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Arts & Culture

Exhibit: The Fine Print (thru July 9)

02.10.17 at 11:00 AM - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
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Ann Kirk Warren '50 was an avid collector of works on paper, with impeccable taste and capacious interests. Her entire collection--which encompasses works from European old masters to American prints and drawings--comes by generous bequest to the Davis Museum. This first selection of many demonstrates the breadth and richness of the Warren Collection of more than 200 works on paper.

Arts & Culture

Photography exhibit: "Walden/Four Views" (thru Aug. 20))

02.10.17 at 11:00 AM - Concord Museum
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The museum launches its one-year Thoreau Bicentennial celebration with an exhibition by photographer Abelardo Morell. Guided and inspired by Thoreau's journal, this features panoramic views of Walden Pond.

Arts & Culture

Exhibit: "Wish You Were Here: Souvenirs of Dedham" (thru Nov. 1)

02.24.17 at 12:00 PM - Dedham Historical Society & Museum
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Free for members, $2 members

The Dedham Historical Society & Museum explores Dedham as a tourist destination in this new exhibit, which highlights historic postcards, ceramic pieces and other collectables from the DHS collection. These objects show some of the well-known tourist sites in Dedham, such as the Fairbanks House, as well as objects brought back to Dedham as souvenirs from foreign countries. Check website for hours each day.

Arts & Culture

Exhibit: "History in the Stitches: Framingham Fashion through the Centuries" (thru Sept. 30)

04.03.17 at 1:00 PM - Edgell Memorial Library
3 Oak Street, Framingham, MA 01701
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Open Wednesdays-Saturdays. Set against a backdrop of Framingham images and artifacts, this exhibit features fashions that will both please the eye and illuminate the lives of some very special Framingham women. We've chosen pieces that reflect the social mores, economic status, and personalities behind the every-present decision we all face: what should I wear?

Did you know that you can read clothing like any other historical document? It’s simply a matter of understanding the language. We’ll illustrate this language as you compare the ethereal wedding dress worn by Anna Foster Haven in 1824 with the austere gown worn by the devout Mrs. Temple on her wedding day in 1772. We’ve set the stage for you to experience the intimate setting of an 1880s salon where Framingham women entertained their closest friends adhering to the international trends that dictated appropriate dress and décor. Experience the Roaring Twenties by reading an Art Deco inspired dress worn by a very independent local actress and theatre director.

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Expanding Abstraction: New England Women Painters, 1950 to Now (thru Sept. 17)

04.07.17 at 10:00 AM - deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum
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$14 adults, $12 seniors, $10 students, $0 under 13

This exciting and timely exhibition focuses exclusively on women artists, shifting the expected male narrative of abstract painting. In addition, it expands the usual New York-based sotry by looking entirely to New England. Nearly 40 innovative New England women artists, including Natalie Alper, Kristin Baker, Sharon Friedman, Maud Morgan, Ann Pibal, Katherine Porter, Jo Sandman, Sandi Stone, Barbara Takanaga, and Maxine Yalovitz-Blankenship, represent the rich diversity of abstract painting from 1950 to today. Check for hours each day.

Pictured:  "Diaphanous Leverage" by Kristin Baker

 

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Art exhibit: "Flowing Florals" (thru June 25)

05.16.17 - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
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Enjoy abstract and representational watercolor paintings of flowers by artists from across the country. The artists in this exhibit celebrate spring through interpretations of spring botanical forms, providing a lens to view Tower Hill's living collection.

Community & Celebrations

Natick Nights (thru July 27)

06.01.17 at 5:00 PM - Natick Center
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free

Each Thursday throughout June and July, Natick Nights will be showcasing the entertainment and artistry that's unique to Natick Center: street performers, a walking history tour, a TCAN performance, gallery opening, artist demos, maybe a wine or beer tasting, restaurant specials, and a featured merchant.

Other

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

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

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

Donations to benefit local and international service projects.

 

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Wellesley Repertory Theatre: Sonia Flew (thru June 25)

06.01.17 at 7:00 PM
Ruth Nagel Jones Theater, Wellesley College
106 Central Street, Wellesley MA, 02481
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$20, $10 for seniors and students

Thursdays–Saturdays at 7pm, Saturdays & Sundays at 2pm.

By acclaimed playwright, actress, and lecturer Melinda Lopez, this is the story of Sonia's move from Castro's Cuba to the United States in 1961. Set in Minneapolis and Havana, a story of family unfolds across the generations as Sonia struggles to come to terms with her past, her lost parents, her own children, and her adopted country. Past performances of Sonia Flew have received critical acclaim: Reservations: 781-283-2000 or go to wellesleyrepertorytheatre.org 

Arts & Culture

From the Bow Seat: Student Ocean Awareness Contest Winners (thru July 30)

06.02.17 - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
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free

This exhibit showcases artwork from the Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Program's annual contest for middle and high school students. Ocean pollution is by no means beautiful, yet these student artists create pieces that are elegant and poignant. Their works are revelations, reflections, and elegies. Through their practice and their creations, our students question, critique, expose, lament, and mourn, as they invite us to imagine lasting sentiments of awareness and stewardship of our blue planet.

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Surface Decoration Series (thru June 24)

06.03.17 at 4:00 PM - Community Kiln
46 Park St, Framingham
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$45 per workshop, $160 for four

In a series of Saturday workshops, guest artist Annie Buchholz will be teaching a variety of surface decoration, including mishima, slip trailing, encaustic, slip design, and more! Students will be provided with a tile or cylinder to work on.  

  • Sgraffito & Mishima | 6/3 | 4-7pm
  • Slip Trailing & Design | 6/10 | 4-7pm
  • Stamps & Texture Rolling | 6/17 | 4-7pm
  • Encaustic & Spray On Finishes | 6/24 | 4-7pm

Arts & Culture

"Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" (thru July 9)

06.14.17 at 7:30 PM - Old Sturbridge Village
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$55 admission; $13 dinner

Experience this musical production in an outdoor amphitheater, where Mark Twain's timeless tale comes to life along the shores of the Quinebaug River. Winner of seven Tony Awards, this score is packed full of country, bluegrass, and gospel music.  Pre-show BBQ dinner optional.  

Wednesdays through Sundays at 7:30pm, Sunday matinees at 2pm.

Arts & Culture

8th Annual Mass Walking Tour & Concerts (thru June 24)

06.15.17 at 6:00 PM
throughout the Blackstone Valley
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Free

This traveling musical concert tour takes place in 10 days in 10 locations, each accessible through easy walks.  Join musicians Mark Mandeville, Raianne Richards, Mark Kilianski, and Amy Alvey at FREE concerts, including these in MetroWest:

  • June 19: Hopedale Unitarian Parish
  • June 20: Milford Senior Center
  • June 21: Medway Public Library
  • June 22: Bellingham Public Library
  • June 23: Franklin Public Library

 

 

Arts & Culture

Exhibit: "Conceal and Reveal" (thru July 30)

06.21.17 at 11:00 AM
Fountain Street Fine Art
460-C #2 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA
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free

Join Fountain Street Fine Art--based in Framingham for five years--in its new Boston location for this exhibit.

Nature

Evening Canoe on the Charles

06.23.17 at 6:00 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adults: $36 Members; $46 Non-Members

Enjoy a paddle down one of the most beautiful stretches of the Charles River, past Medfield State Hospital and up into the Medfield marshes. Watch as the sun sets over the river and listen for the evening sounds of birds, frogs and other creatures. Canoes, paddles, lifejackets, a basic paddling overview & guides are all provided. Pre-registration required. 

Arts & Culture

HCA Summer Kick-Off Concert with JP & Friends

06.23.17 at 7:00 PM - Hopkinton Center for the Arts
98 Hayden Rowe St.
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Free Event

Family Event! Free outdoor summer concert featuring JP & Friends band. Bring your blanket and dinner and enjoy the music. Sponsored by the Barbara Corbett Dobson and Dave Dobson Memorial Fund at the HCA. 

Community & Celebrations

Ashland Farmers Market Strawberry Festival

06.24.17 at 9:00 AM - Ashland Farmers Market
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Free

Visitors will be treated to the fleeting flavor of ripe, locally grown strawberries: strawberry bread, strawberry cheesecake gelato, smoked strawberry chutney, strawberry & chevre ravioli or just plain freshly picked strawberries! Samali Perera-Charvet introduces a strawberry craft at the Kid’s Corner 9:30-10:30am. Farmer Justin Brown brings his goats, bunnies, and chickens, too. Brookline A Capella performs at the Arts! Ashland Alliance Music Stage, 10:30am-12:30pm. Ample parking. 

To sign up for eNewsletters of weekly events, artisans, specials and more, visit www.AshlandFarmersMarket.org

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Arts & Culture

Advanced Macro Photography Workshop

06.24.17 at 9:00 AM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adults $55 Members, $65 Non-Members

Learn from a pro how to perfect your macro photography with the beautiful wildflowers and smaller wildlife at Broadmoor! Learn how to best balance aperture and shutter speed to maximize depth of field effects and develop your skills with additional lighting to expand options in your close up photography. Small class size for individual attention. Pre-registration required. .

Arts & Culture

Ceramics Planter Workshop for Kids

06.24.17 at 9:30 AM - Hopkinton Center for the Arts
98 Hayden Rowe St.
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$50

Make a ceramic planter, fairy garden and more in this fun kids workshop in the new ceramics studio at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts (Route 85).

Arts & Culture

Comic Book Evaluations

06.24.17 at 10:30 AM - Spellman Museum of Stamps
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Free comic book evaluations by expert John Cimino, who will also share his rare collection of books and a unique Spiderman costume.

Nature

Evening Canoe on the Charles

06.24.17 at 6:00 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adults: $36 Members; $46 Non-Members

Enjoy a paddle down one of the most beautiful stretches of the Charles River, past Medfield State Hospital and up into the Medfield marshes. Watch as the sun sets over the river and listen for the evening sounds of birds, frogs and other creatures. Canoes, paddles, lifejackets, a basic paddling overview and  guides are all provided. Pre-registration required. 

Arts & Culture

Summer Vacation & Beach Cupcake Decorating (June 25 and 29(

06.25.17 at 9:00 AM - American Girl
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$10

Get ready to hit the road for a summer adventure with American Girl! Your girl can enjoy a fun-filled time playing games, creating cupcakes perfect for a beach picnic, and personalizing her own craft license plate. She’ll get to take her craft license plate home—and it’s the perfect décor to show off her wanderlust! Her doll will get to rock her own cute travel style, too, with a summery T-shirt. Choose from

  • June 25, 10-11am 
  • June 29, 9-10am

 

Nature

Rose Show

06.25.17 at 12:00 PM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
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Presented by the New England Rose Society.

Nature

Fun with Butterflies & Dragonflies

06.25.17 at 1:00 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adult $12 Members/ $14 Non-Members, Child $6m/ $8n

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

Nature

The Wonderful World of Butterflies & Dragonflies

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

Damselfly or dragonfly, butterfly or moth? How do you tell the difference? Summer is a great time for a wide variety of butterflies and dragonflies. Why is Broadmoor such a great place to see these animals? What attracts butterflies? Learn about and explore the world of these beautiful flying insects at some of Broadmoor’s hotspots. Pre-registration required. 

Other

Date With Dad

06.25.17 at 4:00 PM - American Girl
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$28

What’s sweeter than a daddy/daughter date? You and your special girl will enjoy a delicious meal in our restaurant—plus, make new memories both of you will cherish! Your together-time will fly by with a fun dice game, a make-your-own “memory board” craft, and lots of conversation. Plus, you’ll get a spiral book to record the best moments of your “date” as well as a picture frame.

Arts & Culture

Wild Expressive Painting For Children

06.28.17 at 9:30 AM - Cheryl Cohen's Mosaic Art Center
360 Woodland Road Holliston
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$54 New/ $49 returning or multiple sign-ups

Looking for something fun, fabulous and freeing for your child to do after school gets out?  Wild Expressive Painting! invites children from 8 to 16 to create artwork from their own souls, hearts and imaginations. This program is about reconnecting with their wild, willful and whimsical spirits.They will leave with as many as 3 or 4 paintings. If you have two children who want to paint and one is younger than 8, please email me to see if it will work. Register by June 23.

Community & Celebrations

The Corner Spot Grand Opening

06.28.17 at 5:00 PM - The Corner Spot
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Fun and games, food trucks, kids activities, and more will be part of the celebration of this new pop-up store site in Ashland, which also offers park, play area, and a spot to relax.  Ribbon-cutting and opening ceremonies are at 12-1:30pm.

Arts & Culture

Muddy Masterpieces!

06.29.17 at 12:00 PM - The Discovery Museum
177 Main Street, Acton, MA 01720
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Event included in admission, $12.50

It’s International Mud Day and we’re celebrating by creating muddy masterpieces! Grab a paint brush, a palette of mud, and create a unique mud painting. Help us create a one-of-a-kind community art piece by adding your own artistic flair to a marvelous, muddy mural. 

*This program will happen light rain or shine. Heavy rain or other inclement weather may result in program cancellation.

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Arts & Culture

2017 Music Series Presents Dale LePage & The Manhattans

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

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

Other

WellieWishers Friendship Tea Party

06.30.17 at 2:00 PM - American Girl
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$13.50

Put on your wellies and hop into American Girl for a special WellieWishers Friendship Tea Party! Parties will take place through October and include a special menu, crafts, fun WellieWishers-inspired conversation cards, and a cupcake-decorating activity.  (Please note, prepaid event reservations are non-exchangeable and non-refundable). Gratuity not included. Reservations required. For girls ages 5 and up

Nature

Evening Canoe on the Charles

06.30.17 at 6:00 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adults: $36 Members; $46 Non-Members

Enjoy a paddle down one of the most beautiful stretches of the Charles River, past Medfield State Hospital and up into the Medfield marshes. Watch as the sun sets over the river and listen for the evening sounds of birds, frogs and other creatures. Canoes, paddles, lifejackets, a basic paddling overview & guides are all provided. Pre-registration required. 

Community & Celebrations

Ashland Farmers Market July 4th BBQ

07.01.17 at 9:00 AM - Ashland Farmers Market
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Free

Our “make it or grow it” market will host a total of 38 food vendors and 30 local artisans this season. On July 4th, The Carve celebrates with breakfast and BBQ lunch. Enjoy Cindy Lane Adams perform Country Western at the Arts! Ashland Alliance Music Stage 10:30am-12:30pm. Orthodontist Dr. Pardo creates toothbrushing fun at the Kids Corner 9:30-10:30am.  Local organizations are showcased at the Community Table each Saturday.  Ample parking.

AFM continues to encourage visitors to bring their own reusable shopping bags or borrow reusable bags from the Market Host tent. Reusable shopping bags are a convenient and green way to eliminate single-use plastic bags and reduce plastic pollution of landfills. The Town Tent encourages dialogue between Ashland residents and town government departments and committees. Live music, Kid’s Corner, theme days -- all of this is made possible by 20 generous market sponsors, all of whom are local businesses. The all-volunteer market encourages feedback, new ideas, and new volunteers. Ashland High School students, earning Community Service hours, are a driving force for making the market much appreciated by participating vendors.

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Nature

Evening Canoe on the Charles

07.01.17 at 6:00 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adults: $36 Members; $46 Non-Members

Enjoy a paddle down one of the most beautiful stretches of the Charles River, past Medfield State Hospital and up into the Medfield marshes. Watch as the sun sets over the river and listen for the evening sounds of birds, frogs and other creatures. Canoes, paddles, lifejackets, a basic paddling overview & guides are all provided. Pre-registration required. 

Arts & Culture

2017 Music Series Presents Dale LePage & The Manhattans

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

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

Arts & Culture

Free Movies at the Mansion

07.06.17 at 8:30 PM
Lyman Estate
185 Lyman Street
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Free

Summer nights are perfect for an outdoor movie on the Lyman Estate grounds. Historic New England presents E.T. on a big screen in the garden.  From 7:00 to 8:15 p.m., walk the landscape, have a picnic, explore the first floor of the 1793 mansion, or shop at the historic Lyman Estate Greenhouses. At 7:30 p.m. enjoy musical entertainment by the Waltham High School show band. Please bring your own lawn chairs and blankets.  Please call 617-994-5912 for more information.

Alcohol is not permitted. Refreshments, including popcorn, are available for sale. In the event of rain the movie will be shown indoors. Sponsored by East Cambridge Savings Bank, with support from Watertown Savings Bank.

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Nature

Ice Cream and...Frogs

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

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

  • Frogs: July 7
  • Fireflies: July 21
  • Bats: August 11

Nature

Ice Cream and...Fireflies (and frogs and bats) (thru Aug. 11)

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

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

  • Frogs: July 7
  • Fireflies: July 21
  • Bats: August 11 

Arts & Culture

Tribute to Bob Dylan & THE BAND featuring The THE BAND Band

07.07.17 at 8:00 PM - TCAN
14 Summer Street, Natick, MA 01760
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$27 public / $24 members

While iconic roots- rock The Band may be long gone from the stage, The THE BAND Band is keeping their sound and spirit alive and well with authentic, true-to-form renditions of the legendary repertoire. For this special show, this group of veteran musicians will honor Bob Dylan’s recent Nobel prize and the historic relationship between Dylan and THE BAND by performing some Bob Dylan classics including selections from The Basement Tapes collection, the incredible collaboration between Dylan & THE BAND. 

Since 2007, The THE BAND Band has shared the stage with Richie Havens, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Aztec Two-Step, Marshall Crenshaw and more. Individually, they have performed or toured with original members of The Band Rick Danko and Levon Helm; as well as Bruce Springsteen, Chuck Berry, John Hall, Patti Smith, Keith Richards, Steve Forbert, Paul Butterfield, Mike Bloomfield, Roger McGuinn, Maria Muldaur, Genya Ravan, Jimmy Vivino, The Shirelles, and many others.

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Botanical Tattoo Weekend (thru July 9)

07.08.17 at 10:00 AM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
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A celebration of plant-inspired tattoos. There will be tattoo demonstrations, vendors, food trucks, children's crafts, henna artisits, face painting, a tattoo art exhibit, live usic, temporary tattoos, a collaborative art project, hands-on art workshops, and more. Guests may be inspired by Tower Hill's gardens, which will be nearing peak summer form, to plan a future botanical tattoo for themselves.

 

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Fun with Butterflies & Dragonflies

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

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

Nature

The Wonderful World of Butterflies & Dragonflies

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

Damselfly or dragonfly, butterfly or moth? How do you tell the difference? Summer is a great time for a wide variety of butterflies and dragonflies. Why is Broadmoor such a great place to see these animals? What attracts butterflies? Learn about and explore the world of these beautiful flying insects at some of Broadmoor’s hotspots. Pre-registration required. Online registration available.

Other

American Girl at "Wicked"

07.09.17 at 3:30 PM - American Girl
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$130

Treat your girl (ages 8 and up) to the blockbuster musical, "Wicked!"  It's the fascinating story of two unlikely friends in the land of Oz. Your memoriable evening begins with dinner at the American Girl Bistro, then you'll head ot the Boston Opera House for the show.  Includes transportation to and from the Boston Opera House.  Reservations are required and are non-exchangeable and non-refundable. Gratuity not included.

 

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Education & Learning

Workshop: Mindset College Success (thru August 14)

07.10.17 at 6:00 PM - Tatnuck Bookseller
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$395 discounted to $295. Use code College Success

Is your graduate ready to adjust to college life? MindsetGo's interactive workshops offers high school graduates various simulations that they are likely to encounter during their first semester of college. Students will collaborate with peers to practice and develop interpersonal skills makin them better equipped to cope with increased freedom, responsibiity, and relationship changes with family and friends. This workshop is offered on five dates. Choose from July 10, 12, 19; August 7, 14.

 

 

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Arts & Culture

Writing Under The Stars For Women

07.10.17 at 6:30 PM
Kamala SoulCircles
Washington Street, Holliston
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139 new/125 returning and seniors

Are you looking for a fun, laid-back summer experience that will feed your creative soul and spiritual heart? Writing Under The Stars For Women is a three-week creative writing program with an additional bonus (free) fourth-week class for those who want a little bit more or have to miss one of the earlier classes. We will explore the topics of dreams, love, possibilities and aliveness and the songs that inspired the selections of those themes. Week #1: Over The Rainbow (Dreams); Week #2: Heaven Is A Place On Earth (Love); Week #3: Defying Gravity (Possibilities); Week #4: Firework (Aliveness) Plus, free follow-up email about anything you wrote during the program.

Arts & Culture

2017 Music Series Presents Mitch Chakour & Friends

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

Mitch Chakour & Friends will be lighting up the CERES stage on select dates during our 2017 Music Series. Enjoy signature cocktails and fine dining on our outdoor patio oasis, as you enjoy the top local performances in the region.

Recreation & Sports

Summer Morning Canoe on the Charles

07.15.17 at 8:30 AM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adults: $36 Members; $46 Non-Members

Join us for a leisurely morning canoe along the Charles. Listen to bird songs and watch for great blue herons, turtles, and dragonflies as we paddle during the quiet morning hours. Canoes, paddles, lifejackets, a basic paddling overview & guides are all provided. Directions to the meeting location and additional information are included in a link in the registration confirmation email.

Nature

Fun with Butterflies & Dragonflies

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

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

Nature

The Wonderful World of Butterflies & Dragonflies

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

Damselfly or dragonfly, butterfly or moth? How do you tell the difference? Summer is a great time for a wide variety of butterflies and dragonflies. Why is Broadmoor such a great place to see these animals? What attracts butterflies? Learn about and explore the world of these beautiful flying insects at some of Broadmoor’s hotspots. Pre-registration required. 

Arts & Culture

Annual Artwalk

07.20.17 at 5:00 PM - Natick Center
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Free

Natick Center Cultural District is celebrating its 10th season! More than 74 artists will be stationed outside local businesses and studios in Natick Center to share their work. Live music, activities, and special food & drink offerings as part of Natick Restaurant Week, too.

Arts & Culture

2017 Music Series Presents Cara Brindisi with The Russo Brothers

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

What do you get when you combine acoustic singer and songwriter Cara Brindisi’s incredible vocals with the smooth blend of jazz, blues, funk, and Latin styles from The Russo Brothers? A summer evening full of music magic! Visit CERES on select dates to enjoy live performances on our patio and award-winning dining.

Education & Learning

Python Startup Summer Camp

July 24-28, 2017 - theCoderSchool
843 Worcester St, Unit H Natick, MA 01760
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Python Startup (7/24-7/28): We don't have a pet snake for our schools, so we'll settle for introducing you to Python, one of the most popular coding languages today. Start slowly or code fast, this camp is for our intermediate coders - no Python experience necessary! (Ages 10+)

Arts & Culture

Musical Theater at Pakachoag

07.24.17 at 9:00 AM - Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester
203 Pakachoag Street
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$180

SUMMER MUSICAL THEATER Production of Broadway at the Beach for children entering grades 1-5.    Showtime is July 28th at 7pm. For complete information visit us at pakmusic.org, email info@pakmusic.org, or call 508-791-8159.

Community & Celebrations

Annual Holliston Lions' Club Carnival

07.26.17 at 5:00 PM - Holliston High School
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Four days of great carnival rides, prepared food, and games. Fireworks too!

  • Wednesday and Thursday: 5-10pm
  • Friday: 5-11pm
  • Saturday: 1-11pm.  Fireworks at 9:30!

Community & Celebrations

3rd Annual Franklin Cultural Festival (thru July 29)

07.26.17 at 5:30 PM - Downtown Franklin
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The Festival will take place in various locations in downtown Franklin including THE BLACK BOX (inside and outside on its stage), the Brick School, the Historical Museum, the Town Common, the Franklin United Methodist Church, and Franklin High School. The Festival features a variety of presentations and performing arts including groups and or individuals, visual artists, and area restaurants/food service businesses.

Arts & Culture

3rd Annual Arts on the Green

07.27.17 at 5:30 PM - Gardens at Elm Bank
900 Washington Street
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FREE

Join us for our summer music and arts series. Wander the gardens and stroll through our Art Walk of local artists showcasing and selling their work throughout the gardens. Bring a picnic dinner and blanket and enjoy live music on our beautiful grounds. There will also be hands-on family art activities and tours for all. Music by LiveWire Boston, an eclectic mix of jazz, blues, soul, classic rock and bossa. Wine, beer and other beverages will be sold. This event is sponsored by Wellesley Bank Charitable Foundation. 

Arts & Culture

2017 Music Series Presents The Russo Brothers

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

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

Community & Celebrations

Race of the Century

07.29.17 at 8:30 AM - Collings Foundation
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$10-$15

Horses, vintage racecars, flying machines, and carriages are just come of the historical contraptions and transportation modes that race against each other in this unique two-day event.  In addition, the Collings Foundation throws open its doors for you to see an amazing exhibition and display of over 70 vintage automobiles and race cars, historic aircraft, and rare military vehicles.

Education & Learning

Games Are Awesome Summer Camp

07.31.17 - theCoderSchool
843 Worcester St, Unit H Natick, MA 01760
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We'll be using cool drag n' drop languages like Scratch or Snap to create us some cool new and classic games! Aimed at our newbie and novice coders (if you're looking to sign up for two Gaming camps, please contact us first!). (Ages 8-10)

Arts & Culture

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

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

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

Arts & Culture

2017 Music Series Presents Dale LePage & The Manhattans

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

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

Recreation & Sports

Summer Morning Canoe on the Charles

08.05.17 at 8:30 AM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adults: $36 Members; $46 Non-Members

Join us for a leisurely morning canoe along the Charles. Listen to bird songs and watch for great blue herons, turtles and dragonflies as we paddle during the quiet morning hours. Canoes, paddles, lifejackets, a basic paddling overview & guides are all provided. Directions to the meeting location and additional information are included in a link in the registration confirmation email. Pre-registration required. 

Nature

Fun with Butterflies & Dragonflies

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

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

Education & Learning

Girls Code Summer Camp

08.07.17 - theCoderSchool
843 Worcester St, Unit H Natick, MA 01760
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Girls only! In this week long session, girls will brainstorm, design, code and pitch their apps to their teammates. Using drag n' drop languages like Scratch or Snap, girls will create their apps to change the world! Aimed at our newbie and novice coders. (Ages 8+)

Education & Learning

Career and Opportunity Fair

08.10.17 at 6:00 PM - Framingham State University
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free

Resume assistance, interview prep, English-language programs, and employment and education opportunities.  Held in the McCarthy Center Forum.

Arts & Culture

2017 Music Series Presents Dam Chick Singer

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

Celebrate CERES’ 2017 Music Series with refreshing cocktails, al fresco dining, and Dam Chick Singer performing live on select dates!

Arts & Culture

Dragonfly Festival

08.12.17 at 12:00 PM - Mill Pond Park
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Free

Arts! Ashland offers this free outdoor event featuring beautiful sights, rich and varied melodies, diverse voices and rhythms, mixed with the sounds of excited conversation, shared enjoyment, and an ever-expanding host of experiences to capitivate people of all ages.

Food & Drink

Spirit of Hudson Food & Brewfest

08.12.17 at 4:00 PM
Hudson-Concord Elks Lodge
99 Park Street, Hudson, MA
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$25-$45

the 5th Annual Spirit of Hudson moves to the Elks Lodge. Enjoy 175+ craft beers, ciders, and malt beverages from 70+ breweries and enjoy deliciosu food from the area's finest restaurants. Join the Hudson Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley in this great event for two great causes!  VIP ticket gives access at 3pm!  (Must be 21 to attend this event.)

Education & Learning

Python Startup Summer Camp

08.14.17 - theCoderSchool
843 Worcester St, Unit H Natick, MA 01760
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We don't have a pet snake for our schools, so we'll settle for introducing you to Python, one of the most popular coding languages today. Start slowly or code fast, this camp is for our intermediate coders - no Python experience necessary! (Ages 10+)

Arts & Culture

2017 Music Series Presents Dale LePage & The Manhattans

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

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

Community & Celebrations

Multicultural Day

08.26.17 at 12:00 PM - Natick Common
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Free

Presented by Natick Center Associates for the first time, this event will celebrate the various food, music, and cultures found within the different ethnicities in our community.

Arts & Culture

Bill Staines in Concert

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

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

Arts & Culture

Greg Abate Quartet

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

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

Arts & Culture

Steve Sweeney: "Townie"

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

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

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

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Arts & Culture

Railroad House Band

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

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

Community & Celebrations

Heritage Festival

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

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

Arts & Culture

In Concert: Durham County Poets & Pesky J. Nixton

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

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

Arts & Culture

Way Up South with the Kenny Selcer Trio

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

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

Arts & Culture

Arts in Common

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

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

Arts & Culture

Violet Jam presents Sister Hazel

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

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

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

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Community & Celebrations

25th Annual Maynard Community Festival

10.07.17 at 9:00 AM - Downtown Maynard
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free

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

Food & Drink

4th Annual Craftacular

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

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

Community & Celebrations

Harvest Festival

10.14.17 at 12:00 PM - Downtown Franklin
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free

Business and community group booths, games, a YMCA children’s area, delicious food, fall crafts, and live local entertainment will draw thousands of people downtown for a great afternoon with their neighbors. 

Arts & Culture

"Meet the Artists"

10.21.17 at 10:00 AM - Natick Center
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Free

Over 70 artists, all members of Natick Artists Open Studios (NAOS) will open their doors throughout the community during the weekend for the public to meet them, view their work, and enjoy demonstrations and informal conversation.

Community & Celebrations

Holiday Stroll

12.07.17 at 4:00 PM - Downtown Franklin
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free

The family-favorite Holiday Stroll will include a tree-lighting ceremony; visits from Santa, his elves and Mrs. Claus; gift shopping; holiday crafts for kids; live entertainment; and food and drink specials. 

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