Autumn in New England, Film Festivals and Chickens

Happy Monday everyone!  I just returned home yesterday afternoon after a wonderful fall weekend in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  I walked in the door to find poor Adam (who I hadn’t seen in over a week) splayed out on the couch with a heating pad over his bruised ribs.  This is from a go-cart racing incident from before he left for California, which has now been exacerbated by two cross-country plane rides in a week and a hiking-intensive commercial shoot in Northern California.  Oye vey.  Happily, Adam’s Subaru/USA Network shoot was super cool and beautiful and went swimmingly.

Meanwhile, on the East Coast, I took over the festival-touring role as I presented “Hello Lonesome” at two New Hampshire Film Festival screenings and conducted the Q&A’s with the Portsmouth audiences in Adam’s absence.  Once again, the audiences seemed to really connect with the film!  There was laughing and crying and several people came up to me after to tell me how much they loved it.  I love that.  We were even a finalist for the “Best Feature” award…  but the award went to a film called “Night Catches Us“.  I wasn’t able to see it – but they had some really great films up there in Portsmouth!  It was cool to be a part of the festival.   Both screenings of Hello Lonesome were held in a 900-seat theater called The Music Hall.  It was pretty much the coolest movie venue I’d ever seen.  This photo was taken in the lobby before the first screening on Friday.

"The Music Hall" - Settings: ISO 3200, f/5.0, 1/10 sec, 50mm lens

This week we’re playing in Poland and in Austin.  We were going to try to make it to Austin, but we’d have to fly out on Thursday and Adam is sort of broken (ribs) and I’m scheduled to have a little dental surgery on Friday, so I think we’re going to sit this one out.  Bummer!  I wish we could go to all the festivals!

Anyway… let’s get down to this weekend’s 365 photos!

Photo 188 out of 365 – “Signing Board”

"Signing Board" - Settings: ISO 1600, f/4.5, 1/50 sec, 50mm lens

This first one is my signing board from my Bat Mitzvah.  It is still hanging on my bedroom wall from when I was thirteen years old!  It used to light up with little blinking lights but they don’t work anymore.  I like Jess’s “hey geekhead” message on the left side.  Classy Jess.  You’re a geekhead.


Photo 189 out of 365 – “Iron Chicken”

"Iron Chicken" - Settings: ISO 3200, f/2.0, 1/60 sec, 50mm lens

This one can be an addition to my “bringing inanimate objects to life” series … this is one scary chicken!  Actually, I made it look scarier than it really is with the cockeyed angle and getting down below it to take the picture.  My sister and her husband got this iron chicken as part of a wedding gift years ago and when I slept over their house on Friday night, the chicken was in my room – so of course, I did a little iron chicken photo shoot.


Photo 190 out of 365 – “A Portsmouth Halloween”

"A Portsmouth Halloween" - Settings: ISO 100, f/6.3, 1/60 sec, 50mm lens

I took this picture in downtown Portsmouth, which was all decorated for Halloween. There was even a local mini marching band playing songs in the town square in costume:

Some of my oldest friends from growing up in Westborough came to show their support for Hello Lonesome.  Faye, Mike, Erin, Jesse, Steph, Emily… all came for the day to watch the movie (even though many had already seen it on DVD)… you guys rule and I love you.  Then we had a nice visit over lunch at the Portsmouth Brewery (I had haddock chowdah and pumpkin ale… so October in New England) and then we did some shopping in charming downtown Portsmouth.  Here is Erin, laughing at Mike, who is making out with a rubber chicken he bought… I’m not quite sure why chickens kept coming up as a recurring theme this weekend.

Erin, Mike and a Rubber Chicken


Photo 191 out of 365 – “Autumn in New England”

"Autumn in New England" - Settings: ISO 100, f/5.0, 1/400 sec, 50mm lens

On Sunday, it was time to leave my little town of Westborough and head back to the big city.  I wanted to get a good foliage shot for my 365 project and by Sunday, the foliage around town was really starting to pop.  While driving along Main street in downtown Westborough on my way to catch the bus home, we saw this gorgeous tree and my mom pulled over for me to take some shots.  I just love fall in New England.  It is my very favorite time of year – just look at that color – it looks like the tree is on fire!

Anyway – it was awesome spending time at home with my friends and my family this weekend.  I did miss my hubby quite a bit – a week’s too long – but we divided and conquered.  Go team Reid!  And now that we’re actually going to have a weekend with nowhere to run off to… we’re totally going to see The Social Network!  I can’t wait! Have you seen it yet??


6 thoughts on “Autumn in New England, Film Festivals and Chickens

  1. I saw The Social Network last Friday and I actually liked it. I think about facebook in a whole new way…I hope you like it too!!

    • Thanks Arlene! Oh – how I loved that light-up signing board. 🙂 I’m sure you’re on there somewhere! I think Ben’s signature is actually in the picture I took!

  2. I NEED a chicken like that for my apartment! Great pic! Love seeing what you get snapshots of, you are so creative with what you find! Keep up the good work!

    • Thanks so much Courtney! I know… that chicken’s got major personality. I’d want something like that too – except I can’t fit one more thing into my apartment! I appreciate the feedback – thanks for checking out the blog!

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