Archive for May 2010

Jim Henson’s Fantastic World

Bert and Ernie

Bert and Ernie

April 3 – June 27, 2010




 National Heritage Museum

 The exhibition features 100 original artworks, including drawings, cartoons and storyboards that illustrate Henson’s talent as a storyteller and visionary. Among the variety of exhibition objects are puppets and television and movie props, photographs of Henson and his collaborators at work and original video productions, including excerpts from Henson’s early career and experimental films. Free.

Museum of Bad Art

The Museum of Bad Art, located in Dedham, Massachusetts, is dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition, and celebration of bad art in all its forms and in all its glory. The museum was founded in the fall of 1993 and presented its first show in March 1994. The response was overwhelming. Since then, MOBA’s collection and ambitions have grown exponentially.

MOBA was first housed in the basement of a private home in Boston, but now is available to all at the MOBA Permanent Gallery, in the Dedham Community Theater, in Dedham Square, Massachusetts. Conveniently located just outside the men’s room, the gallery is open whenever movies are showing, typically 5 to 11pm on weekdays, noon to 11 on weekends and school holidays. Admission to the Museum of Bad Art is free, so this important institution is supported entirely by voluntary contributions and sales of MOBA gifts.


Have you ever been up close to a 50-foot, 40-ton whale? Once you have, it’s an experience you won’t soon forget. According to the World Wildlife Fund,  Massachusetts is one of the top-ten whale-watching spots in the world!

Whale-watching is a fun day-trip from the Hawthorne Inn.

You can be dock-side in less than an hour from the Inn. Onboard with a naturalists you’ll head out  25 miles to Stellwagen Bank and be treated to awe-inspiring sights of humpback, pilot, minke and blue whales breaching and spouting through the deep Atlantic Ocean.  The season runs April-October.

We have gone out several times with Seven Seas and have always seen many beautiful animal. Once, while drifting among a pod, we were looking over the boat-rail directly onto the back of a lounging humpback, he opened his blow-hole and spouted all over us. Now that is a close look at whales.

Seven Seas Whale Watch

Cape Ann Whale Watch

Did you know: "Mobey Dick" was dedicated to Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Did you know: "Mobey Dick" was dedicated to Nathaniel Hawthorne.





Henry David Thoreau Event- July 8-11

Join us for the Thoreau Society’s annual gathering, entitled “New England Transcendentalism Then and Now”. You can stimulate your mind and spirit with four days packed with workshops, panel discussions, artist gallery talks, visits to Walden Pond and the Thoreau birth home, and collaborative event with the Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Margaret Fuller Societies. Bringing together, authors, environmentalists, artists, intellectuals and the curious from around the world this is a time to visit Concord not to be missed. You can preview the program:

The Hawthorne Inn is offering special rates for a three-day visit.

Call for room availability 978-369-5610H.D. Thoreau born 1817.