What better way to celebrate the summer than outdoor eating! For our next ACL Cookbook book club, we’ll use The Thrill of the Grill by Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughby.
Both are local. Chris Schlesinger is the chef behind the East Coast Grill, Jake and Earl’s Dixie BBQ and The Blue Room. John Willoughby helped launch Cook’s Illustrated magazine and has been involved with the America’s test kitchen TV show. The Thrill of the Grill has plenty of recipes (sides, salads, dessert) that aren’t grilled so this will definitely work for the ACL potluck/book club format. Maybe we can eat outside again!
Here’s how our ACL Cookbook Book Club works:
- You choose a recipe from The Thrill of the Grill. A copy will be available at the ACL circulation desk. There are also many copies in the minuteman library system, as well as recipes available on-line.
- Sign up at the circulation desk, or using our signup form: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0849a4a929a3fc1-aclcookbook3. That way, we will ensure we don’t have duplicate dishes.
- Make your dish at home and bring it to the ACL on Thursday, August 18th, ready to eat (we don’t have the ability to reheat or refrigerate at the ACL)
Once again this summer, the ACL is thrilled to host a City of Newton “Dancing in the Parks
” outdoor concert. This citywide concert series is sponsored by our friends at The Village Bank. (The Village Bank has been a faithful ACL corporate sponsor since our opening in 2009!)
Last year was our first year hosting and it was a blast–tons of neighbors brought blankets and picnics and gathered in our lovely garden to enjoy a festive concert.
This year’s band is “The Infractions”, an energetic 6 piece band with a dynamic horn section. Lead by bass and vocalist Brian Stratton (Hootie and the Blowfish and Chicago), the band covers all styles of music, like classics by Stevie Wonder, Chicago, Steely Dan, the Commodores and Bruce Springsteen.
Bring chairs, blankets and your dancing shoes
Sponsored by our friends at The Village Bank
Inviting one and all to a Pajama Storytime at the the ACL! Wear your PJ’s and bring your favorite stuffed animal. After the stories are over, your stuffed animal will get to spend the night with the giant Curious George! How cool is that? Hopefully they won’t stay up too late…we’ll take lots of pictures of their overnight antics and post them on our Facebook page.
Stuffed Animal Check-In Time: 6:30 pm
Storytime Begins: 7:00 pm
*Retrieve your stuffed animal the next day or beyond…anytime during regular ACL hours.
Thanks to our amazing teen volunteers for helping to run this event!!!
Calling ALL AGES…we are going to create and adorn our lovely ACL grounds with sculpture made from found items in nature. Join us for an evening of hands-on fun and art installation in our very own ACL garden! We will work together to make the objects and place them outdoors for our community to enjoy all summer long. By participating in this workshop, you can learn how to make art for your own garden.
Looking forward to once again adorning our garden with community art
We will have supplies, but advance registration helps ensure that we bring enough for everyone. Please contact Liz Noon
if you would like to join us, but we’ll also take any last-minute drop-in participants as well. If you have found items from nature (your yard, the beach, etc.) that you’d like to share, please feel free to bring them along.
We will also have a variety of lawn games on hand in case you wish to just kick back and enjoy our beautiful grounds while the others craft.
Before there was Pokemon Go, there was croquet…join us for some good old fashioned outdoor play at the ACL.
The ACL is once again planning expanded programming in the summer on many Wednesday evenings. The pace is easier, the evenings are lovely for a summer stroll to visit us, and we enjoy hosting these special events to see our friends and neighbors.
More details forthcoming, but for now here’s what we’ve got in the works thus far:
Teen & Adult Coloring Night
– Wednesday, July 13th – 7 pm
It’s all the rage! Join us for an evening of relaxing coloring with adults coloring books.
Lawn Games & Garden Art Night
– Wednesday, July 20th – 7 pm
Back by popular demand! Decorate our garden with a community arts and crafts project! We will also enjoy our beautiful grounds with lawn games like croquet and bocce ball.
PJ Storytime & Stuffed Animal Sleepover – Wednesday, July 27th – 7 pm
Wear your PJ’s and bring your favorite stuffed animal. After the stories are over, your stuffed animal will get to spend the night with the giant Curious George!
Dancing in the Parks Outdoor Concert – Wednesday, Aug. 3rd – 6:30 – 8 pm
The Infractions are an energetic 6 piece band with a dynamic horn section. Lead by bass and vocalist Brian Stratton (Hootie and the Blowfish and Chicago), the band covers all styles of music, like classics by Stevie Wonder, Chicago, Steely Dan, the Commodores and Bruce Springsteen Bring chairs, blankets and your dancing shoes. Sponsored by our friends at The Village Bank.
Stay tuned for full details and more events to celebrate the summer season at the ACL.
Be hip, fabulous, creative and contemplative
…all in the comfort and style in the ACL of a lovely summer’s evening. Just show up–we’ll have the pencils, the electric sharpener and an array of coloring pages for your coloring enjoyment. Are you already an adult coloring book enthusiast? Bring your own works to inspire the rest of us!
We always have a grand old time at our adult craft summer evenings…hope you’ll join us!