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Album: Photography Outing 2015

On a beautiful day this past September 20, we invited photographers of all ages and skill levels to come out to the Brook Farm Historic Site to  explore and photograph the area.

Here are the results.

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The Women of Brook Farm: Sunday, October 18 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM

Come out to Historic Brook Farm and meet some of the extraordinary women who lived at and visited the Brook Farm Institute of Agriculture and Education – an influential utopian community in West Roxbury in the 1840s. Margaret Fuller (portrayed by actress Jessa Piaia) will be there, along with Elizabeth Peabody, Sophia Ripley, Georgiana Bruce Kirby, Amelia Russell, and others. This free event is presented by New Brook Farm, Inc. and the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail.

The event will take place from 2:00 to 4:00 pm on October 18, 2015 at the Brook Farm Historic Site, 670 Baker Street, West Roxbury, 1/3 of a mile west of VFW Parkway.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information check back here for updates or 617-694-6407 (Gretchen O’Neill).

Rain date is Sunday, October 25, 2015 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

FOCUS ON BROOK FARM photo outing – Sunday, September 20

The weather forecast looks good for Sunday. Join us!

New Brook Farm, Inc. invites photographers of all ages and skill levels to come out on Sunday, September 20, for an afternoon of exploring and photographing the site. Sketchers and painters are also very welcome.

The varied landscape of Brook Farm Historic Site is an ideal setting for nature photography.

A professional photographer will be on hand to offer hints on how to take great pictures. Submit your best images to NBF; a panel of judges  will select a collection that we will print and frame for a public exhibition later in the fall.

The outing will take place from 4:00 to 5:00 pm at the Brook Farm Historic Site, 670 Baker Street, West Roxbury, 1/3 of a mile west of VFW Parkway.

Refreshments will be available.

For more information: 617-694-6407 (Gretchen O’Neill).

FOCUS ON BROOK FARM photo outing rescheduled for Sunday, September 20

Focus on Brook Farm RESCHEDULED for Sunday, September 20.

New Brook Farm, Inc. invites photographers of all ages and skill levels to come out on Sunday, September 20, for an afternoon of exploring and photographing the site. Sketchers and painters are also very welcome.

The varied landscape of Brook Farm Historic Site is an ideal setting for nature photography.

A professional photographer will be on hand to offer hints on how to take great pictures. Submit your best images to NBF; a panel of judges  will select a collection that we will print and frame for a public exhibition later in the fall.

The outing will take place from 4:00 to 5:00 pm at the Brook Farm Historic Site, 670 Baker Street, West Roxbury, 1/3 of a mile west of VFW Parkway.

Refreshments will be available.

For more information: 617-694-6407 (Gretchen O’Neill).

Photo outing RESCHEDULED for Sunday, September 20

The weather is damp and dreary today (Sept. 13), so we are postponing Focus on Brook Farm: A Photographic Outing to Sunday, September 20 , 4-5 p.m.  Please check back here or visit our Facebook page (NewBrookFarm) for updates during the week.

Upcoming Events for Fall 2015

New Brook Farm has two great events in the works for Fall 2015.

During mid-September there will be a Photography Day at Brook Farm. Stay tuned for more information.

Then in October, come meet “The Women of Brook Farm,” an interpretive event with “Margaret Fuller,” “Sophia Ripley,” and other women of this ground-breaking nineteenth-century community where women wore pants and were paid the same wage as men.

Check this space soon for dates and details.

Free Guided Walk of Historic Brook Farm on Sunday, November 9, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Join New Brook Farm for an afternoon of Brook Farm history.
Sunday, November 9
1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Brook Farm Historic Site
670 Baker Street, West Roxbury
Free – Refreshments will be served.

Where did Nathaniel Hawthorne reside? Where was the “Margaret Fuller cottage,” and why is that popular name misleading? What and where was the enormous Phalanstery, and what was its tragic end? What happened to the site after the failure of the Brook Farm experiment? What was there before?

Drop by for a stroll around this beautiful and historic place. New Brook Farm board members will be available at various significant locations to tell you what happened there and answer your questions. Join us for an exploration of local history at your own pace.

More information: info@newbrookfarm.org or 617-694-6407 (Gretchen O’Neill).

Free Guided Walk of Historic Brook Farm on Sunday, June 1, 2014 @ 3:00 PM

Brook Farm Historic Site signage

Please join us for a free guided walk of Historic Brook Farm led by Peter Drummey of the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Date: Sunday, June 1, 2014
Time: 3:00 p.m.

Rain date: June 8

Meet at the Brook Farm information kiosk, 670 Baker St., West Roxbury.

This event is co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Hawthorne, Brook Farm, and The Blithedale Romance: Book Talk with Prof. Samuel Coale on April 6

Sunday, April 6, 2014  –  4:00 PM
Theodore Parker Unitarian Universalist Church
1859 Centre Street, West Roxbury MA 02132

Nathaniel Hawthorne, one of American’s greatest authors of the 19th century, was a founding member and shareholder of the Brook Farm Agricultural & Educational Institute and lived there (on and off) from April until November 1841.

Hawthorne’s novel The Blithedale Romance, written in 1852, is a thinly disguised send-up of his time at Brook Farm.

On April 6, Professor Sam Coale of Wheaton College will give a talk on the novel, which he describes as “a weird, strange, fascinating yarn.” Prof. Coale is an internationally recognized Hawthorne scholar with many other interests ranging from quantum theory to “Conspiracy and Paranoia in Contemporary American Politics and Fiction.” Among his works on Hawthorne are The Entanglements of Nathaniel Hawthorne (2011) covering the critical and biographical responses and approaches to the author and his works from the 1840s to contemporary times; and Mesmerism and Hawthorne: Mediums of American Romance (1998). He has lectured and taught all over the world on a mind-boggling range of topics, reviews books for The Providence Journal, and reviews plays and films.

Please join New Brook Farm in reading The Blithedale Romance this winter and spring. Copies are available in several Boston Public Library branches. Amazon offers many editions in hardcover, paperback and Kindle (including one that’s free).

If you’d prefer an audiobook version, Librivox, a site with volunteer-read public-domain audiobooks, has a copy.

If you’re using an iPod, iPhone, or iPad, they have the book in two parts in a format that your device will recognize as a book (so it keeps your place). You can download those two files, add them to your iTunes library, and sync them to your device.

Part 1

Part 2

If you’re using a different MP3 player, Librivox has a zip file with each chapter as a separate MP3.

West Roxbury Evening Garden Club presents: New Plant Varieties for 2014 – March 5th @ 7PM

Our friends at the West Roxbury Evening Garden Club are presenting an illustrated lecture by Barbara Pierson, Nursery Manager, White Flower Farm, on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Elks Lodge, 1 Morrell St., in West Roxbury.

Registration begins at 6:30 PM.

Admission for non‐garden club members is $10.00 per person at the door – no reservations are needed.

Barbara will be presenting “what to consider” and “what to avoid” based on results from the popular plant cataloger’s Connecticut test gardens.

This is Barbara’s only currently‐scheduled appearance in Massachusetts this season. Her lecture last year at Tower Hill Botanic Garden packed the house!

Visit the West Roxbury Evening Garden Club’s website at http://gcfm.org/eveninggcwestroxbury/home.aspx.

Hope to see you there.

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