Americana Decor Chalky Paint Contest-WOW!

Announcing…Second Chances Americana Paints How ToWhenever I am choosing chalk paints to transform a piece of furniture, I typically go to Michaels to grab a pot or two of Americana Chalky Paints by DecoArt.

Americana Chalky PaintThese are 8oz containers, which is usually enough to transform one to two pieces of furniture, depending on the size. They are available in an array of colors and, with a coupon, are incredibly affordable at around $4.00 each-that’s $16 per quart!!  This paint requires little to no prep work and leaves a smooth, ultra-matte finish. Most recently, I completed this sideboard for my family room:

Americana Sideboard Makeover on Country Design Home and this incredible painted globe that we will be using at our daughter’s upcoming wedding (yikes, it’s getting closer…)

Global LOVE Painted Globe by Country Design Homebut now I’m excitedly planning my newest project because this time I can win a prize…a BIG prize… for the best design…and so can you!!! DecoArt is holding a contest called “All About Second Chances Chalky Paint Contest!” . This is your chance to show off that gem of a makeover using Americana Decor Chalky Paints and win…wait for it…$$$...the Grand Prize is $2000 cash and $500 in retail prizes…amazing!!! The judging will be based on 40% creativity, 40% final photo and 20% inspiration story…was this grandmother’s treasured chest that was tucked away in the attic, or did you rescue an old table in total disrepair from the dumpster and give it a fresh new look??? Either way, it’s time to grab a paintbrush and start your makeover today…because everyone…and everything…needs a second chance. The contest runs through August 31st, which gives you plenty of time to get inspired and complete your transformation. For contest details, go to http://decoart.com/secondchances/ or click the pic below:

Americana Decor All About Second Chances ContestNow if you’ll excuse me, I have a dresser to chalky paint…here’s hope your week starts off with a fresh new look! Susan

Selling Home

Remember last year when I started the kitchen renovation at my mom’s townhouse? We began with dated, 1970’s dark oak cabinets with the formica countertops

Kitchen Beforeand ended with this…a bright, light and airy kitchen with glazed white cabinets and granite countertops:

Mom's KitchenI primed and painted walls and cabinets and added the forged iron hardware…

Hardware Door Pulland the crown molding,

Crown Molding Painted and Glazedthen she sprung for the travertine tile backsplash and these gorgeous granite countertops.

Granite New Undermount SinkAnd then mom added her final artistic touches to make this her French country kitchen. As in the rest of the place, which she has lovingly decorated and truly transformed into a warm and inviting, comfortable home. So, it is with great excitement (and just a wee touch of melancholy) that I’m announcing that mom’s townhouse is on the market! After this dreadful winter, she decided it was time to move from a four story townhouse (yup, she’s in her late 80’s…but you wouldn’t know it by looking at her or spending 5 minutes with her…I keep saying that in her case, as with Coach’s mom as well…90’s is the new 60’s!

The Grandmothers May 2015

The Grandmothers @ Kate’s Shower May, 2015 Eleanor & Nancy

But the laundry is in the basement and her bedroom on the second floor. PLUS, her car…which is parked in an outside space… was buried in snow so many times this past winter that she couldn’t get out to go for a ride (to her nearest HomeGoods, primarily : ) So, it’s time to move her to something a wee bit smaller and all on one level with everything…like the trash and the mail and the laundry… inside for those stormy or steamy days when the outdoors is not her friend. My family has been cleaning and painting and staging and clearing out to prepare for this day. Now proudly presenting…mom’s townhouse for sale! Here is her living room…

Mom's Living Roomand the hallway leading into the dining room…the hardwood floors glow from the glass sliders leading out to a deck…

Living Room To Dining RoomAs we were preparing the house to stage and sell, I couldn’t help but notice how many of the rooms I had helped her redecorate over the past 10+ years…I did the painting…she was the decorator…a great design team if I do say so myself! The master bedroom…

320 Newbury # 602 Danvers Mass Master BedroomThe guest bedroom- loving this happy apple green color : )

Guest BedroomThe dining room (I painted this room to match the kitchen walls, added a wood shelf in the arch cutout leading into the kitchen):

Dining Room #602 320 Newbury Street DanversRemember the painted country cabinet makeover project? This is the living area leading up to the second floor:

Painted Pine Country CommodeTo view the entire house for sale, click on the MLS listing by Acton Real Estate here: 

MLS Listing 320 Newbury #602And if you know anyone that might be interested, you’d better hurry to take a look. It’s been on the market 4 days…price is $279,000… and we’ve already had tons of showings and interest…should be sold soon. And then mom will move on to her next decorating adventure…HomeGoods better have extra large shopping carts!! I hope you have an adventurous Thursday, everyone! Susan

 

American Flag Coffee Table

Inspired by the red, white and blue decor from last week’s blog, this past weekend I decided to create an American Flag Coffee Table.

American Flag Coffee Table LogoUsing an old brown table that we picked up at a flea market for $5 (you know, those ones that were mass-produced in the 70’s and are at every flea market and yard sale throughout the land…)

American Flag Coffee Table BeforeI transformed it from a drab brown circle to a colorful Americana coffee table! Here is the how-I-did-it:

1. I painted the base legs with a couple of coats of Heritage Blue Stain by General Finishes.

General Finished Hertiage Blue Water Based StainLove this stuff. It is water-based, has very little odor, dries quickly, can go on any surface and leaves a beautiful, satin finish.

2. Sanded the scratched and worn top…I am not sure what the finish was, but it certainly made a powdery white mess! Thank goodness it is finally warm enough to use my mouse sander outdoors!

American Flag Coffee Table Sanded3. Once it was sanded and wiped clean, I taped it off. The American Flag is probably one of the simplest designs you can use-stars and stripes. Easy to do with painter’s tape and a stencil. The table was just the right size to have 13 2″ stripes, so I doubled up my rows of 1″ painter’s tape from top to bottom.

American Flag Coffee Table Taped StripesThen I blocked off the area that would be the star field, and used the Heritage Blue to paint that area as well.

3. Painted the red stripes first, then allowed to dry completely…actually overnight. Because I knew I would be taping right on them and didn’t want to risk pulling the red paint off if it wasn’t completely dry. I used some homemade red chalk paint…need the recipe? Click here…

American Flag Coffee Table Red Stripes4. Re-taped along the edges of the red stripes and painted with white (also used some homemade custom chalk paint).

American Flag Coffee Table White Stripes5. Using the same white from the stripes, I stenciled the stars onto the blue field. You could also use a star-shaped stamp as well. I just happened to have a whole bunch of different style star stencils…

American Flag Star StencilI knew I would not be able to fit 50 stars, so I just went with a pleasing arrangement using a simple star pattern.

American Flag Coffee Table Stars and Stripes6. Sanded down the entire piece to distress it just a bit.

American Flag Coffee Table Sanded and DistressedTIP: when you are sanding red alongside white, keep the sanders separate. The red builds up on the sanding bar and can smear onto the white.

Red Tinted Sanding SpongeIn which case you end up with pink stripes. Which is cute, but not necessarily  all-american.

7. Finished with 2 coats of General Finishes Natural Stain. 

General Finishes Water Based Wood Stain NaturalIt is clear and works as a nice satin finish for any surface where you don’t want to add color.

8. Voila! A Red, white and blue table-perfect for a nautical or Americana theme for your red, white and blue porch or family room!

American Flag Coffee Table CompleteSo where is the table now? At the Barn at Todd Farm! Since I already have an American Flag Whale Table,

This Old House Whale Tableit only seems right that someone else has this beauty for their home. Wow-it’s Thursday again already, everyone!! Hope it is memorable! Susan

 

Americana Decor in Red, White & Blue

With Memorial Day weekend fast approaching, I did a little online searching for some inspired red, white & blue home decorating ideas.  These interiors are not all dotted with American flags, but they are just beautifully furnished spaces with a nod to our nation’s favorite color scheme…all photos via Houzz.com

Oh, this kitchen…if I ever have the chance to design another kitchen, this is the one…

and for my adjacent family room…

This room is simple and sweet with the American flag taking center stage.

This bedroom sitting area is the perfect spot for kicking back and picking up a good book over the long weekend…

What child wouldn’t delight in calling this home?

Nothing more American than patchwork and denim!

Sometimes you just need a few throw pillows…

In this kitchen the red, white and blue is a bit more subtle, using a softer gray-blue for the accent piece.

Keeping it simple and sweet with a painted fireplace mantel as headboard and some red throw pillows.

A fresh, modern take on an iconic color palette-switch up your royal blues with some aquas for a softer nautical feel.

Loving this red, white and blue bunk room for a cottage or cabin. Sweet dreams!

And finally, this simple rustic loft space…one oversized piece serves as the artwork and color palette inspiration.

For more inspired red, white and blue design, click on the Houzz.com link. But, wait! I couldn’t feature all of these inspired design photos without our very own porch featuring my red, white & blue whale table! Whale Porch Table
If  you are contemplating making a design change in your home, consider the American flag colors for your decor. It has served as our country’s inspiration for generations, and will for years to come. Have a safe and memorable Memorial Day weekend everyone! Susan

One Ocean, One Love Shop

This past weekend, we had the great pleasure of attending the grand opening of One Ocean, One Love Shop in Rockport, Mass.

One Ocean One Love ShopOne Ocean Arts, the brainchild of our super-talented and artistic niece Jamie, is a retail shop in the heart of Bearskin Neck in Rockport. For those of you who do not know about Rockport, it is an iconic little seaside town about 50 minutes north of Boston, most famous for its “Motif #1” fishing shack.

Rockport Motif #1The entire downtown, including the enclave know as Bearskin Neck is dotted with art galleries, retail shops, ice cream parlors and candy shops with a spectacular ocean view-perfect for a Sunday summer stroll. A year ago, Jamie started her One Ocean Arts Etsy shop featuring sea-inspired block-printed clothing and accessories, then expanded to her website, One Ocean Arts, then offering her wares at local craft fairs and events. With the incredibly positive response (and repeat customers!) opening the shop with her business partner Erin

Jamie and Erin One Ocean Artswas the next step in spreading their “Once Ocean, One Love” mantra.

One Ocean Arts Shop WindowYou see, Jamie is not only a talented artist, she is also a marine mammal trainer at the NE Aquarium,

Jamie Mathison OneOceanArtsand her love of the sea and all of its creatures is most evident in her hand-carved blocks…

One Ocean Arts Octopus Blockthat she uses for printing her merchandise.

One Ocean Arts Whale PrintThe shop, although brand new, has a time-worn surf shop appearance

One Ocean Arts Short Boardwith natural planking and old weathered docking used to create the display fixtures throughout the shop.

One Ocean Arts WindowJamie is also an outstanding photographer, and many of her black and white ocean images dot the walls,

One Ocean Arts Dock Photographcreating the perfect backdrop for their vintage-washed clothing line.

One Ocean Arts PhotographyThis is the incredible view from the rear window…not sure how I would get any work done looking at this all day : )

One Ocean Arts rear windowOne of my personal favs…it’s all about saving our oceans…

One Ocean Arts T-ShirtThe clothing is super soft cotton, eco-friendly, hand block-printed and washing machine safe.

One Ocean Arts SurferThere are baby clothes…three little fishes!

One Ocean Arts Baby Capsand all sorts of sea-inspired accessories including tote bags

One Ocean Arts Tote Bagsand hand-crafted dog leashes…

One Ocean Arts Dog LeashesJamie’s love of animals extends to her own two dogs, Brooks and Parker, who you may find hanging around the shop when you stop in for a visit.

One Ocean Arts the dogsBy the end of the evening, as the party was drawing to a close…and the sangria was all but gone…

One Ocean Arts Partyit looked like everyone was wearing a bit of One Ocean Arts…

One Ocean Arts Apparelincluding surfer dude Coach…

Once Ocean Arts CoachSo if you happen to be in Rockport taking in the sights and sounds, make sure you look for the shop with the bright blue door…

One Ocean Arts Front Doorit’s the third one down on the left as you enter Bearskin Neck…#6…and tell Jamie and Erin that Auntie Sue sent you!! And if you can’t get to Rockport, be sure to check out the website @ OneOceanArts.com Have a terrific Tuesday, everyone! Susan

 

 

 

Pull Apart a Palette

Have you been spotting all of those amazing DIY pieces of furniture and focal walls being featured in magazines and home decorating shows created with old tossed-out wood palettes? Palettes are essentially rough-hewn 4-foot pine planks that are nailed together and used primarily for shipping goods, perfect for creative DIY’ing.

Wood Palette by Uline

 

Once the goods are delivered, the palettes are no longer useful for the big (or small) box stores, but to an avid DIY’er, these piles of free planking are a gold mine! Here are a few palette projects being featured on Houzz.com, but you can also check out my Pinterest board…Pull Apart A Palette...for more inspiring ideas!!

This beautiful rustic headboard is the perfect style for a restful country retreat.

I love this entire wall of frames created from old palettes:

Comfy indoor seating, perfect for a basement rec room

DIY Adirondack Chairs for your rustic porch

This wall treatment isn’t made from palettes by this designer, but I am loving the green stain-easy to do with some old palettes!

A perfect example of rustic planking on this bar that could be easily accomplished using old palette planking.

Just add some stain and some wheels and you’ve got yourself a rustic rolling coffee table!

Loving this plank cube coffee table with the colors of the ocean.

And finally, this amazing patchwork quilt of a reclaimed lumber wall. Gorgeous!

How about a complete outdoor seating area?

So, if you are inspired by what you see here, head to your nearest store and ask if they have any available palettes for the taking. The more weathered, the better! Hope you have a palatable Thursday, everyone! Susan

Gossamer Blue by Benjamin Moore

As I have been going through the bathroom remodeling project, one of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make was the wall color. Since there is white board and batten 3/4 of the way up, you wouldn’t think that a little bit of wall would have me stumped! Since I love color, all color, it was impossible to narrow it down to one choice…until I found the shower curtain and accessories from Target. That quickly focused my search to greens and blues until I found the perfect color for this room: Gossamer Blue by Benjamin Moore...ooooh..ahhh.
Benjamin Moore Gossamer Blue
A beautiful blend of of greens and blues with gray undertones that is dark enough to contrast nicely with the white trim, but not too dark to overpower the small room. But before I finally committed to it and put brush to wall, I went searching online for other rooms that were painted Gossamer Blue to seal the deal. All photos courtesy of Houzz.com

A vintage bath similar in feel to our new bath…

This beautiful laundry room would make me happy to fluff and fold…

A restful retreat…

Spectacular bath with glass and dark wood contrasting with the Gossamer Blue and white walls and trim

A soothing retreat…

A vintage vignette- this blue has a vintage hue to it and makes the wood tone really pop

A small reading nook is restful and cozy painted in Gossamer Blue

And finally, this laundry room painted with Gossamer Blue with a hand-painted trellis design-brilliant!

After seeing all of the photos, I am certain that Gossamer Blue is the right color choice for our new little bathroom! It’s Thursday everyone…make some good choices today for you! xoxo Susan

Top Ten Gifts for Your DIY Mom

Top Ten Mother's Day Gifts for your DIY MOMSo, I like a nice bouquet of flowers as well as the next mom,

Shower Flowers in Enamel Potsand I certainly would never turn away a box of yummy chocolates for Mother’s Day.

S'Mores Chocolate Pie Bites from Country Design HomeBUT, there are many moms out there-like me!-who love the fine art of restoring and upcycling junk into treasures. For these moms, my top ten outside-the-box Mother’s Day gift suggestions for you!

1. I paint…a LOT. And I go through a lot of paintbrushes. My personal favorites are these little Shortcuts by Wooster.

Wooster ShortCut Paintbrush

 

They have an angled edge and a soft rubber handle for easy gripping. I also use a lot of these assorted brushes-

DIY Mom Paint Brushesthey are available at your favorite local crafts emporium for CHEAP. And with a coupon, well you can still afford some of those Godivas as well!

2. So if I paint…a LOT…it only makes sense that I need lots of paint! I use all different brands but my favorites are the little sample pots of Behr Matte at Home Depot.

Behr Paint SamplesThey custom mix any color for you and cost less than $3.00! I can turn these into chalk paint all day long with a little plaster of paris and some calcium carbonate. My other paint of choice is Americana Chalky Paint by Decoart. I also use all sorts of varnishes and waxes and polys…

Americana Matte Varnishdepending on the project at hand. Most of these I purchase at Home Depot or Michaels, so again, a GC to one of those stores would be great.

Americana Chalky Paint3. I sand…a LOT. My go-to tool is this little Mouse Sander by Black and Decker.

Black and Decker Mouse SanderIt has a velcro base and the little sandpapers just stick on and pull off. I go through a ton of sandpaper and this stuff is not cheap. So throw in a bunch of these while you’re at it.

Mouse sander cut out sandpaper4. Coach and I move furniture…a LOT. Not always so easy to do, so one of these little dollys with the rug on it would be great so we can wheel stuff around instead of trying to carry it. This one from Harbor Freight Tools has a handle too! Of, and throw in some mover’s blankets as well to keep mom’s car nice and clean.

Rolling Dolly with Handle5. I screw and drill…a LOT. Coach presented me with a cordless, rechargeable screwdriver for Christmas and I LOVE IT. (and it came with a flashlight that plugs into the same rechargeable battery : )

Drillmaster Cordless Drill Harbor FreightMakes life so much easier when you don’t have to constantly go searching for a plug! Any brand will do, the more horsepower, the stronger the drill. Mine is a from Harbor Freight Tools, but here are endless options of brands and styles to choose from at your local big box store.

6. I also do some sawing, but not too much with a jigsaw- I just have never mastered the perfect cut with those. BUT, I do use my little Ryobi Mitre Chop saw all the time!

Ryobi Chop SawIt’s great for cutting rulers

Vintage Ruler chop sawand crown molding…lightweight stuff for frames and trim pieces. I leave the heavy duty chopping to Coach with his table saw or Sawz-all-that thing is a monster!

7. Every DIY mom needs a basic tool set…but NOT those flimsy little pink kits…I am talking hardcore, heavy duty hammers, nail punches, screwdrivers-both phillips head and flat head, chisels, scrapers, wrenches and pliers. Plus a cool bin or organizer

DIY Supply Binsto keep the tools…and the screws, bolts and nails…

Supply Binsall organized and handy…mine are pretty plain and plastic- but I would love some more colorful and fun bins to store my stuff!

8. I use gloves…LOTS of gloves. Not the pretty flowered garden variety gloves-we need the big, thick, rubber palmed gloves

Stripping Chemical Glovesfor protecting our hands from splinters and rusty nails. Occasionally I just use the thin rubber ones for washing stuff too. I don’t know why, but whenever I go searching for a pair, I can only find the left hands-the right ones always seem to disappear! So I do need an endless supply…

9. Oh, and then perhaps a GC for a nice manicure at your local salon. These days, my hands look more like those of a long-shoreman… Cracked, bleeding and dry hands10. And finally, a nice massaging hot pack. I just don’t have time for a whole spa day, but something to ease our aching shoulders and necks from all the sanding and painting and lifting and carrying and sawing and sanding. My daughter has one like this and its AWESOME.

Epulse Neck MassagerIt has these deep massaging balls or something that makes it feel like someone is actually doing the work on your back and neck!

So that’s it…my top ten gifts for your DIY mom for this Mother’s Day! If you have a favorite tool or DIY supply that you would like to share, please add a comment and I will check it out!! Off to DIY!! Susan

 

 

 

Green and Blue Decor

Wow! How has time gone by this quickly?!? It seems like I was just standing on the sidelines on Marathon Monday and here it is almost two weeks later! So, so busy working on a million and one projects and finally finishing up our bathroom. And yes, I did choose a color: Gossamer Blue by Benjamin Moore.

Benjamin Moore Gossamer Blue

The perfect combination of blue/green with some gray notes. The second coat goes on this morning, then the final bathroom dressing begins. Inspired by my color choice, I’ve been painting quite a few things lately in a blue/green color combination-perhaps because we just have so little sunshine and lots of dank, dark days. Lately I feel the need for a little light and brightness, so I figure if Mother Nature won’t provide it outdoors, I certainly can inside! All photos via Houzz.com

This room is the perfect combination of bright patterns and colors.

Even though the colors are darker, the contrast with the white planked walls is striking.

The blues in this room bring the outside in- what a view!

This contemporary kitchen is typically not my style, but loving the bold colors which are perfect for this sleek style!

Loving this sunny and bright coastal dining room.

Sometimes the color is not provided with paint, but with the added accessories, as in this creamy white room with the blue banquette cushion and the green-hued painting. Peaceful dining.

Another coastal home, surrounded by the ocean. The blues and greens are softer so they don’t draw attention away from the incredible view.

These greens and blues are powerful pops of color against the white backdrop.

And finally, the show-stopping room in softer blues and greens- which leads your eye straight out that window. Wow.

Bringing the outdoors in is pretty simple when choosing the proper color palette. Greens and blues are the colors of the ocean, land and sky-perfectly at home with any decorating style. So now it’s off to finish the bathroom! Have a terrific Thursday everyone! Susan

Boston…You’re My Home

Boston StrongIt’s Marathon Monday, where once again, 30,000+ brave souls from around the globe race from Hopkinton to Boston in an attempt to show who is the elitest of the fleetest of foot. This year happens to have some very special meaning for our family, as our daughter’s fiance is making his inaugural run through the city streets and winding hills in pursuit of the ultimate bragging rights of the marathoning world: “I Ran Boston”. Today, our family will be joining the thousands and thousands of onlookers and cheerleaders lining the 26 mile race route, ringing bells and holding signs to provide encouragement and support to friends, loved ones and runners who raise $$$ for their beloved charities. We will always remember the horrific marathon bombings of 2013, but we move forward as a city, remembering those who were lost, but celebrating the runners who have made tremendous strides in helping our city heal from that fateful day. So, today we celebrate Patriots Day, a Massachusetts-only holiday that commemorates the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War fought on April 19, 1775. Once again, I am re-sharing this blog that I originally posted a few years back to honor our amazing city and its citizens. This is for all of my readers, and any onlookers watching from afar who are interested in capturing the essence of the incredible, wonderful, joyful city we call Boston. So here it is:

In honor of Patriots Day, a uniquely Massachusetts holiday, a little Boston history for your reading pleasure. Facts confirmed by Wikipedia, several historical societies and my historian-in-residence, Coach.  Click on the pictures for links to websites and information.

Boston (pronounced baws-tun). The Capital of Massachusetts. The Hub. The City of Champions (see Boston Red Sox, N.E. Patriots, Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins). Although significantly smaller in population than The Big Apple, what we lack in size we make up for in historic stature. We are the site of the world’s oldest marathon, begun in 1897, the Boston Marathon.We have the oldest MLB ballpark, Fenway Park (c.1912)

the Swan Boats (c.1877) in the Public Garden

 

and Harvard University, founded in 1636 and the alma mater of 7 US Presidents.

We are Beantown, named for Boston Baked Beans, a dish created by the Colonials, using beans cooked in molasses, a plentiful product due to the slave trade. Home of the USS Constitution, nicknamed “Old Ironsides”, (C.1787) the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat.

We are The Cradle of Liberty, founded by the Puritans in 1630, and one of the oldest cities in the United States. Our citizens were the instigators of the

American Revolution, and Boston Harbor was the site of the Boston Tea Party,  where 342 chests of tea belonging to the British East India Company were thrown from ships into the water by American patriots disguised as Mohawk Indians. The Americans were protesting both a tax on tea (taxation without representation) and the perceived monopoly of the East India Company.

Our city was also the site of The Boston Massacre, an historic incident on March 5, 1770, in which British Army soldiers killed five male civilians and injured six others.

The incident was heavily propagandized by leading patriots, such as Paul Revere and Samuel Adams to fuel animosity toward the British authorities. Which finally led to the legendary Midnight Ride of Paul Revere (the reason for this holiday!)

Penned by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1860, this poem details Revere’s April 18th journey by horseback from Charlestown to Lexington & Concord to warn the townspeople to take up arms in defense of the oncoming British invasion.

“…He said to his friend, “If the British march By land or sea from the town to-night, Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch Of the North Church tower as a signal light,– One if by land, and two if by sea; And I on the opposite shore will be, Ready to ride and spread the alarm Through every Middlesex village and farm, For the country folk to be up and to arm.” 

The British, whose militia ships were in Boston Harbor, awaiting orders to begin their march to Concord, where they were to destroy supplies and munitions being stored by the local militia of soldiers and townsfolk.

Revere’s plan was to make his way there ahead of the advancing British troops, alerting the locals along the way of the impending British invasion. On the night of April 18, 1775,  alerted by the two lanterns hanging in the Old North Church, indicating the British would be advancing in boats over the Charles River, Revere began his historic journey on horseback. He traveled from Charlestown to Concord, alerting the local minutemen of the advancing regiments. Captured and released by the British, he made his way to The Old North Bridge, the site of the Battles of Lexington and Concord 

on April 19, 1775, the beginning of the American Revolution. And the rest, shall we say, is history. Yes, you do need to know this for the exam. No, you cannot bring your musket to class for show and tell. Whether this is a holiday for you or not, enjoy the day. And whether you are running or watching the Boston Marathon  today, be safe, be proud of our great city and stay Boston Strong. Have a fantastic day everyone! And GO CHRIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xoxo Susan

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