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Arts & Culture

Free Shakespeare on the Common: Cymbeline

07.17.19 at 8:00 PM
Boston Common
Boston Common, Parkman Bandstand, Tremont Street and Winter Street
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FREE

By William Shakespeare Directed by Fred Sullivan, Jr. Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common Wednesday, July 17 at 8:00pm Thursday, July 18 at 8:00pm Friday, July 19 at 8:00pm Saturday, July 20 at 8:00pm Sunday, July 21 at 7:00pm Tuesday, July 23 at 8:00pm Wednesday, July 24 at 8:00pm Thursday, July 25 at 8:00pm Friday, July 26 at 8:00pm Saturday, July 27 at 8:00pm Sunday, July 28 at 7:00pm Tuesday, July 30 at 8:00pm Wednesday, July 31 at 8:00pm Thursday, August 1 at 8:00pm Friday, August 2 at 8:00pm Saturday, August 3 at 3:00pm and 8:00pm Sunday, August 4 at 7:00pm Performances are FREE and open to the public. Tuesday–Saturday at 8pm, Sundays at 7pm (off Mondays) Matinee performance on Saturday, August 3 at 3pm Free Shakespeare on the Common takes up residence once again with Shakespeare’s lovely mystical dramedy Cymbeline. 

Arts & Culture

Edwin McCain Live at the Center for the Arts

07.21.19 at 7:30 PM
Center for the Arts
14 Summer St, Natick, MA, 01760
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$50 - $55

Called the “great American romantic” by the New York Times, Edwin McCain has built an enviable career over the past 20 years by balancing his massive pop success with the year-round touring schedule of a tireless troubadour.  His hit songs, authentic spirit and surprisingly affable sense of humor keep fans coming back time and time again for nights that feel more like parties with old friends than rock concerts. After recording two of the biggest love songs in the history of pop music and experiencing the success that comes with a television show on Animal Planet (Flipping Ships), McCain now performs upwards of 100 shows annually throughout the US as a solo artist, with his full band or his acoustic trio. Ticket Link: http://smarturl.it/EMNatickMA

Arts & Culture

Summer Film Series 2019: Back to the Future

07.25.19 at 7:00 PM - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
106 Central Street, Wellesley 02481
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Free

Take advantage of the warm summer nights and join us outdoors on the Davis Plaza for the fourth annual summer film series. In preparation for this fall’s major solo exhibition Fatimah Tuggar: Home’s Horizons, this year’s theme explores futuristic technology. Join us at 7:00 pm for exclusive tours and art making activities before each screening, which starts at dusk. Free beer (21+) and snacks! General seating; BYO folding chairs and blankets. FREE admission and parking. In case of rain, film will be moved inside. Thursdays: July 11: Back to the Future July 25: WALL-E August 8: The Fifth Element July 11: Back to the Future When teenager Marty McFly is blasted to 1955 in the DeLorean time machine created by the eccentric Doc Brown, he finds himself mixed up in a time-altering chain reaction that could vaporize his future — and leave him trapped in the past.

Arts & Culture

Summer Film Series 2019: WALL-E

07.25.19 at 7:00 PM
Davis Museum at Wellesley College
106 Central Street, Wellesley 02481
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Free

Take advantage of the warm summer nights and join us outdoors on the Davis Plaza for the fourth annual summer film series. In preparation for this fall’s major solo exhibition Fatimah Tuggar: Home’s Horizons, this year’s theme explores futuristic technology. Join us at 7:00 pm for exclusive tours and art making activities before each screening, which starts at dusk. Free beer (21+) and snacks! General seating; BYO folding chairs and blankets. FREE admission and parking. In case of rain, film will be moved inside. Thursdays: July 25: WALL-E August 8: The Fifth Element July 25: WALL-E After hundreds of lonely years of doing what he was built for, the curious and lovable WALL-E discovers a new purpose in life when he meets a sleek search robot named EVE.

Food & Drink

Rock the Bokx at SKYBOKX 109: Mid Life Crisis

07.26.19 at 8:00 PM
SkyBokx
319 Speen St. Natick, MA 01760
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free

Formed in 2009, MLC took influences from the Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, Marshall Tucker, Tom Petty and the Eagles to name a few. "70's Killer Rock!"

Community & Celebrations

Ashland Farmers Market

07.27.19 at 9:00 AM - Ashland Farmers Market
125 Front Street, Ashland, MA 01721
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Join Ashland Farmers Market on Saturday, July 27th for a free concert! 40 Million Feet make acoustic alternative music 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Kid’s Corner: Dwarf goats Peanut and Butter visit 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. The Ashland Farmers Market season eight runs from June 8 to October 12 from 9 am to 1 pm, rain or shine. This season showcases 36 artisans, 40 food vendors including 5 produce farmers, 17 musical performances, 10 special event days, 20 local community organizations, 19 Kid’s Corner activities, 21 local business sponsors, and one knife sharpener. The all-volunteer-led market is a fun family destination. We are located at 125 Front Street, on the green across from the Ashland Public Library. Come for breakfast, stay for lunch. Remember to bring your reusable shopping bags or borrow ours. For more information, please go to www.AshlandFarmersMarket.org

Community & Celebrations

Ashland Farmers Market

07.27.19 at 9:00 AM - Ashland Farmers Market
125 Front Street, Ashland, MA 01721
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Join Ashland Farmers Market on Saturday, July 27th for a free concert! 40 Million Feet make acoustic alternative music 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Kid’s Corner: Dwarf goats Peanut and Butter visit 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. The Ashland Farmers Market season eight runs from June 8 to October 12 from 9 am to 1 pm, rain or shine. This season showcases 36 artisans, 40 food vendors including 5 produce farmers, 17 musical performances, 10 special event days, 20 local community organizations, 19 Kid’s Corner activities, 21 local business sponsors, and one knife sharpener. The all-volunteer-led market is a fun family destination. We are located at 125 Front Street, on the green across from the Ashland Public Library. Come for breakfast, stay for lunch. Remember to bring your reusable shopping bags or borrow ours. For more information, please go to www.AshlandFarmersMarket.org

Community & Celebrations

Locavore Potluck Picnic

07.27.19 at 1:00 PM
Farm Pond Park
109 Dudley Road, Framingham
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Free

Come check out one of the tastiest events of the year! This event will be held at Farm Pond Park. Please park in the U shaped parking lot located at 109 Dudley Road, Framingham. The picnic will be visible from the parking lot, located in the grove of trees between the playground and Farm Pond. * Please bring an easy to share dish, made with at least one locally grown ingredient. * There will be many other dishes from other folks to share. * Please bring a lawn chair or blanket as well. * We will provide tables for the food, plates, flatware, cups, water and ice tea. A LOCAVORE is a person interested in eating food that is locally produced, not moved long distances to market.

Arts & Culture

Make A Wild, Not Artistic Mess

07.31.19 at 5:30 PM - Cheryl Cohen's Mosaic Art Center
360 Woodland Street, Holliston
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$47/$42

Craving a kreativity adventure? Please join us for a midsummer’s night’s artistic dream, created to celebrate our glorious summer and a path to aging backwards. In this fun, fanciful program, you will mess around with heaps of art supplies – think art lollapalooza. As well as get younger with each brush stroke. I’m always buying new products for painters to experiment with, so come on by and go wherever your imagination takes you. All terrific supplies are included. Just bring your wild self, some water to drink and clothes you don’t mind getting paint on. “The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.” ~ Robert Henri Moreover, getting wild on the canvas will help you get wild in your own life. Too much domesticity and you forget who you really are and what you want out of life.

Arts & Culture

Umbrella Artist-in-Residence Exhibition: Nicholas Mancini

08.01.19 at 12:00 PM
The Umbrella Community Arts Center
40 Stow Street
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FREE

The Umbrella Community Arts Center is pleased to present an exhibition of works by yearlong Umbrella Artist-in-Residence Nicholas Anthony Mancini. The exhibition comprises paintings and one print made by Mancini during his 2018-19 residency at The Umbrella. This exhibition will be the artist’s first since he graduated from Boston University’s MFA program in 2017. Mancini’s oil paintings focus on how we identify our sense of place as we navigate our surroundings. In many works the viewer’s location is disrupted, the gaze moves between multiple spaces, surfaces shift from spacial to flat. Mancini’s subjects include spaces that are intimate and familiar as well as public and unexplored. He is interested in the juxtaposition of a space embodying memories and emotions and a space void of personal attachment. The paintings exhibit dualisms, images within images, framing devices that truncate and divide, and geometric organization. Mancini paints in close color relationships, relying more on subtle shifts in temperature rather than contrasting values. Mancini continues his examination of space in his ‘viewfinder’ paintings. The artist employs a translucent polyester as his substrate which enables him to trace the motif directly onto the fabric in acrylics. This process challenges the idea of perception existing on a single plane and having a fixed point. The single work on paper is a blind embossment depicting two rectangles that insinuate windows looking out on a landscape. The exhibition is on view at The Umbrella Arts Gallery, 40 Stow St, Concord, MA from August 1st – September 15th, and the opening reception will be held Friday August 9th, 7 – 9 pm.

Arts & Culture

Free Fun Friday!

08.02.19 at 10:00 AM - Museum of Russian Icons
203 Union Street
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free

Enjoy free admission all day, courtesy of the Highland Street Foundation. The Museum opens one hour early at 10:00 am to kick off this special day. Explore the Museum’s permanent collection, check out one of the special exhibitions, or do a craft in the auditorium. Docents are available to answer questions, and audio tours are available upon request. We hope you can join us for this fun and exciting day!

Nature

Ice Cream and...Bats

08.02.19 at 7:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot Street, Natick 01760
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Adult $13 Members / $15 Non-Members, Child $7m/ $9

What's better than ice cream on a summer night? Why not add a little fun outdoor exploration? Join the adventure as we look for flashing fireflies, listen for the songs of frogs and katydids and use a "bat detector" to find our local bats. Frogs: July 5 Fireflies: July 19 Bats: August 2 Pre-registration required. Online registration available.

Food & Drink

Rock the Bokx at SKYBOKX 109: Jim Devlin

08.02.19 at 8:00 PM
SkyBokx
319 Speen St. Natick, MA 01760
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free

Join us on Friday night for a diverse mix of classic and contemporary rock performed live by Jim Devlin! NEVER a cover, ALWAYS plenty of free parking. Great food and drink.

Community & Celebrations

Ashland Farmers Market Dog Day

08.03.19 at 9:00 AM - Ashland Farmers Market
125 Front Street, Ashland, MA 01721
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Ashland Farmers Market Dog Day Bring your four-legged friend to the Ashland Farmers Market on August 3rd and check out the special services, parade, and treats for them. All dogs must be crowd friendly, on leash, and well behaved to participate in the Dog Parade. Kid’s Corner: dog-related craft 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Ashland’s Dog Park Committee will be at the Community Tent. The Ashland Farmers Market season eight runs from June 8 to October 12 from 9 am to 1 pm, rain or shine. This season showcases 36 artisans, 40 food vendors including 5 produce farmers, 17 musical performances, 10 special event days, 20 local community organizations, 19 Kid’s Corner activities, 21 local business sponsors, and one knife sharpener. The all-volunteer-led market is a fun family destination. We are located at 125 Front Street, on the green across from the Ashland Public Library. Come for breakfast, stay for lunch. Remember to bring your reusable shopping bags or borrow ours. For more information, please go to www.AshlandFarmersMarket.org

Arts & Culture

First Sunday: Free Museum Admission

08.04.19 at 11:00 AM
203 Union Street
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free

Enjoy free admission all day, courtesy of the Nypro Foundation.

Nature

Fun with Butterflies & Dragonflies

08.04.19 at 1:00 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

Discover the amazing number of dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies that make Broadmoor home! What is a damselfly? How do dragonflies survive the winter? Is that a butterfly or a moth? Come learn all about these beautiful winged creatures and how to help our local butterflies this summer! Pre-registration required. Online registration available.

Arts & Culture

Outdoor Jazz Concert

08.06.19 at 7:00 PM
Chelmsford Town Common
1A North Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824
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Free

The Chelmsford Community Band continues its rich tradition of providing free summer performances on Chelmsford Common Tuesday, August 6th with a concert of jazz and swing standards performed by the Jazz Ensemble and directed by Art Bakopolus. Spread your blanket on the grass or bring your lawn chairs to enjoy the music with the whole family; the program will start at 7pm. If it rains, follow the music indoors to the Chelmsford Center for the Arts. Founded in 1972, the Chelmsford Community Band is made up of adult volunteer musicians who come together throughout the year to honor a long history of bringing live performances to the area. The band will be on Chelmsford Common every Tuesday night this summer. The Jazz Ensemble will perform July 9, 16, and August 6, and the Concert Band will perform July 23, 30, and August 13. All concerts start at 7pm and will take place inside the Chelmsford Center for the Arts in the event of rain. For more information, visit them on the web at www.chelmsfordcommunityband.com or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Arts & Culture

Summer Film Series 2019: The Fifth Element

08.08.19 at 7:00 PM - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
106 Central Street, Wellesley 02481
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Free

Take advantage of the warm summer nights and join us outdoors on the Davis Plaza for the fourth annual summer film series. In preparation for this fall’s major solo exhibition Fatimah Tuggar: Home’s Horizons, this year’s theme explores futuristic technology. Join us at 7:00 pm for exclusive tours and art making activities before each screening, which starts at dusk. Free beer (21+) and snacks! General seating; BYO folding chairs and blankets. FREE admission and parking. In case of rain, film will be moved inside. August 8: The Fifth Element In this outrageous sci-fi adventure, a New York cab driver unexpectedly becomes a hero in an extravagantly-styled tale of good against evil set in an unbelievable twenty-third century world.

Arts & Culture

Outdoor Summer Concert

08.13.19 at 7:00 PM
Chelmsford Town Common
1A North Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824
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Free

The Chelmsford Community Band continues its rich tradition of providing free summer performances on Chelmsford Common on Tuesday, August 13th with a concert of fun wind band repertoire, directed by Lucinda Ellert. This week the band has voted upon and chosen their all-time favorites to perform, guaranteeing a fun night for all. Spread your blanket on the grass or bring your lawn chairs to enjoy the music with the whole family; the program will start at 7pm. If it rains, follow the music indoors to the Chelmsford Center for the Arts. Founded in 1972, the Chelmsford Community Band is made up of adult volunteer musicians who come together throughout the year to honor a long history of bringing live performances to the area. The band will be on Chelmsford Common every Tuesday night this summer. All concerts start at 7pm and will take place inside the Chelmsford Center for the Arts in the event of rain. For more information, visit them on the web at www.chelmsfordcommunityband.com or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Nature

Let's Get Growing Run

08.17.19 at 8:00 AM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive
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$20 to $35

Pre-registration is required. No same day registrations will be accepted. The Let’s Get Growing Run, a 5k trail race at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. This is the public’s first chance to run (and walk) at one of the most scenic properties in Central Massachusetts, located at 11 French Drive in Boylston, Mass. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, a nonprofit organization, includes 171 acres of forest, formal gardens, and educational facilities. The 3.1 mile run, which will be two loops around the property, will take runners past a field of sunflowers, historic stone walls, a vegetable garden, an heirloom apple orchard, a wildlife refuge pond, garden fountains and statues, and an overlook with views of Mount Wachusett. The running surface will include hills, woodland trails, dirt roads, gravel paths, and paved spaces. This is not a stroller-friendly course. While dogs are welcome during regular admission hours, dogs are not allowed to run or walk the 5k race. Runners must register in advance. The early bird registration fee is $30 for anyone 13 years old and above by May 31. Registration June 1 or after is $35. Youth up to age 12 are $20. A discount is available for Tower Hill members. No refunds will be offered unless Tower Hill cancels the event. The first 50 adults to register will receive a free T-shirt, otherwise T-shirts will be $10 if pre-ordered or $20 on the day of the race. All proceeds benefit Tower Hill Botanic Garden’s four season operations and efforts to make the world a better place through plants. Parking is available on site, but please carpool if possible and arrive by 8 a.m. After the race, awards will be announced for winners in age groups and runners are welcome to explore the Tower Hill property, including the Garden Shop and Farmer and the Fork Cafe, which offers farm to table food in a beautiful setting.

Food & Drink

Sky Bokx 109 Annual Pig Roast

08.17.19 at 6:00 PM
Sky Bokx 109
319 Speen St, Natick MA 01760
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$15-$40

On Saturday, August 17, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., SKYBOKX 109 Sports Bar & Grill, MetroWest’s premiere sports bar and grill, will welcome summer BBQ enthusiasts and music lovers alike to a fun-filled evening of delicious food, live country music, and beer samplings. Featuring a scrumptious pig roast slow cooked by SKYBOKX 109’s culinary mastermind, Chef Brent Sparks, guests will have the chance to dine on all the classic BBQ fixings. From house made cornbread and salads to summer picks like fresh watermelon and corn, Chef Sparks’ pig roast is sure to be a crowd pleaser. While digging in to Chef Sparks’ scrumptious pig roast, guests can enjoy live music beginning at 7 p.m. by Southbound Train, a seven-piece group that covers top country hits. Additionally, one lucky attendee will win a Patriots football helmet signed by Matt Light, a three-time Super Bowl Champion (courtesy of Keel Vodka). Additional raffle tickets will be sold throughout the night and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to benefit Natick’s police and fire departments. Whether it’s a get together with friends or a night out with family, SKYBOKX 109 Sports Bar & Grill is excited to invite the community to enjoy an evening of mouthwatering barbecue, drinks, and good music!

Arts & Culture

Lecture Balancing Creativity and Tradition in Iconography with Iconographer Maureen McCormick

08.18.19 at 1:00 PM - Museum of Russian Icons
203 Union Street
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Members $6, Nonmembers $12

Maureen McCormick is a latter-day iconographer, affiliate instructor of the Prosopon School of Iconology and Iconography, and iconographer in residence at Trinity Church, Princeton (NJ). She attended her first iconography workshop with Vladislav Andrejev, founder of the School in 1996 and was immediately drawn to the medium and to the mystical theology that informs this centuries-old sacred art of the Christian East. This illustrated lecture will explore the tension between tradition and creativity in the process of designing and executing icons in the 21st century. Using recently completed icons – including one inspired by an icon in the Museum’s collection – Maureen will discuss the myriad decisions, artistic and theological, that the iconographer must make, all the while remaining within the canon of a century’s old sacred art

Arts & Culture

Natick Multicultural Day 2019

08.24.19 at 10:00 AM - Natick Center
Natick Town Common, 12 S Main Street, Natick, MA 01760
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Free

Natick Center Cultural District's Multicultural Day event, now in it's third year, which will take place on August 24th, 10am - 2pm at the Town Common. There will be music, dance, food, ethnic arts and crafts as well as activities showcasing the cultural diversity and vitality of Natick. This will be followed by the Natick International Film Festival's 2nd pilot screening which will be held at the Common Street Spiritual Center from 2pm - 4pm. The screening will feature immigration shorts and a panel discussion with the movie directors.

Arts & Culture

Earth Press Project: Witness

09.01.19
Minute Man National Historical Park
250 N Great Road, Lincoln, MA
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FREE

Earth Press Project: Witness invites communities across America to contribute to a participatory public art project to be displayed at the Minute Man National Historical Park (MMNHP) in Massachusetts, September 1 - November 1, 2019. In partnership with The Umbrella Community Arts Center, MMNHP's Artist-in-Residence Nancy Winship Milliken Studio, invites participants to submit a one-word response to the question, “What change would you like to witness today as inspired by or in response to the events that took place on this historical landscape?” In 1775, the people of the Massachusetts Bay Colony witnessed a revolution that reverberated around the world. As in the time of the American Revolution, there is today a world of possibilities before us. It all begins with a thought and a word. A selection of publicly generated words will be imprinted onto a few hundred adobe blocks of earth using a hand-press technique developed in collaboration with Reflex Letterpress, and installed inside a "witness house" structure in the park, situated just outside the Visitor Center at 250 N Great Road, Lincoln, MA. Ongoing submissions throughout the exhibition will be displayed online and at The Umbrella Community Arts Center. In addition to submitting a one-word response, the public is invited to explore the physical installation at the park, meet the artists and collaborators, participate in hands-on activities, and engage in conversation around the themes explored in the work.

Education & Learning

Middle School Math Workshop

09.07.19 at 11:30 AM
Next Level Up Tutoring
73 Sterling Street, West Boylston, MA 01583
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$139

MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH WORKSHOPS: 9/7 and 9/14 from 11:30am-1:30pm Taught by teachers with more than 40 years combined experience teaching middle school math, students will get a hands-on, engaging Algebra-based curriculum, boosting their confidence in fractions/decimals/percents, relationships & measurements within a circle, and volume of circular 3D shapes. Students need to attend both days, and they will get a folder with useful tools to take home. The cost is $139. The mathworkshops will be held at the NLU Learning Center, 73 Sterling Street, West Boylston. RSVP to 781-540-1123 or info@nextleveluptutoring.com

Recreation & Sports

8th Annual Purple Passion 5K Run/3K Walk

09.21.19 at 7:30 AM
South Middlesex Opportunity Council
7 Bishop St, Framingham
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Saturday, September 21th 2019 7AM to 10AM Voices Against Violence/SMOC Headquarters 7 Bishop Street, Framingham. This is our 8th annual event and it includes a timed 5K Timed Run, Casual Run and Walk again this year! This family-friendly event will have activities for the kids, music, displays and speakers.

Recreation & Sports

18th Annual SMOC Golf Tournament

09.23.19 at 9:30 AM
Malborough Country Club
200 Concord Rd, Malborough 01752
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Monday, 23th September 2019 Shotgun start at 11AM Marlborough Country Club 200 Concord Road, Marlborough MA 01752 This is our 18th annual Golf Tournament to support our mission in helping those who are in need back to self-sufficiency!

Arts & Culture

42nd Street: The Musical

09.27.19
The Umbrella Community Arts Center
40 Stow Street, Concord
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Varies - $19-$49

Inaugural production of The Umbrella Stage Company, and Grand Opening run in The Umbrella’s newly constructed multi-theater complex at 40 Stow St, Concord September 27 – October 20, 2019 Times Vary by Day

: See https://theumbrellaarts.org/theater The Umbrella Stage Company — Greater Boston’s newest professional theater — looks forward to sharing an expanded, six-show season of bold, daring and innovative theater with you! From high-kicking spectacle to punk rock musical to socially urgent drama, this season will be the first to be staged in The Umbrella’s brand-new, state-of-the-art, multitheater performing arts wing at 40 Stow Street in Concord. The grand opening production in our the space is a moment to celebrate, and 42nd STREET is nothing short of the greatest celebration of musical theatre and the people who make it happen! Aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer comes to the big city from Allentown PA, and soon lands her first big job in the ensemble of a glitzy new Broadway show. But just before opening night, the leading lady breaks her ankle. Will Peggy be able to step in and become a star? Splashy and grand, this tap-dance fueled musical is a visual feast…is the ultimate showcase for the capabilities of The Umbrella’s new main stage. Music by Harry Warren Lyrics by Al Dubin Book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble Directed by Brian Boruta

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