2018 Art Show

This past April 13th and 14th, C.cada held it’s 7th Annual Art at Cornerstone Church in Winchendon, Massachusetts.  With over 200 art, music and writing pieces from 26 different artists, the show was a tremendous success.  Over 300 guests visited over the 2-day period–some to observe, some to buy and some to win art items in the popular Chinese Auction.

The art work was judged by two independent judges–with the following artists earning awards:


1st Place: Isabella Dixson (Seascape with Gulls)

2nd Place: Ken Knowlton (Dragon’s Breath)

3rd Place: Ken Knowlton (Phantasmagoriaville)


1st Place: Darryl Gagne (North End)

2nd Place: Betty Knowlton (Deep Seas)

3rd Place: Steven Hackett (Perkins Cove)


!st Place: Lisa Johnson (Family)

2nd Place: Greta Chirco (Doll)

3rd Place: Isabella Dixson (Pottery)


1st Place: Bella Lewiston (Snowman/Black Trees)

2nd Place: Xavier Robertson (Personal Name)

3rd Place: Tommy Maciorowski (Abstract Wedding Gift)

Congratulations to all for helping to make this show a success.  We look forward to having each of you join us next year.

New blog site

In an effort to share more personal stories about family, friends, sports, art, music, Christianity and devotions, we will be posting as kens fireside chat from now on. I’m hoping that all of you will follow and re-friend me at this new name. Artist Day Apart will remain as the CCADA art group website, complete with artwork and calendar information.  The new site will be kensfiresidechat.com.  I can be reached at kensfiresidechat@gmail.com

Lost in the Cost

My wife and I are in the process of doing some renovations on our house.  I’m getting a little too old and creaky to do things like climbing up on the roof, so we are looking for a construction company to come in and do the work.  We’ll probably get more than one estimate.  When we get it, we will have to decide whether the work is worth the price.  But, if the work is important enough to us, we have to be careful not to get lost in the cost.  If we wait until later, there may be more damage to the house, the amount of work will increase, and so will the overall cost.  So sometimes it pays to spend your money wisely and just get the work done.

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What if?

l recently drove by one of our local churches.  Written on their outside message board was written something like this, “What if people treated their Bible like their cell phone?”  Now I admit that am definitely old school when it comes to electronic and computer devices.  In fact, I don’t even own a cell phone or a tablet.  And while I have a TV, I only use it to watch or to record programs.  According to the Washington Times, adults in the US spend 4 1/2 hours a day on their phones.  CNN has found that the amount increases to 9 hours a day for US teenagers.  And that’s not counting any use of it at school.  That’s more than 2 1/2 days a week and more than 136 days of the year.  What if they are fortunate enough,  10 For the days of our life, to contain seventy years, Or if due to strength, eighty years, Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; For soon it is gone and we fly away. (Psalm 90:10)  It will fly even faster if we spend that much time on our cell phones.

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What if?

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Hair today; gone tomorrow

After spending four years at Jesuit college, I ended up being one of two non-Catholics–me and one young Jewish boy.  And, yes, I got saved at a Catholic college.  God certainly has a sense of humor.  While at college, I was one those unfortunate young men who began to follow my grandfather’s pattern baldness.  Hence, the phrase, “hair today, gone tomorrow.”  So when I married my wife one week after graduating, I was already tinning out on the top.

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