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A Visit to Old Sturbridge Village

Posted by mrssmythe on July 11, 2017 in Books, Crafting, Museums, Old Books, Out & About, Seasons |

The girls and I were back at Old Sturbridge Village last week. We planned our visit for the day after the Fourth of July because, if you’ve ever been to OSV on the Fourth, you know how congested it can be. Wanting to avoid that sort of thing (and preserve the illusion of having stepped […]

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A Very Pleasant Week – and a Birthday!

Posted by mrssmythe on January 3, 2017 in Crafting, Critters, Museums, Pepper's Lens, Science & Technology, Week in Review |

Things slowed waaaay down for us this past week. Most of the kids’ activities were on hold. School paused, and, with the holidays confining themselves to the weekends, we had a nice stretch of days where all we did was sit around the house. For me, this meant a lot of reading, crafting, and dog walking, […]

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Youth Classes at the Springfield Museums

Posted by mrssmythe on July 17, 2016 in Art, Museums |

The kids each got to select a week-long day camp to attend this summer. Pepper chose “Painting in Oils”, one of several teen art classes offered by the Springfield Museums. (For a complete listing of current classes, click HERE). Before taking this class, Pepper had never had any sort of formal art instruction. She does like to sketch, though, and […]

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Museum-Grade Hydrangeas

Posted by mrssmythe on July 13, 2016 in Garden, Museums |

We stopped in at the Springfield Museums earlier this week and took a look at the gardens. As usual, the hydrangeas are enormous. These have got to be the biggest hydrangea blooms I’ve ever seen. (That’s Ginger’s hand in the photo, by the way. I thought it would help you get an idea of the scale […]

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The 4th Annual Festival of Flowers

Posted by mrssmythe on April 7, 2016 in Art, Museums, Out & About |

It’s Festival of Flowers time again at the Springfield Museums. The girls and I dropped by this morning to see all of the flowers while they were still fresh and at their loveliest. It was a shot of welcome color on an otherwise drab and rainy morning. My hands-down favorite was the first thing I […]

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