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Arts & Culture

Exhibition: An American Town in WWI (thru April 30))

04.13.18 at 1:00 PM - Edgell Memorial Library
3 Oak St, Framingham, MA 01701
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Free FHC members, $5 nonmembers, $2 students

Why do many of us know so little about WWI? Perhaps because America entered the war during its last year? Or is it because few understood shell shock and how to process the horrors of the trenches? While WWII is known for the “greatest generation,” WWI produced the “lost generation.” But WWI is not lost to Framingham. As the centenary of Armistice approaches in November this exhibit features seven local men and women whose stories speak to the larger forces at play in the first war that engulfed the world. Innovations around flight and technology, the impact of the influenza pandemic, pacifism and suffrage are just some of the threads tying Framingham to WWI. Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 1-4pm 

Arts & Culture

Exhibit and Opening at Three Stones Gallery in Concord (thru Oct. 20)

09.06.18 at 10:30 AM
Three Stones Gallery
115 Commonwealth Ave, Concord, MA
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Free

Three Stones Gallery Concord opens its doors for the fall  with two shows in newly created gallery spaces, on view September 6-October 20. The opening reception is September 20, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, and will be catered by Woods Hill Table in Concord.

  • GALLERY AZURE: Spirit of Place, Spirit of Culture featuring Jon MacAdam's illuminated landscape paintings and Lynne Klemmer’s abstract mixed media works inspired by the Inuit culture.
  • GALLERY BERYL: A rotating selection of paintings, photographs, sculpture, and ceramics by our 9 represented artists and 2 guest artists (see details, below).

Represented artists: Astrid Benham, Tim Dunnbier, Jennifer M Johnston, John Kennard, Lynne Klemmer, Jon MacAdam, Yari Livan, Afsoon Shahriari, Robert Steinem. Guest artist: sculpture by Elisa Adams and works on paper by Maggi Brown. 

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Arts & Culture

Christiane Baumgartner: Another Country (thru Dec. 16)

09.20.18 at 11:00 AM - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
106 Central Street, Wellesley 02481
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see details for pricing

Marking the artist’s first major monographic museum exhibition in the United States, the Davis Museum at Wellesley College is pleased to present Christiane Baumgartner: Another Country, an in-depth introduction to and survey of the artist’s work at mid-career. Tickets are required. 

 Please note: Tickets are required for this special exhibition. General admission, $20; Wellesley College alumnae, $12. Senior discounts available. Free entry for all students with I.D., Wellesley College faculty and staff, Friends of Art members, Durant Society members, and children under 18. 

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Education & Learning

Sky Hopinka: Dislocation Blues (thru Dec. 16)

09.20.18 at 11:00 AM
The Davis Museum at Wellesley College
106 Central Street, Wellesley 02481
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Free

Sky Hopinka’s short film Dislocation Blues presents an alternative to mainstream media representations of Standing Rock during the 2016 Dakota Access Pipeline protests.

Arts & Culture

A Critical Eye: James Gillray and the Art of Satire (thru Dec. 16)

09.20.18 at 11:00 AM
The Davis Museum at Wellesley College
106 Central Street, Wellesley 02481
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Free

This exhibition draws from the Davis Museum’s collection of James Gillray prints, examining both the complexity of Gillray’s printmaking technique and the range and depth of his historical and cultural references.

Arts & Culture

Making Memories: Accessible Art Program for Adults Living with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias (thru Nov. 16)

09.28.18 at 11:00 AM - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
106 Central Street, Wellesley
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Free

Meets three times: September 28, October 26, and November 16. Making Memories is an accessible arts program for adults living with early Alzheimer’s and other dementias and their care partners for a guided exploration of our permanent collections with specially trained museum staff and Student Guides. This free program offers opportunities to enjoy conversation, works of art, and new experiences at the Davis. Participation is free with advance registration. reservations required and space is limited.

 private groups are encouraged to book a custom program. Space is limited.. For more information or to pre-register, email Arthurina Fears, Manager of Museum Education and Programs, at afears@wellesley.edu.

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Arts & Culture

Concord Festival of Authors (thru Oct. 31)

10.01.18
Concord Museum
200 Lexington Rd, Concord 01742
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Free

The Annual Concord Festival of Authors celebrating the written and spoken word in a town famous for its literary history and commitment to lifelong learning, will run from October 1 through the 31, 2018. This year the month long event will feature lectures, writing workshops, and discussions, and includes over 30 noted authors including Doris Kearns Goodwin, Kate Di Camillo, Professor Annette Gordon-Reed, and Hallie Ephron.

Arts & Culture

Artfully Autumn Fall Show and Reception

10.08.18 at 10:00 AM
Norfolk Library
139 Main Street, Norfolk
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Free

The Franklin Art Association is proud to present “Artfully Autumn,” a fine art painting and photography exhibit on display from October 8, 2018 through October 27, 2018 during library hours.
 
A cheese and cider reception will be held on Saturday, October 27, from 4 PM to 7 PM. Admission is free.
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Arts & Culture

Painting Angels: A Heavenly Experience

10.16.18 at 6:00 PM
Kamala SoulCircles
747 Washington Street Holliston
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$69/$65

Angels are a blast to paint! Once I started creating angels, I literally couldn’t stop. They are naturally uplifting beings that can be placed in a variety of settings and, if you wish, adorned with heartfelt sayings. If you are a frustrated clothing designer like me, you’ll really enjoy creating outfits for your angel to wear … Best of all your paintings placed in a frame will make terrific homemade and heartfelt holiday gifts for friends and family. Why not get a jump on the holidays and start? 

All heavenly supplies included. You can paint up to 5 paintings! Week #1: Wings, dresses and hands Week #2: Backgrounds, messaging, finishing touches.

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Arts & Culture

Painting Whimsical Figures

10.16.18 at 6:00 PM
Kamala SoulCircles
747 Washington Avenue, Holliston
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$89/$85/$81

Imagine adding whimsical figures to your paintings! In this, fun and freeing three-week program you will learn my formula for creating human figures. All supplies included! Just register and show up in clothes you don't mind getting paint on.

Education & Learning

Best Foot Forward: The Shoe Industry in Massachusetts

10.17.18 at 7:00 PM
Morse Institute Library
14 E Central Street, Natick 01760
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Free

Please join the Natick Historical Society for a free talk on the history of the Massachusetts shoe industry with a special focus on Natick. 

Education & Learning

Massachusetts Leaders in the Woman Suffrage Movement

10.18.18 at 7:00 PM
Framingham Public Library
49 Lexington Street, Framingham
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Free

Guest speaker, Barbara Berenson, is the author of Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement: Revolutionary Reformers and will be focusing on Bay State women who catalyzed the effort to gain women's right vote on a local and national level. 

Arts & Culture

The Power of Mind-Blowing Music

10.19.18 at 8:30 AM
Heritage at Framingham
747 Central Street, Framingham
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free

Golden Tones Chorus celebrates its 30th anniversary with a gift to the community. Emphasizing music's potential to stimulate cognition and memory, MetroWest's favorite seniors' outreach chorus presents a free performance and special screening of "Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory," including onscreen appearancesby Dr. Oliver Sacks (author of Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain) and vocal virtuosos Bobby McFerrin.

 

 

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Education & Learning

Sheila Pepe: Hot Mess Formalism

10.19.18 at 10:00 AM
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln 01773
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This exhibition, the first mid-career survey of Sheila Pepe’s work, examines how the artist plays with feminist and craft traditions to counter patriarchal notions of art making. While Pepe incorporates personal and cultural narratives into her work, she also invites a broad range of viewers’ interpretations.

Arts & Culture

Larry Fink: Primal Empathy

10.19.18 at 10:00 AM
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln 01773
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Drawn from deCordova’s permanent collection with loans from the artist, this exhibition focuses on empathy in Larry Fink’s work. Whether photographing members of elite urban society or rural farmers, empathy drives his curiosity about our shared humanity and shapes his decisions for lighting, framing, and positioning his subjects.

Nature

Fall Foliage Morning Canoe on the Charles

10.20.18 at 8:30 AM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot Street, Natick 01760
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Adults: $38 Members; $48 Non-Members

Start the weekend off with a paddle down one of the most beautiful stretches of the Charles River during the peak of leaf color change. Starting from the Medfield marshes, enjoy the many colors along the bank and the smell of wild grapes. Relax and watch for the many animals found in and around the river. (Paddlers must be at least 12 years of age.)  Pre-registration required. Canoes, paddles, lifejackets, a basic paddling overview & guides are all provided. Additional information, including directions to the meeting location, are included in the link within the registration confirmation email.

Education & Learning

Neighborhood Infant & Child Expo (NICE)

10.20.18 at 10:00 AM
Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel
181 Boston Post Rd West, Marlborough 01752
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$5, Kids are FREE

The Massachusetts Mom & Baby Expo is now the Neighborhood Infant & Child Expo (NICE). NICE is a showcase of local businesses that offer supportive, non-judgmental services and products that helps families meet their parenting goals from pregnancy and preschool. For more information, email instinctiveparentma@gmail.com or visit www.massmomandbabyexpo.com

Arts & Culture

American Craft Fair (thru Oct. 21)

10.20.18 at 10:00 AM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive
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$5-15

The Worcester Center for Crafts and Tower Hill Botanic Garden have partnered to present a juried fair of American craftwork. Hosted at Tower Hill, the show features over 30 fine artisans representing ceramics, jewelry, wood, metalworking, glass, mixed metals, painting, fiber artists and more.

Arts & Culture

American Craft Fair (2 Days)

10.20.18 at 10:00 AM
Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive, Boylston 01505
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he public is welcome to attend the American Craft Fair on Saturday, Oct. 20, and Sunday, Oct. 21, at Tower Hill Botanic Garden. This fair is curated by the Worcester Center for Crafts and will feature more than 30 fine artisans representing ceramics, jewelry, wood, metalworking, glass, mixed metals, painting, fiber artists and more. Admission includes access to the fair, facilities, grounds, and gardens. In addition, Tower Hill will be featuring its October Oddities exhibit and guests can enjoy lunch in the cafe, fall foliage views of Mt. Wachusett, and browsing the Garden Shop.

Community & Celebrations

Fall Public Market on the Common

10.20.18 at 11:00 AM - Downtown Framingham
2 Park Street, Framingham 01702
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Free

The Public Market on the Common is a platform for small businesses, farmers, entrepreneurs, and artisans from across New England to gather and exhibit their wares on the newly enhanced. In response to popular demand, Downtown Framingham, Inc. is excited to introduce new businesses to our downtown's business-ready infrastructure and people-ready amenities through this monthly platform.

Community & Celebrations

Cocker Spaniel Rescue of New England Annual Auction

10.20.18 at 11:00 AM
Boxborough Regency Hotel
242 Adams Place, Boxborough, 01719
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Advance tickets #35, At the door $38

21st Annual Auction to support rescue, veterinary care and placement of cocker spaniels throughout New England. Silent and live auctions, lunch, raffles, and pet boutique. Meet Randy Price, Anchor of "EyeOpener" WCVB-TV's Morning Newscast.

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.

Nature

Fall Birding at Broadmoor

10.21.18 at 7:30 AM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot Street, Natick 01760
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Adults: $15 Members; $18 Non-Members

What is going on in the fall with your neighborhood birds? Who is staying and who is going? What bird is making that call or song? Do the males and females look alike? A great way to get the most out of your fall bird watching. Online registration available.

Education & Learning

Torah Tots: Shabbat

10.21.18 at 8:30 AM
Temple Beth Torah
2162 Washington St, Holliston 01746
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$15 per session or $105 for 8 sessions

Discover the joy of Shabbat through story time, songs, a Challah snack, and making a complete Shabbat kit to use at home. This is second in a monthly series of 8 Torah Tots session.  Register at educationdirector@bethtorah.org. 508-429-6268

Arts & Culture

Campus Creative: A Celebration of the Arts at FSU

10.21.18 at 11:00 AM
McCarthy Center at Framingham State University
100 State Street, Framingham
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Free

Join us for a day of demonstrations and displays, musical and theatre performances, Chinese calligraphy, poetry readings, photography shoots, and more, all brought to you by our students, faculty, and community partners. 

Education & Learning

Lecture: "Jacob Lawrence: Stories of Life, Iconic Heroes, and the Fight for Freedom"

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

Renowned art historian Leslie King-Hammond will analyze the legacy of Jacob Lawrence, who documented American and African American history, which was routinely denigrated, denied and erased in his era. Lawrence was a masterful storyteller who created modernist figurative compositions. He was especially inspired by the stories and histories of iconic freedom fighters like Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and John Brown. 

Nature

Nature On Tap...Fantastic Feathers: Form and Function

10.24.18 at 6:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot Street, Natick 01760
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Adults: $10 Members; $15 Non-Members

Join us at Jack’s Abby Brewery in Framingham for food, a beer and a thought-provoking discussion with local experts about their work in the natural world. When we think of birds, we think of feathers. Feathers give birds their color, keep them warm and dry, form the aerodynamic shape of the wing and can even control sound. Learn how the microscopic structure of duck feathers makes them water repellent and how the structure of owl facial feathers focuses sound towards their ears, allowing them to hunt in total darkness. Pre-registration recommended. 

Education & Learning

Leningrad at War: A City Speaks

10.24.18 at 8:00 PM
Margaret Clapp Library Lecture Room at Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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Free

Renowned poet and cultural studies scholar Polina Barskova, author of Besieged Leningrad: Aesthetic Responses to Urban Disaster (2017) and Associate Professor of Russian literature at Hampshire College, will share her insights on the glorious former Imperial Russian capital of St. Petersburg, as well as the realities and inner world of Leningraders under siege. 

Education & Learning

Making Memories: Accessible Art Program for Adults Living with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias

10.26.18 at 11:00 AM - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
106 Central St
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Free (RSVP required)

Fridays, September 28, October 26, and November 16 11:00 AM Making Memories is an accessible arts program for adults living with early Alzheimer’s and other dementias and their care partners for a guided exploration of our permanent collections with specially trained museum staff and Student Guides. This free program offers opportunities to enjoy conversation, works of art, and new experiences at the Davis. 

Participation is free with advance registration. RSVPs required; in addition, private groups are encouraged to book a custom program. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. For more information or to pre-register, email Arthurina Fears, Manager of Museum Education and Programs, at afears@wellesley.edu.

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Arts & Culture

Frank Williams Visiting Artist Series: Annette Lemieux

10.26.18 at 12:30 PM
Collins Cinema at Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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Free

Acclaimed contemporary artist Annette Lemieux will give an artist talk about her work and her practice. A multidisciplinary thinker and maker, Lemieux’s work spans an enormous variety of media and concepts. 

Education & Learning

The Counting Cauldron

10.26.18 at 5:00 PM
RSM-MetroWest
5 Auburn Street, Framingham
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free

You and your children are invited to The Counting Cauldron Party to brew some math fun! Join us for a FREE Spooktacular evening of Halloween math games, fun prizes and much more. Come if you dare! 

Arts & Culture

Open Mic Night Coming to Downtown Framingham!

10.26.18 at 6:30 PM
Sofa Cafe
181 Concord Street, Framingham, 01702
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Free

The wildly popular Open Mic Night Presented by Centre Music House has moved to a new location! Located in downtown Framingham, Sofa Café will now be hosting this monthly event. Open Mic Night will be presented on the last Friday of each month from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. All musicians and budding musicians are welcome to participate in this event. 

Open Mic Night welcomes participants and audience of all ages. A backline is provided for performers which includes a P.A. system, microphones, drum set, amplifiers, and a keyboard. You may bring your own personal instruments (guitars, woodwinds, brass, violins, etc.) and effects. We look forward to seeing you all there and making Open Mic Night at Sofa Café a great success! Follow us here on Facebook to keep up-to-date with Open Mic Night. Visit the Centre Music House website for more information: https://www.centremusic.com

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Nature

Halloween Full Moon Owl Prowl for Families

10.26.18 at 7:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick, 01760
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Adult $13 Members/ $16 Non-Members, Child $7m/ $9n

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. We will explore Broadmoor under moonlit skies listening for our resident screech, barred and great horned owls. Instructions and Directions: Pre-registration recommended. 

Online registration available. This program is for ages 6 and up and includes walking over uneven terrain in limited light. Please note, no flashlights are used in this program.

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Other

Halloween Party with Vampirina (Natick)

10.27.18 at 10:00 AM - Jam Time
251 West Central Street, Natick 01760
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Free with normal playground admission of $12 per c

Don't miss Jam Time's Halloween Party with a visit from Vampirina! Come in your Halloween costume and trick-or-treat around the party room, enjoy tons of Halloween arts and crafts projects, plus get hugs and high-fives from Vampirina! No reservations needed, just show up and don't forget your camera! 

Recreation & Sports

7th Annual Ashland Half Marathon & Half Miler

10.27.18 at 10:00 AM - Marathon Park
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$35-$75

Starting and finishing at Marathon Park, the original start line of the Boston Marathon (1897-1923), the 2018 race will feature a 5-mile race and a half-marathon two-person team relay competition, in addition to the usual events.  The October race also introduces a new course featuring scenic rolling hils traversing Ashland town roads and a loop through the beautiful Hopkinton State Park.

Community & Celebrations

Halloween Family Day

10.27.18 at 11:00 AM
Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History
241 Wellesley Street, Weston 02493
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ctivities will include decorating Trick-or-Treat bags and pumpkins with stamps, a Halloween Stamp Designing Contest, Halloween Stamp Hunts, stamp related games and puzzles for prizes and arts and crafts using stamps. Children can make Halloween envelopes to send spooky greetings to friends with the Museum providing the free postage. 
 
     Children who wear their Halloween costumes will receive free admission. Why not come as a mail carrier? All children can also have their picture made into a stamp and will receive a free packet of stamps.   Free refreshments.  

Community & Celebrations

20th Annual Natick Spooktacular Halloween Parade

10.27.18 at 12:00 PM
Natick Common
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It's the 20th annual "Spooktacular Event" Halloween Party & Trick or Treat parade for ages 3-9 on Saturday October 27th at 12:00 pm beginning on the Natick Common. Come dressed as your favorite character and enjoy the painting of pumpkins, apple cider, the great pumpkin smash and the wonderful children's parade!

At 2:00 p.m. there will be two separate children’s parades winding their way through downtown seeking candy and treats. It's a great time to celebrate Halloween in downtown Natick! There NO rain date for this event.

Arts & Culture

Ellen Shipman and the American Garden: Talk and Book-Signing

10.27.18 at 1:00 PM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive, Boylston 01505
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$5-15

Presenter: Judith Tankard, Author Ellen Shipman (1869-1950) was one of the leading landscape architects of the Country House era, designing over 600 gardens, often in collaboration with leading architects, such as Charles Platt and Harrie T. Lindeberg. This lecture will explore Shipman's career and recent restorations of her gardens, such as Longue Vue House and Gardens, Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, and several private commissions. 

Community & Celebrations

All Hallows Eve Tea

10.27.18 at 2:00 PM
Bacon Free Library
58 Elliot Street, Natick 01760
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Rita Parisi of Waterfall Productions will be your hostess for an All Hallows Eve Tea in the newly renovated Natick History Museum. Rita, as the character of Mrs. Gordon, a lady from 1908, will discuss how people celebrated Halloween at the turn of the last century. Be chilled and thrilled as she recants some of her own uncanny experiences as well as her recent attendance of a séance!     Registration Required 

Arts & Culture

Dance performance: "The Forgotten Empress"

10.27.18 at 7:30 PM - Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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Free

The Forgotten Empress is a dynamic dance drama based on the history and life of Empress Noor Jahan, exploring her strength and influence in 17th-century Mughal India and how she maintained her delicate power in a male-dominated empire, only to be almost forgotten in the latter years of her life and in death. Through an enthralling performance of South Asian classical dance, live music, multimedia, and theater, acclaimed Kathak artist Farah Yasmeen Shaikh, director Matthew Spangler, and musical director Salar Nader, along with their team of world-class musicians and actors, deliver the spectrum of emotions, relationships, and occurrences surrounding this powerful woman. 

Reservations will be required and available through a link, in early September. For first access to that link, join the concert series email list by emailing concerts@wellesley.edu. The Forgotten Empress is the recipient of a New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project Touring Award, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The residency and concert at Wellesley are generously supported by the Wilson Fund and the Florence Jeup Ford ’22, Mary M. Crawford ’22, and Virginia Ford ’48 Artist in Residence Endowment Fund.

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Nature

Halloween Full Moon Owl Prowl for Adults

10.27.18 at 8:00 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adults: $13 Members; $16 Non-Members

Sound is one of the best ways to locate and identify owls. Learn about their calls, behavior and habitat. Join the adventure as we explore Broadmoor under moonlit skies listening for our resident great horned, screech & barred owls. Pre-registration required. 

Online registration available. This program includes walking over uneven terrain in limited light. Please note, no flashlights are used in this program.

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Community & Celebrations

Ghouls in the Garden

10.28.18 at 11:00 AM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive
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$5-15

Pre-registration recommended. Come show off your Halloween costumes! Join us for our kids costume parade with crafts and treats.

Community & Celebrations

Sudbury Park and Recreation's Fall Festival

10.28.18 at 11:00 AM
Haskell Field
40 Fairbank Road, Sudbury 01776
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Varies based on activity

This day-long event includes the Halloween 5K and 1-mile Fun Run. A day full of fun for all ages, including face painting, musical entertainment, inflatable games, corn mazes, crafts and more! Register online. 

11:00AM: *Halloween 5K 12:00PM: *Fun Run 12:30PM: Scarecrow Contest *Event will be held rain or shine. All other activities are weather permitting. REGISTER ONLINE! $30 per person: Halloween 5K $12 per person: Fun Run $10 per family: Scarecrow Contest

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Community & Celebrations

Haunted Hounds: Doggy Costume Parade

10.28.18 at 1:00 PM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive, Boylston 01505
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$5-15

This Halloween, Tower Hill is going to the dogs. Festoon your pooch and embark on Tower Hill’s first doggy costume parade. All festive pups are welcome, but botanically inspired fashion is highly encouraged. Canines can enter a contest to be judged for the chance to win a prize. Come for the puppy promenade, stay for the furry friendship! Explore Tower Hill’s network of dog trails and enjoy the crisp fall weather in the gardens.

Nature

Creepy Crawlies

10.28.18 at 1:00 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick 01760
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Adult: $13 M / $15 NM; Child $7 M/ $9 NM

It is almost Halloween! How do you hiss without using your mouth? Breathe without lungs or gills? Move if you don't have legs? This program features some of the strange and creepy critters from our wild and wacky world of animals. Get up close and personal with tarantulas, amphibians, snakes and even some cool cockroaches! Pre-registration recommended. 

Arts & Culture

Chelmsford Community Band Presents Fall Concert: “Prost!”

10.28.18 at 2:00 PM - Chelmsford Senior Center
75 Groton Road, Chelmsford
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Free

Join the Chelmsford Community Concert Band for a selection of songs and dances inspired by Slavic traditions and raise a virtual glass to togetherness. 

Community & Celebrations

Sunset Cemetery Tour

10.28.18 at 5:30 PM
Edgell Grove Cemetery
53 Grove St, Framingham, MA
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$10

As the Framingham History Center continues our spooky Halloween tradition, we will revisit this beautiful “garden cemetery” with a lantern tour beginning at sunset. This guided walking tour will feature stops at the burial sites of reinterred Revolutionary War soldiers, the unfortunate Hemenway brothers, cemetery designer Warren Nixon, and Mrs. Frances Lewis Wilson. We’ve unearthed new information on her plot. Enjoy a final story, refreshments, and a display of artifacts belonging to featured luminaries at the beautiful 1885 cemetery chapel. Content is most suited for ages 12+ and be sure to wear appropriate footwear for walking on dirt roads. 

Small flashlights are also suggested. Tickets are $10 and $5/ages 12-18. Purchase tickets below or mail checks to FHC P.O. Box 2032, Framingham, MA 01703. Tickets may be purchased on the day of event if we haven’t sold out… Questions? Call 508-626-9091

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Education & Learning

In Conversation with Joseph Kennedy III

10.28.18 at 6:30 PM
Dwight Performing Arts Center
Framingham State University
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Free

Congressman Kennedy will offer a reflection on President Kennedy’s exhortation, “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”  How can we channel this spirit to trigger in us an urgency to tackle the great challenges of our world today?

Arts & Culture

Children's Literature Festival Exhibition (thru Nov. 2)

10.29.18 at 9:00 AM
Mazmanian Gallery at Framingham State University
100 State Street, Framingham
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Free

The Children's Literature Festival, featuring Wendell Minor, includes a reception and book signing on Thursday November 1, 3-5pm.

Other

Halloween Party with Vampirina (Maynard)

10.29.18 at 10:00 AM - Jam Time
86 Powder Mill Road, Maynard 01754
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Free with normal playground admission of $12 per c

Don't miss Jam Time's Halloween Party with a visit from Vampirina! Come in your Halloween Costume and trick-or-treat around the party room, enjoy tons of Halloween arts and crafts projects plus get hugs and high-fives from Vampirina! No reservations needed, just show up and don't forget your camera! Free with the price of normal admission of $12/child and 1/2 price for class members!

Education & Learning

The Destruction of Memory: The War Against Culture and the Battle to Save it

10.29.18 at 4:30 PM
McCarthy Center at Framingham State University
100 State Street, Framingham
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Free

Over the past century, cultural destruction has wrought catastrophic results across the globe. The was against culture is not over - it's been steadily increasing. Based on the book by Robert Bevan, the film The Destruction of Memory tells the story of how heroic individuals have fought back, risking and losing their lives to protect not just other human beings, but cultural identity - to save the record of who we are. 

Arts & Culture

Midday Muse: The Rich Greenblatt Vibes Quartet

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

Rich Greenblatt and his friends and colleagues will perform his most recent compositions from his newest recording, My Take. This Boston-based, star-studded ensemble can swing, play the blues, evoke classical orchestral ensembles, and bring to mind exotic lands. Greenblatt’s compositions are beautifully melodic, rhythmically grooving, and appeal to new listeners as well as jazz purists. 

Education & Learning

Travel & Taste: British Columbia, Above & Below

11.01.18 at 6:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Dinner/Lecture: $28M;$35NM/Lecture only: $12M; $15

Hear about some of the stories from the BC expedition's Native American story teller guide and their hike to some out of the way sacred petroglyphs. 

Other

Clothing Swap at Norwood Jam Time!

11.02.18 at 9:00 AM - Jam Time
111 Lenox Street, Norwood
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$12/child

Clothing Swap at Norwood Jam Time! Clean out your closet! Bring your clean, gently used, outgrown FALL & WINTER clothes to Jam Time! Swap with other parents for FREE while your kids enjoy all Jam Time has to offer! FREE with general admission ($12/child) ALL left overs will be donated Free coffee Maternity, Infants, Toddlers, Kids Size 4-18 Please no bedding, toys, books, or large baby equipment!

Nature

Busy Beavers

11.03.18 at 4:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adult $12 Members/ $14 Non-Members, Child $6m/ $8n

Fall is a busy time for beavers as they prepare for winter at Broadmoor. We will visit different beaver sites, discover what life is like as a beaver and how to recognize signs that a beaver has been in the area. 

Arts & Culture

The Wellesley College Choral Program: Dober Memorial Concert

11.03.18 at 7:30 PM
Houghton Memorial Chapel, Wellesley College
106 Central Street, Wellesley 02481
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Free

The highly acclaimed choral program at Wellesley allows students to experience the exhilaration and joy of performing the great choral repertoire from the Renaissance to the present day. National and international tours have led them to perform in venues such as the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., La Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal, and the Mezquita in Cordoba, Spain.

Nature

Duckstravaganza!

11.04.18 at 7:30 AM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adults: $15 Members; $18 Non-Members

November is a great time to watch beautiful wintering ducks. Not just your average mallards... we will carpool to several locations in search of ducks. Target species include teals, shovelers, mergansers, buffleheads, pintails and more. The leader will also bring a spotting scope for close-up views of these stunning ducks. Concord: 11/4 Wayland: 11/18

Arts & Culture

Landscape Art Demonstration

11.07.18 at 6:30 PM
Franklin Senior Center
10 Daniel McCahill Street, Franklin
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Free

Refreshments and social time will begin at 6:30 PM, followed by a short business meeting and a demonstration by Dave Kaphammer, a pastel artist who explores local landscapes for inspiration in light and shadow. An artist in residence at the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA, Dave’s work has received a number of awards from the Post Road Art Center, as well as the Pastel Society of New Hampshire and the Connecticut Pastel Society. 

Other

Natural Living Expo (thru Nov. 11)

11.10.18 - Royal Plaza Trade Center
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$15 weekend pass (some workshops extra)

New England's largest holistic event!  More than 10,000 attendees enjoy the exhibitors, 90 workshops, 275 vendors,samples, and speakers at this expo, present ed by Spirit of Change. Learn about mind-body-spirit healing, green living, healthy eating, stress relief, alternative medicine, and making the planet a healthy place.  Free parking, Healthy Foods Tent.

Community & Celebrations

Country Fair

11.10.18 at 9:00 AM - Fisk Memorial United Methodist Church
106 Walnut Street, Natick 01760
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Free

Come for lunch - Come and shop! All proceeds go to missions both locally and globally. Bakery, hand knits/crocheted, crafts, country store with maple syrup from Maine, good-as-new shop, silent auction, luncheon served 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., vendors with their specialties, and more! Held rain or shine. 

For more information, (508) 653-1674 or email fiskoffice@fiskumc.org

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Arts & Culture

Franklin Newcomers and Friends Craft Fair

11.10.18 at 9:00 AM
Tri-County High School
147 Pond Street, Franklin 02038
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$3 admission

A popular annual event in Franklin, our 42nd year! Still accepting applications for (homemade) vendors. Email franklincraftfair@gmail.com for application. Proceeds support local charities.

Nature

Busy Beavers

11.10.18 at 3:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick 01760
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Adult $12 Members/ $14 Non-Members, Child $6m/ $8n

Fall is a busy time for beavers as they prepare for winter at Broadmoor. We will visit different beaver sites, discover what life is like as a beaver and how to recognize signs that a beaver has been in the area. As sunset approaches, we will watch for our resident beavers on their evening explorations. Pre-registration required. 

Online registration available. Please dress for the weather. This program for ages 7 and up also includes walking over uneven terrain in limited light.

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Arts & Culture

Special Concert: BSO Live Performance

11.11.18 at 2:30 PM - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
106 Central St, Wellesley, MA 02481
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Free

Live music and conversation with musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra performing chamber music featuring repertoire that responds to "Christine Baumgartner: Another Country." Reservations required.

  • 2:30 - Pre-concert program with BSO musicians in conversation with Lisa Fischman and Ruth Gordon Shapiro
  • 3pm - Concert
  • 4pm - Reception

As part of its 2018-19 Community Concert season, and in recognition of its ongoing partnership with the city of Leipzig, members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra will perform a free chamber music concert. Following the concert, audience members are invited to a free reception to meet the musicians and other concertgoers over coffee and dessert.

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Education & Learning

Gallery Talk: Jacob Lawrence, Artist and Historian

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

Join Assistant Curator Amanda Gilvin in examining Jacob Lawrence’s legacy as both an artist and a historian through a discussion of his series, The Legend of John Brown.

Education & Learning

Gallery Talk: Jacob Lawrence, Artist and Historian

11.13.18 at 4:00 PM - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley 02481
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Free

Join Assistant Curator Amanda Gilvin in examining Jacob Lawrence’s legacy as both an artist and a historian through a discussion of his series of paintings The Legend of John Brown.

Arts & Culture

Stroller Tours

11.14.18 at 10:00 AM - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
106 Central Street, Wellesley 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 and Programs, for a different theme on the second Wednesday of each month.

Arts & Culture

Paradise City Festival of Fine and Functional Art (thru Nov. 18)

11.16.18 at 10:00 AM
Royal Plaza Trade Center
181 Boston Post Road, Marlborough 01752
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Adults-$14, Seniors-$12, Students-$8

11/16 - 10am-5pm

11/17 - 10am-6pm

11/18 - 10am-5pm

 

175 outstanding American artists and master craft makers from 25 states exhibit their newest work at Metro Boston’s most exciting juried fair. Sculpture and paintings are displayed alongside one-of-a-kind home furnishings, dazzling jewelry and fashion fit for a holiday gala. This show is a destination for decorators, collectors and discerning homeowners as well as a favorite source for special gifts that transcend expectations.

Nature

Owl Prowl Adventures under the Moon for Adults

11.16.18 at 7:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick 01760
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Adult $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. Instructions and Directions: Pre-registration required. Online registration available. This program includes walking over uneven terrain in limited light. Please note, no flashlights are used in this program.

Community & Celebrations

Fall Public Market on the Common

11.17.18 at 11:00 AM - Downtown Framingham
2 Park Street, Framingham 01702
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Free

The Public Market on the Common is a platform for small businesses, farmers, entrepreneurs, and artisans from across New England to gather and exhibit their wares on the newly enhanced Downtown Common (2 Park Street).. In response to popular demand, Downtown Framingham, Inc. is excited to introduce new businesses to our downtown's business-ready infrastructure and people-ready amenities through this monthly platform.

Nature

Owl Prowl Adventures under the Moon for Families

11.17.18 at 6:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adult $13 Members/ $16 Non-Members, Child $7m/ $9n

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. 

Online registration available. This program for ages 6 and up includes walking over uneven terrain in limited light. Please note, no flashlights are used in this program.

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Nature

Duckstravaganza2!

11.18.18 at 8:00 AM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick, 01760
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Adults: $15 Members; $18 Non-Members

November is a great time to watch beautiful wintering ducks. Not just your average mallards... we will carpool to several locations in search of ducks. Target species include teals, shovelers, mergansers, buffleheads, pintails and more. The leader will also bring a spotting scope for close-up views of these stunning ducks. Concord: 11/4 Wayland: 11/18

Education & Learning

1968 and Martin Luther King, Jr.: Race, Class and Disobedience

11.27.18 at 4:30 PM
McCarthy Center at Framingham State University
100 State Street, Framingham
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Free

Come hear Alex Gourevitch, Associate Professor of Political Science at Brown University, discuss the radicalism of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s civil disobedience. King was no moderate. Assassinated while supporting a major strike, King is best seen as part of the 1968 revival of a long tradition of mass law-breaking that we can trace backwards through a hundred years of labor radicalism

Education & Learning

Earthrise - "The Image That Shared Our World": Film Screening

11.29.18 at 7:00 PM
McCarthy Center at Framingham State University
100 State Street, Framingham
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Free

Earthrise, a documentary film by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, tells the story of the iconic image of the Earth taken from space in 1968 on Apollo 8. Told solely by the Apollo 8 astronauts, the film recounts their experiences and memories and explores the beauty, awe, and grandeur of the Earth against the blackness of space. 
 

Arts & Culture

Davis Discoveries Fall 2018 Symposium: György Kepes

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

Although known for his work in a diverse array of creative processes including film and photography, György Kepes’s work also includes oil on canvas, including Abstract Composition housed in the Davis’s collection. Join us for an afternoon symposium on Kepes’s work, which also coincides with the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT.

Davis Museum Lobby Reception to follow 

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Education & Learning

Getting the Most from your Digital Camera Workshop

12.01.18 at 9:00 AM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick, 01760
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Adults $60 Members, $70 Non-Members

Are you new to the world of digital photography, or still don't feel you're getting the most from your digital camera? This workshop is designed to help you understand the features of digital cameras, and, if nature allows, use the landscape and creatures of Broadmoor to practice techniques to help improve your digital photography. We'll review topics such as optical and digital zoom, white balance, ISO, and resolution. In addition, we will cover proper lighting, focus, depth of field and composition. Then, we'll preview software that will help enhance and crop your images to create stunning prints.  Pre-registration required.

 Online registration available. About the instructor: An experienced wildlife photographer, Joy has been teaching photography programs at Broadmoor for the past 12 years including a variety of both indoor and outdoor classes.

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Community & Celebrations

Hopkinton Holiday Stroll

12.01.18 at 10:00 AM
Downtown Hopkinton
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free

The Hopkinton Holiday Stroll is a community event in Hopkinton the 1st Saturday of December to encourage people to visit chamber businesses and shop local, gather for festivities and celebrate together as a community. It is anticipated to be a well attended
event and will culminate with the annual lighting of the town Common that evening. 

Arts & Culture

Third Annual Davis Holiday Frame & Print Sale (thru Dec. 16)

12.01.18 at 11:00 AM - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
106 Central Street, Wellesley
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Free

 An annual Davis tradition! Stop by the Davis Museum lobby to find a cool frame for a photograph, or pick up a print or poster for holiday gift-giving. We will also have a sale on art books and exhibition catalogues which make perfect gifts. Prints from $5 and up; frames and catalogues from $10 and up. Come early for best selection while supplies last.

Arts & Culture

Sing Heigh-Ho!

12.01.18 at 6:30 PM - First Congregational Church
725 Washington Street, Holliston
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$20.00

On December 1st in a show entitled “Sing Heigh-Ho! Unto the Green Holly!” at First Congregational Church in Holliston, Exsultet! will perform Christmas and Hanukkah favorites as well as songs celebrating the winter solstice. Featured will be the premiere of “Aspects of Yule,” a piece composed for Exsultet by local composer Eva Kendrick.

Nature

Bird Away the Winter Blues! (Great Meadows)

12.09.18 at 8:00 AM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick 01760
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Adults: $15 Members; $18 Non-Members

We will enjoy Great Meadows wintering species and many regular winter visitors like American coot, common goldeneye, golden-crowned kinglet, and American tree sparrow. Bald eagles are often a possibility at this time of year, as occasional visitors from the north like horned larks, red-breasted nuthatch, and snow bunting. Instructions and Directions: Pre-registration required. Online registration available. Directions to the meeting location and additional information are included in a link in the registration confirmation email.

Nature

Stars and Meteors at the Holidays

12.14.18 at 9:00 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick 01760
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Adult $13 Members/ $16 Non-Members

Join us under a dark sky for stars and one of most spectacular showers of the season. Just what is Orion’s belt and why can you only see it in the winter? What better than a dark winter night for great views of the night sky and meteors with snacks and hot drinks to keep you warm. A fun way to learn more about our night sky from an astronomer! Pre-registration required. 

Online registration available. Please dress for the weather as we will be spending time outside.

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Education & Learning

From “Fashioning Apollo” to Designing Space Suits for Mars. An Engineering and Socio-cultural Conversation

02.28.19 at 7:00 PM
McCarthy Center at Framingham State University
100 State Street, Framingham
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Free

Dr. Lewis and Dr. Newman will explore the evolution and development of space suits from both engineering and historical and cultural points of view. Panelists will also discuss how challenges of future space missions are changing the design of the suits.
 

Education & Learning

Space Hero or Nazi Villain? The Life of Wernher von Braun

03.28.19 at 7:00 PM
McCarthy Center at Framingham State University
100 State Street, Framingham
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Free

Wernher von Braun, who led both the V-2 ballistic missile and Saturn V moon rocket projects, has often been reduced to a stereotype: either as the great pioneer of space or a Nazi villain. From Dr. Neufeld’s research, a much more ambiguous and complex figure emerges, instead.

Education & Learning

Moon Landing 50th Anniversary

07.20.19 at 4:00 PM
McCauliffe Center at Framingham State University
100 State Street, Framingham
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Free

Family friendly activities and formal panel discussion.

Event organized and coordinated by the McAuliffe Center and the MetroWest STEM Education Network.

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