Independence Park http://ripr.org en The 229th Bristol Fourth http://ripr.org/post/229th-bristol-fourth <p>Hike the streets of Bristol this week. It’s an exercise in history and Old Home Week. From the concerts in Independence Park, to the taverns, markets and a Hope Street adorned with the freshly painted &nbsp;red, white and blue stripe down the middle.</p><p>This old&nbsp; New England port, marinated in history, is the scene this week of handshakes and hugs, as people who haven’t seen each other recently - some in many years – greet and relive the old times.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:39:55 +0000 Scott MacKay 36003 at http://ripr.org The enduring rhythms of a Bristol 4th http://ripr.org/post/enduring-rhythms-bristol-4th <p>Walking the streets of Bristol this week is an exercise in Old Home Week. In the taverns, markets and at the concerts at Independence Park, the historic town is a welter of hugs and handshakes as people who haven’t seen each other in years greet and talk about the old times.</p><p>This week is the high social season for Bristol. The hydrangeas are in bloom, the red, white and blue stripe has been freshly painted on Hope Street and the peach and plum sunsets explode over the harbor.</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 20:09:55 +0000 Scott MacKay 17740 at http://ripr.org