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Pop Punk Revival Finds Its Beat on The Umbrella Stage in Head over Heels
Article by Pam Ellertson
Hitting The Umbrella’s stage April 15th is Jeff Whitty’s juke box musical Head Over Heels, which juxtaposes some of the Go-Go’s most iconic pop-punk classics against a book originally published in 1593 -- an unexpected pairing to say the least. But after watching an earlier production of the two-act show and finding it impossible to go without laughing or dancing for longer than three minutes, one wonders if the Oscar-nominated and Tony-award winning playwright, scree...
What Goes Around, Comes Around on Ben Eberle’s Potter’s Wheel
Master class ceramics artist and teacher Ben Eberle will lead a two-day workshop at The Umbrella Arts Center this weekend. In doing so he is returning to the place that literally shaped his life and career back when he threw his first pot in an Umbrella art studio as a young teen.
“I didn’t even know what a potter’s wheel was,” said Eberle of his first experience with ceramics. As an eighth-grade student at the Fenn School in 1993, he traveled with the rest of his class of all boys to The Umb...
Needham actress finds time in ‘Tuck Everlasting’
At just past 7 p.m., on a chilly November evening, 14-year-old Madi Shaer stands center stage rehearsing her leading role at the Umbrella Arts Center’s upcoming production of Natalie Babbitt’s classic story “Tuck Everlasting.”
Dressed in white sneakers, black leggings and a long-sleeved striped T-shirt, the only detail of her comfortable outfit distinguishing her age from that of her adult cast mates is the small white bow fastening her long brown hair.
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The art of change: Vermont artist helping transform Minute Man park
By Pamela Ellertson / email@example.com
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The past is ever-present at the Minute Man National Historic Park. This fall, however, the park’s focus turns toward the future; especially what changes the future might hold.
As part of the park’s first-ever Artist in Residence Program, Vermont-based environmental artist Nancy Winship Milliken posed the question: “What change would you like t...
Kids’ Ninjas class at Umbrella teaches art of awareness, survival skills
The nature and martial arts after-school program the Umbrella Community Arts Center began offering last year is called Ninjas in Nature. But the name is almost an understatement.
Within the first 20 minutes of the NiN’s recent meeting on a sunny spring day in a wooded area just off Lowell Street, several Ninjas were spotted. Some were high up in an ancient sugar maple tree, while others dashed through a meadow playing a game called Lizard Tail, while still others hung targets that they would ...
Renovations at Umbrella Community Arts near the finish line
Like all great works of art, the renovations at The Umbrella Community Arts Center are taking a bit of time to complete.
The multimillion-dollar improvements to Concord’s creative hub, however, which began in 2017, are nearing completion. The grand reopening is targeted for this fall.
“The focus of the campaign is on renovating and rebuilding the facility at 40 Stow St. to become a true center of arts excellence,” said Stewart Ikeda, The Umbrella’s marketing and communications director.
Plympton Farms Band Together to Provide Local Beef, Pork and Poultry
A new generation of local farmers is working to supply South Shore consumers with pasture-raised beef, pork and poultry.
By Pamela Ellertson | Photography by Kjeld Mahoney
On most weekends, Erin Williams can be spotted striding across her cattle pasture wielding a fence post like a javelin. Summer is prime grazing season at Bogside Acres, the farm she and her husband, Cass Gilmore, own in Plympton, and Williams subdivides her pastures (often daily) in order to provide a good meal for her smal...
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