Monthly Archives: February 2011
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- there is no better entertainment value dollar for dollar than a Boston Derby Dame bout.
The eclectic crowd, the hard hitting fast paced action, the music, the announcers. The shit is off the chains entertaining believe me. These girls mean business.
2011 BDD SEASON OPENER February 26, 2011
Boston Massacre vs Montreal
Nutcrackers vs Cosmonaughties
WHAT: Full Contact, Flat Track Roller Derby
DATE: Saturday, February 26, 2011
WHERE: Shriners Auditorium, Wilmington, MA
TIME: Doors open 4 pm
Bout 1, 5pm: Boston Massacre vs. Montreal
Bout 2, 7pm: Nutcrackers vs. Cosmonaughties
After party at 9pm with DJ John Barera
TICKETS: $16 online and at the door
With less than a week until our home opener, you don’t want to be left out in the cold. Get your tickets online today! For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.bostonderbydames.com
Montreal and the Massacre have met several times over the last few seasons, but this marks the Skids’ first trip to Shriner’s Auditorium. They’ll br bringing their neon to Boston for the Massacre’s home opener. Long known for their good humor and amazing half-time shows, Montreal spent 2010 showing the WFTDA world what’s up on the track. They swept their games at Philly’s East Coast Extravaganza and made their first appearance at Eastern Regionals. Boston defeated them in the first round of regionals, but Montreal put up a scrappy fight. They’re likely looking for revenge, and this time on Boston’s home track. Keep your eye on two phenomenal Skids jammers, Iron Wench and Ewan Wotarmy. Both have been known to sprint to 20 point jams. Their blockers are no slouches either, with Jess Bandit and Smack Daddy doing serious damage in the pack.
The last these two teams saw of each other, the Cosmos were skating to a playoff’s victory while the Nuts settled in for the third place in the 2010 home team standings. There’s a lot to prove in the home opener, and the Nuts would like to take home a victory fresh out of the gate. The Cosmos, always a bridesmaid, never a bride, are looking to kick off what they hope will finally be a Golden Fez Championship season in 2011.
The Boston Derby Dames are Boston’s first and only all-female, DIY, skater-owned and operated flat track roller derby league and proud members of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association.
That Masconomet, was a powerful but peaceful Sachem who ruled his people, the Agawams, in the lands of Essex County from Newbury to Haverhill to Beverly and all of Cape Ann to the Atlantic Ocean? Debbie Clark took me on an interesting excursion yesterday to the burial site of Masonomet, Sachem of the Agawams, located at 305 Sagamore Street in South Hamilton, at the top of Sagamore Hill, the highest point in Hamilton at 180 feet above sea level. These are a few photos from the site and a brief history taken from one of the plaques. If you visit, do so with the reverence it deserves, and bring along a gift of nature to leave behind. I didn’t know, so didn’t have anything to leave, but Debbie left her own version of a Paul Frontiero art rock.
A Brief History of the Agawams and Masconomet
A peaceful but powerful Sachem who ruled his people, the Agawams, in the lands of Essex County from Newbury to Haverhill to Beverly and all the Cape Ann to the Atlantic Ocean.
The Agawams were decimated by a plague lasting three years around 1617, probably introduced by foreign traders along the 200 miles of Northeast Coast.
When John Winthrop arrived in what is now “Manchester-by-the-Sea”, in 1630, Masconomet paddled out to the “Arabella” to greet the white settlers. He was very friendly and was able to converse in English even though his native tongue was Algonquin.
By 1638, the dwindled tribe existed mostly in the Ipswich area. Masconomet sold his land that year to John Winthrop, Jr. for 20 pounds English. Six years later he requested instruction in Christian ways and accepted protection from the Massachusetts Bay Colony under a signed agreement.
He was given 6 acres of planting ground in 1655. Three years later on March 6, 1658, he died. He was buried with his gun and tomahawk atop Sagamore Hill, one of the highest and most significant hills in the area.
A few years later, his remains were disturbed by a group of Ipswich youths who were immediately arrested, reprimanded and made to do penance. The bones were returned to the hilltop gravesite.
In 1910, a stone was inscribed and placed there by friends. In 1959, the Hamilton Historical Society’s curator, H. Daley, the Boy Scouts and Air Force personnel cleared the 4000+ sq. ft. site given to the town of Hamilton by Judge Standish Bradford.
In 1971, a memorial service by the Disabled American Veterans, under the directiokn of Robert Hogopian, was held and a larger stone monument was erected, but not until November 1993, was the gravesite consecrated by both Christian and Native American rituals.
In Native American belief, when one changes worlds, their spirit stays with the body and then goes to meet the Great Creator. When the burial site was desecrated, as by the delinquent Ipswich youths, the Indians believe the spirit of the person is called back to Earth to forever, roam looking for its bones. Once found, they will not rest until a proper burial ceremony is performed by its own people.
Thus for 355 years, Masconomet’s spirit has been roaming uneasily among us!
In the traditional way of their people, Oee-tash, Chief of the Ponkapoag People of the Massachusetts Nation, performed the Sacred Ceremony amidst a tremendous feeling of expectancy and thankfulness on Saturday, November 6, 1993. The oneness of Masconomet,
Sachem of the Agawams, is once again at peaceful rest among us at the top of Sagamore Hill.
Wednesday, February 23rd
Special Guest: Sasquatch!
Songs of the sea.
Dinner with Fly Amero: 8 – 11pm
*I host and perform as always
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
*Comfort food dinner specials from Dave Trooper’s kitchen
*Sponsored by Shipyard Ale
Food is prepared fresh by “Troop” and is always good!
Fred features special discounted entrees with half-off
on a Shipyard every week!
Coming next week…
I hope to see you there! 🙂 ~ Fly
From Wikipedia- Lumpfish or Lumpsuckers-
Lumpsuckers or lumpfish are mostly small scorpaeniform marine fish of the family Cyclopteridae. They are found in the cold waters of the Arctic, North Atlantic, and North Pacific oceans. The greatest number of species are found in the North Pacific.
The roe of Cyclopterus lumpus, known as the stenbider (literally "stone biter") in Danish or stenbit in Swedish, is used extensively in Scandinavian cuisine. The roe is also used as an affordable alternative to the caviar produced by sturgeons.
The family name Cyclopteridae derives from the Greek words κύκλος (kyklos), meaning "circle", and πτέρυξ (pteryx), meaning "wing" or "fin", in reference to the circle-shaped pectoral fins of most of the fish that comprise this family.
This is one of my favorite units… everytime these guys show up… it’s madness and a dancin’ slugfest. And then everybody says: where did you find them? Well, kiddies, they’ve been here before: you just drink too much. So, here’s another chance to find out what everybody knows: these guys are radioactive, are hot beyond repair, and don’t have any collective bargaining, to boot.
Besides the Justinian ,(on harps and vocals), the unit consists of Jon Ross, on gritar and ice-shelf noises and Per Hanson, the three-armed drummmbler and concussionist par eggcellence. You gotta hear this guy. He scares me mightily.
Of course, Greg T. and his self- inflicted putty knife will be there, filling in the wholes, and me too, on base, and hoping to steal second. Do not drive or attempt to operate heavy machinery until you know how Justin will affect your output.
Take it Like a Man!
Get Ready For Summer! with the A-Train Orchestra