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Arts & Culture

Exhibit: The Fine Print (thru July 9)

02.10.17 at 11:00 AM - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
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Ann Kirk Warren '50 was an avid collector of works on paper, with impeccable taste and capacious interests. Her entire collection--which encompasses works from European old masters to American prints and drawings--comes by generous bequest to the Davis Museum. This first selection of many demonstrates the breadth and richness of the Warren Collection of more than 200 works on paper.

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Photography exhibit: "Walden/Four Views" (thru Aug. 20))

02.10.17 at 11:00 AM - Concord Museum
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The museum launches its one-year Thoreau Bicentennial celebration with an exhibition by photographer Abelardo Morell. Guided and inspired by Thoreau's journal, this features panoramic views of Walden Pond.

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Exhibit: "Wish You Were Here: Souvenirs of Dedham" (thru Nov. 1)

02.24.17 at 12:00 PM - Dedham Historical Society & Museum
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Free for members, $2 members

The Dedham Historical Society & Museum explores Dedham as a tourist destination in this new exhibit, which highlights historic postcards, ceramic pieces and other collectables from the DHS collection. These objects show some of the well-known tourist sites in Dedham, such as the Fairbanks House, as well as objects brought back to Dedham as souvenirs from foreign countries. Check website for hours each day.

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Exhibit: "History in the Stitches: Framingham Fashion through the Centuries" (thru Sept. 30)

04.03.17 at 1:00 PM - Edgell Memorial Library
3 Oak Street, Framingham, MA 01701
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Open Wednesdays-Saturdays. Set against a backdrop of Framingham images and artifacts, this exhibit features fashions that will both please the eye and illuminate the lives of some very special Framingham women. We've chosen pieces that reflect the social mores, economic status, and personalities behind the every-present decision we all face: what should I wear?

Did you know that you can read clothing like any other historical document? It’s simply a matter of understanding the language. We’ll illustrate this language as you compare the ethereal wedding dress worn by Anna Foster Haven in 1824 with the austere gown worn by the devout Mrs. Temple on her wedding day in 1772. We’ve set the stage for you to experience the intimate setting of an 1880s salon where Framingham women entertained their closest friends adhering to the international trends that dictated appropriate dress and décor. Experience the Roaring Twenties by reading an Art Deco inspired dress worn by a very independent local actress and theatre director.

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Expanding Abstraction: New England Women Painters, 1950 to Now (thru Sept. 17)

04.07.17 at 10:00 AM - deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum
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$14 adults, $12 seniors, $10 students, $0 under 13

This exciting and timely exhibition focuses exclusively on women artists, shifting the expected male narrative of abstract painting. In addition, it expands the usual New York-based sotry by looking entirely to New England. Nearly 40 innovative New England women artists, including Natalie Alper, Kristin Baker, Sharon Friedman, Maud Morgan, Ann Pibal, Katherine Porter, Jo Sandman, Sandi Stone, Barbara Takanaga, and Maxine Yalovitz-Blankenship, represent the rich diversity of abstract painting from 1950 to today. Check for hours each day.

Pictured:  "Diaphanous Leverage" by Kristin Baker

 

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Summer Programs at Pakachoag Music School

04.10.17 - Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester
203 Pakachoag Street
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varies

Registration now for summer programs! Programs include:

  • Music and Movement Samplers
  • Musical Theater
  • Private Lessons
  • Fiddle Band
  • Suzuki Violin and Cello

For complete information visit us at pakmusic.org, email info@pakmusic.org, or call 508-791-8159.

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Music and Movement Samplers at Pakachoag

04.10.17 at 9:30 AM - Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester
203 Pakachoag Street
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$65 for 5-week session/discounts for siblings

Register now for Pakachoag Music School’s SUMMER MUSIC & MOVEMENT SAMPLERS for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. All classes at 9:30 am at the following days and locations:

  • Mondays in Sterling
  • Tuesdays in West Boylston
  • Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays in Auburn

For complete information visit us at pakmusic.org, email info@pakmusic.org, or call 508-791-8159.

Nature

Arbor Day activities (thru April 28)

04.23.17 at 9:30 AM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
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Activities include:

  • April 23: "Caterpillars, Beetles, Moths, Oh My!" at 11am and "Urban Forests: A Natural Hisotry of Trees and People in the American Cityscape at 1pm.
  • April 25: Pruning woody plants at 11am.
  • April 26: Kids activities with a "tree" theme at 10:30am.
  • April 28: "Forest bathing" at 9:30am (must pre-register) and Tree Walk at 1pm

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The Skylark Choral Ensemble: Clear Voices in the Dark

04.24.17 at 7:30 PM
Houghton Chapel Upper Chapel, Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley MA 02481
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$30 ($10 students, music educators)

The Skylark Choral Ensemble presents a celebration of the power of the human spirit to endure in times of turmoil, featuring Francis Poulenc's Figure Humaine. This chamber choir of professional soloists and music educators from across the US was formed in 2011 under the direction of Matthew Guard. Skylark has been described as “a gem…soloists who come together to create a dynamic and inspiring whole.” 

Skylark performs innovative programs that help reinforce the intent of the composers to communicate truths about the human condition. A not-for-profit entity, Skylark also performs educational outreach programs with students across the United States during their concert tours. 

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Watercolors in Nature

04.25.17 at 10:00 AM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adults: $36 Members; $44 Non-Members

Join award-winning art instructor Sarah Alexander and let nature inspire you! We will use watercolors and some multi-media options to bring nature into art. Learn new techniques in color, texture and more. We will begin to explore the outdoor world at Broadmoor as weather allows. This is an ongoing series; students may join at any time during the year. Small class size for personal attention.  Pre-registration required. 

Sarah Alexander is an award winning artist and core member of the Fountain Street Fine Art Gallery in Framingham. Her work has been published in North Light Books: Incite: The Best of Mixed Media, Incite 2: Color Passions, and Incite 3: The Art of Storytelling.

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Other

Free Oral Cancer Screening

04.25.17 at 4:00 PM - Zarrella Dentistry
171 Main Street, Suite 100, Ashland, MA
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Free

Stop by Zarrella Dentistry for a free oral cancer screening and meet the warm and welcoming staff, enjoy food, drinks, raffles, and a laid back atmosphere for folks to enjoy before and after your screening.

 

 

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In Conversation: Collecting and Connoisseurship

04.27.17 at 6:30 PM
Collins Cinema
106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA, 02481
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Free

Honoring the collection bequest from the estate of Ann Kirk Warren ‘50, this program brings together George Abrams, internationally recognized collector of Old Master Dutch drawings, with Susan Schulman; specialist in museum quality Old Master European and American Prints up to 1945; Elizabeth Wyckoff, Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Saint Louis Art Museum; and Claire Whitner, Assistant Director of Curatorial Affairs and Senior Curator of Collections at the Davis, in conversation on the pleasures, passions, and pitfalls of collecting Old Master prints and drawings.

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A Conversation: Collecting and Connoisseurship

04.27.17 at 6:30 PM
Collins Cinema, Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley MA 02481
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Free

"Collecting and Connoisseurship: A Conversation on the Collection Bequest from the Estate of Ann Kirk Warren ’50" brings together George Abrams, internationally recognized collector of Old Master Dutch drawings; Susan Schulman, specialist in museum-quality Old Master European and American prints up to 1945' Elizabeth Wyckoff, curator of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Saint Louis Art Museum, and Claire Whitner, assistant director of curatorial affairs and senior curator of collections at the Davis, in conversation about the pleasures, passions, and pitfalls of collecting Old Master prints and drawings.

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Theatre: "The White Snake" (thru April 30)

04.27.17 at 7:00 PM
Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall Auditorium, Wellesley College
106 Central Street, Wellesley MA, 02481
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General: $10; $5 for students with ID

In Wellesley College Upstage Theatre's adaptation of a classical Chinese legend, an immortal white snake spirit journeys to the human realm and falls in love with a man. The snake's story reminds us of the timelessness of friendship and love, and the joys and pains that make human life so vibrant. Filled with dances, poetic designs, and intensely lyrical storytelling, The White Snake is sure to enchant audiences of all ages. 

White Snake is written by Mary Zimmerman and directed by Kendra Cui ’18. General admission $10, $5 for students with ID, free for Wellesley, Olin, Babson, MIT faculty and students.

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Ceramics Night Out!

04.28.17 at 7:00 PM - Community Kiln
46 Park Street, Framingham 01702
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$45

Join us for a night of hand-building with clay! Come with ideas or get inspiration from teacher Cheska Komissar. Make ceramic bowls, mugs, or containers with your friends, date, or girl-squad, all while enjoying conversation and laughs. Works will be decorated with carving or stamping, painted with underglaze, and fired in the kilns. 

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Billy Novick & Guy Van Duser

04.28.17 at 8:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis Street, Framingham MA 01702
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$20 with discounts for seniors, students, Under 12

Together as a duo for more than forty years, Guy and Billy have performed in concerts, clubs, and festivals all over North America and Europe. You also may have heard them as frequent guests of the Prairie Home Companion show or on of numerous film and television soundtracks. Their music is based around Guy's innovative finger-style guitar wizardry, and his uncanny ability to play bass lines, chords and melodies all at the same time. With his daring imagination, breathtaking technique, and his wonderful musicality, Guy has become an inspiration for guitarists all over the world.

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Mother's Day Gifts

04.29.17 at 9:00 AM - Community Kiln
46 Park St, Framingham 01702
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$45 per project

Hey Dads! Come in with your son or daughter to make a beautiful vase to hold your mother's day flowers, or bring mom along too and work on gifts as a family! Think of all the mother's in your life: mom, grandma, or any other mother figure. If you have other project ideas that can be completed in this class time, the instructor will support you in your own creation as well. Gifts will be fired in the kiln and ready to pick up before Mother's Day. 

Nature

African Violet Show & Sale (thru April 23)

04.29.17 at 10:00 AM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
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Presented by the Bay State African Violet Society. 10am-5pm Saturday, 10am-4pm Sunday.

Community & Celebrations

Framingham Earth Day Celebration

04.29.17 at 11:00 AM - Framingham Centre Common
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free

Come learn about ways to conserve energy, make sustainable choices, support local businesses, preserve natural habitats, and, of course, reduce, reuse, and recycle, all while having a great time with your friends and neighbors! There will also be live music, kids activities, and local food.

 

 

 

 
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Family Day at the Davis: A Grand Tour of Italy

04.29.17 at 11:00 AM - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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free

The Davis welcomes visitors of all ages to participate in programming and activities inspired by Italian art and culture. Join us for a treasure hunt in the galleries, art making, and performances that will entertain the whole family. Free and open to the public. Generously supported by The Palley Endowment Fund for Davis Museum Outreach Programs.

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Fountain Street Open Studios

04.29.17 at 11:00 AM
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More than 50 artists open the doors to their studios for viewing and shopping.  This event happens only twice yearly!  Check the website for a list of participating studios.

Food & Drink

NEW Power Beer Festival

04.29.17 at 1:00 PM
SoWa Power Station
540 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA
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$55

More than 60 Massachusetts brewers--including such MetroWest-based favorites as Battle Road, Jack's Abby, and Exhibit A-- are coming together to launch the first-ever Power Beer Fest. The festival has two sessions:  1-4:30pm and 6-9:30pm.  Must be age 21+

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Of Intellect & Heart: Teacher, Student, Artist

04.29.17 at 4:00 PM - Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester
203 Pakachoag Street
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Free; donations gratefully accepted

Led by Inna Muravnik, piano faculty, joined by Senior Students Andrew Lefferts and Leah Cammusso, performing

  • Selections from Schumann’s Novelletten
  • Four Hands Piano: Teacher & Student

What does making Music for Life really mean? Inna Muravnik, graduate of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, has made music her life. Through the formidable Russian pianistic traditions passed down through the centuries, Inna’s students are poised to continue music throughout life.

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Concert: "Of Intellect & Heart"

04.29.17 at 4:00 PM - Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester
203 Pakachoag Street, Auburn, MA 01501
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Free admission. Donations gratefully accepted.

Join faculty member Inna Muravnik for a piano concert featuring music by Brahms, Grieg and Schumann, including selections for piano four-hands with two of Inna's more accomplished senior students. Inna is a graduate of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Through the formidable Russian pianistic traditions passed down through the centuries, Inna has made music her life; now, her students are also poised to continue music throughout life. We hope you will join us for this inspiring concert where teacher and students join together to share their love of the piano.

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Spuyten Duvil with Hannah Rose Baker

04.29.17 at 8:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis, Street, Framingham MA 01702
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$19 with discounts for seniors, students, Under 12

Spuyten Duyvil (pronounced “SPITE-en DIE+vul”) offers brand of original and traditional American Roots music blending Olde Time, Blues, 2nd Line, Bluegrass, and Folk Rock with a pinch of Punk Rock energy to create a uniquely modern mix. Lead by songwriting couple, Mark Miller and Beth Kaufman, this six-piece powerhouse brings barn-burning energy to venues throughout the East Coast and Midwest.

Nature

Spring Migrants at Mount Auburn

04.30.17 at 7:00 AM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adults: $15 Members; $18 Non-Members

The arrival of warblers is one of the most anticipated events of spring and Mount Auburn is one of the best places in this area to find them and other spring migrants. Come watch and listen for a fabulous spring concert that should not be missed! Pre-registration required. Directions to the meeting location and additional information are included in the registration confirmation email.

Nature

Arbor Day Celebration and Tree Giveaway

04.30.17 at 10:00 AM - Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Road
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Free with Garden Admission

Come to this fun-filled, family-friendly day to celebrate trees and the forests they live in. There will be children’s activities, games, art projects, face painting, and investigation stations throughout the Garden. Adults can enjoy guided tours, workshops on planting and pruning trees, and our on going native plant sale. We will give away 240 trees on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Old Town Walk

04.30.17 at 1:00 PM - Bacon Free Library
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Free

Join the Natick Historical Society guide for a 45-minute walk through historic South Natick, following the footsteps of the Praying Indians and of the "Oldtown Folks," the characters in Harriett Beecher Stowe's writings based on 19th-century Natick personalities.

Nature

Frogs, Pollywogs & Fairies...Exploring the Vernal Pool

04.30.17 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

Discover some of the fantastic creatures that inhabit Broadmoor's vernal pool. From frogs and tadpoles to fairy shrimp, using hands-on activities, explore and learn what hides under the water and lives around this seasonal pool. A great chance to learn about some of Broadmoor's smaller creatures. Pre-registration required. Please dress for the weather. This program also includes walking over uneven terrain.

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Susan Ursprung CD RELEASE

04.30.17 at 4:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis Street Framingham MA 01702
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$19 with discounts for seniors, students, Under 12

Poignant, funny and heart warming stories inhabit singer-songwriter Susan Ursprung’s latest release "Cradle in the Waves." Jazz artists Audie Bridges (guitar), Steve Tapper (flute), Zach Bridges (double bass) and Mike Harmon (drums) come together in a show that defies genre limits with jazz-inflected forays into Acadian Celtic, folk, rockabilly, country waltz, and blues. “Cradle in the Waves” is Susan’s second album, and on two songs, the group is joined by drummer Mike Connors who lent a hand with his legendary hand- drumming skills.

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Made By a Woman: Gender and Its Relevance to the Arts

05.04.17 at 6:30 PM - deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum
51 Sandy Pond Road
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Free

Dr. Deborah J. Johnson, Professor of Art History and Women’s Studies at Providence College, will explore the benefits and complexities of presenting exhibitions of all women artists. She is widely published, and her co-authored book, Women Making Art: Women in the Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts Since 1960 (with Dr. Wendy Oliver, Peter Lang, Inc., 2001) remains a standard source in the field of interdisciplinary feminist cultural studies.

Dr. Deborah Johnson received her Ph.D. in Art History from Brown University and is Full Professor of Art History and Women’s Studies at Providence College, where she specializes in 20th and 21st century material culture, especially since 1945. A founding member and former Director of the Women's Studies Department, she also teaches regularly in the Black Studies Program and the American Studies Program. Prior to her arrival at Providence College, she worked for over a decade as a museum curator and administrator, and in 2006-07, she was appointed Manager of Public Art for the State of Rhode Island through which she directed the federal program, 1% for Art. 

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First Friday Open Mic at the HCA

05.05.17 at 7:00 PM - Hopkinton Center for the Arts
98 Hayden Rowe St. Hopkinton, MA 01748
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$5 general admission

For singers, song-writers, and music lovers. Join us for our First Friday Open Mic with host and singer-songwrirter Barbara Kessler. Singers, players, songwriters, poets, and storytellers of all ages and the general public are invited. Sign-ups for performers will begin at 7pm; music starts at 7:30pm. Kessler is a former national touring singer-songwriter with five albums and numerous awards and song credits in both television and film.

Food & Drink

6th Annual Culinary Cabaret

05.05.17 at 7:00 PM - The Black Box
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Hosted by Franklin Performing Arts Company. Join us at THE BLACK BOX when the culinary and performing arts unite for an inspired evening of fabulous food, wine, and entertainment! The 6th anniverary Culinary Cabaret spotlights this region's outstanding culinary talent, showcasing fine wines, craft beer flavorful dishes and delectable desserts!

Recreation & Sports

Mural Mile Kids Dash and Road Race

05.06.17 at 9:00 AM
438 Franklin Street, Framingham, MA 01702
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The first annual Mural Mile Road Race and Kids Dash is an official ArtWeek Boston event. The Greater Framingham Running Club and Framingham Downtown Renaissance have joined forced to bring you this robust community-building and placemaking celebration.  Race down the art-filled Mural Mile or 200-meter dash. After the race, enjoy live music, interactive painting, local vendors, food, and fire truck tours. 

Nature

Daffodil Show (thru May 7)

05.06.17 at 10:00 AM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
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Presented by the Seven States Daffodil Society. 1-5pm Saturday, 10am-4pm Sunday

Arts & Culture

3rd Annual Sudbury House Tour

05.06.17 at 10:00 AM - Grange Hall
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$25-$30

The 3rd Annual House Tour is entitled "Modern Architecture: From Mid-Century to the New Millenium."  Learn about Sudbury's mid-century buildings and architects, neighborhood development, and how newer contemporary homes are inspired by the design principles of the 1950s and 1960s. Ticket includes informative tour booklet with map of 9 participating properties.  View an exhibit of mid-century style from home furnishings to textiles and jewelry on the 2nd floor of Grange Hall.  Pick up booklets at Grange Hall beginning 10am; houses open for self-touring at 11am.

Nature

Frogs, Pollywogs & Fairies...Exploring the Vernal Pool

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

Discover some of the fantastic creatures that inhabit Broadmoor's vernal pool. From frogs and tadpoles to fairy shrimp, using hands-on activities, explore and learn what hides under the water and lives around this seasonal pool. A great chance to learn about some of Broadmoor's smaller creatures. Pre-registration required. Online registration available.

Arts & Culture

Timothy Barringer Lecture: "Transatlantic Landscapes"

05.06.17 at 2:00 PM
The Davis Museum
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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free

The histories of American and British art have often been told as isolated narratives of two national schools rooted in their own soil. This presentation, by Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art at Yale University, focuses on stylistic, iconographic, and historical comparisons to suggest that transatlantic dialogue—by way of Constable and Kensett—is a key to understanding art in the Anglophone world. 

This event will be held in the Freedman Lober Viewing Alcove of the Levine Gallery. Photo: John Frederick Kensett's Lake George (1860)

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HCA Children's Entertainment Series: Johnny the K

05.06.17 at 3:00 PM - Hopkinton Center for the Arts
98 Hayden Rowe St. Hopkinton, MA
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$5 child/$10 adult

Nationally acclaimed and award-winning musician and teacher John Kelleher, along with his 12-string guitar and his unique collection of costumed hats, masks, and disguises, educates and inspires his audiences through his spirited and interactive style of music. Sponsored by Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation.

Arts & Culture

"Spring ArtWalk"

05.06.17 at 5:00 PM - Downtown Maynard
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FREE

The Maynard Business Alliance's 5th Annual "Spring ArtWalk" is an enjoyable evening of art and music In downtown Maynard!!

Community & Celebrations

Kentucky Derby Hat-Making and Mint Juleps Party

05.06.17 at 5:00 PM
The Red Raven
3 Nagog Park, Acton, MA
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$40

Come dressed to the nines for a fun girls' or guys' night out; learn to make a classy, sassy, or outrageous Kentucky Derby hat; and support the Assabet Village Co-op Market.  On hand will be accessories experts Denise Shea and Raspberry Beret Maynard. Photographer Brent Mathison will take photos of you and your friends as you party at this Assabet Village Co-op special event.  Your ticket include a basic brimmed hat, embellishments, and a fresh mint julep.

Nature

Birds and Breakfast (40th Annual)

05.07.17 at 7:00 AM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adult $16m/ $19nm; Child $9m/ $11nm

This year we are celebrating Mother’s Day a week early! Be an early bird and come for guided birding explorations followed by a homemade breakfast at the Nature Center.

  • Guided Bird Walks (90 min)
  • Homemade pancakes and REAL maple syrup from the Natick Community Organic Farm
  • Sign up for walks starting at: 7, 8, 9 or 10am

Pre-registration required. 

Arts & Culture

Play On! Spring Concert, games, and raffle

05.07.17 at 2:00 PM - Chelmsford Elks Hall
300 Littleton Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824
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Free

The Chelmsford Community Band’s annual spring concert will bring you out of your chair and into the fun with a musical program incorporating interactive games and challenges for the audience. Both the jazz ensemble and the concert band will be performing. The Chelmsford Community Band was founded in 1972 and is a volunteer group of adult musicians who greatly enjoy bringing live music to the greater Chelmsford area. 

The annual May raffle fundraiser will also send many people home with fantastic prizes. The items available to win have been donated by local businesses, crafters, and members of the band, and include gift baskets filled with chocolates, hand crafted masterpieces, and Legos. Although admission to the concert is free, donations are very gratefully accepted to help the band continue to purchase music, maintain instruments, compensate its directors, and pay for rehearsal space.  Delicious home-baked goods will be also be available for a donation.  Look for them online at www.chelmsfordband.org, on Facebook at facebook.com/ChelmsfordCommunityBand, and on Twitter as @ChelmsfordBand.

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Away: In Concert with the Cochran Wrenn Duo

05.07.17 at 3:00 PM - David French Music Company
53B Otis St., Westborough, MA 01581
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$15 / $5 students under 18

Join the Cochran Wrenn Duo for an enjoyable afternoon of flute and guitar music . . . and learn about InConcert, our exciting new music education initiative with the Marlborough Public Schools! Performing: Bonnie Cochran, flute; Bryan Wrenn, guitar. From Bach to the Tango as well as the players’ original compositions and arrangements, the Cochran Wrenn Duo strives to connect with audiences and challenge musical expectations.  In 2017, the duo will conduct a residency for the schools and community in Marlborough.  (For the program, click "details" below.) 

PROGRAM: Leisner: Away - A mesmerizing fantasy on the popular folk tune Shenandoah. Corea: Spain - Guitarist Bryan Wrenn's arrangement of Chick Corea's ever popular, Spain. Kusiak: Monhegan Suite - Local composer John Kusiak created Monhegan Suite to depict a day on Monhegan Island, ME. Be transported to this magical place through music and projected images of the island. Bach: Canon alla Ottava from the Art of Fugue - Hear Bach's pure genius in this short canon that was originally written for harpsichord. Bach: Selections from Suite in B Minor, BWV 1067 - Selections from this classic piece from the flute repertoire arranged for flute and guitar. Piazzolla: Libertango - Piazzolla's famous piece arranged for flute and guitar! 

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Lecture on Frederick Law Olmsted

05.10.17 at 7:00 PM - Bacon Free Library
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free; $5 donation requested

This one-hour illustrated lecture by NPS Ranger Alan Banks will sample the rich landscape legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted's firm and its 1,200 landscape architecture projects, including the Italianate Garden in Wellesley's Elm Bank.  He will explore the ideas that shaped some of the most treasured places in Massachusetts.

Arts & Culture

Flower Power Week! Blossoming Brushwork

05.11.17 at 10:00 AM - The Discovery Museum
177 Main Street, Acton, MA 01720
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Event included in museum admission, $12.50

Create an original artistic masterpiece using a bounty of beautiful blossoms as your brush. Keep your artwork to admire yourself or create a gift for someone special for Mother’s Day.

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Lecture: "Timothy Barringer: Transatlantic Landscapes"

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

The histories of American and British art have often been told as isolated narratives of two national schools rooted in their own soil. This presentation focuses on stylistic, iconographic, and historical comparisons to suggest that transatlantic dialogue is a key to understanding art in the Anglophone world. Tim Barringer is Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art at Yale University. His books include Reading the Pre-Raphaelites (1999; 2012) and Men at Work: Art and Labour in Victorian Britain (2005). 

With colleagues he co-authored American Sublime, and co-edited Colonialism and the Object, Art and the British Empire, Writing the Pre-Raphaelites and Art and Emancipation in Jamaica. He was co-curator of Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde and of Pastures Green and Dark, Satanic Mills. He is co-curator, with Elizabeth Kornhauser, of Thomas Cole’s Journey: Atlantic Crossings (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and National Gallery, London, 2018).

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Davis Film Series: "The Talented Mr. Ripley"

05.11.17 at 6:30 PM
Collins Cinema
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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free

An impulsive young “nobody” is enlisted to convince the scion of a wealthy family to return to America. Thus begins a chain of deception with dire consequences. Based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith, this psychological thriller matches Tom Ripley’s passions to the dramatic landscapes of Italy’s great tourist destinations. 

The Davis spring film series considers the “Grand Tour”—a rite of passage for young aristocrats (men, and some women) coming of cultural age from the mid-17th through the mid-19th centuries. The Grand Tour itinerary linked passion for touristic adventure to the cultural legacies of classical antiquity and the Renaissance, informed tastes in art and collecting, and reinforced notions of class status and empire. These four films vary in source material, genre, and time period, from modern psychological horror to classic romantic comedy, yet have one thing in common: a life-changing visit to Italy, though perhaps not as “grand” as expected. This series is generously supported by the Davis Museum Film Program Gift. Photo: Still from The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

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Mosaics Ladies' Night Out

05.12.17 at 7:00 PM - Cheryl Cohen's Mosaic Art Center
360 Woodland Street, Holliston
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$42 includes materials

Ask your co-workers and/or friends to join you or make friends while you are there. We always have a wonderful group of women! Come and make a coaster/decoration, light switch cover, or up to two pendants and learn to use the mosaic wheeled cutters to shape glass pieces. Your project can be completed in one session and grout will be given to you to finish at home, or you can sign up for another class, four or 10 pack, to complete your project. Feel free to bring an adult beverage.

Arts & Culture

Chicago - The Musical (thru May 21)

05.12.17 at 8:00 PM - Walnut Hill School for the Arts
146 Bacon Street, Natick
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$25/$20

With music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and a book by Ebb and Bob Fosse, this is the satirical story of corruption in the administration of criminal justic and the concept of the "celebrity criminal."  This show is the longest-running musical in Broadway history. Performance May 12, 13, 19, and 20 at 8pm; May 14, 20, 21 at 2pm  

Arts & Culture

Round Lanterns Clay Lanterns

05.13.17 at 9:00 AM - Community Kiln
46 Park St, Framingham
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$45 per person

Learn to make beautiful hand-built clay lanterns for your home or garden! Instructor Sam Nelson will walk you through how to make either a round or rectangular lantern, including carving, decoration, and color. All clay will be provided.This workshop is a "donation workshop": a portion of the total fee will go towards our scholarship fund, which allows low-income or disadvantage individuals to have access to the arts.

Nature

Nature Photography: The Beauty of Spring

05.13.17 at 9:00 AM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adults: $45 Members, $55 Non-Members

Explore spring habitats around Broadmoor with your camera. Learn to plan and shoot natural scenes with various photo techniques. See how composition techniques, use of natural light and changes in exposure and depth of field can help in successfully capturing and strengthening natural images. Tripod recommended. Small class size for personal attention. Pre-registration required. 

Nature

Spring Migrants at Mount Auburn

05.14.17 at 7:00 AM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adults: $15 Members; $18 Non-Members

The arrival of warblers is one of the most anticipated events of spring and Mount Auburn is one of the best places in this area to find them and other spring migrants. Come watch and listen for a fabulous spring concert that should not be missed! Directions to the meeting location and additional information are included in a link in the registration confirmation email. Pre-registration required. 

Food & Drink

MetroWest on Tap: brewfest!

05.18.17 at 6:00 PM - Wayside Inn
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$95 per person

Taste what's brewing in MetroWest We're showcasing only MetroWest crafted beers, ales, and ciders at this exclusive event, limited to 200 people.  It's an opportunity to mingle and meet the brewers, enjoy their beverages paired with delicious Wayside Inn cuisine, and listen to live music, all inside the beautiful event tent at this historic venue. (Other beverages will be available.0

Arts & Culture

Date Night

05.19.17 at 7:00 PM - Community Kiln
46 Park St., Framingham 01702
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$45 per person

Join us for a night of hand-building with clay! Come with ideas or get inspiration from teacher Cheska Komissar. Make ceramic bowls, mugs, or containers with your friends, date, or girl-squad, all while enjoying conversation and laughs. Works will be decorated with carving or stamping, painted with underglaze, and fired in the kilns. We will contact everyone when works are ready to pick up. Cost per person: $45

Arts & Culture

Action & Impact: Community Arts Advocacy Day

05.20.17 at 8:30 AM - Franklin Senior Center
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Free

Are you an artist, art educator, activist, or part of a cultural organization? Are you concerned with the future of arts funding in this country? This FREE Franklin Cultural Council program combines grassroots activism with educational workshops on advocacy, arts funding, and more. Learn how to best spread the word on the importance of arts and culture to our community.

A detailed agenda and workshop descriptions can be found on the FCC website at http://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/uploads/agenda_for_website.pdf.

Thanks to these organizations for their support: Norfolk Cultural Council, Cultural Alliance of Medfield, MASSCreative, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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Arts & Culture

Nature Photography at Waseeka

05.20.17 at 8:30 AM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adults $45 Members, $55 Non-Members

Join us as we explore Waseeka Sanctuary, our sister sanctuary in Hopkinton, with our cameras! Learn to fine tune your composition, lighting, depth of field and other techniques that can help make the most of your images at this beautiful place. Tripod recommended. Pre-registration required. Directions and a list of what to bring will be included in the confirmation email.

Arts & Culture

Spring Flower Pots

05.20.17 at 9:00 AM - Community Kiln
46 Park St, Framingham
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$45 per project

Come make flower pots to start your summer planting or make a whimsical ceramic cactus or flower to put in your pot. Add decoration, color, and design to your planter, which will be fired in the kilns! 

Food & Drink

Patron's Party

05.20.17 at 6:00 PM
4 Reservoir Ridge Rd, Framingham, MA
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$125

This house is made for parties! This spectacular mansion built between 1832 and 1850 is perfect for the Framingham History Center's Patron’s Party with its elegant first-floor rooms and large flagstone terrace. This is the home of a former owner of the Boston Braves and many of the ballplayers dined at lavish parties overlooking the reservoir.  Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at 6pm followed by dinner at 7pm. House Tour tickets are included with purchase of Patron's Party tickets. 

This event and the House Tour are the Framingham History Center’s largest fundraiser and all proceeds benefit our operations in support of our FHC’s mission. We are a non-profit 501c3 organization. We are not funded by the Town of Framingham and we are dependent on your participation in events like this, membership dues, donations and bequests. Thank you.

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Arts & Culture

New Works Dance Concert (thru May 21)

05.20.17 at 7:00 PM - Walnut Hill School for the Arts
12 Highland Street
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$17

Multiple dances choreographed and danced by students of Walnut Hill. Pieces include contemporary, modern, and jazz. Perforamnce May 20 at 7pm and May 21 at 2pm. 

Arts & Culture

Framingham House Tour

05.21.17 at 12:00 PM
Framingham High School parking lot
115 A St. Framingham, MA
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$30-35

Join the Framingham History Center for a self-guided tour of the following sites. (Pick up your House Tour Booklet at the Framingham High School parking lot. Ticket holders use their own transportation to reach the designated homes.)

  • A 1749 gambrel fashioned after the Wayside Inn and owned by Henry Ford 1932-47
  • An artfully restored shingle-style bungalow in the Salem End Rd. neighborhood
  • A stately stone Italianate mansion built by an iron dealer who was one of Massachusetts’ richest men in 1851
  • A mid-century modern ranch refurbished by its master craftsman owner in a country setting
  • A charming cape-style cottage--once a stable for a nearby mansion--infused with the owner’s art
  • Refreshments at a stunning new office space in a former Saxonville Mill warehouse with cutting-edge design incorporating the mill’s history. 

Food & Drink

3rd Annual Downtown Franklin Progressive Dinner

05.21.17 at 5:00 PM - Downtown Franklin
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Groups of diners will celebrate Franklin’s food and entertainment options by enjoying appetizers, soup or salad, dinner and dessert at three different downtown restaurants. Guests will wrap up their dining tour with local entertainment and a silent auction. 

Arts & Culture

Arts in Bloom at the HCA (thru June 22)

05.22.17 at 6:30 PM - Hopkinton Center for the Arts
98 Hayden Rowe St. Hopkinton, MA
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Free Exhibit

Juried by Mim Brooks Fawcett, Chief Curator of the Attleboro Arts Museum. Reception: Thursday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m. Prize-winning artwork will be on display with flower arrangements created by the Hopkinton Garden Club.`

Arts & Culture

Make a MESS: Paint like Pollock

05.25.17 at 10:00 AM - The Discovery Museum
177 Main Street, Acton, MA 01720
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Event included in museum admission, $12.50

Channel your inner Jackson Pollock! Join us as we pour, throw and drip different kinds of paint to help us create an enormous work art. The Make a Mess program series introduces STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) concepts through sensory-based hands-on experiences, imagination, and fun.

Education & Learning

Wacky Bubbles

05.30.17 at 10:00 AM - The Discovery Museum
177 Main Street, Acton, MA 01720
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Event included in museum admission, $12.50

Can a bubble be flat? Can we make a bubble cube? Play and experiment with bubbles of different shapes and sizes. Inclement weather may result in changes to the program or cancellation.

Arts & Culture

Wellesley Repertory Theatre: Sonia Flew (thru June 25)

06.01.17 at 7:00 PM
Ruth Nagel Jones Theater, Wellesley College
106 Central Street, Wellesley MA, 02481
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$20, $10 for seniors and students

Thursdays–Saturdays at 7pm, Saturdays & Sundays at 2pm.

By acclaimed playwright, actress, and lecturer Melinda Lopez, this is the story of Sonia's move from Castro's Cuba to the United States in 1961. Set in Minneapolis and Havana, a story of family unfolds across the generations as Sonia struggles to come to terms with her past, her lost parents, her own children, and her adopted country. Past performances of Sonia Flew have received critical acclaim: Reservations: 781-283-2000 or go to wellesleyrepertorytheatre.org 

Arts & Culture

Spring Arts Festival

06.03.17 at 10:00 AM
Art and Frame Emporium
18 Lyman St, Westborough, MA
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free

James McAlice and Ernie D'Elia have teamed up with the Art and Frame Emporium to bring a Spring Arts Fest to the community every year the first weekend of June. This event will always be free and open to the public to attend. We will always keep a low booth fee for vendors that want to sell their wares. With every Spring Art Fest, there will be arts from all mediums, delicious food from the local area, giveaways, and live music to keep you from leaving.

Education & Learning

Beekeeping 101: from Hives to Honey

06.03.17 at 11:00 AM
Maynard Honeybee Meadow
Behind 63 Summer St., Maynard, MA
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$20

This outdoor class, taught by beekeeper and local artist Melissa Ljosa, takes place in a new community bee meadow and educational space behind ArtSpace Maynard.  Please bring a lawn chair or blanket. In case of rain, the class takes place inside the ArtsSpace building. Ticket proceees benefit the Assabet Village Co-op Market, a community-owned grocery store coming to MetroWest.  Space is limited!

Arts & Culture

Surface Decoration Series (thru June 24)

06.03.17 at 4:00 PM - Community Kiln
46 Park St, Framingham
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$45 per workshop, $160 for four

In a series of Saturday workshops, guest artist Annie Buchholz will be teaching a variety of surface decoration, including mishima, slip trailing, encaustic, slip design, and more! Students will be provided with a tile or cylinder to work on.  

  • Sgraffito & Mishima | 6/3 | 4-7pm
  • Slip Trailing & Design | 6/10 | 4-7pm
  • Stamps & Texture Rolling | 6/17 | 4-7pm
  • Encaustic & Spray On Finishes | 6/24 | 4-7pm

Community & Celebrations

14th Annual Strawberry Stroll

06.08.17 at 4:00 PM - Downtown Franklin
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free

Join your neighbors and friends as we welcome warmer weather with the Downtown Partnership’s mouth-watering Strawberry Shortcakes, enjoy live entertainment and shop a sidewalk sale. 

Arts & Culture

Masterclass: The Art of Sight Reading

06.09.17 at 6:30 PM - Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester
203 Pakachoag Street
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Participants: $35; auditors: $20/$15

Led by Vladimir Odinokikh, piano faculty.

“Breathtaking” was how the great Russian mezzo-soprano and international recording artist Valentina Levko described Vladimir’s sight reading during the years Vladimir toured with her. Not everyone can be a breathtaking sight reader, but Vladimir will share techniques and insights for how to be a better sight reader. Appropriate for instrumentalists and pianists of all levels. 

Arts & Culture

Rectangular Lanterns Clay Lanterns

06.10.17 at 9:00 AM - Community Kiln
46 Park St, Framingham
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$45

Learn to make beautiful hand-built clay lanterns for your home or garden! Instructor Sam Nelson will walk you through how to make either a round or rectangular lantern, including carving, decoration, and color. All clay will be provided. A portion of the total fee will go towards our scholarship fund, which allows low-income or disadvantage individuals to have access to the arts. 

Community & Celebrations

31st Annual Hudson Community Fest

06.10.17 at 9:00 AM - Downtown Hudson
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Food, music, vendors, activities, and fun all day!

Food & Drink

Ashland Farmers Market Opening Day

06.10.17 at 9:00 AM - Ashland Farmers Market
125 Front St., Ashland, MA
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free

In our sixth season, our market runs from 6/10 to 10/7, 9am-1pm.

Other

Touch-A-Truck

06.10.17 at 9:30 AM - San Placentino Elementary School
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$5/person; $20 max for a family

Face-painting, vendors, food, rides, and trucks! A program of the Holliston Newcomers Club.

Food & Drink

Hopkinton Farmers Market Season Opening

06.11.17 at 1:00 PM
Hopkinton Common
Marathon Way & Ash Street
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free

Every Sunday through October 15.

Arts & Culture

Ladies Night: hand-building with clay.

06.16.17 at 7:00 PM - Community Kiln
46 Park St
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$45

Join us for a night of hand-building with clay! Come with ideas or get inspiration from teacher Cheska Komissar. Make ceramic bowls, mugs, or containers with your friends, date, or girl-squad, all while enjoying conversation and laughs. Works will be decorated with carving or stamping, painted with underglaze, and fired in the kilns. 

Arts & Culture

Wings & Wheels: American Elegance

06.17.17 at 8:30 AM - Collings Foundation
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$10-$15

An incredible collection of 70 vintage racecars, carriages, military vehicles, and airplanes are presented in elegant American tradition when the Gatsby Era comes alive at this world-class event hosted by the Collings Foundation, which is world-renowned for the world's most extensive national living history tour of WWII aircraft.

Community & Celebrations

MetroFest: Regional Arts, Music, and Food Truck Festival

06.17.17 at 11:00 AM - Bowditch Athletic & Cultural Complex
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FREE!

More than 100 exhibitors and vendors, live music, crafters, kids activities, touch-a-truck, live demonstrations, and 15 food trucks. And this year, MetroFest admission is FREE!

Arts & Culture

Father's Day Clay

06.18.17 at 12:30 PM - Community Kiln
46 Park Street, Framingham
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$45

Come celebrate Father's Day with your family! Make a themed plate or platter with your favorite thing: sports, princesses, camping, etc. Or make a plate together that includes something from every family member. If you have other project ideas that can be completed in this class time, the instructor will support you in your own creation as well $45 per project

Nature

Rose Show

06.25.17 at 12:00 PM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
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Presented by the New England Rose Society.

Arts & Culture

Musical Theater at Pakachoag

07.24.17 at 9:00 AM - Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester
203 Pakachoag Street
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$180

SUMMER MUSICAL THEATER Production of Broadway at the Beach for children entering grades 1-5.    Showtime is July 28th at 7pm. For complete information visit us at pakmusic.org, email info@pakmusic.org, or call 508-791-8159.

Community & Celebrations

3rd Annual Franklin Cultural Festival (thru July 29)

07.26.17 at 5:30 PM - Downtown Franklin
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$0

The Festival will take place in various locations in downtown Franklin including THE BLACK BOX (inside and outside on its stage), the Brick School, the Historical Museum, the Town Common, the Franklin United Methodist Church, and Franklin High School. The Festival features a variety of presentations and performing arts including groups and or individuals, visual artists, and area restaurants/food service businesses.

Community & Celebrations

Race of the Century

07.29.17 at 8:30 AM - Collings Foundation
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$10-$15

Horses, vintage racecars, flying machines, and carriages are just come of the historical contraptions and transportation modes that race against each other in this unique two-day event.  In addition, the Collings Foundation throws open its doors for you to see an amazing exhibition and display of over 70 vintage automobiles and race cars, historic aircraft, and rare military vehicles.

Food & Drink

Spirit of Hudson Food & Brewfest

08.12.17 at 4:00 PM
Hudson-Concord Elks Lodge
99 Park Street, Hudson, MA
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$25-$45

the 5th Annual Spirit of Hudson moves to the Elks Lodge. Enjoy 175+ craft beers, ciders, and malt beverages from 70+ breweries and enjoy deliciosu food from the area's finest restaurants. Join the Hudson Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley in this great event for two great causes!  VIP ticket gives access at 3pm!  (Must be 21 to attend this event.)

Community & Celebrations

Multicultural Day

08.26.17 at 12:00 PM - Natick Common
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Free

Presented by Natick Center Associates for the first time, this event will celebrate the various food, music, and cultures found within the different ethnicities in our community.

Community & Celebrations

Harvest Festival

10.14.17 at 12:00 PM - Downtown Franklin
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free

Business and community group booths, games, a YMCA children’s area, delicious food, fall crafts, and live local entertainment will draw thousands of people downtown for a great afternoon with their neighbors. 

Arts & Culture

"Meet the Artists"

10.21.17 at 10:00 AM - Natick Center
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Free

Over 70 artists, all members of Natick Artists Open Studios (NAOS) will open their doors throughout the community during the weekend for the public to meet them, view their work, and enjoy demonstrations and informal conversation.

Community & Celebrations

Holiday Stroll

12.07.17 at 4:00 PM - Downtown Franklin
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free

The family-favorite Holiday Stroll will include a tree-lighting ceremony; visits from Santa, his elves and Mrs. Claus; gift shopping; holiday crafts for kids; live entertainment; and food and drink specials. 

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