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My morning at the Tara

January 18th, 2008

This morning I went to the “Creative Economic Initiative” breakfast sponsored by the MetroWest (and Marlborough) Chamber of Commerce.
This event was hosted by the Sheraton Tara.  The only other time I have been here was for Andy Miller’s awesome bar mitzvah in 1987 (Scott, were you there?).  Andy had a construction site theme and my sister and I had the hardhats with our names painted on them for years.  That’s what I always remember when I go by here. ????? ??? ????????
Anyway today was “business”, even though I don’t have a business, this was open for anyone to attend and it sounded interesting so I went.  The breakfast was pretty good too:

There was a full room and it was nice to see so many people interested and involved in making metrowest a more interesting place through arts and culture. 

There were 4 great speakers:
Michelle Drolet, Chair of the MetroWest Chamber
Anita Walker, Executive Director of Mass Cultural Council
Dan Hunter, Executive Director of Mass Advocates for the Arts, Sciences and Humanities
Stuart Danforth, Chair and Principal of the Danforth Associates

They spoke about how other towns have changed by bringing in more arts/culture and the connection between commercial and cultural interests.  The also spoke about first impressions of a town and making metrowest a place people want to visit and live. spin palace casino    It was really encouraging and motivating.
I’ve signed up to be on the committee for a festival that will take place downtown in the spring and I think it’ll be a fun thing to be involved in. yyycasino   If anyone else is interested let me know and I’ll forward your email to the organizer of the festival.


  1. Hey, I remember Andy’s Bar Mitzvah, I was there. Andy shared the most extensive lego collection with another friend of ours. Andy is Dr. Miller now!

    Comment by one food guy January 19, 2008 @ 3:05 am

  2. What a great idea to get people together to pool their talents in support of the community this way. I hope many people were inspired to add themselves in some capacity toward action. Thanks for writing about it. I haven’t been in Framingham in a while, so I love checking in with you to see the changes and remember.

    Comment by Washington Cube January 21, 2008 @ 1:40 am

  3. Thanks for the great coverage of the Building the Creative Economy Meeting and the Danforth Museum of Art! Let me know if you are interested in attending the START Framingham Partnership Meeting on February 6th. Would you share the photos from the Tara with us?

    Thank you for always providing positive perspectives on life, art & business in Framingham!

    J. Harris
    Danforth Museum of Art

    Comment by Jenn Harris January 24, 2008 @ 6:25 pm

  4. I went to the Sheraton in 2004 to go to a weird function where Adam West was appearing. I remember paying a lot to go to this. We ate dinner and watched 2 episodes of Batman while Adam West did commentary, and I got very drunk. This was the only time I was ever in the function room at th Sheraton. It’s weird to see it again in these photos. Frank Gorshen was also there.

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