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Events Calendar — 20 events

Music in the Meeting House, December 3

Saturday, December 3, noon - 2:00 p.m.

Rocky Hill Meeting House, 4 Old Portsmouth Road, Amesbury, Mass.

Experience the holiday season filled with song at Rocky Hill Meeting House.

The Connexion Shape-Note singers, headed by Ben Bath, bring the meeting house alive with music from the period in which it was built. The Connexion singers are an all-volunteer blend of community voices young and old, united by a passion for the four-part hymns and anthems of that defined the sound of Early American music.

Rocky Hill Meeting House is a perfect place to experience this powerful sound. It was first taught in eighteenth-century Massachusetts by teacher-composers such as William Billings of Boston, John Stickney of Newburyport, and Jacob Kimball of Topsfield.

Rocky Hill Meeting House is one of the best preserved examples of an original eighteenth-century meeting house interior. There are no restroom facilities on site. The building is also unheated. We encourage visitors with any concerns to call ahead.

Free to Historic New England members and Amesbury residents
$5 nonmembers

Please call 978-462-2634 or buy online.

Library and Archives Open Saturdays

Saturday, December 3, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Mass.

Historic New England's Library and Archives in Boston will open for your research needs on the first Saturdays of April, May, June, October, November, and December.

Discover our extraordinary collection of New England photographs, manuscripts, ephemera, and other documents.

Free to Historic New England members
$5 nonmembers

Please call 617-994-5909 to make an appointment.

"A Writer's Circle" Writers' Group

Monday, December 5, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center, 5 Portland Street, South Berwick, Maine

Gather with fellow writers to share work, feedback, and encouragement in this nurturing and inspiring writers’ group. Facilitated by Brian Evans-Jones, former poet laureate of Hampshire County, UK. The group is open to writers of all levels and genres.

$4 Historic New England members
$5 nonmembers

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

The Spirit of Christmas Past: Four Centuries of Christmas in New England

Wednesday, December 7, 7:00 p.m.

Henry Sheldon Museum, One Park Street, Middlebury, Vermont

Join the Henry Sheldon Museum and Historic New England for a holiday-themed lecture and reception. Learn about the evolution of Christmas from the seventeenth century, when it was outlawed in New England, through the early twenty-first century. Many of the customs we take for granted as part of holiday festivities and religious celebrations are products of a more recent history. Ken Turino, manager of community engagement and exhibitions at Historic New England, reveals how Christmas transformed from a rowdy celebration into a family-centered event. Enjoy holiday refreshments and music following the lecture.

Free to Historic New England and Henry Sheldon Museum members
$10 nonmembers

Please call 802-388-2117 for more information.

The Spirit of Christmas Past: Four Centuries of Christmas in New England

Tuesday, December 13, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Stockbridge Library, Museum and Archives, 46 Main Street, Stockbridge, Mass.

Christmas is the most important holiday of the year for many people, full of traditions from centuries past. But some of the festive and religious customs that we take for granted are actually a product of more recent history. This illustrated lecture traces the development of Christmas celebrations, from when the holiday was outlawed in seventeenth-century New England through the beginning of the twentieth century, when all the trappings of a what we now call a "traditional" Christmas were in place.
 
Kenneth C. Turino, manager of community engagement and exhibitions at Historic New England, looks at how Christmas was transformed from a rowdy celebration to a family-centered event. Learn how Christmas trees became popular, halls were decked, and Santa Claus came to town.

Cosponsored with the Stockbridge Library, Museum and Archives.

Free

Registration is required. Please call 617-994-6662 or register online.

First Night Tours

Saturday, December 31, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Mass.

No one threw a party like Harry and Sally Otis. Kick off your First Night celebrations at Otis House and see how one of Boston's leading families lived and entertained at the turn of the nineteenth century. Enjoy a tour of the 1796 house on Beacon Hill and explore the elegant life of one of Boston's leading families.

Tours on the hour and half-hour. Last tour at 4:30 p.m.

Free

Please call 617-994-5920 for more information.

"A Writer's Circle" Writers' Group

Monday, January 2, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center, 5 Portland Street, South Berwick, Maine

Gather with fellow writers to share work, feedback, and encouragement in this nurturing and inspiring writers’ group. Facilitated by Brian Evans-Jones, former poet laureate of Hampshire County, UK. The group is open to writers of all levels and genres.

$4 Historic New England members
$5 nonmembers

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

Old Newbury Day Open House

Saturday, January 14, 3:00- 6:00 p.m.

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little's Lane, Newbury, Mass.

Visit Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm for a mid-winter open house to celebrate the official purchase of the town of Newbury on January 13, 1701. As part of this community-wide event, tour the 1690s manor house, enjoy hot cider and donuts, and then walk to the nearby town-sponsored bonfire.

Free, $10/car parking fee

Please call 978-462-2634 for more information.

Houseplant and Begonia Sale

Saturday and Sunday, January 14 and 15, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Lyman Estate Greenhouses, 185 Lyman St., Waltham, Mass.

This new exotic houseplant sale features begonias and gesneriads. This diverse group of flowering plants includes lipstick plants (Aeschynanthus), goldfish plants (Nemantanthus), flame violets (Episcia), along with Columnea, Streptocarpus, Sinningia, and Kohleria. Our fantastic selection of begonias can give you fall color all winter long.

Garden and Landscape members receive a 15% discount on purchases.

Free

Please call 617-994-5913 for more information.

Phillips Politics

Saturday, January 21, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Phillips House, 34 Chestnut Street, Salem, Mass.
  
Learn about the political interests of the Phillips family over five generations. Phillips family members served as the second mayor of Salem, in the U.S. House of Representatives, as attorney general of Massachusetts, and as attorney general to the Kingdom of Hawaii.

Hear original correspondence with Presidents John Quincy Adams and William Henry Harrison, Daniel Webster, and more.

$5 Historic New England members
$10 nonmembers


Registration is required. Please call 978-744-0440 for more information or buy online.

Events Calendar — 20 events