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What’s New on MATV, Nov. 23, 2017

By Michael Lynch

MATV Executive Director

Here’s what’s new on MATV this week.

You can view all of the following programs on our Video OnDemand page by clicking here.

Fresh off breaking the Guinness World Record for continuous accordion-playing (32 hours), world-champion accordionist Cory Pesaturo recently stopped by the MATV studio for a performance and interview with Jeff Stoodt on a new episode of “You’ve Got To Have Art.” Pesaturo discusses his craft and fascinating life as a musician, during which he has has broken one barrier after the next, and brought his instrument to a new level in the eyes of musicians around the globe. Tune in for this program, which is currently airing on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13) Thursdays at 4 p.m., Mondays at 1 p.m. and all weekend long, also at 1 p.m.

The letters of John and Abigail Adams are the focus of a new lecture series at Fuller Village delivered by Curry College Professor Emeritus of history and politics Dr. John Hill. The first in this four-part conversation focuses on the Adams’ discourse on what virtues are necessary in a  citizenry in order to sustain a democracy, among those being public spirit, frugality, industriousness, justice and serving one’s fellow man. This program is currently airing during the Monday Forum at 8 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

Nashville-based singer-songwriter Jude Johnstone stopped by the Milton Art Center as the most recent performer in their Fall 2017 Music Series. Songs from Johnstone’s prolific catalogue have been covered by beloved entertainers such as Trisha Yearwood, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Bette Midler, Johnny Cash and Stevie Nicks, and the composer brings them to Milton herself in this intimate concert. It is currently airing on Music Thursdays at 6 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

Immediately following Jude Johnstone, get as local as local gets with this month’s MAC Open Mic, featuring musicians and artists from your neighborhood. The newest installment of this monthly forum of singer-songwriters, minstrels, poets and performers returns, with regulars as well as some newcomers, currently airing on Music Thursdays at 8 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

What’s New on MATV, Nov. 16, 2017

By Michael Lynch

MATV Executive Director

Here’s what’s new on MATV this week.

You can view all of the following programs on our Video OnDemand page by clicking here.

Milton came together to honor its veterans of the U.S. Armed Services in many ways this past Veterans Day weekend, and MATV is currently broadcasting two of these events:

-Playing seven days a week at noon on the Government channel (Comcast 8/RCN 3) is the 2017 Veterans Day Observance at Town Hall, with a focus this year on those who served in the Vietnam War.

veterans day Massachusetts Cunningham milton-Immediately following this program at 1 p.m., also seven days a week, is the annual Cunningham/Collicot Veterans Day Ceremony, which includes essays read by students and featured speaker Dr. Michael Fitzsimons of Massachusetts General Hospital, a former longtime military doctor.

A fun new episode of “It’s All Write with Suzette” premieres this week, with guest Randy Ross, a writer and performer whose newly-published first novel, “God Bless Cambodia,” follows a perpetually single protagonist around the world on his search for love and fulfillment. This episode is full of laughs and insight. It’s currently playing on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13) Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8:30 p.m.

Musician Diane Taraz sings and plays authentic music from the Revolutionary War at the Milton Public Library, as the Milton Historical Society presents “Songs of the Revolution.” Traditional instruments and garb are just one part of this multifaceted show, which features not just the tunes that were played during the birth of our nation but also the stories behind them. This program is currently airing on Monday evenings at 5 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

Another legendary composer of the 20th Century comes to life in a new episode of “The Great American Songbook” that takes a look at the career and craft of Hoagy Carmichael. Host and vocalist Jeff Stoodt is joined by his backing jazz band and guest singers, performing selected pieces from the Carmichael catalogue while also providing analysis and historical context. Tune in for this musical journey as it airs at 5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, as well as 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings, all on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

What’s New on MATV, Nov. 9, 2017

By Michael Lynch

MATV Executive Director

Here’s what’s new on MATV this week.

You can view all of the following programs on our Video OnDemand page by clicking here.

As the Mueller investigation heats up, along with the Congressional push for tax cuts, Fuller Talks is packing more and more into its half-hour of political discussion. This month, the roundtable takes a look at the year’s Nobel Prize winners, possible solutions to excessive traffic in town and on the South Shore, major changes to the Massachusetts insurance industry, and more topics of the day. This program airs at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m., all on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

Dr. Steven Hatch, author of the book “Inferno: A Doctor’s Ebola Story,” recently gave a talk at the Milton Public Library about his experiences in Liberia working as an infectious disease specialist during the Ebola virus outbreak in 2014, where he helped establish an emergency treatment facility for the deadly disease. Also widening out to look at the socio-political scope of the epidemic, this talk offers a unique perspective on a crisis that captivated communities around the globe. Catch this program as it airs during Monday Night Forum at 6:30 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

 

This month’s episode of “A Fuller Life” takes a look at the myriad and varied paintings of resident and prolific artist Myrtle Flight, who talks about her craft, inspirations and techniques. Host Gladys Hampton helps guide a tour through the painter’s apartment among pastels, oils, drawings, watercolors and more. Tune in for this program as it airs Wednesday evenings, at 8 p.m., as well as Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m., all on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

 

Kids ages 0-5 can join in the good times and sing and dance along with children’s entertainer Mama Steph, as she plays guitar, sings and tells fun and educational stories with a cast of puppets and other helpers. On this new episode of the Library Children’s Hour, there will be classic favorite sing-a-longs as well as fresh new tunes. This program airs at 2:30 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as Tuesdays, all on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

What’s New on MATV, Nov. 2, 2017

By Michael Lynch

MATV Executive Director

Please note, MATV will be closed on Friday, Nov. 10, in observance of Veterans Day.

We’ve also just launched an updated version of our Video OnDemand service via our website, www.miltonaccesstv.org, with new organization, layout and features. There’s a video in our November e-newsletter explaining how to use everything. We hope you find it useful.

Here’s what’s new on MATV this week.

You can view all of the following programs on our Video OnDemand page by clicking here.

Former Boston Bruins star Terry O’Reilly recently led the official Bruins Alumni team in a hockey game against Milton Youth Hockey coaches at a full-capacity Ulin Rink. The game raised money for the youth hockey program, and showcased many familiar Bruins players from over the years.  The MATV recording of this event is currently airing on Monday evenings at 9 p.m. after Monday Forum concludes, as well as Thursdays at noon, both on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

 

The Master Plan Implementation Committee recently held a joint meeting with the Selectmen and the Planning Board for a discussion of Milton Landing/Wharf Area planning efforts. Major changes are being proposed at the waterfront on the Neponset River estuary. Tune in to see what the plan is and watch the discussion as this program airs at noon on the Government channel (Comcast 8/RCN 3) seven days a week.


 

The annual Fall into Reading event at the Milton Public Library featured a wide variety of local authors showcasing their recently published books. From bestsellers to first-timers, from fiction to wellness to children’s books, this rapid-fire program is a great way to learn about what the writers from in and around town have to offer. It will air during the Monday Forum at 8 p.m.

MATV Attends October MassAccess Meet-and-Greet

The last Mass Access Meet and Greet was held on Wednesday, October 4th, at Amherst Community Media. Topics discussed were contract renewals, alternative sources of revenue, and an open discussion amongst the attendees.
The cable industry is changing. With more and more options being made available to watch TV and movies online, many consumers are shifting away from their traditional cable service.
Why does that matter to us? It’s because local access programming is primarily viewed on a TV from a local cable box. Unlike Milton, many stations throughout the country do not have their content readily available online. And if they do, its not through the cable provider, and is not easy accessible to viewers.
Cable companies fund local access stations. The fewer cable subscribers there are in a town, the less funding a local access station receives.
Milton Access TV needs your help! Write to your local and state representatives. Tell them how much local access means to you. Every little bit helps! You may also send your letters of support to info@miltonaccesstv.org and we will forward them to the right representative.

What’s New on MATV, Oct. 26, 2017

By Michael Lynch

MATV Executive Director

Here’s what’s new on MATV this week. You can view all of the following programs on our Video OnDemand page by clicking here.

The recent MHS Hurricane Relief Concert was an inspirational night of music, raising funds to aid recovery efforts in Puerto Rico after the island territory was devastated by Hurricane Maria. Milton High student musicians came together to offer a wide-ranging show that featured the MHS Chorus, Chamber Orchestra, jazz band the Cellar Dwellers, cast of the MHS musical “Pippin,” special guest Pauline Wells and a spectacular finale by the Wildcat Marching Band. Don’t miss this special performance as it airs on MATV’s Education channel (Comcast 22/RCN 15) Monday through Thursday at 7 p.m. and Friday, Saturday, Sunday at 4 p.m.

 

The beloved Broadway musical “Pippin” is coming to town with a production put on by Milton High School that debuts Nov. 2. MATV visited a recent rehearsal and heard first-hand from the stars of the show about the everything to expect, including big musical numbers, acrobatics and one of the biggest sets ever put together by the MHS Drama Department. This special behind-the-scenes preview is currently airing at many times across the schedule on all three MATV channels: Government (Comcast 8/RCN 3), Public (Comcast 9/RCN 13) and Education (Comcast 22/RCN 15).


 

It’s a jam-packed schedule of events coming up in November at the Milton Public Library, and there are lots of new offerings like parent-kid reading challenges and book and DVD recommendations that are all about Jane Austen. Hear about all of them directly from your librarians in this month’s “Page Turner,” the Milton Public Library update program. Catch it when it airs Monday and Wednesday mornings at 7 a.m. and Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m., all on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

What’s New on MATV, Oct. 19, 2017

By Michael Lynch

MATV Executive Director

Here’s what’s new on MATV this week. You can view all of the following programs on our Video OnDemand page by clicking here.

Dahlias are on the docket on the newest episode of “The Milton Garden Path.” Maintenance, planting and propagation tips, winter bulb storage and a lot more expert information on how to get the most from your dahlias is shared in this program, which features special guest Donna Lane, the president of the New England Dahlia Society, joined as always by host Christine Paxhia. Take a look at this new installment, which airs Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Friday, Saturday, Sunday at 11 a.m., all on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

 

The Fall Music Series kicked off at the Milton Art Center this past week with a performance by Quincy-based band The Van Burens. Among the styles used to describe them are: reggae, funk, soul, and rock and roll, along with others. The energy is high, and the atmosphere is fun at this concert that MATV cameras were on-hand to record. It is currently airing on Tuesday evenings at 8:30 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

 

The Milton Art Center and host Franc Graham held the first Open Mic of the fall recently, with a full lineup of local talent taking over the stage at 334 Edge Hill Road. Strummers, singers and more fill out this melodic and lyrical program that rounds out Music Thursdays, airing at 8 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

What’s New on MATV, Oct. 12, 2017

By Michael Lynch

MATV Executive Director

Here’s what’s new on MATV this week. You can view all of the following programs on our Video OnDemand page by clicking here.

The devastation in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria, the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas, the Congressional push to pass a tax bill, state efforts to curb the opioid crisis, major building developments in East Milton, and more issues are all on the table for discussion in the newest episode of “Fuller Talks.” Get a fresh perspective on the topics that are in the news by tuning into this new episode when it airs at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m., all on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

 

Looking ahead to the town’s Nov. 11 Veterans Day Observance, “Reel Talk” host Eileen Maher speaks with town Director of Veterans Services Kevin Cook as well as Barbara Martin of the Selectmen’s Office. In addition to discussing a number of outstanding war documentaries and fictional films about armed conflicts, the group weighs in on what to expect at the annual observance at Town Hall as well as larger issues relating to veterans and the U.S. military at-large. Tune in for this new episode when it airs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 8 p.m.

 

Parkway United Methodist Church hosted its Jazz Concert on the Lawn recently, featuring the music of Milton High School jazz band False Lightning. Tune into this outdoor musical showcase for the tunes as well as words from congregants and members of the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association. This program is currently airing on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13) during Music Thursdays.

 

Porches and verandas all along Central Avenue and surround neighborhoods were transformed into stages on a recent Saturday afternoon, as the Milton Porchfest saw families strolling through the streets and taking in the live music at many different locations. MATV cameras captured some of the action, and you can take a look yourself as some highlights from the Milton Porchfest 2017 are broadcast on Thursday evenings at 5 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

What’s New on MATV, Oct. 5, 2017

By Michael Lynch

MATV Executive Director

 

MATV has just launched a series of “how-to” training videos that will show volunteers and residents how to set-up and use the studio’s equipment. We tried to make them fun, too. If you’re curious, visit our website, www.miltonaccesstv.org, and navigate to the OnDemand page to check them out. Maybe you’ll even get inspired to get involved!

 

On a new episode of “A Fuller Life,” resident and civil rights pioneer Elaine Pinderhughes reads from her personal memoir reflecting on actions she took long ago to push equal rights forward, and how that has affected her life. Following, the show takes a look at the myriad and varied paintings of resident and prolific artist Myrtle Flight, who talks about her craft, inspirations and techniques. Tune in for this program as it airs Wednesday evenings, at 8 p.m., as well as Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m., all on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

 

“Step Inside Your Center for Living” is new this week, with a presentation from a new senior living community that is right down the road. In addition to this information, you’ll also get the rundown of all the events coming up at the Milton senior center during the month of October. This new episode is currently airing Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. and Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

 

Did you know that smoke detectors only last 10 years? And did you know that the town has a program that will replace yours for free? Fire Chief Jack Grant and Fire Lt. Mitchell Sumner recently came to the Council on Aging to talk about smoke detector as well as carbon monoxide detector safety, as well as some other helpful fire prevention tips in the home. Tune in for this important but brief presentation as it airs on Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

What’s New on MATV, Sept. 28, 2017

By Michael Lynch

MATV Executive Director

It’s time for a very spooky episode of “Actin’ Up with Mel and Gigi Giraffe” … well, not too spooky! Everyone’s favorite giraffe takes a trip to Scotland to look at the region that gave birth to Halloween, while the kid crew gets some expert help with face-painting and creating their own costumes. Kids can follow along from home when they tune in for this brand new episode seven days a week at 3:30 p.m., and Monday through Thursday in the morning at 7:30 a.m., all on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

“Meet Me in the Kitchen” took another trip to the Milton Farmers Market this past week, cooking up delectables like zucchini turkey lasagna, shiitake mushroom polenta and pesto roasted chicken. Chef Connie Spiros shows you how it’s all done on this new episode that airs Tuesday mornings at 11 a.m. and all weekend long at 7 p.m., both on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

October is full of events and surprises at the Milton Public Library, as your local librarians fill everyone in on what’s coming up for kids, teens and adults. And, of course, Sally is back with her book recommendations for the month, too. Tune to find out what’s happening at the library when this month’s episode of “The Page Turner” airs Monday and Wednesday mornings at 7 a.m. and Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m., all on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

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