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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.  

Arts & Culture

Exhibit: History in the Stitches: Framingham Fashion through the Centuries" (thru April 29)

10.28.16 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 the personalities behind the ever-present decision we all face daily - what to 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Did you know that you can read clothing like any other historical document?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

Art Class Registration Opens

11.29.16 at 10:00 AM - Danforth Art
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Hurry to sign up for art classes (which begin in January) for adults and kids, including February Vacation Week, in the Danforth's new home on the Framingham Centre Common. Choose fron a wide range of one-day or weeks-long classes and workshops, daytime or evening. Registration continues through late January.

Arts & Culture

Watercolors in Nature (Jan. 10, 17, 24)

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

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

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

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Recreation & Sports

New England Annual Fly Fishing Show

01.20.17 at 10:00 AM - Royal Plaza Trade Center
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$15/day, kids 5-12 $2

Hourly seminars, casting demonstrations, fly-tying, destintion fils, and the neest tackle will be on display, along with many other exhibitor booths showing lodges, guide services, conservation organizations, and tackle.  10am-6pm on Friday, 9am-5:30pm on Saturday, 9am-4:30pm on Sunday. Free parking.

Register in advance for classes online.

Arts & Culture

Introduction to Zentangle

01.22.17 at 1:00 PM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
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$45 M, $60 NM

Zentangle is an easy-to-learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. This class is introduces the basic Zentangle principles and methodology; it's a meditative, centering and calming approach for all ages. This is intended for those new to Zentangle or those who want to review the basics and learn new tangles. Participants will be provided with a concept overview along wiht instruction for six patterns to produce two pieces of original art. The class includes fun instruction, engaging demos, and an art kit for practicing in class and enough supplies for producing additional art work at home.

Nature

Guided Snowshoe Adventure

01.22.17 at 1:00 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
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$12 Members, $15 Non-Members

Come with us on a guided snowshoeing tour. Explore animal tracks and paths and have a fun adventure on a winters day. A great way to see the nature of Broadmoor!

Snowshoes not included. We can provide information on options for local rentals if needed. Pre-registration required. Online registration available.

Arts & Culture

Make a MESS: Paint with What??

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

You won’t find any paint brushes in today’s program. We’ve searched the backrooms of the Museum to find silly objects to use instead. Experiment to see if you can create a painting with a toy dinosaur, a cup, a car, and more! The Make a MESS (Math, Engineering, Science, & Stuff) program series introduces STEAM(Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) concepts through exploration, imagination, and fun.

Food & Drink

Rosenthal Wine Dinner

01.26.17 at 6:30 PM - Heritage of Sherborn
33 North Main Street, Sherborn MA
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$75

Don't miss our next wine dinner hosted by Michael Kane of Rosenthal Wine Merchant. This is one of those wine dinners for those who know everything about wine OR those who know nothing! Rosenthal is one of the leading wine importers. Join us as we are led through an Italian vs. French five-course meal paired with wine. Make your reservations today! 508-655-9521 $75 per person (excluding tax & gratuity).

Food & Drink

Winter Whiskey Dinner

01.27.17 at 6:00 PM - Wayside Inn
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$50

Featuring a whiskey-inspired menu, a tasting of whiskey products, and guest speaker Don Jean of Brown-Forman.  Arrival reception at 6pm, dinner at 6:45pm. Five-course dinner includes smoked trout on Gristmill crostini with capers and mustard sauce, pan-roasted duck breast, and whiskey-braised beef short ribs.  Call 978-443-1776 for reservations.

Arts & Culture

Roomful of Blues

01.27.17 at 8:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis Street
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$35 in advance; $40 at door

Roomful of Blues, according to DownBeat magazine, “are in a class by themselves.” The band has been led since 1998 by Chris Vachon, who, according to Guitar Player, “burns with explosive solos and a delightfully greasy sense of rhythm.” Roomful of Blues has always maintained its signature sound through great musicianship and a stellar horn section—featuring tenor and alto saxophonist (and clarinetist on 45 Live’s Jambalaya) Rich Lataille, who first joined the band in 1970. 

Food & Drink

Hearthside Bounty

01.28.17 - Old Sturbridge Village
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$54.95 per person (OSV Members $49.95)

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

Recreation & Sports

Explore Your Winter Inner HIker

01.28.17
Whitehall Reservoir
Hopkinton, MA
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$0

Join us in this introduction to winter hiking around beautiful Whitehall Reservoir. This 7.5-mile hike is rated as easy when trails are dry and more difficult with snow or ice on the ground. Expect winter conditions that may require snow shoes or spikes. Offered by Appalachian Mountain Club. To register, email: b.zahavi@gmail.com 

Arts & Culture

Getting the Most from your Digital Camera, Pt. 2

01.28.17 at 9:00 AM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
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Adults: $40 M, $48 NM

Not sure the best shutter speed to choose? Want to perfect the use of depth of field to enhance your photos? Learn how to take your photography to the next level using your camera's manual settings. We will use various lighting levels and still and moving subjects to allow for multiple shooting scenarios. A great way to prepare for upcoming winter vacations! Pre-registration required. 

Education & Learning

eBridge Montessori School Open House

01.28.17 at 10:00 AM
eBridge Montessori School
57 East Main Street, Suite 101
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FREE

A school for children 15 months to 6 years, we offer a positive, authentic Montessori learning environment. Full- and half-day programs, morning care, afterschool care, summer, and school break programs. Fostering independence, confidence, social skills, and joyful learning.

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Food & Drink

Fire Cider Workshop

01.28.17 at 1:00 PM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
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$28 members, $40 non-members

What's all the hype about Fire Cider?  This workshop will answer your questions about Fire Cider, its health benefits, and how to make this warming and energizing apple cider infusion made with such common ingredients as garlic, onions, ginger, honey, and herbs. Fire Cider boosts the immune system, stimulates digestion, and is anti-inflammatory and anti-viral. It can be drizzled over steamed vegetables, grains, pasta, and soups, or be used as a tasty salad dressing.  Students will taste Fire Cider while learning to make various flavors and versions. Class notes and recipes will be provided.

 

Nature

Family Winter Walk

01.28.17 at 1:00 PM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
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$0 members, $10 non-members

Explore life in the woods and gardens at Tower Hill this winter. The whole family is invited to bundle up for an hour-long walk followed by hot chocolate in the conservatory.  Pre-registration is required.  Registration does not include the cost of admission to Tower Hill. Maximum of 5 people per family.

 

Nature

Animal Tracking at Broadmoor

01.28.17 at 2:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary 280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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$12 Members, $15 Non-Members

Winter is a great time to look for signs of animals as they forage for food and shelter at Broadmoor during the cold winter months. Learn to identify the tracks, chews, scat, burrows and other clues left by many creatures including deer, fisher and coyote. Enjoy a guided walk as we search for signs of our local winter wildlife.

Pre-registration required. Will be held with or without snow. Please dress for the weather. This program also includes walking over uneven terrain.

Arts & Culture

Winter Concert Series: Violinist So Young Kwan

01.28.17 at 3:00 PM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
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$7 members, $18 non-members

Space is limited; pre-registration is required.  Price includes admission to Tower Hill.

Arts & Culture

John Funkhouser Quartet

01.28.17 at 8:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis Street
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$18. Discounts for seniors, students, kids

“Complex rhythms, deep soulful moments, rock and passion and sensitivity” is how Bebop Spoken Here describes The John Funkhouser Quartet. Their influences range from Woody Guthrie, to Thelonious Monk, Frank Zappa, Frederic Chopin, Ravi Shankar, and Abdullah Ibrahim. Funkhouser’s latest compositions flow from a new influence – his 2016 tour of South Africa. Each of Funkhouser’s expansive compositions inhabits a unique universe, while the band seamlessly integrates composed music with improvisation into what Bop-n-Jazz.com describes as “a whirling dervish of sound and light.” 

Recreation & Sports

Guided Snowshoe Adventure at Broadmoor

01.29.17 at 10:00 AM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
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$12 Members; $15 Non-Members

Come with us on a guided snowshoeing tour. Explore animal tracks and paths and have a fun adventure on a winters day. A great way to see the nature of Broadmoor!

Snowshoes not included. We can provide information on options for local rentals if needed. Pre-registration required. Online registration available.

Other

Reconstruction of the "Singing Bridge"

01.29.17 at 2:00 PM - Edgell Memorial Library
3 Oak St, Framingham, MA
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Suggested $5 donation

Whether you’re an engineer, a river watcher, historian or generally interested in goings on about Framingham, you will want to join us for a presentation of photographs documenting the reconstruction of the Main Street Bridge (also known as the Singing Bridge) over the Sudbury River. What took 8 months to build in 1874 took 4 years to rebuild in 2005-2009. Neighbor Cliff Henrickson will share photos of the tearing down and reconstructing of the old bow string pony truss. Town Historian Fred Wallace will provide a brief history on the original construction in 1874.. Refreshments served. 

Arts & Culture

Franklin Art Association Demo & Meeting

02.01.17 at 6:30 PM - Franklin Senior Center
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Free

Demonstration by Adam O'Day, an artist working out of studios in Medford and Abington, which follows a short business meeting.  The event begins at 6:30pm with a social time and refreshments.  Meetings are free and open to the public.  Artwork pictured: "Hadley Street" by Adam O'Day.

Arts & Culture

Fountain Street Studios Artists Showcase

02.02.17 at 9:30 AM - Post Road Art Center
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28 artists from Fountain Street Studios are participating in this show. FSS receives 10% of all gift shop and art supply sales at Post Road Arts Center during February 9-11. Opening reception is February 9, 5:30-8pm.

 

Pictured: "Still Life" by Mona Bhoyar

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Food & Drink

Travel & Taste: Beyond Big Bend

02.02.17 at 6:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
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$26M, $32NM. Lecture only: $12M, $15NM

Dinner 6:30, lecture 7:30

Southwestern Texas is known for wide-open spaces and cattle ranches, but just outside the borders of Big Bend there are still many things to see in the Chihuahua Mountains and nearby. Summer rains bring life to the desert as flowers pop out everywhere. In the hills and lowlands, wild animals of all sizes can be found, from hummingbirds to mountain sheep, big cats and wild javelina. Location-themed buffet dinner and lecture or lecture only. Pre-register for dinner by January 31. Online registration available

Nature

Owl Festival: Owl Prowl Adventures for Adults

02.03.17 at 7:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary 280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Members $13, Non-Members $16

Do all owls really hoot? Why can't we hear them fly? Join us as we learn about our local owls and walk through fields and forests under moon and starlight listening for our resident screech, barred and great horned owls.

Pre-registration required. Online registration available. This program includes walking over uneven terrain in limited light.

Arts & Culture

Photo Review with a Pro

02.04.17 at 9:00 AM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
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$40 M, $48 NM

Wondering if you cropped your image too close?  Which angle is the best of several? Thinking about entering your image in a photo contest or just printing your best image for your wall? Bring your untouched images and come find out! Ethan Gordon will take images from each participant, review and edit them like a pro. A great chance to help develop your photographer’s “eye.” Small class size for individual attention (adults, please). Pre-registration required. 

Ethan Gordon is a widely published photojournalist and former photography magazine editor. He teaches several different photography classes at Broadmoor.

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Arts & Culture

Free to Be You and Me: Children's Theater Performance

02.04.17 at 11:00 AM - Walnut Hill School for the Arts
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Held in the Delbridge Family Center at 11am and 2pm on February 4 and 5.

 

Adapted from Marlo Thomas’ renowned book that guides girls and boys to who they could be, rather than who they should be. Life-enhancing themes blend with music and humor to expand children’s horizons, enabling them to invent their own futures without limitation, while dispelling some old constraints and worn-out conventions in the process. Now onstage - something for the free spirit in every adult and wise soul in every child.  Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online or by or contacting the Box Office at 508.650.5068 Email: pconnors@walnuthillarts.org

Arts & Culture

Children's Theater Performance

02.04.17 at 11:00 AM - Walnut Hill School for the Arts
12 Highland Street, Natick, MA 01760
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15

Adapted from Marlo Thomas’ renowned book that guides girls and boys to who they could be, rather than who they should be. Life-enhancing themes blend with music and humor to expand children’s horizons, enabling them to invent their own futures without limitation, while dispelling some old constraints and worn-out conventions in the process. Now onstage - something for the free spirit in every adult and wise soul in every child. For tickets go to: http://www.ticketstage.com/walnuthill

Or contact the Box Office at 508.650.5068 Email: pconnors@walnuthillarts.org

Nature

Owl Festival: Up Close and Personal with the Owls of Broadmoor (1pm or 3pm)

02.04.17 at 1:00 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
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Adults: $15 M, $18 NM. Child: $8M, $10 NM

Come explore the wonders of owls with friends and family! Join us for an up close and personal view of some of our local owl species, including the great horned and screech owl. Join us for the 1pm or 3pm show! Pre-registration required. Online registration available. Please note this program does fill up fast, so please pre-register early!

Nature

Owl Prowl Adventures under the Moon for Families

02.04.17 at 6:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary 280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
Website
Adult $13 M, $15 NM. Child: $7M, $9NM

Ever wondered if an owl really is as smart as they say? Why don't we hear them when they fly? Just how far can an owl see? Come with the whole family to learn about owl calls, behavior and habitat as we search and listen for our resident screech, barred and great horned owls. Instructions and Directions: Pre-registration required. This program for ages 6 and up includes walking over uneven terrain in limited light.

Community & Celebrations

Julian Gerstin Sextet

02.04.17 at 8:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis Street
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$18. Discounts for seniors, students, Under 12

Original jazz influenced by rhythms and melodies of the Caribbean and Eastern Europe, featuring rarely heard percussion of Martinique. Julian Gerstin, a percussionist and composer, is a veteran of many African, Latin and jazz bands. A well-known musician in the southern Vermont/ northwestern Massachusetts scene, Julian performs with the salsa band Son de la Calle and Afrocuban folkloric group Iroko Nuevo, and has appeared locally with Samirah Evans, Charles Neville, Claire Arenius, and numerous other groups.  . With Anna Patton, Don Anderson, Wes Brown & Eugene Uman.

Julian is co-author of The Musician’s Guide to Rhythm and teaches music at the Vermont Jazz Center

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Nature

Bird Away the Winter Blues by Snowshoe

02.05.17 at 8:00 AM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
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$15 Members, $18 Non-Members

Join us for a walk looking for winter residents like juncos, woodpeckers and many others. If there is snow, come with your snowshoes so we can explore across the sanctuary!

Pre-registration required. Online registration available. Will be held as a walk if no snow. Snowshoes not provided. Recommendations on rental places available.

Arts & Culture

Children's Theater Performance

02.05.17 at 11:00 AM - Walnut Hill School for the Arts
12 Highland Street, Natick, MA 01760
Website
15

Adapted from Marlo Thomas’ renowned book that guides girls and boys to who they could be, rather than who they should be. Life-enhancing themes blend with music and humor to expand children’s horizons, enabling them to invent their own futures without limitation, while dispelling some old constraints and worn-out conventions in the process. Now onstage - something for the free spirit in every adult and wise soul in every child. For tickets go to: http://www.ticketstage.com/walnuthill Or Contact the Box Office at 508.650.5068 Email: pconnors@walnuthillarts.org

Nature

Fun with Animal Footprints and Signs

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

Have you wondered what animal made those tracks? Do otters like sledding? Who is traveling on the trails or through your yard? Come find out how to solve these mysteries as we explore Broadmoor looking for tracks and signs of otters, rabbits, deer, coyote and many other animals. Learn what tracks can tell us about which animals are active during the winter, where they go and how they survive. Pre-registration required. Will be held with or without snow. Please dress for the weather. This program also includes walking over uneven terrain.

Nature

Animal Tracking at Broadmoor

02.05.17 at 2:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary 280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
Website
Adults: $12M, $15 NM

Winter is a great time to look for signs of animals as they forage for food and shelter at Broadmoor during the cold winter months. Learn to identify the tracks, chews, scat, burrows and other clues left by many creatures including deer, fisher and coyote. Enjoy a guided walk as we search for signs of our local winter wildlife. Pre-registration required.  Will be held with or without snow. Please dress for the weather. This program also includes walking over uneven terrain.

Arts & Culture

Watercolors in Nature (Feb, 7, 14, 28)

02.07.17 - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary 280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
Website
Members $36, Non-Members $44

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

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

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Arts & Culture

Full Moon Owl Prowl for adults

02.10.17 at 7:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary 280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
Website
Members $13, Non-Members $16

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

Pre-registration required. Online registration available. This program includes walking over uneven terrain in limited light.

Arts & Culture

Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers

02.10.17 at 8:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis Street
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$18. Discounts for seniors, students, Under 12

“Erin Harpe is one of the most dynamic  blues women on the scene, with a golden voice and guitar chops that dazzle. Erin is part of the emerging generation that is firing up younger audiences.

Food & Drink

Mid-Winter Farmers Market

02.11.17 at 9:00 AM
Ashland Middle School
87 West Union, Ashland, MA
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A dozen food vendors and more than a dozen artisans.  And for Valentine's Day, Petal And Crumb will be on hand with gorgeous bouquets.  Silhouette artist Carol Lebeau will cut silhouettes on site.

Arts & Culture

Valentines Date Night with Clay

02.11.17 at 5:00 PM - deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum
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$80/couple ($70/member couple)

An evening of ceramics activity for couples! Work as a team on the wheel, decorating clay “hearts” or building your own signature romantic sculpture. Workshop includes:

  • Wine and refreshments
  • Over 1.5 hours of instruction and assistance in building and decorating a unique Valentine’s Day gift.
  • Firing and materials

Minimum Age 21 Years All levels welcome. No ceramic experience necessary. $80 per couple, $70 per Member couple

Nature

Full Moon Owl Prowl for Families

02.11.17 at 6:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary 280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
Website
Adult: $13M, $15NM. Child: $7M, $9NM

Ever wondered if an owl really is as smart as they say? Why don't we hear them when they fly? Just how far can an owl see? Come with the whole family to learn about owl calls, behavior and habitat. We will explore Broadmoor under moonlit skies listening for our resident screech, barred and great horned owls. Pre-registration required. This program is for ages 6 and up and includes walking over uneven terrain in limited light.

Arts & Culture

An Evening With Ellis Paul

02.11.17 at 7:00 PM - Memorial Hall
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$25

Doors open at 6:30pm

Ellis Paul is one of those gifted singer/songwriters.  Though some may refer to him as a folksinger, he is more, for lack of a better word, a singular storyteller, a musician whose words reach out from inside and yet also express the feelings, thoughts and sensibilities that most people can relate to in one way or another, regardless of age or upbringing. 

Arts & Culture

Klezmer comes to the Firehouse!

02.11.17 at 8:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis Street
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$18. Discounts for seniors, students, kids

After performing with the Klezmer Conservatory Band since its beginnings in 1980 and and performing with klezmer band leaders Margot Leverett, Frank London, Pete Sokolow, Andy Statman and Alicia Svigals, bassist Jim Guttman has created a show that successfully threads klezmer music through his work in other musical genres. The music refers to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Tower of Power visiting the Caribbean, Erroll Garner’s work with Slam Stewart and the rapper Nelly as well as the traditional music of clarinetist Dave Tarras and violinist Leon Schwartz.

Recreation & Sports

Guided Snowshoe Adventure at Broadmoor

02.12.17 at 1:00 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary 280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
Website
Adults: $12M,$15 NM

Come with us on a guided snowshoeing tour. Explore animal tracks and paths and have a fun adventure on a winters day. A great way to see the nature of Broadmoor!  Snowshoes not included. We can provide information on options for local rentals if needed. Pre-registration required. 

Community & Celebrations

A Charter Chat: 100 Years of Charter Reform

02.12.17 at 2:30 PM - Historic Village Hall
2 Oak St
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$5 non-members, $0 members

As the town comes closer to a historic referendum on the work of our most recent Charter Commission, this program will provide historical context leading up to the town-wide vote on April 4th. Since 1911, there have been 7 pushes for Charter reform. Some specifically endorsed creating a city while others focused on strengthening the town form of government. Town Historian Fred Wallace and former FHC Board Chair Kevin Swope will share their research into the previous reform initiatives along with issues of the day that were pressing the need for change.

 Please note that this program is not an endorsement either way but rather an opportunity to provide perspective on a history making vote. While there are plenty of other forums to discuss and debate the new Charter, this program will answer questions about the evolution of Framingham’s town government and how we arrived at where we are today. Questions? Call 508-626-9091 *The Village Hall is not handicapped accessible

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Arts & Culture

Molly Venter & Goodnight Moonshine

02.12.17 at 7:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis Street
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$18 in advance; $20 at door

Goodnight Moonshine is Molly Venter’s latest musical project, a collaboration with her husband Eben Pariser. The emotional potency of her voice is surrounded and supported by a lush landscape of harmonies and minimalist orchestrations conceived by Eben on vocals and electric guitar. Molly’s voice has caught the ear of industry giants, and been prominently featured on FOX television, Apple Computers and in Warner Brothers films. Consummate performers, Molly and Eben have also appeared nationally and internationally, performing 100+ shows a year, with their respective bands Red Molly and Roosevelt Dime. Their co-write, “Willow Tree.” was a #1 hit on the folk charts in 2014 and was featured in USA Today. 

The group tours as a trio with Adam Chilenski on upright bass. Adam has performed and recorded with a range of artists including Mikael Jorgensen (Wilco), Luke Temple (Here We Go Magic), The Devil Makes Three, Emilie Simon (Universal), and more. He calls Brooklyn NY home.

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Education & Learning

Valentine's Day - Simply Engineered

02.14.17 at 2:00 PM - The Discovery Museum
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Event included in museum admission, $12.50

Roses are red. Violets are blue. Join us and make a pop-up card or two! Use some simple paper engineering and your creativity to make one of a kind Valentines to share with family and friends.

Food & Drink

Valentine's Day @ Heritage

02.14.17 at 5:00 PM - Heritage of Sherborn
33 North Main Street, Sherborn MA
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$125 per person (excluding tax and gratuity)

Join us for Valentine's Day! You can either enjoy a casual and cozy meal from our PUB menu, 5-7pm, or treat that special person in your life to a 3-course prix fixe menu for $75 per person (excluding tax & gratuity) from 5pm to 9:30pm. Call to make reservations! 508-655-9521.

Arts & Culture

Valentine Date Night with Clay

02.14.17 at 6:00 PM - deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum
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$80/couple ($70/member couple)

An evening of ceramics activity for couples! Work as a team on the wheel, decorating clay “hearts” or building your own signature romantic sculpture. Workshop includes:

  • Wine and refreshments
  • Over 1.5 hours of instruction and assistance in building and decorating a unique Valentine’s Day gift.
  • Firing and material

Minimum Age 21 Years All levels welcome. No ceramic experience necessary.

Community & Celebrations

Doggy Days: Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week

02.16.17 at 10:00 AM - The Discovery Museum
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Event included in museum admission, $12.50

In honor of Random Acts of Kindness Week, we’re preparing a surprise for the dogs at the Buddy Dog Humane Society shelter! During the program you can help us craft some cozy dog beds, and Therapy Dog Abby will be here to help us test out our handiwork. We’ll also be accepting donations of canned dog food (any brand), cleaning supplies, and new or gently used towels for the shelter. Abby is a certified Therapy Dog from the Pets & People Foundation, which means she’s happy to meet both enthusiastic dog-lovers and anyone who’s curious but might be shy.

Food & Drink

Travel & Taste: Wilds of Alaska

02.16.17 at 6:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
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$26M, $32NM. Lecture only: $12M, $15NM

Dinner 6:30pm, program 7:30pm

From spring through fall of 2016, photographers Ed and Janet drove to Alaska and back, spending over 2 months exploring the state. Along the way, they were able to photograph many striking images. From the beauty of the Northern lights and the mountain vistas of Denali to the drama of grizzly bears and eagles catching fish, there was much to see on land. Join us for a photo journey through our northern-most state. Location-themed buffet dinner and lecture or lecture only. Pre-register for dinner by February 14. Online registration available.

Arts & Culture

David Mallett with Tom Smith

02.17.17 at 8:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis Street
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$22 with discounts for seniors, students, children

David Mallett hails from a small town in northern Maine, and in a career that spans four decades, his music has traveled to all corners of the world. His songs have been recorded by more than 150 artists, including Pete Seeger, Alison Krauss, John Denver, Emmylou Harris, and even the Muppets, and his “Garden Song” has become an American folk classic. Tom Smith’s songs are in turns humorous, touching, thought provoking, and inspiring. Deeply rooted in the old-school folk tradition, his timeless stories are told with a voice that is honest and sincere with melodies that you will remember forever.

Arts & Culture

Mandeville & Richards and The Lied To's

02.18.17 at 8:00 PM
Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis Street
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$18 with discounts for seniors, students, Under 12

Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards are clearly inheritors of a timeless legacy, creating music that is both original and evocative of a rich tradition that blends distinctive voices and a wide range of accompaniment (guitar, harmonica, ukulele, clarinet, penny whistle, electric bass). Transcending the genre of folk Americana, their music combines beautiful harmonies and a lyrical intensity. Their newest CD, Grain by Grain, was released in May 2016. 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 relationships in the wake of difficult times and burdensome pasts.

Nature

Backyard and Beyond: Backyard Birding

02.19.17 at 10:00 AM - The Discovery Museum
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Event included in museum admission, $12.50

Be a citizen scientist! Every year, people from around the globe help collect data about birds in their neighborhoods for the Great Backyard Bird Count. You can participate too! Drop in to learn a little bit about bird identification and then see how many birds you can see or hear in Discovery Woods. You can even submit your sightings to this year’s Backyard Bird Count! Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Nature

February Vacation Week Kids' Activities

02.19.17 at 12:00 PM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
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Featuring fun and educational activities for children of all ages - and anyone young at heart - during February school vacation week. Children's activities include drop-in crafts, scavenger hunts and more.  Hours and price vary daily, depending on the activity. Check the website for a full list of kids' events each day.

Nature

Fun in Nature: February Vacation Week (Grades K-5)

02.21.17 at 8:30 AM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
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Per day: $85 Members, $100 Non-members

Join us for winter fun and exploration! We'll search for the tracks and signs of Broadmoor's many winter creatures, learn how animals survive the winter, play games in the snow, drink hot chocolate, and much more! Sign up for single sessions or all four! Pre-registration required. Online registration available.

Arts & Culture

"Eurydice" (Winter Play) (thru Feb. 26)

02.23.17 at 8:00 PM - Walnut Hill School for the Arts
12 Highland Street, Natick, MA 01760
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$17 Students/Seniors; $22 Adults

All performances at 8pm except February 26 performance, which begins at 2pm.

In Eurydice, award-winning writer Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists, and breathtaking visual effects, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story. Contact the Box Office at 508.650.5068 Email: pconnors@walnuthillarts.org

Education & Learning

Everyday Engineering: Bridge Building

02.24.17 at 11:00 AM - The Discovery Museum
177 Main Street, Acton, MA 01720
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Event included in museum admission, $12.50

Join us as we celebrate National Engineers Week! Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled materials. Bridges help us safely get from here to there. From pasta to paper, we’ll experiment with simple supplies to design and build some sturdy and strong structures. National Engineers Week is sponsored by Raytheon.

Food & Drink

Hearthside Bounty

02.25.17 - Old Sturbridge Village
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$54.95 per person (OSV Members $49.95)

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

Arts & Culture

Sugar Ray & The BlueTones

02.25.17 at 8:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis Street
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$18, discounts for seniors, students, Under 12

Sugar Ray and The Blue Tones have been playing their unique style of blues the world over for almost forty years. Not limited to one style, played with the distinctive originality of band leader Sugar Ray Norcia, vocals and harmonica, guitarist “Monster” Mike Welch, Anthony Geraci at the piano and Hammond Organ, Michael “Mudcat” Ward playing acoustic and electric bass, and drummer Neil Gouvin. 

All of the members of Sugar Ray and the Bluetones have been featured on other Artists recordings which include Hubert Sumlin, John Hammond, Johnny Winter, Otis Grand, Pinetop Perkins, The Mannish Boys, Sugaray Rayford, Debbie Davies, Duke Robillard, Ronnie Earl and many more. “SUGAR RAY IS THE REAL DEAL. THERE IS NOBODY BETTER TO REPRESENT THIS MUSIC.” – KIM WILSON, THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS “SUGAR RAY HAS GREAT TONE AND PHRASING, SINGING AND PLAYING THE HARP. ONE OF MY FAVORITES.” -CHARLIE MUSSLEWHITE

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Other

Mini-Retreat for Peace and Relaxation

02.26.17 at 12:30 PM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
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$45

Experience profound levels of inner peace and well-being in the beautiful setting of Tower Hill Botanic Garden.  Julie Crantz and Vicki Parker will guide you on a journey of deep relaxation and self-care through the practice of Yoga Nidra and medication, with the healing effects of Reiki and Aromatherapy incorporated throughout. Learn how essential oils will help enhance your medication experience. You will create your own unique aromatherapy product to take home and learn easy meditation techniques to foster wellness in your daily life.

 

Nature

Owl Prowl Adventures for Adults

03.03.17 at 7:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary 280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Members $13, Non-Members $16

Do all owls really hoot? Why can't we hear them fly? Join us as we learn about our local owls and walk through fields and forests under moon and starlight listening for our resident screech, barred and great horned owls.

Pre-registration required. Online registration available. This program includes walking over uneven terrain in limited light.

Arts & Culture

Watercolors in Nature

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

Join award winning art instructor Sarah Alexander and let nature inspire you! We will use watercolors and some multi-media options to bring nature into art. Bring your own painting wish list! Learn new techniques in color, texture and more. As warmer weather approaches we will begin to explore the outdoor world at Broadmoor as weather allows. This is an ongoing series. Students may join at any time during the year. Small class size for personal attention. Pre-registration required. Online registration available.  This class for adults only.

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

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Food & Drink

Travel & Taste: Clipperton Atoll

03.09.17 at 6:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary 280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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$26M, $32NM. Lecture only: $12 M, $15 NM

Remote and isolated, uninhabited and forbidden, Clipperton Atoll is located in the Pacific Ocean almost 800 miles off the coast of Mexico and is a French protectorate.  Under special authorization from the French Government, we bring you an account of the scientific mission to track the migratory pattern of sharks as well as document the surrounding reef and the wildlife, both above and below, that depends on it. Join us for views of the wild inhabitants, from birds to sharks, of this remarkable place. Location-themed buffet dinner and lecture or lecture only. Pre-register for dinner by March 7. Online registration.

Dinner 6:30; lecture 7:30

Other

The Shape of Rivers: Perspectives from Art and Science

03.09.17 at 6:30 PM - deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum
51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA 01773
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FREE

Join Biennial artist Fritz Horstman and MIT geophysicist Daniel Rothman for a multidisciplinary conversation on water flow through natural landscapes. Hortstman, a DeCordova New England Daniel H. Rothman is a Professor of Geophysics in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at MIT. His work has contributed widely to the understanding of the organization of the natural environment, resulting in fundamental advances in subjects ranging from seismology and fluid flow to biogeochemistry and geobiology.  FREE, please RSVP

Biennial 2016 artist, explores the intersection of human constructions and ecological systems. Horstman's large commissioned sculpture, "Formwork for a Spiral Movement" based on the form of a river's eddy is on view in the Sculpture Park as part of the Biennial, while over 20 wooden models are on view in the galleries. 

Rothman has also made significant contributions to research in statistical physics. Much of his recent interests focus on the dynamics of Earth's carbon cycle, the co-evolution of life and the environment, and the physical foundation of natural geometric forms. Rothman is co-founder and co-director of MIT's Lorenz Center, a privately funded interdisciplinary research center devoted to learning how climate works. The Center fosters creative approaches to increasing fundamental understanding.

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Food & Drink

Murder Mystery Dinner (thru March 11)

03.10.17 at 6:00 PM - Wayside Inn
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$55 all-inclusive

Help us sold the mystery of the Murder of the Masquerade! The Murder Mystery Dinner will entertain you with intrigue, plenty of laughs, and of course food! We welcome you with a reception and the performance begins at 7pm. Dinner will be served during the event: prime rib, winter harvest salad, roasted winter root vegetables, and deep-dish apple pie.  Purchase tickets by calling 978-443-1776.

Nature

Full Moon Owl Prowl for Adults

03.10.17 at 7:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary 280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Members $13, Non-Members $16

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

Pre-registration required. Online registration available. This program includes walking over uneven terrain in limited light.

Food & Drink

Hearthside Bounty

03.11.17 - Old Sturbridge Village
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$54.95 per person (OSV Members $49.95)

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

Food & Drink

Chef Demos & Tastings

03.18.17 at 2:00 PM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
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$5 members, $25 non-members

Featuring Carolyn Johnson of 80 Thoreau restaurant in Concord, MA. Class size is limited; pre-registration required.

Food & Drink

Taste of MetroWest

03.21.17 at 5:00 PM
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Savor the best of the region at the 7th Annual Taste of MetroWest.  Dozens of restaurants and other food/drink purveyors providing generous samples of signature dishes and beverages.

Food & Drink

Travel & Taste: Galapagos

03.23.17 at 6:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
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$26M, $32NM. Lecture only: $12M, $15NM

Dinner 6:30, program 7:30

The Galápagos Islands, off the coast of South America, are like nowhere else, a living laboratory of evolution, documented by Darwin in 1835. Because of the islands’ isolation in the Pacific Ocean there is a wealth of animal and plant life found only here. From the tortoises and desert landscapes at sea level, nesting ocean birds to tall volcanoes and lush highland forests that feature a wide variety of birds, including Darwin’s finches, these islands are considered one of the jewels of the world. Location-themed buffet dinner and lecture or lecture only. Pre-register for dinner by March 21.Online registration available.

Arts & Culture

Paradise City Arts Festival (thru March 26)

03.24.17 at 10:00 AM - Royal Plaza Trade Center
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Adults $13, seniors $12, students $8

Paradise City Marlborough celebrates its twentieth year as the Boston area’s leading fair of fine craft, painting and sculpture. From artists with established reputations to emerging talents fresh on the scene, 175 outstanding exhibitors display the best in American artistry and craftsmanship. Browse the beautiful collection of our Spring 2017 exhibitors on our webpage.

Hours: Friday 10-5, Saturday 10-6, Sunday 11-5

Food & Drink

Specialty Dinner: Shake off the winter blues

03.24.17 at 6:30 PM - Crowne Plaza: The Verve-Natick
1360 Worcester Street, Natick, MA
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$95 per person

Shake off the winter blues with this java-inspired menu during our first of three specialty dinners at The Pantry. Join The VERVE's culinary team for this unmatched culinary experience. Cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m. with a four-course dinner following at 7 p.m. Each course is paired with wine, dessert is paired with an espresso martini. Reservations: 508-416-1352. Limited to the 50 guests, so join us for this unique, culinary experience. $95 per person includes gratuity and sales tax.

Arts & Culture

Fountain Street Open Studios

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

Community & Celebrations

31st Annual Hudson Community Fest

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

Community & Celebrations

MetroFest: Regional Arts, Music, and Food Truck Festival

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

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

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