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Community & Celebrations

Natick Nights (through Sept. 29)

05.05.16 - Natick Center
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Every Thursday evening, 5-8pm, through September, ”Natick Nights” will be showcasing the entertainment and artistry that's unique to Natick Center. There might be street performers, a walking history tour, performance at TCAN, a gallery opening, Walnut Hill students performing, artist demonstrations, maybe a beer or wine tasting, restaurant specials and a featured merchant each Thursday night! No two Thursday nights will be the same!  Check the website frequently to see each week's special offerings!

 

Every two weeks a new merchant special will be featured, every month a new restaurant special and every week new entertainers. Some weeks, restaurants will feature musical performances from 8:00 pm until closing. Merchants may hire a busker or entertainment to perform in front of their business. The Library is open until 9:00 pm and the Town Hall is open until 8:00 pm on Thursday nights.

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Arts & Culture

Exhibit: Historic Gardens in Dedham (through Sept. 30)

06.02.16 - Dedham Historical Society & Museum
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Photographs, design plans, and artifacts from some of the great estates in Dedham are on display in the museum’s new exhibit, “Historic Gardens In Dedham.”  The exhibit features profiles of distinguished local landscape designers, Dedham residents enjoying their gardens, as well as unique stories such as 1904 plans for a botanical garden at the new Oakdale School.  The exhibit will be on view until the fall and is funded in part by the Hermann Dexter Lodge. Museum Hours: Tuesday – Friday 12 noon-4 pm; Even Dated Saturdays 1 pm – 4 pm. Admission: $2 adults; DHS members free

Other

Farmers Market- Daniels Farmstead (thru Oct. 2)

07.10.16 - Daniels Farmstead
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Farmer's Market every Sunday from July 10th through October 2nd!

Time: 11am to 3pm

Education & Learning

Exhibit: "Christa Corrigan McAuliffe '70: Teacher, Astronaut, Hero" (thru Dec. 31)

08.01.16 - Alumni House
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New exhibit about Christa McAuliffe, Framingham State Alumni, Class of 1970, chosen to be the first teacher in space. 9am-3pm, Mon. - Thurs. at Alumni House. Call 508-872-9770 to verify that we are open.

Arts & Culture

Exhibit: "Finding Metacom" (thru Nov. 6)

09.02.16 - Fruitlands Museum
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Artists Duane Slick and Martin Smick, in dialogue with Fruitlands Native American Collection, present an exhibit center on King Philip's war club, the lingering presence of Metacom (King Phillip's Wampanoag name), and the narratives that shape history.

Arts & Culture

Exhibit: "Drawn from Inner Worlds" (thru Oct. 2)

09.11.16 - Fountain Street Fine Art
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Enjoy new works by Pat Paxson and Kim Pace, who both engage with the inner lives of people, cinouding dreams, memories, and states of mind.  Gallery is open 11am-5pm Thursday-Sunday.  www.patpaxson.com and www.kimpace.co.uk

Image: "Opposing Views" by Pat Paxson

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Food & Drink

Dinners with Deena (thru Oct. 6)

09.15.16 - Natick Community Organic Farm
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Thursday evenings 5-7pm. Eat like a farmer as we prepare a wholesome community dinner together in our farmhouse kitchen with Farmer Deena Kanopkin to prepare season recipes with our fresh organic produce. From crunchy kale chips to curried kohlrabi fritters, you will have a blast cooking and eating delicious local food with pure maple syrup, honey, and eggs straight out of the chicken coop.  Enrollees must be 15 years old or older.

Sign up for a single Thursday evening for $35, or for all 4 sessions for $125.

Arts & Culture

Art in Nature (Tuesdays thru Dec. 13)

09.20.16 - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
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10am-1pm. Let nature inspire you! We will use various media, with an emphasis on watercolors, to bring nature into art. Bring your own painting wish list. As weather allows, we will venture outside to explore the natural world at Broadmoor. All levels welcome. Monthly themes: 

September: Painting on the Go--Build your skills and traveling toolkit for travel or day outings.

October: Capturing Colors--Learn techniques to capture stunning fall foliage and other seasonal colors using natural inspiration and more.

November/December: Mixed Media/Recycled Materials--Learn to take advantage of what is around you to add a little something extra to your painting with a different kind of recycling.

This is an ongoing series. Students may join at any time during the year. Pre-registration required. Online registration available. Adults: $36 Members; $44 Non-Members

Arts & Culture

Pakachoag Music Together

09.22.16 - Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester
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Registration is underway for Pakachoag's popular early childhood Music Together program, with classes beginning September 22nd. (Registration period ends October 3.)  Choose from 15 different classes offered in four locations: Auburn, Sterling, Sturbridge, and West Boylston. Varying schedules Monday through Saturday mornings. Please call or email for more information or visit www.pakmusic.org > programs > Music Together. Payment plans and financial aid available. Discounts available for siblings.

Education & Learning

The Kathryn Davis Memorial Lecture: "Russian—US Relations: What Next?"

09.28.16 - Wellesley College
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8pm. Margaret Clapp Library Lecture Room.  Every U.S. president since 1991 has tried to find a more productive way to interact with Russia, but each of the past four resets has ended in disappointment. Will the next president pursue another reset? How might the Kremlin respond? Lilia Shevtsova, former chair of the Russian Domestic Politics and Political Institutions Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center in Washington D.C. and Moscow, and Angela Stent, director of Center for Eurasian, Russian & East European Studies at Georgetown University, will explore recent developments in U.S-Russian relations and where they might be headed.

Arts & Culture

The Davis ReDiscovered Opening Celebration

09.28.16 - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
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6pm. The Davis Museum opens its new permanent collections galleries on September 28 with a festive reception  in the lobby with complimentary snacks, beverages and a DJ. 

This milestone of “rediscovery” has been nearly three years in the making. Over three floors, the new galleries present the breadth and strength of our encyclopedic holdings with renewed attention to geographic and chronological specificity and context.  The reinstallation brings to the fore the many stories, both local and global, that animate the objects in the Davis collections. As visitors explore the newly installed galleries, they will encounter stories of how objects came to the Davis and learn about the key directors, curators, scholars, educators, donors, and collectors who have shaped our collections and created a home for art at the center of Wellesley College life and learning. 

Visitors are invited to discover the Davis’ finest objects from across the globe, spanning more than four millennia of civilization: from recently conserved Mycenaean vessels to new acquisitions of art created in the 21st century. Beloved objects from the collections, like the “Wellesley Athlete,” find pride of place alongside lesser-known works—some of which will be shown in our galleries for the very first time. The legacy of Wellesley’s pioneering approach to teaching art history, for example, reveals a long-standing commitment to the value of learning through firsthand encounters with art across cultures. 

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Arts & Culture

Exhibit: "Anni Albers Connections" (thru Dec. 18)

09.28.16 - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
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In 1984, textile designer and printmaker Anni Albers published Connections—a set of nine silkscreens that evoke pivotal moments in her prolific career, by then spanning nearly six decades. Reflecting on her life as a designer, she chose motifs for the prints based on her work from particular years: two from the 1920s, two from the 1940s, three from the late 1950s to the early ’70s, and two from the early 1980s, after Josef ’s death. This exhibition pairs the Davis Museum’s exquisite example of this silkscreen portfolio—an acquisition made in the past year—with Albers’ work from each era, tracing the development of her patterns from sketches on graph paper to gouache maquettes.

 Reflecting on her life as a designer, she chose motifs for the prints based on her work from particular years: two from the 1920s, when Albers was at the Bauhaus and met her life-long partner and later husband, Josef; two from the 1940s, when the couple taught at the experimental Black Mountain College in North Carolina after having fled Nazi Germany; three from the late 1950s to the early ’70s, after they resettled in Orange, Connecticut, and Josef served as Yale University’s chair of the Department of Design; and two from the early 1980s, after Josef ’s death. 

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Exhibit: "Partners In Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Phillip Johnson" (thru Dec. 18)

09.28.16 - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
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Organized by the Liliane and David M. Stewart Program for Modern Design, Montréal, in collaboration with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, "Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson" is the first exhibition to explore a pivotal development in the evolution of American design: the collaboration between the first director of the Museum of Modern Art, Alfred Barr, who taught the first undergraduate course in modern art at Wellesley in 1926, and Philip Johnson, MoMA’s first curator of architecture. Together these men endeavored to bring modernism to North America, particularly the innovative ideals of rational and functional design developed at the Bauhaus school at Dessau, Germany between World War I and II. The exhibition features furniture from Barr’s and Johnson’s apartments, examples of Bauhaus graphic design, and an array of objects celebrated for their design in Barr’s and Johnson’s influential exhibitions at MoMA.

Arts & Culture

Exhibit: Charlotte Brooks at LOOK, 1951-1971 (thru Dec. 18)

09.28.16 - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
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"Charlotte Brooks at LOOK, 1951-1971" is the first retrospective exhibition dedicated to the career of one of the most important American photographers from the postwar era. Best known for her work at LOOK magazine between 1951 and 1971, Brooks’ output represents a significant contribution to the visual history of the United States at mid-century. Developed around critical themes such as civil liberties and women’s rights, the exhibition includes vintage prints recently given to the Davis on behalf of Katherine Hall Page ’69. Admission is free.

Arts & Culture

"Paint Your Own Pet" Night

09.28.16 - Art & Frame Emporium
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6:30-8:30pm.  Paint an image of your own loved one.  Send us an image so we can get it ready for you to paint.  Must be adult to register.  $55 per person.  Contact artandframeemporium@verizon.net to sign up.

Education & Learning

Lecture: “Belinda’s Footsteps: Sugar, Slavery, and Survival”

09.29.16 - Dedham Historical Society & Museum
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7:30pm.  Presenter: Olivia Searcy, Education Coordinator for the Royall House & Slave Quarters in Medford. Through Searcy’s presentation we follow Belinda’s footsteps from her West African homeland to Ten Hills Farm in Medford, where she spent more than fifty years enslaved to wealthy Isaac Royall and his family. This program will examine the roles that sugar and the triangle trade played in Belinda’s journey.

Arts & Culture

Fashion Show--part of Boston Fashion Week

09.29.16 - Five Crows Gallery & Handcrafted Gifts
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As part of Boston Fashion Week, Five Crows will be hosting a Fashion Show featuring Natick designer Takeiya Perry at 6:30 pm. Takeiya will be presenting her latest collection of day and evening wear.  Perry’s designs are inspired by her love for the simple beauty of classic cinema, performing art and nature. Her modestly elegant women's clothing is a combination of vintage styles, with a touch of modern trends. 

Community & Celebrations

Heritage Weekend Festival (through Oct. 2)

09.30.16 - Downtown Marlborough
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This three-day festival in downtown Marlborough kicks off with a German brewfest, 12-8pm on September 30 and October 1.  Authentic German food, beer, and music! The festival weekend starts with a lunch stop by the Fireball Run, a 40-car, multi-state scavenger hunt benefiting missing children. Also on October 1, Special Olympics Massachusetts offers its Oktoberfest 5k.  The festival ends on October 2 with a Heritage Festival, 10am-3pm, with a chili/chowder contest, vendors and exhibitors, and live ethnic music.  

 

Arts & Culture

In concert: No Static

09.30.16 - Amazing Things Arts Center
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8pm.  No Static is New England’s ultimate live band performing the music of Steely Dan. The band includes:

  • Fil Ramil, lead vocals and guitar
  • Lydia Harrell, vocals 
  • Rosemary St. George, vocals, keys 
  • Mitch Rodriguez, lead guitar
  • Rob Currier, lead keyboards
  • Jamie Sheldon, Bass
  • Barry Lit, Drums
  • Brad Kohl, Tenor, Alto Sax
  • Walter Platt, Trumpet
  • Bob Holfelder, Trombone

Regular $18 Members $15 Seniors 65+/Students $17 Children Under 12 $9

Community & Celebrations

Fall Fest with the Hip Swayers in concert

10.01.16 - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
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10am-5pm.  The special Fall Fest weekends feature heirloom apples, locally made products, and much more.  There’s nothing like autumn in New England, and there’s no better place than Tower Hill Botanic Garden to take in all the season has to offer. In addition to the panoramic view of Mt. Wachusett and the Reservoir, the Garden displays hundreds of trees and shrubs known for their spectacular fall color.  

At 1pm and 3pm, the Fall Fest concert featurese the Hip Swayers, a good-time, get-up-and-dance band. Their music combines tight rhythms, searing solos, and soulful harmonies in an eclectic mix of catchy originals, old-time country, and twangy, reverb-soaked surf that keeps your toes tapping and your hips swaying.

Community & Celebrations

Open Tap Room

10.01.16 - Jones Tavern
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4-8pm. Music, merriment, Minutemen! Artisanal brews, IWF Art-ut Show, and live music with the Butler Frogs. A program of Iron Work Farm. Requested donation of $25 to Iron Work Farm. Children are free.  Reservations: presidents@ironworkfarm.org or 617-968-6220.

Arts & Culture

Organ Concert: William Porter

10.01.16 - Wellesley College
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7:30pm at Houghton Chapel Multi Faith Reception Area 106 Central Street.

Performing on the historic Fisk mean-tone organ in the magnificent Houghton Chapel, William Porter will present northern European music of the 17th century, including Sweelinck, Scheidemann, Tunder, and Buxtehude. Widely known as a performer in the United States and in Europe, Porter has achieved international recognition for his skill in improvisation in a wide variety of styles, ancient and modern.  Generously supported by the Charles Benton Fisk Memorial Fund.

Recently retired as professor of organ, harpsichord, and improvisation at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, Porter has also been a member of the music faculty at McGill University, the New England Conservatory, Oberlin College, and Yale University.

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Community & Celebrations

24th annual Maynard Community Fest

10.01.16 - Downtown Maynard
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From 9am to 3pm:30pm, more than 5000 attendees are expected at this free festival, which includes food, entertainment, a farmers market, and more than 100 vendors.

Arts & Culture

Richie Furay Band in concert

10.01.16 - TCAN
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8pm: Richie Furay is an American singer, songwriter, and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member who is best known for forming the 1960s band Buffalo Springfield and later, Poco. His best known song with that band was "Kind Woman," which he wrote for his wife, Nancy. As a founding member, singer, guitarist and songwriter of Buffalo Springfield, Poco, and Souther Hillman Furay, Richie Furay has cemented his place in rock history. Now with his own Richie Furay Band, he is writing a new musical chapter anchored by a songbook that includes “For What It’s Worth”, “Pickin’ Up The Pieces”, “Good Feelin’ To Know”, “Fallin’ in Love” and more. Find tickets and information at natickarts.org | box office: 508-647-0097.  $50 Public | $45 Members

Community & Celebrations

Apple Days

10.01.16 - Old Sturbridge Village
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9:30am-5pm. Ripe and redolent apples are a favorite sign of fall in New England. Enjoy the crisp autumn days at Old Sturbridge Village with special events throughout our Apple Days celebration. Come tour the orchards, help us pick apples, and taste some nearly forgotten heirloom apple varieties.Throughout the day our interpreters will be cooking and preserving this special fall fruit. Then, try your hand at cider-making, and see the ox-powered Cider Mill in operation. You can even make your own sachet of mulling spices to take home. $28 Adults, $26 Seniors (55+), $14 Youths (3-17), Children 2 & Under FREE, Woo card discounts available

Nature

Fall Foliage Morning Canoe on the Charles (Oct. 1, 8, 22)

10.01.16 - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
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8:30-11:30am. Join us as we paddle one of the most beautiful stretches of the Charles River during the peak of leaf color change. 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. Online registration available. 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.  Adults: $36 Members; $46 Non-Members

Nature

Fall Birding at Great Meadows

10.01.16 - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
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7-9am.  It is migration time! Come tour one of the area's most important bird habitats, Great Meadows. We'll look for ducks and waders in the pools, marsh wren along the dike and migrating songbirds. Pre-registration required. Online registration available.

Nature

Customer Appreciation Weekend

10.01.16 - Weston Nurseries of Hopkinton
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Have your photo taken with festive fall decor; enjoy games, crafts, and facepainting (1-4pm); and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the train garden. Free roasted corn all weekend.  Workshops: "Preserving Your Harvest" 10am Saturday; "Planting Fall Bulbs" 10am Sunday.

Community & Celebrations

Landscape Depot 15-Year Celebration

10.01.16 - Landscape Depot
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10am-2pm.  Celebrating 15 years. Free pumpkin-painting, Touch-A-Truck, food and games for kids. Paint a pink pumpkin for breast cancer. Roll the dice for a chance to win $25,000. Proceeds to benefit Framingham's Hoops & Homework.

Recreation & Sports

Fall Foliage Afternoon Canoe on the Charles (Oct. 2, 16, 23)

10.02.16 - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
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1-4pm. Join us as we paddle one of the most beautiful stretches of the Charles River during the peak of leaf color change. 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. Online registration available. 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.  Adults: $36 Members; $46 Non-Members

Arts & Culture

Cinéphile Sundays: 1966 Series: "Persona"

10.02.16 - Wellesley College
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5pm in the Collins Cinema at the Davis Museum. Free admission.

It is difficult to overestimate the power and influence of Ingmar Bergman’s enigmatic psychological study of the relationship between two women who explore philosophical issues and the boundaries of identity. Persona is an epochal film that helped define the parameters of Modernism in the cinema—a must for cinéphiles of all ages.

Recreation & Sports

17th Annual Eastern Bank Flutie 5K

10.02.16 - Leonard Morse Hospital
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Join us for the 17th Annual Eastern Bank Flutie 5K to benefit the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism. This year’s race will feature:

  • Race shirts for the first 800 registered runners
  • Prizes for top fundraisers
  • A post-race luncheon hosted by Wegmans Music and kids' activities Award ceremony.

Entry: $27.50

Community & Celebrations

Farm Pond Fall & Bike Festival

10.02.16 - Farm Pond
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11am-3pm. This fun-filled bicycle and community festival will offer something for everyone: dance to great local music on our shoreline, participate in outdoor games, hike or bike trails, and eat great food. Small bix vendors offerings artisan items. Bring your bike; awards for vintage bicycles.

Arts & Culture

Curatorial Gallery Talk: Charlotte Brooks

10.04.16 - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
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4pm. Free/  Exhibition curator Ileana Selejan provides an introduction to Charlotte Brooks’ life and work, addressing the main themes and subjects of the exhibition. "Charlotte Brooks at LOOK, 1951-1971" is the first retrospective exhibition dedicated to the career of one of the most important American photographers from the postwar era. Best known for her work at "LOOK" magazine between 1951 and 1971, Brooks’ output represents a significant contribution to the visual history of the United States at mid-century. Developed around critical themes such as civil liberties and women’s rights, the exhibition includes vintage prints recently given to the Davis on behalf of Katherine Hall Page ’69.

Education & Learning

Distinguished Thinkers: Dambisa Moyo

10.05.16 - Newhouse Center for the Humanities
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Speaking on  "Economics and Geopolitics of the Future: What’s It Going to Take to Be Successful,?" Dambisa Moyo, Zambian-born global economist and author, will discuss the issues surrounding economic growth and human progress. Addressing economic growth is as essential for improving living standards for millions of people across the globe as it is for solving other significant problems we face today: radicalized terrorism, refugees and migration, inadequate health care, and corruption. As global challenges to these problems continue to mount, a pragmatic approach that abandons ideological divides will be crucial to the long-term stability of the global economy. Moyo will provide critical insights on these matters and make suggestions for real-life solutions to obstacles that hinder human prosperity.

Arts & Culture

Lecture: "Prophecies, World Peace, and Global Healing: The Return of the White Buffalo"

10.05.16 - Wellesley College
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6pm at Knapp Atrium, 106 Central Street

This lecture by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, focusing on water crisis, environmental justice, and unity, will break the surface of the numerous perturbing issues affecting the Native American that have been unrecognized and disregarded for centuries.  Chief Looking Horse is also the author of "White Buffalo Teachings" and columnist for "Indian Country Today," as well as the founder of the Big Foot Riders in memory of the massacre at Wounded Knee. He has won many awards and has lectured at many reputable universities, including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and UCLA.

As the 19th Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe and Bundle, Chief Looking Horse was the youngest to have been given this responsibility in history at only twelve years old. Also the spiritual leader of the Lakota Nation of South Dakota and all three branches of the Sioux tribe, he has dedicated his life to “letting the world know how beautiful [their] way of life is”. The intensifying suppression of his people’s spiritual preferences is what has encouraged Chief Looking Horse to fight for the religious freedom, cultural survival, and revival for Native Americans across the country and restore pride to their lands. He met with the Dalai Lama in 1995 to establish a relationship between Tibet and the Lakota Nation,

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Food & Drink

Craftacular

10.06.16 - Skybokx 109
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5:30-8pm. Join us for our 2nd annual Craftacular at SKYBOKX 109. Our featured vendors will showcase and provide samples of some of their finest craft beers. Vote for your favorite and the winner will receive a draft line in SKYBOKX 109 for three months. Tickets are $25 through October 2. Prices go up October 3.

Education & Learning

Martin Luther King Memorial Lecture: "At the Crossroads of Fear and Freedom"

10.06.16 - Wellesley College
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7pm. Wang Campus Center Tishman Commons. Speaker Robert L. Green is a nationally known scholar and author and an expert on education, urban development and issues related to diversity. Green’s numerous awards include the International Gandhi, King, Ikeda Award for Human Rights and Peace Initiatives from Morehouse College, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Michigan State University, the Distinguished Psychologist Award from the Association of Black Psychologists, and the “Living Legends” Award from the National Alliance of Black School Educators. 

He has advised mayors, state legislators and community leaders on policy and provided counsel to college presidents and administrators on curriculum and faculty development. He has served on court-appointed committees in cases involving education-related fair employment issues and provides consulting services to corporate leaders, advising them on employee morale, productivity and workforce diversity.  He also serves as the Clark County, Nevada, Chairman of “Las Vegas My Brother’s Keeper,” a 2014 initiative of President Barak Obama to uplift the education, health and employment status of men and boys of color.

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Community & Celebrations

October Stroll

10.06.16 - Franklin Downtown
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Pumpkin giveaways, games, delicious food, fall crafts, and live local entertainment will draw people downtown for a great evening with their neighbors. 

Time: 4:00 to 7:00pm

Arts & Culture

Leo Kottke

10.06.16 - TCAN
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8pm  Acoustic guitar virtuoso Leo Kottke is a performance legend. Celebrated for his masterful fingerpicking style that draws on blues, jazz, and folk music and syncopated, polyphonic melodies on both 6- and 12-string guitars, Kottke is also known for his eccentric persona, and dry sense of humor. Kottke has been awarded two Grammy nominations; a Doctorate in Music Performance by the Peck School of Music at the U of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; and a Certificate of Significant Achievement in Not Playing the Trombone from the U of Texas at Brownsville with Texas Southmost College. Find tickets and information at natickarts.org | box office: 508-647-0097

Arts & Culture

Actors from the London Stage: "Richard III" (thru Oct. 8)

10.06.16 - Wellesley College
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7pm. The Actors From The London Stage (AFTLS) is one of the oldest and most respected touring Shakespeare companies in the world.  Richard III chronicles the bloody deeds and atrocities perpetrated by its central figure—the murderous and tyrannical King Richard III. Richard invites eerie fascination, and generations of readers have found themselves seduced by his brilliance with words and his persuasive emotional manipulations even as they are repelled by his evil. The Actors From The London Stage artists work collaboratively to bring the dramatic language and intensity compellingly alive.  This event is free and open to the public.

Coming from such prestigious venues as the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre of Great Britain and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, these classically trained actors are equally dedicated to presenting first-rate professional performances at American colleges and universities, and to working with students to bring Shakespeare’s work alive. Part of their stated mission is to “get students up out of their chairs and act with them to learn how Shakespeare’s texts become scripts, words become actions and actions become meaning.”

This program is generously supported by CLCE; the Ruth Nagel Jones Endowed Fund for Theatre Studies; the Rosalind Sperber Frye ’25 and Constance Frye Martinson ’53 Fund; The English Department; Upstage Theatre Student Organization; The Shakespeare Society; The Wilson Fund; The Harman Cain Family Foundation.

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Food & Drink

Eating Organic

10.07.16 - Natick Community Organic Farm
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5-7pm.  Come learn about and taste new organic vegetables and herbs from our organic garden. Try healthy, hearty recipes and discover the benefits of organic produce for the earth, your body, and your taste buds. $40.

Arts & Culture

Exhibit: The deCordova New England Biennial 2016 (thru March 26)

10.07.16 - deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum
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The exhibition will feature sixteen New England-based artists who are making significant contributions to contemporary art in the region. Showcasing the work of painters, sculptors, video artists, book illustrators, performance artists, and photographers, the exhibition will occupy the main galleries of the Museum and extend into the Sculpture Park with new site-specific commissions.

Arts & Culture

Edward Steichen: Twentieth-Century Photographer (thru March 26)

10.07.16 - deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum
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Drawn primarily from deCordova's permanent collection, this exhibition presents a dynamic survey of photographs by Edward Steichen, whose innovation as a photographer helped define the breadth of the medium in the twentieth century.  It will trace his exploration of the range of representation enabled by the photographic medium, from his early expressive, Pictorialist images, to his decades-long work as a commercial photographer taking portrait photographs of the rich and famous for Condé Nast.  

Other

Battle for the Airfield: WWII Re-enactment and encampment

10.08.16 - Collings Foundation
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Over 300 re-enactors, representing branches of Allied and Axis military, will re-stage the "Battle for the Airfield" in 1944 France. Fully restored military equipment of all kinds will be on display and participating in this dynamic, living history event.  Throughtout the weekend, Axis and Allied re-enactors will welcome visitors to their authentic encampment.  Battle re-enactment takes place in the afternoon. Call for times.978-562-9182.  Suggested donation of $20 adults, $10 children. On-site parking.

 

 

Arts & Culture

“House of My Own”: celebrating black artistry

10.08.16 - The Old Manse
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4:30-5:30pm.  The Trustees and Castle of Our Skin partner to explore the concept of home through a black lens. Boston’s concert and educational series dedicated to celebrating black artistry through music, Castle of our Skins weaves together poetry and music to explore the concept of the black home- home of the black body, home of the black mind, home of the oppression through the walls of a prison cell, and the home found within one’s community and culture. Sam Durant, known for his multimedia works that take a critical view on our social, political, and cultural tropes, has created a structure on-site in the North Field near Old Manse that will serve as a meeting place for the community to discuss and debate relevant issues of the day such as slavery and segregation and their continuing impact on today’s society.  Advanced registration is recommended.

The structure of The Meeting House itself refers directly to homes of the first emancipated African men and women in Concord.

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Food & Drink

Dig In: Field-to-Table

10.08.16 - Old Sturbridge Village
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Come help us celebrate the harvest and the beautiful New England autumn at the peak of autumn color, 9:30am-5pm. Learn how food makes its way from the farm to the dining room table. Meet our oxen and see multiple teams demonstrate plowing and preparing the fields. Learn more about heritage breed animals and talk with breeders. Savor samples at field-to-table food demonstrations with renowned area chefs who will prepare iconic New England dishes, purchase a meal at a food court, and stroll through an exhibit of locally grown fruits, vegetables and flowers presented by home gardeners. Help with the harvest, taste heirloom apples, and learn about methods of food preservation. Watch interpreters cook with tomatoes and quince. The Cider Mill will be in operation grinding apples by ox-power on Saturday and the pulp will be pressed for its juice on Sunday. You can even get in on the act with a hand-powered "cider mill". $28 Adults, $26 Seniors (55+), $14 Youths (3-17), Children 2 & Under FREE, Woo card discounts available

Arts & Culture

Fall Colors Photography Workshop

10.08.16 - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
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1-4pm.  Join us in the midst of fall colors as we work with exposure, reflections and other techniques to create dramatic effects with fall foliage. From telephoto lenses to macro to wide angle, there are many options to capture the beauty of fall foliage. A great chance to work with a pro! Limited class size for personal instruction. Pre-registration required. Online registration available. Adults $58 Members, $68 Non-Members   

Community & Celebrations

2nd Annual Harvest Festival

10.09.16 - Chestnut Hill Farm
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10am-4pm.  Join us for Chestnut Hill Farm's 2nd Annual Harvest Festival, a day-long celebration of fall on the farm. This revitalization of the farm's historic festival will include activities for all ages such as pumpkin carving and painting, goat milking, guided hikes, meet-the-farmer, food, live music, and much more! $5/individual, $15/family; Nonmember: $10/individual, $25/family 

Arts & Culture

The Sleepy Hollow Experience (thru Oct. 31)

10.11.16 - Old Sturbridge Village
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Oct. 11-16, 19-23, and 26-31.  Old Sturbridge Village has joined forces with producer/director Brian Clowdus to bring The Sleepy Hollow Experience to Old Sturbridge Village this October. Recognized as one of the country's top five Halloween plays by American Theatre Magazine, The Sleepy Hollow Experience is an immersive, outdoor theatrical experience that reimagines Washington Irving's iconic 1820s tale. Guests will be ghoulishly guided through the Village's countryside where they will encounter Ichabod Crane, Katrina Van Tassel, Brom Bones and quite possibly the Headless Horseman.

Each outdoor performance (rain or shine) is 1.5 hours and requires standing and walking. If the evening is a washout, a modified version of The Sleepy Hollow Experience will take place in Old Sturbridge Village's Brewer Theater. An hour and a half before each performance, guests are invited to join us at Ichabod's Tavern for libations, chow, snacks, and sweets. A beef stew, butternut squash bisque or New England Clam Chowder meal may be purchased online in advance or at Ichabod's Tavern the night of your performance. The Tavern opens at 6pm for 7:30pm performances and at 8pm for 9:30 pm performances.

  • Wednesdays and Thursdays: $30 for 7:30 show, $40 with Chow
  • Sundays: $30 for 7:30 show and for 9:30 show, $40 with Chow
  • Fridays and Saturdays: $35 for 7:30 show and for 9:30 show, $45 with Chow
  • Tuesday 10/11 and Monday 10/31: $30 for 7:30 show

To buy tickets, visit http://www.sleepyhollowosv.org/tickets.html

Arts & Culture

Film Series: "Museums in Motion" (thru Nov. 30)

10.12.16
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Collins Cinema, 6:30pm:  

  • October 12:  The Great Museum.  Featuring unprecedented access to Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum, The Great Museum reveals an institution that is adapting to the marketing and funding realities of the 21st century while remaining faithful to its core mission.
  • November 2:  Russian Ark. Filmed entirely in the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Sokurov’s breathtaking film recreates 300 years of history and culture and is the first entirely unedited, single-take, full-length feature film.
  • November 16: National Gallery. National Gallery takes the audience behind the scenes of a London institution, to the heart of a museum inhabited by masterpieces of Western art from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. 
  • November 30: Museum Hours. A chance meeting sparks a deepening connection between two adrift strangers who find refuge in Vienna’s grand Kunsthistorisches Museum.

Other

American Girl Book Discussion and Craft (thru Dec. 8)

10.13.16 - American Girl
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4:30-5:30pm.  Your bookworm will love taking part in our monthly reading group! For this “book chat," girls may choose their own American Girl story to read and tell the group all about it. Check out the list below for the book we’ll highlight each month. After the discussion, girls will be served snacks and pink lemonade and take part in a fun craft. Ages 8 and up. Free. Space is limited and reservations are required (877-247-5223).

  • October 13: "The Big Break: A Julie Classic"
  • November 10: : "The One and Only: A Maryellen Classic "
  • December 8:  Call for book name

 

Food & Drink

10th Annual Fresh Taste

10.13.16 - Elm Bank Reservation
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Cocktails 6pm, dinner 7pm.  The area's top chefs will prepare and serve signature dishes using hte freshest, most delectable ingredients, sourced locally.  Fifth Avenue Liquors will provide wine to accompany every bite. Proceeds support the Natick VNA.

Arts & Culture

Exhibit: the Art & Mystery of the Dollhouse (thru Jan. 15)

10.14.16 - Concord Museum
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Explore a selection of dollhouses from a superb Concord private collection, including an extremely rare and early dollhouse from 1695, and an array of 19th- and 20th-century doll’s homes from The Strong National Museum of Play. 

Recreation & Sports

United Way 5K Run/Walk

10.15.16 - United Way of Tri-County
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Join us for the First Annual United Way 5K. This Run/Walk fundraising event will begin and end at the United Way of Tri-County, 46 Park Street in Framingham. The 3.1-mile chip-timed course is fully supported with water stops and route support, and will take runners and walkers through Framingham and around lovely Farm Pond. Participants of all levels are welcome to join us for this inaugural event. Race start time is 9:00 am, check-in/registration begins at 7:30 am. The registration fee is $25 for adults and $20 for those 14 or younger. Special thanks to Olympian Sponsor Avidia Bank, and Rookie Sponsor Southboro Medical Group, for their generous support. For more information or to register, please click the web link.  Questions? Call or email race coordinator Sandy Baldi at (508) 370.4873 or Sandra.Baldi@uwotc.org

Participants who register before September 12th will receive a long-sleeve race shirt and goodie bag. Awards for top male and top female overall, and top male and female in 8 age divisions will be presented. Prizes will also be awarded to top fundraising team and individual. Money raised will benefit three United Way services including Hunger Relief, Early Literacy, and Suicide Prevention/Mental Health. 

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Arts & Culture

Music For Life, With Bach & Saint-Saens

10.15.16 - Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester
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4-5pm.  Pakachoag Alumnus Martin Palacios visits with his violin from Memphis, Tennessee, playing Bach (unaccompanied), Saint-Saens' Concerto in B Minor, and William Kroll's (American) Banjo & Fiddle. Martin is currently a member of the Jacksonville Symphony and is completing an MM degree in music at the University of Memphis. We are excited to welcome Martin back to Pakachoag where he played, as a young student, with warmth and humility. Faculty member Kamilla Irving Isanbaeva will play piano.

Arts & Culture

Natick Artists Open Studios

10.15.16 - Natick Center
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Now its in 16th year, Natick Artists Open Studios is comprised of over 70 artists who live, work, or show in Natick, and guest artists. We are committed to bringing art to the local community by opening our studios and welcoming conversations about the experience of creating art.  We offer the opportunity to see art, learn about how it is made, and buy local art directly from the artists.  Participants include painters, photographers, ceramicists, sculptors, designers and creators of jewelry, and woodworkers, as well as paper, fabric, glass, and garden artists.

Arts & Culture

10th Anniversary Celebration

10.15.16 - Museum of Russian Icons
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We're celebrating 10 years with FREE admission from 11AM-5PM and crafts, cake, tours and fun. The first 50 parties through the door at 11AM will receive a free gift bag.

In the evening, 7-8:30pm, we'll hold a concert by Zingaresca Duo: two world renowned 7-string guitar virtuosi.  Members $20 in advance or $25 at the door; non-members $30 in advance, $35 at the door.

Other

American Girl Melody Painting Party

10.15.16 - American Girl
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8:45am-12:30 pm.  Your girl can color her world at a painting party at American Girl! Led by an instructor from Palettes, each attendee will create a painting inspired by Melody, our new 1960s character, to take home. Paint and other materials will be provided. After the painting session, enjoy a tasty lunch in our Bistro.  $40

Nature

Fall Foliage Canoe and Brunch on the Charles

10.15.16 - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
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8:30am-12pm.  Start the weekend with a relaxing canoe trip. Watch the morning mist rising off the water as fall colors reflect off the river. Listen to bird songs and watch for turtles and great blue herons as we paddle through historic Rocky Narrows Reservation and scenic Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, ending at South Natick Dam. A hearty brunch will be served part-way on the banks of the river.

Pre-registration required. Online registration available. Canoes, paddles, lifejackets, a basic paddling overview & guides are all provided.  Adults $46 Members, $56 Non-Members

Other

Fall Mall Street Market

10.15.16 - Natick Mall
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10am-5pm.  Shop Local will be alongside your favorite national retailers in New England's largest mall!   The corridors of Natick Mall will be filled with tables, booths, and kiosks offering the wares of local artisans, food purveors and more.

Education & Learning

Sarah Ward: Developing your child's independent executive function skills

10.17.16 - Wilson Middle School
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6:30-8:30pm.  Learn strategies from a leading expert on developing your child's executive function skills at home including organizing materials, managing time, completing tasks and creating a productive homework space. This event is free and recommended for parents of elementary and middle school aged children.

Arts & Culture

Picturing the Sixties: Photojournalism in the Age of Picture Magazines

10.18.16 - Wellesley College
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6:30pm in the Collins Cinema.  Former Look and Life magazine staff photographer John Shearer joins Annie Segan, daughter of renowned photographer Arthur Rothstein, for a panel discussion about picture stories, photojournalism, and political change, moderated by Charlotte Brooks exhibition curator Ileana Selejan.

Arts & Culture

Midday Muse: "Mbira: Music of the Spirits of Zimbabwe"

10.19.16 - Wellesley College
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12:30pm. Jewett Art Center.  Zimbabwean master musician Fradreck Mujuru is joined by Erica Azim in playing the healing music of the mbira, the instrument used by the Shona to connect the living with the ancestors. Mujuru is known internationally as an outstanding performer, teacher, and instrument maker, while continuing to play in ceremonies for the ancestors at home. Azim is America’s leading proponent of the Shona mbira tradition, and has toured with various Shona mbira masters and taught thousands of Americans to play mbira and support the tradition in Zimbabwe.

Arts & Culture

Reading Indian Aesthetics: Padmini Chettur and Maarten Visser

10.19.16 - Wellesley College
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6pm, free. This fall, the Newhouse Center will present a series of events that draw from and reflect on Indian aesthetics. Padmini Chettur and Maarten Visser complement each other as an artistic couple. Chettur is an award-winning dancer and choreographer trained in Bharatanatyam, a form of traditional Indian dance. . Her husband, Visser, is a Dutch saxophonist trained in jazz, Carnatic, and Western classical music. The couple co-founded the artistic group Basement 21 with other dancers and musicians to create productions such as Pause/ Play, Across, Not Over, and Wall Dancing.

Chettur has performed in a multitude of productions, such as Lilavati, Prana, Angika, Sri, Bhinna Pravaha, Yantra, Mahakaal, and Sharira.  Maarten released a CD with saxophone solos and toured with the contemporary trios of MV3 and Oto.3 around India and Holland. He has collaborated with Chettur by composing music for her internationally successful productions between 2000-2012. 

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Education & Learning

The Jewett Arts Center: The Modern Campus at Mid-Century & Today

10.21.16 - Wellesley College
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This two-day symposium will explore the history and preservation of mid-century modern buildings. With a focus on Wellesley’s Jewett Arts Center, internationally known experts in architectural history, historic preservation, music, and landscape history will examine the cultural contexts, design strategies, and future uses of historic modern buildings on American college and university campuses. Susan Macdonald, head of field projects and director of the Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative at the Getty Conservation Institute, will deliver the keynote address entitled “Somewhere Between History and Current Events: Conserving Modern Heritage.”  Saturday’s panels will lead the conversation into the Jewett Arts Centerand conclude with a broader discussion of mid-century modern planning and practices on university and college campuses. For information and registration, please visit wellesley.edu/about/collegehistory/jewett

This symposium is funded by a grant from the Getty Foundation “Keeping it Modern and the Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos Fund. The keynote, “Somewhere Between History and Current Events: Conserving Modern Heritage” will discuss the conservation issues and challenges presented by modern architecture and the Getty’s activities to develop best practices in the conservation of twentieth-century heritage.   Saturday’s panels will lead the conversation into the Jewett Arts Center, from its architectural history and conversation to its mission to break down physical and intellectual barriers bring art history, studio art, music, theater, and an art museum in a single building. Saturday’s talks conclude with a broader discussion of mid-century modern planning and practices on university and college campuses. 

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Arts & Culture

Amazing Things Art Center Musical Brews Benefit

10.22.16 - Amazing Things Arts Center
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7-10pm. $50.  Join us in this opportunity to have a great evening with friends, music and brews while also supporting Amazing Things, our accomplishments and the community we have built! Our beer-tasting features local brewerys, a silent auction for fine art furniture, and great music featuring Dale LePage & The Manhattans and the Michelle Hirsch Trio.

Our brewers include Jack's Abby (Framingham), Exhibit A Brewing (Framingham), Cape Ann Brewing Co (Gloucester),  True West (Acton) and Atlantic Importing Co representing Lord Hobo (Woburn), Stoneface (Newington, NH), Mighty Squirrel (Boston), & Citizen Cider (Middlebury, VT)!  

Musical Chairs is a silent auction featuring artists from the MetroWest area. Each artist has decorated a chair in their own style with the theme of music. 

Food & Drink

Hearthside Bounty

10.22.16 - Old Sturbridge Village
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6-9pm:  Experience an evening in a 19th-century tavern, complete with a meal cooked over the hearth by OSV staff, old-fashioned entertainment and a look into table manners of the 1800s. In addition to a supper prepared in part at the hearth, guests may enjoy beverages fashionable in early New England, hear music and stories from an earlier time, and explore period games and entertainment. Learn about table manners from the period, when it was not only polite, but advised to eat from the knife. $54.95 per person. (OSV Members $49.95) Registration is required. To register, visit https://www.osv.org/event/hearthsidebounty/hearthside-bounty-Oct22

Recreation & Sports

7th annual 5K4Kids Run/Walk and Halloween Festival

10.22.16 - Walsh Middle School
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10am-1pm. Wayside Youth & Family support Network is holding its 7th annual 5K4Kids Run/Walk and Halloween Festival.  Halloween festival features pumpkin decorating, airbrush tattoos, bouncy houses, obstacle courses, community vendors and organizations + much more food and fun for the whole family to enjoy.

$25 registration pp; FREE for Wayside staff and clients. (Don’t forget to buy your $5KGetaway raffle tickets for your chance to win a $5,000 vacation to the destination of your choice! Tickets are $5 for one; $20 for five. Purchase day-of or online.)

Comment, question or concern? Contact Tyler_Adams@WaysideYouth.org or by calling 508.270.1394.

Arts & Culture

Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture

10.23.16 - Boswell Recital Hall
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2pm. The Natick Historical Society presents Brock Jobe, Professor Emeritus of the Winterthur Museum in Delaware, for a fascinating glimpse of the little-known furniture trade that had international impact.  Today the best products of these craftsmen grace major museums throughout the country.

Arts & Culture

Cinéphile Sundays: 1966 Series: "Blow-Up"

10.23.16 - Wellesley College
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5pm in the Collins Cinema at the Davis Museum. Free admission.

Antonioni had made many important films before "Blow-Up," but this 1966 work was nevertheless a game-changer, perhaps because it was his first film to be widely accessible to the English-speaking world. A study of the relationship between the photograph and the world being photographed, as well as an expression of the anomie of 1960s British pop culture, Blow-Up is regularly listed by cinéphiles as the film that first blew them away and turned them into lifelong students of film.

Education & Learning

Educator Workshop: Engaging with Objects

10.25.16 - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
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4pm. How do we engage students with objects? Explore a variety of close-looking and participatory strategies in this interactive workshop designed for K-12 educators in all subject areas. Using the newly installed permanent collections galleries as our laboratory, participants will discuss tried-and- true methods for integrating objects into lesson plans, as well as learn new ways to tap into the interdisciplinary power of art objects. This program is free to K-12 educators with advance registration, and is generously funded by the Palley Endowment Fund for Davis Museum Outreach Programs.

Arts & Culture

Lecture: The Phillip Johnson Glass House: An Architect in the Garden

10.26.16 - Wellesley College
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6:30pm in the Margaret Clapp Library Lecture Room.

Join Maureen Cassidy-Geiger ’78 for an illustrated presentation of her new book, The Philip Johnson Glass House: An Architect in the Garden, the first comprehensive history of the architect’s sublime 49-acre suburban estate, evolved between 1946 and 2005, in partnership with David Whitney. A magnet for architects, artists and high society, the Glass House was at once salon showpiece, and laboratory. It was also a fertile setting for a succession of short-lived gardens designed and tended by Whitney over four decades. 

Maureen Cassidy-Geiger is an internationally recognized curator, scholar and educator with special expertise in European decorative arts, patterns of collecting and display and the history of architecture, gardens and photography.

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Education & Learning

Alternative Outdoor Printing

10.29.16 - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
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11am-3pm.  In partnership with Disability Services and Facilities, the Art Department’s ARTS 223 Alternative Print Methods class will welcome guests to observe an outdoor print-making session. To experiment with nontraditional print tools and methods and to explore the creative process of community collaboration, Wellesley faculty and students, along with their counterparts from nearby art schools, will print large woodcuts using a road roller and freestyle monoprints with wheelchairs, bicycles, and skateboards.

Arts & Culture

Symphonic Spooktacular

10.29.16 - Boston Church of Christ
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7pm.  The MetroWest Symphony Orchestra presents musicial selections from the "Pirates of Penzance," Saint-Saens, Prokofiev, Berlioz, and more.

Nature

Creepy Crawlies

10.30.16 - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
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1-2pm.  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 required. Online registration available. Adult $13 Members/ $15 Non-Members, Child $7m/ $9nm

Community & Celebrations

Halloween Spooktacular at American Girl

10.30.16 - American Girl
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Calling all ghouls and their mummies: you’re invited to celebrate Halloween at American Girl! Girls who visit our store in costume will receive a sweet treat and an extra surprise (while supplies last). Plus, they can take part in a fun pumpkin craft and pose for a photo op. Every girl who attends can also enter for a chance to win a Truly Me™ doll of their choice, the Skeleton Outfit for Dolls, and the Skeleton Tee for Girls. Free.

  • October 30: 11am-3pm
  • October 31: 3-7pm

 

Education & Learning

Reading of Wartime Letters

10.30.16 - Dedham Historical Society & Museum
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2pm.  The Society will honor those who have served our country in the military with a reading of letters in the archival collection written by local residents to friends and family while serving during wartime. The correspondence dates from the Civil War, World War I, and World War II. The readers, both veterans and non-veterans, will give a short biography of the author of the letter to help personalize their words.

Education & Learning

Untangled: Supporting Girls through the 7 stages of adolescence

11.02.16 - Natick High School
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7-9pm.  How do we support our tween/teen girls in an empowering & compassionate way? Join psychologist and best-selling author Lisa Damour, PhD, as she discusses her groundbreaking (and reassuring) book, Untangled: Supporting Girls Through the 7 Stages of Adolescence and takes audience questions. This is event is free and open to parents and caregivers (all grades).

Arts & Culture

Architecture Lecture: "Bulldozer: The Culture of Clearance in Postwar America"

11.03.16 - Wellesley College
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5pm.  Wellesley’s Art Department welcomes Francesca Ammon for a lecture on American architecture that will explore how postwar America came to equate destruction with progress. While the decades following WWII stand out as an era of rapid growth and construction, they were also marked by large-scale land clearance for new suburban tract housing, interstate highways, and urban renewal. The bulldozer functioned as both the means and the metaphor for this work. This event is free and open to the public.

As the machine transformed from a wartime weapon into an instrument of postwar planning, the bulldozer helped realize a landscape altering “culture of clearance.” In the hands of the military, planners, politicians, engineers, construction workers, and even children’s book authors, the bulldozer became an American icon. Yet, the subsequent social and environmental injustices also spurred environmental, preservationist, and citizen participation efforts to slow, although not entirely stop, the momentum of the postwar bulldozer.

Francesca Ammon is an Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. She studies the history of the built environment, focusing on the social, material, and cultural life of cities in the twentieth-century United States. 

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Arts & Culture

Faculty Gallery Talk: Partners in Design

11.03.16 - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
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Wellesley faculty members Patricia Berman, Theodora L. and Stanley H. Feldberg Professor of Art, and Alice Friedman, Grace Slack McNeil Professor of American Art, will discuss modern art, architecture and design on view in the special exhibition "Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson," which explores a pivotal development in the evolution of American design: the collaboration between the first director of the Museum of Modern Art, (Alfred Barr) and MoMA’s first curator of architecture (Phillip Johnson). The exhibition features furniture from Barr’s and Johnson’s apartments, examples of Bauhaus graphic design, and an array of objects celebrated for their design in Barr’s and Johnson’s influential exhibitions at MoMA.

Together, Barr and Johnson endeavored to bring modernism to North America, particularly the innovative ideals of rational and functional design developed at the Bauhaus school at Dessau, Germany between World War I and II. This exhibit is organized by the Liliane and David M. Stewart Program for Modern Design, Montréal, in collaboration with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

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Other

American Girl Melody Painting Party

11.04.16 - American Girl
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4:45-8pm. Your girl can color her world at a painting party at American Girl! Led by an instructor from Palettes, each attendee will create a painting inspired by Melody, our new 1960s character, to take home. Paint and other materials will be provided. You’ll fuel up with a delicious dinner in our Bistro before the painting session. $40

Arts & Culture

Family Day: Around the World in 6,000 Years

11.05.16 - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
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11am-3pm.  Travel through time and around the globe via this experience designed for visitors of all ages. Discover a world of art through treasure hunts, art making, performances, visiting artist demonstrations, guided tours, and more!

Arts & Culture

Historic Craft Classes November 2016

11.05.16 - Old Sturbridge Village
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Spend some time at Old Sturbridge Village learning a historical craft. Formerly known as Crafts at Close Range, these adult workshops vary from blacksmithing to textiles, foodways, and more. Come and try your hand at a craft and take home your finished masterpiece! Unless otherwise specified, workshops will be held in the Museum Education building. This November, classes are available in Decorative Floorcloths (Nov. 5 & 6), Basket Making (Nov. 6), Blacksmithing (Nov. 5), Woolen Christmas Ornaments (Nov. 5), Rug Making Using a Hook (Nov. 6), Pottery (Nov. 5), Poultry Harvesting (Nov. 6), Cooking for the Holidays (Nov. 5), Spinning (Nov. 6), Table making (Nov. 5-6), Forging a Cooking Trivet (Nov. 6), Primitive Firemaking (Nov. 5), and Lettercarving in Stone (Nov. 5). Times vary by the class. Adults only. Prices vary depending on class; $70-$255 for non OSV members. Pre-registration required.  

Community & Celebrations

Evening of Illumination

11.05.16 - Old Sturbridge Village
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An Evening of Illumination is a rare chance for visitors to experience what evening life was really like for New Englanders in the early 1800s. This special event is a once-a-year opportunity to see Old Sturbridge Village lit only by candles, oil lamps, and firelight. Tours last approximately 90 minutes, are limited to 15 guests each, and leave from the Visitor Center every 10 minutes from 6:00 p.m. through 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments, mulled cider, and a cash bar await at the Bullard Tavern to make the night complete. $35

Education & Learning

Bounty: Thanksgiving (through Nov. 24)

11.05.16 - Old Sturbridge Village
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Every weekend in November (and on November 24, too), experience the traditions of an early 19th-century New England Thanksgiving. Learn about 1830s dining etiquette and watch the men of the Village compete in a post-dinner target shoot. Smell the scents of roasted turkey and pies warming by the fire. Learn about Native American food traditions and customs and hear the minister talk about the true meaning of Thanksgiving in the Village's historic Center Meetinghouse. Learn how preparations were made for this holiday meal, and learn about wedding preparations of the 1830s, as marriages often took place on the Thanksgiving holiday.

Takes place November 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, and 24.  For more information, email osvinfo@osv.org or call 800-733-1830. General admission prices are $28 for Adults, $26 for Seniors (55+), $14 for Youths (3-17), and Children 2 and Under are FREE. Woo card discounts are available.

Arts & Culture

Cinéphile Sundays 1966 series: "Andrei Rublev"

11.06.16 - Wellesley College
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3pm in the Collins Cinema.  Free. Ostensibly charting the life of the iconic medieval painter (he painted icons, was not iconic) against the background of 15th-century Russia, Andrei Rublev evokes rather than explains. "The Guardian" critic Steve Rose calls it “the best art-house film of all time,” writing, “It asks questions about the relationship between the artist, their society, and their spiritual beliefs and doesn’t seek to answer them.” Andrei Tarkovsky’s work is poetry on film and it is painting on film, but above all, it is cinematic; Tarkovsky understood (and generated) a cinematic language that few, if any, filmmakers can emulate.

Arts & Culture

Holiday Market at Amazing Things Arts Center

11.06.16 - Amazing Things Arts Center
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11am-4pm.  This is a juried, indoor Holiday market focused on selling handmade goods created by people in our community & the surrounding areas. Plenty of parking behind the building & on-street parking is available. Entrance fee of $5 per adult & children under 12 are free. Each customer gets 1 raffle ticket with entrance fee for our Amazing Raffle featuring items from our vendors! Amazing Things will provide live music & refreshments for purchase.

Arts & Culture

Midday Muse: Finding France in French Piano Music

11.09.16 - Wellesley College
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12:30pm in Jewett Auditorium.  Learn what makes the French piano repertoire “French” through the works of Fauré, Ravel, and Debussy at the end of the 19th and early 20th centuries with pianist and scholar Roy Howat. One of few British artists repeatedly invited to teach and play French music at major French-speaking conservatoires and on French radio, Howat has delivered lectures and master classes worldwide. He has also conducted professionally, played violin in major London chamber orchestras, and held university posts in several countries. He is currently the keyboard research fellow at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and research fellow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.

Arts & Culture

Dance: Lalla Rookh

11.10.16 - Wellesley College
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6pm, Newhouse Center. Shailesh Bahoran is a hip-hop dancer and choreographer influenced by elements of breakdancing as well as Indian classical dance. He is often noted for his technique, originality, and expression. In Lalla Rookh, he and his troupe will perform a mixture of hip-hop, Indian dance, and funk styles to depict the journey of Indian mmigrants of the 19th century, who thought they were traveling to the land of God. Instead, the ship, Lalla Rookh, lands in Suriname, where they told they now indentured workers.

This fall, the Newhouse Center will present a series of events that draw from and reflect on Indian aesthetics. Artists and speakers from Mumbai, Chennai, Boston, and Amsterdam join us to conduct lectures, demonstrations, workshops, film, and performances. Each visit is coordinated with student curriculum in South Asian Studies, the writing program, and other relevant courses, and will be highlighted by one of the following featured presentation/ performance event that is free and open to the public. 

In 2002, Shailesh Bahoran formed the dance group Illusionary Rockaz, which presented the first Dutch hip-hop performance, Age of Chaos. He has developed his artistic skills through theater and his involvement in prestigious organizations such as the Dutch National Ballet, the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, and the Amsterdam Academy. He currently serves as a dancer and choreographer at the Korzo Theater and with ISH. 

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Concert: An Evening of (Mostly) French Piano Music

11.11.16 - Wellesley College
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7:30pm in Jewett Auditorium.  Internationally acclaimed pianist and scholar Roy Howat presents an evening of mostly French piano music, including works by Ravel, Chopin, Chabrier, Fauré, and Debussy. Howat has produced critical editions of music by Debussy, Fauré, Chabrier and Chopin, plus two famously ground-breaking books, "Debussy in Proportion" and "The Art of French Piano Music: Debussy, Ravel, Fauré, Chabrier." Reservations recommended.

Community & Celebrations

Veteran's Day 2016

11.11.16 - Old Sturbridge Village
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9:30am-5pm.  To celebrate Veterans Day, Old Sturbridge Village will present special activities celebrating the nation's military history. See how lead musket balls were cast in the Small House, and get your initials stamped on your own musket ball at the Blacksmith Shop. See how American military uniforms and weapons have changed over the past 300 years and see demonstrations of the weapons. Meet the U.S.S. Constitution's surgeon from the War of 1812. Children will get an opportunity to drill with toy muskets under the command of the Captain of the Village militia. All active, veteran and retired members of the military and their families* receive free admission on Veterans Day (*up to 6 people). General admission prices are $28 for Adults, $26 for Seniors (55+), $14 for Youths (3-17), and Children 2 and Under are FREE. Woo card discounts are available.

Arts & Culture

The Davis Reimagined

11.12.16 - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
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Explore the Davis’ extraordinary permanent collections through a new lens as the museum activate the galleries with a day of performances, talks, art making, and workshops. Create your own program: drop in for one presentation, or stay for more. The full schedule will be available at www.theDavis.org.

Community & Celebrations

Semi-annual Open Studios Weekend

11.12.16 - Fountain Street Studios
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11am-5pm.  Over 50 artists throughout 5 floors in our historic mill space.  Meet painters, sculptors, photographers, fabric and jewelry designers.

Arts & Culture

Curatorial Gallery Talk: Anni Albers Connections

11.15.16 - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
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4pm.  Exhibition curator Claire Whitner will discuss Albers’ autobiographical silkscreen series "Connections" in relation to her career as a designer from the Bauhaus to her late work from the 1980s.

Arts & Culture

New! Delve Into the Davis

11.17.16 - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
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10am.  The Davis invites visitors with memory loss or early Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers for a guided exploration of our permanent collections. Each thematic program encourages discovery through discussion and multisensory experiences. Individuals are invited to register for the pilot program on November 17; private groups are encouraged to book a custom program on a separate date. Visit www.thedavis.org for more information and to register.

Arts & Culture

Charnee Wade Quintet: Offering—The Music of Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson

11.18.16 - Wellesley College
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7:30pm in Jewett Auditorium.  Charenee Wade is an award-winning young American vocalist and educator currently making waves in both jazz and soul/R&B circles. This tribute honors Gil Scott-Heron, an important American soul and jazz poet, musician, and author whose collaborative efforts with musician Brian Jackson featured a musical fusion of jazz, blues, and soul, as well as social and political lyrics for conciseness. His music influenced and helped engender later African-American music genres such as hip-hop and neo soul. Reservations recommended.

Arts & Culture

Paradise City Arts Festival

11.18.16 - Royal Plaza Trade Center
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Paradise City Marlborough brings together 175 outstanding American artists and master craft makers to exhibit 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 and discerning homeowners as well as a favorite source for special gifts that transcend expections.

Friday: 10am-5pm; Saturday: 10am-6pm; Sunday: 11m-5pm

Adults $13, seniors $12, students $8, under 12 is free

Three-day pass is $16

 

Arts & Culture

Family Trees: A Celebration of Children's Literature (thru Jan. 2)

11.23.16 - Concord Museum
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During the holiday season, the Museum’s galleries are filled with more than 30 fanciful trees of all shapes and sizes, decorated with original ornaments inspired by acclaimed children’s storybooks and contemporary picture book favorites. This year, Family Trees includes among its 36 decorated trees several inspired by doll- and dollhouse-themed children’s books.

Arts & Culture

Winter Market

11.25.16 - Old Sturbridge Village
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9:30am-5pm:  Kick off your holiday shopping with the winter market at Old Sturbridge Village! Enjoy dozens of juried craft vendors offering the finest handmade items for the special people on your gift giving list. Marvel at diverse creations including pottery, paper goods, arts and crafts, ornaments, glasswork, textiles, gourmet foods, artisan jewelry, and gorgeous home accessories. Pastries and hot beverages will be available for purchase in the marketplace. Admission to the market is included with regular admission to the Village. The market is FREE for OSV Members and $5 for non-members. General admission prices are $28 for adults, $26 for seniors (55+), $14 for Youths (3-17), and children 2 and under are FREE. Woo card discounts are available.

Community & Celebrations

Holiday Stroll

12.01.16 - Downtown Franklin
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This family-favorite holiday celebration 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. It all takes place 4-7pm.

Other

Natural Spa Night

12.01.16 - Natick Community Organic Farm
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7-9pm.  Come to the Farm and pamper yourself with a night of revitaizing herbal facials and organic coconut hand scrubs.  Relax as we create natural lip balm for you to take home and learn about the health benefits of our garden herbs. $40.

Arts & Culture

Cinéphile Sundays 1966 series: "Only Yesterday"

12.04.16 - Wellesley College
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3pm in the Collins Cinema. Free. Produced by the mythological Studio Ghibli and directed by Hayao Miyazaki’s life-long collaborator Isao Takahata, the animated feature "Only Yesterday" was the highest-grossing Japanese film of 1991. It tells the story of Taeko, a young woman whose summer working in the rural countryside is interspersed with memories of 1966, when she was 10 years old and suffered from an inferiority complex. "Only Yesterday" is a powerful drama in which the Japanese postwar boom is set against the simple, difficult life of those who have decided to resist the temptation of relocating to the city to stay in the country and live off the land.

Education & Learning

Best Friends and Worst Enemies: Discussion

12.07.16 - Natick High School
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7-9pm.  Best Friends and Worst Enemies: Friendship Development, Popularity and Social Cruelty in Childhood."  Join psychologist and best-selling author Michael Thompson, PhD, for a discussion of the complex social world of childhood, including friendship stages, popularity, social cruelty and how to support your child's development. This event is free and open to parents and caregivers (preschool through middle school).

Food & Drink

Christmas Concert and Dinner

12.08.16 - Old Sturbridge Village
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Experience an evening (6-9pm) of festive cocktails, fine dining and a special holiday concert presented by the Worcester Chamber Society, a mixed classical chamber ensemble performing selections of Baroque music with a holiday theme.  Menu: Tossed Mixed Greens with Parmesan Tuile, Braised Short Ribs with Mashed Potatoes & Roasted Root Vegetables (vegetarian entrée available by request), and Chocolate Peppermint Cake. Tickets are $55 for OSV members and $65 for non-members. Call 508-347-0362 or buy your tickets online at https://www.osv.org/event/christmas-dinner-concert-2016

Learn more about The Worcester Chamber Society at http://worcesterchambermusic.org/

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Arts & Culture

American Girl at the Nutcracker

12.09.16 - American Girl
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You and your special girl can celebrate the season with an unforgettable production of a holiday classic! Your experience begins with dinner at American Girl, followed by the Boston Ballet’s dazzling production of “The Nutcracker,” New England’s number- one holiday tradition. Transportation to and from the Boston Opera House is included. Emergency Contact Release Form is required. $90 per person (Please note, prepaid event reservations are non-exchangeable and non-refundable), Reservations required at 877-247-5223. For girls ages 8 and up.

Education & Learning

The Importance of Play in Supporting Literacy

01.11.17 - Natick High School
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7-9pm.  Carol Westby, PhD, international expert on play and literacy and developer of the Play Scale, speaks about the critical importance of play in building literacy and social development in preschool and elementary-age children. This event is free and open to parents and caregivers (preschool through elementary school).

Food & Drink

Hearthside Bounty

01.14.17 - Old Sturbridge Village
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6-9pm:  Experience an evening in a 19th-century tavern, complete with a meal cooked over the hearth by OSV staff, old-fashioned entertainment and a look into table manners of the 1800s. In addition to a supper prepared in part at the hearth, guests may enjoy beverages fashionable in early New England, hear music and stories from an earlier time, and explore period games and entertainment. Learn about table manners from the period, when it was not only polite, but advised to eat from the knife. Registration is required. $54.95 per person. (OSV Members $49.95). To register, visit https://www.osv.org/event/hearthsidebounty/hearthside-bounty-Jan14

Food & Drink

Hearthside Bounty

01.28.17 - Old Sturbridge Village
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Experience an evening in a 19th-century tavern, complete with a meal cooked over the hearth by OSV staff, old-fashioned entertainment and a look into table manners of the 1800s. In addition to a supper prepared in part at the hearth, guests may enjoy beverages fashionable in early New England, hear music and stories from an earlier time, and explore period games and entertainment. Learn about table manners from the period, when it was not only polite, but advised to eat from the knife. $54.95 per person. (OSV Members $49.95) Inclusive of tax and gratuity Registration is required. To register, visit https://www.osv.org/event/hearthsidebounty/hearthside-bounty-Jan28 For more information, email osvinfo@osv.org or call 800-733-1830

Food & Drink

Hearthside Bounty

02.25.17 - Old Sturbridge Village
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Experience an evening in a 19th-century tavern, 6-9pm, complete with a meal cooked over the hearth by OSV staff, old-fashioned entertainment and a look into table manners of the 1800s. In addition to a supper prepared in part at the hearth, guests may enjoy beverages fashionable in early New England, hear music and stories from an earlier time, and explore period games and entertainment. $54.95 per person (OSV Members $49.95) Inclusive of tax and gratuity Registration is required. To register, visit https://www.osv.org/event/hearthsidebounty/hearthside-bounty-Feb25

Food & Drink

Hearthside Bounty

03.11.17 - Old Sturbridge Village
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6-9pm. Experience an evening in a 19th-century tavern, complete with a meal cooked over the hearth by OSV staff, old-fashioned entertainment and a look into table manners of the 1800s. In addition to a supper prepared in part at the hearth, guests may enjoy beverages fashionable in early New England, hear music and stories from an earlier time, and explore period games and entertainment. $54.95 per person (OSV Members $49.95) Inclusive of tax and gratuity Registration is required. To register, visit https://www.osv.org/event/hearthsidebounty/hearthside-bounty-Mar11

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