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Events Calendar - 2019

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Lord Hobo Holiday Beer Garden at Stone Zoo – Stoneham MA

Dec 5, 2019 - Dec 19, 2019 Stone Zoo, 149 Pond Street, Stoneham, MA

Celebrate the holidays with games, merriment and beers from Woburn's Lord Hobo Brewing Company. Access to the Beer Garden is included in the purchase of your ZooLights tickets. Access to the beer garden is restricted for guests age 21 and older. Dates: December 5, 12, and 19.


Holiday Antiques, Vintage, and Decorative Arts Show – Wilmington MA

Dec 7, 2019 - Dec 8, 2019 Shriner's Auditorium, 99 Fordham Road, Wilmington, MA

Largest indoor antiques show in New England. One hundred dealers present antiques, vintage and decorative arts, rare and vintage books and ephemera.


Historical Tour of the Colonial Theater -- Boston MA

Sep 27, 2019 - Dec 13, 2019 Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston Street Boston, MA

Guests see the parts and hear stories of the theater building's rich history, in particular about the openings of musicals at the Colonial before they hit Broadway in New York. Enjoy the architecture from the turn of the last century and take a behind-the-scenes look at Boston’s oldest theater. Dates: September 27, October 25, November 22, December 13.

Children & Families

Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment – Boston MA

Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 29, 2019 Boston University Agganis Arena, 925 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA

Four favorite Disney stories – “Cars,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Toy Story,” and “Frozen” -- come to life on the ice. Expert skater thrill young guests and parents with vivid storytelling in motion. Dates: December 20-23 and 26-29.


Lewis Black: The Joke's On US Tour -- Springfield MA

Dec 7, 2019 - Dec 7, 2019 MGM Springfield, 1 MGM Way Springfield, MA

Yes, comedian Lewis Black is deeply annoyed … again. Come hear all about it.

DIY Gifts & Crafts

Holiday Wreath and Sip at Hancock Shaker Village -- Pittsfield MA

Nov 24, 2019 - Dec 8, 2019 Hancock Shaker Village, 1843 West Housatonic Street Pittsfield, MA

Join florist Jed Thompson to create a holiday wreath, using fresh Fraser fir, juniper, pine, and other natural materials. While you work, enjoy a glass of wine and snacks. This event sells out, so we suggest reserving early. Fee includes materials, appetizers, and wine. Dates: November 24 and December 8.

Christmas DIY Dinners and Craft Workshops – West Brookfield, MA

Nov 24, 2019 - Dec 17, 2019 Salem Cross Inn, 260 West Main Street (Route 9) West Brookfield, MA

Salem Cross Inn dining room is the setting for this evening, which starts with appetizers, a main course of chicken pot pie, biscuits, squash, potatoes, and a seasonal dessert. After your meal, Barry Mongeon will show how to create your chosen holiday craft. Bring wire cutters, craft scissors and garden pruners. All floral supplies will be provided. Order your tickets online or call 508-867-2345. Forty seats for each class fill up fast so buy your tickets early.
Decorate a Wreath on December 3, 4, and 10 -- Take a basic fresh evergreen wreath and transform it into a beautiful holiday decoration. You will learn the basic techniques of wreath decorating and other design tips.
Make Your Own Door Swag on December 11 -- Make a fresh swag from local greenery, twigs and evergreens then decorate with berries, cones and beautiful red bow. This is a beginner class, learning basic techniques and tips.
Christmas Centerpiece with Candles on December 17 -- This class is geared to the advanced beginner who wants to learn basic floral design techniques. We will be using fresh greenery & flowers, cones, berries & candles all arranged in a charming wooden box.

Snow Globe Making at Fruitlands -- Harvard MA

Dec 8, 2019 - Dec 8, 2019 Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, MA

Wayside Gallery is the location for an afternoon of crafting -- make your own snow globe as a gift for friends or family or create one to decorate your own home. All ages are welcome. Supplies and instructions provided. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited and pre-registration for timed sessions is required.

December Culinary Series: Making Peasant Bread -- Falmouth MA

Dec 11, 2019 - Dec 11, 2019 Highfield Hall & Gardens, 56 Highfield Drive Falmouth, MA

This workshop will teach participants how to make peasant bread. Everyone will leave with a loaf of read and a bowl to make it in at home. This is a great idea for a holiday gift--either to yourself or a friend. Recipes and tastes are provided. Register online or call 508-495-1878 ext. 2

Christmas Centerpiece Workshop --Waltham MA

Dec 15, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019 Lyman Estate Greenhouses, 185 Lyman Street, Waltham, MA

Christmas centerpiece workshop
Create a festive and fresh centerpiece for your holiday table, using greens, berries, and flowers. You will leave with a finished centerpiece that looks and smells fantastic. Greenhouse Manager Lynn Ackerman teaches this workshop. Advance tickets required. Please call for more information.


Moby Dick Marathon at the New Bedford Whaling Museum 2020

Jan 3, 2020 - Jan 5, 2020 New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA

At this annual readathon of America’s most iconic novel, “Moby-Dick,” you’ll relive the narrative and travel back in time on a thrilling adventure. In addition to the main event, the Whaling Museum hosts two mini-marathons on January 4: a Portuguese-language reading of Tiago Patricio’s abridged Moby-Dick; and a children’s version by Classic Starts. Reader sign-up begins November 8, 2019. Email: mdmarathon@whalingmuseum.org.


Cher: Here We Go Again Tour -- Boston MA

Dec 8, 2019 - Dec 8, 2019 TD Garden, 100 Legends Way Boston, MA

Cher! No further explanation needed!

Great Strings—The Borromeo Quartet – Great Barrington MA

Dec 14, 2019 - Dec 14, 2019 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, MA

Anton Arensky’s Quartet in A Minor for two cellos, a personal tribute to his beloved friend Tchaikovsky, is considered one of the finest Russian string quartets ever written. The quartet will be played by the charismatic Borromeo Quartet. The program also features J.S. Bach’s Four Preludes and Fugues from The Well Tempered Clavier, arranged for string quartet.

Percy Hill -- Beverly MA

Dec 28, 2019 - Dec 28, 2019 Cabot, 286 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA

Percy Hill's musicianship is clearly on the level with Sting, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Steely Dan. This performance is a dance show with two types of seating options. The orchestra will be sold as general admission. All seats in the balcony are reserved. .

Bugs Bunny at the Symphony -- Boston MA

Dec 28, 2019 - Dec 29, 2019 Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA

The world’s favorite classic Looney Tunes cartoons are projected on a big screen, while the Boston Pops performs their exhilarating, original Carl Stalling scores.

Outdoor Activities

Meteor Shower Viewing -- Mattapoisett, MA - Mattapoisett, MA

Dec 13, 2019 - Dec 13, 2019 Mattapoisett River Reserve, 138 Acushnet Road, Mattapoisett, MA

Make the most of the confluence of Friday the 13th and the Geminid Meteor Shower by joining the Buzzards Bay Coalition far away from city lights. Dress warmly and bring a chair. Warm beverages and snacks will be provided. Free the event is dependent on weather and cloud cover.

Parties, Dances, Balls

Midwinter Masquerade at the Hawthorne Hotel — Salem MA

Dec 21, 2019 - Dec 21, 2019 Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square West, Salem, MA

The Grand Ball Room of the Hawthorne Hotel will be transformed into a wicked winter wonderland, and many other rooms will contain artisan vendor pop-ups, mask-makers, jewelry designers, hair and make-up artists, and more. Mystical encounters will be happening throughout the hotel! Find clues and solve riddles for the chance to win prizes. The Lord of Misrule will be crowned this night.

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

The Chipper Experience

Dec 8, 2019 - Dec 8, 2019 Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA

This stand-out magician from “Masters of Illusion” was so funny, we invited him back for a solo show! Named “Comedy Magician of the Year!” and “Top Funniest Magicians,” Chipper Lowell brings his unusual blend of stand-up, improvisation, and twisted visual magic.

Shopping & Sales

Greenway Winter Market at Dewey Square -- Boston MA

Dec 3, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019 Rose Kennedy Greenway, High Street at Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA

Debuting this season, the Greenway Winter Market will take place on Dewey Square. Come support local artisans curated by UpNext and find something special this holiday season inside heated spaces. Dates: December 3-6, 9-13, 16-20 .


"Sense and Sensibility" Costumed Reading -- Lenox MA

Dec 14, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019 Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA

A playful new adaptation of Jane Austen's beloved novel follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters. This is a costumed reading.