05-21-14 News

The Upper Falls News is an email newsletter about what's going on in our village.  The Upper Falls News is brought to you by the Upper Falls Area Council but it's intended to cover any and all news in the village. 

Where Am I? - Where in the neighborhood did this door recently turn up? - It's a bit of a trick question (answer below)

Walking tour of the soon-to-be Greenway - Your Upper Falls News editor will be leading a guided tour of the Upper Falls Greenway for the Newton Conservators this Saturday, May 24.  We'll meet at 10 AM at the Depot Coffee Shop (Oak & Chestnut) and walk a 3 mile loop of the Greenway and possible future connections to Christina St and the Charles River Pathway.  Come for the walk and we'll fill you in on all the future plans for our new park.

Mark your calendars!!  - Last June, Upper Falls threw a party that won't soon be forgotten - The Feast of the Falls.  This year the Feast will be back on Sunday June 22 from 5- 9 PM and promises to be even bigger and better.  Even though we've increased the number of guests from 250 - 300 we expect tickets will be even harder to come by this year.   The free tickets for Upper Falls residents will be made available starting at 5 PM on June 1 on FeastOfTheFalls.org.  So mark your calendar and set your alarm clock.  They'll be handed out on a first-come-first-served basis starting at 5 PM and will go quickly.  'You snooze, you lose' - so don't forget.

Sign up for Tour de Newton too - The 2nd annual Tour de Newton will be held on Father's Day, June 15.  It's a great event for kids, adults, and casual bicyclists.  The ride starts simultaneously in all 13 villages.  You'll be riding with your Upper Falls neighbors and have a trained leader and sweep to guide you. The 20 mile, 13 village fun ride stops at each of Newton's villages, where you'll be welcomed with refreshments, a village badge, and an overview of the village by the locals.  Ride the whole 20 mile loop, or just a few villages, whichever you like.  It's a great fun way to see and learn about the whole city.
Registration is limited and filling up fast, so sign up here today.

Upper Falls Greenway news - The Biltmore had a crew working behind the restaurant this week carving out a 90 foot long border between the Biltmore's parking lot and the Greenway trail.  The Biltmore's crew is digging out the border.  Iron Horse will construct the wooden perimeter around it and then the Biltmore is donating the funds to plant trees and bushes to spruce up the area and they'll maintain it on an ongoing basis.  This is a great contribution by a great neighborhood business.  On top of that the Biltmore has also just signed up to be a village sponsor for the upcoming Tour de Newton as well as a sponsor of the Feast of the Falls.  They're really stepping up as neighborhood boosters and we love it.

Violins & Upper Falls - CCTV America recently made a documentary about cellist Yo Yo Ma and 'passion driven' education.  About 10 minutes of the film is about Carriage House Violins here in Upper Falls and includes some beautiful video of Hemlock Gorge in winter.  Here's a link to that portion of the video.

Other big news about Carriage House Violins is that they were sold in November to Johnson String Instruments, another Newton string shop.  Johnson had been down in Thompsonville, just off Route 9 but they've moved upstairs to Carriage House in the mill complex at Chestnut & Oak streets.  Carriage House takes care of violins, violas and cellos.  Johnson also handles bass, guitars, mandolins, banjos, electric instruments.  Between the two, Upper Falls has just become a stringed instrument mecca.

Check out Johnson String Instruments on Sunday, June 1, 2 - 5 PM.  They'll have performances, light refreshments and you can tour their new shop.

Calendar Helper - For those keeping score, the Upper Falls calendar is rapidly filling up:
  - Greenway Walk - 10 AM Sat, May 24
  - Feast of the Fall tickets released -  5 PM, Sun June 1
  - Hemlock Gorge Eggcellent Breakfast - TBD
  - Tour de Newton - Sun June 15
  - Feast of the Falls - Sun June 22 
  - Greenway Party/Ribbon Cutting - Sun June 29 (tentative)

Where Are They Now? - Here's another old photo of a 3rd grade class of the long gone Emerson School from 1961 courtesy of Donna Filosa.  Did you know any of these kids?  The photo includes 3rd grade pencil annotations to help prod your memory.  (I do believe "Sarna-Jane" has been hypnotized).   Are any of them still in Upper Falls?  Let us know what you know about any of them.

Help Wanted - The Fund for the Public Interest is a national non-profit organization that works to build support for progressive organizations across the country. This summer in Newton, we’re working on a campaign with Environment Massachusetts to protect our beautiful places like the Cape Cod National Seashore.  We’re now hiring staff in Newton to help us.

We hold information sessions and interviews in our office at 54 Lincoln St, Newton Highlands almost every day, so give us a call at (617) 332-0216 or apply online!

To find out more, visit: http://fundforthepublicinterest.org/page/fpi/find-out-more-newton-ma
To apply online, visit: http://fundforthepublicinterest.org/page/fpi/apply-now-newton

Did You Know ... that astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson was an undefeated high school wrestling captain and wrestled for Harvard?" Did You Know ..." features an interesting and random fact every issue, collected by 6th grade Upper Falls resident Ian Wittler.

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"Where Am I" Answer - This door turned up a few weeks ago in a yard on Winter St (on the right going up the hill) as a hammock.   New neighbor Thryn Franz put together this simple and ingenious hammock just in time for the good weather.   As a longtime hammock kind of guy myself, I heartily approve.