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Arts & Culture

Exhibit: "Screens: Virtual Material" (thru March 18)

10.06.17 at 10:00 AM - deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum
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Focusing on the increased presence of screens, both digital and tactile, within contemporary art, this exhibit features large-scale works by six leading contemporary artists: Brian Bress, Marta Chilindron, Liza Lou, Matt Saunders Josh Tonsfeldt, and Penelope Umbrico. From metal fences and folding architecture to television monitors and video projections, screens are the primary artistic medium and conceptual focus in these immersive sculpture, installations, and multimedia artworks.

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Exhibit: "Bodies in Water" (thru March 18)

10.06.17 at 10:00 AM - deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum
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Showing the many creative ways photographers have been inspired by water, the exhibition features human bodies immersed in, emerging from, and interacting with water in visually bold and thought-provoking ways. While some artists address water as a form of recreation or relaxation, others focus on its scarcity or potentially dangerous nature.

 

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Exhibit: "Cool Medium" (thru March 18)

10.06.17 at 10:00 AM - deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum
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"Cool Medium" explores how the emergence of color televsion and psychedelic culture--and the hypnotic properties of both--interesected with visual arts. The paintings, photographs and prints in the exhibition mirror the saturated colors and patterns shown on television in hte 1960s and 1970s, and also address cultural issues of drug use, paranoia, space exploration, and media saturation.

 

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Recreation & Sports

Frozen Fruitlands (weekends thru March. 25)

01.06.18 at 12:00 PM - Fruitlands Museum
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$0-$5

Every Saturday and Sunday, through March 25, bring your winter boots, sleds, snowshoes, or cross-country skis for some high-energy fun as you explore our hills and woodland trails. There will be a toasty fire outside the Wayside Gallery and hot chocolate available inside the building. A Fruitlands staff member will be available to recommend trails and to answer questions. Be sure to check in at the gift shop for an admission sticker.

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Special Windows Project: David Teng Olsen (thru Aug. 31)

01.31.18 at 11:00 AM
The Davis Museum
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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Free

This invitational pilot program at the Davis is designed to engage local artists in transforming the dramatic expanse of floor-to-ceiling ground-level windows that articulates the lobby of our signature Rafael Moneo building and its courtyard plaza. The debut features a commission by David Teng Olsen, Associate Professor of Art at Wellesley College, based on objects in the permanent collections. Curated by rotation among the Davis curatorial staff, the first iteration of the Windows project is organized by Lisa Fischman and will remain in place for one year. 

Presented with generous support from Wellesley College Friends of Art at the Davis.

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Exhibition: N. Sean Glover (thru March 9)

02.02.18 at 9:00 AM - Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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Free

Boston-based artist N. Sean Glover uses the labor- and time-intensive process of fresco, in addition to other materials and processes both new and old, to make sculptures and installations that address art history, the relationship between maker and object, and the changes that forces like nature and technology make to art and art-making. 

Image Credit: Photo courtesy N. Sean Glover Image caption: let's not think about tomorrow, frescoes on found foam, balsa wood, ribbon, latex balloon, helium, 88 x 50 x 42", 2015

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Fragment: A Museum’s Midcentury Legacy (thru June 10)

02.13.18 at 11:00 AM - Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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Free

Works of art housed in museum collections are often pieces of a larger whole—removed, stripped, chiseled, ripped, and cleaned into presentable and aestheticized objects. This exhibition explores fragments acquired in the mid-20th century, when modern taste and art historical pedagogy combined to require authentic and beautiful objects for museum collections. 

Curated by Meredith Fluke, Kemper Curator of Academic Exhibitions and Affairs, and Amanda Gilvin, Assistant Curator. Exhibit is located in the Morelle Lasky Levine '56 Works on Paper Gallery. The museum is closed on Mondays. Presented with generous support from The Mary Tebbetts Wolfe ‘54 Davis Museum Program Fund. Image Credit: Gift of Harriet W. Allen (Class of 1924) 1952.9.b Image Caption: Greek, Fragment of Foot, 4th century B.C.E.

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Soulful Stitching: Patchwork Quilts by Africans (Siddis) in India (thru June 10)

02.13.18 at 11:00 AM - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
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Free

The Siddis of Karnataka are the descendants of early African immigrants to South Asia and enslaved Africans brought to India’s west coast from the 16th century. While they have adopted, adapted, and integrated many aspects of Indian cultures, Siddis have also retained and transformed African traditions. In the visual arts, one stands out: the patchwork quilts known as kawandi. 

This exhibition is co-curated by Henry J. Drewal, Evjue-Bascom Professor of African and African Diaspora Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Sarah K. Khan, and organized for the Davis Museum by Assistant Curator Amanda Gilvin. Presented with generous support from Wellesley College Friends of Art at the Davis.

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Artists Take Action! Recent Acquisitions from the Davis (thru June 10)

02.13.18 at 11:00 AM - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
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Free

 Featuring works acquired by the Davis over the past ten years, this exhibition explores how artists in the print medium confront the crucial social and political issues of their time. From the exquisite prints of Francisco Goya to the graphic posters of Shepard Fairey, artists use prints to challenge established thought and energize audiences. This selection contextualizes artists historically, while highlighting their shared impulse to protest social injustice and advocate for change—an ambition that remains relevant for artists and collecting institutions today. 

Curated by Meredith Fluke, Kemper Curator of Academic Exhibitions and Affairs, and Patricia Berman, Theodora L. and Stanley H. Feldberg Professor of Art, Wellesley College. Presented with generous support from The Mary Tebbetts Wolfe ‘54 Davis Museum Program Fund.

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Intermezzi: The Inventive Fantasies of Max Klinger (thru June 10)

02.13.18 at 11:00 AM - Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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Free

German artist Max Klinger (1857-1920) is celebrated for his imaginative print cycles that blend innovative compositions with often fantastical subjects. A recent acquisition by the Davis Museum, the playful plates of Klinger’s Intermezzi cycle, presents the artist’s unique blend of romanticism and symbolism. A master of aquatint and etching, the cycle attests to the artist’s extraordinary facility with intaglio printing. 

Curated by Claire Whitner, assistant director of curatorial affairs/senior curator of collections. This exhibition will be on display until June 10 in the Friends of Art Gallery. The museum is closed on Mondays. Image Caption: Max Klinger, Cupid, Death, and the Beyond (Amor, Tod und Jenseits), plate 12 from Intermezzi (Radierung Opus IV), 1881, etching with aquatint on chine collé Image Credit: Museum purchase, Erna Bottigheimer Sands (Class of 1929) Art Acquisition 2018.7

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Nature

Vacation Week at Tower Hill Botanic Garden (thru Feb. 23)

02.19.18 at 10:00 AM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive, Boylston, MA 01505
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$5 to $15

 Tower Hill Botanic Garden invites the public to escape the winter with crafts, scavenger hunts, family nature walks, story time and much more. The garden's large green houses are filled with subtropical plants that are perfect for exploring with a reminder that spring is right around the corner. Each weekday features drop-in programs as well as special activities that require pre-registration. For more information, please visit towerhillbg.org or call 508-869-6111. 

Nature

Fun in Nature: February Vacation Week at Broadmoor: Grades K-5

02.20.18 at 8:30 AM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Child: $90 Members, $110.00 Non-members, per day

Join us for winter fun and exploration during vacation week! We'll search for the tracks and signs of Broadmoor's many winter creatures, learn how animals survive the winter, play games in the snow, drink hot chocolate, and much more! Sign up for single sessions or all four! Pre-registration required. Online registration available. See link in registration confirmation email for additional information.

Arts & Culture

Curatorial Gallery Talk: Artwork from the African Diaspora

02.21.18 at 12:30 PM - Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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Free

Assistant curator Amanda Gilvin will introduce artworks from the African Diaspora in the Davis Museum permanent collections and the temporary exhibition Soulful Stitching: Patchwork Quilts by Africans (Siddis) in India. 

Image Caption: Booker, Chakaia, Urban Butterfly, Rubber tires, 2001. 2004.79 Image Credit: Museum purchase with funds provided by Wellesley College Friends of Art

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Education & Learning

"Annual Happy Birthday Presidents" Family Day

02.22.18 at 11:00 AM
Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History
241 Wellesley Street, Weston 02493
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adults: $8, seniors: $5, kids: $3

The Spellman Museum is hosting it's annual President's Day celebration. Exhibits will be onsite to teach visitors about the history of presidents on US stamps along with biographical information about the presidents themselves. Arts and crafts projects will be offered for children. 

Anyone who shares a last name with a president gets in free. 

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Nature

Owl Prowl Adventures for Adults

02.23.18 at 7:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adults: $13 Members; $16 Non-Members

Do all owls really hoot? Why can't we hear them fly? Join us as we learn about our local owls and walk through fields and forests under moon and starlight listening for our resident screech, barred and great horned owls.  Pre-registration required. This program includes walking over uneven terrain in limited light. Please note, no flashlights are used in this program.

Nature

In Bloom: Camellia Show Weekend (thru Feb. 25)

02.24.18 at 10:00 AM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive, Boylston, MA 01505
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$5 to $15

In Bloom is a three-weekend event celebrating flowers in the winter. Escape from the winter into Tower Hill’s lush conservatories, view stunning floral displays, and learn more about floral design at demos and talks by experts. Enjoy stunning blossoms and trees from the New England Camellia Society and explore Tower Hill’s camellia collection in the conservatories.

Arts & Culture

Black History Month Tours

02.24.18 at 2:00 PM - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
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Free

Join a Student Guide for a drop-in tour celebrating Black History Month. Tours will focus on artworks from Africa and the African Diaspora in the Davis Museum permanent collections and the temporary exhibition Soulful Stitching: Patchwork Quilts by Africans (Siddis) in India.

Nature

Fire and Ice Trail Walk

02.24.18 at 5:00 PM
Phipps Tunnel, Holliston
Cross Street, 1/4 mile from tunnel entrance
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Free

Enjoy fire pits, snacks, and conversations as you make your way to Phipps tunnel.  The StoryWalk at Cross Street will be lit and supported by volunteers.  This is a program of Friends of Holliston Trails

Begin your walk from either Blair Square (corner of Railroad St and Central St) for a one-mile walk to Phipps Tunnel, or Cross Street (behind Phillips 66 on Route 16) for a .25-mile walk to Phipps Tunnel.

There is a parking lot at the Cross St start and there are several options for downtown parking (with auxiliary police to help direct traffic and pedestrians) for the Blair Sq. start. Downtown options include a small lot at Blair Sq, on-street parking, public lot on Exchange St, and another free lot up on Washington St . (the entrance is in between 763 and 757 Washington St). Please note that several businesses close to the trail will be OPEN for business during the event (Depot Package Store, Casey’s, etc.) and we ask that you not park in their lots so their customers have easy access to the businesses.

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Owl Prowl Adventures under the Moon for Families

02.24.18 at 6:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adult: $13M, $15 NM; Child $7M, $9NM

Ever wondered if an owl really is as smart as they say? Why don't we hear them when they fly? Just how far can an owl see? Come with the whole family to learn about owl calls, behavior and habitat as we search and listen for our resident screech, barred and great horned owls. Pre-registration required. This program for ages 6 and up includes walking over uneven terrain in limited light. Please note that no flashlights are used in this program.

Arts & Culture

Concert: Slambovian Circus of Dreams

02.24.18 at 8:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis Street, Framingham, MA 01702
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$22-$25

Formed in Sleepy Hollow, New York over a decade ago, New York’s Slambovian Circus of Dreams pioneered the alt-folk circuit, staying on the fringes of the music industry. Winning support from indie radio and press since their inception, fans fueled their career from the ground up to an international status. Having headlined major music festivals and venues across the US, Canada and UK, Slambovian Circus of Dreams has a devoted cult following. Lead singer-songwriter Joziah Longo is joined by Sharkey McEwen (guitar, mandolin), Tink Lloyd (accordion, cello, etc), and Felipe Torres (drums, percussion). They create a captivating vibe that feeds the soul.

Nature

Fun with Animal Footprints and Signs

02.25.18 at 1:00 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adult: $12M, $14NM: Child: $6M, $8NM

Have you wondered what animal made those tracks? Do otters like sledding? Who is traveling on the trails or through your yard? Come find out how to solve these mysteries as we explore Broadmoor looking for tracks and signs of otters, rabbits, deer, coyote and many other animals. Learn what tracks can tell us about which animals are active during the winter, where they go and how they survive. Pre-registration required. Will be held with or without snow. Please dress for the weather. This program also includes walking over uneven terrain.

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From Slavery to Freedom: A Slave Narrative of Aunt Sally Williams

02.25.18 at 2:00 PM - Edgell Memorial Library
3 Oak St, Framingham
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$5/FHC members, $10 for non-members.

Storyteller Libby Franck will portray Edna Dean Proctor as an abolitionist and journalist who published Aunt Sally Williams’ story just 5 years after Uncle Tom’s Cabin was released. Born in New Hampshire and buried in Framingham, Edna Dean Proctor spent many years in Brooklyn, NY at the home of Henry Bowen, publisher of The Independent. When Aunt Sally showed up at the offices of the paper in January 1857, Edna was asked to record her story. How Sally’s son bought her freedom through a network of literate slaves is a tale as compelling today as it was in antebellum days. Songs of the period will be sung by Adrienne Williams.

Tickets can be purchased at framinghamhistory.org or mail to PO Box 2032, Framingham, MA 01703. Questions? Call 508-626-9091.

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Gallery Talk: Fragments from the History of the Davis

02.27.18 at 4:00 PM - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
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Free

Join Meredith Fluke and Amanda Gilvin for a discussion on the fragments of artworks that came into Wellesley collections during the mid-twentieth century, an influential period for art collecting, museum growth, and art history at Wellesley and in the United States.

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Winter Night Sculpture Workshop (thru Mar. 22)

03.01.18 at 6:00 PM - deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum
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$140 members, $180 nonmembers

A four-session intensive evening class to create unique sculptures or vessels for your home or garden using both hand-building techiques for the potter's wheel. Resident artist Bruce Barry will introduce you to the pinch, coil, slab, and wheel methods you need for this hybrid project, suitable for any skill level in clay. No experience necessary, ages 16 and up.

Nature

Barnyard Brew Hike

03.01.18 at 8:30 PM - Chestnut Hill Farm
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$12 member, $20 nonmember

Celebrate the full moon with a night hike guided by lunar light, topped off with local brews! We'll be hiking the farm's most beautiful trails and wrapping up at the farmstead barn for brews, bites, and a blazing fire. Enjoy persfect post-hike snacks and a social session with your fellow trakkers.  Snowshoes available for $5.  Ages 21+. Registration required.

 

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Exhibit: "Fresh Goods: Shopping for Clothing in a New England Town, 1750-1900" (thru July 8)

03.02.18 at 11:00 AM - Concord Museum
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Concord Museum's extensive historic clothing collection literally comes out of the closet for this exhibition. "Fresh Goods" is the first exhibition in a year-long Mass Fashion collaborative with eight other cultural organizations (www.massfashion.org).  A whimsical online efature allows visitors to playfully select fans, bags, shoes, and clothing for their ideal 18th- or 19th-century wardrobe.

 

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Education & Learning

Grand Opening Weekend

03.03.18 at 9:00 AM
Discovery Museum
177 Main Street, Acton, MA 01720
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Children under 12 free this weekend

Kids under 12 are admitted free all weekend.

The two expanded and renovated museums have been combined into a single beautiful Discovery Museum building with twice the exhibit space and significant new galleries for STEAM experiences. All exhibits are hands-on, low-tech, open-ended, and interactive to encourage play, exploration, and experimentation by all.

 

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Children's Concert: Luna's Magic Flute

03.03.18 at 10:30 AM - David French Music Company
53 Otis Street, Westborough, MA
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Free

A musical fairy tale about the power of music and friendship. Join us as we board a train with Luna to see the world in this exciting story set to music. Ask questions and see the instruments up close after the concert. Program designed for children ages 4-8, but all ages are welcome! The concert will feature music for flute, double bass, piano and narrator. Bonnie Cochran, flute Kris Lucander, double bass Lindsay Albert, piano. 

This program is supported in part by grants from the Westborough and Shrewsbury Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

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Hot Tamale Brass Band

03.05.18 at 1:30 PM
McCarthy Center at Framingham State University
100 State Street, Framingham
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free

The Hot Tamale Brass Band is a New Orleans style brass band from Boston, MA. Playing traditional New Orleans jazz, Dixieland and funky second line brass band music, they always add a tasteful and exciting element to any event. The festive sounds of the Hot Tamale Brass Band will make you feel like you're at Mardi Gras. 

Located in the Forum in side the McCarthy Center at Framingham State University

Arts & Culture

Franklin Art Association Demo and Meeting

03.07.18 at 6:30 PM - Franklin Senior Center
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Free

Pastel and oil artist Kim Morin Weinick demonstrates the beauty of creating interpretive landscapes. The evening begins with a refreshments and social time at 6:30pm, followed by a short business meeting. The evening is free and open to the public.

Food & Drink

Travel & Taste: Voyage across the Atlantic and Beyond

03.08.18 at 6:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot Street, Natick 01760
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Dinner/Lecture: $27M, $33NM. Lecture: $12M, $15

Photographers and filmmakers Michel and Julie’s recent expeditions have documented the impact of marine debris around the globe, including in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Join them for a special voyage back to Clipperton and other Pacific locations, and for a voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to document marine creatures and the plastics and marine debris that endanger them. Location-themed buffet dinner and lecture or lecture only. Pre-registration required for dinner by 5pm Wednesday, March 7. Online registration available. Walk-ins welcome for the Lecture Only portion.

Plastics are impacting even the most remote places in the world and unique and fragile ecosystems are under threat. Birds, marine mammals, reptiles and fish are directly impacted by our use of plastics and our overconsumption of one-time-use items. Each year, it is estimated that over one hundred thousand marine mammals are becoming entangled in discarded fishing gear. Whales, whale sharks and manta rays are ingesting microplastics that are floating on the surface of our oceans and birds are dying as a result of ingesting plastic debris. Learn how some of these remote places have been affected as well as solutions for this global problem. 

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Other

Murder Mystery Dinner

03.09.18 at 6:00 PM - Wayside Inn
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$55 inclusive (dinner and show)

A night of mystery, mischief, and murder, with a fabulous dinner as well.  The Murder Mystery Company invites you to work with other guests to connect clues to find the culprit who murderd a member of the wedding party in this fun drama that unfolds before you.  All attire is welcome, and the sillier the better!  This annual event always sells out, so make your reservation right away at 978-443-1776. (All-inclusive price includes dinner but not beverages.)

 

 

 

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Arts & Culture

Stroller Tours - Focus: Abstract Patterns

03.14.18 at 10:00 AM - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
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Free

Spend an art-filled morning at the Davis strolling the galleries during this free guided tour—a special opportunity for families open before normal hours. Designed for art lovers and their little ones (recommended for children up to 2 years old). Join Arthurina Fears, Manager of Museum Education Programs, for a different theme on the second Wednesday of each month: March 14: Abstract Patterns; April 11: Spring is in the Air; and May 9: Making an Impression.

Other

St. Patrick's Day Family Book Reading

03.17.18 at 11:30 AM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive, Boylston, MA 01505
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$5-$15

Families are invited to join us for a group book reading to celebrate all things GREEN! Enjoy books about St. Patrick’s Day and plants that bring us luck. The story time will take place at 11:30am. This event is free with admission. Admission for non-members is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for youth 6-18 years old. Before and after the story time families are encouraged to enjoy Tower Hill’s 132 acres of gardens and woodland trails.

Nature

Maplefest

03.19.18 at 1:00 PM - Chestnut Hill Farm
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$5 members, $10 non-members

We're celebrating the history and splendor of this sweet treet! With its small collection of Sugar Maples, Chestnut Hill Farm has tapped away and invites you to join us to taste, boil, and sip the sap as we welcome spring back. Tastings, demos, hikes, and activities for the whole family. Sign up to reserve your (sweet) spot.

Food & Drink

8th Annual Taste of MetroWest

03.20.18 at 5:00 PM - Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center
1657 Worcester Road Framingham, MA 01701
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$35-$40

The Taste of MetroWest is back for the EIGHTH consecutive year! The region's premiere Food & Beverage Showcase event will include representatives from the area's finest restaurants, caterers, gourmet and ethnic markets, gift boutiques, wineries, brew houses and local purveyors of fine liquors and hard cider will offer delicious samples of food and beverages at this event which will be held at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center. Local nonprofit Community Partners will be there to enhance all the region has to offer. 

This year's Presenting Sponsor is Framingham State University.

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Arts & Culture

Travel & Taste: Birding through Costa Rica

03.22.18 at 6:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Dinner/Lecture: $27M;$33NM.Lecture only: $12M; $15

Travel on a virtual journey through several of our presenter's favorite areas, including La Selva Biological Station, the Osa Peninsula, and a few mountain ranges and lowlands in between. Birds are the main focus of these tours—from the resplendent quetzal to the paltry tyrannulet, from trogons to antbirds, and from scarlet macaws to clay-colored thrush, the national bird of Costa Rica.  Location-themed buffet dinner and lecture or lecture only. Pre-registration required for dinner by 5pm Wednesday, March 21. Walk-ins welcome for the Lecture Only portion.

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Paradise City Arts Festival (thru March 25)

03.23.18 at 10:00 AM - Royal Plaza Trade Center
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$14, discounts for students, seniors

From artists with established reputations, to emerging talents fresh on the scene, 175 outstanding exhibitors display the best in American artistry and craftsmanship. This show is a destination for decorators, art lovers, and discerning homeowners as well as a favorite source for fashion, jewelry, and gifts that transcend expectations.

  • Friday 10am-5pm
  • Saturday 10am-6pm
  • Sunday 11am-5pm

Arts & Culture

Jean and Henry Stone Memorial Lecture: Comedy and Climate Change

03.25.18 at 4:00 PM - TCAN
14 Summer Street, Natick, MA 01760
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Free

Yoram Bauman, the world’s first and only stand-up economist, entertains with a focus on politics, economics, and climate change and performs regularly at colleges and corporate events, sharing the stage with everyone from the late Robin Williams to Paul Krugman. His goals in life are to spread joy to the world through economics comedy; to reform economics education; and to implement carbon pricing. His website is www.standupeconomist.com. This talk will be followed by a reception with the speaker. Pre-registration is free but required as this program will fill fast. Online registration available. 

Food & Drink

Bakin' Bacon & Beer Dinner

03.25.18 at 4:00 PM
Medusa Brewing
111 Main Street, Hudson, MA
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$89

This Farm to Fork dinner features guest chefs from Mullahy's Cheese Shop, deadhorse hill, Crust Bakeshop, Noah's Table, Say Cheese, and Simjang. Tickets include reception, all courses, and beer pairings.  Additional growlers and cans available for purchase.

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Steve Moysey: The Road to Balcombe Street - The IRA Reign of Terror in London

03.28.18 at 4:30 PM
Heineman Ecumenical Center at Framingham State University
100 State Street, Framingham
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free

Dr. Moysey's critically acclaimed book on the Irish Republican Army 1974 - 1975 terrorist campaign in London is a gripping true story. Dr. Moysey will discuss his true crime thriller The Road to Balcombe Street – The IRA Reign of Terror in London. He will be joined via Skype during the talk by film producer Rebecca Brown, who will discuss creating a film based on the story

Located at the corner of Maynard and Church Streets on the campus of Framingham State University

Arts & Culture

Onsite sculpture installation (thru April 15)

04.04.18 at 10:00 AM - deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum
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In a special behind-the-scenes opportunity, visitors are invited to watch the installation of two site-specific sculptures and talk with the artists, April 4-8 and April 11-15. Artists Ian McMahon and Jong Oh will use different materials and methods to engage with the intangible material in a new exhibit, "Sculpting with Air."  Together, these two boundary-pushing artists are answering the question, "What happens when sculptors choose emptiness, transparency, and weighlessness instead of solidity, density, or weight?"

Nature

Flight of the Monarch: Beauty and Biology of Monarch Butterfly Migration

04.05.18 at 7:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot Stteet, Natick 01760
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Adults: $12 Members; $15 Non-Members

Monarch butterflies are declining in number. Learn about a major challenge to the Eastern North American monarch butterfly each year: their annual migration to central Mexico. Learn about conservation efforts aimed at sustaining the number of migrants each fall and recent studies showing the ancient navigational processes that the butterflies use to migrate south. Pre-registration is requested, but walk-ins are welcome. 

Food & Drink

Culinary Cabaret

04.06.18 at 7:00 PM
The Black Box
15 West Central Street, Franklin
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$75

The 7th Anniversary Culinary Cabaret spotlights this region's outstanding culinary talent, showcasing fine wines, craft beer, flavorful dishes, and delectable desserts. Featuring entertainment by Electric Youth. The culinary and performing arts unite for an evening of fabulous food, fine wine, and entertainment!

Arts & Culture

The Art and Craft of Photography (thru April 14)

04.07.18 at 11:00 AM - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
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$85/public; $75 Wellesley staff

 Associate Professor David Teng Olsen will lead a demo on photo-printing techniques inspired by the work of Clarence White. Negatives will be provided, but participants are invited to bring a roll of 35 mm black and white negatives to print. Limited to 15 participants. Included as a special behind-the-scenes option: a student guide-led tour of Clarence White, 10:15-11am. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.showclix.com/event/the-art-and-craft-of-photography

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Transient Canvas: Wired

04.09.18 at 1:30 PM
Heineman Ecumenical Center at Framingham State University
100 State Street, Framingham
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Free

Amy Advocat and Matt Sharrock have been blazing their own trail as the bass clarinet/ marimba duo Transient Canvas since 2011. At FSU, the duo will present Wired, a portrait of technology’s integration into modern life. 

Located at the corner of Maynard and Church Streets on the campus of Framingham State University

Arts & Culture

Gallery Talk: #Resist - Collecting Activist Art

04.10.18 at 4:00 PM - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
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Free

Join Lisa Fischman, Ruth Gordon Shapiro ‘37 Director of the Davis Museum, in conversation with exhibition curator Meredith Fluke for a conversation about building a collection of activist art, the rationale behind acquisitions, and the importance of exhibiting political art now.

Arts & Culture

Poetry SLAM!

04.11.18 at 7:00 PM - TCAN
14 Summer St, Natick MA
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FREE

Experience the power of words in this multigenerational SLAM for beginners and seasoned performers where only the audience gets slammed. Led by the dynamic Geof Hewitt at the historic The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN), the evening starts with participants of the Dickinson group (those ages up to 15), then moves onto the Poe performers, ages 15 and up. Prizes awarded to the top performer in each group. See "details" below for the rules and other info. 

The Rules:

This program is for all ages with two age levels of competition: Dr. Seuss, age 14 and under, The Dickinson, ages 15 and older.

  • Poets should arrive at 6:45 pm to register.
  • Poets should bring two original poems, each of which can be performed in 3 minutes or less.
  • Poems must be appropriate for all ages.
  • No registration required for audience participation.

The SLAM is sponsored by the Friends of the Morse Institute Library and TCAN. Questions? Contact Karen Perkins at the Morse Institute Libraryby phone 508-647-6520 or email kperkins@minlib.net.

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Arts & Culture

Date Night at the Davis

04.12.18 at 6:00 PM - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
106 Central Street
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$25-35

Enjoy date night, mixing art and drinks after hours at the Davis Museum! Here's how it works: couples will split into two groups for separate tours led by museum curators Meredith Fluke and Amanda Gilvin on different approaches to understanding art. Reunited, you'll have lots to discuss over wine, food, and live music. It's the perfect way to spark conversation with your partner and learn something new in the process. The galleries will remain open during the course of the evening. 

Arts & Culture

Getting Started with Nature Drawing

04.14.18 at 9:00 AM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot Street, Natick, MA 01760
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Adults: $65 Members, $80 Non-Members

In this one-day workshop, we’ll explore drawing methods and techniques. You’ll learn how to enhance your observation and drawing abilities – starting with warm-up exercises to develop hand-eye coordination, and moving on to valuable contour drawing techniques and memory drawing skills.  Artist of all skill levels are welcome. Class size is limited so early registration is recommended. Pre-registration required. 

You’ll do “follow-along” drawing exercises, and learn lots of practical tips for improving your skills. Barry will describe his field drawing methods and materials and show how the regular use of a field sketchbook can lead to a deeper understanding of the natural world while at the same time developing your artistic and expressive potential.

Barry W. Van Dusen is an internationally recognized wildlife artist. His articles and paintings have been featured in Bird Watcher's Digest, Birding, and Yankee magazines and he has illustrated a variety of natural history books and pocket guides in association with the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Barry is a full member of London's Society of Wildlife Artists. His work has been exhibited regularly in the prestigious Birds in Art Exhibition, as well as in many galleries in the United States and Europe. At the invitation of the Artists for Nature Foundation, Barry has traveled to Spain, Ireland, England, Israel, India and Peru, working alongside other wildlife artists to raise money for conservation of threatened habitats.

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Arts & Culture

The Art and Craft of Photography

04.14.18 at 11:00 AM - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
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$75-85

Associate Professor David Teng Olsen will lead a demo on photo printing techniques inspired by the work of Clarence White. Negatives will be provided, but participants are invited to bring a roll of 35 mm black and white negatives to print. Each session is limited to fifteen participants. Included as a special behind-the-scenes option will be a student guide-led tour of Clarence White from 10:15-11 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.theDavis.org.

Arts & Culture

Natick Hidden Talents Fundraiser

04.14.18 at 7:00 PM - Natick Center
12 Highland Street, Natick, MA
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$60 in advance/$75 at door

The Natick Center Cultural District hosts its annual fundraiser. This year’s theme is Hidden Talents! We are showcasing the unexpected gems that bestow our local town people and merchants. Did you know that your postmaster sings? Or, that your grocer can jump through a ring of fire? Anything can and will happen at this spectacular showing of unanticipated talent!

Recreation & Sports

Start of the Boston Marathon

04.16.18 at 9:30 AM - Hopkinton Common
1 Ash Street, Hopkinton 01748
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Watch 30,000 racers--elite, wheelchair, hand cycle, duo teams, and non-elite runners--at the exciting start line at the Hopkinton Common.  Parking available at Hopkinton State Park, with free shuttles to the start line area.  Please do not bring coolers, backpacks, or pets. Enjoy vendors and exhibitors on the Common.

Education & Learning

Fun in Nature: April Vacation Week at Broadmoor: Grades K-5

04.17.18 at 8:30 AM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot Street, Natick 01760
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Child: $90 Members, $110.00 Non-members, per day

Discover the wonders of spring at Broadmoor during vacation week! Learn about flowers, frogs, salamanders, and lots of baby animals! We'll also enjoy the return of the birds to our fields, forests and wetlands as they hunt for food, sing songs, and build nests. Sign up for single sessions or all four!  Pre-registration required. Online registration available. See link in registration confirmation email for additional information.

Community & Celebrations

Natick Earth Day Celebration

04.22.18 at 11:00 AM - Natick Common
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free

Gather on the Natick Common  to celebrate a sense of community, learn about a variety of important environmental issues and organizations, sign up for activities, and enjoy some good (and locally grown) food and live music in a multigenerational celebration!

Community & Celebrations

8th Annual Earth Day Festival

04.28.18 at 11:00 AM - Framingham Centre Common
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free

Featuring 80 environmentally friendly vendors from Framngham and the region, the 8th Annual Framingham Earth Day Festival is themed "LOCAL."  Learn more about this precious planet we call "home."

Food & Drink

2nd Annual Taste of Millis

04.28.18 at 6:30 PM
Encompass Fitness Center
27 Milliston Road, Millis, MA
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$20

The 2nd Annual Taste of Millis includes samples from area restaurants and tastings of wine and beer. Hosted by the Milford Area Chamber of Commerce; a portion of the proceeds benefit Millis Resources Initiatives Team, MERIT.

Food & Drink

Wegman's Grand Opening

04.29.18 at 6:00 AM
Wegmans Food Market
1245 Worcester Road, Natick (rear of Natick Mall)
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This famed supermarket features 146,500 square feet of products on two floors, including more than 100 seats for in-store cafe dining and two restaurant concepts: Blaue Dalia Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar (opening May 4) and the Burger Bar, plus many food stations of prepared foods to go, of all types.

Open 6am-midnight

Community & Celebrations

Celebrate Milford

05.19.18 at 10:00 AM
Milford Town Park
31 Walnut Street, Milford
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Celebrate over 200 years of Milford history with a community party complete with food, drink, and entertainment for all ages. 

Recreation & Sports

MetroWest K9 5K

06.03.18 at 9:00 AM - Hopkinton Outdoor Center/MetroWest YMCA
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It's a 5k Trail run--with or without your dog--through scenic wooded trails at the MetroWest YMCA Hopkinton Outdoor Center. Spend the day together and enjoy the physical activity, doggy demonstrations, pet-friendly vendors, and lunch with your whole family.  Walk or run by yourself or as a team. This benefits the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA).  

Community & Celebrations

32nd Annual Hudson Community Fest

06.09.18 at 9:00 AM - Downtown Hudson
South Street, Hudson
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The Hudson Fest draws thousands to South Street in downtown Hudson features sidewalk sales, free family entertainment, and dozens of vendors. The event includes a dozen children's activities, both free and for a small fee, and the Hudson Rotary Club's Annual Duck Race.  A program of the Assabet Valley Chamber.

Community & Celebrations

5th Annual MetroFest: Arts, Music, and Food Truck Festival

06.16.18 at 11:00 AM - Bowditch Athletic & Cultural Complex
475 Union Avenue, Framingham 01702
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free

This regional festival returns with more than 15 food trucks; live music on two stages; 100 exhibitors, vendors, and artisans; a tastings tent with beer, wine, and hard cider; Kids Town with Touch-A-Truck; and fun throughout the day for all ages, including building 10 playhouses for families of local veterans through Habitat for Humanity.  

Arts & Culture

Annual ArtWalk

07.19.18 at 5:00 PM - Natick Common
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More than 75 artists will be stationed outside local businesses and studios in Natick Center to share their work. Live music, activities, and special food & drink offerings as part of Natick Restaurant Week, too.

Food & Drink

6th Annual Spirit of Hudson & Brewfest

08.11.18 at 4:00 PM
Elks Lodge
99 Park Street, Hudson, MA
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$15-$60

Experience tasting over 175 crafted beers, ciders, and malt beverages fro 70+ breweries and enjoy delicious food from the area's finest restaurants.

Food & Drink

MetroWest Beer Fest

10.13.18 at 6:00 PM - Ashland VFW
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$25 advance, $35 door, $10 designated driver

Last year's inaugural MetroWest Brew Fest was a smash sellout, so get your tickets early! This is a program of the Ashland Sporting Association.

  • Sample beers, sake, and wine from local craft brewers
  • Food available from local food trucks
  • Live music by the Road Dawgs
  • Cornhole tournament
  • Arm-wrestling exhibition and challenge
  • Raffles and good company

Arts & Culture

Natick Artists Open Studios Weekend (thru Oct. 21)

10.20.18 at 11:00 AM - Natick Common
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Over 70 artists, all members of Natick Artists Open Studios (NAOS) will open their doors throughout the community (downtown Natick and South Natick) during the weekend for the public to meet them, view their work, and enjoy demonstrations and informal conversation.

Recreation & Sports

Ashland Half-Marathon

10.27.18 at 10:00 AM - Marathon Park
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MetroWest's premiere fall road race begins at the original Boston Marathon starting line in Ashland and runs through the picturesque Hopkinton State Park. You can choose to run 13.1 miles, 5 miles or 5k. This is your opportunity to experience a portion of the Boston Marathon's famed course!

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