This storefront does not lend a prosperous look to downtown Wollaston and has looked like this for a many years. At the very least, it could use some alterations to those windows. I am sure some local artists could add interesting murals to the windows to make it a little more welcoming to the community. Here is a picture of this building from 6 years ago. I wonder why this has been vacant for so long?
Quincy's first Porchfest was a huge success with great music and neighborliness. Chief Noda, from Brockton, Ma., serenaded folks with his unique finger picking guitar style of Beatles music and a beautiful rendition of Amazing Grace. He played on the stone "porch" of the Wollaston Congregational Church.
The final stage of demo at the Wollaston Theater is the stage/screen area. This theater was built in 1926 and originally staged vaudeville acts before changing to a film venue. My friend's father was the manager and projectionist at the Wolly, so it was great fun going upstairs to the candy closet and helping ourselves. Then we would head over to the trapeze swing, a leftover from vaudeville days, and try out our gymnastic skills. Please share any memories you might have.
The Wollaston Theater marquee and facade are still standing. I wonder if the 2 blue "Wollaston" neon signs will be available at the auction? They used to be perched above the marquee in very distinctive script style. One would work nicely in the Quincy Historical Museum.
Many people are sad to see the Wollaston Theater, fondly known as "The Wolly," come crumbling down this week. The demo crew told me that the fixtures will be auctioned off at some point. Maybe the historical society or the mayor's office will talk Mr. Fang (the property owner) into donating one of the fixtures as a museum piece or perhaps the chandeliers could be repurposed somewhere in Wollaston. I will post a short series on the WollyTheater in coming days. I encourage people to comment and share your stories about this special Wollaston landmark that bit the dust this week.
I remember and honor the men and women who have served my country so I may enjoy freedom. John Griffiths grave marker is located in the Sailor's Home Cemetery along with the remains of 118 sailors and marines who served the U.S. Navy around the time of the Civil War.
A young pair of osprey have appeared and have been adding materials to a nesting platform near Blacks Creek. This is the first year the platform has had inhabitants. I wonder if there be any chicks this year. I'll be scoping them out from time to time.
A Boston commuter boat cuts through the arctic fog as it passes Long Island as seen from Quincy shoreline a couple days ago. The red checkered water tower on Long Island is used by the FAA to help planes navigate into Logan Airport.
The polar vortex swooped down from the Arctic and rolled out this sea
smoke (fog) in Quincy Bay. This early morning shot was captured off Nut
Island in Houghs Neck with air temperature around 10 below and water
temperature around 40F degrees.