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Arts & Culture

DeCordova Overgrowth Exhibition (through Sept. 18)

04.01.16 - deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum
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Drawn from deCordova’s permanent collection, this exhibition features representations of prolific expansion, growth, and mutation found in nature and the built environment. Overgrowth explores how generative growth and additive processes are instrumental to the making of art. The exhibition features painting, sculpture, works on paper, and photography from over forty-five international, national, and New England artists.

Admission: $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for students (13 and up), free for children under 12

*Members, Lincoln residents, and active duty military personnel and their families are admitted for free with proper ID.

 

 

Community & Celebrations

Natick Nights (through Sept. 29)

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

 

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

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Arts & Culture

Exhibit: "Women of Concord" (through Sept. 25)

05.17.16 - Concord Museum
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Women of Concord explores, through objects, the lives of famous and not-so-famous female residents of the town:

--A tea kettle owned by Louisa May Alcott from her days as a Civil War nurse offers a glimpse of her everyday life;

--A periodical from 1837 reveals a near-forgotten story of how two 12-year-old girls – one black and one white -- desegregated Concord’s Bicentennial Parade in 1835;

--A 1705 oak chest passed down through generations of Concord families highlights the role women have played in preserving material culture.

Arts & Culture

Music on the Deck weekly series (through Aug. 25)

05.26.16 - Egan's Pub
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Every Thursday evening through the summer, enjoy live music, 6-9pm, on the deck of Egan's Pub at New England Country Club.

Recreation & Sports

Wings & Wheels (through Aug. 25)

06.02.16 - MInuteman Air Field
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5-8pm every Thursday evening (except July 9)

Planes and cars! Each Thursday evening, different speciality cars will be featured. Mingle with fellow car and plane enthusiasts of all ages.  Great food from Nancy's at the Airfield, including wood-fired pizza, burgers, libations, etc. Leashed pets allowed.  Great photo opportunities!

 

Arts & Culture

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

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

Arts & Culture

Annual Juried Exhibition (through Aug. 21)

06.19.16 - Danforth Art
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This highly-anticipated exhibition is a showcase of diverse styles and remarkable talent, featuring 134 artists in New England and beyond. One hundred forty two works in all media were selected by Danforth Art Curator and 2016 Juror Jessica Roscio from a pool of over 400 submissions. About half of the artists selected are new to this annual exhibition. This is the last exhibition to be held at the Museum’s current location before the organization must vacate the Danforth Building this fall.

Food & Wine

Maynard Farmers Market (through Sept. 24)

06.25.16 - Downtown Maynard
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The Market features locally grown and made products including fruits, vegetables, herbs, cheese, eggs, chicken, meat, bread, baked goods, coffee, honey, wine, perennial and annual plants, and cut flowers. The 2016 market season runs Saturdays through September 24, 9am-1pm, in the Mill Pond parking lot on Main St (near intersection with Sudbury Street).

Arts & Culture

Aimee Baldwin Exhibit: "Enduring Blooms" (through July 24)

06.28.16 - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
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A self-taught artist from the Bay Area who specializes in what she calls “vegan taxidermy,” Aimee Baldwin creates botanical and bird sculpture from crepe paper. Her work was most recently featured in "Gardens Illustrated Magazine". Her exhibit presents an herbarium of her sculpture, showing a selection of flowers and plants found in the last days of summer during an inspiring visit to Tower Hill. See her work at vegantaxidermy.com.  All exhibits are included in the cost of admission.

Arts & Culture

Historic Craft Classes July 2016 (through July 31)

07.08.16 - Old Sturbridge Village
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9am-4pm.  Spend some time at OSV learning a historical craft. Formerly known as Crafts at Close Range, these adult workshops vary from blacksmithing to textiles, coopering, foodways, and more. Come and try your hand at a craft and take home your finished masterpiece! Unless otherwise specified, workshops will be held in the Museum Education building. This July, classes are available in Forging the Blacksmith’s Toolkit (July 8-10), Making a Ladder-Back Chair (July 11-15), and Making a Shaving Horse (July 29-31).

Recreation & Sports

Ice Cream and...Frogs and Bats (through Aug. 5)

07.08.16 - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
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7:30-9pm.  What's better than ice cream on a summer night? Why not add a little fun outdoor exploration? Join the adventure as we look for flashing fireflies, listen for the songs of frogs and katydids and use a "bat detector" to find our local bats. Frogs: July 8 Fireflies: July 22 Bats: August 5.  Pre-registration required. Online registration available. Adult $12 Members/ $14 Non-Members, Child $7m/ $9nm

Other

Farmers Market- Daniels Farmstead

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

Time: 11am to 3pm

Education & Learning

Film miniseries: the Brain (through July 26)

07.14.16 - Ashland Library
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The Ashland Documentary Film & Discussion Series will conclude its six-part miniseries with “Why Do I Need You?” on Thursday, July 14, and “Who Will We Be?” on Tuesday, July 26. The films, from the PBS series “The Brain with Dr. David Eagleman,” will be show at 7pm. The public is invited to attend and stay for discussion.

 

Other

Lily Show

07.23.16 - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
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Discover new hybrids and classic varieties. Presented by the New England Lily Society. Free with admission to Tower Hill Botanic Garden.  Lily show hours: 1-5pm on July 23 and 10am-4pm on July 24.

 

Other

Luminarium Outdoor Dance Performance

07.24.16 - Wayside Inn
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At 12:00, 1:30, and 3:00pm, the Grist Mill at historic Wayside Inn presents three, 4-minute performances of dance and live music (cello and voice) to celebrate the Inn's tricentennial. It's free and family-friendly, and everything from the choreography to the music was created specficially in honor of the Inn's 300th anniversary.

 

Recreation & Sports

Nature and Nurture with Miss Bernadette

07.24.16 - The Discovery Museum
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10:30am to 11:15 am. Come and explore the great outdoors! We'll sing songs, take a nature walk, read a story or make a craft! Each class is designed to help discover the wonders of nature with your child. All ages are welcome, but activities are designed for 2-4 year olds. Please wear footwear and clothing that allow you to play safely and comfortably outdoors. Event included in museum admission of $12.50.

Recreation & Sports

American Girl at the Boston Red Sox

07.25.16 - American Girl
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Take your girl out to the ballgame by joining American Girl for a fun-filled night with the Boston Red Sox! Purchase a VIP ticket at www.redsox.com/americangirl and participate in a VIP experience, visit the mobile Doll Hair Salon, eat great food, and receive doll sized Boston Red Sox t-shirt and a special offer. Purchase a regular priced American Girl Theme Night ticket and receive a free doll-sized Boston Red Sox t-shirt and a special offer while supplies last! Reservations required throught the link above. Transportation not included. For girls 8 and up.

Food & Wine

Wine Tasting and Floral Arrangement Class

07.26.16 - Heritage of Sherborn
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6:30-8:30pm:  Alice's Table hosts events at local restaurants and bars that bring woman together to learn new skills, while living social and creative lifestyles. CWP and Alice's Table are teaming up for a wine-tasting and floral arrangement class! All the tools are provided and you leave with a gorgeous flower arrangement and the skills to create your own at home. All the wine sampled will be offered for a 10% discount. Tickets can be purchased online. $65/person.  http://www.heritageofsherborn.com/upcomingevents/

Arts & Culture

Watercolors in Nature: Summer

07.26.16 - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
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4-6pm:  Let nature inspire you! Bring your own painting wish list!  All levels welcome.  Join us for this special series of late-afternoon classes this summer for that beautiful golden light! This is an ongoing series. Students may join at any time during the year. Instructions and Directions: Pre-registration required. Online registration available. Additional information, including a supply list and new student questionnaire are included in a link in the confirmation email. Adults: $24 Members; $30 Non-Members

Arts & Culture

"Celtic Dreams" Concert on Chelmsford Common

07.26.16 - Chelmsford Town Common
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The Chelmsford Community Band continues its rich tradition of providing free summer performances on Chelmsford Common this with a concert designed to transport you to the British Isles, directed by Lucinda Ellert. Spread your blanket on the grass or bring your lawn chairs to enjoy the music with the whole family; the program will start at 7pm. If it rains, follow the music indoors to the Chelmsford Center for the Arts. Founded in 1972, the Chelmsford Community Band is proud of its history of bringing live performances to the area. Visit them on the web at www.chelmsfordband.org or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

Education & Learning

Fairyborough (through July 30)

07.26.16 - The Discovery Museum
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11am-4pm. Welcome to Fairyborough – the little city with a big future! Design, build, and explore a mysterious forest environment of fairy houses, gnome homes, and sprite skyscrapers, constructed completely out of natural materials and creativity. This changing and evolving temporary space will be put together by staff and visitors over the course of 5 days. Event included in museum admission of $12.50.

Community & Celebrations

2nd Annual Franklin Cultural Festival

07.27.16 - Downtown Franklin
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The four day festival begins at 5 pm, Wednesday, July 27th on the Franklin Town Common with children’s activities including face painting, sidewalk chalk painting and block printing.  Members of the Franklin Art Association will facilitate all art-related activities.  The opening ceremony will begin at 5:45 PM followed by Concerts on the Common with Electric Youth performing at the Town Common gazebo.

Events continue Thursday through Saturday, including theater, music, art and food.  Check the website at www.franklinsculturalfestival.org and Facebook at www.facebook.com/franklinculturalfestival for more information. 

Other

WellieWishers Painting Party at American Girl

07.28.16 - American Girl
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8:45am:  The WellieWishers are five sweet and silly friends who want to do good deeds—and your girl can bring their colorful world to life at a painting party! Led by an instructor from Palettes, girls will create their own WellieWishers-themed paintings, which they can take home. After the painting session, we’ll serve a snack. Paint and other materials will be provided.  $32 per person, reservations required, For girls ages 5 and up with an accompanying adult

Arts & Culture

The Davis ReDiscovered: Summer Film Series 2016 - "Raiders of the Lost Ark"

07.28.16 - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
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The Davis may be closed this summer as we reinstall our galleries, but that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing to see! Take advantage of the warm summer nights to watch our favorite movies featuring museums on the Davis Plaza. Each screening starts at dusk, but you’re welcome to join us beginning at 7pm for art-making and to claim your spot (BYO folding chairs and blankets). Admission and popcorn are free; ice cream and beer will be for sale (cash only).

Other

Jojo the Magician: Summertime on the Centre Common Series

07.28.16 - Edgell Memorial Library
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10:30-11:30am:  Join the Framingham History Center for our fourth year of summertime fun with family programming ranging from family zumba to Jojo the Magician! These programs are FREE and open to the public.  Young local magician will perform an astounding show for ages 1 to 12. This performance will amaze you! Located at the Edgell Memorial Library (3 Oak Street). Suggested age 8 and under, unless otherwise specified. Snacks will be provided. 

Rain or shine, at the air-conditioned Edgell Memorial Library, 3 Oak Street, or the Historic Village Hall, 2 Oak Street, Framingham. Visit us and then head over to the Framingham Farmer’s Market at 12 p.m. on the Centre Common. This series is sponsored by Eastern Bank.

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Arts & Culture

Arts on the Green

07.28.16 - Elm Bank Reservation
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Join us for our summer music and arts series at The Gardens at Elm Bank, 5:30-8pm. This evening will feature an Art Walk of artists showcasing their work throughout the gardens. It is a chance for the community to buy original art from the artists who make it and enjoy the gardens in their summer splendor. Stroll the gardens and enjoy live music. Bring a picnic, and chair or blanket. There will also be activities and tours for all. Wine will be sold. Admission is free to Massachusetts  Horticultural Society members, $8 for non-members, free to children under 12. Join Mass Hort at the entrance and gain free admission. 

If you are interested in being one of our showcased artists on our Art Walk, please go to www.masshort.org/events or email Amy Rodrigues at amyrodrigues2@aol.com. This event is sponsored by Wellesley Bank Charitable Foundation.

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Arts & Culture

Catie Curtis & Maia Sharp

07.29.16 - TCAN
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8pm: Folk-rock goddess, Catie Curtis, and Los Angeles songwriter, Maia Sharp offer a potpourri of folk, pop, country and rock, with addictive melodies and high energy. Find tickets and information at natickarts.org | box office: 508-647-0097

Food & Wine

Annual Craft Beer Festival

07.29.16 - Wayside Inn
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6-9:30pm.  Beers from Jack's Abby, Clown Shoes, Battle Road Brewing, Sam Adams, and Berkshire Brewing.  Call 978-443-1776 for tickets IN ADVANCE.  $25 includes all-you-can-eat "tavern foods" and beers are $3. Live music.

Arts & Culture

Follow in the Nature Journaling Footsteps of Henry David Thoreau

07.30.16 - Concord Museum
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9:30am-12:30pm. Artist Clare Walker Leslie shares easy and fun ways to keep a nature journal using both writing and drawing. Visit the grounds of the Concord Museum and a replica of Thoreau’s cabin, observing and recording plants, trees, insects, birds, sky, weather, and seasonal changes – all the time thinking about how Concord has changed (or stayed the same) since Henry David Thoreau's day. Paper and drawing supplies will be provided. Cost is $20 for Concord Museum members and $25 for nonmembers and includes museum admission and the special exhibition N. C. Wyeth’s Men of Concord. Ages 10 and up are welcome. Register online www.concordmuseum.org or call 978-369-9763, ext. 216.

Food & Wine

Ashland Farmers Market - Dog Day

07.30.16 - Ashland Library
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Find us on the green across from Ashland Public Library between 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Bring your four-legged friend to the market and check out the special services, events and treats for them. All dogs must be crowd friendly, on leash, and well behaved to participate in the Dog Parade. Ribbons will be awarded by the judges. For non-canine-loving customers, come early to shop. Dog craft with Samali Perera-Charvet will be at the Kid’s Corner 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. There will be several dog services and vendors in attendance, including Ashland Animal Hospital, Best Friends Pet Care, Baypath Humane Society, and Ashland Pet Concierge. At the Music Stage, Centre Music House showcase. Bring your own reusable shopping bags or borrow ours. Join a fun, family destination in downtown Ashland every Saturday through October 8, rain or shine. Use additional parking at the Town Hall lot. SNAP customers can take advantage of up to $20 per person SNAP match.

Arts & Culture

James Montgomery Band

07.30.16 - TCAN
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8pm: Grammy-nominated blues legend and harmonica master James Montgomery and his band play with their hearts and souls in every performance and have the best time on stage. Find tickets and information at natickarts.org | box office: 508-647-0097

Arts & Culture

Sunset Jazz Concert Series

07.30.16 - Hopkinton Center for the Arts
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7-8:30pm:  Enjoy the FREE outdoor Jazz concert series at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts. The Nate Aronow Group performs in this Saturday’s Sunset Jazz Concert Series. The Nate Aronow Nextet presents an energetic and varied show of innovative original and cover Jazz, Latin, R&B and funky grooves, including hits from Nate’s latest CD “Xpression”. Led by Nate on keys, the band features some of Boston’s hottest cool players: Doug Sondak – Alto Sax and Flute, Craig Hlady – guitar, Dave McQ – bass, and Brendan Byrnes – drums. To learn more, visit http://www.aronowmusic.com/.

Arts & Culture

Tribute to THE BAND, featuring The THE BAND Band

07.30.16 - TCAN
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Two shows:  one at 4:30 pm and one at 7:00 pm $24 Advance - $27 at the door. While the iconic roots rock group 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. This group of veteran musicians showcases the astounding breadth and depth of THE BAND’s distinctively original Americana music with classics such as "Up on Cripple Creek," "The Weight," and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," as well as deeper cuts from THE BAND’s vast catalog. The The THE BAND Band draws their set list from THE BAND’s seminal period - from Big Pink to The Last Waltz - capturing the sound and spirit of their live performances and bringing the songs to life again. This is not your ordinary tribute band. 

George Walsh, host of WCWP Radio's 'Knockin' on Dylan's Door' said, "The THE BAND Band really nails it. Their shows recapture the incredible vibe that was unique to THE BAND." And Rex Fowler of renowned folk-rock duo Aztec Two-Step states, “Sadly we'll never see or hear THE BAND perform live again, but if you want a close second and want to be transformed by the magic and spirit of THE BAND’S music….The THE BAND Band…delivers BIG TIME.” Since 2007, The THE BAND Band has shared the stage with notables Richie Havens, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Aztec Two-Step, Marshall Crenshaw and more. The individual band members have performed or toured with original Band members Rick Danko and Levon Helm, as well as Bruce Springsteen, Chuck Berry, John Hall, Patti Smith, Keith Richards, Steve Forbert, Paul Butterfield, Mike Bloomfield, Roy Rogers, Roger McGuinn, Robbie Dupree, Max Weinberg, Clarence Clemons, Willie Nile, Maria Muldaur, Genya Ravan, Jimmy Vivino, The Shirelles, and many others.

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Recreation & Sports

Race of the Century!

07.30.16 - Collings Foundation
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The Collings Foundation hosts two days of entertaining races with horses, hybrids, flying machines, stagecoaches, bicycles, and vintage automobiles against each other. See an amazing exhibition and display of historical carriages, carts, and horses, transportation contraptions, steam engines, aircraft, and military equipment, including vintage tanks.The collection is open both days 8:30am-4:30pm. Races begin at 1pm.  $15 adults, $10 children 12 and under. Special attraction: take a 20-minute flight in a WWII PT-17! Call to reserve a flight: 978-562-9182 

Arts & Culture

Learn to Paint Russian Icons: 6-day workshop

08.01.16 - Museum of Russian Icons
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9am-4pm. The Museum of Russian Icons has the honor of hosting the renowned Prosopon School of Iconology for an intensive six-day course on icon writing. Under the guidance of master iconographer Vladislav Andrejev, students will study the technique of icon painting in egg tempera on a gessoed board. By the end of the course students will have completed their own icon of Archangel Michael. Tuition includes instruction, all materials (including the board, pigments, and gold leaf), and an illustrated workbook. 

Members $900, Nonmembers $995

Register by calling 978.598.5000 x121 or email rkelly@museumofrussianicons.org

Arts & Culture

Watercolors in Nature: Summer

08.02.16 - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
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4-6pm:  Let nature inspire you! Bring your own painting wish list!  All levels welcome.  Join us for this special series of late-afternoon classes this summer for that beautiful golden light! This is an ongoing series. Students may join at any time during the year. Instructions and Directions: Pre-registration required. Online registration available. Additional information, including a supply list and new student questionnaire are included in a link in the confirmation email. Adults: $24 Members; $30 Non-Members

Arts & Culture

Jazz Concert on Chelmsford Common

08.02.16 - Chelmsford Town Common
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The Chelmsford Community Band continues its rich tradition of providing free summer performances on Chelmsford Common with a concert of jazz and swing standards performed by the Jazz Ensemble and directed by Art Bakopolus. Spread your blanket on the grass or bring your lawn chairs to enjoy the music with the whole family; the program will start at 7pm. If it rains, follow the music indoors to the Chelmsford Center for the Arts. Founded in 1972, the Chelmsford Community Band is proud of its history of bringing live performances to the area. Visit them on the web at www.chelmsfordband.org or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

Arts & Culture

First Tuesday

08.02.16 - Skinner Auctioneers & Appraisers
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1:30-4pm.  Beat the heat at Skinner's monthly open consignment day. Discover the value of your art and antiques. Specialties include Fine Art, Photographs, Jewelry and Musical Instruments. First come, first served. No appointment necessary. Limit of 3 objects per person.

Recreation & Sports

Family & Me Zumba: Summertime on the Centre Common Series

08.04.16 - Historic Village Hall
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10:30-11:30am: Join the Framingham History Center for our fourth year of summertime fun with family programming! These programs are FREE and open to the public.  A combination of fast and slow dances, games and musical obstacles for parents and children 3-6 years! No prior experience needed.  *The Historic Village Hall (2 Oaks Street) is not handicapped accessible. Snacks will be provided. The series is sponsored by Eastern Bank. 

Visit us and then head over to the Framingham Farmer’s Market at 12 p.m. on the Centre Common.

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Food & Wine

Ashland Farmers Market Olympics

08.06.16 - Ashland Farmers Market
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9am-1pm:  Join us at 125 Front Street, on the green across from Ashland Public Library The Ashland MOMS Club will bring Olympic Games to the Kid’s Corner from 9:30 a.m. Free concert by Always in Season bluegrass band from 10:30 to 12:30 p.m. Shop 27-plus tents of local farmers, bakers, specialty food makers, and artisans. Remember to bring your reusable shopping bag or borrow ours; eradicate plastic at the market. Join a fun, family destination in downtown Ashland every Saturday through October 8, rain or shine. SNAP customers get up to an extra $20 per person SNAP match. Information: www.AshlandFarmersMarket.org

Arts & Culture

Redcoats & Rebels (through August 7)

08.06.16 - Old Sturbridge Village
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See the largest military re-enactment in New England with nearly 1,000 soldiers portraying British, Irish, Spanish, Scottish, French and Colonial troops. The Village is transformed into a military camp from the time of the War for Independence, as it was known in early New England. Come see what it was really like for those who fought to win America's freedoms. Watch mock battles and skirmishes, tour the British and American camps, listen to martial music, learn about the daily life of a Revolutionary War solider, see a cannon demonstration, visit the battlefield hospital, and so much more. On Saturday, you can stay for special extended hours. The Village grounds (excluding historic buildings) will be open until 8pm and visitors can mingle with troops in their camps 5-8pm. There is no additional charge for the evening program. (The Village will close at its normal time, 5pm, on Sunday.)

Other

Paw Patrol Party with Marshall

08.06.16 - Jam Time
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Another event added in Maynard by popular demand! Come enjoy a morning of playtime, munchkins to snack on, a Paw Patrol craft, and a visit from Marshall! Doors open at 9:30am. No reservations needed, just show up! FREE with normal playground admission of $10 per child. $5 for pass and class members. Don't forget that kids and adults must wear socks at Jam Time. This event is at the Maynard location at 86 Powder Mill Road in Maynard.

Arts & Culture

Summer Photography Workshop: Focus on Butterflies, Wildflowers & more

08.06.16 - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
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9am-12pm:  Summer fields and woodlands are full of great opportunities to photograph butterflies, other insects and wildflowers. Learn from a pro how to use natural light, perspective, depth of field and other field techniques to capture images that bring the viewer right into this special world. Small class size for individual attention. Tripod recommended. Pre-registration required. Online registration available. Adults $55 Members, $65 Non-Members 

Other

Fun with Butterflies & Dragonflies

08.06.16 - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
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1-2:30pm:  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. Adult $11 Members/ $13 Non-Members, Child $6m/ $8nm

Other

The Wonderful World of Butterflies & Dragonflies

08.06.16 - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
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2:30-4pm:  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? Come and explore the world of these beautiful flying insects at some of Broadmoor’s hotspots. Pre-registration required. Online registration available. Adults: $12 Members; $15 Non-Members

Arts & Culture

Sunset Jazz Concert Series

08.06.16 - Hopkinton Center for the Arts
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7-8:30pm: Enjoy the FREE outdoor Jazz concert series at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts. Stoney’s Wicked Din is a 10-piece band led by drummer Al Stone, and featuring vocalist Steve Faria. They play an eclectic mix of jazz, swing, soul, blues, latin, R&B, and much more. To learn more, visit http://www.StoneysWickedDin.com

Arts & Culture

"Terpsichorean Delights" concert on Chelmsford Common

08.09.16 - Chelmsford Town Common
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The Chelmsford Community Band continues its rich tradition of providing free summer performances on Chelmsford Common with a concert inspired by the joys of movement and dance, directed by Lucinda Ellert. Spread your blanket on the grass or bring your lawn chairs to enjoy the music with the whole family; the program will start at 7pm. If it rains, follow the music indoors to the Chelmsford Center for the Arts. Founded in 1972, the Chelmsford Community Band is proud of its history of bringing live performances to the area. Visit them on the web at www.chelmsfordband.org or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

Arts & Culture

Tiffanie Turn exhibit (through Sept. 18)

08.09.16 - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
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San Francisco artist Tiffanie Turner, originally

 from New Hampshire, brings her extremely large scale paper representations of flowers to Tower Hill from Aug. 9 to Sept. 18. Turner, who has been profiled in "Oprah" and "Vogue" magazines, explores nature and botany in her art. See her work at papelsf.com.  All exhibits are included in the cost of admission.

“My work stems from my background

 as an architect, particularly my interest in how things are made and the use of repetitive elements, along with my lifelong obsession with flowers and botanical drawings,” she says. 

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Education & Learning

Education through the Lens of Space

08.11.16 - Christa McAuliffe Center
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As part of a four-day conference, the public and educators are invited to a full day of panels and workshops held in FSU's McCarthy Forum in the Campus Center.

  • 9-10:30am: A Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary Approach to Space Exploration, with panalists from NASA, FSU faculty, and Natick Soldier Systems.
  • 10:45-11:45am: Sports on the Moon
  • 1-2:30pm: The Future of Space Exploration and its Impact on STEM Education
  • 3-4pm: Open House at McAuliffe Center

$50 registration includes lunch and 8.5 professional development points

Arts & Culture

The Davis ReDiscovered: Summer Film Series 2016 - "Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief"

08.11.16 - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
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The Davis may be closed this summer as we reinstall our galleries, but that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing to see! Take advantage of the warm summer nights to watch our favorite movies featuring museums on the Davis Plaza. Each screening starts at dusk, but you’re welcome to join us beginning at 7pm for art-making and to claim your spot (BYO folding chairs and blankets). Admission and popcorn are free; ice cream and beer will be for sale (cash only).

Arts & Culture

American Girl Terrariums with Palettes

08.12.16 - American Girl
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4:45pm:  You and your girl can make a sweet little green space for inside your home: a gorgeous terrarium! First, the two of you will enjoy an early dinner in our Bistro. Then, led by an instructor from Palettes, attendees will create a terrarium—including one succulent plant, colored sand, and other special accents. All materials will be provided. Reservations required. 877-247-5223.  For girls ages 8 and up. $40 per attendee.

Recreation & Sports

Summer Morning Canoe on the Charles

08.13.16 - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
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8:30-11:30am:  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. Instructions and Directions: Pre-registration required. Online registration available. 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.  Adults: $36 Members; $46 Non-Members

Community & Celebrations

Dragonfly Festival of Ashland

08.13.16 - Mill Pond Park
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Free and open to the public, 2-8:30pm: a day of performance, culture & celebration. Join us for fun, food, friends, floating fires, family, arts, and live music, including James Montgomery, Crocodile River Music, and the Chili Brothers.

Food & Wine

Ashland Farmers Market

08.13.16 - Ashland Farmers Market
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9am-1pm: Join us at 125 Front Street, on the green across from Ashland Public Library. Kid’s Corner offers miniature golf by Putts and More from 9:30 a.m. Free concert by Amazing Things performers 10:30 to 12:30 p.m. Shop 27-plus tents of local farmers, bakers, specialty food makers, and artisans. Remember to bring your reusable shopping bag or borrow ours; eradicate plastic at the market. Join a fun, family destination in downtown Ashland every Saturday through October 8, rain or shine. SNAP customers get up to an extra $20 per person SNAP match. 

Food & Wine

Spirit of Hudson Food & BrewFest

08.13.16 - Downtown Hudson
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Experience tasting over 130 crafted beers from 47+ Breweries & enjoy delicious food from the area's finest restaurants!

Time: 3pm to 7pm

Prices

Advance for food - $15     Advance for both - $30

Day of for food - $20         Day of for both - $40

*Avidian Bank Parking Lot

Community & Celebrations

Northborough 250th Anniversary Family Fun Day

08.14.16 - Ellsworth-McAfee Park
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1-4pm. Fun and games for the whole family, including Sudbury Militia Encampment, Native American songs and dance, a bicycle and stroller parade, and more!

Food & Wine

First Annual Farm Dinner

08.16.16 - Heritage of Sherborn
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Join us for Heritage's first-ever Farm Dinner at 6:30 for $65 per person. Enjoy a 5-course, farm-inspired menu with a beverage pairing that showcases and supports our favorite local producers and farmers. This dinner will be located on our lawn, weather permitting.

Arts & Culture

"Spotlight Showcase" Concert on Chelmsford Common

08.16.16 - Chelmsford Town Common
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The Chelmsford Community Band continues its rich tradition of providing free summer performances on Chelmsford Common with a concert shining a spotlight on featured soloists and small groups, including guest vocalists Jeanne Masterman and Laurie Oliver, directed by Lucinda Ellert. Spread your blanket on the grass or bring your lawn chairs to enjoy the music with the whole family; the program will start at 7pm. If it rains, follow the music indoors to the Chelmsford Center for the Arts. Founded in 1972, the Chelmsford Community Band is proud of its history of bringing live performances to the area. Visit them on the web at www.chelmsfordband.org or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

Arts & Culture

Day Trip to Peabody Essex Museum

08.16.16 - Natick Community-Senior Center
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$14 per person includes museum admission, self-guided visit and bus. Bus departs Natick Community Senior Center (117 East Central St) at 9:30 am. Enjoy this stunning world class museum with displays of American Art, Maritime Art, Asian Art focusing on the vibrant trade from Salem & East India Company and Asia in the 1800s. Lunch is on your own with options of the Atrium Café with casual dining in the grand atrium and reasonably priced choice of soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts. The Garden Restaurant is also available with a more extensive menu and sit-down lunch service. With Special Exhibit American Impressionist: Childe Hassam and the Isles of Shoals. Bus will arrive back in Natick 3:30pm. REGISTER on Community Pass or come by Natick Community Senior Center with cash or check payable to the ‘Town of Natick’. The $14 registration fee is non-refundable.

Arts & Culture

Textile Weekend

08.20.16 - Old Sturbridge Village
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Each year, Old Sturbridge Village explores a different aspect of 19th-century textiles. This year’s theme is quilts. During Textile Weekend, from 9:30am to 5pm both days, you can see a variety of handmade artifact and reproduction quilts and quilted items such as petticoats, hoods, pockets, and bed quilts. Watch demonstrations of quilting techniques such as piecing from the early 19th century New England up close. Piecing is the process of cutting and sewing small pieces of fabric together to create a decorative pattern. Learn how to do paper piecing for a hexagonal quilt. Attend a gallery talks such as "Practical and Pleasing: Quilting in the 19th Century" and "Piecing it all Together: A Timeline of New England's Early Quilts." This weekend is a great opportunity to learn the history of quilts and quilt-making and perhaps be inspired with quilt designs to incorporate in modern projects!

Food & Wine

Ashland Farmers Market Farm Day

08.20.16 - Ashland Farmers Market
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9am-1pm: Join us at 125 Front Street, on the green across from Ashland Public Library. Come and enjoy young animals from Justin Brown’s Newfound Farm in Holliston and Angel Hair Alpacas, and farm tractors. Free concert by Jesse Hanson and Friends at the Arts Ashland Alliance Music Stage from 10:30 to 12:30 p.m. Shop 27-plus tents of local farmers, bakers, specialty food makers, and artisans. Remember to bring your reusable shopping bag or borrow ours; eradicate plastic at the market. Join a fun, family destination in downtown Ashland every Saturday through October 8, rain or shine. SNAP customers get up to an extra $20 per person SNAP match. 

Community & Celebrations

3rd Annual Sudbury Family Town Fair

08.20.16 - Heritage Park
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Activities for the WHOLE Family: Kids carnival games with AMAZING TOY TENT! Face painting, tattooing, balloon animal making, tons of vendors each with FREE mini-activities for kids and more!

Our events are always FREE to attend.

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Time: 10am to 4pm

 

Arts & Culture

Bus trip to Larz Anderson Auto Museum

08.24.16 - Natick Community-Senior Center
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Bus departs the Community Senior Center at 9:30am and returns at 12pm.  Register in Community Pass. There is a $4 non-refundable registration fee. Senior admission $5. You will be responsible for paying your admission. You may bring snacks/water on the bus. The Museum is housed in the opulent carriage house first built by wealthy Bostonians Larz and Isabel Anderson. It is now home to the Anderson Motorcar Collection as well as revolving exhibits featuring rare automobiles, automobilia, automotive artwork and vintage fashion. Nestled in 64 beautiful acres of Larz Anderson Park, the Museum is home to “America’s Oldest Car Collection”.

Arts & Culture

Authors Tess Gerritsen and Hank Phillipi Ryan in Conversation

08.24.16 - Bacon Free Library
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7-8pm.  Come listen to these two acclaimed authors as they discuss the challenges and triumphs of writing mysteries! When Hank was at the Bacon Free Library in February, she offered to “interview” Tess, who said that Hank is one of the best interviewers around. It is going to be EPIC!

Arts & Culture

Cirque du Soleil OVO

08.25.16 - Verizon Wireless Arena
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Cirque du Soleil returns to Manchester, New Hampshire with OVO, its newest touring show in arenas. The production will be presented at Verizon Wireless Arena, for six performances only, as part of a global tour in arenas around North America. OVO, meaning “egg” in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives. It is love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye – and the feeling is mutual. 

The cast of OVO is comprised of 50 performing artists from 12 countries specializing in many acrobatic acts. One highlight of OVO is the stunning Flying Act in which a group of scarabs soar high above the stage, from both edges to the middle landing on a platform. Tickets start at $35.00. The company has brought wonder and delight to more than 160 million spectators in more than 400 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil

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Food & Wine

Ashland Farmers Market

08.27.16 - Ashland Farmers Market
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9am-1pm: Join us at 125 Front Street, on the green across from Ashland Public Library.  Bring your dull knives, garden tools and scissors for sharpening with Patti of On the Edge Knife Sharpening, who comes the 4th Saturday of each month. Free concert of world music with Acoustic Breezes, 10:30am-12:30pm at the Arts Ashland Alliance Music Stage. The Ashland Garden Club will lead a gardening activity at the Kid’s Corner 9:30-10:30am. Shop 27-plus tents of local farmers, bakers, specialty food makers, and artisans. Remember to bring your reusable shopping bag or borrow ours; eradicate plastic at the market. Join a fun, family destination in downtown Ashland every Saturday through October 8, rain or shine. SNAP customers get up to an extra $20 per person SNAP match. 

Community & Celebrations

Family Fun Days

09.03.16 - Old Sturbridge Village
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9:30am-5pm. Bring the whole family and celebrate Labor Day Weekend with games and excitement for everyone! Attendees can play baseball the way early New Englanders did, make a craft, join a game of French & English (tug of war), meet the oxen in training, try your hand at marbling paper, see a puppet show, watch a toy fire-balloon flight, visit the Freeman Farm, stop and see craftsmen at work, and much more. Special performances will include a 19th-century magic show with Bob Olson, a performance by the Old Sturbridge Village Singers, and learn a dance with the Old Sturbridge Village Dancers. $28 Adults, $26 Seniors (55+), $14 Youths (3-17), Children 2 & Under FREE, Woo card discounts available

Education & Learning

Lecture & Demonstration: Indian Aesthetics in a Global Context

09.07.16 - Newhouse Center for the Humanities
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6-9pm. Free.  this lecture and demonstration, entitled "Indian Aesthetics in a Global Context: Rasa, the Conveyor Belt of Emotions," is part of the Newhouse Center's fall series of events that draw from and reflect on Indian aesthetics. Rahul Vohra is a Mumbai-based actor, director, and producer who specializes in Indian folk and classical arts, global theater, cinema, and aesthetics. In 1988, he founded, and became the coordinator of, Sarthi, an organization that addresses the basic rights of traditional artists and artisans. From within his own performing arts and production company, Apostrophe 99, Rahul has directed troupes from all across India, showcasing their work around the globe in France, Spain, Reunion Island, and Hong Kong. 

For his achievements in the arts, the French government inducted Rahul into the prestigious Order of Arts and Letters, naming him a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2014.

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Education & Learning

Russia NOW: The Current State of the Former Soviet Union

09.08.16 - Wellesley College
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8pm in the Margaret Clapp Library Lecture Room. President Vladimir Putin’s popularity continues to soar as the Russian economy—always dependent upon the price of oil—moves towards stagnation, and Russians experience a steady decline in incomes longer than any previous decline in the past 20 years. The Kremlin continues its honeymoon with China, a dangerous sparring with the U.S. and Europe, and energetic initiatives in Syria. This year’s annual Russian Area Studies faculty panel on “Russia NOW” will explore issues of Russian politics, society, and national identity and Russia’s place in our ever more explosive world. Panelists include Thomas Hodge of the Russian Department; Igor Logvinenko of the Department of Political Science, and Nina Tumarkin of the Department of History.

Arts & Culture

Martin Barre Band - An Evening of Blues, Rock & Jethro Tull

09.08.16 - TCAN
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8pm: For the past five years Martin has toured the world with his own band to play the "classic" music from the Jethro Tull catalogue, and also many new tracks written by Martin from his albums AWAY WITH WORDS and ORDER OF PLAY, plus his latest album, BACK TO STEEL. Find tickets and information at natickarts.org | box office: 508-647-0097

Food & Wine

First Annual Colonial Cider Festival & Pig Roast

09.09.16 - Wayside Inn
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Please join us at at 6pm for our First Annual Colonial Cider Festival to help celebrate America's most beloved beverage! All proceeds will be used to support the restoration of the Wayside Inn cider mill.  A $65 ticket includes pig roast, cider (hard and soft), a handmade commemorative mug, tours, and music/dancing into the evening. Local brewers from Downeast Cider, Angry Orchard, Stormalong, Lookout Farms, and Harpoon will be providing tastings until 9pm.

Arts & Culture

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (thru Sept. 25)

09.09.16 - AFD Theatre
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Performances at 4pm and 8pm.  In hilarious, touching, and catchy songs, contestants reveal their hopes, struggles, and passions as they make their way through the spelling bee. Nominated for six Tony Awards, the “effortlessly endearing” (New York Times) play pulls selected audience members into the action onstage. This production features local quirks that keep it fresh and lively. $25

Community & Celebrations

3rd Annual Sudbury Farmers Market & Town Fair

09.10.16 - Heritage Park
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Local Farms selling produce, farm raised meats, fresh fruits & Veggies, fish, desserts & More!

Come and enjoy our many planned activities..including alpacas, petting zoo, pony rides 7 farm games

Time: 10am to 4pm

Arts & Culture

Ellis Paul in concert

09.10.16 - TCAN
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8pm:  With a whopping 15 Boston Music Awards under his belt and inclusion in several movie soundtracks, Paul has made a significant mark on the modern history of folk music. Previous chief architect of what is now the Boston school of songwriting, his music is urbane, literate folk-pop that ignited the ‘90’s folk revival. Ellis' 19th album, "Chasing Beauty," was recorded in Atlanta, Charlottesville, and Boston. Kristian Bush of the Grammy-award winning duo, Sugarland, co-produced the album with his brother, Brandon Bush, of the band Train. Ellis bridges the gulf between a contemporary folk sound and the Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger tradition. Find tickets and information at natickarts.org | box office: 508-647-0097

Community & Celebrations

CRAFT: Beers + Trades

09.10.16 - Old Sturbridge Village
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Wildly popular last year, the event Craft: Beers and Trades returns this fall, 9:30am-5pm! Historic interpreters will present 19th-century craft demonstrations, while dozens of craft brewers from throughout New England serve samples of their finest, small-batch, mouth-watering beers and hard ciders in a spectacular beer garden. Meanwhile, guest tradespeople will demonstrate their exquisite work and sell their wares. In the historic Village, see 19th century craft demonstrations. Guests may purchase beer and a meal at a special barbecue. General admission prices are $28 for Adults, $26 for Seniors (55+), $14 for Youths (3-17), and Children 2 and Under are FREE. Woo card discounts are available. For questions or more information, email osvinfo@osv.org or call 800-733-1830.

Community & Celebrations

Sudbury Farmers Fair

09.10.16 - Heritage Park
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10am - 4pm: Petting zoo, alpacas, pony rides, farmers with produce, local farm food, ice cream from Crescent Ridge and milk samples. Vendors and more!

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Arts & Culture

Ho’okupu—The Offering Midday Muse

09.14.16 - Wellesley College
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12:30pm. As part of their weeklong residency, Halau’o Keikiali’i will be showcasing the music and dance of Hawaii in a Midday Muse. Halau’o Keikiali’I, led by Kumu Kawika Alfiche, is a traditional Hawaiian cultural group and world-renowned performing troupe based in San Francisco. Since 1994, the group’s goal has been to educate the general public about the rich culture of the Hawaiian people and about Hawaii’s traditional customs, values and protocols. Bring a lunch and enjoy!

Arts & Culture

Movement and Mime in Bharatanatyam

09.14.16 - Newhouse Center for the Humanities
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This fall, the Newhouse Center will present a series of events that draw from and reflect on Indian aesthetics. "Movement and Mime" takes place at 6pm.
Priyadarsini Govind is an award-winning dancer trained and skilled in the Indian classical dance Bharatanatyam. She currently serves asthe Director of Kalakshetra, a renowned arts and cultural institute in Chennai, India.  Her appearances at prestigious dance recitals include the Festival of India in Paris and Swarna Samaroh, a celebration of 50 years of independence for India organized by the Sangeet Natak Academy.  Govind is the recipient of the K.V. Mahadevan Award for Excellence in Dancing and Kalaimamani, awarded for artistic excellence by the state of Tamil Nadu.

She has been performing at recitals and dance festivals around the world since she was 16 years old. She has performed in Japan, Jerusalem, Singapore,Sri Lanka, Tunisia, France, Norway, the U.S., and Spain. She has received praise from the Washington Post, The Hindu, and Pulse.

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Ho’okupu—The Offering A Hula Residency by Halau ‘O

09.17.16 - Wellesley College
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Jewett Auditorium, 7:30pm.  Free.

Halau o Keikiali’i, led by Kumu Kawika Alfiche, is a traditional Hawaiian cultural group and world-renowned performing troupe based in San Francisco. Since 1994, the group’s goal has been to educate the general public about the rich culture of the Hawaiian people and about Hawaii’s traditional customs, values and protocols. As part of its weeklong residency, the company presented a public midday muse and led a hula and lei-making workshop. The final performance of the group's week-long residency is The Offering, a music and dance program that will highlight the deep and old connections between New England and Hawaii.

Arts & Culture

Historic Craft Classes September 2016 (through Sept. 18)

09.17.16 - Old Sturbridge Village
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9am-4pm.  Spend some time at OSV learning a historical craft. Formerly known as Crafts at Close Range, these adult workshops vary from blacksmithing to textiles, coopering, foodways, and more. Come and try your hand at a craft and take home your finished masterpiece! Unless otherwise specified, workshops will be held in the Museum Education building. This September, classes are available in Decorative Floorcloths (Sept. 17 & 18), Basket Making (Sept. 18), Standing Wool Rugs (Sept. 18), Penny Rugs (Sept. 17), Bread making (Sept. 18), Coopering (Sept. 17-18), and Blacksmithing (Sept. 17).

Arts & Culture

Lez Zeppelin

09.17.16 - TCAN
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8pm: Taking the sturdy sex appeal of the original dudes and rotating it to match their own femme vibe, the powerful Lez Zeppelin hits it note-for-note for a revolution in rock history reincarnation. With musicianship that exceeds all expectations, out-there swagger and gender-bending audacity, NYC's all-girl quartet is critically acclaimed as one of the most exciting live acts and the first female rock band to pay homage to Led Zeppelin. Their skillful renditions of Zeppelin's music serve as the authentic female counterpart to Zeppelin; their recent album, "Lez Zeppelin I" is a true-to-life recreation of Zeppelin's 1969 debut. Find tickets and information at natickarts.org | box office: 508-647-0097 $38 Public | $35 Members

Community & Celebrations

Concord's Town Family Fair 2016

09.17.16 - Thoreau Club
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From 10am to 4pm. FREE to Attend!  Activities for the WHOLE Family… FREE zipline ridges, FREE touch tank for kids. Bring your suits and swim all day! Carnival cotton candy, popcorn, fried dough, sausanges, hot dogs, burgers and more! Register your email @ www.GetLocalMA.com

Be involved! Vendor booths available. We organize school events, 5k’s, town fairs, fundraisers, and more. Email Info@GetLocalMA.com and you will receive our newsletter with COMPLETE event details!

Recreation & Sports

6th Annual Sudbury Constitution 5k

09.18.16 - Wayside Inn
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5k run/ walk/ kids fun run!

Vendors will setup with Fun Family Activities; Kids Fun Run & Race Challenges with great prizes!

Time: 10am to 4pm

Recreation & Sports

Wayside Inn 5k & Kids Fun Run

09.18.16 - Wayside Inn
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8am-12pm. Wayside Inn 5k & Kids Fun Run Constitution Run

  • 8:30am: Kids Fun Run
  • 9:30am:  Vendors, raffles and MORE this year! FREE T-shirts for first 200 runners.

Register at www.getlocalma.com/5k-constitution-run

Arts & Culture

Cinéphile Sundays: 1966 Series: "Sixty Six"

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

Filmmaker Lewis Klahr will attend the Wellesley screening of "Sixty Six" to introduce the film and take questions afterwards. Regarded by many as the art film of the year, "Sixty Six" premiered less than a year ago at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The film weaves a mobile tapestry of cinematic, pop-cultural, and autobiographical memories from 1966, filtering them through a mythopoetic lens. With titles such as “Mercury,” “Jupiter Sends a Message,” and “Mars Garden,” each of "Sixty Six"’s 12 chapters resonates with Greek mythology and explores the dreams of mid-century America, more specifically those inscribed in Los Angeles’ urban texture. This event is free.

Community & Celebrations

Grand Family Faire

09.18.16 - Wayside Inn
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8:30am-2pm.  As part of Intergenerational Awareness Month, Bridges Together presents a Grand Family Faire designed for all ages.

  • 8:30am: Fun Run
  • 9am: Old-fashioned family fun (games, storytelling, photos at the Grist Mill, food, arts and crafts)
  • 1pm: Intergenerational workshop service
  • 1:30pm: Celebrate 25 years of the Bridges program with birthday cake

$10/child (under 2 is free); food and special events are extra

Education & Learning

Ambassador Workshop: "Oh, the Places You'll Go!"

09.21.16 - Historic Village Hall
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Learn more, do more, and say more about MetroWest! What are the hidden gems and the stories behind the places to go and things to do in our region? This lively workshop is especially helpful foranyone who finds themselves facing the question, "What is there to do around here?" It's perfect for hotel sales and front desk personnel, Realtors, municipal employees, and more.

Free.

This is a program of the MetroWest Visitors Bureau.  Refreshmentsss and networking 1:30-2; workshop 2-3pm.  Register online by clicking on "website" above.

Arts & Culture

An Acoustic Night Of Triumph: Rik Emmett & Dave Dunlop

09.23.16 - TCAN
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8pm:  Rik Emmett gained international notoriety as the lead singer/songwriter/guitarist of the rock trio Triumph. From 1975 until 1988, the band released nine albums that were certified gold or platinum in the US and Canada thanks to the massive singles “Follow Your Heart,” “Magic Power,” “Lay It On The Line,” “Hold On,” and “Somebody's Out There.” After leaving the band, Emmett went on to form a successful solo career, which showcased him as a proficient songwriter and versatile guitarist. As Triumph celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, Emmett will present a special night of music featuring the music of Triumph and much more. Find tickets and information at natickarts.org | box office: 508-647-0097. $40 Public | $35 Members 

Community & Celebrations

Apple Days

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

Arts & Culture

Concert In Memory of Owen Jander

09.24.16 - Wellesley College
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7:30pm. Houghton Chapel.

This program, "Concert In Memory of Owen Jander: Scholarship, Acquisition, Inspiration," includes the music of Stradella, Saint-Colombe, Leclair, Storace, van Noordt, and Beethoven, performed by members of Wellesley’s music faculty who specialize in historical performance. The concert celebrates the many contributions of the late Owen Jander, Catherine Mills Davis Professor of Music Emeritus, to the college and wider musical community though his research, scholarship, and inspiration. Prof. Jander’s many historical instrument acquisitions for Wellesley in the last decades of the 20th century, including the Fisk mean-tone organ in the Chapel, made the College a leader in the historical performance movement. These instruments offer students profoundly enriching musical opportunities as well as make Wellesley a magnet for groundbreaking, historically informed concerts.

Arts & Culture

Shostakovich 11: A Demonstration/Performance of the String Quartet no. 3

09.25.16 - Wellesley College
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7pm in the Jewett Arts Center Classroom 372.  Shostakovich 110 celebrates the 110th birthday of Dmitry Shostakovich and the 70th anniversary of his String Quartet no. 3, in F major, opus 73 (1946). This dynamic event with Sheffield Chamber Players will offer insight into one of the composer’s finest chamber works. Originally dedicated to the legendary Beethoven Quartet, this piece offers far more than superb music: reflections on World War II, political camouflage, and anguished self-expression. Shostakovich’s quartet will be discussed by the musicians, who will play illustrative passages before performing the piece in its entirety. Born on September 25,1906, Shostakovich gives us music as compelling now as it was the day it was composed. Generously supported by the Kathryn Wasserman Davis ’28 Fund.

Arts & Culture

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

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

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

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

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

Arts & Culture

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

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

Education & Learning

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

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

Arts & Culture

The Davis ReDiscovered Opening Celebration

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

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

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

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Community & Celebrations

Heritage Weekend Festival (through Oct. 2)

09.30.16 - Downtown Marlborough
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This three-day festival in downtown Marlborough kicks off with a German brewfest, 12-8pm on September 30 and October 1.  Authentic German food, beer, and music! The festival weekend ends on October 2 with a Heritage Festival, 10am-3pm, which includes a chili/chowder content, vendors and exhibitors, and live ethnic music.

Community & Celebrations

24th annual Maynard Community Fest

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

Arts & Culture

Richie Furay Band in concert

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

Community & Celebrations

Apple Days

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

Arts & Culture

Cinéphile Sundays: 1966 Series: "Persona"

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

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

Arts & Culture

Curatorial Gallery Talk: Charlotte Brooks

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

Education & Learning

Distinguished Thinkers: Dambisa Moyo

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

Education & Learning

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

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

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

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Leo Kottke

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

Community & Celebrations

October Stroll

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

Time: 4:00 to 7:00pm

Arts & Culture

The 2016 deCordova Biennial

10.06.16 - deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum
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The exhibition will deature sixteen New England-based artists who are making significant contributions to contemporary art in the region. It will showcase the work of painters, sculptors, video artists, book illustrators, performance artists, and photographers. The Biennial is a mainstay of the deCordova's programming and mission and exemplifies the Museum's commitment to New England artists.
 
 
The show will be listen on our website as an upcoming exhibition.
 
 

Arts & Culture

The deCordova New England Biennial 2016

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.

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Dig In: Field-to-Table

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

Arts & Culture

Natick Artists Open Studios

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

Arts & Culture

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

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

Food & Wine

Hearthside Bounty

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

Arts & Culture

Cinéphile Sundays: 1966 Series: "Blow-Up"

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

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

Education & Learning

Educator Workshop: Engaging with Objects

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

Education & Learning

Alternative Outdoor Printing

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

Arts & Culture

Faculty Gallery Talk: Partners in Design

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

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

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Family Day: Around the World in 6,000 Years

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

Arts & Culture

Historic Craft Classes November 2016

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

Community & Celebrations

Evening of Illumination

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

Education & Learning

Bounty: Thanksgiving (through Nov. 24)

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

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

Arts & Culture

Cinéphile Sundays 1966 series: "Andrei Rublev"

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

Arts & Culture

Midday Muse: Finding France in French Piano Music

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

Arts & Culture

Concert: An Evening of (Mostly) French Piano Music

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

Community & Celebrations

Veteran's Day 2016

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

Arts & Culture

The Davis Reimagined

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

Arts & Culture

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

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

Arts & Culture

Paradise City Arts Festival

11.18.16 - Royal Plaza Trade Center
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Paradise City Marlborough brings together 175 outstanding American artists and master craft makers to exhibit at Metro Boston's most exciting juried fair. Sculpture and paintings are displayed alongside one-of-a-kind home furnishings, dazzling jewelry, and fashion fit for a holiday gala. This show is a destination for decorators and discerning homeowners as well as a favorite source for special gifts that transcend expections.

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

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

Three-day pass is $16

 

Arts & Culture

Winter Market

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

Community & Celebrations

Holiday Stroll

12.01.16 - Downtown Franklin
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This family-favorite holiday celebration will include a tree-lighting ceremony, visits from Santa, his elves and Mrs. Claus, gift shopping, holiday crafts for kids, live entertainment, and food and drink specials. It all takes place 4-7pm.

Arts & Culture

Cinéphile Sundays 1966 series: "Only Yesterday"

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

Food & Wine

Hearthside Bounty

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

Food & Wine

Hearthside Bounty

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

Food & Wine

Hearthside Bounty

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

Food & Wine

Hearthside Bounty

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

Featured Events: July

There’s free fun in MetroWest during July!  Thanks to the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays program, admission is free at Danforth Art and Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History (featuring its special Olympics exhibit) on July 15, and Museum of Russian Icons and Fruitlands Museum on July 22.

At the Discovery Museums, admission is free every Friday evening throughout the summer, 4:30-7:30pm, including Fort Night on July 8, when kids make forts out of  blankets, boxes, and more.

If you’d like to stay outside, head to Hopkinton with your blanket and picnic on Saturday evenings for the free Sunset Jazz Series.

Every other Thursday evening, lie under the stars to watch the free movies at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College. Beer and popcorn are free, too!  Each of the movies features a museum in some way, including “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” on July 14 and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” on July 28.

 

On July 21, the weekly Natick Nights pulls out all the stops for the 9th annual Natick Art Walk.  More than 50 artists will be stationed outside local businesses and studios in Natick Center to share their work with the public during ArtWalk, 5-8:30pm. Painters, photographers, potters, jewelry-makers, quilters, glass artists and mixed media artists will show and sell their work in conjunction with many of the center's businesses. Washington Street in Natick Center will also be closed during the event for outdoor dining and local restaurants will be vending in booths set up on the street, serenaded by local musicians.

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