The Scene In And Around Boston...

By Hilda M. Morrill

July 20, 2012

Seasonal Bird Show at the Stone Zoo

<p>A staff member and two colorful macaw parrots entertain visitors during a Stone Zoo's popular bird show performance. (Photo by John Harrison)

A staff member and two colorful macaw parrots entertain visitors during a Stone Zoo's popular bird show performance. (Photo by John Harrison)

Visitors watch in awe when the wildly popular bird show, "Masters of Flight: Birds of Prey," takes place at the Stone Zoo in Stoneham, MA.

Featured are more than a dozen different bird species from around the world, including the bald eagle, the bateleur eagle, Egyptian vulture, military macaws, spectacled owl and white-necked raven, in this engaging, memorable and educational experience for visitors of all ages.

The birds fly in from overhead and demonstrate natural behaviors including unique survival techniques and food foraging, as well as specialized physical adaptations.

The seasonal show runs through Monday, September 3 in the amphitheater. Daily show times are 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Note that there is no admittance while the show is in progress. All shows are free with paid admission to the Zoo.

Don't miss the opportunity to watch these "acrobats of the sky."

For admission costs and more information, call 617-541-5466 or visit


Forbes House Museum to hold Lincoln Cabin Restoration

The Forbes House Museum in Milton, MA will hold a two-day Lincoln cabin restoration project on Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29. The roof of the 1924 structure will be repaired and the "chinking" on the cabin's south wall will be replaced.

Anthony DiOrio, of Bearfort Lodge, New Jersey, a historic builder and expert in log cabins, will lead a team of volunteers, staff, and FHM Lincoln Committee members and trustees in this historic activity.

"The cabin will receive, in effect, a double roof," says DiOrio. The under layer will protect the structure, the exterior layer will provide aesthetic beauty and historic context."

Chinking is a clay mortar that sits in between the hewn logs, insulating the cabin walls. The cabin will benefit from a chinking recipe created by DiOrio, consisting of cement, sand and coloring dye, among other ingredients.

"The idea is to protect a structure that normally would be in a milder climate with mild winters. We have devised a plan to protect this cabin, fated for long New England winters," adds DiOrio.

The Museum invites volunteers who may be interested in joining the effort, especially those with carpentry, roofing or masonry skills. They are urged to call the Museum to learn more about the project.

The volunteer team includes Tom and Frances (Murdock) McGauley of Stoughton, MA, who have been planning the restoration project for several months along with FHM Executive Director, Robin Tagliaferri. Mrs. McGauley is a great grand-niece of the builder of the cabin.

The Lincoln Cabin was built by Dorchester native Thomas Murdock, who ventured in 1923 to Hodgenville, KY, the location of the original Lincoln birth-place cabin. He obtained the exact 16 x 18 ft. specifications to build a replica in Milton. The construction was commissioned and financed by descendant of China Trade merchants Mary Bowditch Forbes (1878-1962), who collected President Lincoln and Civil War memorabilia for 50 years.

Upon its completion, Ms. Forbes held celebrations on an annual basis at the cabin with citizens of Milton and Greater Boston, Civil War veterans, celebrities, and local school children who were invited on site for speeches, hot cider and donuts.

The Museum continues Ms. Forbes' tradition by sponsoring an annual Lincoln Day in February and the Lincoln Essay & Drawing Contest.

Recently, the Museum hosted a family reunion of descendants of Thomas Murdock, a practical, hard-working carpenter. Murdock family members still live in homes in Milton and Dorchester built or renovated by Murdock. They provided great insight into Murdock's personality and life history.

For more information on the Lincoln cabin restoration project, call the Museum at 617-696-1815.
For information on programs, events, membership or group tours, visit


Gloucester Stage to host Summer Soiree

The Gloucester Stage Company will once again host its Summer Soiree on Sunday, August 5, at the theatre's home on 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA.

This 3rd annual summer benefit extravaganza features the opportunity to see the 4 p.m. performance of legendary playwright Athol Fugard's compelling coming-of-age story, Master Harold... and the Boys, and attend a reception following the performance.

Attendees to the Soiree will be able to meet the cast, and enjoy culinary treats prepared by Beach Gourmet caterers and an open bar of beers provided by the Cape Ann Brewing Company, as well as wine and soft drinks.

Boston's premier Cabaret Piano Stylist, Brian J. Patton, will also be on hand to lead the fun-filled Broadway Cabaret sing-along.

The Gloucester Stage Company is an award-winning, small, non-profit, professional theater company founded in 1979. Located in Cape Ann, Massachusetts, its mission is to present the highest quality professional theatrical productions while contributing to the cultural, economic and educational development of Cape Ann.

Tickets to Gloucester Stage's 2012 Summer Soiree are $125 per person, and include a ticket to the 4 p.m. August 5 performance and admittance the reception following the performance. Tickets can be purchased by calling 978-281-4433 or visiting