on the floor of a crowded gallery, sticky fingerprints left on a delicate piece of art, any number of bodily fluids leaking onto the floor… the possibilities are endless. Yes, taking a toddler to a […]

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Addie adding to the collaborative lego sculpture at MASS MoCA.

MASS MoCA: Our Trip to the Museum of Contemporary Art

Today we visited MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, the largest museum of contemporary art in the United States! Opened in 1999 in a former textile mill, it houses over 100,000 square feet of exhibition space. Though massive, it is surprisingly not overwhelming. We spent an hour walking around the museum, spending a lot of time in the […]

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Addie playing at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA.

Our Sunday Adventure at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA

Summer usually equates to vacation time for teachers, yet somehow, Kendra and I have managed to jam-pack our days thus far. As soon as school ended, we both spent a week developing curriculum for next year. Taking no time to breathe, I started teaching summer school, and she participated in an intensive two-week writing workshop. Today was […]

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