“Lowell Moments” by Nancye Tuttle

Nancye Tuttle writes about some upcoming events in Lowell. Be sure to check out her own site, Nancye’s World:

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted, but that doesn’t mean I’m slacking off on my duties in observing the Lowell scene.

No excuses, but I have been busy with freelance chores (see today’s Sun and Boston Globe), plus teaching my ever-interesting students at Middlesex Community College and keeping up with three active grandkids

But I do want to point out a couple of events and activities I’ve been a part of over the past couple of weeks that are worth noting and getting involved in.

First, Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s production of Four Places, which runs through Sunday, Nov. 7 , is a well-directed, expertly acted one-act play that speaks to all of us, especially those dealing with aging parents or adult children. While it may hit too close to home for some, it offers great food for thought at coming to grips with the challenges many face. And the acting alone makes for a worthwhile evening of theater that speaks to the child in each of us.

Sculptor Mico Kaufman was honored two weeks ago with the first James McNeill Whistler Distinguished Artist Award from the Whistler House Museum of Art. A worthy recipient, Kaufman’s work is in such institutions as the Smithsonian and the British Museum. He’s made several presidential medallions and hundreds of other collectible medallions.

And closer to home his massive public memorials, including Homage to Women and the Whistler statue in Lowell and Sole to Sole and Water in Tewksbury are a testament to his incredible talents. The event itself on Sunday, Oct. 17 at the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center was impressive, especially the full-fledged exhibit of Kaufman’s work lining the hallway surrounding the ballroom. Kudos to Sara Bogosian and Terry O’Connor for exhibiting the impressive event.

Next Friday, Brenda Costello, another notable Lowellian, will be honored by the American Textile History Museum with its community service award at the Vesper Country Club. Costello is an unsung heroine in Lowell, often working behind the scenes to help such organizations as Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell, the Whistler House, and Lowell High School. Costello is a worthy recipient of this honor. See my story in today’s Lowell Sun, detailing her work and life-long commitment to her native city. Well done.