Margaret Desjardins

Cambridge MA
I’ve worked at CBS News, Sports Illustrated, PBS, and HBO…slid into multimedia writing and producing entertainment theatrical shows, CD-ROMs, and web products. I’ve been published in the Christian Science Monitor, Reading Divas, and write bi-monthly for the Yale Alumni Magazine.
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January 11, 2008 - 1:10pm Fashionistas (no, not Fusionistas) collide with techies at SEAMLESS, a fashion show celebrating wearable technology at the Museum of Science on Wednesday, January 30 at 8pm. Co-produced by the Museum of Science, Christine Liu (co-founder of SEAMLESS and lifestyle editor at Boston’s Weekly Dig), and Amanda Parkes (design researcher in the Tangible Media Group at the MIT Media Lab) SEAMLESS will feature models showing off unique and innovative clothing designs, with live performances by video artist sosolimited and guest DJs Eddie O. and Mike Uzzi of Zero G Sounds. The event will be emceed by designer Steven Rosengard, from the three-time Emmy-nominated competition reality series “Project Runway" on Bravo. Guests are invited and encouraged to interact with the designers and their fashion creations. Eneleon (above) designed by Joanna Berzowska and Di MainstoneParty Dress (right)designed by Dana and Karla Karwas While SEAMLESS is a showcase of functional creations of wearable technology by designers from around the world, local designers include: Amanda Parkes (co-producer and PhD candidate at MIT Media Lab) studies the relationship of gesture, form, materiality, and computation in... read more
January 3, 2008 - 12:02pm When they declare a Snow Emergency you are not allowed to park on streets with signs that say “No Parking during Snow Emergency” so check carefully or you will be tagged and towed. Free Parking during a Snow Emergency Unless you have a driveway, finding somewhere to put your car can be a real challenge. But did you know that four parking garages provide free parking for a limited time during a declared snow emergency? Galleria Mall Residents of East Cambridge can park in the Galleria Mall Garage for free during a declared snow emergency. First Street Garage Enter on Spring Street. Free parking with a Cambridge resident parking permit from the time the snow emergency is in effect until 2 hours after it is lifted. Green Street Garage, Central Square Free parking with a Cambridge resident parking permit from the time the snow emergency is in effect until 2 hours after it is lifted. 52 Oxford Garage This Harvard owned and operated garage is free to City residents with resident parking permits on a space-available basis from the time the snow emergency is declared until one hour after it is lifted. Space is limited and on a first-come-first-served basis. Harvard reserves the right... read more
December 11, 2007 - 3:10pm Twenty-two years ago Leslie Gray and Connie Barbour founded the Harvard Square Holiday Bazaar - the unique gift mecca located at the corner of Church Streets and Mass Ave. Click on the image to see a short interview with Leslie about this annual phenomenon. You can’t miss Leslie’s booth- it’s the burst of color and light just as you come down the stairs inside the church. Gorgeous Asian fabrics recycled into bags, shirts, and skirts; hand carved mirrors with paint and inlays; she is one of the few importers at the fair. Click the image to see her fabulous fabrics and magnificent mirrors! It’s hard to tell whether Lisa Bess's jewelry is art or accessories. “It’s art that solves a problem or does a job,” she says. “Why have a boring solution when you can have a creative solution?” Click the image to see a short video of Lisa's delightful and original creations and hear her explain her work. Lisa’s adventure as a crafter of efficient accessory jewelery began in 1996. Originally a painter -- theatrical scenery, masks, and costumes -- Lisa needed a change. So she designed a whimsical booth and began filling it with fun, affordable, original jewelry made from found and... read more
December 11, 2007 - 2:58pm New Bedford artist Paul Fata has been selling his “Cheap Art” at the Harvard Square Holiday Fair for 18 years now. “I used to play in a band,” he says, “and I did the band’s flyers. Everyone loved my flyers, but they weren’t too crazy about the music…so I stuck to the art…although I am still a musician at heart.” Click the image for a short video of Paul’s “Cheap Art” made from recycled construction materials. read more
December 11, 2007 - 2:53pm You can’t miss Leslie Gray's (co-founder of the Harvard Square Holiday fair booth! It’s the burst of color and light just as you come down the stairs inside the church. Gorgeous Asian fabrics recycled into bags, shirts, and skirts; hand carved mirrors with paint and inlays; she is one of the few importers at the fair. Click the image to see her fabulous fabrics and magnificent mirrors! read more
December 10, 2007 - 5:40pm You'd never believe Lennie Kaumzha’s colorful candle lanterns were made from ordinary household tin cans unless you saw how how he made them. Using an oxy-acetylene torch with a pencil-thin flame, he burns original designs into the tin cans without drawing or stenciling. The action of the heat on the metal turns the tin dark, almost like pewter. The cans are then shaped by hand after they cool down. The lit lanterns – both electric and candle – cast intricate dancing shadows on walls and ceilings. Click the image to see a short video of Lennie and his lanterns at the Harvard Square Holiday Fair. He has been selling his work throughout New England since 1989. For more information about Lennie and his tin can lights, stop by his booth at the Harvard Square Holiday Fair or visit his web site www.tincanlights.com. read more
December 10, 2007 - 4:29pm Lisa Bess's adventure as a crafter of efficient accessory jewelery began in 1996. Click the image to see a short video of Lisa's delightful and original creations and hear her explain her work. Originally a painter -- theatrical scenery, masks, and costumes -- Lisa needed a change. So she designed a whimsical booth and began filling it with fun, affordable, original jewelry made from found and recycled objects. Her aim is to infuse humor, spirit, and fabulous color into each piece, which she does with charm, energy, and skill. She makes all her works by hand in her studio in Portland,Maine...Ayuh. Stop by her booth at the Harvard Square Holiday Bazaar or visit her online at her website www.LisaBess.com. read more
December 10, 2007 - 2:58pm Twenty-two years ago Leslie Gray and Connie Barbour founded the Harvard Square Holiday Bazaar - the unique gift mecca located at the corner of Church Streets and Mass Ave. Click on the image or on "play" below to see a short interview with Leslie about this annual phenomenon. For more information about the Fair see Veni, Vidi, Visa - I came, I saw, I shopped! For EVEN more info see the Harvard Square Holiday Fair Website. read more
December 3, 2007 - 1:55pm They’re baaaaaaack! Talented artisans and craftisans return to Harvard Square for the 22nd Annual Harvard Square Holiday Fair! The colorful bazaar is an alternative marketplace of local and world crafts – jewelry, pottery, clothing, art, and more. So stop in at the First Parish Church at Zero Church St. (corner of Church St and Mass Ave) But take note of the hours and days: Weekend of December 7-9 FRIDAY 12-7:30 SATURDAY 10-7 SUNDAY 12-6 Weekend of December 14-16 FRIDAY 12-7:30 SATURDAY 10-7 SUNDAY 12-6 WEEK of December 18-23 TUESDAY-FRIDAY 12-7:30 SATURDAY 10-7 SUNDAY 12-6 Note: Closed Monday December 17th “It’s a juried crafts fair,” says Leslie Gray, co-founder of the annual event. “This means the artisans have to apply to get in, and we are very selective.” Selections are made in September. Wanna check out the fair without going out into the cold? Click this image to see a short video preview of some of the neat stuff for sale at the fair.. “It’s really three different fairs,” explains Leslie. “Each weekend about half the exhibitors are new as we get about 50% turnover. We always try to keep a balanced mix -- jewelers, potters, woodworkers, clothing, and... read more
December 3, 2007 - 1:46pm Time to go shopping! Talented artisans and craftisans return to Harvard Square for the 22nd Annual Harvard Square Holiday Fair at: First Parish Church Zero Church St. (at the corner of Church Street and Mass Ave in Harvard Square) Click the image on the left for a short video preview of some of the goodies you can buy at the fair! But take note of the hours and days: Weekend of December 7-9 FRIDAY 12-7:30 SATURDAY 10-7 SUNDAY 12-6 Weekend of December 14-16 FRIDAY 12-7:30 SATURDAY 10-7 SUNDAY 12-6 WEEK of December 18-23 TUESDAY-FRIDAY 12-7:30 SATURDAY 10-7 SUNDAY 12-6 Note: Closed Monday December 17th Come, see, and buy local and world crafts – jewelry, pottery, clothing, art, and more! So even if you went last weekend, go again this weekend as you are sure to see some new offerings! For more info see www.harvardsquareholidyfair.com read more

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