Westborough celebrates International Women’s Day, local arts


Westborough celebrates International Women’s Day,  local arts
Kathy Cavaliere of the Westborough Historical Society, left, shows an iron to a guest during the International Women’s Day celebration at the Forbes Municipal Building on Wednesday, March 8. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

WESTBOROUGH – Wednesday, March 8, was not only a day to celebrate the achievements of women, but also a day to celebrate the local arts scene.

At the Great Hall in the Forbes Municipal Building, there was an International Women’s Day celebration. More than 100 girls and women gathered for some networking and to meet local leaders.

In addition, there were several speakers, including local historian Kris Allen, who presented short histories on pioneering educator Mary Brigham and Olympic skier Nikki Stone.

Members of the Westborough Historical Society presented a display table featuring domestic items such as irons and egg beaters.

The event was co-sponsored by Westborough Connects, the Westborough Women’s Club and the Westborough Historical Society.

Cultural Council

Across the street at Town Hall, the Westborough Cultural Council held a reception for those who received grants – its first in-person celebration since 2020.

The event included a performance by the WHS Honors String Quartet.

For 2022-23, the council awarded 26 grants for a total of $18,000.

“It was a big year for the Cultural Council,” said WCC Chair Holly Kenny.

Grant winners include Fales Elementary School, which is planning its annual Spring Flower Festival on April 1; Westborough High School, which will present an exhibit on art and masks from West Africa; Assabet Valley Mastersingers, which will bring back Summer Sing for 2023; the Westborough Historical Society, which is planning a program on Eleanor Roosevelt; and the Westborough Community Chorus, which will present a program on “British Pop Rock & Roll.”

For a complete list, and to learn more about the winners, visit www.westboroughculturalcouncil.org.

The council receives funds through the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the town, and by Arts in Common, the council’s biggest fundraiser.

Arts in Common will take place on Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bay State Commons. Local artists and crafters are invited to apply for vendor space via www.artsincommon.net.