December 6, 2013 – December 8, 2013
Region – The River’s Edge Arts Alliance will perform the holiday production of the double-billed “Amahl and the Night Visitors” and “The Gift of the Magi” at Hudson Town Hall, 78 Main St., Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m.
“Amahl and the Night Visitors” is an opera in one act by Gian Carlo Menotti. The young shepherd Amahl, known for telling fibs, is unable to convince his mother that the Three Kings are at their door. When she sees he is telling the truth she invites them into her home. What transpires is how a lesson on faith, charity, love, and good deeds can work miracles. “The Gift of the Magi” is a one-act play based on the original classic written by O. Henry. This heartwarming romantic comedy tells the story of Della and Jim, who are desperately in love but also very poor. In their attempts to buy each other proper Christmas gifts, a strange twist of fate leads the couple to find the perfect gifts for each other – but at an unexpected cost.
These productions have cast members from local towns including Kevin Santos, John Alzepiedi, Trueman Beccia, Denton Owen, and Russ Gannon from Hudson; Jodi Schoolcraft and John, Rebecca, and Charlotte Daugherty from Marlborough; Katherine Waters from Northborough; and Nate Leonard from Shrewsbury.
Elizabeth Havenor of Marlborough will be directing both community theater productions with music direction of “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by Paul Johnson of Hudson.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.upwitharts.org or by calling 978-562-1646. The River’s Edge Arts Alliance will be donating $1 from each ticket sold to Andrew’s Helpful Hands Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit organization helping families through the process of bone marrow transplants.
The River’s Edge Arts Alliance is a nonprofit organization that brings the full spectrum of the arts to the Hudson and Marlborough area. It offers opportunities to experience visual and performing arts through participation and attendance. The organization is supported by individuals, families, organizations, and businesses from more than 30 communities.
The Northborough Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. The evening’s program, “The Marvelous Amusing Quack Medicine Show,” will be presented by Dave Downs. Look back in time to the extraordinary medical techniques practiced during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Always entertaining and enlightening, Dave Downs acquaints his audience with unique, fascinating and extraordinary medical techniques practiced during the 18th and 19th century. His Medical Presentation is a memorable experience that you won’t find anywhere else.
Meetings are held at the Historical Society building, 50 Main St. (corner of Main and School streets), Northborough. There is no charge to attend. All are welcome.
Dec. 6, members and guests are welcome to the Shrewsbury Woman’s Club meeting, which starts at 12:15 p.m. Attendance is free, and the meeting will be held at First Congregational Church, Gifford Hall, 19 Church Rd., Shrewsbury.
The program will feature a “Tiny Treasures” Chinese Auction, a scholarship fundraiser for the Shrewsbury Woman’s Club, starting at 1 p.m. Also, Bill Sbrogna will entertain members and guests with holiday music and a sing-along.
Food donations for the Shrewsbury Human Services Food Pantry at St. Anne’s Church will be accepted.
Children of all ages are invited to join Ms. Carrie for some singing and dancing fun as Northborough Free Library, 34 Main St., presents Merry Go Music! Dec. 6, from 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Registration is required. Call 508-393-5025 ext. 4 to register or for more information.
Dec. 6, from 3 – 7 p.m.; Dec, 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., a Holiday Boutique will be held at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts, 98 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton.
To find out more about the Hopkinton Center for the Arts, call 508-435-9222 or visit www.hopartscenter.org.
Region – The Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce Women’s Business Network will hold its sixth annual Holiday Tea Friday, Dec. 6, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Harvest Café, 40 Washington St., Hudson.
In addition to a wonderful buffet and tea, this event features manners expert Janet Parnes, who will explore the expectations of the high tea ceremony, Arbonne International samples with Paula Pizzimento, and complimentary trigger massage with Stow Family Chiropractic.
The cost of the event is $16 for members and $21 for future members. Lunch, learn, and network in a supportive environment. For more information or to make reservations, call 978-568-0360 or email email@example.com.
December 6, 2013 – December 8, 2013
Westborough – The Westborough Community Chorus, Inc. will present its annual Holiday Show Friday through Sunday, Dec. 6 – 8, at the Sarah W. Gibbons Middle School, 20 Fisher St.
The show, entitled “Holiday Joy,” will feature singing, dancing, and skits, as well as an appearance by a special personality associated with the holidays. Performances are at 8 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7, and 2 p.m. Dec. 8.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for seniors and children. For group sales or ticket information, contact Ellen Kluge at EKluge51@aol.com. Visit www.westboroughchorus.com for show details and information about our activities. This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Westborough Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
The Princeton Arts Society’s Annual Holiday Exhibit and Sale will be held Dec. 6, 7 & 8 at the Princeton Center Building, first floor, 18 Boylston Ave., Princeton. Hundreds of original, handmade, affordable gifts and works of art will be available just in time for the gift-giving season.
Friday, Dec. 6, from 6 – 9 p.m., the opening reception will feature the Medwin String Quartet and hot/cold appetizers & desserts. Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., gallery will be open and gifts available for purchase. Sunday, Dec. 8, the gallery will be open 12 – 4 p.m., with a poetry reading by John Hodgen at 2:30 p.m.
Join Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr., Boylston, for a Night of Illumination Friday, Dec. 6, starting at 7 p.m. The evening features festive attire and light fare, with fire dancer at 8 p.m. To find out more or to register, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
Join First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Northborough, 40 Church St., for food, dancing, and great music made famous by Kris Kringle and Ol’ Blue Eyes Friday, Dec. 6, from 7 – 9 p.m. Steve Marvin is the featured vocalist with the Ed Harlow Quartet.
Tickets, which include complimentary refreshments, are $13 per adult, $25 per family, and $10 per student. Visit www.firstparishnorthboro.org to find out more.