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Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center will host an opening reception for “Awkward Family Photos” on Friday, March 20 from 5:30-8 p.m. The event is open to all ages, with no admission, and refreshments will be served. The exhibition will continue through May 23, 2015. “Awkward Family Photos” aims to explore the perfectly imperfect moments that come with the family experience and provide a place for people to celebrate the awkwardness while taking comfort in the fact that their family is not alone. The exhibition explores ten family themes: The Family Portrait; Siblings; Vacation; The Kids; The Holidays; Weddings; Dad; Mom; The Grandparents; Birthdays; and The Family Pet. The creators of the exhibition hope to “bring all our families a little closer together as we acknowledge those special times when we wished we were a lot farther apart.” When Mike Bender saw an awkward vacation photo hung in his parents’ house, he realized there were probably plenty of other people with their own awkward family pics. As childhood friends, Mike and Doug Chernack set out to create a friendly place where people could share their own odd family moments. Awkward-

30 March 12, 2015, the website, was created and launched in 2009 and became an Internet sensation. After receiving millions of visitors and submissions from around the world, the two friends curated the traveling exhibition which includes over 200 classic best of the worst family portraits along with hilarious “behind the awkwardness” stories from the actual families. All the photos are framed in “awkward frames” from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. As far as which photos appear in the exhibit, Bender said, “We chose the photos that have received the biggest response on the site along with personal favorites and a few surprises as well.” Historic City Hall invites locals to join the AWKWARD FAMILY PHOTO WALL. All photos must be submitted via e-mail to The staff will make 5x7 prints to be hung on their photo wall and will accept jpg images no larger than 2MB. In the body of the e-mail, please include your story behind the awkwardness. The venue reserves the right to final selection of photos. Photos will not be copied or shared for any purpose other than the Photo Wall for the duration of this exhibition. Historic City Hall is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted. Charlestown Farmers’ Market is open on Bilbo Street behind the center every Saturday 8 a.m.-noon. For more information, call 491-9147 or visit Vol. 6 • No. 24

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Flea Fest is Back, Lawn & Garden, LC Ballet's Assemble 2015, Awkward Family Photos Exhibit comes to LC, Spring Drinks with Justin Morris