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Historic Port Townsend museums open for the season Monday

PORT TOWNSEND — Two historic house museums — the Rothschild House and Commanding Officer’s Quarters in Port Townsend and at Fort Worden State Park — will open for the summer season Monday.

The Rothschild House Museum on the corner of Franklin and Taylor streets was built in 1868 and is furnished with the original contents that were owned by the Rothschild family. It will be open daily from
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Commanding Officer’s Quarters will be open daily from noon to 5 p.m.

Admission to either location is $6, and a pass for both is $8. Admission is free for Jefferson County Historical Society members.

The Commanding Officer’s Quarters (COQ) Museum at Fort Worden spent the winter under wraps. The exterior of the COQ was renovated and painted and was wrapped in white plastic to contain the lead paint that was removed from the building.

The COQ was home to more than 25 commanding officers and their families from 1904, when it was built, until 1953, and is located at the end of Officers’ Row. It was restored in the late 1970s and opened as a museum in 1982.

The COQ is normally closed from October through April, but in September of last year, all of the antique furnishings in the house had to be carefully packed away to protect them during the renovation.

Washington State Parks collections curator Alicia Woods photographed the placement of the items in every room on three floors in the COQ and then carefully packed them in boxes. Large pieces of furniture were covered and moved away from the windows.

The COQ usually gets a good spring cleaning before being opened for the season, but this year required a lot more work, historical society members said.

All the boxes were unpacked by Jefferson County Historical Society volunteers and staff and park maintenance employees who put the hundreds of items back into their proper places.

All curtains were removed, washed and rehung.

The dining room table was reset with its beautiful crystal and silver, the china cabinet was filled with dinnerware and pictures were rehung.

D.C.H. Rothschild settled in Port Townsend in 1858 and began a business under the name of “Kentucky Store.” It was soon changed to the Rothschild and Co. Mercantile, selling varied merchandise.

In 1868, Rothschild had his family home built where it now stands.

Occupied only by the Rothschild family, the last surviving member, Eugene, donated the house to the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. It opened to the public as a historic site in 1962 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Both houses are managed by the Jefferson County Historical Society and owned by Washington State Parks.

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Around North Andover

Yard Sale: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 29, First-Calvary Baptist Church, 586 Mass Ave., North Andover. The following will be on sale: quilting supplies, hoops, fat quarters, clothing, baseball cards, jewelry, collectibles, knitting materials, dinnerware, antiques, furniture, crocheting supplies and more. This yard sale will benefit mission outreach projects. A light luncheon will be available. No admission fee. For information: 978-685-1502.

Spring Cleanup at Veteran’s Memorial Park: 9-11 a.m. April 29, Veteran’s Memorial Park, North Andover. Residents are invited to participate in the upcoming spring clean-up for Veterans Memorial Park at the library in North Andover. Though the DPW does mow the lawn and prune large trees, mulching, weeding and care for the shrubs are handled by a small group of volunteers. Coffee, doughnuts and water will be provided.

Celebrity Tasting — Spring Flour with Joanne Chang: 1-5 p.m. April 29, The Wine ConneXtion, 117 Main St., North Andover. Award-winning chef and restaurateur Joanne Chang will join The Wine ConneXtion for a seasonal celebrity tasting event. A 2016 James Beard Award winner, Joanne Chang opened Flour in 2000 and has since been featured in Gourmet, Food Wine, Bon Appétit, the New York Times and Conde Nast Traveler, as well as receiving several “Best of Boston” awards. At this event Chang will serve Sticky Bun Kouign Amann with caramel goo, whipped cream and pecans, which will be paired with a selection of wines from The Wine ConneXtion. All tastings are complimentary and open to the public, guests must be age 21 or older to attend. For information:

North Andover Earth Day Town-wide Cleanup: noon to 4 p.m. April 30, North Andover DPW, 384 Osgood St., North Andover. Help keep the community clean and green on April 30 by volunteering for the town-wide cleanup. Check-in is at the DPW office. Upon check-in, volunteers will be provided gloves, trash bags and grabbers. The DPW will be available to pick up the filled trash bags. Students will receive community service hours for volunteering. Sponsored by Wheelabrator. For information:;

Blood donation opportunity: 2-7 p.m. May 2, Christ Church, 33 Central St., Andover; 2-7 p.m. May 3, North Andover Masonic Lodge, 19 Johnson St. All eligible blood donors are encouraged to give blood — donors can give red blood cells through either a regular whole blood donation or a Power Red donation, where available. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact. During this type of donation, red blood cells are separated from other blood components, and the plasma and platelets are safely and comfortably returned to the donor. Donors can use the Red Cross Blood Donor App to schedule and manage donation appointments, access their donor card, track the impact of their donations and earn rewards. Donors can also save up to 15 minutes at the blood drive by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questions online at before coming to their appointments. For information: 800-733-2767;

Masons’ Spring Indoor Flea Market: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 6, Cochichewick Lodge, 19 Johnson St., North Andover. The public is invited to the Spring Indoor Flea Market, hosted by the Masons in the center of old North Andover. The event will feature bargains at dealer tables. Lunch will also be served. Eight-foot dealer tables are still available, at $20 each. For information or table reservations: 978-683-6875.

Run for the Rosés: 1-5 p.m. May 6, The Wine ConneXtion, 117 Main St., North Andover. This will be the first of two rosé tastings. Ladies, don the elaborate, and gentlemen, break out the pastels because The Wine ConneXtion will once again bringing the Kentucky Derby to North Andover. At this tasting The Wine ConneXtion will celebrate the annual Run for the Roses with a complimentary wine tasting of domestic rosés. For information:

Andover Sportsmen’s Club 68th annual Fishing Derby: 6 p.m. May 6, Sudden Pond on Middleton Road, Harold Parker State Forest. The Andover Sportsmen’s Club will host our 68th annual Fishing Derby. The Derby will be held at Sudden Pond. Anglers ages 15 and younger are invited to participate. There is no entry fee. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third place. Each participating child will receive a raffle ticket for new fishing gear. Refreshments will be served and will be free for participants ages 15 and younger. Volunteers will be on hand to assist any child with baiting their hooks. For information:

Rosés International: 1-5 p.m. May 13, The Wine ConneXtion, 117 Main St., North Andover. At the second tasting of rosés, The Wine Connextion will pour a variety of imported rosés from all around the world. The heartland of rosé is the Côtes de Provence in France, although rosés from Spain, Portugal, Austria and New Zealand have become increasingly popular and in this complimentary tasting, guests are invited to savor the fresh, dry and vibrant taste of rosés. For information:

Terrific Twelves: 1-5 p.m. May 20, The Wine ConneXtion, 117 Main St., North Andover. Join The Wine ConneXtion for a tasting of the most popular picks that won’t break the bank. With everything priced at $12 or under, this afternoon will be a great source of wine education, highlighting the flavor, aroma and color differences between top sellers. For information:


Young Adults Safe Place Support Group: 7-8:30 p.m. every first Thursday of the month, beginning April 6, Trinitarian Congregational Church of North Andover, Scouts Cabin, 72 Elm Street, North Andover. Young Adults Safe Place is a group for young adults who have lost a loved one to suicide to get together and grieve their losses. Safe Place allows survivors to talk, listen, cry, be silent, grieve, be accepted, be understood, and offer support to someone else in need in the wake of a suicide death. Meetings are facilitated by a peer suicide survivor and are confidential and free. For information:

Jazz at Salvatore’s: 6-9 p.m. every other Thursday, Salvatore’s, 345 Merrimack St., Lawrence. Fans of Salvatore’s Italian cuisine now have the option of dinner and a show. “Days of Our Lives” television star and national recording artist Steve Blackwood sings jazz standards and bluesy originals every other Thursday evening, evoking the spirits of Gershwin, Sinatra and more. Parking is free and there is no cover. For information:

Andover Historical collecting election and Women’s March memorabilia: through May 10, Andover Bookstore, 89R Main St., Andover. Andover Historical is collecting memorabilia, images, stories, and oral histories from recent events such as the Inauguration and Women’s March History is happening every day. Andover Historical gathers and shares stories from the town and its people, preserving history for today and the future. All material will be considered for the permanent collection and temporary exhibition. To share memorabilia and stories, people are encouraged to contact the history center at 978-475-2236;;

Youth writing workshop: 6-8 p.m. Mondays, Merrimack Valley Immigrant and Education Center, 439 S. Union St. building 2 level B, Lawrence. Robert Largess will lead a youth writing workshop, during which students will write short stories, poems, essays and reports and learn about stories from other cultures. Fee: $10 per class. For information and registration: 978-683-7316;

Overeaters Anonymous: 6-7 p.m. Mondays and 8-9 a.m. Saturdays, North Andover Senior Center, 120 R. Main St., North Andover; 9-10 a.m. Tuesdays, St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 196 Main St., North Andover. Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-step support program for those with eating disorders. Free. For information: 781-641-2303.

Merrimack Valley Networking Group: 7-8:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Atria Marland Place, 15 Steven St., Andover. Merrimack Valley Networking Group is a free business networking group. Local business owners are welcome to attend. For information: 978-609-6420;

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Meeting: 8-9:30 a.m. Saturdays, Jan. 7-Dec. 30, Christ Church, 33 Central St., Andover. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is a free 12-step program, like AA, for those struggling with issues surrounding food, weight, body image and eating. This group meets from 8-9:30 a.m. every Saturday Jan. 7-Dec. 30. Come hear from members with recovery ranging from 90 days to over 25 years share their stories of experience, strength and hope and learn more about what the FA program offers. For information: 978-475-0529.

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Mazzer Goes Filter On The SCA Showfloor

Sometime in our twenties, we come to the conclusion that we cannot live off of beer and pizza alone and should probably add some salad to our diet. In the same spirit of doing what’s healthy for you, Mazzer— an Italian grinder brand best known for their work in the espresso realm—has expanded into manufacturing filter coffee grinders on a smaller scale, but with big possibilities. Showing out and looking fresh on the Global Coffee Expo floor were the new Mazzer Mini Filter, plus the Mazzer ZM, a grinder unlike anything Mazzer has put out to this point in design and functionality.

The Mini Filter, available now, looks almost exactly like a Mazzer Mini espresso grinder. It has the standard grind collar adjustment and touch settings to calculate dose based on time. What’s particularly special about the Mini Filter is that in comes in pretty colors! With shiny yellow and red options, it’ll match that KitchenAid stand mixer your boyfriend got you before he gave you that engagement ring. (I didn’t get one. My marriage is doomed.) Or it could match your flashy car. “They look like Ferraris!” chirped Marketing Manager Cristina Scarpa. “We are Italian.”

The ZM, which will start shipping in September, is named after a grinder that Mazzer used to manufacture in the 50s. Like the kid named after his grandfather, this new grinder gets the legacy name with all of the pressure of doing the family proud. It doesn’t look unlike a Mahlkonig EK43, but the clear difference here is the LCD display and programming options. You can program up to twenty settings and name them, while four settings can be programmed on buttons for frequent use. The retention, or lack thereof, is pretty sick. The chamber holds on to less than .45 grams of coffee. Toss one bean in there and get one ground bean out. Damn, girl.

The decision to start producing filter coffee grinders was one Mazzer took seriously from the outset. “We started from scratch,” Head of Global Sales Luca Maccatrozzo told me. “We asked SCAE to educate our palates and to show us how many brewing methods there are. Once we learned that, we started to design the grinder.” When I asked Maccatrozzo what inspired the nearly eighty year old company to shift gears and move toward filter coffee grinders, I expected some pre-programmed thoughtful answer about integrity, innovation, and the future. Instead, he smiled and simply answered, “Business.” That’s so real, Luca.

Eric J.Grimm is a Sprudge contributor based in New York. Read more Eric J. Grimm on Sprudge

Photos and .gifs by Lanny Huang for Sprudge Media Network. 

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KitchenAid Expands Black Stainless Collection Of Major Appliances

BENTON HARBOR, Mich., April 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ KitchenAid is expanding its popular line of black stainless major appliances to include a number of new built-in and freestanding ranges and refrigerators. Originally launched in 2015 as the industry’s first appliances with a black stainless steel finish, the collection will feature a total of 54 appliance models by the end of the summer, including refrigerators, wall ovens, ventilation hoods, dishwashers, under counter beverage centers and more. With the upcoming additions, KitchenAid will have one of the most complete offerings of black stainless appliances in the industry.

Experience the interactive Multimedia News Release here:

“The feedback we’ve received on our black stainless finish from consumers, the design community and even professional chefs when we first introduced it has been overwhelmingly positive,” says Beth Robinson, senior manager of brand experience for KitchenAid. “We’ve made it a top priority to expand our black stainless appliance portfolio to include even more options so that virtually any consumer can have a black stainless suite, regardless of their kitchen layout.”

New black stainless offerings include six models of slide-in ranges, freestanding ranges and freestanding double oven ranges. Slide-in and freestanding ranges are available now and electric and gas double oven ranges will be available in June and August, respectively. Available in May, new built-in refrigerator options include 48″ and 42″ Side-by-Side models and a 36″ French Door model.

About KitchenAid

Since the introduction of its legendary stand mixer in 1919 and first dishwasher in 1949, KitchenAid has built on the legacy of these icons to create a complete line of products designed for cooks. Today, the KitchenAid brand offers virtually every essential for the well-equipped kitchen with a collection that includes everything from countertop appliances to cookware, ranges to refrigerators, and whisks to wine cellars. Cook for the Cure, the brand’s partnership with Susan G. Komen, is now in its 15 th year and has raised over $10 million to help find a cure for breast cancer. To learn more, visit or join us at and

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The Must-Do List: Collect Works by These Local Artists

1. Relying on shapes, bright colors and positive phrases, illustrator Erin Guido’s work is frequently described as happy. The often paper-based projects are accessible in both content and attainability, with smaller works starting at $25, public installations visible in Hingetown and Tremont, and GIF-style pieces gracing local Instagram feeds.

2. For paintings that detail a deteriorating cityscape fraught with despair, police brutality and gang life, Michelangelo Lovelace’s work is a colorful and even hopeful look at African-American life in inner city Cleveland. His expressive paintings earned him a 2015 Cleveland Arts Prize.

3. A National Medal of Arts recipient, Viktor Schreckengost was a prolific polymath who pumped out paintings, sculptures, pottery and ceramics. A heralded industrial designer, Schreckengost was nicknamed the “American da Vinci,” and his bicycles, toys and dinnerware, some of which remain affordable and obtainable, continue to influence modern American life and design.

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