Oct 13, 2013 – Scrag Mountain Music

The Aizuri String Quartet of New York City
The Aizuri String Quartet of New York City

Mary Bonhag and Evan Premo of Scrag Mountain kick off their 2013-14 season with an amazing concert at First Light in Randolph, Sunday, October 13, at 7pm. Along with Bonhag and Premo, the evening will feature performances by the Aizuri String Quartet of New York City and pianist Lembit Beecher, this season’s composer-in-residence. Including in the evening of music from Hungary and Estonia will be Bartok’s String Quartet no.1 and Lembit’s new quartet “These Memories May be True.” Additionally, Bonhag and Premo will join Lembit for songs by Viego Tormis and Zoltán Kodálly, as well as some new arrangements of Estonian folk songs.

Scrag Mountain's Mary Bonhag
Scrag Mountain’s Mary Bonhag

As with all Scrag performances at First Light, you are invited to: “Come as you are. Pay what you can!”

Please join us for this extraordinary music event!



Mikael Kennedy Comes to First Light

Photo by Mikael Kennedy
First Light Studios will host an artist’s reception this Friday, Feb. 8, from 6-9:30 p.m. for photographer Mikael Kennedy, whose work will be featured through sugaring season. A Randolph native, Kennedy (RUHS ‘97), now lives and works in New York City, and is the author of the internationally acclaimed Polaroid travel blog, Passport to Trespass.

Kennedy’s development as an artist of note has been hard fought. He writes in his blog: “In 2002, I was 23 years old. David Lamb and I were leaving the blood bank in Seattle where we went twice a week to make $45 selling our blood. We’d ride the bus through the dark and grey days, home to the house on Keystone where David would sit in the basement recording folk songs into a broken tape recorder while his wife, my little brother, and I wandered the city taking pictures.

“We were broke. I sold my blood to buy expired Polaroid film where I could find it, and when that didn’t work I would steal it. I had started carrying an old Polaroid SX70 camera with me everywhere I went back in 1999. We had no jobs, we had no plan, we had piled six of us and a dog into a van and had driven straight across from Massachusetts to Washington for no reason other than to find a new place to live…

“And so that is what this is, it’s 10 years of no plan, of wandering around with a Polaroid camera. Some of these are the people who I walked with and some are the people whose paths I crossed. The times when things seemed most desperate are when I felt most alive; like waking up shivering on piles of life jackets in the hull of a boat next to Sohrob and thinking it was the most wonderful place to be, because I felt alive, and that was what mattered. Since I was a teenager watching my older brother ride freight trains around the country I have always said the only reason to live is for what I would call a ‘life lived;’ a life full of experiences either good or bad. So we’d win by taking the wrong way, we would wander, gather these experiences one by one and build something out of them.”

Kennedy’s Polaroid work is represented by the Peter Hay Halpert Fine Art Gallery of New York City. His photographs have appeared in The New Yorker, Nylon, Dazed & Confused, Blown (UK), Cosmoplotian,,,, and He won “Cover of the Year” in Munich at the 2011 BCP Awards for EB Magazine featuring a photograph from his series “The Odysseus.”


First Light’s First Annual Holiday Show!

We are delighted to announce our First Light Studios Holiday Show and Party, opening this Friday (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.) and Saturday (1 to 4 p.m.)

Works whimsical and inspiring comprise First Light Studios’ Christmas Show, opening this weekend. Gathered here is 19th- and 20th-century folk art fit for holiday giving.

These pieces are grouped with original works by area craftspeople and fine artists, creating a festive holiday display.

Included are the amazing, and very affordable, folk art boxes of Braintree’s Brian Jones, photography by Ethan Hubbard of Chelsea, and fine art by Karen Petersen of Braintree and Jim Sardonis of Randolph. James Whitehead of Randolph is represented with sculpture welded from old tools, and the quintessential holiday gift, maple syrup by Braintree’s Jan Gray, will be sold in all sizes, grades B and fancy. Finally, art by Paul Calter and Bob Eddy are also included.

Come lift a glass of good cheer, join in songs and merriment of the season, and give thanks for the abundant blessings we all share.

First Light Studios is located on the corner of Pleasant Street and Randolph Avenue in Randolph; with the entrance to the second floor on Pleasant Street. For directions, click here.

There truly is something here for every budget! We hope you will join us.