December 5, 2014
Hopkinton – HPLF and the Hopkinton Public Library will host Hopkinton School Superintendent Dr. Cathy MacLeod as the special guest during the 10:30 a.m. storytime scheduled for Friday, Dec. 5. The event will be held in the Main Reading Room at Hopkinton Public Library, 13 Main St.
Westborough – The Westborough Community Chorus, Inc. will present its annual Holiday Show Friday, Dec. 5 through Sunday, Dec. 7 at the Gibbons Middle School, 6 Olde Hickory Path. The show, entitled “Icicles and Holly Berries,” features singing, dancing and skits, including an appearance by a special personality associated with the holidays. Performances will take place at 8 p.m. Dec. 5 & 6 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 7.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for seniors and children. For group sales or ticket information, contact Ellen Kluge at 508-485-4469. Visit www.westboroughchorus.com for more information.
Princeton – The Princeton Arts Society’s Annual Holiday Small Works Exhibit and Sale will take place Friday, Dec. 5, from 6-9 p.m. (opening reception with refreshments) and Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (gallery open), at Princeton Center Building, first floor, 18 Boylston Ave. The exhibit and gift sale will also take place Friday, Dec. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Hundreds of original, handmade, affordable gifts and works of art will be available just in time for the gift giving season. Free gift wrapping will be available. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shrewsbury – The Shrewsbury Woman’s Club meeting, to be held Friday, Dec. 5, will start at 12 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 19 Church Rd., and will be followed by a “Tiny Treasures” Chinese Auction at 1 p.m. Good things come in small packages! Also, a food collection for Shrewsbury Human Services will take place.
Members and guests are welcome, and attendance is free. Proceeds will go toward funding 2015 scholarships for Shrewsbury residents.
Marlborough – Celebrate the start of the season Friday, Dec. 5 during “Home for the Holidays” on Marlborough Union Common. The schedule of events includes a tree lighting with Mayor Arthur Vigeant and the Marlborough High School Mixed Chorus at 6 p.m., followed by performances by the Marlborough High School String Ensemble at 6:45 p.m. and the Marlborough High School Jazz band at 7:30 p.m. Home for the Holidays also includes popcorn, hot chocolate, balloons, barn animals, candy canes, and, of course, Santa!
Union Common is located at the intersection of Route 20 and 85.
December 6, 2014
Region – The River’s Edge Arts Alliance and River’s Edge Community Band has announced its first annual Young Artist Competition for students in 12th grade and younger who play a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument. The auditions will be held by appointment Saturday, Dec. 6 for a performance with the Community Band on Sunday, March 29, 2015. The winner will be chosen by a panel consisting of River’s Edge Community Band members, music educators and the River’s Edge Community Band Director.
The application guidelines are as follows: The student must be in grade 12 or younger at date of performance; reside in the town of Hudson, one of its surrounding towns -or- be a student or child of a River’s Edge Art’s Alliance member; present a letter of application signed by parent/guardian; present a letter of recommendation from private instructor or school band/orchestra director and submit a $25 fee with application. Applications must be received by Nov. 29, 2014. Audition time will be arranged upon receipt of application.
Musical guidelines are as follows: audition piece shall be that of intended performance; should be memorized at time of audition; should be one with existing band/wind ensemble accompaniment; and the applicant should provide his/her own accompanist.
The winner will perform with the River’s Edge Community Band Sunday, March 29, 2015. The first runner-up will be given the opportunity to perform in the lobby prior to the concert.
The application, further information, and audition materials are available at the River’s Edge Arts Alliance office at 155 Apsley St., Hudson, or at www.upwitharts.org. For additional information, call 978-562-1646 or email Lynne Johnson at email@example.com.
Northborough – The Northborough annual Tree Lighting will be held Saturday, Dec. 6, starting at 5 p.m., at the corner of Blake Street and Route 20. This year’s celebration will feature the Hundredth Town Chorus singing holiday carols, holiday bells for the children to ring, hot cocoa and cookies (while supplies last), and local merchants.
The annual tree lighting began in 1968 in honor of the memory of Neil Ellsworth, an Army private first class, who was killed in Vietnam in 1967 at the age of 19.
This event will be the grand finale to The Northboro Holiday Trolley. The trolley rides up and down Main Street from 12-5 p.m., sponsored by local merchants and small businesses. A raffle will be held at the tree lighting for those patrons who participated in the trolley and had their trolley express ticket punched by retailers along the route.
The event is sponsored by the Northborough Community Affairs Committee, Dunkin’ Donuts and Wegmans. Northborough House of Pizza will be serving pizza.
For more information on the trolley, visit http://northboroholidaytrolley.com/. For more information about the Northborough Community Affairs Committee, visit www.northboroughcac.weebly.com or on Facebook.
Marlborough – The Merrimack Valley Ringers will present their annual holiday concert, “The Wonders of Wintertime,” at the First Church in Marlborough, 37 High St., Saturday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. This year’s selections include music from “The Nutcracker,” “The First Noel,” a version of “Carol of the Bells,” and a handbell arrangement of the Disney hit “Let it Go.” The concert is free, with a reception afterward.
Now in their 13th season, the Merrimack Valley Ringers are an auditioned community handbell ensemble devoted to sharing the art of handbells and handchimes.
Upton – As part of the Annual Trees for Hope Festival, beautifully decorated Christmas trees will be on display Saturday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at St. Gabriel the Archangel Church, 151 Mendon St. You will be able to purchase chances to win your favorite tree(s), which will be raffled off the afternoon of Dec. 7. Bring the kids and have their faces painted.
All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Oliva Fund for Cancer Care. This fund helps support expenses related to services beyond medical treatment for patients being treated at the Cancer Center at Milford Regional Medical Center and their families.
Southborough – Join the Southborough Trails Committee (STC) Saturday, Dec. 6, starting at 10 a.m., for some trail work along the Sudbury Reservoir Trail. STC will be working on clearing part of the trail between Deerfoot and Parkerville roads. Those who would like to help should meet on Parkerville Road next to the Fay fields. Needed tools include rakes, loppers, work gloves, pruners, eye protection, and water.
Signup is required, and a maximum of 15 people is required. To sign up, contact Southborough Recreation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 508-229-4452.