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Highlands Oral History Project

May 14, 2013


Ana Stipanovic sought refuge from the war-torn region of Bosnia. Others came looking for decent jobs and food on the table, a better life. City Councilor Hong Net barely escaped from the killing fields of Cambodia, where starvation, disease and forced labor were the norm. Ana, Hong and many others who immigrated to Lynn or […]

Without Borders–A New Magazine

October 3, 2012


The first issue of Without Borders, a bilingual magazine featuring stories about successful Lynners making a positive difference in the city, is making its debut at the Lynn Museum  and Historical Society at 590 Washington St. on Thursday October 11, 2012, from 5-7 PM. Magazine founder and Lynn entrepreneur Juan Gonzalez says the first issue […]

Peabody International Festival 2012

September 10, 2012


On Sunday, over 24 entertainers sang and danced on 3 stages in downtown Peabody for the 29th annual International Festival. I stumbled across this event 3 years ago and have made it a point to go every year since then. You can walk from one end of a jam-packed Lowell street to the other sampling […]

Some Thoughts on Diversity

June 11, 2011


The third annual World Folk Festival at Lynn Heritage State Park kicks off today. [Now postponed to Sunday June 26 because of rain] To this observer, that is an impressive accomplishment that bodes well for Lynn. Everyone who had a hand in organizing the event should be proud. They’ve stuck with it for 3 years in […]

Sheena: Islamic Ambassador

September 10, 2010


It is a beautiful, sunny, early fall morning, one of my favorite times of year. As I walk down Essex St. with Sheena, I pass the mosque. I can see the adults inside, kneeling in prayer, facing toward Eastern Ave., their shoes arranged neatly on shelves in the foyer. The main hall is packed. Children […]

World Folk Festival Pictures

July 5, 2010


The 2nd annual World Folk Festival at Heritage State Park on July 3rd was well attended, though not overcrowded. Still in its infancy, I hope it becomes an event that grows and attracts people from all over the area, like the Lowell Folk Festival. That would be an ambitious undertaking, and many more people would […]

World Music Festival

May 2, 2010


The video above features parts of two Khmer classical dances performed at last week’s Khmer New Year festival at the Temple Sanghikaram Wat Khmer on 110 Chestnut St. Please forgive my shaky hands. I should have brought a tripod. _______________________________________ “To understand a people’s culture, you must understand its music.” Confucius This quote was printed […]