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Arts & Culture

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.

Arts & Culture

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Did you know that you can read clothing like any other historical document?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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Arts & Culture

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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Other

Wings & Wheels: Cruise-In/Fly-In (thru Aug. 31)

06.01.17 at 5:00 PM
Minuteman Airfield
302 Boxboro Road, Stow, MA
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free

Join pilots and car enthusiasts every Thursday night (except July 6). Specific cars are featured each week, but all cars are welcome. Airplanes, too!  Great food and libations, including wood-fired pizzas, from Nancy's at the Air Field Cafe. Plenty of parking. Great time for all, including kids! dogs allowed on a leash.

Donations to benefit local and international service projects.

 

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Arts & Culture

Exhibit: Paintings of the Four Seasons by Charles Mills (thru Dec. 1)

07.12.17 - Dedham Historical Society & Museum
612 High Street; Dedham MA 02026
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$0 members, $2 non-members

Charles Mills (1856-56) led a full life as an artist and citizen of Dedham. In Europe at age 22, he studied art in Europe and was known as one of the ‘Duveneck boys’ in Venice, a group of eight young artists who studied under Frank Duveneck, an American painter, etcher, and art teacher who is credited for creating a new art movement known for a freer application of paint. The Dedham Historical Society & Museum exhibits four of Mill’s landscapes, representing the seasons of the year. 

Museum hours: Tuesday - Friday 12 noon - 4:00pm. society@dedhamhistorical.org 781-326-1385

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Arts & Culture

"Yellow Too..." (thru August 27)

08.02.17 at 11:00 AM
Fountain Street Gallery
460-C #2 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA
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free

Fountain Street Gallery in Boston's SOWA Art and Design District will host its Core Members Group Show,  with the Opening Reception on August 4, 6-8 PM. Work by 23 artists: Sarah Alexander, Sorin Bica, Linda DeStefano Brown, Brenda Cirioni, Cheryl Clinton, Marie Craig, Mia Cross, Denise Driscoll, Susan Greer Emmerson, Sara Fine-Wilson, Tatiana Flis, Joseph Fontinha, Kay Hartung, Anita Loomis, Vicki McKenna, Iris Osterman, Joel Moskowitz, Rebecca Skinner, Mary Spencer, Cory Shea, Marcia Wise, Tracy Spadafora, Leslie Zelamsky.

Education & Learning

"Whale Watch," part of "Gone Fish-in" exhibit (thru Sept. 30)

08.07.17 at 12:00 PM - Spellman Museum of Stamps
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As part of its "summer and Stamps—Gone Fish-in" exhibit, over 300 stamps from around te world feature the great variety of whales and other ocean creatures. Children can"fish" for stamps in he special philatelic fish tanks loaded with both US and world stamps. Children can do stamp scavenger hunts in the galleries to win prizes, design their own ocean stamps, and decorate book marks with stamps.

The Museum is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from noon to five and after Labor Day reopens on Sundays.  The Museum is part of the Blue Star Program which provides free admission to all active members o the military and their families.  For more information call 617-784-5838

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Arts & Culture

20th-Century Design Auction & Preview (thru Aug. 24)

08.22.17 at 12:00 PM - Skinner Auctioneers & Appraisers
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free

Live auction, beginning at noon on the 24th, is preceded by the chance to preview these incredible objects in person beginning at noon on the 22nd and 23rd, and 9-11am on the 24th. Learn more at a free lecture on the 23rd at 6pm, "Modern Design by a Mid-Century New Englander."   

Arts & Culture

Call to Artists: Landscape Seascape Exhibit

08.24.17 at 9:30 AM - Post Road Art Center
1 Boston Post Rd E., Marlborough, MA 01752
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Submissions for our juried Landscape/Seascape Exhibit are being accepted August 24-31 during our regular business hours. The opening reception is on September 7, 5:30-8:00 and all accepted artwork will be up for the month. Submission Fee: $15 for 1 piece, $20 for 2, $30 for 3 Prizes Awarded: 1st Place- $85, 2nd Place -$55, 3rd Place-$35, People's Choice - $25 to Post Road Art Center. Please see the link for submission details and the registration form.

Arts & Culture

2017 Music Series Presents Dale LePage & The Manhattans

08.24.17 at 6:00 PM
CERES
363 Plantation Street, Worcester, MA 01605
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Free

Memorable summer evenings begin at CERES. Join us for world-class performances by the ever-popular Dale LePage & The Manhattans as you relax on our manicured outdoor patio. Enjoy refreshing signature cocktails, al fresco dining, and savory appetizers, entrees, and desserts.

Recreation & Sports

Special Olympics Massachusetts Tournament of Champions (thru Aug. 27)

08.26.17 at 9:00 AM
Yawkey Sports Training Center
512 Forest Street, Marlborugh, MA
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FREE

Special Olympics Massachusetts is excited to host the 2017 Tournament of Champions in Marlborough, Northborough and Stow. State Championship competitions will be held in softball, bocce, golf, and cycling, Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon.  In addition to the competition on Saturday, athletes, their families, a team of over 200 volunteers and members of the public will enjoy a Community Sports Experience at the Yawkey Sports Training Center.

The event is supported by our community partners: Marlborough Mayor Arthur Vigeant’s office, Avidia Bank, and the Marlborough Economic Development Corporation. 

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Food & Drink

Ashland Farmers' Market Tomato Festival

08.26.17 at 9:00 AM
Ashland Farmers' Market
125 Front Street, Ashland, MA
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 Let’s celebrate the delicious tomato today! Sample some special tomatoes at the heirloom tasting, also learn about creative tomato pairings. Don’t miss the food demo from Chef Christopher Ryan of Residence at Valley Farm as he makes gazpacho. The Cardinal, Joe Stillitano, Len Rabinowitz will be on the Ashland Arts Alliance Music Stage from 10:30 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m. The Ashland Garden Club will be hosting a garden activity at the Kid’s Corner from 9:30am to 10:30am. 

Join a fun, family destination in downtown Ashland every Saturday  through October 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the green across from the Ashland Public Library. The “make it or grow it” market will host a total of 38 food vendors and 30 local artisans this season. Local organizations are showcased at the Community Table each Saturday. The Town Tent encourages dialogue between Ashland residents and town government departments and committees. Live music, Kid’s Corner, theme days -- all of this is made possible by 20 generous market sponsors, all of whom are local businesses. The all-volunteer market encourages your feedback, new ideas, and new volunteers. Ashland High School students, earning Community Service hours, are a driving force for making the market much appreciated by participating vendors. Come for breakfast, stay for lunch. Remember to bring your reusable shopping bags or borrow ours. It’s HIP to be healthy and a SNAP to participate! Learn more at: www.AshlandFarmersMarket.org There is ample parking on Front Street, in the adjacent municipal lot, and nearby at Town Hall on Main Street and Mindess School on Concord Street. To sign up for eNewsletters of weekly events, artisans, specials and more, visit www.AshlandFarmersMarket.org

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Nature

Bee Weekend (thru Aug. 27)

08.26.17 at 10:00 AM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
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free with admission

Learn about the fascinating world of bees and why they're important to our gardens through exhibits, demonstrations, honey tastings, hands-on activities, games, and more.

Community & Celebrations

Free Family Festival - CARIBBEAN STEEL DRUMS CONCERT!

08.26.17 at 11:00 AM - Downtown Maynard
45 Old Mill Road
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FREE, Some Vendors & Activities include a fee

Bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic lunch outside, on the lush grounds of the Club, with your family and friends!

  • Activities: Exhibitors, Bouncy House Castle, "Ride the Wave" Double Slip & Slide*, Food Trucks, Ice Cream Trucks, Games, Reiki, Pie Eating Contest, "Painted Rocks" Scavenger Hunt, Vendors, Raffles, Food, Entertainment, and much more!
  • Music: Enjoy the sounds of the Caribbean, while listening the night away to Toby Tobas, Steel Drums performer!
  • We welcome the public to bring their fishing poles and gear and enjoy the day fishing! 

*Anyone planning on enjoying the Slip & Slide may want to bring a change of clothes.  

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, dance, and cultures found within our community's different ethnicities, including Indian, Asian, African-American, Native American, and various Europeanc cultural traditions.

Community & Celebrations

Southborough Summer Nights

08.26.17 at 5:00 PM - Neary School
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Fireworks top off an evening of fun, food, and music: climbing wall, inflatable obstacle course, moon buonces and slide, video cart,pony rides, robotics activities, games, food vendors.

Nature

Workshop: Farmer's Basket of Fall Colors

08.27.17 at 11:00 AM - Weston Nurseries of Hopkinton
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$45 per person

Get a start on your fall decor! Plant up a farmer's basket with fall blooms. We'll be adding gourds for texture. Included in the workshop fee is basket, soil, fertizlier, plants, and one gours. Additional gourds, pumpkins, and plants are available for sale.

Arts & Culture

Bill Staines in Concert

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

Staines has been performing for over 40 years, but it never gets old for him or his audience! Staines is an intimate, compelling performer, out of the folk scene of the 60s, encouraging his audience to sing with him on his chorus songs. He will mix in traditional tunes with his own contemporary folk ballads. His humorous tales of life on the road and observations of everyday people provide an entertaining blend of story and song. 

Other

The Amazing Acrocats Frolic in Arlington, MA!

09.02.17 at 3:00 PM
Regent Theatre
7 Medford St
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$19-$39

The Amazing Acro-cats, featuring Tuna and the Rock Cats, are a troupe of REAL performing house cats.  Using the magic of clicker training (a stress-free positive reinforcement method) Samantha Martin and the cats tour the nation's stages in the infamous Acro-cat bus! They have cats riding skateboards, jumping through hoops, and Alley, our rising star, has even leapt into the Guinness Book of World Records, holding the record for the longest cat jump!

  • Sept. 2: 3pm and 7pm
  • Sept. 3: 2pm and 6pm
  • Sept. 4: 2pm 

The Acro-cats experience all started with Chief Executive Human (CEH for short) and animal trainer Samantha Martin. She has not only rescued her own pets, but also has found happy homes for over 200 homeless cats and kittens. A portion of the proceeds always benefits our mobile foster and rescue efforts. 

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Arts & Culture

Greg Abate Quartet

09.02.17 at 8:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis Street
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$20 (with discounts for seniors, students)

Greg Abate is known for his sincere passion and energy in playing non-compromising jazz with consequence and meaning! A veteran of Artie Shaw’s revived orchestra and the Ray Charles Orchestra, Greg is a straight-ahead real jazz player. He is a Grammyonominated, International jazz recording and touring artist. This evening, Greg Abate will perform with Ben Cook on piano, Todd Baker on bass, and Gary Johnson on drums. 

Community & Celebrations

66th Labor Day Parade

09.04.17 at 12:00 PM - Downtown Marlborough
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The largest and most prestigious Labor Day parade in New England, this begins at Pleasant and Lincoln Streeets and prcoess onto Broad Street on its way to Main Street.

Food & Drink

Art and Ales with Aeronaut Brewing Company

09.07.17 at 5:00 PM - deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum
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Art and Ales is back for its third year! Raise your glass to an art-inspired tasting as we pair Aeronaut Brweing Company craft beers with sculptures in the Park. Don't miss out on this fun evening of art, music, food, and beer with friends! Tickets include live music, two full-size beers or four tastings, and entry to the Sculpture Park. Additional beer will be available for purchase.

Arts & Culture

2017 Music Series Presents The Russo Brothers

09.07.17 at 6:00 PM
CERES
363 Plantation Street, Worcester, MA 01605
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Free

Enjoy the warm weather on CERES’ outdoor patio listening to the cool jazz rhythms of The Russo Brothers. Savor delicious appetizers perfect for sharing and fresh, locally-sourced entrees during the performance.

Arts & Culture

Steve Sweeney: "Townie"

09.08.17 at 8:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis Street, Framingham
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$25 (with discounts for students, seniors)

If you missed this hilarious and thoughtful show during its two-show run in the spring, here’s your chance: a one-man show from Boston’s comedy legend produced by Scamps Comedy Productions. Comedian/actor Steve Sweeney was raised in hard-scrabble, colorful Charlestown and has carried its influences with him through a career that’s included nearly 25 films, national television appearances, radio hosting, and thousands of nights headlining Boston’s best comedy clubs. In his one-man show, he regales his audiences with stories from his life-long journey, to the backdrop of neighborhoods, the old Boston Theater District, and other landmarks. 

Sweeney has been a featured on major television shows including David Letterman, Evening at the Improv, Comics Come Home and Comedy Central, and starred in his own Boston-based sitcom, Park Street Under. His trademark political satire has earned him top host spots on Boston radio stations 100.7FM WZLX (Sweeney’s Neighborhood) and 95.9FM WATD (Jay Mohr and Opie & Anthony.)

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Recreation & Sports

5th Annual Live4Evan Run & Fun Fest

09.09.17 at 9:00 AM
EMC Park
113 Hayden Rowe Street Hopkinton, Massachusetts 01748
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$20 - $40

Join us in celebrating healthy and happy hearts! All proceeds benefit Live4Evan’s mission to provide housing for the families of cardiac patients traveling to the Boston area for medical care at Boston Children's Hospital. The USATF-certified course starts at EMC Park, goes through scenic downtown Hopkinton, and finishes behind Hopkinton High School. A race t-shirt and Live4Evan gift bag is provided to all registrants. Events include:

  • LIVE FAST - Evan Girardi Memorial 5K Road Race
  • LIVE HEALTHY - 3-mile heart walk
  • LIVE FUN - Corn Hole Tourney - (2 people per team)
  • LIVE TOUGH - Challenge Course - Open to Grades K-12

Also at the event: -Live Music -Free Food & Drinks -Raffles -Entertainment for all ages Register for all events here: https://racewire.com/register.php?id=7993

Arts & Culture

Autumn Arts & Crafts Festival (thru Sept. 10)

09.09.17 at 10:00 AM
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$5 adults, $4 seniors

Food and music accompany this arts show and sale, which includes handpainted accessories, stained glass, candles, books, alpaca clothing, paintings, ceramics, calligraphy, embroidery, and more

Food & Drink

Blooms, Brews, & BBQ

09.09.17 at 11:00 AM - Weston Nurseries of Hopkinton
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$10; beers $5; food price a la carte

Join us for a day of live music, zesty BBQ, and local microbrews on our lush event lawn as we raise money to benefit the Jimmy Fund Walk. We're gathering a great lineup of local bands, excellent beers and ciders, and great food.

Other

Boutique Blitz with Cultural Tour and Gallery160 Party

09.09.17 at 4:00 PM
Downtown Framingham
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$10.00

The Boutique Blitz truly has it all!

  • Tour 6 boutiques and get great new fall fashion ideas
  • Learn about our immigrant history,
  • Discuss cultural and lifestyle trends
  • Enjoy a discounted meal at Pueblito Paisa
  • Celebrate with us at Gallery160.

Two lucky people will win tickets to the Railroad House show at 8 pm at the Amazing Things Art Center! * An effective sound system will be provided throughout the tour!

Arts & Culture

Railroad House Band

09.09.17 at 8:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis Street
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$20 (with discounts for seniors, students)

Not strictly a Bluegrass band, the Railroad House Band plays a range of material that is bluegrass-based but pulls in jazz, country, rock, and blues, and it doesn’t stop there! There are six pieces in the band, and the instruments are those typically used in a bluegrass configuration. Most of of the tunes feature 2-, 3-, or 4-part vocal harmonies.

Recreation & Sports

Horse Show--part of Celebrate Holliston

09.10.17 at 9:00 AM
Willow Brook Farm
1070 Washington Street, Holliston
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Bring your horse to ride, or come to watch and tour our farm.  Onsite food available. A fabulous day for ridres and spectators!

Nature

Workshop: Cornstalk Swag

09.10.17 at 11:00 AM - Weston Nurseries of Hopkinton
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$49

Welcome the fall season with this great swag. Hang it on your door or lamppost. We'll create the base out of cornstalks and adorn it with other seasonal decor. Registration fee includes materials that include cornstalks, wheat, lavender, quince, leaves, and a bow.

Arts & Culture

Open Rehearsal and Audition (Mondays thru Sept. 25)

09.11.17 at 7:00 PM - Fisk Memorial United Methodist Church
106 Walnut St, Natick, MA
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Free to attend the open rehearsal

Are you interested in joining The A Cappella Singers, a women's choral group that is dynamic and talented but also fun? Join us for an open rehearsal where you can see if we would be a good fit for you, and if so, audition with a quick piece for our music director. There are three opportunities (September 11, 18, and 25) to join our group before our holiday concert on December 2.

Arts & Culture

Third Annual Arts on the Green

09.13.17 at 5:00 PM - Gardens at Elm Bank
900 Washington Street, Route 16
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FREE

Soak up the last days of summer and stroll through our Art Walk of local artists showcasing and selling their work throughout the gardens. Bring a picnic dinner and blanket and enjoy live music on our beautiful grounds. There will also be hands-on family art activities, tours, and music by LiveWire Boston. Thanks to our sponsor, Wellesley Bank Charitable Foundation, admission is free to all! This year will also feature the New England Sculptors Association’s exhibition at Elm Bank. 

Nestled among the gorgeous flowers and tall grasses are “Gifts from the Garden,” sculptures created by New England Sculptors Association members. Visitors may listen to the sculptors describe their art and creative process through a special audio tour on their cell phones. The exhibit features 37 sculptures from 21 artists. 

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Community & Celebrations

Applefest (thru Sept. 17)

09.14.17 - Algonquin Regional High School
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Most of the four-day activities take place at Algonquin Regional High School athletic fields. Fireworks are September 16, 8-9pm, preceded by BBQ, live music, pony rides, and games. Other days offer Taste of Northborough, road race, hike, historical society tour, pancake breakfast, and more.

Arts & Culture

2017 Music Series Presents Dale LePage & The Manhattans

09.14.17 at 6:00 PM
CERES
363 Plantation Street, Worcester, MA 01605
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Free

Close the summer with a memorable evening at CERES. Join us for world-class performances by the ever-popular Dale LePage & The Manhattans as you relax on our manicured outdoor patio. Enjoy refreshing signature cocktails, al fresco dining, and savory appetizers, entrees, and desserts.

Arts & Culture

Exhibit: Robert Powers--Flights of Fancy (thru Oct. 14)

09.15.17 - Baldwin Hill Art & Framing
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$0

Richard Gorman Powers is best known for his surrealistic science fiction book covers published during that late '50s through the early '70s. "Richard Powers: Flights of Fancy" will offer rarely or never before displayed works on paper, hardboard, and other matierials from the artist's personal body of art. Opening reception: 5-9pm on September 15.  For more information, contact Baldwin Hill at 508-720-0310 or shop@baldwinhillframing.com

 

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Community & Celebrations

Heritage Festival (thru Sept. 17)

09.15.17 at 4:00 PM - Downtown Marlborough
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A weekend-long celebration that commemorates the vast array of ethnicities and cultures, as well as the rich history of Marlborough and surrounding communitiers,

  • Freedom Friday, 4-9pm, includes laser show, food trucks, and live music
  • Unity Day on Saturday, 4-10pm, includes Heritage Trail wth cultural acts, vendors, and live performances, interactive walk through history, rooftop nighttime celebration
  • Celebration Sunday, 4-10pm. includes Main Street Mile, Chili-Chowder Cookoff, Fireman's Breakfast, Community Awards

Education & Learning

Open House at RSM-MetroWest

09.15.17 at 5:00 PM
RSM-MetroWest
5 Auburn Street, Framingham, MA, 01701
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Free

Join us at our Open House, where parents can learn about our program while your kids take a free math evaluation, play math games, and solve puzzles. Interested in chess? We will offer an opportunity to play with our chess masters, learn about our chess offering, and evaluate your child(ren)’s chess level. Walk-ins are welcome but space is limited. Please reserve a math evaluation and/or chess slot to guarantee availability. Use the ticketing link in this event to get to the free evaluation sign-up.

Food & Drink

2nd Annual Cider Festival & Pig Roast

09.15.17 at 6:00 PM - Wayside Inn
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$65

Featuring local craft hard ciders, authentic barn dancing, bluegrass, traditional pig roast by Firefly's, tractor hayrides, and cider-pressing. Come enjoy and celebrate America's most beloved beverage, all while helping to raise funds towards the restoration of the Wayside Inn Cider Mill. Call 978-443-1776 for tickets or visit the website.

 

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Arts & Culture

In Concert: Durham County Poets & Pesky J. Nixton

09.15.17 at 8:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis Street
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$20 (with discounts for seniors, students)

The Durham County Poets are a lively and soulful group who write and perform an eclectic blend of blues, folk and rock, with tinges of country, gospel and swing tossed in. Drawing influences from contemporary urban balladeers, rowdy southern bluegrass, and the sardonic yet wry wit of New England's localized folk scenes, Pesky J. Nixon (PJN) creates an atmosphere both inviting and challenging for audiences. Compelling harmonies and narratives rein in disparate instrumentation including- zydeco style accordion, virtuosic mandolin, a variety of tribal percussion, and a myriad of string instrumentation.

Community & Celebrations

Celebrate Holliston 2017

09.16.17 at 9:00 AM
Goodwill Park
Green Street, Holliston
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free

5000 residents join in the celerbation, which includes games, chili cookoff, food, demonstrations, retailers, vendors, and activities.

  • Parade: 9am
  • Field Day: 10am-3pm

Arts & Culture

Way Up South with the Kenny Selcer Trio

09.16.17 at 8:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis Street
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$18 (with discounts for seniors, students)

Way Up South has been tearing up the New England club and festival scene and rapidly gaining a reputation as an explosive live band with a deep well of compelling original music and stellar musicianship. Fresh vocal harmonies, instrumental virtuosity, and dynamic energy transference between the musicians and the audience are the hallmarks of Way Up South. Way Up South’s expansive sound incorporates a maturity and musicianship that weaves in and out of southern, blues, country, jazz, and Americana rock—music whose precision and finesse still retain the loose spacey qualities that epitomize improvisational rock bands. 

Recreation & Sports

11th Annual MetroWest Chamber Educational Foundation Golf Tournament

09.18.17 at 1:00 PM
Framingham Country Club
16 Gates St, Framingham, MA 01702
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The MetroWest Chamber is excited to hold the 11th Annual Educational Foundation Golf Tournament. Proceeds of $14,000 from last year's tournament were awarded through the Foundation's scholarship program to graduating high school students. There are golfer spots and sponsorships still available at this year's tournament. Don't miss the opportunity to showcase your business and support a great cause! 

Education & Learning

Celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day!

09.19.17 at 2:00 PM - The Discovery Museum
177 Main Street, Acton, MA 01720
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Event included in admission, $12.50

Everyday Engineering: Sinking Ships. Ahoy matey! It’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day and we’re celebrating with some seaworthy science. Use an everyday material – tinfoil – to build a boat, and then load it up with a bounty of pennies. How much treasure can your boat hold?

Arts & Culture

In Concert: Alice Howe and The Lied To's

09.22.17 at 8:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis Street
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$20. Discounts for seniors, students, members

At once timeless and original, Boston singer-songwriter Alice Howe joins a soulful, impeccably tuned voice with crafted poetry. A lifelong songwriter, Alice’s musical sensibility lies in ’60s folk and ’70s Southern California songwriters. Taking their name from the revered Everly Brothers song, “When Will I Be Loved,” The Lied To’s (Susan Levine and Doug Kwartler) create a formidable blend of folk, rock and country-tinged music with subject matter keenly focused on the negotiation of the relationships in the wake of difficult times and burdensome pasts.

Arts & Culture

Arts in Common

09.23.17 at 10:00 AM
Bay State Commons
1100 Union St Westborough, MA
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Free

The Westborough Cultural Council is coming up on 9 years of offering this kid- and family-friendly event, with activities for the whole family to get involved in:  all media of arts and crafts, delicious local food vendors, live music, and giveaways.  If you would like to be a part of the event, you can fina all forms and applications at http://www.westboroughculturalcouncil.org/artsincommon.htm . Otherwise, then just come down and enjoy a day of live music and the arts.

Arts & Culture

Violet Jam presents Sister Hazel

09.23.17 at 7:00 PM - Crowne Plaza: The Verve-Natick
1360 Worcester Street, Natick, MA 10760
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$25 Advance, $30 Day of Show

Sisiter Hazel plays The Violet Jam, sharing all their greatest hits and new material. Doors open at 7pm, band hits the stage at 9pm for this 21+ event. For more than 20 years, these five friends have built the kind of musical communication that comes only with time, talent and commitment. From bars and clubs back home in Gainesville, Florida, to theaters, arenas, college campuses and open-air festivals, they’ve seen audiences light up the night like seas of stars. 

Bassist Jett Beres remembers the first time he heard guitarist/singer/songwriter Andrew Copeland’s lyric, “I’m just a kid from Gainesville watching Petty with my lighter in the dark,” for his song “Something To Believe In.” “It gave me chills,” Beres says. “It’s who we were. It’s who we still are. It’s the beauty of music.” His bandmates agreed — and thus their new album harks back to the roots of their story through its title, Lighter In The Dark. Recorded in Nashville’s Tin Ear Studio and produced by their longtime engineer and Nashville studio fixture Chip Matthews, the album affirms the band’s longstanding ties to Music City, which date back to 2005 and include collaborations with all-star songwriters Lee Brice, Luke Laird and Hillary Lindsey, sessions with production heavyweights Garth Fundis and Scott Parker, guest appearances by Pat Buchanan, Tom Bukovac, Steve Hinson, and other local session aces. As their lucky 13th release, it also ties together the many threads that make up the band’s tapestry: the restless, road-hungry rush of “Fall Off The Map” and “Run Highway Run,” the deep-country dive of “Prettiest Girl At The Dance,” the sentiment and swagger of “Take It With Me,” the exhilaration of romance on a shoestring with the album’s debut single, “We Got It All Tonight,” written by Music Row stalwarts Chris Destefano, Ashley Gorley and 2015 BMI Songwriter of the Year Rodney Clawson. It adds up to 14 tracks, most of them co-written by members of the band, some of them with outside writers all of them branded by their balance of harmony blends with distinctive lead vocals, instrumental polish with raw soul — and above all, their fusion of multiple influences into that unique Sister Hazel sound. They draw from the talents of guest artists too. You can’t miss Darius Rucker’s voice on “Karaoke Song.” Sister Hazel has been playing the song live for a while, ever since Rucker, Copeland, and Nashville songwriter Barry Dean put it together. And on the stark heartbreak ballad “Almost Broken,” fast-rising artist Jillian Jacqueline adds a haunting complement to Copeland’s lead vocal. But that’s not all that makes Lighter In The Dark a milestone in Sister Hazel’s history. Through decades of exhaustive touring as well as developing their Lyrics For Life Charity, the Rock Boat cruise, Hazelnut Hang and other annual fan gatherings, they’ve drawn from, processed and reflected back their synthesis of American music. As Trojanowski notes, “I come from a jazz background. Ryan comes from the blues, Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Allman Brothers, Ken and Drew have a lot of Indigo Girls and James Taylor in their hearts. And we’re all huge Eagles fans.” “Through it all, we’ve just kept getting better as a band,” Newell adds. “We’ve matured as songwriters. Each time we record, I feel more proud of our new album than the last one because I can hear us still growing.” “And we’ve always been unclassifiable,” Beres concludes. “We’ll put out a record and go, ‘What is it? Is it country music? Is it Southern rock? Is it pop? is it college acoustic, alternative?’ It doesn’t matter! It’s just us doing what we’ve always done. We’re writing about who we are, where we’ve been and where we’re going. And we’ve never done it as well as we have on Lighter In The Dark.”

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Arts & Culture

Stan Strickland Quartet

09.23.17 at 8:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis Street
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$21 (with discounts for seniors, students)

Stan Strickland has performed internationally; been featured on recordings of Bob Moses, Marty Erlich, Webster Lewis and Brute Force; performed with notable jazz musicians Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Mann, Danilo Perez, Shirley Scott and Marlena Shaw; and has opened for Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins. 

Arts & Culture

Homecoming: Kevin So & Friends

09.28.17 at 8:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis Street
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$20. Discounts for seniors, students, members

Kevin So has moved back… to Framingham! After 14 years of ‘living the dream” in Brooklyn and Nashville, Kevin has finally returned home. Please join Kevin in his triumphant return and official homecoming concert, as he shares stories and songs, new and old, performing on the grand piano and acoustic guitar. He will be accompanied by a fantastic band and some very special guests TBA. Kevin will also be holding a special workshop on Saturday Sept 30: details on our website.

Arts & Culture

The Boston Soul Revue Presents Memphis to Motown

09.29.17 at 8:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis Street
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$20. Discounts for seniors, students, members

The Boston Soul Revue takes you on a musical journey, tracing the roots of this uniquely American art form from the Blues, the early music of Ray Charles, on to the Doo Wop beginnings of the James Brown and the origins of Funk, then Memphis Soul and the glory days of Motown. Each song is put in context with a brief introduction by veteran frontman Ronnie “Mr. Motion” Valentine. 

Arts & Culture

Kevin So: Master Class Workshop

09.30.17 at 12:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis Street
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$25

Make Us Sound Expensive: Learn Some Tricks of the Trade. Kevin So, veteran of Nashville and New York and now back home in MetroWest, shares his lessons learned in a two-hour limited workshop. See website for details and to register. Limited to 20. Discount to attend both show (9/28) and workshop. Call office for details after 8/29/17.

Arts & Culture

In Concert: Ben Rosenblum with Charles Berthoud

09.30.17 at 8:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis Street
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$20. Discounts for seniors, students, members

Ben Rosenblum is a jazz pianist, accordionist, and composer based in New York City. His work has garnered numerous awards and he was a finalist at the 2015 American Jazz Pianist Competition in Melbourne, Florida, and at the 2016 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition in Jacksonville. Opening is Charles Berthoud, British bassist. Berthoud (pronounced BEAR-too), is changing the way we think about the bass guitar. Already being recognized as one of the masters of the two-handed tapping technique, he plays the bass like a piano, accompanying himself with multiple parts.

Arts & Culture

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

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

Arts & Culture

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

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

 

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Exhibit: "Cool Medium" (thru March 18)

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

 

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Community & Celebrations

25th Annual Maynard Community Festival

10.07.17 at 9:00 AM - Downtown Maynard
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free

Celebrating community, culture, and commerce. Entertainment, a farmers market, and over 100 vendors.  Rain or shine!

Food & Drink

4th Annual Craftacular

10.12.17 at 5:00 PM - Skybokx 109
319 Speen Street
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$25 Advance, $30 After October 2

Craft beer sampling with local and national craft brewers. Enjoy tastings of more than 30 beers! Event includes live music, appetizers, prizes, raffles and more! List of confirmed breweries will be updated on www.Facebook.com/Skybokx109.  Pre-sale tickets available until October 2 for $25. After October 2: $30. Group of 10 or more? Buy ten tickets and SAVE. Only $20 per ticket when you purchase 10.

Recreation & Sports

2nd Annual United Way 5K

10.14.17 at 9:00 AM - United Way of Tri-County
46 Park Street
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$25 14 and older - $20 under age 14

This fundraising Run/Walk begins and ends at the United Way of Tri-County. The 3.1-mile chip-timed course is fully supported with water stops and route support, and will take participants through Framingham and past Farm Pond. Participants of all levels are welcome to join us for this fun event.  The first 200 participants to register will receive a long-sleeve race shirt and goodie bag. Awards for top male and female overall, and top male and female in several age divisions, will be given. Prizes will also be awarded to top fundraising team and individual. Questions? Call Events Manager Sandy Baldi at 508.370.4873

Money raised will benefit three critical United Way programs including the Pearl Street Cupboard and Café and Marlborough Community Cupboard, Ready to Read early literacy program in Framingham and Milford, and Call2Talk, the statewide mental health/suicide prevention call line. 

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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. (Main Street will be closed to vehicle traffic for the event.) 8000 people are expected to enjoy this annual event.

Community & Celebrations

Esmeralda's Fall Festival

10.15.17 at 10:00 AM - Eastleigh Farm
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$10 for parking

Includes a Vintage Market with antiques and artisans, and a Fall Marketplace, with vendors, farm goods, music, and food.  $10 parking fee benefits Eastleigh Farm.

Arts & Culture

When the Boys Came Marching Home: Natick 1945-1960

10.15.17 at 2:00 PM - First Congregational Church of Natick
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Natick Historical Society presents this exploration of Natick's post-World War ii history. Architectual historian and keynote speakers Kathleen Kelly Broomer will lead a lively discussion on the changing face of Natick neighborhoods after 1945 and other fascinating aspects of the world that Baby Boomers grew up in!

Community & Celebrations

Wayside's 8th Annual 5K4Kids Run/Walk & Halloween Festival

10.21.17 at 10:00 AM - Walsh Middle School
301 Brook St., Framingham, MA 01701
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$25/ Adult, $15/ Youth, Children Under 10 y.o. FRE

The 8th Annual 5K4Kids Run/Walk & Halloween Festival begins with a professionally timed 5-km Run/Walk and follows with a Halloween Festival featuring bounce houses, obstacle courses, pumpkin decorating, airbrush tattoos and community businesses and organizations with giveaways.  We hold one grand prize raffle: a $5,000 vacation package to the destination of your choice. Each year, Wayside staff form teams to sell raffle tickets, and whatever money is raised stays with that team, so they get to decide how to use their funds best- whether it’s providing a volunteer thank-you lunch or buying train/bus passes for at-risk young adults.

Last year’s event saw nearly 300 participants and raised over $100,000 to support Wayside children and families. Since the 5K Run/Walk started in 2010, Wayside has raised over $500,000. Wayside Youth & Family Support Network, headquartered in Framingham, is one of Massachusetts’ most respected child and family serving agencies. Offering support and resources for children, young adults and families facing some of life’s greatest challenges- mental, behavioral and emotional health issues- Wayside serves nearly 5,000 individuals across the state each year. Wayside began in 1977 when the first emergency shelter for runaway teens opened in New England- Harbinger House- and throughout the years has grown to incorporate a number of long-standing community organizations that share Wayside’s mission: Empowering children, young adults and families to achieve greater independence and emotional well-being. 

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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. 

Other

Festival of Trees & Holiday Sampler

12.08.17 at 10:00 AM - Royal Plaza Trade Center
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After a one-year hiatus, this popular festival returns with 100 brightly decorated trees and holiday activities, including entertainment, miniature Santa's Village, Santa station, and hundreds of holiday artisans and vendors.

  • Friday: 1-9pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 10am-5pm

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