There’s Something (Spooky) About Mary ~ The First Parish Bedford Haunted House, October 19 and 20

Submitted by First Parish on Bedford Common

First Parish Bedford Haunted House features Mary Shelley on the 200th anniversary of her creation, Frankenstein

The First Parish Bedford Haunted House is back for another frightening weekend on October 19 and 20. The 2018 Haunted House will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s classic novel, Frankenstein. The iconic meetinghouse on Bedford Common will be transformed into Mary Shelley’s world.

Celebrating the Music of Leonard Bernstein at First Parish on Sunday, October 14

Submitted by First Parish Music Director Brad Conner

The First Parish Music Committee will offer a 100th birthday tribute to Leonard Bernstein on Sunday morning, October 14, both during the 10 am service and in a brief, free concert beginning at 11:45 am.

During the 10 am service, the First Parish adult choir will present three Bernstein works: Take Care of This House, Make Our Garden Grow, and Somewhere when they will be joined by the junior youth choir. At 11:45 am, a brief program of vocal and instrumental works will include Bernstein’s Clarinet Sonata (1942), “Glitter and Be Gay” (Candide, 1956), songs from West Side Story

Minuteman Commuter Bikeway Celebrates 25 Years

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Entering Bedford – the view from the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway – Image (c) JMcCT, 2018 all rights reserved – Click to view a larger image

Scores of cyclists traversed the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway on Saturday, September 29 to mark the historic rail trail’s 25th birthday.

The Friends of the Minuteman Bikeway set up a bicycle repair station and free ice cream donated by Bedford Farms was distributed by the Bedford Chamber of Commerce. Dave Enos and his touring bicycle ferried jazz harpist Deborah Henson-Conant (along with her electric harp and its speaker) along the Bikeway, providing music to passersby.

The day in pictures:

Preparations Underway for Minuteman Bikeway’s 25th Birthday

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In preparation for the 25th anniversary of the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday, September 29, haikus submitted by residents are now applied to the trail! The haiku-mobile and dedicated volunteers used laser cut stencils and chalk paint in blue and white to add the words of wisdom (or humor!) to the trail. This paint will wear away with use and is expected to be gone by the end of winter.

Bedford Arts and Crafts Society ~ Winners in the 2018 Regional Art Show Named on Bedford Day

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For the 19th year, the Bedford Arts and Crafts Society (BACS) has awarded prizes to artists competing in the Society’s Regional Art Show on Bedford Day. In addition to the individual artists who entered work, the show featured Sophia Wilson, the 2018 BACS Scholarship winner.

Local artist Gwen Chasan who teaches a variety of classes in creative painting techniques was this year’s judge. Winners in the following categories were announced by BACS President Sylvia Mallory on Bedford Day afternoon:

In the Library Gallery: Colleen Pearce ~ ‘Viridi’ ~ Through November 12

Submitted by the Art Steering Committee

The current show in the Gallery at the Bedford Free Public Library, Viridi, work by Colleen Pearce, will be on display through November 12, 2018.

The artist, Colleen Pearce, offers the following thoughts about her work: “My art offers a felt experience of nature. My research always begins in the natural world, whether it is observing a leaf dancing its way to the soft forest floor, seeking the cool beneath massive pines, or just getting lost in the mesmerizing meditation of water.

Bedford Day 2018 ~ In Pictures

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen Dozens of terrific photographs are in the queue, waiting to be processed and posted. The Citizen begs your forbearance and hopes you will check back later in the day to see the full set in all its glory. In the meantime, a couple of...

Mozart and Handel ~ Concert on Saturday, September 29 at First Parish on Bedford Common

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The First Parish Music Committee will present works by Mozart & Handel, featuring a 16-piece chamber orchestra and the congregation’s19th Century Hook & Hastings organ on Saturday, September 29 at 7pm in the sanctuary of the historic meetinghouse on Bedford Common.

The program includes the Mozart Symphony No. 6 in F Major, the Handel Organ Concerto in F Major Op. 4, No. 4, and the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 27 in Bb Major.

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