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Events Calendar — 18 events

Farm Friends II

Join us at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm for Farm Friends II, an afterschool program for children ages 9-13.

Each session consists of weekly classes held Mondays from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

This is a drop-off program. Pre-registration is required.

Session 1: September 12 - October 24
(no class October 10)

Session 2: October 31 - December 5

Session 3: February 6 - March 20
(no class February 20)

Session 4: March 27 - May 1
(no class April 17)

Session 5: May 8 - June 12
(no class May 29)

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.

A Deep Dive into American Design: Historic New England's Irving and Casson-A.H. Davenport Collection

Tuesday, January 24, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Mass.

Join Senior Curator of Library and Archives Lorna Condon and Collections Cataloguer Lynne Paschetag for an armchair exploration of the rich archives of the legendary furniture makers Irving and Casson - A. H. Davenport. The archive includes more than 20,000 original design drawings, photographs, manuscripts, and items of ephemera that document the work of the firm.

Learn about the history of the firm, see stunning examples from the collection, and hear about fascinating discoveries made during the course of the recently completed cataloguing project, which made the collection accessible at HistoricNewEngland.org.

Free to Historic New England members
$5 nonmembers

Registration is required. Please call 617-994-6679 for more information or buy online.

"A Writer's Circle" Writer's Group

Monday, February 6, 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.

Lincoln's Birthday Celebration

Saturday, February 11, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Arnold House, 487 Great Road, Lincoln, R.I.
  
The town of Lincoln, Rhode Island, was named in honor of our sixteenth president in 1871. Visit Arnold House and learn about President Lincoln's visits to the Ocean State and the history of this land that became Lincoln. Tour the museum and enjoy some birthday cake.

Free
 
Please call 401-728-9696 for more information.

Events Calendar — 18 events