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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-27-2019

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION | NOVEMBER 27-DECEMBER 4, 2019 NORTH COUNTY 9 Leonard Cohen. Imagination is an important ingredient in the planning of each program. Thinking outside the box can be crucial, Brown suggests. "We had an outdoor hand bell concert set to celebrate the repair of our shed outside the building. We decided to feature the church's 1822 Holbrook steeple bell to be rung in coordi- nation with the hand bells," Brown explains. He recalls that the effect was impressive, but the large bell threatened to drown out the indi- vidual hand bells, and the interplay had to be as carefully modulated as possible. The musicians made it work. He has plenty of anecdotes like this about the hundreds of musicians who have graced the plat- form in front of the church's 1902 tracker pipe organ, which is proudly included in the shows whenever suitable. "It's a lot of fun to put on the programs, but it's a lot of work too," he says. "If you see people enjoying it, that's [a source of] a lot of the satis- faction that we feel." A tradition associated with the series is the annual yuletide concert. Called An Old English Christmas this year, it will take place Sunday, Dec. 1, at 2:30 p.m. Selections will include clas- sical English favorites such as "Deck the Halls" and "Hark the Herald Angels Sing." Church organist Marilyn Knight of Smithfield will play the tracker organ. Four soloists will sing, accom- panied by Marie Kane on piano. There will also be instrumental performances on the trumpet and the sackbut (a medieval trombone), and the English Baritone horn. The audience will be invited to sing along with some of the familiar English Christmas hymns. Like most thoughtful leaders, Brown gives credit to all the people who help make the concerts successful and shrinks from taking any himself. "If something needs doing, you just get up and do it. It's that old New England tradition. You don't worry about being recognized." The list of those who make the event happen is too long to repeat in full. Among the names Cliff mentions, though, are Lois and Paul Boire, Don Field, Alice Knight, and Deborah Nadeau. He also cites Al Palmisciano, who directs the parking of cars, and Nanci Stankus, who coordi- nates the abundant refreshments that are a tradi- tion at the close of each concert. Stankus, 85, says she has been one of the team for "a lot of years." She minces no words in directing the spotlight toward Cliff Brown. "He puts his heart and soul into this program. This is his baby," she says. Contact me at smithpublarry@gmail.com. Bottom Lines Talking turkey: A wild turkey can run 25 mph. Many people think they can't fly, but they can, reaching speeds of 55 mph. They just prefer to stay close to the ground where they gather most of their food. They are omnivorous. Their diet consists of fruits, plants, berries, nuts, small snakes, snails, slugs, worms, spiders, grasshop- pers, etc. Contrary to popular belief their meat isn't tough and gamey, according to a number of online sources. Their population reached an all-time low in the 1930s, but now exceeds six million birds in 49 states. Rhode Island has some four to five thousand, the DEM estimates. Happy Thanksgiving to all. BROWN From Page 3 ers responsible for the outcome of environmen- tal testing by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. A decade ago the owners balked when approached with the idea. Back in 2004, RIDEM conducted an emergency response when oil was observed spilling from the mill into the Blackstone River. Oil still seeps from the mill from a granite block retaining wall in the former fuel storage and boiler area. Redevelopment plans for the 30-acre site hit a brick wall after the fire. Since then, there has been no concerted effort on behalf of the property. The Lonsdale Company of Brown & Ives began constructing the original mill complex in 1831 between the Blackstone River and the Blackstone Canal. BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY At least this portion of the MILL COMPLEX is set to be demolished, according to Pat Ryan. MILL From Page 7 Holiday Spirit Farm & Greenhouses Scituate Nursery Gift Certificates Available Buy a $ 100 worth of Gift Certificates get another $ 10 Gift Certificate FREE Proud Member of RI Farm Bureau OPEN EVERYDAY AT 9 A.M. Closed Thanksgiving Day Owned & Operated by the Polseno Family 767 Hartford Pike, Scituate, RI 401-934-0581 Great Selection of Live & Cut Trees 10% OFF Your Purchase on Christmas Décor SATURDAY NOVEMBER 30 with mention of this ad Kissing Balls Cemetery Baskets Poinsettias Roping Wreaths 10"-36" & more! Hopkins Manor, Ltd. 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