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Boston Harbor [Re]Creation
Join us for the kickoff celebration of Boston Harbor [Re]creation art initiatives on Peddocks Island. The afternoon will include a boat ride featuring music, performance art, performance photography, and interactive poetry and narrative. On Peddocks, check out the five sculptures made from the island's invasive plants, hear from the artists, and meet the Artists in Residence who will be living on Spectacle Island during the month of August. Not to be missed! On-board artists: Reynaliz Herrera, Melissa Nussbaum Freeman, Denise Delgado and Sara Daniele Rivera, Jonathan Chamberlain Artists in residence:Daniel Zeese, Ryan Edwards Sculptors:Josh Falk, Gary Orlinsky, Kerri Schmidt, Gianna Stewart, Members of the Nipmuc, MA, and Wampanoag tribes About the on-board art: Excerpts of Reynaliz Herrera's theatrical percussion show "Ideas, Not Theories" features original music exploring the use of unconventional instruments including bicycles, tap and body percussion, water, brushes and drums which are linked together through a storyline and physical comedy. Reynaliz Herrera is a professional musician, percussionist, composer and educator based in Boston but originally from Mexico. Reynaliz is the recipient of multiple awards including The National Youth Award (Mexico), The Festival Percuba´s International Percussion Competition in Cuba, The National Arts Center of Canada´s Bursary Competition, and the MTV Latinamerica “agent of change award”. www.ideasnottheories.com Melissa Nussbaum Freeman brings the “herstory” of the islands to life through reinterpreted historical women in original and intimate one-woman performance pieces. Informed by historical investigation and devising techniques, Melissa invites guests to meet the women of the Harbor Islands. What treasures of the past and keys to our present will these women share? Melissa Nussbaum Freeman is a performing artist, playwright, director and activist. Melissa  founded Red Sage Stories: Playback Theatre & Art for Social Change. She will be the Visiting Director at the Harvard Radcliffe Drama Club this fall and Artist-in-Residence at Roxbury Prep. https://www.creativeground.org/profile/melissa-nussbaum-freemanred-sage-stories Students from GrubStreet literary arts center's Writing for Public Space class, led by writers and multidisciplinary artists Denise Delgado and Sara Daniele Rivera, will engage with and respond to performances and the environment through written narrative, poetry, and other text-based interventions. Sara Rivera is an interdisciplinary artist and writer. Her practice includes music, theater, drawing, sculpture, and text. She was awarded a 2013 Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship in Poetry. Her work is widely published and she was part of the 2015 Mayor's Poetry Program. @sdr_arts Denise Delgado’s fiction and critical essays have appeared in Inch, Hinchas de Poesía, the anthology Florida Flash; Jai-Alai Magazine, and NPR affiliate WLRN Miami, among others. Her ongoing project, Bodega Signs + Wonders, transforms oral histories into poetry, public art and business signage. denisedelgado.com Jonathan Chamberlain offers a free black and white camera rental for visitors to use and share during their visit in exchange for their cell phones. Film will be processed on site into negatives with homemade chemistry, as a form of performing photography. Images will then be scanned and shared with participants/photographers after the event.   Jonathan Chamberlain is an educator, photographer, mixed media artist and bicycle mechanic. He earned his Master’s degree in Art & Design Education at RISD and works as an itinerant artist-educator in out-of-school programs. His studio practice focuses on finding a sense-of-place and articulating commonplace complexities in the everyday experience. @jonat1234567890 https://risd.digication.com/jonathan_chamberlain/Welcome/ Learn more about the sculptures on Peddocks Island and artists in residence: http://www.bostonharbornow.org/recreation

When: Jun 24, 2017 2pm in Hull, MA

Dis- N- Dat Band

Reggae Sunday's with DIS N DAT BAND

When: Jun 25, 2017 4pm in Hull, MA

The Joneses

When: Jul 1, 2017 8pm in Hull, MA

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About Hull, MA
Hull historians believe that its interesting history was determined by its unusual geography. The town of Hull is a long narrow peninsula projecting into Boston harbor which the Plymouth colony used to set up a trading post with the local Indians in 1621.

Hull launched the industry of tourism in the town in 1825. The magnificent beaches and easy access to Boston brought hordes of visitors. By 1840 steamers were making three trips a day between Boston and Hull.

Hull enjoyed an era of grand hotels and prominent visitors. Unfortunately gamblers and pick pockets and confidence men followed the tourists on the honky-tonk boardwalk. It was then that the town of Hull licensed the construction of Paragon Park which was described as a "marvel of fantasy". It provided safe family fun for the guests of the town.

The amusement park closed in 1985 and an entire era ended for the millions of visitors who enjoyed it for generations. The original carousel has been kept running and maintained and still stands in usage on the boulevard.

Another era began as Hull developed a suburban character and a growing number of professionals moved into town. They are drawn by the same beaches-Nantasket Beach being the most widely used-and the same proximity to Boston that drew people in the 19th century.