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Events Calendar — 229 events

"A Quiet Hour" Writers Group, July 6

Monday, July 6, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center, 5 Portland Street, South Berwick, Maine

In 1908 Sarah Orne Jewett wrote to her friend and budding author Willa Cather, "Do not hurry too fast in these early winter days--a quiet hour is worth more to you than anything you can do in it." She advised her friend to "keep and guard and mature your force, and above all, have time and quiet to perfect your work." On the first Monday of each month, enjoy a quiet hour in Jewett's home to mature your force as a writer. Facilitated by former poet laureate of Hampshire County, U.K., Brian Evans-Jones, this group serves to inspire and nurture writers of all levels and genres.

$4 Historic New England members, $5 nonmembers

Drop-ins welcome. Please call 207-384-2454 or buy online.

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Nooks and Crannies, July 8

Wedsnesday, July 8, 9:00 a.m.-noon
Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, 75 Eastern Point Boulevard, Gloucester, Mass.

This leisurely behind-the-scenes tour of Henry Davis Sleeper's summer retreat allows plenty of time to explore each room, including passageways, closets, and other spaces not usually open to the public. Guides highlight their favorite objects and share stories about Sleeper, his friends, and staff. Light refreshments included.

$15 Historic New England members
$30 nonmembers

Registration is required. Please call 978-283-0800 or buy online.

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Summer Fun Days at Casey Farm: Baby Bunnies, July 8

July 8, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m

Casey Farm, 2325 Boston Neck Road, Saunderstown, R.I.

For campers ages 3-6
Spend a day with your child learning all about bunnies. Campers groom our bunnies and take them for a walk, hear bunny stories, complete a bunny craft, play bunny games, and explore the farm to find bunnies' favorite snack foods.

$35 per child for Historic New England members (membership must be valid through July 31, 2015)
$45 nonmembers

Refund Policy: No cash refunds. Camp credits will be given with two weeks' notice.

Visit the Summer Fun Days 2015 web page or call 401-295-1030 for more information. Register online now.

Important: please list your child's name and age in the "Add a Comment About Your Order" field at checkout.

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Young Friends North End Walking Tour

Wednesday, July 8, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Meet at North Square, North End, Boston, Mass.

Free and exclusive to Young Friends members. Join today.

Join Supervising Preservation Services Manager Joe Cornish on this annual summer walking tour. Explore the historic North End of Boston. Sites include the Paul Revere House (1676/restored 1907), Pierce-Hichborn House (1715), Mariners' House (1838), Seaman's Bethel/Sacred Heart Church (1838), Rose Kennedy's Birthplace (6 Garden Court), St. Stephen's Church (1802-1804), Paul Revere Mall (1933), Clough House (1715), Old North Church, 44 Hull Street, Copp's Hill Burying Ground, and the North End Branch of the Boston Public Library (1965). Finish your walk at the home of a private collector and enjoy refreshments.

Registration is required. Please e-mail or call 617-994-5934 to register or for more information.

Weeding Wednesday at Rundlet-May House, July 8

Wednesday, July 8, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Rundlet-May House, 364 Middle Street, Portsmouth, N.H.

Call for volunteers!

Volunteer alongside Historic New England’s staff experts and members to care for and learn about historic gardens and landscapes. Work includes seasonally appropriate tasks, such as weeding of the gardens and paths, dividing plants, planting new materials, invasives removal, and other clean-up activities. Weeding Wednesdays takes place at four different properties each month.

Meet in the driveway. No advance registration is required. Please call 603-436-3205 for more information.

Haymarket Film Premiere

Wednesday, July 8
7:30 p.m. film screening
8:00 p.m. panel discussion

Modern Theatre at Suffolk University, 525 Washington Street, Boston, Mass.

Join us for the premiere of Haymarket, a documentary film produced by Historic New England in partnership with photographer Justin Goodstein and the Haymarket Pushcart Association.

Experience Haymarket, Boston's centuries-old open-air market, with music, imagery, and interviews with vendors and customers. The film documents the history of Haymarket and its vital role in serving the diverse population of Boston today.

Following the film, Bob Allison of Suffolk University leads a panel discussion and audience Q&A featuring Goodstein; Otto Gallotto, president of the Haymarket Pushcart Association; and Ken Turino, manager of community engagement and exhibitions for Historic New England.

Haymarket is part of Historic New England's Everyone's History series, which captures and shares stories of life in New England during the twentieth century and beyond.


Please call 617-994-5958 for more information or reserve tickets now.

Movies at The Mansion: Night at the Museum

Thursday, July 9, 8:30 p.m.
Lyman Estate, 185 Lyman Street, Waltham, Mass.


Summer nights are perfect for an outdoor movie on the Lyman Estate grounds. Historic New England and Pizzi Farm present the adventure Night at the Museum on a big screen in the garden. Come early to walk the landscape or have a picnic. From 7:00 to 8:15 p.m. explore the first floor of the 1793 mansion or shop at the historic Lyman Estate Greenhouses. At 7:30 p.m. enjoy musical entertainment by select members of the Waltham High School show band.

Alcohol is not permitted. Refreshments, including popcorn and drinks, are available for sale. Please bring your own lawn chairs and blankets.

In the event of rain the movie will be shown indoors.

Sponsored by East Cambridge Savings Bank, with support from Waltham West Suburban Chamber of Commerce and Watertown Savings Bank.

Please call 617-994-5912 for more information.

Tour of Skylight Studios

Friday, July 10, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

105 Salem Street, Woburn, Mass.

Join us for a tour of a historic sculpture design studio. Skylight Studios specializes in creating commissioned public and private sculpture, including monuments and memorials. The studio also does conservation and restoration of museum pieces, and clients include Historic New England. See artisans at work, and learn about the processes involved in sculpture design and creation. Tour includes admission to Sculpted Spaces, Historic Places, on view at Governor John Langdon House in Portsmouth, N.H.

$25 Historic New England members
$35 nonmembers

Registration is required. Please call 603-436-3205 or buy online.

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Taste of Haymarket, July 10

Friday, July 10, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Tour departs from the corner of Congress and Hanover Streets

Each Friday and Saturday from dawn to dusk, Haymarket, Boston's centuries-old open air market adjacent to Government Center, the North End, and Faneuil Hall, offers a unique shopping experience. Sellers of fresh produce have clustered in Haymarket since around 1830, although vendors started congregating here at least one hundred years earlier. Haymarket vendors sell huge varieties of fruits and vegetables at great prices from open wooden stands and pushcarts. Specialty grocers selling cheese, fish, Halal meats, pizza, spices, and other delicacies from small shops can be found in an adjacent building on Blackstone Street.

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the market as it opens for the day. Learn about its history, how it has changed over time, and hear from the president of the Haymarket Pushcart Association. Visit vendors and sample fruits and vegetables, cheese, and even pizza.

Presented as part of Historic New England's Everyone's History series, The Haymarket Project.

$25 Historic New England members
$35 nonmembers

Registration is required. Please call 617-994-5920 or buy online.

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Walk with Washington, July 10

Second and fourth Fridays, June 12 - October 9, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Gov. John Langdon House, 143 Pleasant Street, Portsmouth, N.H.

Walk the streets of Portsmouth in the footsteps of George Washington when he visited the city in 1789. See where he took tea with his secretary's mother, Mrs. Lear, attended services at St. John's Church, and was feted at a reception at Governor John Langdon House. The tour returns to Langdon House, which Washington thought "may be esteemed the first in Portsmouth," where you can use your ticket for a tour of the house at half price.

$6 Historic New England members
$12 nonmembers

Registration is required. Please call 603-436-3205 or buy online.

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Events Calendar — 229 events