2008 Sutton Chain of Lights Photo Gallery

sutton-chain-of-lights-092Here, finally, are the photos from The Chain of Lights in Sutton, Ma last weekend.  They were taken with my Canon A530 5 megapixels, point and shoot.  Some of the photos I took, others were taken my my 9 year old Mackenzie who you can see in many of the shots.

I will be going back in tonight to add captions and descriptions to the photos.  These are scaled down, if you want a hi res version, post a comment or get in touch via the email link.   Also, be sure to read my other posts about this experiment in new journalism .  There is a twitter stream here with a few more photos that came off my Iphone which I posted during the event.

Click the “More” link to go to the photos…

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New Journalism in Action – Using Twitter as a Photoblog with the Iphone

The idea: to run a live Tweet stream from the varied events of the Sutton, Ma Chain of Lights, a celebration that happens at many different locations thoughout the town and its villages.  I used my Iphone with the Twitterlator Application that lets me post pictures direct to Twitter with pictures that I take on my phone uploaded right at that moment.  The tweets all contain the hashtag #suttoncol – short for Sutton Chain of Lights which make them searchable via the Twitter search function, formerly known as Summize.  You can check out the full tweet stream here.

Additionally we (my 9 year old daughter Mackenzie helped me with this) took photos at the events we attended with my Canon Power Shot A530 5 megapixel point and shoot camera.

Why Would You Bother: Sutton, like many small communities, doesn’t get a lot of coverage in the local paper, The Worcester Telegram, and substantially less from the television stations.  Even if they did send someone out to cover the events, they’d have gone to a single location, took a quick couple pictures, or did a quick standup talking to some happy kids, then they’d have been off to their next assignment.  Local events are naturals for crowd sourcing, and what better way to do it than live tweeting with a hashtag, posting a photo gallery, etc.

When I sat down last week to add pictures to the National Gallery and Gift Shop site to help publicize the event, I was surprised to find there were no pictures online anywhere from the Chain of Lights last year, save a few marketing shots by The Vaillancourt Folk Art Museum. Continue reading “New Journalism in Action – Using Twitter as a Photoblog with the Iphone”

Experiments in New Journalism – Live Tweeting the Sutton Chain of Lights Festival

I’ll be live tweeting today from the various events of the Sutton Chain of Lights celebration, in Sutton, Massachusetts.  You can find my tweets at http://www.twitter.com/mncahill or by searching in Twitter for the #suttoncol hash tag.  

My tweets throughout the day will include pictures of the event via my Iphone, and later today I’ll up load a photo gallery of the pictures.  If your out and about in Sutton, I encourage you to tweet using the same hashtag and I’d be happy to put your photos into the photo gallery I post later.

I you aren’t tweeting and just want to catch up, I plan to be that the National Gallery and Gift Shop on Putnam Hill Road at 1pm.

Sutton Chain of Lights This Saturday

There’s nothing like the Christmas season in a traditional New England community, and that is exactly why you should try to get to Sutton this weekend for the Chain of Lights Celebration.  The celebration runs from 10am to 5pm (although some of the churches end a little early for Saturday Mass) followed by a tree lighting and caroling on the common at 5:30 and a roast beef dinner at the Congregational Church next door from 5pm until 7pm.   You can come to town and grab one of the trolleys that will be running around to take you to the various businesses, community centers, schools and churches for the events.

It’s a really special time, one of the few days of the year you can get to the Sleighbell Farms Christmas Shop, which is worth the trip in and off itself.  Addionally, there are tours of the Vaillancourt Folk Art shop where they make the wonderful chalk art figurines (historical note, they are located in what was the original Fruit of the Loam Factory, in the Village of Manchaug, according to the National Park Service).

At the National Gallery and Gift Shop (I built their website…) they will have representatives from Jim Shore and from Byers’ Choice, the makers of the Carolers figurines.  A member for the New England Revolution Soccer Club will be signing autographs.   There will be crafts for the kids to do, while the adults can check out the great collectible deals.  You’ll want to check out the special deals they’ve setup for the Chain of Lights on their site.

Johhny at Johnny’s LJ says its “Not closest to Boston, but possibly the best…” of the local Christmas events.

There are three separate bus routes this year.  You can find out more about the participating locations by visiting the Chain of Lights page here.  There is a full brochure available here.

If you’re going to be going and use Twitter, why not use a #SuttonCOL hashtag?