Breaking News in the Land of Shopping Carts!
Item: Soap Box Derby to feature "Shopping Cart Cart" or shall I say (shopping cart squared)? My darling son has cut the basket off an older model we snagged from the workroom of Alpha Stone, maker of concrete countertops and neighbor on Central St. Cleared of it's rear swinging side and freed from the chassis, this frame will become the nose of the derby cart (sponsored by Nina's Nook of course). Son Jon has been welding this beauty far in advance of the September event, and it promises to be really cool and very strong! Pictures will be shared as it evolves.
Item: Hampshire College senior R.J. Sakai has completed his "Turners Falls: Encoded" project which will "go live" soon in various parts of town including Nina's Nook. His idea is to create a "treasure map" of locations in the downtown that bear QR code blocks, inserted into the environment in clever ways. These code blocks when scanned by app on a mobile device will lead to webpages on the RiverCulture website which feature a video made by Sakai with a story about that location. The video for my Nook will feature my voice reading "Ode to a Shopping Cart" and a montage of pictures of shopping carts around TF, including one drowned in the canal!