The second annual Stow Story Slam last night packed in a crowd at the community hall of the First Parish Church of Stow and Acton. Featured was author M. T. Anderson who grew up in Stow. Anderson was presented with an official Resolution from the House of Representatives of Massachusetts acknowledging his literary gifts and local roots by our local Representative Kate Hogan. Ten short tales were told by audience members whose names were drawn from the story hat and stories were judged by friendly audience volunteers.
Ralph Deflorio told a story about his childhood memories of playing the trumpet and how he would maybe still be playing today had he known about the greats like Miles Davis when he was young. Felicia Reynolds told a fable about princes and a rock. Brian Schimpf won the slam and told a story about his school days playing baseball and recalled the time he hit his first double. Paula Tosti told a story about being single in the 80s and how she learned that being perfect is not what is important in life. Jack Zettler came in second place and told a hilarious story about being 8 and shooting a shotgun. Linnea Kennison told a story about being lost with a GPS. Barb Sipler told a genealogy story. Willem Ledeboer told a story about getting to MIT. Tom Shepherd told a story about snow, coyotes, and owls. Peter Senghas came in third place and told a story about his sister's imaginary friend.
External link: Stories Told and Funds Raised (February 2, 2011 article by Ellen Oliver of The Stow Independent newspaper)
A house on Great Road in Stow was engulfed in flames tonight, setting off a three-alarm fire. Unfortunately, I was about an hour late to it, so I wasn't able to get a good image of the whole house ablaze. In this situation, I decided to focus on small scenes where the action would fill the frame, and this one appealed to me the most. To get to it, I had to trek through the woods knee deep in snow, then climb up upon an old truck to get a better angle. And because I forgot my gloves (and snow boots), I did not stay all that long.
External link: Fire Destroys Great Road Property (January 26, 2011 article and photos by Nancy Arsenault of The Stow Independent newspaper)
The Stow Center School project is well underway. Its current phase is pouring and finishing all the concrete foundations. According to clerk of the works Glen Davis, the steel beams will be delivered and erected in early January. Although, that piece of information was told to me before the current blizzard. Please feel free to visit here for regular updates of the project.
Related post: Stow Elementary School Groundbreaking (June 20, 2010)